2019 Summer/ Fall Activities

All events are open to 5CLIR members and one guest. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. If a program is filled, your name will be added to a waiting list.
All payments must be received by the office at least THREE WEEKS before the event.
For theater events, please see the deadline in the listing. Reservations are not made by phone, and are not confirmed until payment is received.
Please be sure you can attend before registering; tickets are non-refundable.
For more information about an event, or if you cannot attend an event for which you have registered, please get in touch with the contact person listed.

Online registration for each event, below
or print the form Summer Activities Registration Form, and send to the office with your check.

PLEASE NOTE: ‘Into the Woods” has been cancelled, and ‘Old Deerfield Slavery Sites’ walk is CLOSED to further registration.

A Visit to the Porter-Phelps-Huntington and Barstow’s Longview Farm

Date:    Tuesday, June 4
Time:    10:00 AM – Guided tour of Porter-Phelps-Huntington House; 2:00 PM -Walking tour of Barstow’s Farm
Place:    Meet at Porter-Phelps-Huntington House, 130 River Drive., Hadley; next, meet at Barstow’s Farm, 172 Hockanum Rd., Rte, 47 (south), in Hadley
Lunch:   On your own. Either bring your own brown bag lunch or buy lunch at Barstow’s Dairy Store, which offers soup, sandwiches and desserts
Cost:     $20
Contact: Karen Tatro, 584-7746 or

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington historic house, built in 1752 by Moses and Elizabeth Porter is set on a “tract of land” called Forty Acres.  It has been in the family for six generations.  The house has three names for one interesting reason: instead of passing from father to son as was customary in early America, the house was owned by women for three generations. Barstow’s Longview Farm is a seventh generation family farm founded in the early 1800’s. It comprises 450 acres with 550 dairy cows producing 15,000 gallons of milk daily. Barstows believe “agriculture is part of everyone’s roots and while the connection is beginning to become lost, this is an opportunity to keep the line of communication, conversation, understanding and experience wide open.”

A Day at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
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Date:     Wednesday, June 19
Time:     Bus leaves Sheldon Field at 8:00 AM and returns about 6:00 PM
Place:    10:30 AM – Highlights tour of Museum. (After lunch explore on your own.)
Cost:     $62 (includes, admission, tour, travel and driver’s gratuity)
Lunch:   On your own. There are several places to eat in the museum
Contact:   Mary Franks, 548-9487 or

The museum contains Egyptian artifacts, Golden age Dutch paintings, French impressionist and post-expressionist works, 18th and 19th century art, Chinese painting, calligraphy and imperial art, Japanese pottery and woodblock prints, the Rockefeller collection of Native American work and much more. Toulouse Lautrec and the Stars of Paris is the current special exhibition.

The original MFA was founded in 1870 in Copley Square. It originally contained 5,000 works. In 1900 the museum moved to its current location on Huntington Avenue. The museum has expanded significantly since 2010 when it opened the American Wing with four levels of American Art from ancient to modern.  In 2011 the west wing was transformed into the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. New and improved galleries are always opening. The museum now contains nearly 500,000 works of art and opens it doors to more than one million visitors a year. You will have the afternoon free to explore and enjoy whatever you wish to see.

Into the Woods – A Tony Award Winning Musical
Date:    Friday, July 12
Time:   Bus leaves from Sheldon Field at 10:00 AM., returns at about 5:00 PM
Place:   Barrington Stage, Pittsfield
Lunch:  On your own. Restaurants are nearby.
Cost:    $82   NOTE: All payments must be received by the office by May 29.
Contact: Kay Klausewitz, 781-248-5446 or

“Anything can happen in the woods.” This is the promise, and premise, of this much-loved musical. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they meet Rapunzel and her mother; Cinderella; Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters. Their stories become entangled in unexpected ways—revealing what happens after happily ever after.” The wickedly witty score weaves a magical spell warning “be careful what you wish for.”

Lyra Music Festival Concert
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Date:    Thursday, July 18
Time:    7:30 PM
Place:    Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton
Cost:     $10 (Your names will be listed at the door as a pre-paid ticket holder)
Contact:  Mary Franks, 548-9487 or

Lyra Music is pleased to be celebrating its 10th year with this concert by the Horszowski Trio, a violin, cello and piano group. Since their debut in 2011, this group has been booked for almost 200 concerts in the U.S. and has toured Japan, India and Europe. The New Yorker magazine has called them “the most compelling American group to come on the scene.”

Lyra Music is a classical music program which provides a blend of world class concerts and masterclasses by internationally recognized musicians in the acoustically rich concert spaces of Sage Hall. Lyra students are young advanced musicians who are working at Smith College for three weeks to develop their chamber music skills through side-by-side mentorships and performances with the Lyra faculty and visiting artists. Find out more about their concerts and masterclasses at lyramusic.org.

Williamstown Art Conservation Center (Limited to 30 participants)
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Date:  Tuesday, July 30
Time:  Bus leaves Sheldon Field at 9:00 AM and returns at about 4:00 PM
Place:  Lunder Center at Stone Hill, an Arts Conservation Center on Clark Museum grounds
Cost:  $58. (Includes Center admission, tour, bus & driver’s tip.) Does not include lunch or admission to the Clark Museum exhibit
Contact:  Honore David, 538-4972 or

Visit a place where employees are allowed to touch the art! Monserrat Le Mense, a conservator of paintings at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, has been cleaning and repairing works of art for more than 20 years.“We are a little like an ER” says Mense, whose job it is to get works of art cleaned and ready for the gallery.

Join us on a trip to the Lunder Center at Stone Hill Center in Williamstown, where, from galleries above the labs, you will be told about ongoing work on objects ranging from photographs, antiques and heirlooms, to some of the most important paintings, sculpture and furniture in the country.  The center serves more than 50 member museums and historical societies in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

After a tour of the new labs which were designed by Tadao Ando you may want to have lunch in the Clark Museum Cafe. Those who wish may carry their lunch outside. Some may opt to pay $20 admission to the museum to see the exhibit Renoir: The Body, The Senses. which includes drawings, paintings, pastels and sculptures by the artist, as well as by his contemporaries, and followers. The body, particularly the nude, was the defining subject of Renoir’s artistic practice from his early days into the 20th century, when his revolutionary style of painting influenced the modernists.

Open Rehearsal at Tanglewood
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Date:    Saturday, August 3
Time:   The bus will depart at 7:45 a.m. SHARP from the Commuter lot at Sheldon Field (Bridge St./Rte 9) Northampton and return about 3:45 PM
Place:   Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
Cost:    $65 includes transportation, driver’s gratuity and admission
Lunch:  You may bring a brown bag lunch or purchase a sandwich and beverage at the outdoor lunchroom. Some may want to picnic on the lawn after the rehearsal.
In case of rain, shelter may be found under the tent.
Contact:  Robert Barker, 413-268-9209, or

Enjoy an open rehearsal at Tanglewood featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk, featuring Yefim Bronfman on piano. The program includes Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Sibelius’ Symphony #1. A pre-rehearsal talk begins at 9:30 a.m. and the open rehearsal will start at 10:30 a.m. We will have seats in the shed. Following the performance and lunch, you may want to explore the beautiful Tanglewood grounds.

A Walk to Old Deerfield Slavery Sites
Registration closed
Date:    Friday, September 27
Time:   10:30 to Noon
Place:   Meet at Old Deerfield town common on Main Street (driving and parking suggestions will be sent closer to the date)
Cost:    Free
Contact: Karen Tatro, 584-7746 or

Bob Romer will be leading a walking tour of sites where some 25 black slaves lived in the mid-1700’s. He will share available information about their lives and their importance to Deerfield. Participants will receive a free copy of a map of Main St, which is quite different from those given to tourists.

Bob is author of Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts (Leveller’s Press 2009). Though the book covers some information about most of the towns in the Valley, it treats the subject in Deerfield most thoroughly.  He writes, “Little is known about many of those who lived as slaves in our area, sometimes simply a name listed in a will or bill of sale, sometimes not even a name.  We can never undo the crime that was committed by kidnapping these people, taking them (or their ancestors) away from their families.  But at least we can tell what we know of their stories, lest their existence be lost to memory.” To remember them is to make them live again.

Our leisurely walk of about a mile and a half will probably take an hour and a half (depending on weather and how many questions are asked).  Walkers may drop out at any time. Bring a friend or two, as well as sunscreen and/or an umbrella.  Please note that this tour is not sponsored by Historic Deerfield, Inc. or any other organization besides LIR.  We will talk about some of the houses and those who lived there in colonial times, but will not go inside of them.
(Those wishing to visit the houses may do so by purchasing tickets from Historic Deerfield, Inc. on their own initiative.)