On Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m., Mayor Daniel Bianchi will cut the first of three ribbons at Herman Melville's Arrowhead at 780 Holmes Road, officially starting the summer season at the house where Melville lived in 1851 while he was writing his novel, "Moby-Dick." The ribbon cutting will dedicate the new 1870s porch, an exact replica of the one from the years when Allan Melville, Herman's brother, lived at Arrowhead, and Arrowhead will open its newest element - Melville's Arrowhead Farm.
The farm echoes the agricultural work Melville oveersaw in the 13 years he and his family lived in Pittsfield. Heritage chickens will supply eggs to the CSA members and to the general public as well. Crops will become available as the season progresses, many of them the same varietals Melville planted for his family's use.
Jazz will take over the barn on Thursday evening as Jazz Bones takes the stage in the barn for a free concert at 7 p.m.
Friday, May 23, house tours begin at 10 a.m., and the final tour of the day starts at 4 p.m. Pittsfield residents are welcome for free house tours, and all visitors are invited to help name the new chickens on the farm and to plant an eggplant in the newly restored farm field.
As part of Art in Industry, Pittsfield's summer sheme, Michael Melle's life-size straw sculptures will show factory workers through the ages starting their day, logged by an overseer, in the group called "Checking In for Work."
On Sunrday, May 24, guest curator Al DeMaio introduces this year's exhibit in the small red barn: "Made in Berkshire: Papermaking with Eaton, Crane and Pike." A collection of photographs by Edwin Hale Lincoln and others will present Pittsfield and its workers, along with artifacts and workers' clothing from the pre-World War I era. At 11 a.m. DeMaio will introduce the exhibit. Regular house tour will run all day beginning at 10 a.m.
Monday, May 26, Arrowhead will offer "A Whale of an Afternoon." At 4 p.m. on the piazza on the north side of the house, readers will present four chapters from "Moby-Dick," and the museum shop will offer a sale on whale art. For more information, visit berkshirehistory.org.