The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 20



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.


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. Williams College Towne Field House, 82 Latham St., Williamstown.

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.

First Congregational Church of Dalton: Special evening of scripture, poetry and song to help people who have difficulty finding joy and happiness during this holiday season. 7 p.m. Also known as the Longest Night or a Blue Christmas. Church chapel, 514 Main St., Dalton. Worshipers should come through the church's west door.

Second Congregational Church of Williamstown: Youth Musicians' annual Christmas pageant, "Come Inside, Close the Door." 6 p.m. Free; free-will donations will benefit Manoj, the boy the church sponsors in southern India. 81 Hancock Road, near Five Corners, Williamstown.

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


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: HD broadcast of Bolshoi Ballet's "Nutcracker," with choreography and libretto by Yuri Grigorovich and music by Piotr Tchaikovsky. 1 p.m. Tickets and information: or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Screening of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, 7 p.m. Free. Information: or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Dream Center: Family Christmas event. 3 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. 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Crèches from Around the World." 3 p.m. The diverse beauty and uniqueness of holiday crèches from around the world. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.


WordXWord Festival: Story Slam. 3 p.m. Guest host James Burden. Storytellers share their 5-minute true stories related to the theme "strange holiday." Refreshments. Free. Information, or to get on the list to tell your story: Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


1753 House: 42nd annual 1753 House Carol Sing. 7 p.m. A cappella singing beside a blaze in the fireplace. Free. Carol books and hot mulled cider. Bring a candle to see by. Rain/snow date: Tuesday, Dec. 22. Field Park, between the Williams Inn and the Milne Public Library, at the northern intersection of routes 2 and 7. Parking at the inn and the library.

Drum/Bugle Corps: Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 2 to 5 p.m., Victory Temple Church, Dewey Avenue, Pittsfield. Information: Paul Christopher, 413-281-1216 or Betsy Halla, 413-822-5235.

High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center: Annual caroling to our horses. 4 to 6 p.m. Bring horsey treats to stuff the horses' stockings and to share with neighboring rescue farms. Dress warmly. 71 County Road 21C Ghent, N.Y.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Berkshire Hillsmen, all-male a cappella chorus, annual holiday concert. 5 p.m. Holiday favorites as well as standards. Information: 518-325-4101 or 9091 Route 22, approximately a mile south of the light at the intersection of Rts. 22 and 23, Hillsdale, N.Y.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church: "Behold a Star, Choral Christmas Concert" with Berkshire Lyric Chorus and Blafield Children's Chorus. 3 p.m. Tickets at the door, children free. Information: 413-298-5365. Park Square, Pittsfield.

Starving Artist Creperie: Musical Brunch. Live bluegrass, jazz, funk, classical, and other types of music from talented local performers. Breakfast served until 3 p.m. View the artwork from the adjoined Good Purpose Gallery. 11 a.m., Lee.

Zion Lutheran Church: Carol-singing celebration, "Yule for Fuel," with the Berkshire Concert Choir and church choirs. 3 p.m. Free; free-will offering to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund. 74 First St., Pittsfield.


Berkshire Theatre Group: 10th annual community production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." 2 and 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday also at 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults $37; children 16 and younger, $27; Colonial ticket office, 111 South St., Pittsfield, 413-997-4444 or Pittsfield.

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