David Grover's annual Hanukkah concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Temple Anshe Amunim in Pittsfield is a beloved highlight of the holiday season. The concert brings an afternoon of joyful songs to celebrate the season in the company of community friends, with refreshments following the entertainment.
Generations of children have grown up listening to the uplifting music of this Berkshire troubadour, many now bringing their own children to his weekly summer appearances at the Great Barrington Bandstand. Grover brings a caring respect for the planet and its inhabitants to his enduring songs, which appeal to children and their grownups.
He has performed around the country from the West Coast to the White House, and his holiday television special "Chanukah at Grover's Corner" aired on PBS. Admission is free. Information: www.ansheamunim.org, (413) 442-5910.
Movie theaters around the country have been busy converting their equipment to screen digital and 3D format films, and local independent movie house Images Cinema in Williamstown has joined in. On Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., families can check out the new upgrades for themselves at a special 3-D screening of the feature-length film "Tales of the Night" by renowned French animator Michel Ocelot, creator of the highly acclaimed feature film "Azur & Asmar.
With a keen eye for creating lands filled with magical creatures, Ocelot spins six stories set in countries such as mountainous Tibet, the African plains, medieval Europe and an Aztec kingdom.
Dragons, giant bees, princesses and sorcerers are just some of the fantastical beings that populate these fascinating tales, which are dubbed into English. Using his signature style, Ocelot conjures up expressive silhouetted characters against a luxurious jewel toned backdrop.
Local puppet artist and Berkshire Community College theater instructor David Lane will introduce the films, which are recommended for ages 6 and over. Tickets are $8.
Family-friendly concessions include organic popcorn with real butter, naturally sweetened sodas and locally produced baked goods.
Information: www.imagescinema.org (413) 458-5612.
South County kids will have a great time exploring food on Saturday with a passel of programs that are sure to have them licking their lips. At 10 a.m., the Berkshire Co-op in Great Barrington will host an hour-long cooking class on how to make rugelach, a delicious little pastry twist that is traditionally rolled around a variety of fillings such as raisins, nuts and preserves.
The classic holiday cookie will make a perfect treat for a seasonal gathering and can take pride of place in any gift basket. There is no charge for the class, which is part of the monthly "Kids can Cook!" series.
Call (513) 528-9697 to sign up. Information: berkshire.coop.
From 11 to 11:30 a.m., head over to the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic for another fun and free holiday craft, creating figures out of candy.
From 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at the Mason Library in Great Barrington, budding architects can make and decorate a gingerbread house to take center stage on a holiday table. The activity is suitable for ages 6 and up with parental assistance, and all supplies are provided. Register at (413) 528-2403. Information: gblibraries.org.
In time for the family festivities, two special Holiday Farmers' Markets will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Muddy Brook School in Great Barrington on Saturday and at Williams College Towne Field House in Williamstown on Sunday. Both will offer a tempting array of locally produced farm products, foodstuffs and handcrafts from more than 80 local vendors.
Everything from eggs, meat, produce and pies to wine and cheese will make holiday gatherings all the more delicious. Sweeten the occasion with honey and maple syrup, then add some handmade chocolates to the mix. Pick up candles and wreaths along with gifts to spread holiday cheer.
Live entertainment and lunch items for sale make shopping a real treat, with children's' activities and face painting in Williamstown. Admission is free. Information: www.berkshire
grown.org, (413) 528-0041.