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Today

ART

Bennington First Friday

Live music 5 to 8 p.m., shops open late, gallery tour, art walk. Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Arts Festival

Juried artists, demonstrations, food, music, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ski Butternut, Route 23, Great Barrington. berkshiresartsfestival.com.

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

‘Painting Demonstrations on the Grounds,' 11 a.m. 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox.Vermont Arts Exchange

‘Painting Demonstrations on the Grounds,' 11 a.m. 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox.Vermont Arts Exchange

Opening of works by painter Matthew Marks, on exhibit in the Sage Mill Gallery through June 30. Bennington.

COMMUNITY

'Anonymous' Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Berkshire South

Lake Mansfield Lifeguards, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Memorial Field Skate Park Staff, 3-9 p.m.; Housatonic Village Playground Activities, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CATWALK

CATWALK, Berkshire Humane Society's new resale boutique for women, is holding a sale over the Fourth of July weekend. All proceeds directly benefit the work and mission of Berkshire Humane Society. Noon to 4 p.m. 325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Information: catwalkboutique.org or (413) 717-4005.

Clark Art Institute

Hot dogs on the East Lawn at noon, live music, balloons, free day to celebrate the Clark's grand opening at 1 p.m. Galleries open until 7 p.m. Eagles Band free concert 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Permanent collection, new work on loan, exhibits: "Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum"; "Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith." 225 South St., Williamstown.

Eastern States Exposition

Yankee Classic Dog Show at the Better Living Center; Northeast Reining Horse Show at the Coliseum. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.Shakespeare and Company

Yankee Classic Dog Show at the Better Living Center; Northeast Reining Horse Show at the Coliseum. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.Shakespeare and Company

Fourth of July Celebration. Free and open to the public. Festivities begin at 1 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

July 4th at the Pillow. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 8 p.m., Ted Shawn Theatre. Compagnia T.P.O, in "Bleu!", 4:15 and 8:15 p.m., Doris Duke Theatre. Free PillowTalk: "Dancing Fourth at the Pillow, 5 p.m., Blake's Barn. Free inside/out performance: Yin Yue Dance Company, 6:15 p.m., Becket.

EXHIBITS

Art On Main

"Mia Le Comte: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 1966-2003," until September 3. The Gallery at Barnbrook Realty, 271 Main St., Great Barrington.

FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS

Chesterfield Parade

Marching bands, floats, antique cars, government officials, livestock and awards, begins at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of South and Bryant streets and continues north on South Street and to Main Road, Chesterfield.

Clark Art Institute

Barbecue on the East Lawn at noon. Live music, balloons. Free day celebrating Clark's grand opening at 1 p.m., galleries open until 7 p.m., Eagles Band concert at 7:30 p.m., Fireworks over Stone Hill at 9 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown.

Independence 5k Road Race

At 9:30 a.m. before the parade, from Wahconah Park, running along parade route, downtown Pittsfield.

North Adams Fireworks

Fourth of July fireworks after SteepleCats game at Noel Field Athletic Complex, State Street, North Adams.

Old Bennington Sidewalk March

March from Catamount Statue of Monument Avenue to the Bennington Battle Monument at noon; reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m., Bennington, Vt.

Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade

‘Made in America' theme, steps off at 10 a.m. from South and East/West Housatonic streets to North Street to Wahconah Park, Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

Community barbecue from 1:30 to 5 p.m., with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by company actors at 3 p.m., Lenox.

Tanglewood

Annual James Taylor concert, 8 p.m., Shed. Fireworks to follow, Route 183, Lenox.

Williams College Museum of Art

Actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply, 10 a.m., galleries open to show the documents, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Williamstown.

Williamstown Parade

Stepping off at 11 a.m. on Route 2 and Spring Street, Williamstown.

Willow Park Fireworks

Celebration with live music, vendors and activities, 3 to 9:30 p.m., ending with fireworks, free, Bennington, Vt.

KIDS' STUFF

Mac-Haydn Children's Theatre

"Wilbur, The Not-So-Big, Not-So-Bad Wolf," musicals for children of all ages, $10, 10:30 a.m., 1925 NY 203, Chatham, N.Y., (518) 392-9292, machaydntheatre.org.

MUSEUMS

Animagic

Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run." Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.

Arrowhead

Arrowhead

The Herman Melville Museum offers new hours for tours: 10 & 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Garden features 15 acres with 23 display beds representing over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species, significant trees, unique shrubs and exotic botanical collections. Open year-round to visitors, corner of routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Information: (413) 298-3926 or visit www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Bidwell House Museum

An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s. Fully equipped colonial homestead on unpaved country lane. 18th and 19th century furnishings and tools, heirloom vegetable garden, flower gardens, 192 acres of fields, woods and trails, picnic sites. Museum open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., guided tours on the hour. Grounds open daily. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888.

Chesterwood

Summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, best known for his sculptures of the "Minute Man" and the seated figure of "Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial." The 122-acre-property includes woodland trails. Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Massachusetts Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Exhibitions: "An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy" through Oct. 13, and "Selected Works by Albert Paley," June 14 to Oct. 13. June hours: Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July and August: open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The residence is closed from 12:30 to 2 p.m., 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. Information: www.chesterwood.org or (413) 298-3579.

Clark Art Institute

Art museum and international center for research and scholarship features public and educational programs, 10 to 5. 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Art Deco home of an artistic couple who championed abstract art in the ‘30s and ‘40s. View their paintings and Cubist masterpiece collection, period furniture and gardens on 46 acre estate bordering Tanglewood. "Points of Contact," an intimate 2-man Studio exhibit featuring Morris and Holtzman, two of the founders of the AAA. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, hourly guided tours, Thursday 10 a.m. tour, half price for Berkshire County residents, 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox, (413) 637-0166.

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

Summer estate of the great American writer, Edith Wharton. Daily tours of the house and gardens May-October. Special events, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Trails and walking paths. Please visit EdithWharton.org or call (413) 551-5111 for more information. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell, as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration. Featured exhibitions are "The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator," "Norman Rockwell's 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post' Covers," and "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell." Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 5; weekends 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 931-2221.

North Adams Museum of History and Science

North Adams Museum of History and Science

Three floors, 25 permanent exhibits -- farming, immigration, railroading, industry, education, barracks replica from Fort Massachusetts, Black Light Gallery, military and more, one temporary gallery -- now showing Famous Former Residents, children's hands-on Grandma's Attic area, in restored freightyard coal distribution center Building 5A Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Thurs-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Info 413-664-4700 or nahs@bcn.net or www.northadamshistory.org.

Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon

North Family guided tour at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., 1824 Meetinghouse tour at 1 p.m.; "The Great Stone Barn: Past, Present, Future" exhibit in Poultry House, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Monday, free admission, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Susan B. Anthony Museum

Childhood home of the legendary human rights leader, features a portrait gallery, legacy room and birthing room, open Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 10 to 4, 67 East Road, Adams; private tours: (413) 743-7121.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring a tea and talk series, movies, plays, concerts, lectures and children's programs. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

Williamstown Historical Museum

Williamstown Historical Museum

Visitors find a diverse collection of artifacts, documents and photos related to Williamstown's past. "Big Days in a Small Town," an exhibit focusing on how townspeople celebrated important public occasions over the years, is currently on display. Free. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Researchers welcome. Located in the Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown. (413) 458-2160.

MUSIC

Aston Magna Music Festival

"Music from a Turbulent 17th-Century England," Dowland, Purcell, Lawes and more, 6 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. astonmagna.org, (800) 595-4849.

Berkshire Cabaret Series

Featuring Sonny & Perley, 8:30 and 10:45 p.m., Seven Hills Inn, 40 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Dream Away Lodge

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion are joined by The Winterpills and Milton, at 8 p.m., 1342 County Road, Becket. (413) 623-8725.

EPOCH Assisted Living

Musical duo "The Grey Divas," at 3 p.m., open to the public, but space is limited, RSVP to (413) 499-1992, at EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne.140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Great Barrington Summer Bandstand

John Myers Trio. 5:30-7 p.m. at the gazebo behind the Great Barrington Town Hall.

Guthrie Center

Steve Katz, folk music, 8 p.m. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

Jazz luminary John Clark's Odd Couple Quintet, pairing his French horn with Michael Rabinowitz's bassoon, 4 p.m. Outdoors and free. Route 2, Charlemont.

The Mount

Music After Hours, 5 to 8 p.m. on the terrace. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Tanglewood

Annual James Taylor concert, 8 p.m., Shed. Fireworks to follow. Tanglewood, Route 183, Lenox. tanglewood.org.

OUTDOORS

Mount Greylock

‘Discover Greylock Hike,' this hike with park interpreter Mike explores many of the exciting and hidden features on Mount Greylock. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring a lunch, bug spray and drinking water. Meet at the visitor center and carpool to location. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Kiss Me Kate," 2 p.m., Mainstage. "Working on a Special Day," 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Mystery of Irma Vep," 8 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge. "A Little Night Music," 8 p.m., The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Dorset Theatre Festival

Main stage: "Red," about artist Mark Rothko. 8 p.m., Dorset, Vt.

Mixed Company

"Table Manners," 8 p.m. 37 Rossetter St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-2320.

Shakespeare and Company

"Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," 7:30 p.m. "Julius Caesar," 8 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

The Theatre Barn

"You Should Be So Lucky," a laugh-out-loud farce, 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

World premiere of the pop-rock musical, "Analog and Vinyl," 7:30 p.m., Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"June Moon," 4 p.m., Main Stage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.

Tomorrow

ART

Bennington Museum

"Alice Neel/Erastus Salisbury Field: Painting the People," master portraitists, show opens today. Work of two acknowledged masters of the portrait as art. Bennington, Vt.

Berkshires Arts Festival

Juried artists, demonstrations, food, music, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ski Butternut, Route 23, Great Barrington. berkshiresartsfestival.com.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center

"Dreams and Digressions: New Paintings by Kris Galli" Open on weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.

COMMUNITY

Allium Restaurant and Bar

Fifth of July Dance Party with DJ BFG. 10 p.m. 21 and up.

‘Anonymous' Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Ashley House

Opening weekend concert and celebration, 11 a.m. House tours at 1 p.m., Sheffield. (413) 229-0490.

Berkshire South

Lake Mansfield Lifeguards, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Memorial Field Skate Park Staff, 3-9 p.m.; Housatonic Village Playground Activities, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Bidwell House Museum

"Township No. 1 Day," a free community celebration of Tyringham and Moterey history, featuring live music, Colonial re-enactors, trail walks, a baking contest, children's activities, craft demonstrations, exhibits and more. For more information, call the museum at (413) 528-6888 or visit bidwellhousemuseum.org. 100 Art School Road, Monterey.

CATWALK

CATWALK, Berkshire Humane Society's new resale boutique for women, is holding a sale over the Fourth of July weekend. All proceeds directly benefit the work and mission of Berkshire Humane Society. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Information: catwalkboutique.org or (413) 717-4005.

Chess Night

Presented by the "Soldier On" program, all welcome, 7 p.m., main dining room, 360 West Housatonic St., Route 20, Pittsfield. Information: Willie Ledbetter, (413) 822-8530 or 236-5644.

Eastern States Exposition

Yankee Classic Dog Show at the Better Living Center; Northeast Reining Horse Show at the Coliseum. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Food Pantry

Sponsored by Berkshire Veterans of Soldier On, veterans and public invited, every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., 360 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-5644.

Fourth of July Fireworks

At 9 p.m. $5 admission, Lake Paran, North Bennington, Vt. (802) 688-6270.

Green Gargoyle

Gift and thrift shop, good quality clothing from infants to adults, household items and accessories, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.

Hancock Shaker Village

Shaker cooking for families 10:45 a.m. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield.Lee Congregational Church

History tours of the church, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, 25 Park Place, Lee., (413) 243-1033, www.ucc-lee.org.

Monterey Township Day

Bidwell House Museum's Township No 1 Day, a joint celebration by Tyringham and Monterey of shared history. Colonial reenactors, local musicians, gardens, games and crafts and a baking contest, 1 to 4:30 p.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888.

Performance Space 21

Fashion InTENTsive, auction and sale. Alan Chartock, auctioneer. 7 p.m., Chatham, N.Y.

Queechy Lake Boat Parade

Lake residents decorate their boats to compete for plaques, awards ceremony to follow at Adam's Point Beach Club beach, parade follows lake shore beginning at 2 p.m., best viewed from Queechy Lake Drive, County Route 30, Canaan, N.Y.

Rock Garden Class

Meeting of Berkshire Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society. John Spain, author of "Growing Winter Hardy Cacti," to discuss growing hardy succulents. Bring your own lunch, followed by plant sale and opportunity to plant a trough or other low container, bring your own container & potting soil, at 10 a.m., Berkshire Botanical Garden Education Center, Stockbridge.

Spectrum Playhouse

‘Shadow Puppet Workshop,' work with a local puppeteer, Dr. Marmalade, free, 11 a.m., 20 Franklin St., Lee.

DANCE

Cornwall Contra Dance

Live music by Still, the Homegrown Band. 7 p.m. Town Hall, 24 Pine St., Cornwall, Conn. motherhouse.us.

Jacob's Pillow

Compagnia T.P.O. in "Bleu!", 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 and 8:15 p.m., Doris Duke Theatre. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 2 and 8 p.m., Blake's Barn. Free inside/out performance: Tap Program, The School at Jacob's Pillow, 6:15 p.m., Becket.

EXHIBITS

Art On Main

"Mia Le Comte: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 1966-2003," until September 3. The Gallery at Barnbrook Realty, 271 Main St., Great Barrington.

Eclipse Eagle Gallery

Featuring "Evolution." 243 Union St., North Adams. (617) 512-4477. Noon-5 p.m.

Geoffrey Young Gallery

"The Meaning of Life," a cartoon-based group exhibition curated by artists Sue and Phil Knoll, featuring 17 artists and 100 paintings, prints, and drawings through Aug. 2. Opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Summer hours Wednesday-Sunday,11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment, 40 Railroad St., second floor, Great Barrington.

Good Purpose Gallery

Featuring "Duet in Color," an exhibit of works by Charles Steinhacker and Linda Clayton. 40 Main St., Lee.

Hoffman Pottery

Open house celebrating the latest garden sculptures of frogs, turtles and gremlins. 103 Great Barrington Road, West Stockbridge. ehoffmanpottery.com, (413) 232-4646.

Inner Vision

Exhibit featuring the work of local artists Karen Andrews and Susan Sabino through Aug. 31. Artist reception Saturday, July 5, from noonto 4 p.m. Open Sat. & Sun., noon to 4 p.m., corner of Furnace Cone Hill roads, West Stockbridge. Call (413) 232-4027 for private studio visit.

Mason Library

"Great Barrington: The Best Small Town," exhibition and sale features 60 artworks to benefit the Great Barrington Historical Society, 1:30 p.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Meeting House Gallery

Featuring "Wood-Metal-Stone." It showcases eleven artists, working on a large and small scale, who combine their expertise to create an exciting show using wood, metal and stone. Route 57, New Marlborough.SculptureNow

"Common Ground," a new, juried exhibition of 25 large-scale, outdoor sculptures by regional, national and international artists, June 1-Oct. 31, at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, (413) 623-2068, annjon@bcn.net, www.sculpturenow.org, www.edithwharton.org.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Dalton CRA

Adult Lap Swim, 7-9:30 a.m.; Spin, 7:15-8:15 a.m.; Arms, Abs & Tush, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Spin, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Flex & Flow Yoga, 9-10 a.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Family Swim, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.Healing Rhythms

Slow Flow Yoga, a vinyasa flow to awaken the body's energy. Discover how to build up energy through movement and allow it to flow slowly with Chantal Leven. 8:30-10 a.m. Healing Rhythms, Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox. (413) 637-2727. $15 drop-in fee.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets from 11:30 to 12:30, Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

Pilates

Pilates Mat Class, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Berkshire Physical Therapy, 740 Williams St., Pittsfield; registration: (413) 358-1007.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Tabata, 8-8:45 a.m.; Cardio Kickboxing, 9-10 a.m.; Mid-Morning Cycle, 10-10:45 a.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Prenatal Yoga

No experience necessary, 10:30 a.m., Zaanti Yoga Studio, 449 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 496-9642.

Tai Chi Easy/Qigong

For health and relaxation, adaptable for all ages and almost any stage of health practice, free for returning soldiers, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information/registration: Sherilyn Mindermann, (413) 446-1791.

YMCA

Tabata, 8-8:45 a.m.; Cardio Kickboxing, 9-10 a.m. 292 North St., Pittsfield. (413) 499-7650 ext. 37.

Yoga & Zumba on Onota Lake

Soak up the sun at beautiful Burbank Park on Onota Lake. All ages, levels and drop-ins welcome. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Zumba and 6:45-7:45 p.m. Yoga. Located on upper North Street near the Springside House. Rachael Plaine (413) 822-2034 or berkshireyogadancefitness.com.

KID STUFF

Arrowhead

"Stick Your Hands in History," 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum

"Art Lab" - create art with a child age 2 to 5. Children learn the names, colors and techniques. 10:30 a.m-11:30 a.m.; "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Mac-Haydn Children's Theatre

"Wilbur, The Not-So-Big, Not-So-Bad Wolf," musicals for children of all ages, $10, 10:30 a.m., 1925 NY 203, Chatham, N.Y., (518) 392-9292, machaydntheatre.org.

Norman Rockwell Museum

‘Mom, Apple Pie, and Rockwell's Models,' celebrate Independence Day weekend with a day of music, talks, performances and the opportunity to meet Norman Rockwell's original models. Free with Museum admission, Museum members free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Stockbridge.

LECTURE

Western Gateway Heritage State Park

"Strangers in the Night," an illustrated lecture, at 2 p.m., Building 4, Route 8, North Adams, (413) 663-6312.

MUSEUMS

Animagic

Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run.' Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679. Arrowhead

The Herman Melville Museum offers new hours for tours: 10 & 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Garden features 15 acres with 23 display beds representing over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species, significant trees, unique shrubs and exotic botanical collections. Open year-round to visitors, corner of routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Information: (413) 298-3926 or visit www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Berkshire Museum

"Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. "Butterflies," featuring a live Butterfly Pavilion, on view through September 1, learn all about butterflies and caterpillars, including works by contemporary artists as well as artifacts from cultures around the world. Admission to the Butterfly Pavilion is an additional $2 per person. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Bidwell House Museum

An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s. Fully equipped colonial homestead on unpaved country lane. 18th and 19th century furnishings and tools, heirloom vegetable garden, flower gardens, 192 acres of fields, woods and trails, picnic sites. Museum open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., guided tours on the hour. Grounds open daily. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888. Chesterwood

Summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, best known for his sculptures of the "Minute Man" and the seated figure of "Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial." The 122-acre-property includes woodland trails. Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Massachusetts Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Exhibitions: "An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy" through Oct. 13, and "Selected Works by Albert Paley," June 14 to Oct. 13. June hours: Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July and August: open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The residence is closed from 12:30 to 2 p.m., 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. Information: www.chesterwood.org or (413) 298-3579.

Clark Art Institute

Art museum and international center for research and scholarship features public and educational programs, 10 to 5. 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Art Deco home of an artistic couple who championed abstract art in the ‘30s and ‘40s. View their paintings and Cubist masterpiece collection, period furniture and gardens on 46 acre estate bordering Tanglewood. "Points of Contact," an intimate 2-man Studio exhibit featuring Morris and Holtzman, two of the founders of the AAA. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, hourly guided tours, Thursday 10 a.m. tour, half price for Berkshire County residents, 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox, (413) 637-0166.

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

Summer estate of the great American writer, Edith Wharton. Daily tours of the house and gardens May-October. Special events, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Trails and walking paths. Please visit EdithWharton.org or call (413) 551-5111 for more information. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell, as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration. Featured exhibitions are "The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator," "Norman Rockwell's 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post' Covers," and "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell." Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 5; weekends 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 931-2221.North Adams Museum of History and Science

Three floors, 25 permanent exhibits - farming, immigration, railroading, industry, education, barracks replica from Fort Massachusetts, Black Light Gallery, military and more, one temporary gallery - now showing Famous Former Residents, children's hands-on Grandma's Attic area, in restored freightyard coal distribution center Building 5A Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Thurs-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Info 413-664-4700 or nahs@bcn.net or www.northadamshistory.org Porter-Phelps-Huntington House

Fourty Acres, an 18th-century farm on the banks of the Connecticut River that showcases life in rural New England over three centuries. Guided tours from 1 to 4:30 p.m., 130 River Drive, Hadley. (413) 584-4699. Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon

North Family guided tour at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., 1824 Meetinghouse tour at 1 p.m.; "The Great Stone Barn: Past, Present, Future" exhibit in Poultry House, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Monday, free admission, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring a tea and talk series, movies, plays, concerts, lectures and children's programs. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

MUSIC

Aston Magna Music Festival

"Music from a Turbulent 17th-Century England," Dowland, Purcell, Lawes. 6 p.m. Tickets: $35/$40 at the door, discounts available. Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. astonmagna.org, (800) 595-4849.

Barrington Stage Company

Joe Iconis & Family rock-and-roll jamboree. 9 p.m., Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Cabaret Series

Featuring Sonny & Perley. 8:30 and 10:45 p.m., Sevent Hills Inn, 40 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Berkshire Vista

Featuring Whiskey City, 2 p.m., tickets: $45 per couple, $35 per person, clothing optional campground, Hancock, berkshirevista.com or (413) 738-5154.

Brick House Pub

Featuring One Drum, a roots-reggae band from Hartford, Conn. 9 p.m. Admission: $5. Age 21 and up. Housatonic.

Capital Steps

Political satire and song, 8 p.m., Cranwell Resort, Route 7, Lenox.

Dream Away Lodge

Featuring Bobby Sweet. 8 p.m., 1342 County Road, Becket.

Guthrie Center

Tom Chapin, folk music at site of Alice's Restaurant, 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Songwriter Natalie Merchant, former lead vocalist and lyricist of pop music group 10,000 Maniacs, 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

Jazz luminary John Clark's Odd Couple Quintet, classical and jazz with violin, piano and bass, Strauss, Gershwin, Bach to the present, 7:30 p.m. Route 2, Charlemont.

Music from Salem

"Over There: A Remembrance of World War I," 7 p.m., in honor of the centennial, Elgar's Piano Quintet in A minor, and Zemlinsky's String Quartet No. 2. Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, N.Y.

Music Mountain

‘Salute to George M. Cohen,' the man who wrote ‘Over There,' ‘The Yankee Doodle Boy,' and ‘You're a Grand Old Flag.' 6:30 p.m., A pre-concert dinner will be held at 5 p.m., at Music Mountain, Falls Village, Conn. musicmountain.org.

Otis Cultural Council

Medicine Mammals, performance of American Indian dance, music, drumming and storytelling, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mountain View Campground, Route 8, Otis, free.

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum

Pete McLean and Mike Ingram. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 130 River Drive, Hadley. (413) 584-4699 or go to pphmuseum.org.

Sharon Playhouse

Music Mountain chamber music festival, George M. Cohen. 6:30 p.m. 49 Amenia Road, Sharon, Conn.

Tanglewood

Pre-rehearsal Talk, 9:30 a.m., Shed. Rehearsal, Sunday program, 10:30 a.m., Shed. Opening Night at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. William Eddins and Rob Fisher, conductors; Renee Fleming, soprano, 8:30 p.m., Shed.

Tanglewood Talk

Pre-Concert Lecture: "The American Voice! American Opera Arias and the American Songbook." Lecture with Professor Jeremy Yudkin. 2:30-4 p.m. Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. $10. Reservations: yudkinjaf@gmail.com or at the door.

OUTDOORS

Mount Greylock

‘Miscellaneous Mountain Meanderings,' explore the beauty of Greylock in this series of "Interpreter's Choice" hikes led by park interpreters Mike and Meshell. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring a snack, bug spray, sunscreen and drinking water. Open to all ages. 1 p.m. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Stockbridge Cemetery Tour

"Stockbridge Cottages: Who, When and Why" at 4 p.m., tour gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street, Stockbridge. Suggested donation $5. Information: Stockbridge Library at (413) 298-5501 or email ksmarshall03@gmail.com.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Maids in the Mills," 7 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Barrington Stage Company

"Kiss Me Kate," 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. "Working on a Special Day," 4 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Mystery of Irma Vep," 2 and 8 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge. "A Little Night Music," 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Chester Theatre Company

"Madagascar," the story of a young man's mysterious disappearance. 8 p.m., Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival

Main stage: "Red," 3 and 8 p.m., Dorset, Vt.

Mass MoCA

Two Truths and a Lie Comedy Improv, 8 p.m. North Adams.

Mixed Company

"Table Manners," 8 p.m. 37 Rossetter St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-2320.

Shakespeare and Company

Behind the Scenes Tour, 10:30 a.m. Preview: "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," 2 p.m. "Julius Caesar," 3 p.m. "A Servant of Two Masters," 5:30 p.m., "A Midsummer Night's Dream," set in the Bayou and the Jazz Age, 7:30 p.m. "Shakespeare's Will," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

The Theatre Barn

"You Should Be So Lucky," a laugh-out-loud farce, 4 and 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

Pop-rock musical, "Analog and Vinyl," 2 and 7:30 p.m., Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"June Moon," 3:30 and 8 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown.

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