Calendar, August 30





Housatonic Valley Art League

27 "Artists’ Choice" Show and Sale. Noon-7 p.m. 420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Studio Opening

Helga S. Orthofer is opening her studio at 17 East Street in Stockbridge. Open noon-5 p.m.,, (413) 298-4456. COMMUNITY

’Anonymous’ Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Ashley House

Tours at 1 and 2 p.m. For more information, call (413) 298-3239 ext. 3013 or email 117 Cooper Hill Road, Sheffield.

Berkshire Dream Center

Fourth annual Neighborhood Block Party, noon-3 p.m. Morningside School, Pittsfield.

Berkshire South

Swim Lessons: Ages 6 months and up. All abilities and levels. Members $50, guests $70. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-0397.

Bidwell House Museum

History Talk: "Fact and Fiction: Imagining the Real World of the Shakers," 10 a.m. Rachel Urquhart on the research and writing of her novel "The Visionist" about a young Shaker girl. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.



Becket Federated Church to host a breakfast featuring pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and beverages. Baked goods available for purchase. 8-11 a.m., Becket.

Chess Night

Presented by the "Soldier On" program, all welcome, 7 p.m., main dining room, 360 West Housatonic St., Route 20, Pittsfield. Information: Willie Ledbetter, (413) 822-8530 or 236-5644.

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music and entertainment, midway rides and Oak Ridge Boys at the 174th fair in Chatham, N.Y.

Dewey Hall

House party and concert, 7-10 p.m. Proceeds go towards an air conditioning / heat pump system.

Drury High School Band

The Drury High School Band will be holding a Car Wash Fundraiser from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Carr Hardware, 179 State Road, North Adams. $5 per car. A bake sale will also take place.

Food Pantry

Sponsored by Berkshire Veterans of Soldier On, veterans and public invited, every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., 360 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-5644.

Green Gargoyle

Gift and thrift shop, good quality clothing from infants to adults, household items and accessories, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.

Highway Department Garage Area

A light metals and bulky waste collection will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Highway Department garage area in Richmond.

Lee Congregational Church

Lee Congregational Church

History tours of the church, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, 25 Park Place, Lee., (413) 243-1033,

Lord and Tailor

Gift and thrift shop, array of spring & summer clothing, $2 jeans. Noon to 4 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

Mission House

Tous from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call (413) 298-3239 ext. 3013 or email 19 Main St., Stockbridge.

Natural Bridge State Park

Native American Display and Activities: An ongoing display of native crafts and tools from both the past and present as well as activities. 1 McCauley Road, North Adams. (413) 663-6392.


Tours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Apples & Pears: Upstairs-Downstairs Tour, 1 p.m.; English Tea in the Gardens: 2-4 p.m. For more information, call (413) 298-8138 or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Great Barrington.

New Lebanon Visitor Center

Tours, talks, workshops and demonstrations. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. 14398 N.Y. Route 22, New Lebanon, N.Y. For the full schedule, go to

North Adams Farmers Market

Weekly market in the St. Anthony parking lot featuring local farmers, food producers, craft vendors and musicians. Those in the SNAP program can get double the amount of food for the regular price. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Pittsfield High School Class of 1954

The Pittsfield High School Class of 1954 will hold its 60th class reunion at the Berkshire Hills Country Club at 500 Benedict Road in Pittsfield. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Those who have not received an invitation may call Beverly Boos Chartier at (413) 637-9959.

Spencertown Academy

Annual Festival Of Books: a giant used book sale, readings by nationally known and local authors, and a children’s program. Spencertown, N.Y.


Performance Space 21

Parsons Dance Master Class, 11 a.m. Parsons Dance: "Introduction," "Bachiana," "Caught" and other work, 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.


5 Hoosac Street Gallery

"The Mill Children," photographs shot by Lewis Hine in 1911 and 1916 at mills in Adams and North Adams, through Dec. 15. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Adams.

Art On Main

"Mia Le Comte: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 1966-2003," until September 3. The Gallery at Barnbrook Realty, 271 Main St., Great Barrington.

Becket Arts Center

Susan Miller and Freya Segal will exhibit current artwork. Reception from 2-4 p.m. Becket.

Becket Land Trust

Photography exhibit "Transporting the Stone to the Polishing Shed: The Story of the Becket-Chester Railway." Also showing will be the Becket Historic Quarry Permanent Exhibit. Open house and reception from 2-4 p.m. Historic Quarry Galleries, Mullen House Education Center, 12 Brooker Hill Road, Becket. For more information, call (413) 623-2100.

Carrie Haddad Gallery

"Playful," an exhibit featuring new fresco secco art by Phyllis Palmer, Play-Doh constructions by new media artist Fernando Orellana and wooden wall sculpture by Stephen Walling. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 622 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. (518) 828-1915.

Clark Art Institute

"Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950-1975," "Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum" and "Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith." Williamstown.

Deerfield Community Center

25th annual exhibit of paintings, featuring a memorial exhibit of paintings by Elice Davis Pieropan. Open noon-5 p.m. Free. For more information, call Carol at (413) 665-4332.

The Emporium Antiques & Art Center

"Bricolage," see fiber and found objects in a show by artist Janet Cooper. Opening reception from 3-6 p.m. 319 Main St., Great Barrington.

Epoch at Melbourne

Photography exhibit by nature photographer Maria Brodeur. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Inner Vision

Exhibit featuring the work of local artists Karen Andrews and Susan Sabino through Aug. 31. Open Sat. & Sun., noon to 4 p.m., corner of Furnace Cone Hill roads, West Stockbridge. Call (413) 232-4027 for private studio visit.

Knox Gallery

Julie Shapiro: Paintings. Reception from 6-7:30 p.m. 452 Main Road, Monterey, (413) 528-3795.

Lanesborough Public Library

Photo exhibit by Nicholas De Candia entitled "us three," comprised of photographs of De Candia’s wife of 40 years. For more information, call (413) 442-0222.

Lauren Clark Fine Art

Work of artist Abby DuBow. Great Barrington.

Meeting House Gallery

"New Marlborough Artists," annual exhibition showcasing art works by eight artists living and working in the area. Open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Route 57, New Marlborough.

Otis Library and Museum

Display of paintings of artist Jim Day. 48 North Main Road, Otis.

Renaissance Gallery

New Photographic Work by Michael Lavin Flower. Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 420 Jenifer House Commons, Great Barrington. (413) 528-9600.

Sanford Smith Fine Art

New Paintings by Karen LeSage, featuring LeSage’s large, atmospheric, minimal landscapes in vivid, luminous colors. 13 Railroad St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-6777.



"Common Ground," a new, juried exhibition of 25 large-scale, outdoor sculptures by regional, national and international artists, June 1-Oct. 31, at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, (413) 623-2068,,,

Susan Geller Photography

Exhibit entitled "Berkshires: Sun, Rain, Snow." Berkshire Medical Center Lobby, 725 North St., Pittsfield.

Thompson Giroux Gallery

"Friend of a Friend," a group exhibition. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 57 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. For more information, visit


Ashintully Gardens

Yoga in the Garden: Each week will feature a new spot in the gardens for some yoga. 1-2 p.m. Call (413) 243-3582 to register or sign up at

Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness

All Levels Yoga w/ Regina Burgio & Kelly Ziemba 9-10 a.m.; Journey Dance w/ Antoinette Simms 10:15-11:15 a.m. Drop-ins welcome. 55 North St., Suite 201, Pittsfield. (413) 822-2034 or

Dalton CRA

Adult Lap Swim, 7-9:30 a.m.; Spin, 7:15-8:15 a.m.; Arms, Abs & Tush, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Spin, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Flex & Flow Yoga, 9-10 a.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Family Swim, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Healing Rhythms

Healing Rhythms

Slow Flow Yoga, 8:30-10 a.m.; 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox. (413) 637-2727.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets from 11:30 to 12:30, Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.


Pilates Mat Class, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Berkshire Physical Therapy, 740 Williams St., Pittsfield; registration: (413) 358-1007.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Tabata, 8-8:45 a.m.; Cardio Kickboxing, 9-10 a.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Prenatal Yoga

No experience necessary, 10:30 a.m., Zaanti Yoga Studio, 449 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 496-9642.

Tai Chi Easy/Qigong

For health and relaxation, adaptable for all ages and almost any stage of health practice, free for returning soldiers, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information/registration: Sherilyn Mindermann, (413) 446-1791.

Yoga & Zumba on Onota Lake

Yoga 9-10 a.m.; Zumba 10:15-11:15 a.m. All ages & levels welcome. Burbank Park on Onota Lake w/ Rachael Plaine (413) 822-2034 or


Berkshire Museum

"Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30; "Kitchen Ka-Boom" fun science experiments using items found in any kitchen. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171. Great Barrington Bandstand

"Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30; "Kitchen Ka-Boom" fun science experiments using items found in any kitchen. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171. Great Barrington Bandstand

"Tanglewood for Tots," David Grover performs every Saturday through Aug. 30 at 10 a.m., behind Town Hall, Great Barrington.


Garden Adventures for Children: Children’s garden adventure quest - follow the clues up, down and around Naumkeag’s stunning landscaped grounds and gardens. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (413) 298-8138 or email



Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run.’ Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.



The Herman Melville Museum hourly tours from 10 to 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Garden features 15 acres with 23 display beds representing over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species, significant trees, unique shrubs and exotic botanical collections. Open year-round to visitors, corner of routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Information: (413) 298-3926 or visit

Berkshire Museum

"Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. "Butterflies," featuring a live Butterfly Pavilion, on view through September 1, learn all about butterflies and caterpillars, including works by contemporary artists as well as artifacts from cultures around the world. Admission to Butterfly Pavilion is an additional $2 per person. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Bidwell House Museum

An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s. Fully equipped colonial homestead on unpaved country lane. 18th and 19th century furnishings and tools, heirloom vegetable garden, flower gardens, 192 acres of fields, woods and trails, picnic sites. Museum open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., guided tours on the hour. Grounds open daily. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888.



Summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, best known for his sculptures of the "Minute Man" and the seated figure of "Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial." Exhibitions: "An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy" and "Selected Works by Albert Paley" through Oct. 13. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The residence is closed from 12:30 to 2 p.m., 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. Information: or (413) 298-3579.

Clark Art Institute

Art museum and international center for research and scholarship features public and educational programs, 10 to 5. 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

Art Deco home of an artistic couple who championed abstract art in the ‘30s and ‘40s. View their paintings and Cubist masterpiece collection, period furniture and gardens on 46 acre estate bordering Tanglewood. "Points of Contact," an intimate 2-man Studio exhibit featuring Morris and Holtzman, two of the founders of the AAA. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, hourly guided tours, Thursday 10 a.m. tour, half price for Berkshire County residents, 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox, (413) 637-0166.

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

Summer estate of the great American writer, Edith Wharton. Daily tours of the house and gardens May-October. Special events, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Trails and walking paths. Please visit or call (413) 551-5111 for more information. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.

New England Holocaust Institute and Museum

Open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 45 Eagle St., North Adams. (413) 644-6371 or (413) 644-9103.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World’s largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell, as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration. Featured exhibitions are "The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator," "Norman Rockwell’s 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post’ Covers," "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell," "Curator’s Choice: Selections from the Permanent Collection" and "A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio". Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 5; weekends 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: or (413) 931-2221.

North Adams Museum of History and Science

North Adams Museum of History and Science

Three floors, 25 permanent exhibits -- farming, immigration, railroading, industry, education, barracks replica from Fort Massachusetts, Black Light Gallery, military and more, one temporary gallery -- now showing Famous Former Residents, children’s hands-on Grandma’s Attic area, in restored freightyard coal distribution center Building 5A Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Thurs-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m. Info 413-664-4700 or or

Porter-Phelps-Huntington House

Porter-Phelps-Huntington House

Fourty Acres, an 18th-century farm on the banks of the Connecticut River that showcases life in rural New England over three centuries. Guided tours from 1 to 4:30 p.m., 130 River Drive, Hadley. (413) 584-4699.

Rudd Art Museum

"Figuring In" - work by 14 regional artists; "Works by Viola Moriarty," "A Chapel for Humanity"; "Early Work of Eric Rudd, 1966-1980." Free admission. Open noon-5 p.m. 159 East Main St., North Adams.

Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon

Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon

North Family guided tour at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., 1824 Meetinghouse tour at 1 p.m.; "The Great Stone Barn: Past, Present, Future" exhibit in Poultry House, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Monday, free admission, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring a tea and talk series, movies, plays, concerts, lectures and children’s programs. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or


Barrington Stage Company

"Celebrating the Music of William Finn." A special revue honoring two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist William Finn. 8 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Club Helsinki Hudson

Jorma Kaukonen, 9 p.m. 405 Columbia St., Hudson, N.Y. (518) 828-4800.

Guthrie Center

Berkshire Ramblers, folk music at site of Alice’s Restaurant, 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

Harriman-and-West Airport

"Hangar Hangout," noon-midnight. For more information, call (413) 664-6180. 836 State Road, North Adams.

Mass MoCA

Emefe Dance Party 8 p.m. 10-piece Brooklyn-based Afro-pop collective brings horns and a deeply percussive vibe. North Adams.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Bluegrass concert featuring Snake Mountain Bluegrass and the Connor Sisters. 5-7 p.m. 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vt. Call the visitor center with questions: (802) 394-7836.

The Mount

Music After Hours, 5 to 8 p.m. on the terrace. Lenox.

Music and More

Aston Magna musicians plays works by Monteverdi, Marais, Rameau and J.S. Bach, 4:30 p.m. Free pre-concert talk at 3:30 p.m. New Marlborough.

Porter-Phelps-Huntington House

The Pikeys, a mixture of traditional Irish and Scottish music from both sides of the Atlantic on a variety of instruments. 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. 130 River Drive, Hadley.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Jazz on the terrace, 5 p.m. Sandisfield home.


Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, conductor; Josh Groban, vocalist, & members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. 7 p.m. Shed. Lenox.

Topia Arts

Resonant Foundations, a live musical event in the Rebar Forest, 3 p.m. Hike up Thiel road into Greylock Glen. Remains of an old building foundation turned into a musical event with percussionists Lara Gonzales and Yael Shacham, Nana Simopoulos on sitar and Caryn Heilman’s LiquidBody dance. (413) 743-9600.


Ashintully Gardens

Ashintully Afternoons: Wander through an intimate setting of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a glistening stream. 1-5 p.m. For more information, call (413) 298-3239 ext. 3008. Free; donations appreciated. Sodom Road, Tyringham.

In Search of the Mohicans Quest

Use the clues and follow the map to find a hidden story of the Mohican tribe along Main Street in Stockbridge. Take a walk and learn about local history. Download map at

Mount Greylock

Scenic Summit Tours: Short, easy walks and talks with Park Interpreter Mike to discover the landscape, ecology and history of the highest point in Massachusetts. Bring a light snack and drinking water. 1 and 3 p.m. Meet at the Mount Greylock summit. For more information, call (413) 499-4262.

Natural Bridge State Park

Family Hike: A fun family hike with activities such as Bingo or a Scavenger hunt. 10:30 a.m., meet at the visitor center. 1 McCauley Road, North Adams. (413) 663-6392.

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

Morning drop-in nature discovery programs, explore the Dietze Interpretive Center, and afternoon hikes. Pond and meadow exploration led by interpreter/naturalist Maria Dunlavey at 10 a.m. Guided nature hike along Hemlock Brook at 1 p.m., wear water shoes, swimming at Margaret Lindley Park to follow. Hikes meet at 1 p.m. at Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, and carpool to the trailhead., (413) 458-2494, e-mail


Barrington Stage Company

"Romance in Hard Times," BSC Musical Theatre Lab, 3 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Michael V. Gazzo’s "A Hatful of Rain," 2 and 8 p.m., Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"A Lover’s Tale: Scenes by Giuseppe Verdi, Charles Ludlam and Alexandre Dumas," 8 p.m., Larry Vaber Stage at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps at Cranwell Resort

Political parody, 8 p.m. 55 Lee Road, Route 20, Lenox. (413) 881-1636.

Dorset Theatre Festival

"The Mousetrap," 60th anniversary revival of the classic murder mystery. 8 p.m., Dorset.

Oldcastle Theatre Company

"My Fair Lady" 2 and 7:30 p.m., Bennington.

Shakespeare and Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m.; "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," 2 p.m. "Julius Caesar," 8 p.m. "Henry IV, Parts I & II," 7:30 p.m., "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

The Theater Barn

"The Addams Family." They’re creepy and they’re kooky! 4 and 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

"Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekhov, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Weston. "The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns," 2 and 7:30 p.m., Weston Rod & Gun Club, Weston.

Most of these listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. Prices vary for arts and entertainment events. Ongoing events must be updated monthly. Information must arrive at least a week before the date of publication and be sent to William Sondrini, Calendar, The Berkshire Eagle, P.O. Box 1171, Pittsfield 01202; emailed to, or faxed to (413) 499-3419. Questions: (413) 496-6238, Monday through Friday, 9-5.


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