Berkshire Grown will make local food easy to find, below, at the Holiday Farmers Market in Williamstown and Great Barrington this weekend.
Berkshire Grown will make local food easy to find, below, at the Holiday Farmers Market in Williamstown and Great Barrington this weekend. (Eagle file)

Thursday

Dec. 12

HOLIDAYS

A Christmas Recital

Jack Brown baritone and Hilda Banks Shapiro pianist, 2:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, Main Street, Great Barrington.

BCC Holiday Concert

Berkshire Community College Chorale, guest soloists, BCC Jazz Ensemble. Free and open to the public. 12:15 p.m., Koussevitzky Arts Center, Boland Theatre. West Street, Pittsfield. berkshirecc.edu

Hometown Holidays

Head downtown each Thursday in December -- stores in downtown North Adams open late with holiday-themed activities like visits from Santa, ornament making workshops, roving carolers. Main Street, Eagle Street, Holden Street, Ashland Street, downtown North Adams. www.ExploreNorthAdams.com

Sweetback Sisters

Ring in the holidays with honky tonk music, 7:30 p.m. Htchocolate, cookies and sing-along. MCLA Church street Center, Church Street, North Adams. www.mcla.edu/presents

FILM

Clark Art Institute

National Theatre Live broadcast of "The Habit of Art," 2 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown. (413) 458-0524.

WRITING

Berkshire Athenaeum

Book talk with local author Bette Isacoff on her memoir, ‘Star-crossed,' 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Friday

Dec. 13

HOLIDAYS

Fireside Yuletide

Mill City Productions will host a dramatic reading of Christmas stories including the Grinch and "'Twas the Night before Christmas," 7 p.m. Western Heritage Gateway state Park, Route 8, North Adams.

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 8 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

Holiday Shindy

Crispina French's annual holiday fair: 50 or more makers from near and far selling hand-made, festivity enriching goodness. Artspace setting, music, food, free admission. 5 to 8 p.m. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield. (413)236-9600. Crispina.com

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart brings back to the Golden Age of radio with a poignant, funny and unique play-within-a-play. 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

Nowell Sing We Clear

English and Irish songs, accordion and fiddle, mummer's play and music, 7:30 p.m. Rudolph Steiner School, Great Barrington. Open to all. (413) 528-4015, nowellsingweclear.co

Serving of art

Hilltown Families will hold a night of service for families and children: Make placemats and collect nonperishable food 4 to 7 p.m. at the Art Garden in Shelburne Falls to donate to Stone Soup Café in Greenfield. Free and open to all. www.hilltownfamilies.org

Shirei Shabbat

Musical service and dinner, followed by talk with Chaplain Bilal Ansari of Williams College: A festive, musical, family-friendly Friday night prayer service; a kosher, volunteer-cooked Sabbath dinner; a discussion led by Chaplain Ansari about Muslim lifecycle rituals. Service and dinner at 5:30 p.m., talk at 7:45 p.m. Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. Reservations for dinner by Dec. 11 to www.knessetisrael.org or (413) 445-4872.

Santa's Winter Wonderland

Take a winter drive around Crane Model Farm, then explore a winter fantasy landscape inside. The town and volunteers plan more than 60 trees and holiday displays, with Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves. 5 to 9 p.m. 161 Main St., Dalton.

Spectrum Playhouse

Community Resources for People with Autism and the College Internship Program presents its annual variety show: music, dancing, comedy and more with students on the Autism Spectrum to support Autism programs in the Berkshires. Silent Auction, Bake Sale, and a 50/50 Raffle. 20 Franklin St., Lee. (413) 394-5023, www.spectrumplayhouse.org

THEATER

'A Heroine's Journey'

Amber Chand performs her life story, 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield. Benefits WAM

'Julius Caesar'

Shakespeare & Company's annual winter conservatory show, 7 p.m. 70 Kemble st., Lenox. www.shakespeare.org

Saturday

Dec. 14

HOLIDAYS

Berkshire Museum

Festival of Trees Family Day: Animals Up Close, 11 a.m.; cookie decorating, noon; Blafield Children's Chorus; 1:30 p.m. Holiday Flash Mob concerts Saturdays and Sundays in December, string quartets and carolers with Berkshire Music School. ‘Festival of Trees' -- 200 trees throughout the galleries. Inspired by the celebration of the Museum's 110th anniversary year, trees decorated to reflect the retro style of 1903, the creative energy of 2013, and the futuristic potential of 2113 - when the Museum will mark another 110 years. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org

A Christmas Carol

Classic story by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Eric Hill at The Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m. Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas. Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music. 111 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

Fireside Yuletide

Mill City Productions will host a dramatic reading of Christmas stories including the Grinch and "'Twas the Night before Christmas," 2 and 7 p.m. Western Heritage Gateway state Park, Route 8, North Adams.

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 8 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

Holiday Farmers Market

Market of locally grown and produced foods: fruits and vegetables, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pie, pickles, jams and more with live music, children's activities, holiday recipes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch available. Monument Valley Middle School, Great Barrington. berkshiregrown.org

Holiday Shindy

Crispina French's annual holiday fair: 50 or more makers from near and far selling hand-made, festivity enriching goodness. Artspace setting, music, food, free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield. (413)236-9600. Crispina.com

IS183

Gift Making with Clay workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, also Dec. 14. Families welcome in the studio to make ornaments for the table or tree or handmade gifts for family and friends. Citizen's Hall, Route 183, Stockbridge. www.is183.org

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart brings back to the Golden Age of radio with a poignant, funny and unique play-within-a-play. 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

Mahaiwe

Francine Segan talk: "Gilded Age Holiday Entertaining," A talk about the fascinating time period when high society was at its peak, 6:30 p.m. 14 Castle St. Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org

The Mount

Open for the holidays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with new Backstairs tour, noon and 2 p.m. Learn about the daily routines and the men and women who ran The Mount. Gift shop will be open. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. www.edithwharton.org

Santa Lucia Festival

Holiday events 4 to 6 p.m. Arlington arden Club craft fair at Arlington Community House, Christmas Tree, carol sing and luminaries at the Community House and Santa Lucia Pagent, 5 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church. Free to all, donations benefit local community food cupboards. Route 7A, Arlington, Vt. (802) 375-6516

Santa's Winter Wonderland

Take a winter drive around Crane Model Farm, then explore a winter fantasy landscape inside. The town and volunteers plan more than 60 trees and holiday displays, with Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves. Noon to 8 p.m. 161 Main St., Dalton.

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Shop at the Old Stone Store open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work by local artisans, jams, jellies, nuts, stocking stuffers and ornaments, home and kitchen items, candies, and more. Holiday House, 1 to 5 p.m.: 18th-century Dan Raymond House, decorated for the holidays by local designers, opens for tours. Sheffield Historical Society, 161 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. www.sheffieldhistory.org

Spencertown Adademy

Food critic and connoisseur Ruth Reichl and chef Zak Pelaccio of Fish & Game restaurant in Hudson, New York, to speak on local food, 4 p.m. Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. www.spencertownacademy.org

Stowe & Twain Christmas

Harriet beecher Stowe House and Mark Twain Museum old-fashioned Christmas with carriage rides, madrigals, crafts, ‘Nutcracker' ballet and ‘Life on the Mississippi' musical. Hartford, conn.www.harrietbeecherstowe.org, www.marktwainhouseorg

FILM

Clark Art Institute

The Met: Live in HD series presents Verdi's "Falstaff," 12:55 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. (413) 458-2303.

Mahaiwe

The Met: Live in HD series presents Verdi's "Falstaff," 1 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Box Office call (413) 528-0100.

MUSIC

Berkshire Athenauem

Ken Bonefield presents Winternight Concert on the fingerstyle, acoustic guitar, 2 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Free. (413) 499-9480

Mass MoCA

Body/Head with Kim Gordon and Bill Nace: A Syd Barrett-era-Pink Floyd-inspired, deeply improvisational duo. 8 p.m., Hunter Center, North Adams.

Stockbridge Festival Chorus

Annual holiday concert, 5 p.m.: 60-voice choir under the direction of Tracy Wilson will sing several choruses and chorales from J.S.Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with John Demler, bass soloist, and Allan Dean, trumpet. Other anthems and carols of the season include works by Warlock, Mathias, Gardner, Biebl, Darke and Hogan. A reception will follow. First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, 4 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3137

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

Winter hike with Santa to celebrate the solstice and the holidays, 10 a.m. to noon. Hot chocolate Saturday (through mid-March), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- free cocoa after a winter walk. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8600, www,thetruetees.org

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs, workshop, to 3 p.m. Discover the many plants that lend bark, buds, fruit and structural interest to the garden in fall and winter. Identify winter trees by twig and bud anatomy, bark features and plant architecture. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. (413) 298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike 8 miles along the AT from Washington Mountain Road to Jacob's Pillow. Information contact Joe Doboszynski at (413) 448-8359 or dobojc@aol.com

Tamarack Hollow

Balsam Fir Tree Seasonal Wild Crafting: Make simple crafts for seasonal gifts with fresh fir needles and sap you can harvest yourself. Participants will learn how to identify balsam fir and will take a short walk to harvest fresh branches and tree sap and make simple craft projects to take home such as a small wreath, door hanging, balsam balm, fir needle satchels & tea bags. 11 a.m., 1516 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor.

THEATER

'A Heroine's Journey'

Amber Chand performs her life story, 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield. Benefits WAM Theater.

'Julius Caesar'

Shakespeare & Company's annual winter conservatory show, 7 p.m. 70 Kemble st., Lenox. www.shakespeare.org

Sunday

Dec. 15

HOLIDAYS

Berkshire Museum

Holiday Flash Mob concerts Saturdays and Sundays in December, string quartets and carolers with Berkshire Music School. ‘Festival of Trees' -- 200 trees throughout the galleries. Inspired by the celebration of the Museum's 110th anniversary year, trees decorated to reflect the retro style of 1903, the creative energy of 2013, and the futuristic potential of 2113. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org
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Holiday Farmers Market

Market of locally grown and produced foods: fruits and vegetables, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pie, pickles, jams and more with live music, children's activities, holiday recipes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch available. Williams college Towne Field House, Williamstown. berkshiregrown.org

Holiday Shindy

Crispina French's annual holiday fair: 50 or more makers from near and far selling hand-made, festivity enriching goodness. Artspace setting, music, food, free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield. (413)236-9600. Crispina.com

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Shop at the Old Stone Store open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work by local artisans, jams, jellies, nuts, stocking stuffers and ornaments, home and kitchen items, candies, and more. Holiday House, 1 to 5 p.m.: 18th-century Dan Raymond House, decorated for the holidays by local designers, opens for tours. Sheffield Historical Society, 161 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. www.sheffieldhistory.org

Williamstown Common

Mrs. Claus visits with refreshments, 1 to 3 p.m. 25 Adams Road. Free (413) 458-2111

MUSIC

Cantilena Chamber Choir

‘Christmas at Trinity on Sunday,' 3 p.m. ‘Quartre motets pour le temps de Noel' by Francis Poulenc and music for Christmas by Russian masters Rachmaninov and Titov. Celebration of Benjamin Britten's 100th Birthday: ‘Hymn to the Virgin' and his rarely heard ‘Chorale on an Old French Carol.' John Rutter settings of French carols including ‘Noel Nouvolet' and ‘Il est Ne le Divine enfant.' Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox. (518) 791-0185, www.cantilenachoir.org.

OUTDOORS

Tamarack Hollow

Hike/Snowshoe Trek at Savoy State Forest, one of the highest elevation towns in MA. Join naturalist Aimee Gelinas and trek up the Busby Trail. Wear warm, layered clothing, sturdy, waterproof booys, nylon pants and bring snowshoes if needed. Bring water and lunch. Directions sent upon registration, call (413) 522-1505. Windsor.

THEATER

A Christmas Carol

Classic story by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Eric Hill at The Colonial Theatre, 2 p.m. Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music. 111 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 9974444,www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

Fireside Yuletide

Mill City Productions will host a dramatic reading of Christmas stories including the Grinch and "'Twas the Night before Christmas," 2 p.m. Western Heritage Gateway state Park, Route 8, North Adams.

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 2 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart brings back to the Golden Age of radio with a poignant, funny and unique play-within-a-play. 2 p.m. Talkback with adapter Joe Landry, 4:14 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

Wednesday

Dec. 18

COMMUNITY

Celebration of Light

Women's Interfaith Institute holds an evening of community, dance and meditation. Bring a dish to share. 5:45 to 8:45 p.m., First Congregational Church, 4 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 442-3604

North Pole Calling

Pittsfield elves put children in touch with Santa on the phone, 5 to 7 p.m. Ask Park and Recreation department for more. Free