The Berkshires Calendar for June 4



Becket Art Center: Washington-Becket School exhibit. By appointment: 413-623-6635. 7 Brooker Hill Road, off Route 8, Becket.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Phoning It In: Staying Connected in a Pre-Digital Age." 5 p.m. Explore the history of the telephone, as depicted in mid-century illustrations, with Paul Violette, founder of The New Hampshire Telephone Museum. To register: 413-931-2221. Free with museum admission; members free. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

North River Gallery: Opening for "Naturalistic Landscapes" by Douglas James Maguire and Thomas Teich. 4 to 7 p.m. Information: or 518-392- 7000. 34A Main St., Chatham N.Y.


Bidwell House Museum: Craft workshop — "Primitive Arts Skills and Fire-building." 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members: $10. Non-members: $15. Admission to the museum is included in the program cost. To register online: or 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road, Monterey.

Cans for Stans: Can/bottle drive. 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds go to the Berkshire Humane Society and Eleanor Sonsini shelter to sponsor senior pet adoptions and medical care. For pick-up: 413-743-3836. Petco, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

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.

First Congregational Church of Becket: Public ham dinner. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tavern ham, homemade baked beans, potato and tossed salads and strawberry shortcake. Cost: $12 adults, $5 children younger than 12. To-go meals: 413-623-8300. Guild Hall on YMCA Road, Becket.

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

Hinsdale Lions Club: Ham and scalloped potato dinner with strawberry shortcake. 4 to 6:30 p.m. $12 adults, $5 child younger than 12. Proceeds to benefit scholarship fund. Reservations or takeout: 413-655-2973. Route 143, Hinsdale.

Hoosac Harvest: Fifth Annual Seedling Swap. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. To make a donation of seedlings in advance or for more information: 413-346-4471 or Berkshire Bank Plaza, Main Street, North Adams.

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.

Lee Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: First Congregational Church on the Town Green, Lee.

Luau For Life Dinner: Fundraiser for "Team Scouting For A Cure," sponsored by United Methodist Women. Includes pulled pork, coleslaw, potato salad, dessert, beverage. Tickets at door: $10 adults, $8 kids 10 & under. 5 to 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County: Meeting. 2 to 4 p.m. Hugh Black explores two early gay novels, "The City and the Pillar" and "Giovanni's Room." Information: Ed Sedarbaum at or 413-441-6006 or visit Berkshire Athenaeum Conference Room, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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

Stamford Community Church: Annual giant community tag sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the, In the pavilion at the church, Route 8, Stamford, Vt.


Berkshire Humane Society: Dance!!! for Dogs and Cats. Beginning at 9 p.m. License to Groove, along with a great line-up of other local stars. Tickets: $10 and at Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield, Bark N' Cat in North Adams, and Tavern at the A in Pittsfield. Door prizes and raffles. 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield.

Cantarella School of Dance: Annual spring recital, "Under the Big Top." 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets at the door:$20 adults/seniors; $10 children 12 and younger. Lenox Memorial Middle & High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

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.


Berkshire International Film Festival: Screening of "A Year By The Sea," followed by a conversation with director, writer, Karen Allen and other members of the cast. 12:30 p.m. Tribute and conversation with BIFF 2016 Achievement in film Honoree and Academy Award winning actor, Bruce Dern and Doug Trumbull followed by screening of "Nebraska." 7 p.m. Both events at the Mahaiwe Theater, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Films being shown at the Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington, and the Beacon Theatre, North Street, Pittsfield. For films, times and ticket information: or 866-811-4111. Purchase season passes at or 866-811-4111.


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. Member: $5; nonmember, $10. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

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.

The Buddy Games: An athletic competition designed for children with special needs. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Events include long jump, 50/100 yard dash, ball toss, bike race, sack races, obstacle course and sensory city. Open to Berkshire County special needs students. Rain or shine. Wahconah Regional High School, 150 Windsor Road, Dalton.

Bushnell-Sage Library: Story Time. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy stories in the gazebo and maybe even a song or two. 48 Main St., Sheffield.

Lenox Preschool Little Explorers: Open house. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn about the full-day preschool program, summer camps and more. Tour the classroom, enjoy creative free play and organic snacks. Children welcome. To register: or 413-551-9577. 55 Main St., Lenox.

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.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Leaf Cutter Ants First Farmers." 3 p.m. Explore one of the world's most astonishing super organism — the agriculturalist leaf cutter ants. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass, Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.


The Chatham Bookstore: David Black reads and discusses his satire "Fast Shuffle." 5 to 7 p.m. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A will follow a brief reading. Free. Refreshments. Information: 518-392-3005 or 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: Poetry reading by Benjamin "Bernie" Kukoff, acclaimed film and television writer and producer. 4 p.m. Kukoff will read from his debut poetry collection, "What This Country Needs." Information: Free. 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.


Berkshire Bach Society: Berkshire Bach's 25th Anniversary Spring Choral Concert with James Bagwell conductor; Vivaldi's "Gloria," Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante," Bach and more; chorus with eight professional soloists and the Bard Baroque Ensemble; pre-concert "Meet and Greet" with musicians, 5:30 p.m., concert, 6 p.m. Information: or 413 528-9555. First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington.

Bousquet Mountain: Live bluegrass/rock music by the Picky Bastards. 8 to 11 p.m. Free. 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield.

Sandisfield Arts Center: "The Music of George Shearing and Beyond with the James Argiro Quintet, music performance. 8 p.m. $20; 413-258-4100 or 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield.

Williams College: Senior Class Day. 11 a.m., doors open at 1 0 a.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Appalachian Mountain Club: Berkshire chapter. 6 p.m. Speaker: Mike Leavitt, trails and outreach coordinator for Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Open to all outdoors and nature enthusiasts. Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee.

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.

Berkshire Rowing and Sculling Society: Free demonstration. 8 a.m. to noon. Reservations to try sculling in a boat: 413-3442-7769 : 8 or 10 a.m. session. To watch, just come. Inside the entrance to Onota Lake, across from Taconic High School on Valentine Road, turn right and follow signs to the north end of the beach, Pittsfield.

Harry A. Bateman Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby: To benefit Jimmy Fund — Dana Farber Cancer Institute for Children. 6 a.m. to noon. No fishing license required. 15 trophies and prizes. Fee: $10 adults, $5 children 14 years old and younger; includes Food & Beverages. Information: or; Frank Controy Pavilion at Onota Lake, Pittsfield.

Hoffmann Bird Club: Take a BBYB birding walk at BNRC's Hollow Fields to observe bobolinks and other grassland birds. 7 .am. to noon. Walks are every hour on the hour. Come any time; stay all day. Bring something to drink; donuts provided. Directions and information: or 413-499-0596. South County Leaders Choice, 7:30 a.m. Meet at the Wild Bird Store on Route 7 in Great Barrington to explore some of the busy bird sites of the southern Berkshires. Information: 413-528-4355 or

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

Notchview: "Starry Night: Planets, Stars, and the Dark Night." 8 to 10 p.m. Explore the dark night, planets, stars and more with volunteers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center. Create your own telescope and learn about the solar system in the Visitor Center. Rain or heavy cloud cover cancels. Trustees member: $5; nonmember: $10. Information: 413-532-1651, ext. 3110, or email Route 9, Windsor.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: Family Fun Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Information: 413-637-0320 or 472 W. Mountain Rd., Lenox.

Springside Park: Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners class, "For the Love of Peonies" by Master Gardener Margy Gwozdz. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Information: Springside Demonstration Garden, North Street, Pittsfield.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead: "Discover Your Old Growth — On the Rivulet Trail," led by naturalist Aimee Gelinas, founder of Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center in Windsor. 10 a.m. to noon. Members $5; nonmembers $10. Information : 413 532 1651, ext. 3110, or 207 Bryant Road, Cummington.


Berkshire Waldorf High School: "Uncle Vanya," presented by the Class of 2016. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15; or at the door. Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park St., Housatonic.

The Ghent Playhouse: "The Imaginary Invalid — The Hypochondriac." 8 p.m. Translated and directed by Barbara Leavell Smith; original music composed by Catherine Schane-Lydon. Tickets: $20, $17 Playhouse members, $10 students with ID; 1-800-838-3006 or Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.

Mac-Haydn Theatre: Lerner and Loewe's masterpiece, "My Fair Lady." 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $34; 518-392-9292 or 1925 NY-203, Chatham, N.Y.

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