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Locals drink tea by the fire at the Red Lion Inn, above. The first weekend of the new year may bring snow -- and places to enjoy it, outdoors with snowshoes and indoors with a hot drink to follow.


Jan. 2

Happy New Year!


Jan. 3


Norman Rockwell Museum

Model Citizens, 2:30 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for Rockwell from Ed Locke, the model for "The Runaway." Route 183, Stockbridge.


Jan. 4


Rug weaving workshop

Crispina ffrenchturns scraps into craft, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.


Trinity Parish

"Songs for the Season," presented by Berkshire Children’s Chorus. 7 p.m., Lenox.


Bartholomew’s Cobble

Hot chocolate Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Winter programs, snowshoe hikes, cocoa to follow. Wheatoque Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8600,


Jan. 5


Red Lion Inn

The 41st Annual Feast of Three Kings Celebration, hosted by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Join the Marian Fathers for community caroling, a visit by the Three Kings and refreshments. 6;30 p.m., on the steps of the Red Lion Inn. Stockbridge.



Frosty snowshoe, toasty yoga -- explore fields, gardens, carriage roads and mansion ruins, followed by yoga in John McLennan’s studio. Beginners welcome. Ashintully Gardens, Tyringham. (413) 243-3582,


Jan. 6


Bloomsday reading

Communal reading aloud of James Joyce’s "The Dead," set on Jan. 6, 1914. All welcome to read or listen. 7 p.m., Water Street Grill, Route 43, Williamstown.

Old Chatham Quakers

"The Healthcare Movie," 7 p.m. screening, Old Chatham quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y. (518) 766-2992.

Stephentown Historical Society

"Four Native American Archeological Sites in Rensselaer County, New York," an illustrated talk by Andy Krievs. 7:30 p.m. at the Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, Garfield Road, Country Route 26, Stephentown, NY. (518) 733-0010.


Jan. 7


Berkshire Athenaeum

"Start the new Year with Meditation," presented by Dr. Andrew Vidich. 7 p.m., free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free.


Taconic Hiking Club

Snowshoe at Field Farm: explore 4 miles of trails past fields, woods and wetlands with mountain views in all directions. Snowshoes and/or micro spikes may be required. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Routes 4 & 43. Information contact Gretchen Gedroiz at


Jan. 8


Powder Keg session

Suzy Banks Baum offers drop-in writing workshops for women, 6:30 p.m., safe and comfortable self-expression, Ramsdell Public Library, 1087 Main st., Housatonic.