Berkshire County turns green for St. Patrick's Day

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Even if there is white stuff blanketing the county, expect to see plenty of green this weekend.

On Saturday, St. Patrick's Day is upon us once again. Here's where you can celebrate all weekend long (and on Thursday, for good measure). (Note: If your event isn't listed, please email Meggie Baker at mbaker@berkshireeagle to have it added online and/or in a subsequent print edition.)

ALL WEEKEND AND BEYOND

Patrick's Pub and O'Laughlin's Pub in Pittsfield; Paddy's on Main in Dalton; and Matt Reilly's Pub in Lanesborough are worth stops throughout the weekend. They will have, to varying degrees, specials, music and other festivities. More importantly, Irish pride isn't just a holiday deal at these establishments.

THURSDAY

Country Club of Pittsfield, 6-9 p.m.: Hillcrest Educational Centers' 17th annual Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Celebration will focus on fundraising for a St. Mark's School renovation. Tickets are $50. Purchase at hillcrestec.org/stpats or by contacting Tim Gallagher at 413-499-7924 ext. 133 or tgallagher@hillcrestec.org. All proceeds go towards the renovation, according to a press release. Sheriff Thomas Bowler and Pittsfield Police Officer Darren Derby will be presented with the Irish Person of the Year Award and the Judge John A. Barry Community Service Award, respectively. The Brodie Mountain Boys will perform Irish tunes.

Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, 6 p.m.: "Shades of Green" is the theme for this month's early bird cabaret. Steve Hassmer, Kimberly Gritman and special guest Tony Pastore are on vocals. Catherine Schane-Lydon and Jeff Hunt are on the keys. Tickets are $20; purchase them online at www.thewhit.org or by calling 413-443-0289. The ticket includes a meal and a beverage (coffee or soda). The menu is Irish soda bread with butter and jam; Irish Guinness beef stew; and cheesecake with Irish cream.

The Williams Bookstore, Williamstown, 6:30 p.m.: Author Kevin O'Hara will present "My First Pint of Guinness and Other Irish Tales." This event is free and open to the public.

The Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, 7 p.m.: Practice your own Irish music before the big day at the weekly Hootenanny. Free admission for performers. It is $3 for center members and $5 for others.

FRIDAY

2 Flights Up, Dalton, 6:30 p.m.: A St. Patrick's dance night includes line dancing. Cost is $6. For more information, call 413-281-4893.

Tamarack Lounge, Bousquet Ski Area, Pittsfield, 8 p.m.: Wear green to Bousquet's St. Patrick's Day kickoff night, a free show with rockers Critical Mass.

Mission Bar + Tapas, Pittsfield, 8 p.m.: Cameron Collins and Melissa Brinton play acoustic tunes from Appalachia to Ireland.

SATURDAY (ST. PATRICK'S DAY)

Misty Moonlight Diner, Pittsfield, 6:30 a.m.: An all-day celebration includes live music from 5-7 p.m.

The Olde Heritage Tavern, Lenox, 7 a.m.: More than 500 pounds of corned beef will be part of an all-day celebration.

Bousquet Ski Area, Pittsfield, 9 a.m.: The 21st annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Olympics, Slush Run and Fireworks is an all-day affair. For the hardy (or late-arrivers), fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Dewey's Public House, Dalton, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.: Kegs and eggs to start the day. Music from the One for One Duo begins at 3. Dinner service is until 9; last call is at 10.

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: The library will host a St. Patrick's-themed family scavenger hunt. Beginning at 10:30, families will depart from the children's library and follow clues that take them throughout the building. The last start time is 3:30 p.m. To register for the event, call 413-499-9480 ext. 203 or see any children's library staff member.

The Well Restaurant + Bar, Great Barrington, 12 p.m.: All-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage, Guinness specials, t-shirts and other gear are a part of this daylong celebration.

Greylock Community Club, North Adams, 12 p.m.: An all-day celebration that includes a 50/50 raffle and a prize for best-dressed.

Freight Yard Pub & Restaurant, North Adams, 12 p.m.: The JP Murphy Band will play two different sets: 12-2 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.

The Lake House Guest Cottages of the Berkshires, Lanesborough, 2-5 p.m.: If you didn't catch them at Mission on Friday night, Cameron Collins and Melissa Brinton will play more acoustic numbers in an event presented by Balderdash Cellars.

First Congregational Church of South Egremont, South Egremont, 5-7 p.m.: A St. Patrick's corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served. Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10. It is free for children under age 5. Takeout is available. Call 413-528-2368 for more information.

Berkshire Hills Country Club, Pittsfield, 5 p.m.: Dinner and music at the tavern includes corned beef and cabbage, among other meal options. Reservations required; call 413-447-9429.

The Dream Away Lodge, Becket, 5-11 p.m.: The Crazy Neighbors will play along with Johnny Irion; there will also be a $10 corned beef dinner available and bar specials.

Pittsfield Elks Lodge 272, Pittsfield, 5:30 p.m.: Corned beef and cabbage will be served at the Irish American Club of Berkshire County's annual St. Patrick's Day dinner and dance. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 5:30; dinner is at 6:30. Call 413-447-9243 for more information.

South Congregational Church, Pittsfield, 6-10 p.m.: License to Groove leads a sober dance party (expect some disco and new wave tunes) in Barrett Hall as part of a fundraiser for its community food pantry. At 6 p.m., corned beef and cabbage dinner is made available. For dinner and the dance, the cost is $15. Just dancing? A donation of $10 is suggested.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Great Barrington, 7-10:30 p.m.: Berkshire Ballroom Chapter 3045 of USA Dance is holding a dance night. Ron Tritto of LearnTaDance Dance Studio will lead a lesson at 7. Cost is $10 for USA Dance members, $5 for full-time students and $15 for everyone else. Snacks provided. For more information, call 413-499-3062.

Water Street Grill, Williamstown, 7 p.m.: C.J. Field returns with guitar in-hand.

The Gateways Inn, Lenox, 7:30-10:30 p.m.: Most of The Wanda Houston Band (Wanda Houston, Rob Kelly and Jeff Stevens) will perform.

PortSmitt's Lakeway Restaurant, Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.: A duo, Garson & Sullivan, brings a guitar and a keyboard to this spot.

Berkshire Salsa, Pittsfield, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.: Berkshire Salsa gives St. Patrick's Day some Latin flavor. The music and dance mix will include merengue, salsa, bachata, Latin dance music, cumbia and reggaeton. At 8:30, a bachata lesson for beginners starts. Intermediates go 45 minutes later. At 10 p.m., a social dance starts. Lessons are included in the $10 cash cover ($8 for students with ID). Those with birthdays from March 12 and 20 get in for free when they bring a friend. No partner needed to attend. Bring your own green beer or...wine. For more information, call Alan Franco at 413-347-2801.

Tavern at the A, Pittsfield, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.: Shyne and Elizabeth Young & The Restless Hearts in the same night means double the rock. Cover is $10 at the door; doors open at 8. Green attire encouraged.

The Lion's Den, The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: The Tom Savoy Trio draws from a wide repertoire.

Knox Trail Inn, East Otis 9-11:30 p.m.: Bits 'n' Pieces plays classic rock and country.

SUNDAY

Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, 11 a.m.: If you're still functional by this point, you can check out Northampton-based Irish folk band Below the Gaff during a special brunch. Tickets are $18; purchase them online at thewhit.org or by calling 413-443-0289. The ticket includes the meal and a coffee or tea. According to a release, the menu is a traditional Irish breakfast:  scramble of buttered eggs/potatoes/peppers/onions; a link of mild pork sausage; a slice of tomato; and Irish soda bread with butter and jam.

Benjamin Cassidy can be reached at bcassidy@berkshireeagle.com, at @bybencassidy on Twitter and 413-496-6251.


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