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A retrospective show will honor the art work of John Manikowski of Mill River. Manikowski creates fishing, hunting and chef&rsquo;s knives with handles from unique materials -- from bird&rsquo;s eye maple and box elder burls to mammoth bone. He also paints and draws, often the wildlife of the Berkshire woods and lakes. The show will run Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at the New Marlborough Meeting House on Route 57 in New Marlborough. <br>For more information, call Carole at (518) 851 8987.
Thursday May 16, 2013

Thursday

May 16

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

PechaKucha Pittsfield Night #6 -- innovative, surprising, and fast-moving evening of presentations on a wide variety of topics. 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew’s Cobble

Eco Volunteers meet on Thursdays weekly to monitor and care for Cobble trails and plant communities unique river, wood and meadow habitat with bald eagles, turtles and abundant wildlife: 800 species of plants and one of North America’s greatest diversities of ferns. Ashley Falls.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Hand Hollow Conservation Area and Ooms Pond, East Chatham, N.Y., 7 a.m. Look for mourning, bay-breasted, Canada and blackburnian warblers. Meet Tom Collins at 6:30 a.m. at Pittsfield Plaza, W. Housatonic St., (Rt. 20), to carpool or meet at 7 on Gale Hill Road In New York. (518) 794-9063 ClellieL@aol.com.

THEATER

Clark Art Institute

"This House," London’s National Theatre Live in HD, 2 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

Town Players

Staged reading of "Old Family Friends," by Chris Newbound, 5:30 and 7 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts (former Women’s Club), 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Friday

May 17

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

Afternoon in Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio with Ann Lamone White, daughter of Louie Lamone, Norman Rockwell’s long-time studio assistant, 2:30 p.m. Lamone White will share memories of her father, his relationship with the artist, and her own experiences visiting Rockwell’s studio. Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Astronomy Night

With astronomer Rick Costello on the basics of astronomy, followed by telescope viewing of night sky, for all ages, 7:45 to 9:30 p.m., Welles Gallery, Lenox Library, Main Street, Lenox.

Bennington Museum

Brew and Food Pairing, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dishes created by many of the restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and chefs in the region paired with brews (and ciders). Bennington, Vt.

BerkChique

Popup clothing sale to benefit Berkshire Creative, Preview party and sale 5:30 to 8 p.m. Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

"Bat Mitzvahs Around the World," 10:45 a.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

MUSIC

Williams College

Northern Berkshire Chorale, spring concert, Gioacchino Rossini’s "Petite Messe Solennelle," 7:30 p.m., Chapin Hall, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Cocktails in Great Gardens: Black Barn Farm, 5 to 7 p.m. 937 Summit Road, Richmond. (413) 298-3926.

Canoe Meadows

Guided Bird Walk 7 a.m. to look for migrant birds, Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Mass Audubon’s annual Birdathon to benefit local sanctuary.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," musical comedy, 8 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y., (800) 838-3006.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"This House," by James Graham, as part of London’s National Theatre Live in HD, 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

Miss Hall’s School

"The Diviners: A Play in Two Acts and Elegies," a story of faith and friendship, 8:30 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 443-6401.

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444. 

WRITING

West Stockbridge Library

Book signing and talk with Liza Gyllenhaal, author of "A Place for Us," 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. West Stockbridge Library, Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

Saturday

May 18

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Collectibles, Antiques, Arts & Crafts." Summer great white whale of a bazaar with art and craft demonstrations. With Potato Gallery Store regional artists wares. Free admission.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Becket.

Bennington Museum

"The Art of Victorian Hair Weaving," Lucy Cadawallader creates objects of art with human hair 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Homeowners Landscape Design Clinic," hands-on workshop, 9:30 to 4:30, and "Contained: The Art of Planting Pots," 1 to 3 pm., routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge, (4130 298-3926.

BerkChique

Popup clothing sale to benefit Berkshire Creative, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St.

Berkshire Museum

Wine gala and auction to benefit educational programs, 6 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

’Chester on Track’

Railroad family festival, parade at 10 a.m., also living history reenactors, tool demonstrations, tractor pull and more, 9 to 4, downtown Chester.

’Cruise for a Cause’

To benefit Wounded Warrior Project, car parade to meet at Walmart, 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield; dances follows at Skyline Country Club, Route 7, Lanesborough; information: teensmudgemagazine@aol.com.

Repair Cafe

Local professionals specializing in mendable clothing and cushions, frayed cords, computers, lamps, bicycles, chairs, vacuum cleaners, and dull blades. 1 to 5 p.m. St. Stephen’s Church basement, 67 East St., Pittsfield. (413) 212-8589.

DANCE

Ballroom Social Dance

"Mother’s Day Celebration," free tango lesson from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and general dance from 7:45 to 11 p.m., Masonic Hall, 116 South St., Pittsfield.

Lenox Contradance

Live music by Nor’easter, caller Marguerite Durant. 8-11:30 p.m., new dancers at 8 p.m. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. (413)528-4007.

Pittsfield Squares

"Garden Party," with caller Cliff Brodeur, 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

HISTORY

Austerlitz Historical Society

Napoleon Brigade encampment and battle, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. French and Coalition regiments of the Napoleon Era re-create battle scenarios with demonstrations, live music, skirmishes and cavalry. Visitors can wander around camp and talk with re-enactors. English Country Dance follows, dances taught 7 p.m., dance 8 to 10 p.m. Austerlitz, N.Y. www.battleof
austerlitz.org.

Stockbridge Library

2013 Cemetery Tour: "Changed the World; Buried in Stockbridge," 4 p.m. learn about Stockbridge’s famous and infamous citizens, influential and ordinary residents, founding families and recent arrivals. Stockbridge cemetery, accross from Town Hall offices. (413) 298-5501.

Western Gateway

"Civil War 150 Years Series ... Siege of Vicksburg," 3 pm., Route 8, North Adams, (413) 663-6312.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Student recital from the studio of Kathleen McDonald, voice, 3 p.m. Free-will donation. Taft Recital Hall, Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1411.

Close Encounters

"Close Encounters with Music: Grand Piano II: Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel," with Itamar Zorman on violin and Roman Rabinovich on piano, 6 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Family cabaret, 7 p.m.: spicy, funny and wicked evening of marvelous local talent from ballerinas in drag to classical cello to rock ‘n roll, improvisational theatre, choral works and more. Sandisfield.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike a 5-mile loop in the Mohawk Trail State Forest along the Indian Trail leading to the Mahican Mohawk Trail and Todd Mountain. (413) 743-0384 or (413) 842-5248.

Family Cow Workshop

Learn to raise backyard milk: basics of herdsmanship, shelter, milking techniques and feeding. Owning a family cow for family consumption does not require any special permits or mean giving up vacations. Instructors Debra Tyler, Connecticut’s first licensed raw milk dairy farmer, from Local Farm in Cornwall, and Brigitte Ruthman, owner of Joshua’s Farm in Sandisfield. Hands-on with cows. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes lunch. Held in a new barn at a beautiful setting overlooking pastures in Sandisfield. (860) 671-0327.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Century Run: Join the traditional Big Day count of the birds in Berkshire County. Count leader Ginny Akabane, (413) 298-5273 or gakabane@hotmail.com. Also Mass Audubon’s annual Birdathon to benefit local sanctuary.

Naumkeag

Tree Peony Preview: More than 40 varieties of Tree Peonies in bloom -- talk tea and crumpets on the Peony Terrace, 2 p.m. Stockbridge.

Tamarack Hollow

Spring ephemeral boreal plant and tree identification at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. www.massaudubon.org, (413) 584-3009, www.
tamarackhollow.com.

Trade Secrets

Antique and Rare Plant Sale. Benefit for Women’s Support Services for domestic violence, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antique and plant vendors, Lionrock Farm, Route 41 and Hosier Road, Sharon, Conn. www.tradesecretsct.com.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," 8 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y., (800) 838-3006.

Miss Hall’s School

"The Diviners 8 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 443-6401.

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester," Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. (413) 997-4444.

Olcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 2 and 8 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

WRITING

Omi International Arts Center

Writers OMI: Reading and spring barbeque, 5 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

Sunday

May 19

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Collectibles, Antiques, Arts & Crafts." Free, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Becket Arts Center 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, (413) 623-6635.

Clark Art Institute

"Unveiling the Goldsmith’s Mysterious Language," with Ubaldo Vitali, fourth-generation silversmith, conservator and scholar, 3 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

IS183 art school

Southern Williamstown Community Association Open House, 2 to 5 p.m. at Little Red Schoolhouse to showcase the different types of programming at Little Red Schoolhouse, with artists’ demos and a town-hall-style conversation. Routes 7 and 43, Williamstown.

COMMUNITY

BerkChique

Popup clothing sale to benefit Berkshire Creative, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St.

Bike Rodeo

Also, family safety day, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield, free bike giveaway, 11 to 2, Common Park, First Street, Pittsfield. (413) 242-6363.

Temple Anshe Amunim

Twice is Nice Boutique Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. gently used clothing, footwear, jewelry, handbags and other accessories. Pittsfield.

HISTORY

Austerlitz Historical Society

Napoleon Brigade encampment and battle, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Austerlitz, N.Y. www.battleofausterlitz.org.

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

Return of Johnny Salsa, 5 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Eagles Band

Music from Bach to Bernstein. 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Fenn Street, Pittsfield.

Spencertown Academy

18th annual Uel Wade Music Scholarship competition performance, 3 p.m. Local high school musicians compete for up to $10,000 in scholarship prizes to further their musical training. Spencertown, N.Y.

OUTDOORS

Cummington Fairgrounds

Annual Tractor Ride. South of State Route 9 in the center of Cummington, www.cummingtonfair.com.

Steel Rail Half Marathon

More than 500 runners. Celebration at the end of the race at the Adams Visitors Bureau, live music. Adams.

Trade Secrets

Antique and Rare Plant Sale. Benefit for Women’s Support Services for domestic violence, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antique and plant vendors will descend on Lionrock Farm, Route 41 and Hosier Road, Sharon, Conn. www.tradesecretsct.com.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," 2 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y., (800) 838-3006.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene production of "Ghetto Tango," 3 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

Miss Hall’s School

"The Diviners: A Play in Two Acts and Elegies," 3 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 443-6401.

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester," Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 3 p.m. (413) 997-4444.

Oldcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 2 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Town Players

Staged reading of "BFF," by Anna Ziegler, 3 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Monday

May 20

ART

Watercolor class

Drawing from live model, 1 p.m., Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.(413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Berkshire Music School Cabaret Workshop, 6 p.m. Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1411.

Tuesday

May 21

COMMUNITY

OLLI course offerings

Barbara Hochberg, director of OLLI, 2 p.m., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3361.

Wednesday

May 22

ART

IS183 art school

Morningside final show celebrating young artists, 4 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield.