Hoffman Pottery

Open House featuring "Infinite Emerald Green" series; handbuilt art works by Elaine Hoffman, potter in residence. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 103 Great Barrington Road, Route 41, West Stockbridge. (413) 232-4646.

Readsboro Glassworks

30th Anniversary Holiday Open Studio and Sale. Visitors are invited to stop in to see Angus and LeQuier’s beautiful hand blown glass, enjoy hot mulled cider and homemade cookies and join the artists in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Readsboro Glassworks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6954 Main St., Readsboro, VT. Information (802) 423-7706. 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.

Blue Christmas

St. Helena’s Episcopal Chapel is hosting a service in memory of those who are no longer among us to share in our holidays; it is also dedicated to those who are facing Christmas feeling lonely, isolated, alienated, or with feelings of grief or sorrow. A blue Christmas tree will be featured at the front of the chapel and all are invited to place pictures, significant ornaments, and other mementos celebrating the past lives of loved ones, by the tree. 5 p.m., 245 New Lenox Road, Lenox.

Breakfast Buffet

Including pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon and coffee, all-you-can-eat, sponsored by Mystic Lodge, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Masonic Temple, 116 South St., Pittsfield. Donation: $6.

Caroling to the Horses

Help ring in the Christmas cheer by enjoying holiday goodies and serenading the herd. Bring horsey treats to stuff the horses’ stockings and to share with neighboring rescue farms. Dress warm and look forward to caroling together. 4-6 p.m., High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center, 71 County Road, Ghent, NY. (518) 672-4202.

’Dining to Donate’

To benefit the Adams PAL Girls Travel Basketball Teams, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Arizona Pizza, 660 Cheshire Road, Lanesborough. Mention the Adams PAL Travel Basketball Program when ordering and a portion of the bill will be donated to the teams.

First Baptist Church

The Reason for the Season, Christmas Pageant. 4 p.m., 131 Main St., North Adams.

Hancock Baptist Church

Celebrate Christ’s birth with a Christmas Candlelight service with the guest organist John Beach. Refreshments will be served in fellowship hall following the service. 7 p.m., Hancock.

Home for the Holidays

As 2013 draws to a close, there are still some special animals at the Berkshire Humane Society and Purradise Feline Adoption Center waiting for a forever family. Open your heart and take advantage of the "Choose an Adoption Fee" program as well as the "Senior for Senior" and "Buddy" programs. Information call the Berkshire Humane Society at (413) 447-7878 or Purradise at (413) 717-4244.

Pancake Breakfast

Monthly pancake/french toast breakfast hosted by the Clarksburg VFW Post 9144. $6 per person, proceeds help the VFW to contribute to local school and civic activities. 7-11 a.m., 144 River Road.

Pittsfield First Baptist Church

Longest Night Service, for people who feel at odds with the general good cheer of this season. Evening will consist of readings, prayers and hymns. 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

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.


Visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy cookies, milk and juice and bring a camera for photos. 1-3 p.m., 292 North St., Pittsfield.



"It’s a Wonderful Life" (1946), 7 p.m., free. Classic holiday film with Jimmy Stewart. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100,


Co-Dependent Meeting

12-step meeting every Sunday, 7 to 8 p.m., Congregational Church, Main Street, (use entrance on right of building), Dalton; information: (413) 684-2137.

Healing Rhythms

Heart-centered yoga flow, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Aquafit, 8-9 a.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.



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.

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

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

Berkshire Museum

"Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," on view through January 2; "Radical Traditionalism" and "Exquisite Illusion," on view through January 2; "Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.


Summer home of public sculptor, Daniel Chester French, sculptor of The Minute Man in Concord, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Tours, workshops, artist demonstrations and guided tours offered daily at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30, open daily through Oct. 31. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3579, ext. 25216.

Clark Art Institute

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

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

Summer cottage of the great American writer, Edith Wharton, best known for her Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. Open daily May-October. Grounds are open to public from dawn to dusk November-April. Special events, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Please visit or call (413) 551-5115 for more information. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.


Naumkeag House & Gardens Gilded Age mansion, 20 acres of landscaped grounds, guided house tours and special garden, 10 to 5. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, (413) 298-8138.

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 "Wendell Minor’s America" and "Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays." Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 4, Sat. and Sun. 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: or (413) 931-2221.

Susan B. Anthony Museum

Childhood home of the legendary human rights leader, features a portrait gallery, legacy room and birthing room, 11:30 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 "Les Petite Dames de Mode" exhibit featuring women’s fashions from 1855-1914 as well as plays, concerts, and a tea & talk series. 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


Drum/Bugle Corps

Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 2 to 5 p.m., Victory Temple Church, Dewey Avenue, Pittsfield. Information: Paul Christopher, (413) 281-1216 or Betsy Halla, (413) 822-5235.

Lichtenstein Center

"Mostly Jazz" jam session, for musicians of all ages and abilities (except beginners) to play jazz, meet other musicians and socialize, from 3 to 5 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information: Art Niedeck, (413) 442-2665.


The Met: Live in HD, Verdi’s "Falstaff." Met Music Director James Levine leads this new production directed by Robert Carsen. 1 p.m., Great Barrington.

Starving Artist Creperie

Starving Artist Creperie

Musical Brunch. Live bluegrass, jazz, funk, classical, and other types of music from talented local performers. Breakfast served until 3 p.m. View the artwork from the adjoined Good Purpose Gallery. 11 a.m., Lee.

Union College

Boston Camerata: Celebrate the holidays with this program highlighting the French tradition of Christmas through the Medieval ages. Called "America’s foremost early music ensemble" by Le Monde, the Camerata’s annual appearances have become a mainstay of the holiday season in the Capital Region. 3 p.m., 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY.


Berkshire Knapsackers

Lenox Mountain Trails: Hike some mountain biking trails and include the Burbank Trails of the BNRC, stopping at an overlook for lunch. Information contact Kathy Lee at (413) 443-9562 or


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) 997-4444,

’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. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353,

WTD Christmas Carol

Walking the Dog Theater’s David Anderson performs a one-man classic, 8 p.m. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. Free. (518) 610-0909



Community Supper

Community Supper

Free delicious meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Berkshires. No reservation required, donations accepted. 5-6 p.m., 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-2810.

Dottie’s Coffee Lounge

Holiday MANual: A MANly shopping experience for her (and your) pleasure. Event features chocolate, clothing, jewelry vendors and more. Guys can win door prizes from Moe’s Tavern, Trader Moe’s and The Garden. There will be a cigar vendor, with a complimentary stogie offered to the first 50 shoppers. 6-9 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield.

House Carol Sing

Deborah Burns, Gail M. Burns and others will lead the singing. Carol books are provided, the Williams Inn sends over hot mulled cider, and a roaring blaze will fill the fireplace. 7 p.m. The 1753 House is located in Field Park in between the Williams Inn and the Milne Public Library at the intersection of Routes 2 and 7. Parking is available at the Inn and the Library. Dress warmly and bring a candle to see by.


Berkshire Hillsmen

Pittsfield’s men’s barbershop chorus meeting, all men who like to sing a capella in four part harmony are welcome, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Route 41 and Church Lane, Richmond; information: Dan Burkhard, (413) 298-4773.

Drum/Bugle Corps

Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 6 to 8 p.m., Pilgrim Memorial Church, Wahconah Street, Pittsfield. Information: Paul Christopher, (413) 281-1216 or Betsy Halla, (413) 822-5235.

Eagles Band Rehearsals

Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Information: (413) 499-2071.

Lichtenstein Center

Folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information:

Northern Berkshire Chorale

Northern Berkshire Chorale

Mixed-voice choir; rehearsals at 7:15 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Williams College Campus, Williamstown.


WTD Christmas Carol

Walking the Dog Theater’s David Anderson performs a one-man classic, 8 p.m. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. Free. (518) 610-0909

Most of these listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. Prices vary for arts and entertainment events. Ongoing events must be updated monthly. Information must arrive at least a week before the date of publication and be sent to Olivia Daly, Calendar, The Berkshire Eagle, P.O. Box 1171, Pittsfield 01202; emailed to, or faxed to (413) 499-3419. Questions: (413) 496-6238, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5.