The Berkshires Calendar for June 5



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

Berkshire Paint & Sip: Benefit for Cheshire United Methodist Church. 2 to 4 p.m. "Peace Dove," $35. All painting materials, lunch, and donation included. No alcohol permitted. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. At the church, 197 Church St., Cheshire.


Congregation Knesset Israel: Dedication ceremony and unveiling of its 1.2 million dollar renovation of the upper level of its synagogue building, including the sanctuary. 1 p.m. 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Dalton Fair: Wristband Day, noon to 5 p.m. Fireman's muster. Amusement park, food and game booths. Advance ride tickets (book of 10) $7 at Dalton CRA, Dalton General Store, Greenridge Variety, all in Dalton. American Legion field, Route 9, Dalton.

First Church: Berkshire Association ordination of Robert Henry Hyde. 3 p.m. At the church, on Park Square, Pittsfield.


Berkshire South Regional Community Center: Sunday Tea Dance. 2:15 to 4:45 p.m. For adults including seniors. Forty-five minute dance technique class, followed by dancing. Tea and light snacks. $10 per person at the door. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.


Berkshire International Film Festival: Closing night. Screening of "De Palma" followed by Q&A with directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow Moderated by artist Gregory Crewdson. 7 p.m. 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.

Little Cinema: Exhibition On Screen — "Renoir: Revered and Reviled." 2 p.m. Based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. All tickets $8. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

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.

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.


Naumkeag: "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," 2:30 p.m. Understand Naumkeag within a historical context. Cost: Member, $5; nonmember: $15. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire South Regional Community Center: 22nd Annual Fishing Derby. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; registration starts at 9 a.m. For children and youth up to age 16. Participants must bring a fishing pole. Cookout lunch and prizes. Free. Information: 413-528-2810, ext. 30, or email Lake Mansfield, Lake Mansfield Road in Great Barrington.

Sand Springs Recreational Center: Big Splash Carnival. Noon to 4 p.m. Live music, a dunk tank, bounce house, balloon artist, face painting, fire hooper, magic demonstrations, games, contests, as well as local food, drink and ice cream. Tickets at the door: $10 individual; $35 family. 158 Sand Springs Road, Williamstown.


The Mount: "Inspired by Edith" with authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford, 4 p.m., $10 general; $8 members. Reservatuions: 413-551-5111 or 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.


New Lebanon Library: New Lebanon Book Group. 11 a.m. The book to be discussed is "The Mare" by Mary Gaitskill. Newcomers welcome. Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.


Colonial Theatre: "On the Stage Series: South Shore Trio," followed by Chocolate Springs reception, trio features Berkshire native, Jennifer Muñiz on piano, and Northern Indiana/Chicago's Trevor O'Riordan on clarinet and Rudolf Haken on viola., 3 p.m. Tickets: $30; 413-997-4444, or 111 South St., Pittsfield.

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.

Lanesborough Library: "Poetry with Music and Film" A film, produced by Eric J. Shepherd and Alice Spatz, of William Jay Smith reading and discussing five poems combined with newly composed music by Spatz. 2 p.m. Free. Community Room in Town Hall, Lanesborough.

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.

Celebration of Jewish Music: "Klezmer Favorites," 3 p.m. Traditional favorites plus contemporary klezmer music and Yiddish theater tunes. Tickets: $20 at door. Information: 413-528-6378. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington.

United Methodist Church of Lenox: Spring Gospel Concert with The Gospel Gang and The Messengers. 3 p.m. Suggested donation: $10. Information: 413-445-5918 or 6 Holmes Road, Lenox.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Chainsaw Skills for Women, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. workshop designed for the beginner chainsaw operator. No experience is necessary. Trustees member, $200; nonmember: $275. 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.

Bascom Lodge: Yoga with Rachael Plaine, 4:30-5:30 p.m. All ages and levels welcome, $10 per class. Information and to register: 413-822-2034, or "The Birds of Mount Greylock" with Ed Neumuth, president of the Hoffmann Bird Club, 6 p.m. An overview of the birds present in the state reservation, with specific emphasis on the "avian specialties" - the rarities of Mt. Greylock. Free. Information: 413-743-1591 or In the lobby of the lodge atop Mount Greylock, Adams.

Hoffmann Bird Club: Springside Park to look for resident songbirds and sparrows in a variety of habitats. 7:30 a.m. Leader: Noreen Mole, 413-442-6327 or Meet at the playground parking lot off North Street (Route 7), Pittsfield.

Mount Greylock State Park: Moby Dick Mountain Hike, 9 a.m. Traverse three forest-scapes, a swamp and seven vistas on four trails with an experienced guide. Eight-hour hike, meet at the visitor center. Rain does not cancel. Summit Tour: Boreal Forest Walk, 2 p.m. Natural history tour of Mount Greylock's lofty sub-alpine zone. Estimated tour duration, 30 minutes. Information: 413-499-4262. Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Notchview: Birding by Song with Ed Neumuth, birding expert and president of the Hoffman Bird Club. 6 to 10 a.m. Enjoy an early morning walk with special attention to bird identification by song. Members $5; nonmembers $10. Information: 413-532-1631, ext. 3110 or email Route 9, Windsor.


Berkshire Waldorf High School: "Uncle Vanya," presented by the Class of 2016. 3 p.m. Tickets: $15; or at the door. Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park St., Housatonic.

The Ghent Playhouse: "The Imaginary Invalid — The Hypochondriac." 2 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." 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $34; 518-392-9292 or 1925 NY-203, Chatham, N.Y.

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