Best Bets: Things to do in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont, Aug. 11 - 16


An animal of a different color

Grab your little artists and stop by Mass MoCA's Kidspace artbar to view Nick Cave's 'Kaleidoscopic Playground.' The artist uses nontraditional items — like bullet shells — to make animal sculptures. It's as cool as it sounds.

David Grover

Sing-a-long fun on free day

Fans of beloved children's musician David Grover rejoice! He and his gang will be performing for free at 10 a.m. on Friday, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. First come, first served.


Townwide tag sale

If you're looking for unique items, gifts, crafts and collectibles, then stop by Arlington, Vt., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Norman's Attic Celebration is a big deal — where you can find some deals. More than 60 vendors line Route 7A.


Show a must for collectors

For the serious antique collectors and those looking into getting started, you'll want to stop by the

Sheffield Antiques Show this weekend. Friday through Sunday, at Mount Everett High School, fine antiques and people meet


Get wordy in Pittsfield

It's about to get real for poetry lovers and spoken-word fanatics. The 2016 WordXWord Festival brings five days of free spoken-word workshops, performances to downtown Pittsfield, Mass. Starts Thursday.


Bring your pirate accent

Arrrrgghhh you still one of the few who hasn't seen Barrington Stage Company's "The Pirates of Penzance"? Head over to the Pittsfield, Mass., stage for an evening of swashbuckling fun. But it's only running through Sunday.


Classical concert

It's your last chance to catch a free concert of outstanding quality at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College, Vt. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, in Greenwall Auditorium


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