Thursday November 29, 2012

What: Alchemy Initiative’s Handmade Holiday Festival -- 30 or more artisans and crafters

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Masonic Temple 116 South St., Pittsfield

Admission: $13 adult, $6 child (under 18), and children 3 and under get in free

Berkshire Museum members get $1 discount on admission to the Handmade Holiday Festival. Attendees of the Festival get $1 off entry to the Festival of Trees.

Information: alchemyinitiative.org

What: Crispina ffrench’s Shire City Sanctuary Holiday Shopping Shindy -- 40 or more artisans and crafters

When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 40 Melville St., Pittsfield

Admission: Free

Information: www.chrispina.com

More holiday festivals this weekend ...

What: Monterey Makers Studio Tour

Where: More than a dozen artists in Monterey open their studios for a daylong tour and celebration of locally made art, crafts and food -- from oil paintings to audio books, knitwear, ceramics, black ash baskets, llama wool and more.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Free

Information: Artist info, maps and guides at Monterey Library, the Roadside Cafe and www.MontereyMaCC.org

What: Festival for the Holidays

An ongoing marketplace of Berkshire artisans -- hand-blown glass jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved items, felted woolens, and wooden items, note cards and books -- also hand-crafted items by Society members and friends: jams, jellies, preserves.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24.

Where: Shef field Historical Society,
Old Stone Store, Route 7 Sheffield

Admission: Free

Information: (413) 229-2694.