The Berkshires Calendar for April 16



Mass MOCA: Opening reception for Alex Da Corte: "Free Roses," 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free to members, $7 not-yet-members; RSVP to or 413-664-4481, ext. 8157. Opening reception for Sarah Crowner: "Beetle in the Leaves," 5 to 6:30 p.m., Free to members, $7 not-yet-members; RSVP to or 413-664-4481, ext. 8157. Marshall Street, North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Mid-Century Modern: Home Furnishings in the Post-War Era" by Charles Sable, Henry Ford Museum curator of decorative arts. 5 p.m. Reservations encouraged, 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge.

Otis Library & Museum: Reception for "Riverbrook Women" art exhibit. Noon to 2 p.m. On view throughout April. 48 N. Main Road, Otis.


Dalton United Methodist Church: Italian Extravaganza, four-course Italian dinner. 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: $10; children 6 to 12, $5; age 5 and younger, free. Information: 413- 684-0521. 755 Main St., Dalton.

First Congregational Church: Sixth annual William Sloane Coffin Prize in Passionate Public Speaking. 7:30 p.m. Williams undergraduates prepare and deliver an original speech on a issue of social justice or faith. 906 Main St., Williamstown.

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

Hancock Shaker Village: Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and greet the newborn livestock or participate in farm chores. Admission: Adults, $20; youth ages 13 to 17, $8; 12 and younger, free. Route 20, Pittsfield.

Knit 'n Stitch: Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Lee Sons of Italy: Spaghetti and homemade meatball dinner. 5 to 7 p.m. Take-out service available. Adults, $10; children 5 to 10 years of age, $5; children younger than 5, free. Tickets: 413-243-3204 or e-mail or any member of the Sons. St. Mary's School, 115 Orchard St., Lee.

Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan: Open house for individuals or families interested in learning about how to get involved in the community. 2 to 5 p.m. Tour of the land, a brief presentation about the community, and a primer on Quaker meeting process. Information:,, or 518-392-0289. 235 Bradley's Crossing Road, East Chatham, N.Y.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: "Plan Your Estate Before It's Too Late," a panel discussion on wills, estates and legacy giving. 10:30 a.m. Information: 518-325- 4101, or 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

St. Mark's Church: Bingo. Doors open 3:30 p.m.; games at 6:20 p.m. Food available. Information: 413-445-4506. Parish Center, 400 Columbus Ave. Extension, Pittsfield.

Stephentown Fire Dept.: All-you-can-eat roast beef dinner fundraiser. 4 to 7 p.m. Adults, $15; children age 6 to 10, $7; youth ages 5 and younger, free. Take-out dinners, $15 each. Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road, Stephentown, N.Y.

Town of West Stockbridge: – In celebration of Earth Day, the 25th annual Roadside and Riverside Cleanup. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to gather at the firehouse, 9 to 10 a.m. Safety vests, garbage bags and assignments will be distributed. Information: Peter Thorne, 413-854-3331.

West Stockbridge Public Library: Third annual National Library Week, "Libraries Transform, " open house. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 413-232-0300, ext. 308, or 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

Williams College: Open house for area residents to tour the newly renovated Weston Hall. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Light refreshments. 995 Main St., Williamstown. Parking is available directly behind the building.


Chesterfield COA: Square dance. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Falltown String Band. Singing calls by Bob Livingston. Bring something for the raffle table. Refreshments available. Beginners welcome. Family fun for all ages. Information: 413-296-4743. Chesterfield Community Center on Route 143, Chesterfield.

Lenox Contradance: Live music by Alan Thomson Band with calling by Jon Greene. 8 to 11 p.m.; beginner intro at 7:45 p.m. Bring clean soft-soled shoes, dress lightly. Information: or 413-528-4007. Ballroom at Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox.

Line Dance Lessons: Dalton Country Kickers, lessons for beginners. 9 a.m. Information: 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Pittsfield Squares: "38th Anniversary Dance" with caller Cliff Brodeur and cuer Esther Mindlin. 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.


Multicultural Bridge: "Race: Power Of An Illusion," parts 1 and 2. 1 p.m. Followed by discussion of historical significance of race and racism. Information: Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Health & Fitness

Ramsdell Library: "Spring Into Healthy Eating with Safara: Easy Prep Snacks for Kids & Adults." 1 to 2 p.m. Information: 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Red Lion Inn: Galit Atlas, Ph.D., "The Enigma of Desire." 9:30 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Fee: $20 for WMAAPP members; $25 for non-members and free for students with ID. Information: Stockbridge.

Tai Chi for Seniors: Epoch Assisted Living at Melbourne, free, space is limited. 11 a.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. Information and RSVP: 413-499-1992.


Naumkeag: House tours. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience Naumkeag as it would have looked like while the servants prepared the house for the Choate family's return from their New York City residence. Cost: Member, $5; nonmember: $15. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play group with fun learning activities for toddlers and early elementary-age children. 10:30 a.m. to noon Free; no registration required. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum: Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation grand re-opening, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, "The Lion, The Mouse and Other Tales," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $15 adult, $8 child; museum members $5 adult, $3 child; children 3 and under free; includes museum admission. "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.

Bushnell-Sage Library: Story Time. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy stories in the gazebo and maybe even a song or two. 48 Main St., Sheffield.

Lenox Library: Preschool story/craft for children ages 3 to 5, program features stories, songs and a craft related to the stories, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

Ramsdell Library: Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Do You See What I See?" 3 p.m. The science of optical illusions. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.


Barnes & Noble: Book signing for "A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York" by local author Cindy Amrhein. 2 p.m. 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield.

North Adams Historical Society: Book signing with author Wendy Champney, "The Forgotten Ledge of Fort Massachusetts," highlighting the importance of St. Francis Indian Ledge during the siege August 19-20, 1746. 2 to 4 p.m. Information: or 413-664-4700. NAHS Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park Building 5A, Route 8, North Adams.


Berkshire Olde Tyme Review: "Berkshire Country Jamboree." 7 p.m. To benefit adult and children's programming at UCP of Berkshire County. Tickets: $20 or two for $30; at UCP of Berkshire County, Pittsfield and North Adams offices, LaPlante Appliance in Williamstown, Wood Bros. in Pittsfield and Alliance Appliance in Pittsfield. Information: or 413-458-3443. Robert Boland Theatre at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group: Bella's Bartok, CD release masquerade show, with special guests Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and DJ BFG. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of show; at Colonial ticket office, 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatre Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Bousquet Mountain: Live bluegrass/rock music by the Picky Bastards. 8 to 11 p.m. Free. 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield.

Hudson Valley Choral Society: Spring concert, featuring the chorus on Antonín Dvořák's "Songs of Nature" and "6 Strains from Moravia" and pianist Noah Palmer on "In the Mist" by Leoš Janácek. 7:30 p.m. St. James Church, 129 Hudson Ave, Chatham, N.Y.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Met Opera Live in HD production of Donizetti's "Roberto Devereux." 1 p.m. Pre-broadcast lecture by Scott Eyerly, 11 a.m. Tickets: $18 to $25. Tickets and information: or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA: Eleven-piece Debo Band expands upon the repertoire of Ethiopia's golden era of Afro-pop. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 students, $16 in advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred through the box office on Marshall Street, 413-662-2111, Ext. 1, during box office hours or North Adams.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library "Pop Songs and Poem Songs", a concert featuring pianist/vocalist Ellen Mandel, guitarist/vocalist Michael Lydon, and soprano Jessica Crandall. 5 p.m. Information: 518-325- 4101, or 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Tannery Pond Concerts: Annual benefit performance by Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein. 4 p.m. Music by Schubert, Debussy and Liszt. Hors d'oeuvres and wine following the concert. Tickets: $150, of which $125 is tax-deductible. Information or tickets:; email or 888-820-1696. Andy Humphrey's renovated barn, 342 Riders Mills Road, Old Chatham, N.Y.

Whitney Center for the Arts: Ron Ramsay & Samantha Talora, "Two Years of Song." 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20; 413-212-4459 or e-mail 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williams College: Visiting Artist Series — Eya Ensemble. 8 p.m. Medieval music vocal ensemble. Free. Thompson Memorial Chapel, 860 Masin St., Williamstown.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Spring Wildflower Festival. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour guides will leave from the visitors center three times during day. Cost: Member $5; non-member $10. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3013, or 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

Berkshire Knapsackers: Pittsfield State Forest, Taconic Crest to hidden waterfall, partial bushwhack, strenuous. Leader: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or

Hebert Arboretum: Nature Trails Walk. 11 a.m. Information: 413-443-5348. Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield.


HRC Showcase Theatre: Staged reading of "Commander" by Mario Correa. 7:30 p.m. Reception and a talk-back with the playwright, actors, and director follow. Admission: $15; reservations, 518-851-2061. Walk-ins welcome. Auditorium of the First Reformed Church, 52 Green St., Hudson, N.Y.

Hubbard Hall: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 students; 518-677-2495 or 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Mountain Road School: All-school play, "The Six Worlds." Noon. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students. Darrow Theater, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.

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