The Berkshires Calendar for July 31



Berkshire Paint & Sip: Fundraiser for the Macony Pediatric's Reach Out & Read Program. 2 to 4 p.m. "Red Poppies"; $35. All painting materials, light snack and donation included. BYOB. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. 305 North St., Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute: Summer Sunday — Human Tower Expo. Join in celebration of the Catalonian Castell building tradition by watching professional acrobats from the Boston Circus Guild attempt a three-tier human tower. 1:30 and 3 p.m. Art-making activities will also be available. 1 to 4 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, 413-458-2303 or

Readsboro Glassworks: Summer open studio and sale, 10 to 5 p.m., as part of the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival. Special sale on blue glass. Glass-blowing demonstrations throughout the weekend. Information: 802-423-7706 or 6954 Main St. (lower level), Route 100, Readsboro, Vt.

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. Infomration: 413-229-2694 or, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.


17th Annual Blueberry Festival: Early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, magic act, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus craft vendors and artisans. Blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of food items and baked goods. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $7, under 12 free. Information: 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz, N.Y.

Church on the Hill: 29th Annual Art and Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Lilac Park, Main Street, Lenox.

Hancock Baptist Church: Ice cream social following the Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing. 6 p.m. Main Street, Hancock.

St. John Paul II Parish: Polish Picnic featuring The Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra. Beginning at noon. Mass at 11 a.m. under the large pavilion. Polish and American food and legal beverages. Admission: Free for those attending Mass; after noon, $5 for adults, children 12 and younger free. Polanka Picnic Grounds on Mill Street, Adams.

Second Congregational Church: Special Peace and Healing Service in light of the discord between the community and police department nationwide. 3 p.m. 50 Onota St., Pittsfield.


Family Flicks Under the Stars: "School of Rock" (2003), starring Jack Black, presented by the Spring Street Market & Café, concessions on site, bring chairs, blankets and bug spray. At sundown (around 8:15 to 8:30 p.m.), Morgan Lawn at the top of Spring Street, Williamstown.

Health & Fitness

Dewey Hall: Community Yoga with Beth Seongwan Fehrensen. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Beginner friendly, gentle to moderate, Kripalu yoga class followed by an optional 15-minute zazen meditation practice. Bring your own mats and props. Pay what you can; suggested donation $10. 91 Main St., Sheffield.

Kushi Institute: "Toward a Sustainable Future," Sunday, July 31, to Sunday, Aug. 14. Over 150 classes and 65 presenters, focus on a natural, ecological, balanced way of eating — the foundation for personal health and the sustainability of the planet. Walk-in registration permitted. 15% off for Berkshire County residents. Day passes: $157 for Berkshire residents (Aug. 13 not included). Programming starts daily at 7 a.m. with yoga/exercise classes and ends daily at 9 p.m. Macrobiotic organic meals included. Information:

Pittsfield Sangha: Meditative Book Study. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Currently reading together "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche. Information:, 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252 Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


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. "Family Friends: Interactive House tour for Young Explorers," 11:30 a.m. "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," 2:30 p.m. Understand Naumkeag within a historical context. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Barrington Stage Youth Theatre: "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: $16 adult, $12 youth; 413-236-8888 or Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Mac-Haydn Children's Theatre: "The Frog Prince." 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? 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $10, discounts for groups; 518-392-9292 or 1925 State Route 203, Chatham, N.Y.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes: "Beauty and the Beast" and Medley of Magic and Marionettes with Eric Thee Illusionist, 11 a.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


WordXWord Festival: Story Slam, "U-Turn", 7 p.m. Free. May contain mature content. The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.


Bascom Lodge: JoAnne Spies and the Elemental Orchestra. 6 p.m. Free. Information: 413-743-1591. Atop Mount Greylock, Adams.

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.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: Concert with Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson. 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Jewish Agency for Israel's Victims of Terror Fund. Tickets: $25, $20 for young adults under the age of 30, children under 10 free; at the door. Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox.


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.

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Scenic Summit Tours: Boreal Forest Walk. 2 p.m. Information: 413-499-4262. 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. 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

Town Players: Staged reading of the comedy "Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent" by Matthew Konkel 2 p.m. Admission $5. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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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