The Berkshires Calendar for July 28



Berkshire Paint & Sip: Outdoor open air painting at Tanglewood. 6 to 8 p.m. Fundraiser to benefit Tanglewood. Live landscape of Tanglewood, $35. All painting materials and instruction included. BYOB. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. At Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox.

DownStreet Art Festival: Celebrating local art and the community. 5 to 8 p.m. Works of visual art on display in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces, the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors. Free. Downtown North Adams.

MCLA Gallery 51: Opening for exhibition of artwork by Melanie Mowinski, "Wayfaring," an investigation of the motivations behind the paths taken in life through installation, letterpress, book arts and collage. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Information: 51 Main St., North Adams.

Williams College Museum of Art: "State of the Art/Art of the State" mini course. Delve into works from "African Art Against the State" and put them into conversation with politically significant American Art. 4 p.m. Free, registration required, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown.


Duplicate Bridge: Fun, friendly game is sanctioned by the ACBL and intended for players at all skill levels. 12:45 p.m. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Information or if you need a partner: Dan Philip, 413-551-7922.

Family Game Night: Choose from a library of over 185 tabletop board and card games to enjoy, or bring your own games to play. 6 to 10 p.m. Featured game of the week will be taught to newcomers by staff. Information: Email or 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Huntington Public Library: Knitting workshop. 6 p.m. Open to all knitters, beginners to experienced. Bring projects, old and new, and questions another knitter may be able to answer. 7 E. Main St., Huntington.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Major Mordecai Myers: An American-Jewish Hero of the War of 1812" by author and historian Neil Yetwin, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Knitting Circle at Dottie's: Meet with like-minded knitters at this open circle. 2 to 4 p.m. All levels welcome. Free. Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-443-1792.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m. Meditation and web streaming: Pema Chodron & Tim Olmsted. "The Way of Freedom," Part 4. Young People's Sangha (for children) also at 6 p.m. By donation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Homemade Pie Sale: Naomi Chapter No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star 5 to 8 p.m. during DownStreet Art. Whole pies, $10 each; slice, $3. Holden Street, North Adams.

Sewing Lab: Learn how to use a sewing machine, bring in a project or do some mending. No reservations are needed. Donations of fabric, patterns or notions are welcome. Experienced sewers are welcome to share their expertise, 9 to noon, Salvation Army, 298 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Captain Darlene Higgins, 413-442-0624.

Planetarium Show: Williams College astronomy students host free shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector at 8 p.m., Milham Planetarium, Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, Williamstown. Reservations recommended: Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or email Others admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.


Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, lessons for intermediate/advanced, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

Health and Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinic: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

'Yoga for You': Small classes exploring the use of your breath, with flexibility, strength and endurance postures, followed by complete guided imagery relaxation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., takes place in Stockbridge, call for more information: Nancy Simanson, 413-298-3319.

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. "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," 2:30 p.m., understand Naumkeag within a historical context. Naumkeag at Night, 5 to 8 p.m. A variety of live music provided by some of the area's most popular bands. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Adams Free Library: Jody Scalise – Motion Man. 6 p.m. Be prepared for an evening of physical comedy, magic, mime, illusion, circus and more. Free. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. 92 Park St., Adams.

Barrington Stage Youth Theatre: Preview: "The Wiz," a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Children ages 5 and older welcome. Tickets and performance times: $10; 413-236-8888 or Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 10 a.m. 3D Printing for Teens, ages 12 – 18., participants can design and 3D print their own team logo, 2 to 4 p.m. No sign-up or prior experience required, just drop-in, Young Adult department. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sing-a-long Playgroup" offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "Toddler Steps," 18 months to 3 years, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; "Kids' Kitchen," 21/2 to 5 years, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Public Library: Pre-school storytime. Includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks. 10-11 a.m. No storytime during school vacation or on snowdays. 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup: Gym Group at Haskins Center, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for walking to 5 years old, 210 State St., North Adams.

New Lebanon Library: Fun Family Crafts. 4:30 p.m. Make your frog and fly catch game. All materials provided. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

North Adams Public Library: LEGO Group (ages 8 and older). 6 to 7 p.m. NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Toddlers. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. 2 to 5 years. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Richmond Play & Read Group: Offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Richmond Consolidated School Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond.


Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice: Illustrated program by Cari Naftali of New Lebanon, N.Y., about her experiences this past April on her second humanitarian mission to Greece. 7:30 p.m. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


Lee Library: July 28 Susan Dworkin will be read from her newly re-published novel "Stolen Goods." 7 to 8 p.m. Q&A and book signing to follow. 100 Main St., Lee.

Lenox Library: Writers Round Table. Leadership rotates weekly. Bring copies of new work for discussion, 2-4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: Coordinator at 413-637-1900.

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: Susan Merrill, "Cool Evening."5:30 p.m. Information: 413-637-3390 or 11 Housatonic St., Lenox


Berkshire South Regional Community Center: The American Songbook – Broadway Series with Harvey Granat — Rodgers and Hart 7 p.m. Members $10; non-members $15. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Guthrie Center: Hootenanny Nite, doors open at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington; tickets: 413-528-1955.

Party in the Park: Music by Whiskey City. 6 to 8 p.m. These are family-friendly events and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Free. Noel Field, behind the Steeplecats' baseball diamond, State Street, North Adams.


Mount Greylock State Reservation: Session three of four Junior Rangers. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For boys and girls ages 8 to 12 years old. A fun way for children to get acquainted with the state parks and outdoor recreation skills, while discovering the natural and cultural resources of the region. Led by DCR park interpreters. Pre-registration is required; 413-499-4262. Parents or guardians required to attend the Junior sessions and graduation ceremony party. Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.


Kickwheel Ensemble Theater: PASSAGE." 8 p.m. A brand new climate change romance exploring the catastrophic history and politics of the melting Northwest Passage. Information: or 413-418-4113. Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.

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

Pythagoras Theatre Works: One-Act Plays from the Gilded Age. 7 p.m. Opening reception following performance. Tickets: 413-344-3338 or West Stockbridge Historic 1854 Town Hall, 9 Main St., West Stockbridge.

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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