The Berkshires Calendar for July 23



Clark Art Institute: Try your hand at drawing en plein air. 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a hike up Stone Hill and pick up a complimentary drawing kit at the outdoor installation "Thomas Schütte: Crystal." 225 South St., Williamstown.

Columbia County Council on the Arts: Opening reception for "Chatham, Meadows," sculptural works in 15 acres of rolling meadows, wooded paths, pond and stream. 5 to 7 p.m.(Rain date: July 24.) Fundraiser for CCCA; $25 per guest, children and exhibiting artists. free. Prize winners announced at reception. Information: 518-671-6213 or 518-392-4814. 101 Harmon Heights Road, Chatham, N.Y.

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour: A free, self-guided studio tour and sale featuring 21 artists at eight locations in the Hilltowns of Western Mass. Demonstrations. Information schedule and downlaodable map:

Norman Rockwell Museum: Talk and print signing with award-winning author and illustrator David Macaulay. 1 to 3 p.m. Children and families will be invited to design and build their own creative structures at a drop-in art station. Free for members, or included with museum admission. 9 Glendale Road (Route 183), Stockbridge.

Project Art: 2016 Open house. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guest artist: Mara Superior. 54 Main St., Cummington.

Sheffield Historical Society: "Where the Berkshires Began," an exhibit on Sheffield, the oldest town in Berkshire County. Weekends through Sept. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 413-229-2694, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.

Sienna Patti Contemporary: Presentation by Raïssa Bump, artist in group exhibition, "Particle." Noon to 4 p.m. 80 Main St., Lenox.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: Opening reception for "Mysterious and Unexpected: the Merger of Art and Science" featuring artists Carrie Crane, Kay Hartung, Larry Kagan, Gwenn Mayers, Karen Schoolman, and Catherine Wilcox-Titus. 4 to 6 p.m. On display through Aug. 14. Information: or 518-392-3693. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.


Bidwell House Museum: Plant Dyes and Fibers. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn how to process wool and plant-based fibers, such as milkweed and dogbane while dyeing skeins in an outdoor dye bath. Members, $10; non-members, $15. Information: 413-528-6888 or 100 Art School Road, Monterey.

Bingo: Doors open 3:30 p.m.; games at 6:20 p.m. Food available. St. Mark's Church: Parish Center, 400 Columbus Ave. Extension, Pittsfield, 413-445-4506.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Council of Aging, Visitors Center, 3 Hoosac St., Adams. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

First Congregational Church of South Egremont: Wet Paint Auction and Consignment Gallery. Artists will paint throughout the day. Gallery open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Wet paint" available for viewing at 4 p.m. Auction at 5:30 p.m. Information: 413-528-2368. 34 Main St., South Egremont.

Florida Volunteer Fire Department: Chicken barbecue. 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $12; available from any Florida firefighter or at the door. Proceeds support purchases and upgrades of fire fighting equipment. Greylock Club, Route 2, North Adams.

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.

Grandparents Day: Celebrating the Feast Day of St. Joachim & St. Anne, includes special music, adoration with special rosary, confessions, Holy Mass with blessing for grandparents, chaplet of the Divine Mercy, benediction, blessing with relic of St. Faustina, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Eden Hill, 2 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. GPS: 74 Pine St.

Great Barrington Farmers' Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SNAP/EBT, as well as WIC and SFMNP vouchers accepted. Information: or email 18 Church St., Great Barrington.

Knit 'n Stitch: Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Korean War Armistice Ceremony: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 ceremony to commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the armistice. 10 a.m. Korean War Memorial, next to the front steps of City Hall, Allen Street, Pittsfield.

Lee Farmers Market: "Green" Day; bring your extra, clean reuseable bags to share. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: First Congregational Church on the Town Green, Lee.

New England Food Truck Festival: Over 60 of New England's premier food trucks. Noon to 8 p.m. Early access 11 a.m. to noon only; limited number of passes available. Admission: $5 at the gate; children younger than 6, free. Eastern States Exposition Center, West Springfield

West Stockbridge Library: Friends' Annual Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Town Hall, 21 State Line Road/Route 102, West Stockbridge.


Blue Rider Stables: 10th Annual Hoedown. 6 to 9 p.m. Live music by the Kitchen Kaylee Band with Anne Banks calling. All dances taught. Rrefreshments available for purchase. Admission: $5. Information: 413-528-5299 or 15 Farm Lane, South Egremont.

Lanesborough Block Dance: From 5 to 11 p.m. Live music by country rock band, Bandit. Lawn chairs, blankets welcome. No outside food and drinks; on-site food vendors. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 youths age 12 and younger. Bill Laston Memorial Park, Route 7, Lanesborough.

Line Dance Lessons: Dalton Country Kickers, lessons for beginners. 9 a.m. Information: 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world's premier modern dance companies. Family matinee, featuring excerpts from "Snow White" and "Dilly Dilly," plus a Q&A with a Paul Taylor company member, 3 p.m. "The Weight of Smoke," "Dilly Dilly" and "Beloved Renegade," 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 to $65; or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.


Mission House: Colonial Collection Tour. 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Mabel Choate established Mission House property to share her unique collection from objects of daily life in Colonial America. Enjoy the newly-restored Colonial Garden, designed by famed landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Members free, nonmembers $5, children 12 and younger free. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008 or email Main Street, Stockbridge.

Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and design of Naumkeag House and Gardens." 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Experience highlights of the Naumkeag as Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele planned for visitors to see it, weaving in and out of the house and gardens. "Family Friends: Interactive House tour for Young Explorers," 11:30 a.m. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Country Day: Hands-on nature projects for children ages 2 to 8. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Downtown Pittsfield Farmer's Market, Pittsfield Commons, First Street, Pittsfield.

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.

Bushnell-Sage Library: Open Art. 11 a.m. to noon. Art stations set up for your creative spirit to soar. 48 Main St., Sheffield.

Hubbard Hall: Youth Theater! presents Tim Nelson's "Alice in Wonderland." 2 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 for students;, at the door, or 518-677-2495. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Mac-Haydn Children's Theatre: "The Frog Prince." 10:30 a.m. A scheming witch plots to take over the kingdom, and turns a prince into a frog. Will his new friends hop to the rescue in time? Can he leap in to save them all? Tickets: $10, discounts for groups; 518-392-9292 or 1925 State Route 203, Chatham, N.Y.

Ramsdell Library: Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Farm Market Kids. 10 a.m. to noon. Stories for ages 2 to 5, along with games, crafts and activities for children up to age 10. Drop-in program for children to participate in while their parents are at the market. Free. Information: 518-325- 4101 or Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market, Roe Jan Park, Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Stockbridge Library: Writing workshop for teens with Stockbridge writer Joan Embree. 1 to 2 p.m. Practical writing workshop for teens Grade 5 and above. Pre-registration requested; 413-298-5501 or 46 Main St., Stockbridge.


Congregation Ahavath Sholom: "Living in Two Civilizations: A Reconstructionist Rabbi's Interfaith Journey" by Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, professor and director of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. 10:00 a.m. Information: or 413-528-4197. 15 North St., Great Barrington.

Hilton Garden Inn: Gluten-free cooking demonstration, "Yes, You Can Eat Gourmet and Gluten-Free," with celebrity chef Michael Ballon, local Dietitian Lisa Kuczarski and the nonprofit Foodicine Health. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Tax-deductible contributions can be made on Eventbrite at gourmet-and-gluten-free- with-chef-michael-ballon- tickets-18183464231 or at Pittsfield.


Cabaret Alive V!: Cohosted by Arts Alive in the Hilltowns and The Worthington Historical Society. The theme is disco. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets: $25, must be purchased or reserved in advance, 413-238-5593. 343 Huntington Road, Worthington.

Lenox Library: Lectures For Tanglewood 2016, presented by Jeremy Yudkin, professor of Music at Boston University. 2:30 to 4 p.m. "Spanish Ballet Music and the Greatest Piano Concerto of Them All: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1." 18 Main St., Lenox.

Mohawk Trail Concerts: The Laredo-Robinson Duo. Jaime Laredo, violin, Sharon Robinson, cello. 7:30 p.m. Handel-Halvorsen, Passacaglia; Mozart, Duo in G major, K. 423, Irwin Schulhoff; Duo; Zoltan Kodaly, Duo. Tickets: or at the door, cash and checks only; $23 adults, under 16 years free. Federated Church at Charlemont, Route 2, Charlemont.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century. Vanaver Caravan's "Turn, Turn, Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger in Dance & Music." 8 to 10 p.m. $30/$25 members/$15 students; 518-392-6121 or 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: The Armen Donelian Trio will play selections from the American songbook, jazz standards and Armenian songs. 5 p.m. Free. Information: 518-325-4101 or 9091 Rt. 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Sandisfield Arts Center: Chris Brubeck's Triple Play. 8 p.m. Unique blend of blues, jazz, folk and funk. Tickets: $20, children younger than 12, $10; available at the door or at 5 Hammertown Road, off Route 57, Sandisfield.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Paddle the Housatonic: Guided Canoe Trips, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the river's history and what is happening to restore some of its most precious habitats and species. Paddles, life preservers and boats are provided. Member: Adult, $24; child 9 to 16, $9, Nonmember: Adult, $30; child 9 to 16, $15. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

Becket Land Trust: Becket historic quarry and trails. Quarry Museum and self-guided tour of nature preserve and 100 years of historic artifacts. Docent led tours of Becket Historic Quarry off-site permanent exhibit open at Mullen House Education Center, 12 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Free admission. Trails and self-guided tour open in daylight hours year round. Quarry, corner Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket,

Mount Greylock State Park: Summit Tours: "Parkitecture." 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Meet at the summit. Information: 413-499-4262. Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Pittsfield Track and Field Games: Free program which teaches youth, ages 6 to 14, the basics of track and field including warm ups and several running and field components. Registration and warm ups at 9 a.m., events begin at 9:30 a.m. Information: 413-499-9370 or email Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield. Due to construction, enter the track at Lakeway Drive.

Trail Hike and Community Picnic: Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest. Beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include volunteer Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintenance opportunities, a selection of hikes for participants of various physical capabilities, a community potluck dinner and live music performed by Berkshire Ukulele Band. To register: Volunteer work, email or 413-822-0094; hikes, email or 413-528-0904. Information: email or 413-528-0904.


Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park: Third annual free outdoor production: Shakespeare's "The Tempest." 8 p.m. Information: First Street Common, Pittsfield.

Rouge Angel Theatre: "A Lot to Ask," a new poem of politics, love and resistance." A solo dance-ritual-theatre performance by Pooja Prema. Suggested donation: $20. Meet outside of the Housatonic Corner Market, and you will be escorted to the location at 8 p.m. Information:

The Capitol Steps: Political satire, "What to Expect When You're Electing," 8 p.m., Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. To reserve tickets and an optional dinner: 413-881-1636 or

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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