The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 19
Art in the Afternoon: For adults. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic, 413-274-3738.
Hometown Holidays: Local artist works in progress. 1 to 3 p.m. Come see IS183 artists work their craft and join in the fun. Express Gallery, 49 Main St., North Adams.
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 maryangusglass.com. 6954 Main St. (lower level) Readsboro, Vt.
1854 Old Town Hall: Second annual Holiday Sale. 3 to 8 p.m. Featuring local artists and books by local authors. Refreshments. Main Street, West Stockbridge.
Berkshire Grown: Holiday Farmers' Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locally grown and produced foods and gifts, plus live music, lunch fare and children's activities. Free. EBT cards/SNAP benefits accepted. Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington.
Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: Public skate. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children: $4 with membership; $6 without. Adults: $6. Ice skate rental available, $3 per session. 16 Melville St., 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.
Hinsdale Dayz: Annual Cookie Walk/Bake Sale. 9 a.m. to noon or until sold out. Community room at the Town Hall, Hinsdale.
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.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts: Second Annual Upstreet Holiday Festival. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit from Santa, free train rides, live music, face painting, cookie decorating station, holiday photo booth and the Jingle Bell Run to benefit the Eagle Santa Fund. 28 Renne Ave. 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.
Sheffield Historical Society: Festival of the Holidays featuring Berkshire artisans. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.
Texas Hold'em Tournament: Veterans of Stephentown. 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 $60 will be accepted Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road in Stephentown, N.Y. Information: John Linton, 518-322-1582.
Berkshire Ballroom: Christmas and holiday social and ballroom dance party. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Also, Soldier On fundraiser. Live music by the Champagne Jam Trio. Dance lesson by veteran instructor Steve Dessereau, 7 p.m. Admission: $10 for USA Dance members, $15 for guests and $5 for students. Information or directions: berkshireballroom.org. Masonic Hall, 116 South St., Pittsfield.
Lenox Contradance: Special Double Holiday Dance and Potluck. First session 5 to 7 p.m., followed by potluck (bring a dish to share) 7 to 8 p.m., then more dancing till 11:30 p.m. All welcome. Information: lenoxcontradance.org or 518-528-4007. Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox.
Pittsfield Squares: "Winter Wonderland" with caller Cliff Brodeur and cuer Esther Mindlin. 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.
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.
Berkshire Museum: Berkshire Museum: Kitchen Ka-Boom. 11 a.m. Try wacky and fun science experiments. Included with regular museum admission. Reservations requested: 413-443-7171 ext. 360. "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.
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: Read to Bear the Library Listening Dog, 11 a.m. to noon. Information: 413-528-2403 231 Main St., Great Barrington.
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. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.
Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Let the Season In A Winter Solstice Revel." 3 p.m. Explore the natural history of the season and all its rituals and celebrations. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.
Caroling in New Marlborough: Annual Holiday Sing (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa). 5:30 p.m. Visit from Santa. Reading of "The Night Before Christmas." "Little Drummer Boy," special New Marlborough version. Refreshments. Meeting House on the Village Green, New Marlborough.
Eagles Band: Eagles Brass and Trombone Ensembles Concert. Noon. Free. Information: 413-499-2071 or eaglesband.org. Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough.
Lee Congregational Church: "Sounds of the Season." 7 p.m. Featuring the Christmas Angels Chorus. Special performance by the Lee Bell Choir prior to the concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visit from Santa for the kids. Refreshments. Free. Information: 413-243-1033 or ucc-lee.org. 25 Park Place, Lee.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: John Pizzarelli's "Swing 7 Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration" concert in honor Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday. 8 p.m. Information and tickets: mahaiwe.org or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church: "Behold a Star, Choral Christmas Concert" with Berkshire Lyric Chorus and Blafield Children's Chorus. 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door, children free. Information: 413-298-5365. Park Square, Pittsfield.
Christmas Bird Count: Central Berkshire count: Information or to sign up: Count leaders Holly Higinbotham and Bob Wood, 413-684-3724 or email@example.com. Blizzard date: Dec. 20. The North Berkshire count: Leslie Reed-Evans at 413-458-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Traditional "count-up" pot-luck dinner at 6:30 PM at Sheep Hill, the headquarters of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.
Berkshire Theatre Group: 10th annual community production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults $37; children 16 and younger, $27; Colonial ticket office, 111 South St., Pittsfield, 413-997-4444 or BerkshireTheatreGroup.org. Pittsfield.
Chatham Public Library: "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, performed in costume by Bertrand Fay. 3 p.m. All ages welcome. Free. Information: 518-392-3666. 11 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham, N.Y.
VOICES Theatre Company: Charles Dickens' classic ghost story of Christmas, "A Christmas Carol." 4:30 p.m. Free. The Christian Center, Robbins Avenue, Pittsfield.
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