The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 27



3rd Annual Hillsdale, N.Y., ArtsWalk: Featuring over 50 local artists and artisans exhibiting indoors and outside under tents. Family friendly, rain or shine. Live music, street food. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., town own center,

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

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.

North River Gallery: Opening for "On The Cusp of Inner and Outer in Landscape Painting" by Thomas Sarrantonio and Harry Orlyk, 4 to 7 p.m., 34A Main St., Chatham, N.Y., 518-392- 7000.

Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild: Fine art show and sale, 30-plus local artists in diverse media. Noon to 6 p.m., 1854 Historic Town Hall, Main Street, West Stockbridge, 413-441-6372.

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. Information: 413-229-2694 or, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.

Thompson Giroux Gallery: Opening reception for "Friend of a Friend," the work of eight artists, 4 to 6 p.m., 57 Main St., Chatham N.Y., or 518-392-3336.


Berkshire Carousel: Ride the carousel for free by ringing a book and a school supply, open to children younger than 12 accompanied by an adult. Donations will be distributed to local schools and the Marilyn Hamilton Literacy Program. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 50 Center St., Pittsfield.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Berkshire Mall, Old State Road, Lanesborough. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Blue Rider Stable: 22nd annual Fun Day, pony and hay rides, children's games, a bounce house, silent auction and entertainment throughout the day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., French Park, North Egremont, 413-528-5299,

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.

Bushnell-Sage Library: Learn to can tomatoes and pickles with Georgia Barberi; registration required. 3 to 5 p.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

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

Grillsdale: All-inclusive evening of tasting grilled local food, and enjoying live local music and local libations that celebrate the bounty of the land. Tickets at and Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Hilltop Barn at Roe Jan Park, 9140 Route 22, Hillsdale, 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.

Lee Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: First Congregational Church on the 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

Pittsfield Grange: Family-style turkey dinner with all the fixings and auction. Tickets: Adults, $12; youth 12 and younger, $6. Reservations, 413-442-8592. Dinner, 5:30 p.m.; auction of flowers, vegetables, preserves and baked goods at 6:30 p.m. Ballroom of the Masonic Temple, 116 South 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.

South Readsboro Community Club: Turkey dinner with all the trimmings and blueberry shortcake. Adults, $12; children 5-11, $6. 5 to 7 p.m., Bosley Hill Road, Readsboro, Vt.


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.

Olga Dunn School of Dance: Open house and registration, 3 to 6 p.m., 46 Castle St., Great Barrington, 413-528-9674.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Dance Heginbotham, choreographer John Heginbotham creates work celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, and theatricality. $35/$30 members/$18 students. 8 p.m. 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-6121,

Health & Fitness

Intro. to the Holistic Approach to Support Healing from Breast Cancer: Dietary and lifestyle steps to reduce risk and enhance recovery, $35. 8:30 p.m. 210 Prospect St., Lee,, email or call 413-429-5610.

Mason Library: "Experience Nature As Healer" with Marlow Shami, 10:30 a.m. to noon. 231 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-2403.


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 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 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Worthington Historical Society: Walk to the 1844 Smith's Mill (2 miles round-trip; fairly easy) and an optional continuation along Fuller Brook to "The Gold Mine" (more difficult). Pack water and a snack. RSVP: Meet at 10 a.m. at 311 River Road, West Worthington, Rain date: Sunday, Aug. 28.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Museum: Kitchen Ka-Boom!, wacky and fun science experiments using common ingredients found in most kitchens, 11 a.m. Reservations requested. "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. 11 a.m. to noon. Art stations set up for your creative spirit to soar. 48 Main St., Sheffield.

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

Ramsdell Library: Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. 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 Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market, Roe Jan Park, Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y. "Finish Line Celebration" interactive and educational program by Animal Embassy, 10:30 a.m. 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y., 518-325- 4101 or

Solomon Wright Public Library: Michael Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, "Turtles to Toads: reptiles and amphibians of Vermont," interactive slide show, live animals and touchable artifacts. 11:30 a.m., Case Reading Room, 97 Main St., Pownal, Vt., 802-823-5400.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Journey to the Center of the Earth: Minerals & Gems," 3 p.m., south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams, 413-663-6312. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.


Kingman Tavern Museum: 4th Annual Shape Note Singing School led by Tim Eriksen, American musician, musicologist, professor and world renowned expert on this type of singing, instructions given. Refreshments on the lawn; picnicking encouraged. 41 Main St., Cummington.

Lenox Library: Lectures For Tanglewood 2016, presented by Jeremy Yudkin, professor of Music at Boston University, on Fridays and Saturdays, "A Special Multimedia Presentation on Beethoven's Majestic Ninth Symphony." 2:30 to 4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.

Mass MoCA: Rubblebucket. Experimental and fun dance band sure to get you on your feet, $32 day of, $40 preferred. 8 p.m., Courtyard C or Hunter Center, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, 413-662-2111 or

Music & More at the Meeting House: Neave Trio, one of the finest emerging young chamber ensembles. 4:30 p.m. 154 Hartsville New Marlborough Road (Route 57), New Marlborough, 413-229-2785,

Tannery Pond Concerts: St. Lawrence String Quartet, playing Haydn's "Quartet in G minor, Op. 20, No. 3; Adams' Second Quartet, Golijov's "Qohelet"; and Haydn's "Quartet in C-major, Op. 20, No. 2," 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.,, 888-820-1696.


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 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,

Clark Art Institute: Sensing Place Hike: Landscape Histories of Stone Hill, 10:30 a.m., free. Meet at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, 225 South St., Williamstown, 413-458-2303,

High And Mighty Therapeutic Riding: Volunteer training, horse experience not a requirement. Only one training is needed. Wear sturdy shoes. Age 14-plus. 9:30 to 11 a.m., 71 CR 21C Ghent, N.Y.; 518 672 4202 or email

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Summit Hike — "Parkitecture." 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Summit Star Part with the Amherst Astronomy Association, appropriate for all ages and Wear appropriate clothing for cool evenings, bring a flashlight. Meet at 8 p.m.,at the summit near the War Memorial. Heavy cloud cover, rain cancels, call after 1 p.m. to check status. Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough; 413-499-4262.

Notchview Reservation: Star Gazing, telescopes and interpretation to view stars and planets; $5, free for members. Dusk to late evening, come and go as you please. Cloud cover and rain cancel. Route 9, Windsor.


Taconic Stage Co.: "Lombard" by Michael B. Druxman, starring Susan Fullerton. Tickets: $20 (senior citizens and students pay-what-you-can). 7 p.m., St. John in the Wilderness Church, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls, N.Y., or 800-838-3006.

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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