Best Bets : Fun things to do in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont, Sept. 1-7


Celebrate First Friday

It's pay-what-you-wish Friday at the Bennington Museum after 5 p.m., Friday. Join gallery talks at the museum or check out the exhibit "Milton Avery's Vermont." At 6:30 p.m., listen in on a discussion about Avery's work.


Fine art show and sale

Looking for new, local art to hang on your walls? Visit the Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild Fine Art Show and Sale at the West Stockbridge, Mass., Town Hall on Main Street. Open Thursday through Sunday.


Tanglewood's final weekend

The Boston Pops and its conductor Keith Lockhart will close out the summer in Lenox, Mass. with two fun concerts. Friday night they'll perform with the B-52s and Saturday night a performance of "Dancing Under the Stars."


Grab your shoulder pads

Bring your Flock of Seagulls hair for a fun night of theater at the Theatre Barn's production of "The Wedding Singer." Hurry, because this is the last weekend to catch the '80s-inspired musical at the New Lebanon, N.Y., theater.


Butterfly takes flight

Opera returns to the Berkshires with "Madama Butterfly," at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. The Berkshire Opera Festival will perform the ill-fated love story set in Japan.

The last show is Friday.


Line 'em up at Musclepalooza

Head over to Lebanon Valley just across the New York border for region's premier muscle car show and drag racing event. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, hot cars will take center track. $10 for adults, $2 for kids, 6-12.

Family Fun

Strike it rich, maybe

Try your hand at gold panning with Vermont Gold Mtn Prospecting on Sunday. Prospectors of all ages can meet at Shaw's Grocery store in Manchester, Vt., at 8 a.m. and head out to Broad Brook in Plymouth, Vt.


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