Best Bets in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont for July 7 - 13


'Brouhaha' fun in Hilltowns

Dancing, a bouncy house and strawberry shortcakes are all on tap at the Becket Washington Town Fair — now called the Hilltown Brouhaha. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at North Becket Village, Mass.

Hands On

Explode a mega volcano

Build a giant bubble sculpture, or see a giant baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano at the annual free Science Night at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. The scientific experiments go from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8.


Big-band music for free

Dance on over to the Arkell Pavilion in Manchester, Vt., on Saturday, July 9, for a free concert by the Washington County Band. The 40-member band will play at 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of SVAC's Summer Solo Show.

Bascom Lodge

Enjoy jazz with a view

Soak up the vistas from atop Mount Greylock in Adams, Mass., while listening to the lineup of the Third Annual Mount Greylock Free Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 10. From noon to 6 p.m. enjoy performances behind Bascom Lodge.

Frozen treat

Get the scoop and have fun

Calling all ice cream lovers! Stop by the lawn of the Bley House Museum in Dorset, Vt., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, for the Dorset Historical Society's annual ice cream social. Call the historical society at 802-867-0331.


Camels, dog acts for all

Grab the family for circus fun at the The Zerbini Family Circus, presented by the Dalton Lions Club. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 12, visit the big top at the Dalton American Legion Field in Dalton, Mass.

Call 413-842-5212


Sing-a-long with Grover

It's a summer rite of passage for families in the Berkshires — the annual Great Barrington Bandstand concerts with David Grover. Ever Saturday, from now through Aug. 27, join in the fun at 10 a.m. for free behind the town hall.


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