The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 12



Art in the Afternoon: For adults. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic, 413-274-3738.

Berkshire Paint & Sip: "Snowman" 6 to 8 p.m. $30, includes all painting materials and instruction. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. 305 North St, Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Drawing in the Galleries, 2 to 4 p.m. Illustrator/educator Pat O'Donnell demonstrates how the artistic techniques used on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post remain relevant for illustrators today. Watch a working artist in action, and create a drawing of your own. Free for museum members or with regular admission. Information: 413-931-2221. Stockbridge.

Readsboro Glassworks: 32nd annual Holiday Open Studio and Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hand-blown glass, hot mulled cider and homemade cookies. Information: 802-423-7706 or 6954 Main St. (lower level) Readsboro, Vt.

Shire City Sanctuary: 9th annual Holiday Shindy. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wide array of original products. Information: 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: Opening reception for "Farmland 2015: Oil Paintings by Arlene Boehm," Saturday 3 to 5 p.m. 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.


Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: Public skate. 2 to 3:45 p.m. Children: $4 with membership; $6 without. Adults: $6. Ice skate rental available, $3 per session. 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Chabad of the Berkshires: Chanukah celebration on the 7th night of the holiday. 6 p.m. Live music, dancing, hot potato latkes, donuts, chocolate Chanukah coins and dreidels. Free. For Information: or 413-499-9899. Gateways Inn, 51 Walker St., Lenox.

Christ Trinity Church: Annual Holiday Bake Sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Selection of holiday baked goods, candies, jams, jellies and much more. Gourmet soup luncheon, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission and parking. Information: 413-229-8811 or Route 7 & Maple Avenue, Sheffield.

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free parking. Handicap-accessible. The Lighthouse of the Boys and Girls Club, Melville Street, Pittsfield.

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: Live Nativity. 5 to 8 p.m. 131 Main St., North Adams.

Goodwill Store: Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome children of all ages to visit them. 1 to 3 p.m. All children go home with a present and candy. 457 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield.

Hometown Holidays: Visit with Santa, 1 to 3 p.m., 67 Main St. Local Artist Works in Progress, 1 to 3 p.m. See IS183 artists work their craft and join in the fun. Express Gallery, 49 Main St., North Adams.

Knit 'n Stitch: Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

The Mount: "The Liar's Show: A Holiday Tradition." 7 p.m. Tickets: General $18; Mount members $15; A Reading with Pankaj Challa. Sunday 3 p.m. Free. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Mountain Road School: 17th Annual Holiday Fair. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local vendors and artisans, arts and crafts for all ages, food and drink. Free. 4565 County Route 9, New Lebanon/East Nassau, N.Y.

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.

St. Patrick's Church: 18th Annual Holiday Cookie Walk. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Choose from a wide variety of cookies, which will be sold by weight. 30 Albany Road, West Stockbridge.

Sheffield Historical Society: Festival of the Holidays featuring Berkshire artisans. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.

Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce: 7th annual Holiday Shop, Sip & Stroll. 4 to 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 7:20 p.m. Complete schedule of events: or 413 528-4284. Downtown Great Barrington.

South Williamstown Community Association: Tree lighting. 5 to 7 p.m. carol singing and refreshments. Bring a flashlight. The Store at Five Corners, junction routes 7 and 43, Williamstown.

Starving Artist Cafe & Creperie: Gingerbread house making classes. 3 and 4 p.m. $30 per house, includes everything. RSVP: 413-394.5046. 40 Main St., Lee.

Wahconah Regional High School: National Honor Society's Empty Bowls Dinner. 6 to 8 p.m. Raising awareness for and helping to alleviate hunger in the community. Individual tickets, $15; family tickets, $25. First Congregational Church, 514 Main St., Dalton.

Williams College: Annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols. 4 p.m. Choral music, congregational singing of carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. Free, bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. Free-will offering will be collected at the conclusion of the service. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Main Street, Williamstown.

Health & Fitness

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.

Kids' Stuff

Adams Community Bank: Second annual Saturday with Santa. 9 to 11 a.m. Each child will take home a little gift. Cookies will be served. Center Street branch, Adams.

Berkshire Dream Center: Family Christmas event. 3:30 p.m. Short Christmas movie, popcorn, presents for every child and a visit from Santa. Seating is limited; every child must be present to receive a gift. Information: 413-522-3495. North Adams Movieplex, Main Street, North Adams.

Berkshire Museum: Imagination Playground, 10 a.m. to noon, Included with regular museum admission. "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.

Clark Art Institute: Start with Art program, 10 a.m. A two-hour session focused on movement, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds and their parents. Includes themed talks, gallery guides and art-making activities. Free; no registration required. Art project-appropriate clothing encouraged. 225 South St., Williamstown. Jan. 9, Feb. 13, and March 12.

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.

Mason Library: Winter Storytelling and Caroling with Mary Jo Maichak, 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

New Lebanon Library: Paws-to-Read. 9 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.

Ramsdell Library: Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. Blue's Enchanted Adventures Story Time, noon to 1 p.m., for babies to age 5. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated dramatic reading of "A Christmas Carol." 3 p.m. The reading will use the copy that Dickens read from for his own performances. The illustrations are the woodcuts that were used in many of the early editions. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass, Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.


Berkshire Music School: Student recital from the studio of Charles Marshall, piano. 1:30 p.m. Free. Information: 413-442-1411. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Close Encounters with Music: " 'Dually' Noted," music for four hands. 6 p.m. Featuring selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," Mozart, Beethoven, Barber, Debussy and Scriabin by Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee. Tickets: $45 orchestra, $25 balcony; 413-528-0100 or Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

St. Ann's Church: "Make a Joyful Noise," a musical celebration of Christmas with the St. Ann's music ensembles. Suggested donation: $15; maximum per family $30. Information: 413-637-0157. 134 Main St., Lenox.

Stockbridge Festival Chorus: Annual Christmas concert. 5 p.m. John Rutter's, "Magnificat." Admission: $15 recommended donation at the door, free for children. Information: 413-243-6076. First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, 4 Main St., Stockbridge.

Williams College: Williams Student Symphony in concert. 8 p.m. Free. Chapin Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the college campus, Williamstown.

Windsor Congregational Church: Advent Concert of Christmas Music with the Blafield Children's Chorus. 1 p.m. Donation: Canned goods for local food bank or free-will offering for the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department. 1941 Route 9, Windsor.


Notchview Reservation: Christmas tree sale and evergreen craft making. Noon to 3 p.m. Cut your own balsam or Fraser Fir tree. Balsam holiday crafts workshop happening in the Visitor Center. Hot chocolate and treats available. Reservations for the workshop: or 413-684-0148. Route 9, Windsor.


Berkshire Community College: The BCC Players present Moliere's "Tartuffe." 8 p.m. General admission: $15; $10 students and seniors. Seating is extremely limited. To reserve tickets: 413-499-0886 or BCC's Boland Theatre, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group: 10th annual community production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults $37; children 16 and younger, $27; Colonial ticket office, 111 South St., Pittsfield, 413-997-4444 or Pittsfield.

Mill City Productions: "Fireside Yuletide." 4 p.m. A dramatic reading of classic Christmas stories for the whole family. Admission: $2 for all ages. Tickets at the door. Building 4N (next to the Visitor's Center) in Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Route 8, North Adams.

Pittsfield High School: Proteus Theatre, the romantic comedy "Almost, Maine." 2 and 7 p.m. Adults $10; students $8. Reservations: 413-499-9535.

Sandisfield Arts Center: "Hansel and Gretel" by the Brothers Grimm. 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children; children 5 and younger, free. Tickets and information:, 413-258-4100 or 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass.

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