Category Archives: Berkshire County

Pittsfield Summer Activities for the Whole Family

Pittsfield summer activitiesPittsfield, Massachusetts offers a wide variety of attractions for the whole family, whether you’re just looking for an educational experience like a museum or the local wildlife sanctuary or for something more fun like an arcade, bowling lanes, or recreation on one of the area’s many bodies of water. Pittsfield summer activities are plentiful; there’s no excuse to be bored during the hot, free summer months around here!

For 2016, seasonal activities are already open, including mini golf at the Bakers Golf Center, river adventures at Crab Apple White Water Rafting, horseback riding at Harmonytrails, and more. The area is even home to several “adventure parks” like Catamount or Jiminy Peak that provide families with the experience of conquering obstacles, swinging down ziplines, and scaling treacherous bridges. You can also drive go-karts at The Range or Thunder Alley.

As if the seasonal activities alone weren’t enough to fill an entire summer, there’s more to do in Pittsfield than just that. Visit Hancock Shaker Village, a restored 18th century village that offers everything from a cafe to hiking trails to an animal farm, plus a number of educational things to do and sights to see. Several other farms, orchards, and wildlife sanctuaries are present in the area, as well—Green River Farms, High Lawn Farm, Bartlett’s Apple Orchard, and the Berkshire Mountain Llama Hike, to name a few. Bartholomew’s Cobble is another great local historical experience situated among the beauty of nature.

With so many options for Pittsfield summer activities, no one in the area should be short on ideas of what to do during the hottest season of the year. Whether you’re hiking trails amidst the beautiful scenery of Massachusetts, experiencing the region’s history, or just looking for a day of fun, Pittsfield has you covered.

Only 8 Days Left of the Haddad Sock Game!

With the month of June coming to a close soon, we’ve received an amazing response to the Haddad Sock Game here at Haddad Toyota in Pittsfield!

To refresh your memory if you haven’t been keeping up, The Haddad Sock Game is a charitable campaign that aims to raise money for #HoopsNotCrime. Hoops Not Crime is an outreach program created in Gainesville, Florida with a goal of bringing children and police together, creating better youth relations, and providing basketballs and hoops so that anyone and everyone has the opportunity to play.

Haven’t participated in the Haddad Sock Game yet? Not to worry, you still have 8 more days to contribute to a great cause! Here’s how to play:

  1. Find your wildest pair of socks.
  2. Snap a picture.
  3. Load it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You can post it to the Haddad Toyota Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram or twitter (@HaddadToyota). Whichever you choose, make sure to include the #HaddadSockGame. For every post with this hashtag, Haddad Toyota will donate $1 to Hoops Not Crime to help fund the equipment needed to bring the youth of Pittsfield together through basketball. That’s right, 1 minute of your time equals $1 for a great cause

So far, the community participation of different businesses, organizations, and people here in the Berkshires has been astounding! Let’s keep the momentum going through the end of the month and raise as much money and awareness for this great cause as possible!

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Here’s just a small sample of the many participants in the Haddad Sock Game: Officer Darren Derby of the Pittsfield Police Department and the brains behind the Hoops Not Crime chapter in Pittsfield (Left) and our Haddad Toyota Team (Right). Haddad Toyota would like to make a special thank you to Blue Q here in Pittsfield for providing us with a steady supply of socks to give out to customers!

What are you waiting for? There’s only 8 days left, so show your support for the Haddad Sock Game and you’ll be supporting the youth and community!

Historic Places to Visit in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village

We at Haddad Toyota know that Pittsfield, Massachusetts is top-notch when it comes to bringing history alive. Here are some of our favorite places to visit in Pittsfield which turn educational opportunities of history, science, and the arts into a day of fun for the family.

Hancock Shaker Village – This living history museum brings the story of the Shakers to life. This area was called the “City of Peace” by the Shakers who lived here for 179 years. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to preserving the history of the Shakers for future generations. Visit the 18 original historic buildings, the farm, gardens, animals, and more.

Berkshire Museum – This museum integrates art, history, and natural science by having a wide range of programs and exhibitions which promote educational connections between different disciplinary areas of study. The Berkshire Museum has been in association with the Smithsonian since 2013 and promotes the sharing of resources with the nation.

Melville’s Arrowhead – This is a historic house lived in by Herman Melville. The non-profit museum is operated by the Berkshire County Historical Society. Part of Melville’s house is open to the public for guided tours during the warmer months of the year. Even when the house is not open, people can still visit the property and enjoy the beautiful grounds. This is a great stop for all fans of history and/or literature.

Pittsfield is full of wonderful history and opportunities for things to do. If you need a car to visit all these fantastic places, stop by Haddad Toyota. We will get you on your way to see all the Pittsfield has to offer.

Meet the Red Sox GM – Pittsfield Suns’ Hot Stove Event

Fenway Park
If you love the Red Sox as much as we do, then you should come to our Hot Stove event on February 6th. This fun event will feature Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and Pittsfield Suns’ owner, Tyler Tummaria as they share their stories about family, baseball, and life. You don’t want to miss it!

Have you ever wanted to meet the GM of the Boston Red Sox, Ben Cherington? Or talk to the Pittsfield Suns’ owner, Typer Tummaria? Well, then this is your lucky day! We are hosting the second annual Pittsfield Suns’ Hot Stove Event at the Colonial Theatre this coming February. This event will give you the opportunity to hear Cherington and Tummaria share their thoughts on family, baseball, and life. Cherington was the 2013 MLB Executive of the year and a three-time World Series Champion.

This fun event will take place on Friday, February 6th at 6:00PM. You can either purchase a general admission ticket for $45 or you can make a whole night of it and be a VIP for $95. VIP tickets include floor level seating, a 90-minute cocktail hour, a MLB baseball bat signed by Cherington, and a $10 ticket good for the 2015 Pittsfield Suns season. All of us at the Haddad Dealerships of the Berkshires are proud to be able to share such a fun night with you. Be sure to go to pittsfieldsuns.com today to get your tickets the Pittsfield Suns’ Hot Stove event. It will be a night you won’t forget!

Pittsfield MA Car Seat Safety Check At Haddad Collision Center

Haddad Collision Center Hosts Pittsfield Car Seat Safety Check

Pittsfield Car Seat Safety Check Volunteers
Safe Kids Volunteers at Our 2013 Car Seat Safety Check

Haddad Collision Center, Pittsfield’s Toyota Certified Collision Center, is holding a Car Seat Safety Check – scheduled for Saturday April 12th from 10am to 2pm  – at their Pittsfield MA Auto Body Shop on West Housatonic Street .

Pittsfield MA Police Help Haddad Collision Center With Car Seat Safety Check
Pittsfield Police Lent A Hand Last Year

Haddad Collision Center will be working with the Pittsfield Police Department and Safe Kids of Western MA to bring the car seat safety program to Berkshire County.

Mandi Summers, who coordinates the Safe Kids of Western MA program through Baystate Health in Springfield, said “We were able to help close to a dozen Berkshire County families with last year’s car seat safety check  – I’m really happy Haddad Collision Center offered to do it again.

Haddad Collision Center Manager, Matt Clark, first got involved with this event last year, when he had questions about the safe installation of his granddaughter’s car seat

Pittsfield Car Seat Safety Check
Matt Clark’s granddaughter and daughter attended last year’s car seat safety check

“I just wasn’t confident that I had done it correctly”.  Matt went on to say “I figured if I was having trouble – and I’m in the business – other people might have the same trouble.  I was happy to be able to coordinate a Car Seat Safety Check with Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts – this way every family can be sure their child’s safe when in their car.”

The Car Seat Safety Check will be held in the parking lot that Haddad Collision Center shares with Haddad Pre-Owned at 25   West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield MA, on Saturday April 12th from 10am-2pm.  Volunteers from the Pittsfield Police Department, Safe Kids of Western MA and Haddad Collision Center will be on hand to inspect children’s car seats and ensure that they are installed correctly.  In the event of rain, the Car Seat Safety Check will be held inside Haddad Collision Center.  Families will need to bring:

  • the car seat
  • the car it is usually in
  • the child that uses it

The event is free and no appointment is necessary.   See photos from last year on Haddad Collision Center’s Facebook Page