The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 13



Art & Architecture Tour: Discover mid-20th Century sculpture and tour the award-winning Folly guest house designed by Williams College alumnus Ulrich Franzen for art collector Lawrence Bloedel, noon to 1 p.m., Field Farm, 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, 413-458-3135 or

Berkshire Paint & Sip: "The Dome — Pittsfield High School," sponsored by the Class of 1986 to benefit Jim Anderson Scholarship, $35, all painting materials and instruction included, BYOB, 1 to 3 p.m., 305 North St., Pittsfield. Reservations: or 413-205-8346.

Brill Gallery: Reception with Brigitte Freed. 50th anniversary of the exhibition, "The Concerned Photographer" featuring Leonard Freed's Civil Rights photographs of the 1960s, 6 to 8 p.m., Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams.

Clark Art Institute: En plein air drawing, hike up Stone Hill and pick up a complimentary drawing kit at the outdoor installation, "Thomas Schütte: Crystal," 1 to 4 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown.

Diana Felber Gallery: Opening reception for third summer exhibition, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a special gallery concert by Maya Solovéy at 8 p.m., 6 Harris St., West Stockbridge.

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires: Summer art show and open house. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Citizens' Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Sheffield Historical Society: "Where the Berkshires Began," an exhibit on Sheffield, the oldest town in Berkshire County, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Sept. 4, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield, 413-229-2694,


Basketball Tournament: Four on Four Blue Challenge open to boys & girls in grades 3-12, $15 per person includes T-shirt, food & drink, Dorothy Amos Park, West Street, Pittsfield. Register: Rob at 413-441-1518 or

Bell Family Education Fund: Fundraiser for scholarships in memory of Peter E. Bell and Murchie F. Bell. Softball home run derby (individual and team), and a wiffle ball tournament. Register 9 to 10 a.m. Start times are 10 a.m. for younger age groups, and noon for teens and adults. Doyle Softball Complex, 1789 East St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire HorseWorks: Scavenger Hunt: "Horses and Hikers for Healing." 10 a.m. Barbecue/hoedown at 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit children, veterans and families in the Berkshires suffering from mental and behavioral challenges. Berkshire Equestrian Center, 40 Perry's Peak Road, Richmond. To register: 310-488-9777 or email

Bidwell House Museum: Adonijah Bidwell's 300th Birthday Bash, benefit for the historic 1750s Bidwell House Museum, live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, silent & live auctions, tickets required, 4 to 7 p.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey, 413-528-6888 or

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

Christ Trinity Church: 53rd Annual Parish Fair and tag sale, book sale, bake sale, crafters, face painting, kids' crafts, picnic with Cape Cod clams, music by Abby Lappen, free admittance, tag sale early birds pay $5 at 8:30 a.m., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 180 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield, 413-229-8811,

Columbia County Fair: Mandatory testing by N.Y. State Department of Agriculture for pullorum disease on chickens and other birds at least four months old that will be entered in the fair (waterfowl and pigeons are excluded), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chatham Fairgrounds, Routes 66 & 203, Chatham, N.Y., 518-392-2121.

Cruz Nite: Sponsored by Cheshire Fire Department, raffles, food, music, kids' activities, Berkshire Nite-Cruzers' antique & classic cars & street rods, music by Shut Up and Dance (7 p.m.), fireworks (9:30 p.m.), from 4 to 10 p.m.,Cheshire Elementary School, 191 Church St., Cheshire.

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.

Great Barrington Farmers' Market: SNAP/EBT, as well as WIC and SFMNP vouchers accepted, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 18 Church St., Great Barrington, or emial

Hinsdale Lions Club Dinner: Roast turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, vegetable and peach cobbler dinner, take-out available, $12/$5 kids under 12, noon to 5 p.m., Middlefield Fair, 7 Bell Road, Middlefield.

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 Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, Town Green, Lee,

MCLA Information Session: Admissions counselors and advisers will be available to speak with those interested in attending MCLA, tours available, 11 a.m., Mass. College of Liberal Arts, Murdock Hall, Room 218, Church Street, North Adams, 413-662-5410 or

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Uncle Andy's Cats" and Other Pet Stories, meet James Warhola, illustrator of children's picture books and nephew of Andy Warhol, talks, booksignings, storytelling, and art making for the whole family, 1 to 5 p.m., 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, 413-931-2221 or

PopCares Golf Tournament: Annual "Teed Off at Cancer" tournament to benefit local persons with cancer; four-person, captain and crew, $40 per person, includes 9 holes of golf, lunch and T-shirt. Raffles and prizes. Forest Park County Club, 41 Forest Park Ave., Adams. For tee time: 413-662-2148 or 413-441-7611. To reserve cart, call the country club.

Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow: 11th annual event, award-winning Arvel Bird & the Aztec Dancers, tickets at gate, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., grand entry at 1 p.m., Vermont Veterans' Home, 325 North St., Bennington, Vt., Information:

Summer Fair: Fresh produce, crafts, flowers, baked goods, mini-grandma's attic, luncheon, and more, proceeds benefit local and international charities, held by Women's Service League of FCC, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, 4 Main St., Stockbridge, 413-298-3137.

Western Mass. Master Gardeners: Soil testing & answering gardening questions, suggested $1 donation for soil testing, 9 a.m. to noon, Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough. Soil sample directions at


Chatham Dance Festival: RIOULT Dance NY, modern dance, 8 p.m., Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y. Tickets: 518-392-6121,

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

Health & Fitness

Tai Chi for Seniors: Free, space is limited, 11 a.m., Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. RSVP: 413-499-1992.


Mission House: Colonial Collection Tour features Mabel Choate's unique collection of objects from daily life in Colonial America and Colonial Garden designed by landscape architect Fletcher Steele, 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Main Street, Stockbridge, 413-298-3239, ext. 3008 or email

Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and design of Naumkeag House and Gardens," 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; "Family Friends: Interactive House tour for Young Explorers," 11:30 a.m., 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or

Kids' Stuff

Barrington Stage Youth Theatre: "The Wiz," a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," ages 5 and older welcome, $16 adult, $12 youth, 2 p.m., Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-236-8888 or

Berkshire Museum: "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: Open Art, art stations set up for your creative spirit to soar, 11 a.m. to noon, 48 Main St., Sheffield.

Mac-Haydn Children's Theatre: "Seussical Jr." Horton the Elephant, The Cat in The Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and the Who's Down in Whoville, plus many more Dr. Seuss characters, join in a musical extravaganza, 10:30 a.m., 1925 State Route 203, Chatham, N.Y. Tickets: 518-392-9292 or

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

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Farm Market Kids, stories for ages 2 to 5, along with games, crafts and activities for children up to age 10. Free drop-in program for children to participate in while their parents are at the market, 10 a.m. to noon, Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market, Roe Jan Park, Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y., 518-325-4101 or

Stockbridge Library: Art workshop with Ana Ruiz-Castillo, hands-on art for school-age children with a gifted artist and sculptor, 46 Main St., Stockbridge. Pre-registration suggested: 413-298-5501 or


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Grin and Bear It!" Explore the natural history of bears, 3 p.m., Visitors Museum, Building 4, Route 8 south of the Hadley Overpass, North Adams, 413-663-6312.


Ramsdell Readers Book Group: "Night Road" by Kristin Hannah," 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

WordXWord: Festival Finale."Best of the festival" meets-new-stuff, surprise cameos and recently discovered bits of genius. Featuring Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo, and Jayson P. Smith, 8 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


Gateways Inn: Rob Kelly & JoAnne Redding perform jazz, blues and soulful Americana, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., 51 Walker St., Lenox.

Lectures for Tanglewood: Presented by Jeremy Yudkin, professor of music at Boston University, special guest lecture with Composer David Edwards speaking on film music, illustrated with film clips, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox.

Mass MoCA: Charles Bradley, old-school revivalist, 8 p.m., Courtyard C or Hunter Center, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, 413-662-2111 or

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Acoustic mountain music with Bow Thayer, for all ages, outside weather permitting, bring your own food and drink, no alcohol permitted, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, 413-499-4262.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Sonny & Perley, "Ella Unplugged," a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, 5 p.m., 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.


Guided Canoe Trips: Paddle the Housatonic, learn about the river's history and habitat & species restoration efforts;p addles, life preservers and boats provided; 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Bartholomew's Cobble,105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield. Prices: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or

Becket Land Trust: Self-guided tour of nature preserve and 100 years of historic artifacts; trails and self-guided tour open in daylight hours year round, Historic Quarry & Forest, 456 Quarry Road, Becket. Docent led tours of off-site permanent exhibit, 1-3 p.m. Mullen House Education Center, 12 Brooker Hill Road, Becket,

Clark Art Institute: Hike of the Clark's trails with Mark C. Taylor, professor of religion at Columbia University and co-curator of the summer exhibition, "Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill." Taylor will focus on the writings of Henry David Thoreau throughout the moderate hike, free with paid admission, 10:30 a.m., meet at entrance of Lunder Center at Stone Hill, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Hebert Arboretum: Garden and tree care, 10 a.m., Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-5348.

Hoosic River Ride: Recreational bike rides of 100, 75, 50, 30 and a guided 7-mile family ride in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. The first ride (a Century Run) begins at 8 a.m.; other rides every 1/2 hour after that. Riders can register in the school dining hall on day of ride. Arrive at least 1/2 hour before the starting time. Proceeds benefit the Hoosic River Watershed Association. Ride leaves and returns from the Hoosac School in Hoosick, N.Y., or

Housatonic Valley Association: Great Barrington Paddle. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Six-mile guided Housatonic River paddle trip. Mix of easy canoeing , some tricky riffles and Class 2 rapids. Experienced paddlers only. Cost: $20 adult (nonmember) or $15 adult (member) Family rate: $35 for nonmember families, $25 for member families. Reserve a canoe or register to bring your own canoe/kayak. Preregistration required:. Call 413-394-9796 or email

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Summit tours. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, 413-499-4262.


Lauren Clark Fine Art: Douglass Truth's "An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself," 90-minute one-woman show, 7 p.m., 25 Railroad St., Great Barrington. Tickets: $15 at the door or

The Capitol Steps: Political satire, "What to Expect When You're Electing," 8 p.m., Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. To reserve tickets and an optional dinner: 413-881-1636 or

Williams College Summer Theatre Lab: Open Lab Weekend. Reading of "In 100 Years," 3 p.m.; Workshop production of "Believeland," 7 p.m., CenterStage of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. Information and ticket:

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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