The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 4



Berkshire Museum: Opening reception for "BerkshireNow: Peter Gordon." 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Exhibition on view through Feb. 21, 2016. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Paint & Sip: "Snowy Gloves," 16x20-inch canvas. 6 p.m. $30, all painting materials and light snack included. BYOB. Reservations: 305 North St., Pittsfield.

Chatham Bookstore: Reception for Barbara Willner show, "Fellow Travelers." 5 to 7 p.m. On view through Jan. 20, 2016. Information: 518-392-3005 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.

Clark Art Institute: New Parents Gallery Talk series. 10:15 a.m. Best suited for parents with pre-toddlers; strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted. Reservations not required. Free. 225 South St. Permanent collection galleries. Book sale of discounted art books. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wide selection of remainders, markdowns and sale books. Clark Center's Michael Conforti Pavilion, 229 South St., Williamstown.

Dirty Brush Paint Parties: "Winter Woods," 16x20-inch canvas. 6 p.m. Three-hour, instructor-led class. $30, all materials and instruction included. Reservations required; 413-442-9300. 141 North St., lower level, Pittsfield. .

First Fridays Artswalk: 15 art shows, work by 40 regional artists, opening 5 to 8 p.m. downtown. Live music. Pittsfield. Artswalk After Party, 8 to 10 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts.

Knox Gallery: Opening reception for "4 Elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Air." 6 to 7:30 p.m. Information: 413-528-3795, Gallery, @Knox_Gallery on Twitter or Monterey Library, 452 Main Road, Monterey.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Meet Rockwell's Models." Free with museum admission; members free. Information, 413-931-2221, or Stockbridge.


Adult Pickleball: Instruction and equipment for beginners is available, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Dalton CRA during the winter and inclement weather, and at a private outside tennis court, spring through fall. Free for CRA members, $2 per session for non-members. Information: Email

Berkshire Social Sports Club: Santa's Christmas Crawl. 6 p.m. to midnight. Cost: $35 per person; does not include beverages or bartender tips. Must be 21-plus to participate. Dress in Santa/holiday attire. Proceeds to benefit homeless shelters in Berkshire County. Information or tickets: Downtown Lenox.

Bingo: Every Friday, includes raffles, prizes, food, doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's School, Orchard Street, Lee, 413-243-1079.

Chatham, N.Y: 13th annual WinterFest. Caroling at 6:45 p.m. around the gazebo. Santa arrives by firetruck at 7 p.m. Stores open late; refreshments available. Information: or 518-392-5225. Chatham, N.Y.

City of Pittsfield: Tree-lighting ceremony. 6 p.m. Taconic High School Chorus will perform a variety of carols, Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive and free hot chocolate. Bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center's food pantry. Park Square, Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute: Holiday concert and supper. Jazz ensemble performing a wide selection of holiday favorites, 6:30 p.m., followed at 7:45 p.m. by a gourmet meal prepared by the Clark's executive chef Dan Hardy in Café 7. Concert tickets: $25; $20 Clark members. Supper tickets: $85; $80 Clark members. Supper followed by dancing. Reservations are required. To reserve tickets or for more information: or 413-458-0524.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: Knosh & Knowledge. 10:45 a.m. Award-winning playwright, lyricist, children's author, television writer and theater producer Eileen Bluestone Sherman will recount the journey of how her Chanukah-themed children's book,"The Odd Potato," morphed into a work of musical theater. Admission: $11, includes lunch; program only, $5. Advance reservations required; 413-442-4360, ext. 10 or email Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington.

Meditation Group: Open to all faiths, sit in silence in the sanctuary to enjoy teachings and meditative practices, 9 to 9:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams, 413-663-5830.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Buddhism & the 12 Steps," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., by donation, George Crane Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-358-2626.

Stockbridge: 26th anniversary of the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration. Tales of Christmas, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Gather 'round to hear classic stories of the season. Free. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Main Street, Stockbridge.

West Stockbridge: Indoor holiday farmers market, 3 to 7 p.m. Handmade holiday gifts, decorations, food, gift baskets and more. Outdoor wood-fired pizza, and other savory treats available. 6 Harris St., West Stockbridge. Tree lighting, 6 p.m., in front of the post office. There will be caroling and visits with Santa in his sleigh on Merritt Way/Harris Street. Village shops open late. Live entertainment. Iinformation: email West Stockbridge.

Health and Fitness

Easy Exercise: Easy exercise class offered by Kim Conley, certified instructor, $5 donation, 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Ann Parish Center, Lenox.

Gentle Yoga: Yoga for Arthritis, Injuries and Anti-Aging. Instructor Sonya Boesse will lead classes that include centering, breath work, guided movement therapy, stretching, strengthening, balancing, meditation and deep relaxation. All ages and levels welcome. 10-11 a.m. at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, 413-458-8371.

Kids' Stuff

Adams Free Library: Interactive storytime featuring classic children's tales and new favorites. 10 a.m. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes, stories, fingerplays and crafts. Free. Information: 413-743-8345, ext. 103. 92 Park St., Adams.

Adams Youth Center: Play & Learn Group for young children and their families. Art and movement activities, educational toys and themes. Circle time and snack. 10-11 a.m. East Street, Adams.

Berkshire Museum: "WeeMuse Adventures," songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time for ages 18 months to 3 years, 11 to 11:30 a.m., free with museum admission, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center: "Skip & Dip," program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10 a.m. to noon, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "English/Spanish Discussion Group," 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.; "Early Intervention Group," 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., sign-up required at 413-644-0104; "Art & Nature," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Mason Library: Sing-a-long Playgroup, program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Northern Berkshire YMCA: Kids Night Out for ages 8 to 14 years. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fun and games, gym time and pool time (bring your bathing suit). A movie with a snack will finish the evening. Cost: $5. Information: 413-663-6529, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Stockbridge Library: Pre-school storycraft; songs, stories and a craft, no pre-registration necessary, 10 a.m., Stockbridge Station, 2 Depot St., Stockbridge, 413-298-5501.


The Bookstore: Reading by the Rev. Brent Damrow, "Awakening to the Call: Faith and Life at the Crossroads." 7 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

MacKimmie Co.: Book signing by local author Gina Hyams, "The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires." 5 to 8 p.m. 67 Church St., Lenox.

Thompson Giroux Gallery: Poetry reading by Margot Farrington. 4 p.m. Information: 518-392-3336 or 57 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.


Mass. College of Liberal Arts: MCLA Presents! Anaïs Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 for general admission, $8 for MCLA Alumni, $5 for staff and faculty and non-MCLA students, $2 for MCLA students; Information: 413-662-5320, or Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium, MCLA Church Street Center, Church Street, North Adams.

New Lebanon Library: Linda Worster in concert. 6 p.m. Folk, rock and original covers from the popular local singer/songwriter. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Shire City Sanctuary: Gallery opening, Works by The Dolphin Studio. 5 p.m. Complimentary snacks, wine and beer. Concert with Meaghan Burke and Carlos Cordeiro. 7 p.m. Free. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Williams College: Williams Percussion Ensemble, "Vexations." 8 p.m. Along with members of the dance ensemble CoDa. Chapin Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the college campus, Williamstown,


Drury Stage Company: Frank Loesser's hit musical, "Guys And Dolls." 7 p.m. Tickets: Students $5; general admission $7, Drury High School, South Church Street, North Adams.

Ghent Playhouse: The Pantoloons, the childhood classic, "Snow White," subtitled "House of Dwarfs." 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 each, $17 for Friends of the Playhouse, and $10 for students with ID; 1-800-838-3006 or 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.

Skyline Country Club: Comical Mystery Tour, "A Pirate's Holiday Plunder" dinner show. 6:30 p.m.; cocktails 5:30 p.m. Baked stuffed chicken dinner; vegetarian option available. Reservations: $30 per person, 413-445-5584 or Jim in the Pro Shop. Route 7, Lanesborough.

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