Thursday

Nov. 28

COMMUNITY

Great Barrington Turkey Trot

Race helps raise money for the Monument Mountain Scholarship Fund, VIM (Volunteers in Medicine), Construct, Inc., Hospice, and the Livestrong Cancer Fund. 9:30 a.m. 10K and 2 mile. Registration starts at 8. Race runs in all weathers. Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. www.turkeytrotrace.com Friday

Nov. 29

COMMUNITY

Bennington Museum

The 17th annual Community-created exhibit of designed and decorated holiday trees, each in a beautiful, and sometimes whimsical, vignette. This year, each designer selected an item from the museum's collection that is rarely on exhibit. Nov. 29 through Dec. 30. 75 Main St. Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571, benningtonmuseum.org.

Berkshire Museum

‘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

Farm & Flea Market

Weekend-long festival supporting small businesses.


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Farmers market with handmade tinctures, powders and potions (Good Fight Herb Co.), and cheese, pasture-raised meats and kraut (Chaseholm Farm & Creamery), wreaths, potted plants and terrariums (Farmhand Flowers), rye flour, polenta, hot pepper ristras, eggs, squash and popcorn from Sparrowbush Farm, meats from Diamond Hills Farm and more. Flea market with metal work, wood work and furniture, jewelry designers, pottery and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front St., Hudson N.Y. (518) 822-1050, www.BasilicaHudson.com

Wreath Decorating

Family afternoon, making wreathes from natural materials. 1 to 4 p.m., St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, County Route 7, Spencertown, N.Y. (518) 392-2675.

Naumkeag

Gilded Age mansion shop open for the holidays through Dec. 1. Par asols, Victorian jewelry, ornaments ... noon to 5 p.m. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Shop at the Old Stone Store will be 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. Sheffield Historical Society, Route 7, www.sheffieldhistory.org

Shelburne Falls

Moonlight Magic, 4 p.m. til late: Parade begins 5:15 p.m. with the Expandable Brass Band, snow prin cess, Sparky the fire dog, people in cow costumes and Santa. Gallery-wide sale at Salmon Falls artisan showroom with live music by Slight Change, jazz and blues. www.salmonfallsgalery.com

Ventfort Hall

Gilded Age Museum, mansion house decorated for the holidays: Second floor now open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, www.gildedage.org

HANUKKAH

Shabbat and Chanukah Party

Join in lighting of the chanukiyot (bring your own menorah!), some Shabbat and Chanukah songs and prayers, and then a vegetarian / dairy potluck feast -- CBI will provide the latkes. 5:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams. (413) 663-5830, www.cbiweb.org

FILM

Next Stage Arts

A special screening of the film "Central Park Five," by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns. Author and co-director Sarah Burns will be in attendance to introduce the film and conduct a Q and book-signing following the screening. 7 p.m., 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vermont. www.nextstagearts.org

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

"Museum Adventures" songs, stories, scavenger hunts, for children 18 months to 3 years. 11 to 11:30 a.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

MUSIC

Darlene Love, "Love for the Hol idays" concert 8 p.m. Songs from the holiday season performed with her full band and backup singers. Every year since 1986, Love has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman during the last episode of the calendar year to perform her classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." 14 Castle st. Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 8 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhouse.org

Saturday

Nov. 30

ART

Holiday Arts Festival

413 Glassworks holiday open house, handmade jewelry, ceramic, fabric, wood, glass and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 37 Nobody's Road in Cheshire. (413) 443-4864, www.413glassworks.com.

Homemade Holiday Bazaar

Gift market with local artisans, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Driftwood, penny jewelry, felting and more. Saturdays trough Dec. 21. Frear building's atrium, Fulton and Third streets, Troy, N.Y. www.tightknit.org

COMMUNITY

Bidwell House Museum

Colonial Holiday of Thanksgiving Fundraising Party. A celebration of the harvest in Reverend Bidwell's 1750s parlors. Fundraising benefits the Berkshire colonial history museum, featuring Mary Knysh on recorder and acoustical guitarist David Reed. Wine, cider, and a colonial cocktail, hors d'oeuvres, decorations, silent auction. 4-7 p.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey (413) 528-6888.

Farm & Flea market

Weekend-long festival supporting small businesses Farmers market with handmade tinctures, powders and potions (Good Fight Herb Co.), and cheese, pasture-raised meats and kraut (Chaseholm Farm & Creamery), wreaths, potted plants and terrariums (Farmhand Flowers), rye flour, polenta, hot pepper ristras, eggs, squash and popcorn from Sparrowbush Farm, meats from Diamond Hills Farm and more. Flea market with metal work, wood work and furniture, jewelry designers, pottery and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front St., Hudson N.Y. (518) 822-1050, www.BasilicaHudson.com

Hancock Shaker Village

Share in a Traditional Shaker Supper by candlelight: Shaker recipes, including cranberry pot roast, lentil soup, and Sister Mary's very own bread pudding in room where the Shakers dined, 4 p.m. Introduction to Shaker life and a tour of selected Shaker buildings lead by costumed interpreters. Reservations (413) 443-0188, ext. 100. www.hancockshakervillage.org

Hometown Holiday

Visits with Santa Claus noon to 3 p.m. at the Downtown Visitors Center. Bennington County Choral Society and local Girl Scout Troops Caroling along Main Street. Route 9, Downtown Bennington, Vt.

The Mount

Celebrate the Holidays at The Mount, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with new Backstage Tours at noon and 2 p.m. Learn about the daily routines and the men and women who ran The Mount. The gift shop will open for holiday shopping. Lenox.

Naumkeag

Gilded Age mansion shop open for the holidays through Dec. 1. Parasols, Victorian jewelry, ornaments ... noon to 5 p.m. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Pilgrimage between worlds

Benjamin Schaefer of Tyringham to speak on esperiences of a medical anthropology student in Ghana, 11 a.m. Tyringham Town Hall, Main Road, Tyringham.

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

FILM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"Singin' in the Rain" (G), classic movie musical set in early days of talking films, starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor. 4 p.m., seats are general admission. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

"Chow Time" in aquarium, 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

MUSIC

Berkshire Bach Players

Handel's ‘Messiah' Sing-in with Frank Nemhauser conducting: The audience becomes the chorus. Bring a score or borrow one from the choir. 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington. Free (donations welcome).

Christmas at the Colonial

Mary Verdi's Christmas at the Colonial show invites families from across the Berkshires to a holiday celebration, 7 p.m. Sing-along of old favorites, dancing, a children's choir, bell choir, and a full band with strings and horns with local performers: Bobby Sweet and Ron Ramsey, Dalton Ballet, Berkshire Music School Violins, St. Ann Children's Chorus, Berkshire Pulse Drum Core, Neigh borhood Gang, and Santa. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, www.berk shiretheatre.org

The Colonial Theatre

"Mary Verdi: Christmas at the Colonial," a very special night of nostalgia and holiday celebration. Enjoy an unforgettable performance that includes a sing-along of old favorites, dancing, a children's choir, bell choir, and a full band with strings and horns featuring area performers. 7 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield. Box office (413) 997-4444.

Eagles Stage Band

The Eagles Big Band of Pittsfield, music from the 1930s through the 1950s. 2 p.m., Melbourne Place, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. (413) 499-1992.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Dorothy Rice Sanctuary, Peru. Hiking for approximately four miles of trails in the Sanctuary. For information contact Carl Filios, (413) 442-8984 or cefilios@verizon.net

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 8 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhouse.org

Sandglass Theater

Eric Bass' award winning puppet piece "Autumn Portraits." 7:30 p.m., Putney, Vt. (802) 387-4051, email: info@sandglasstheater.org or visit www.sandglasstheater.org.

Sunday

Dec. 1

HANUKKAH

Chanukah Festival

Public kindling of the huge "Men orah of Freedom," with local families and public dignitaries, 4 p.m. Live music, face painting, dancing, hot potato latkes, cotton candy, chocolate Chanukah coins, a grand raffle, dreidels, and "Bubblemania" with internationally-renowned entertainer Casey Carle. Chabad of the Berk shires presents free celebration co-sponsored by the Jewish Fed eration of the Berk shires and The Wassermann-Streit Y'DIYAH Memorial Fund. Open to all. Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough. (413) 499-9899.

Holiness in winter

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights -- a joyous holiday that celebrates unexpected miracles and the promise of religious liberty. Through the ages, it has delighted children, inspired works of art, and is a welcome promise of light in the winter darkness. Join Rabbi Josh Breindel for a guided reading of the Hanukkah story from the Books of Maccabees, and an exploration of the many ways in which Jews (and other cultures) infuse a sense of holiness into the winter experience. 1 to 3 p.m. Free and open to all Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. (413) 442-5910, www.templeansheamunim.org

COMMUNITY

Adams Tree Lighting

Town common, 2 to 5 p.m. Santa arrives at 3:30; tree lighting at 4; free hayrides and music by the Hoosic Valley Middle and High School chorus and Girl Scouts, hot cocoa, coffee, cookies and doughnuts donated by the Adams Lions Club and Adams Elks. Immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Town Common, Santa will light the Tree on Summer Street. Holiday Village on display 1 to 4 p.m. and through December at Adams Town Hall.

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 - when the Museum will mark another 110 years. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org

Gingerbread House party

Sixth annual gingerbread house decorating party, 3:30 p.m. Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St. Pittsfield. Reservations (413) 443-1792.

Naumkeag

Gilded Age mansion shop open for the holidays through Dec. 1. Par asols, Victorian jewelry, ornaments ... noon to 5 p.m. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

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

DANCE

Nutcracker Performance and Tea

Holiday ballet, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, mansion house decorated for the holidays: Second floor now open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, www.gildedage.org

MUSIC

Colonial Theatre

"Mary Verdi: Christmas at the Colonial," a very special night of nostalgia and holiday celebration. Enjoy an unforgettable performance that includes a sing-along of old favorites, dancing, a children's choir, bell choir, and a full band with strings and horns featuring area performers. 2 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield. Box office (413) 997-4444.

Eagles Brass Ensemble

Holiday concert, 3 p.m. Adams Library, Main St., Adams.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 2 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhouse.org

Town Players of Pittsfield

Staged reading of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" by Tom Mula 2 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Monday

Dec. 2

COMMUNITY

Hoffman Bird Club

Monthly meeting: Members Night and Christmas Count Details. Bring 10 digital images and holiday sweets to share and sign up for the Annual Christmas Count. 7 p.m., Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield.

Town Players

Quarterly membership meeting, 7 p.m. Entertainment and refreshments. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

FILM

Old Chatham Quakers

Screeing of ‘In the Family,' 7 p.m. with potluck at 6 p.m. Happy young boy with two dads struggles when one man dies and leaves custody to his sister, and the living father fights to keep his son. Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.

THEATER

Puppet Festival

‘Dorme,' second show in MCLA's Puppet Fest, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Italian puppet company La Capra Ballerina and pupeteer Laura Bartolomei explore dreams and nightmares of a young girl. Branch Gallery, 16 Holden St., North Adams. (413) 662-5204, www.mcla.edu

Tuesday

Dec. 3

ART

Berkshire Athenaeum

Impressionist style pastel workshop, 6:30 p.m., all welcome. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Register (413) 499-9480, ext. 202

Clark Art Institute

"Everything I See Needs Rearranging: Media and Experience in Los Angeles, 1964-1971," Roberto Tejada. 5:30 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown.

WordXWord

Jive Poetic, New York poet and slam veteran, 8 p.m. Free. yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

End of semester performance of BMS Orchestra, 6 p.m., Berkshire Music School Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williams College

Songwriters Studio Recital with students of Bernice Lewis, 7 p.m. in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

Wednesday

Dec. 4

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Gardens

Wreaths from the Wild, 1 to 3 p.m.: Create a beautiful evergreen wreath for the holidays using the bounty of the fields and forests of the Berkshires. Learn about the natural history of common and not-so-common plants that can be used to create interesting holiday decorations. Construct and take home a simple evergreen wreath and the skill to create wreaths for holidays to come. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge.(413) 298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Caregivers workshop

"ABCs of Navigation for Caregivers" with Bob Dean, director of Navigation for Caregivers, 7 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Register (413) 499-9480, ext. 202

'Mark Twain Christmas'

Nook Farm Book Club, a collaboration of The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, to discuss the new book "A Mark Twain Christmas" by Carlo DiVito. Reception at 5 p.m., informal discussion 5:30 to 6:30. Mark Twain House Museum Visitors Center, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. Free, to register call (860) 522-9258, Ext. 317.

North Adams Tree Lighting

Tree lighting ceremony at Monument Square on Main Street and Hometown Holidays kickoff, 5 p.m. Drury High School band to perform holiday melodies and carols, antique Mack fire truck with Santa and Mrs. Claus, gifts and goodie bags. Downtown celebration to 8 p.m. North Adams. (rescheduled from Nov. 27)

MUSIC

Berkshire Community College

Home For the Holidays Concert Featuring Matt Cusson, 7 p.m. Koussevitzky Arts Center, Boland Theatre. Part of the "Young Artist Series." West Street, Pittsfield. berkshirecc.edu

Williams College

MidWeekMusic, 12:15 p.m., Chaplin Hall; Violin Studio Recital with students of Joanna Kurkowicz, 4 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall; Small Jazz Ensembles, 7 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.