Art in the Afternoon: For adults. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic, 413-274-3738.

Berkshire Paint and Sip: Fundraiser to benefit Jon Rich. 6:30-8:30 p.m. "Blue Bird Tree"; $35, all painting materials and instruction included. Reservations: Mount Washington House, 2627 NY23, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "How To Babysit a Leopard: Adventures in Art." 1 to 4 p.m. Meet artists Ted and Betsy Lewin, authors and illustrators of award-winning books for children. A book signing will follow. Free with museum admission; members free. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, 413-931-2221 or

Williamstown Artist Open Studios: Meet local artist, explore their studios, and view their artwork. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All work is for sale. Diverse mediums & subject matter. Rain or shine, each day. Information: Williamstown.


Breakfast: Becket Federated Church to host a breakfast featuring pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and beverages. Baked goods available for purchase. 8-11 a.m., Becket.

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.


City of North Adams: Hometown Holidays — Small Business Saturday. All day. Support local small businesses! North Adams.

Knit 'n Stitch: Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Petersburgh Community Center: Holiday Craft & Gift Fair. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locally crafted pottery, woodcraft, textiles, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind gifts. 71 Main St., Petersburgh, N.Y.

St. Mark's Church: Bingo. Doors open 3:30 p.m.; games at 6:20 p.m. Food available. Information: 413-445-4506. Parish Center, 400 Columbus Ave. Extension, Pittsfield.

Sheffield Historical Society: Festival of the Holidays featuring Berkshire artisans. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.

Tunnel City Coffee: Coffee and Canines event. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or shine event. All well-behaved dogs are welcome, however, they will only be allowed to participate outside. 100 Spring St., Williamstown.

Village of Ashley Falls: Annual lighting of the Christmas tree. Hay wagon rides begin at 4 p.m., starting near the post office on the green. Tree lighting at 5 p.m. Holiday music, hot cocoa and homemade cookies. On the village green, Ashley Falls.

Windsor Volunteer Fire Department: Mistletoe & Holly Craft Fair fundraiser. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local crafters and Store 4 Kids to shop. Pancake breakfast, 6:30 to 9 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission: Canned goods for local food pantry. Windsor Town Hall, 1927 Route 9, Windsor.


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Annual Thanksgiving weekend screenings of "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $7 (general admission). Tickets and information: or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Museum: "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.

Lenox Library: Preschool story/craft for children ages 3 to 5, program features stories, songs and a craft related to the stories, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

Ramsdell Library: Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. Blue's Enchanted Adventures Story Time, noon to 1 p.m., for babies to age 5. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "A New York City Christmas ... A History." 3 p.m. Explore the holiday history of a city that represents the icon of Christmas celebration. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.


Sandisfield Arts Center: Best-selling author and resident Simon Winchester with a talk about his new book, "The Pacific." 4 p.m. Tickets: $20; and at the door. 5 Hammertown Road, off Route 57, Sandisfield.


Berkshire Bach: Handel's "Messiah" Sing. with Frank Nemhauser conducting The Berkshire Bach Players. 4 p.m. Free, donations welcome. Bring your own scores, borrow ours, or buy ours for $15 (G. Schirmer version). Information:, or 413-528-9555. First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington.

Colonial Theatre: 6th annual "The Mary Verdi Christmas Show." 2 and 7 p.m. Featuring special guest Billy Keene, the Dalton Ballet Troupe, a children's choir, Berkshire Music School violinists, The Berkshire Concert Choir and Santa Claus. Tickets: 413-997-4444. 111 South St., Pittsfield.

EPOCH at Melbourne: Eagles Big Band performance. 2 p.m. Free, but space is limited. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.


Ghent Playhouse: The Pantoloons, the childhood classic, "Snow White," subtitled "House of Dwarfs." 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 each, $17 for Friends of the Playhouse, and $10 for students with ID; 1-800-838-3006 or 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.

Hubbard Hall: World premiere musical, "Wayward Home: A Musical Folktale." 2 and 8 p.m. p.m. Tickets: $25 general admission, $10 students. Tickets or information: or 518-677-2495. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Walking The Dog Theater: "fire." 8 p.m. Information or reservations: 518-610-0909 or, or visit Solaris, 360 Warren St in Hudson, N.Y,

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