The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 20

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Art

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

Knox Gallery/Monterey Library: Opening reception for Anne Shatas' and William Carlson's "Rediscovered and Reconsidered," 6:30 to 8 p.m. The artists will speak about their sculptural work at 6 p.m., 452 Main Road, Monterey; 413-528-3795, MontereyMassLibrary.org/Knox-Gallery

Sheffield Historical Society: "Where the Berkshires Began," an exhibit on Sheffield, the oldest town in Berkshire County. Weekends through Sept. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield. Information: 413-229-2694 or sheffieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com, www.sheffieldhistory.org.

Sohn Fine Art Gallery: Reception for "Illumination." a solo photography exhibition featuring work by John Atchley, and a group show, "Vanitas," featuring photography by Stephanie Blumenthal, Steven Duede, Marsden Epworth, Eric Korenman, Allan Markman, Anne Mourier, Cecilia Schmidt, & Kevin Sprague. 4 to 7 p.m., 69 Church St., Lenox; 413-551-7353, www.sohnfineart.com

Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show: Over 80 artisans and crafters who will display their work ranging from paintings to ceramics, firberware to glass blowing. All exhibitors are jury selected. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grounds of the Town Offices and Bidwell Park, 50 Main St., Stockbridge.

Community

2 Flights Up: Family Fun Day, play games all day, $5 per person and max $20 for a family of 4 or more. Doors open at 11 a.m. 399 Main St., Dalton. Information: jeannie@2FlightsUp.com.

6th annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly: Benefit for the Great Barrington Rotary Club's scholarship fund, bike rides for all ages and ability levels, scenic airplane flights, a model airplane show, a demonstration of remote-controlled planes, food and drinks, raffles, and live music. Parking: $15 per car; walk-in admission $5 per person. Rain date: Sunday, Aug. 21. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Great Barrington Airport, 70 Egremont Plain Road, Great Barrington. Information: info@berkshirebikenfly.org.

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; www.heathfair.org

Berkshire County 4-H Fair: Hall exhibits, livestock, entertainment, games, pony rides, crafters, a food booth, a mechanical bull, and rides on the hay wagon. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Berkshire County 4-H Fairgrounds, Utility Drive (off Holmes Road), Pittsfield.

First United Methodist Church: Free pizza lunch and distribution of about 90 backpacks filled with school supplies to preschool, elementary and middle schoolers. Noon to 1:30 p.m., 55 Fenn St., Pitsfield.

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.

Berkshire Dream Center: Back to School Bash; food, water, raffles, crafts, the Berkshire Health Care Systems van, face painting, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, bounce house and backpack giveaway, noon to 3 p.m., Common Park, Pittsfield.

Dalton United Methodist Church: Chicken barbecue, $12 adults and $6 for children 12 and younger, to benefit Dalton Fire Department and church Roof & Restoration Fund. 4 to 7 p.m., 755 Main St., Dalton. Information: 413-684-0521.

First Congregational Church of Chester: 61st annual Blueberry Dinner, walk-ins welcome; adults, $11 and children younger than 12, $5. 4:30 and 6 p.m., Skyline Trail, Chester.

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

Hancock Shaker Village: Farmer Olympics, benefit for Greenagers, the outdoor jobs and environmental education program for Berkshire County youth. Moo Juice Challenge, Hay Bale Toss, Wheelbarrow Races and more for individual, team and Iron Farmer participants. $15-$25 for participants, 11 and younger free; $15 for spectators 18 and older, 17 and under free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Routes 41 and 20, Pittsfield. Registration: 413-644-9090 or office@greenagers.org.

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.

Laurel Hill Association: 163rd annual Laurel Hill Day, guest speaker Paul Gallay, Hudson Riverkeeper and president of the Riverkeeper organization. 2 p.m., Rostrum on Laurel Hill, behind the Town Offices, Stockbridge. Rain location: Stockbridge Library. Information: laurelhillassociation.org.

Lee Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: leefarmersmarket.com First Congregational Church on the Town Green, Lee.

Lenox Library: Gigantic Annual Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.

Repair Cafe: Bring your broken or damaged items to get repaired for free. Anyone is welcome to bring any non-working but repairable lamps, vacuum cleaners, and other small appliances, and all types of clothing and fabric items. 1-5 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

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.

Texas Hold'em Tournament: Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Play begins at 6:15 p.m. sharp. Refreshments available. No advance registration is required. A donation of $50 will be accepted Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road in Stephentown, N.Y. Information: John Linton, 518-322-1582.

Dance

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.

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: ps21chatham.org, 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out.

History

Bidwell House Museum: "Paper Pilgrims: Letter Writing and Communication in Early America" with Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College history professor. Members: $10; non-members: $15. 10 a.m., Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.

Mission House: Colonial Collection Tour. 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Mabel Choate established Mission House property to share her unique collection from objects of daily life in Colonial America. Enjoy the newly-restored Colonial Garden, designed by famed landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Members free, nonmembers $5, children 12 and younger free. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008 or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org. Main Street, Stockbridge.

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 naumkeag@thetrustees.org. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

North Adams Historical Society: 270th anniversary Siege of Fort Massachusetts, 1 p.m. Speakers, music, dedication of St. François/Abenaki Indian statue. Free. St. Francis Indian Ledge, 799 Massachusetts Avenue, North Adams; 413-664-4700.

Kids' Stuff

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: Story Time. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy stories in the gazebo and maybe even a song or two. 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 fantastical, magical musical extravaganza, 10:30 a.m., 1925 State Route 203, Chatham, N.Y., 518-392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org.

Ramsdell Library: End of Summer Party (Create You Own Imaginary World), 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Farm Market Kids. 10 a.m. to noon. Stories for ages 2 to 5, along with games, crafts and activities for children up to age 10. Drop-in program for children to participate in while their parents are at the market. Free. Information: 518-325- 4101 or roejanlibrary.org. Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market, Roe Jan Park, Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y. Legos and Beads!: Children create beaded items they can take home or build with Legos, 1 to 3 p.m., at the library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y., 518-325-4101, roejanlibrary.org.

Literary

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: Anna Ornstein, "My Mother's Eyes," 7 p.m., 11 Housatonic St., Lenox; Bookstoreinlenox.com, 413-637-3390.

Music

Church on the Hill: Benefit concert for the Belvoir Terrace Scholarship Fund, "The Joy of Music," suggested donation $20 at the door, 7:30 p.m., 169 Main St., Lenox.

Lenox Library: Lectures For Tanglewood 2016, presented by Jeremy Yudkin, professor of Music at Boston University, " 'Aida'! What Makes It One of the World's Great Operas?" 2:30 to 4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.

Salem Art Works: Music on the Hill, family-friendly event showcases local food, great music and beautiful vistas atop the Cary Hill Sculpture Park. Admission by donation. 4 to 8 p.m., 19 Cary Lane, Salem, N.Y.; 518-854-7674, www.salemartworks.org

Readsboro Arts Summer Concerts: The Darryl Kniffen Quartet. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 8 p.m., E.J. Bullock Building, Main Street, Readsboro, Vt. 802-423-5600 or concerts@readsboroarts.org.

Stockbridge Sinfonia: Concerts in celebration of 20th anniversary of its scholarship program. Works by Von Suppe, Bach, Khachaturian, Saint-Saens, Mozart, Sibelius and Strauss. Free-will donation. 2 p.m., Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: Summer Concert Series — Berkshire Music School's Teen Voices group, musical theater selections, accompanied by pianist Bob Shepherd, 2 p.m., 140 Melbourne Place Road, Pittsfield; to RSVP: 413-499-1992.

Outdoors

Bartholomew's Cobble: Paddle the Housatonic: Guided Canoe Trips, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the river's history and what is happening to restore some of its most precious habitats and species. Paddles, life preservers and boats are provided. Member: Adult, $24; child 9 to 16, $9, Nonmember: Adult, $30; child 9 to 16, $15. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

Becket Land Trust: Becket historic quarry and trails. Quarry Museum and self-guided tour of nature preserve and 100 years of historic artifacts. Docent led tours of Becket Historic Quarry off-site permanent exhibit open at Mullen House Education Center, 12 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Free admission. Trails and self-guided tour open in daylight hours year round. Quarry, corner Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, www.becketlandtrust.org.

Hebert Arboretum: Nature trials walk, 11 a.m., Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-5348.

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

Tamarack Hollow Nature/Cultural Center: Highland "Ghost-Town" Berry Foraging Trek, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See cellar holes, stone wells, "witness trees," learn wild edible plants and trees, concluding with high-bush blueberry foraging. 3 to 4-mile one-way moderate hike with van ride back. $10 fee per person. Route 9, Windsor. To register and directions: aimee@gaiaroots.com.

Theater

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 cranwell.com.

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 news@berkshireeagle.com; 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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