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summer fun….

August 14, 2011

~school is finally out here in the berkshires….and summer is definitely setting in.  color is abundant everywhere that you look….wild reds and blues from local, mating birds…rolling hills of every shade of green imaginable….dancing meadows that hold lighter, but still brilliant shades from local flowers…the weather has been especially nice so far, and we are all hoping for a sunny and warm summer….

~with the school vacation here and the summer weather here, there are plenty of things to do to keep those children happily occupied throughout the season. when the sun is out, there are several parks/playgrounds in the area, and most are clean, safe places for the kids to burn off some energy…particularly nice ones can be found in dalton(off of curtis ave) and stockbridge(main st.)….hiking and outdoor walking paths are everywhere in the county, and maps can be found at visitor’s centers and at trailheads…some nice hikes for kids include, monument mountain in great barrington, bullard woods in lenox, or the ashwillticook trail in lanesboro….

     cultural attractions that are fun with the kids include hancock shaker village, in hancock, where kids can experience what it was like to live primitively in the 1800’s and see farm animals and beautiful gardens….ashintully estate, in the tyringham valley, is the gardens and remains of an early 20th century estate that burnt to the ground, and left 4 giant doric columns overlooking the valley….plenty of fun everywhere you turn….

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