The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 26



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

Berkshire Paint and Sip: Paint, sip and crappy gift exchange. 7 to 9 p.m. "Cheshire Lake in Winter," $30, all painting materials and light snack included.. Bring the worst Christmas gift you received and exchange it for something better. Crappiest gift will win a prize. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. Mount Washington House, 2627 NY-23, Hillsdale, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Mid-Winter Contra Dance: Calling by Kathryn Wedderburn with tunes by Eclectic Map. Beginner dancing lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. with caller's choice contras starting at 8 p.m. All dances taught and no partner necessary. Suggested donation: $8 students, $10 to $15 adults; family maximum $25. Information: or 860-672-6101. Dewey Memorial Hall, Sheffield

Kids' Stuff

Animagic: Museum of animation, special effects and art. See how special effects for movies "Chicken Run", "2001 Space Odyssey", "X-Men" and "The Matrix" was done by Berkshire talent. See real Academy Award. Free. To visit and to make your own animation movie: 413-841-6679. 135 Main St., Lee.

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.

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.

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.

Whitney Center for the Arts: Pots holiday and vacation celebration concert with David Grover & the Gang, Charlie Tokarz, Jes Grover and Puggy Demary. 11 a.m. Free. 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture "Counting Backwards ... A History of Times Square." 3 p.m. Explore the history of a location synonymous with New Year's Eve — Times Square. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building No. 4.

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