The Berkshires Calendar for April 30



Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail: Twelfth Annual Studio Tour and Sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nine western Mass potters will open their studios to the public. Northampton/Amherst; Greenfield and the northern Valley; and the Mohawk village of Shelburne Falls. Maps: or

Knox Gallery: Opening reception for Berkshire resident Richard Kimball's "Paintings: In and Out." 6 to 7:30 p.m. On view through June 4. Information: 413-528-3795, or Gallery. Monterey Library, 452 Main Road, Monterey.


Breakfast: 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.

Children's Attic: Annual maternity and children's consignment sale. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 413-528-0457. Community Health Programs, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

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.

First Baptist Church: Family-style turkey dinner with all the fixings and homemade pies. Continuous servings 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Reservations: 413-442-8592. Assembly hall of the church, 88 South St., Pittsfield.

Greylock Elementary School: PTG craft fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty-plus artisans and crafters, raffles and bake sale. 100 Phelps ave., North Adams.

High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding: Fundraiser the center. 5 to 7 p.m. $50 per couple; $30 per person. RSVP: Information: 518-672-4202. The Chatham Brewery, 71 CR 21C Ghent N.Y.

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.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. North County — Adams Police Station, 4 School St. and North Adams Police Station, 11 Summer St. Central County — CHP Neighborhood Health Center, 510 North St., Pittsfield; Dalton CRA, 400 Main St. and Berkshire Mall Food Court, 655 Cheshire Road, Lanesborough. South County — Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St.; Lee Ambulance Service, 177 Main St. and Stockbridge Police Station, 50 Main St.

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.

Stockbridge Library Association: Grand reopening of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. 46 Main St., Stockbridge.


Cantarella School of Dance: Dance recital, "All the Little Things." 7:30 p.m. Free admission, suggested $5 donation. Snacks and beverages available. Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., Lee.

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.

Williams College: Dance Dhamaka. 8 p.m. Bollywood-inspired dance group, with choreography based on dance styles featured in popular Indian films and music videos. Suggested donation. Information: 413-597-2425. '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.

Health & Fitness

Northern Berkshire YMCA: American Heart Association CPR and First Aid class. Beginning at 9 a.m. To register or inquire about a class: 413-441-9093. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

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 Museum: Kitchen Ka-Boom! 11 a.m., wacky and fun science experiments using common ingredients found in most kitchens. Seating is limited; reservations requested: 413-443-7171, ext. 360. "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.

Berkshire Family YMCA — Pittsfield: Healthy Kids Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Face painting, arts & crafts and parachute games, as well as family fitness classes. Free, but bring a new toiletry donation for those who live in a local transitional home. Information: 413-499-7650 or 292 North St., Pittsfield.

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.

New Lebanon Library: Paws-to-Read. 10:30 a.m. Therapy dogs come to the library and children read to their furry friends. To register: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Mason Library: Coding with Minecraft, 1 to 3 p.m. To register: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

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


Hudson Area Library: "Dying Words, The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed The New York Times" by authors Samuel G. Freedman and Kerry Donahue. 4 p.m. Free. Community Room at the library, 51 North 5th St., Hudson, N.Y.


Edna St. Vincent Millay Society: National Poetry Month Celebration featuring Millay readings and concert. Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets: $55 at the door. Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.


Berkshire Children's Chorus: House concert. 5 to 7. Performance by the chorus, beer and wine, and a gourmet selection of cheese and charcuterie. Tickets: $50 per person at the door. At the home of Bobby Houston and Eric Shamie, 30 Rowe Road, Great Barrington.

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

Lee Congregational Church: Meeting House Concert Series — Paul Green: "Music Coming Together," With Two Worlds. 2 p.m. Tickets: Church, 413-243-1033; Wood Bros Music, Pittsfield, 413-447-7478. Park Place, Lee.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Met Opera Live in HD production of Strauss's "Elektra" 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.

Stockbridge Festival Chorus: Parts II and III of Handel's "Messiah." 5 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door, $10 for members of local community choirs, and free to children 18 and younger. Information: 413-298-3137 or 413-243-6076. First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, 4 Main St., Stockbridge.

Williams College: Voice Studio Recital with Students of Erin Nafziger, 1 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Senior Voice Recital with Daniel Potter, 4 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Visiting Artist Series Sambadende, Brazilian music, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall. Williamstown.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Spring Wildflower Festival. Daily through May 21, 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. "Creature Feature: Life in a Vernal Pool," Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3013, or 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

Becket Town Hall: Wild & Scenic Saturdays begin — "Learn to Identify and certify a Vernal Pool." Noon. Presentation followed by on-site training. Registration required for site visit: 413 623-2070; presentation open to all. 557 Main St., Becket.

Hoffman Bird Club: Warner Farm, Cummington, Mass., 7:30 a.m. Meet at The Creamery on Route 9, Cummington, Mass. Leader: Charles Quinlan, 413-634-0334 or email

Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation: 10th annual Park Serve Day. 10 a.m. to noon, Savoy Mountain State Forest, Savoy. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield. Sheffield Tree Project: Arbor Day celebration. 9 a.m. Planting of trees near the Shays' Rebellion Monument on Sheffield-Egremont Road, Sheffield. Information: or email

Teachers' Workshop: #1 Project Learning Tree workshop, Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For all educators with a focus grades K-8 (curriculum may be adapted for older students).To register: Notchview Reservation & The Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center in Windsor.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead: "Clean and Glean; Conservation in Action," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Behind-the-scenes opportunity to clean the iconic collections, prepare the home for seasonal tours and learn with the curator. Free. Information: 413-532-1631, ext. 3110, or 207 Bryant Road, Cummington.

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation: Workshop to learn to identify and control common non-native plants. Work session to remove some of the plants follows; wear sturdy clothing and footwear and bring loppers and gloves. Park at the town tennis court (across from the Maple Terrace Motel) at 9 a.m. for a short walk to the site. Walkers will be met at the end of Woodlawn Avenue at 9:15 a.m. Information: 413-458-2494 or Williamstown.


Hubbard Hall: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 students; 518-677-2495 or 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

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