Wednesday September 19, 2012

Lenox Apple Squeeze

Nothing says fall quite like biting into a crisp, juicy apple ripe from the tree or sipping fragrant, freshly squeezed cider warmed to perfection on a brisk, breezy day. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the streets of Lenox will overflow with fruit, fun and festive fare when the 33rd annual Apple Squeeze fills the historic downtown district with the sights, sounds, and smells of autumn delights.

Giant golden sunflowers and multicolored corn will decorate stalls offering farm fresh produce, handmade crafts and tasty treats. View the town from the back of a tractor-drawn hay ride and enjoy live entertainment from music and dancing to apple pie and dog contests.

The festivities flow far beyond the downtown streets. Little ones can head over to the Lenox Library Roche Reading Park lawn on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a free presentation of Nutshell Playhouse's "Tutti Frutti," a potpourri of music, merrymaking, puppets and clowning, with a special appearance by the flying pirate Taco Caramba, along with Snoof, the all-finding detective.

Pick up a pumpkin, snag some squash and pack a peck of apples to take home a taste of a splendid day. Information: www.lenox.org, (413) 637-3646.

Shakespeare & Company

For even more fall fun, theater fans can be among the first to see the madcap production of the play "The 39 Steps," inspired by the John Buchan novel and the Alfred Hitchcock movie and presented on stage by four of Shakespeare & Company's most experienced -- and energetic -- comedic actors.


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Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater and continue on weekends through Nov. 4. Tickets: (413) 637-3353, www.
shakespeare.org.

Lee Founders' Weekend

When a town like Lee celebrates its birthday, you can be sure you're in for a real treat. From Friday to Sunday, the best Lee has to offer will be on display around downtown as part of Founders' Weekend, from sampling delicious restaurant fare at the Taste of Lee on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. to live music, improv, a kids' carnival and a rousing fire company muster.

The parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. will show off some well-deserved town pride. From sidewalk sales to face painting, there's more than enough fun for the whole family.

Also on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., the annual Festival Latino will fill the park with elaborate, colorful costumes and spirited song as folkloric dance troupes and musicians from around the Berkshires and further afield perform in a celebration of Latin American culture and cuisine. Taste tamales and tacos and enjoy empanadas and arepas from the food vendors, and savor the sweetness of a multicultural extravaganza. Ad mission is free.

Information: www.leefounders
weekend.com, (413) 243-1705; www.
festivallatino.org, (413) 243-3961.

The Mount

Hot on the heels of a summer filled with accessible programming, the Mount continues to invite the community to enjoy Edith Wharton's grand estate with a free performance of "The King Stag" at 11 a.m. on Sunday, presented by the Main Street Stage of North Adams.

Families of all ages will delight in the magical tale of King Deramo's quest to find a queen, based on a story by Carlo Gozzi. The adventure is filled with music and mirth, along with some deft stilt walking, puppets and masks, and an array of colorful costumes and imaginative settings.

Sunday's performance will culminate the traveling troupe's Summer Backyard Tour of seven sites throughout the Berks hires, from lakeside parks to the summit of Mount Greylock.

Formerly based in a black box theater in North Adams, Main Street Stage's artistic collective now brings theater directly into communities through creative touring productions.

The 50-minute show will take place on the outdoor stage next to the historic estate's stables. Admission is free and the audience members are welcome to bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy on the expansive grounds. Information: www.edithwharton
.org, (413) 551-5111.