The Berkshires Calendar for Dec. 6
Clark Art Institute: "First Sundays Free." Adult admission (normally $20) is free. Galleries open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: clarkart.edu or 413-458-0425. 225 South St. 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.
Norman Rockwell Museum: Santa's Workshop, create and decorate holiday hats and ornaments, noon to 2 p.m. Free with Stockbridge at Christmas admission. St. Paul's Church. In-depth look at Rockwell's "Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas" painting, 3 p.m. at the museum. Discounted admission with Stockbridge at Christmas button. Stockbridge.
Adams Historical Society;:Third Annual Holiday Concert, featuring the Eagles Brass Ensemble. 3 p.m. Traditional mix of classical and show tunes with emphasis on the holidays. Eagles Brass Ensemble will perform "The War Between the States," a Civil War suite arranged by Howard C. Cable. Eagles Trombone Ensemble will also perform. Memorial Hall of the Adams Free Library, Park Street, Adams.
Alchemy Initiative: Seventh annual Handmade Holiday Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Curated holiday marketplace featuring contemporary artisans, designers and food producers. Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.
Austerlitz Historical Society: 23rd annual Holiday Sing. 2 p.m. Traditional hymns, carols and other songs, as well as readings of texts written and/or popular in the 19th century. Holiday refreshments, Free. Information: 518-392-0062 or oldausterlitz.org. Route 22, Austerlitz, N.Y.
Berkshire District Attorney's Office/Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Vigil of Remembrance. 3 p.m. Candle-lighting ceremony to remember those lost as a result of a drunk driving crash. Main speaker: District Attorney David F. Capeless. Reception will follow. St. Stephen's Church, East Street (Park Square), Pittsfield.
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 Menorah Workshop at Home Depot. 10:45 a.m. Participants will receive a free workers apron and then craft their own unique Menorah. Parents must accompany their children. Refreshments. Free. Reservations appreciated, but not required; firstname.lastname@example.org. 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield.
Dalton Senior Manor: Open house. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 83 Curtis Ave., Dalton.
Lenox Dale: Annual Christmas tree lighting. 6 p.m. Santa will arrive by fire engine at Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of Walker and Crystal streets to light the tree. Following the lighting, Santa will greet the children at the Fire Station on Elm Street. Lenox Dale.
Pilgrim Memorial Church: Christmas Penny Social. 2 p.m.; doors open at 1 p.m. 249 Wahconah St., Pittsfield.
Pittsfield Walmart: Sixth Annual "Cop on Top" fundraiser. Beginning at 9 a.m. Local police officers to raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Berkshire Crossing Plaza, 555 Hubbard Ave., 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.
Town of Cheshire: Town tree lighting. Starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center for a hayride to the Town Hall. Caroling with the Hoosac Valley High School Chorus. Following lighting, refreshments with Santa at Senior Center. Cheshire.
Town of Stockbridge: 26th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Noon to 2 p.m. See Main Street as Norman Rockwell did when he painted the famous "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas." Over 50 antique cars parked along the street (weather permitting) and festive activities: Roger the Jester and lunch at the Christmas Food Booth. Take photo ops. with Norman Rockwell in a "Triple Self-Portrait" selfie or show your face in a Norman Rockwell painting. Music by Monument Mountain Regional High School. Children may create holiday fun at Santa's workshop and have their face painted. A visit from Santa. Buttons offering admittance to activities are $5 per person. Children under 12 free. Horse-drawn wagon rides by Clay Hill Farm will also be available for an additional fee. Downtown Stockbridge.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Bolshoi Ballet in HD — "Lady of the Camellias," with choreography by John Neumeier and music by Frédéric Chopin. 1 p.m. Tickets: $17; 413-528-0100 or mahaiwe.org. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.
Ioka Valley Farm: Breakfast with Santa. 8 a.m. to noon. Hayrides. Route 43, Hancock.
Temple Anshe Amunim: "Embodied Judaism: Exploring Jewish Spirituality through Movement." 10 a.m. Embodied Judaism uses the method developed by Israeli physicist and martial artist Moshe Feldenkrais to explore spirituality through movement. Fee: $10 for non-members. Reservations suggested. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield.
The Bookstore: Reading by Surya Green, "Once Upon A Yugoslavia: When the American Way Met Tito's Third Way." 3 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox
New Lebanon Library: New Lebanon Book Group. 11 a.m. Book to be discussed, "The Enchantress of Florence" by Salman Rushdie. Newcomers welcome. Information: 518)-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.
Bard College at Simon's Rock: South Berkshire Concert Series: Hopkinson Smith. 3 p.m. A program of Elizabethan music for the Renaissance lute. Suggested donation: $10. Information: 413-528-7212. Kellogg Music Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.
Berkshire Athenaeum: Winter Music Sing Along, presented by The Berkshire Music School. 1 p.m. Free for all ages, no registration required. Children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.
Cantilena Chamber Choir: "Christmas at Trinity." 3 p.m. Selections from the Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach and music for Christmas by Stockbridge composer David Anderegg and traditional carols. Special guests Berkshire Children's Chorus. Tickets at the door: $20, children free. 88 Walker St., Lenox.
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.
Greenwoods Community Church: Annual presentation of Handel's "Messiah." 7 p.m. Part I and the Hallelujah Chorus. Donations to benefit Hearts of the Father outreach; suggested donation $16. Information: 413-229-8560. 355 Clayton Road, Ashley Falls.
Hilltown Choral Society: Holiday concert. 4 p.m. Suggested donation: $8; $5 seniors and students. Refreshments following the performance. Village Church, Cummington.
Hope Church: Sanctuary Choir concert of Christmas music. 6 p.m. 40-voice choir accompanied by piano, worship band, men's quartet and soloists. Traditional and contemporary music of the season. Free, optional offering received. Handicapped accessible; nursery provided. Information: 413-637-2212. 259 Kemble St., Lenox.
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.
Shire City Sanctuary: Kickwheel Ensemble Theater presents a reading of "Passage," its newest collaboratively created theater piece along with three short works by Catherine Banks, Elyne Quan and Caridad Svich. 3 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.
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