The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 19



Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Family event — Pottery Painting Techniques class, all ages welcome. 10 a.m. to noon, 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield. Reservations: 413-442-9300.


99th Annual Heath Fair: Entertainment, food, pulls and draws including kids' garden tractor pull, exhibits, wagon rides, parade, speakers, kids games, fireworks, square dance, library book sale, ADGA goat show and agricultural tent. Adults $8, seniors $6, children (9 and younger, free. All entertainment under cover. Rain or shine. 5 to 11 p.m. Heath Fairgrounds, Heath;

Bingo: Every Friday, includes raffles, prizes, food, doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's School, Orchard Street, Lee, 413-243-1079.

Friends of Adams Free Library: Annual book sale, freshly baked items and raffle tickets for gift baskets, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Adams Free Library, Lower Miller Annex, 92 Park St., Route 8, Adams, 413-743-8345.

Lenox Library: Gigantic Annual Book Sale, grand opening "First Look" 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $5 donation until 2 p.m. No admission fee 2 to 6 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.

Meditation Group: Open to all faiths, sit in silence in the sanctuary to enjoy teachings and meditative practices, 9 to 9:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams, 413-663-5830.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Buddhism & the 12 Steps," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., by donation, George Crane Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-358-2626.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Tech Lab, basics of using an iPad. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y. To register: At the library or 518-325-4101.


Berkshire Ballroom: "Back to the '50s," $10 per person, music by Evie Garstang. '50s attire encouraged. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., ITAM Lodge on Pontoosuc Lake, 93 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, third annual Chatham Dance Festival featuring Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company, The Chase Brock Experience, Tickets: $35 general admission, $30 for PS21 members, and $18 for students. 8 p.m., 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y. Tickets:, 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out.


Summer Outdoor Movie Series: "Hotel Transylvania 2," City of Pittsfield park rules apply, no alcohol allowed, begins at dusk, Clapp Park, West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield.

Health and Fitness

Berkshire Family YMCA, Northern Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Circuit. 7 to 8 a.m. Safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. Must be at least 60 years old. Visit the Y at to receive two free passes to SilverSneakers classes. Information: 413-499-7650, ext. 111. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Easy Exercise: Easy exercise class offered by Kim Conley, certified instructor, $5 donation, 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Ann Parish Center, Lenox.

Gentle Yoga: Yoga for Arthritis, Injuries and Anti-Aging. Instructor Sonya Boesse will lead classes that include centering, breath work, guided movement therapy, stretching, strengthening, balancing, meditation and deep relaxation. All ages and levels welcome. 10-11 a.m. at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, 413-458-8371.

Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and design of Naumkeag House and Gardens." 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Experience highlights of the Naumkeag as Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele planned for visitors to see it, weaving in and out of the house and gardens. "Family Friends: Interactive House tour for Young Explorers," 11:30 a.m. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Adams Free Library: Interactive storytime featuring classic children's tales and new favorites. 10 a.m. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes, stories, fingerplays and crafts. Free. Information: 413-743-8345, ext. 103. 92 Park St., Adams.

Adams Youth Center: Play & Learn Group for young children and their families. Art and movement activities, educational toys and themes. Circle time and snack. 10-11 a.m. East Street, Adams.

Berkshire Athenaeum: Short Story Contest Award Ceremony, guest speaker, local author and Berkshire Eagle reporter Derek Gentile. Children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. 1 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; 413-499-9480.

Berkshire Family YMCA: Kids' Night Out. 6-8:30 p.m. An evening of games, sports, pool time (bring a swimsuit) and pizza. Open to youth and teens, ages 7 to 14 years. Cost: $5. Financial assistance is available. Information: 413-499-7650 or at Berkshire Family YMCA's Northern Berkshire branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, and at the Pittsfield branch, 292 North St.

Berkshire Museum: "WeeMuse Adventures," songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time for ages 18 months to 3 years, 11 to 11:30 a.m., free with museum admission; fourth annual Kindergarten Night, designed for families with children who are preparing to enter kindergarten. Activities, music, and games, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "English/Spanish Discussion Group," 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.; "Early Intervention Group," 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., sign-up required at 413-644-0104; "Art & Nature," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

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 fantastical, magical musical extravaganza, 10:30 a.m., 1925 State Route 203, Chatham, N.Y., 518-392-9292 or

Mason Library: Sing-a-long Playgroup, program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Little Explorers, 11 a.m.; for families with young children. Fun and Nature. 2 p.m. Activities designed to connect children with nature. Information: 413-499-4262. Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Kids Create!, interactive hands-on art experiences for ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, 413-931-2221 or

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Tots (baby and toddler), 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Information: 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes: "Firebird," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $5. Saint Paul's Church, 29 Main St., Stockbridge.

Stockbridge Library: Preschool storycraft with Miss Vicky, no pre-registration necessary. 10 a.m., 46 Main St., Stockbridge, 413-298-5501 or


Lee Library: "When Higher Education Fails: What Every Parent Should Know About Mental Health in College Students" with Dr. Ilan Goldberg, 3 p.m., 100 Main St., Lee; 413-243-0385,


The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: Joe Berger, "The Pious Ones" (non-fiction), 7 p.m., 11 Housatonic St., Lenox; 413-637-3390.


Bread & Roses Coffee House: Linda Worster and David Grover, 7 p.m., in the parlor of South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

Great Barrington Bandstand: Summer concert by Bobby Sweet Band, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., 334 Main St., behind the Town Hall, Great Barrington.

Lenox Library: Lectures For Tanglewood 2016, presented by Jeremy Yudkin, professor of Music at Boston University, "Mozart's Exquisite Piano Concerto No. 23, with Rossini's Stabat Mater, a 'Complete Triumph'." 2:30 to 4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.

Mass MoCA: Roomful of Teeth, ensemble of Grammy-winning vocal titans led by Williams College faculty, Brad Wells, returns to its summer home. $16 students and advance, $22 day of, $28 preferred. 8 p.m., Hunter Center, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams; 413-662-2111 or

Music At The Mansion: Featuring Tommy T and Black Velvet, picnic food and 50/50 raffle, bring a chair or blanket, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sugar Hill Mansion, 45 Main St., Dalton, 413-684-0100.

New Lebanon Library: Zydeco Connection in concert, the irresistable sounds and infectious rhythms of Louisiana zydeco. Donations for the performers appreciated. 6:30 p.m. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8844.

Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire: Berkshire Chamber Players: flutist Norman Thibodeau, cellist Beth Craig, and pianist Marjorie Rahima Hohlstein, a mix of classical and popular music, suggested $10 donation, 7-9 p.m. 1089 Main St., Housatonic;


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

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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