The Berkshires Calendar for March 12



Berkshire Paint & Sip: Fundraiser to benefit St. Mary's School. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Paris in Spring"; $35, all painting materials and instruction included. Donation bar. Reservations: or 413-205-8346. St. Mary's School, 115 Orchard St., Lee.

Knox Gallery: Reception for "Reworded: Paintings by Andrew Zdziarski." 6 to 7:30 p.m. Information: 413-528-3795. Gallery and @Knox_Gallery on Twitter. Monterey Library, 452 Main Road, Monterey.

Milne Public Library: Program introducing Zentangle. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The creative practice of mindful drawing, using repetitive lines and patterns to create beautiful images. Free; all materials provided. Space is limited, so sign-up is in advance, 413-458-5369. 1095 Main St., Williamstown.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Art in Motion: Drawing in the Galleries with Pat O'Donnell, 2 to 4 p.m. Free with museum admission; museum members free. "Vincent van Gogh: A Portrait by the Postman Roulin," 5:30 p.m. Admission: Free for museum members or with regular museum admission. Information: 9 Route 183, Stockbridge.


Berkshire Athenaeum: Spectacular Spring Book Sale of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Humane Society: ZipStohr Comedy Show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25; purchase at BHS and the shelter will receive a portion of the ticket price. Must be at least 18 years old to attend; proper I.D. required. 50/50 raffle to benefit BHS. Information: 413-447-7878, ext. 131. The Crowne Plaza, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum: Learner's Lab: Maple Sugaring, 10 a.m. Learn to collect and process your own maple syrup with our friends from Holiday Brook Farm. Included with regular museum admission.

Berkshire Nursing Families: 14th annual Team Trivia Night fundraiser. Sign-in at 5:30 p.m.; buffet dinner at 6 p.m.; competition at 7 p.m. Minimum $75 per player donation required; includes dinner. Information: 413-652-1814 or email Williams Inn, On the Green, Williamstown.

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: Public skate. 2 to 3:45 p.m. Children: $4 with membership; $6 without. Adults: $6. Ice skate rental available, $3 per session. 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free parking. Handicap-accessible. The Lighthouse of the Boys and Girls Club, Melville Street, Pittsfield.

First Baptist Church: St. Patrick's Day dinner. 5 to 7 p.m. Corned beef or ham and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and corn bread. Takeout available. Tickets: Adults, $12; children 12 and younger, $8. 131 Main St., North Adams. Use the Eagle Street entrance.

First Baptist Church: Corned beef dinner with cake for dessert. Family-style with continuous serving 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets: 410 adults, $5 children 12 and younger. Reservations: 413-442-8592. Church assembly hall, 88 South St., 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.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School: "Meet the Teacher" event. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Information and to reserve complimentary child care: or 413-528-4015, ext. 106. 35 W. Plain Road, Great Barrington.

Knit 'n Stitch: Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Mass MoCA: High Mud Comedy Fest. Featuring Tig Notaro, Sean Patton, Ophira Eisenberg, Dave Hill, and more, including local comedians. Schedule at Two-day festival passes are $32 for students, $42 advance, $55 day of, and $75 preferred. Tickets and information: 413-662-2111, ext. 1, or the box office, Marshall Street, North Adams.

Mountain Road School: Open house. 10 a.m. to noon. Prospective families (kids are welcome too) can discover the school, tour the classrooms and campus, and meet with Director of Education, Cynthia Gray, as well as with teachers and parents. 4565 County Route 9, New Lebanon/East Nassau, N.Y.

Our Lady of the Valley Parish: St. Patrick's corned beef dinner. 5 to 7 p.m. Music and song provided by Mary Ann Palermo. Silent auction prizes. Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for children 16 and younger, and free for children 5 and younger; $35 for families up to 5. Takeouts available. Information: 413-229-0490. American Legion Hall, Route 7, Sheffield.

Rabies Clinic: Dr. Ron Majdalany from Seekonk Animal Hospital. 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $10 per animal. Proceeds to benefit the Great Barrington Firefighters' Association. Dogs must be on leash, cats in a carrier. Dog licenses also available. Great Barrington Fire Station, 37 State Road, Great Barrington.

Pittsfield Democratic Committee: Ward 3 caucus to elect delegates and alternates to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. 2 p.m. Information: Kevin Sherman, DelGallo's Restaurant, 390 Newell St., Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Figure Skating Club: Annual ice skating show, "Kaleidoscope of Skating." 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets: $10 at the door. Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

St. Agnes Church: Corned beef and cabbage dinner. 5 p.m. Menu: Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, soda bread and ice cream parfait dessert. Tickets: $12 per person. Parish Hall, 30 Carson Ave., Dalton.

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.

Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department: All-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage dinner. 4 to 7 p.m. Adults, $15; children age 6-10, $7 and youth ages 5 and younger, free. Take-out dinners available; $15 each. Advance tickets not required. Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Hall Road, Stephentown, N.Y.

Sweetwood Living: Open house. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drawing to win a free two-night stay. Information: 413-458-8371, ext. 13; visit the Facebook page or 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown.


Williamstown Contra Dance: Hosted by Williams College dancing organization, Dancing Folk, and area contra dance organizations. 8 to 11 p.m. Dance caller Peter Stix of Albany, N.Y.; live music by Rude Cider. $10 fee; Williams students, free. Bring clean soft-soled shoes to dance in and cookies to share at break. Information:, or Goodrich Hall, 863 Main St., Williams College, Williamstown.


Project Native: 6th Annual Environmental Film Festival. Feature and short films on a range of current environmental topics. 7 p.m., "Embracing the Greatest Challenge of Our Time" and two short films, "Joanna Macy and the Great Turning" and "The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community," followed by a panel discussion. Tickets: 413-528-0100. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Health & Fitness

Tai Chi for Seniors: Epoch Assisted Living at Melbourne, free, space is limited. 11 a.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. Information and RSVP: 413-499-1992.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Museum: Imagination Playground, 10 a.m. to noon; "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.

Clark Art Institute: Start with Art program, 10 a.m. A two-hour session focused on movement, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds and their parents. Includes themed talks, gallery guides and art-making activities. Free; no registration required. Art project-appropriate clothing encouraged. 225 South St., Williamstown.

Lenox Library: Preschool story/craft for children ages 3 to 5, program features stories, songs and a craft related to the stories, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

North Adams Public Library: Story Time with state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, 11 a.m. to noon. NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

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


The Bookstore: Reading and book signing with Tess Taylor, "Work & Days" (poetry); Melissa Dickey, "Dragons" (poetry) and Valzhyna Mort, current Amy Clampitt Fellow and author of "Factory of Tears" and "Collected Body." 5:30 p.m. Information: 413-637-3390 or 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

Chatham Public Library: "Non Stop Plants: Making a Garden for 365 Days" with Margaret Roach, creator of the popular blog, A Way to Garden. 3 p.m. Question-and-answer session, book signing, and reception follow. Free. Information: 518-392-3666. 11 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham Village, N.Y.

Chatham Bookstore: Berkshires poet Patty Crane reads from and discusses her book, "Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer," Swedish poet and Nobel laureate. 5 to 7 p.m. Conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A follow a brief reading. Free. Refreshments. Information: 518-392-3005 or 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.

Ramsdell Library: Ramsdell Readers Book Group, "Digging to America" by Anne Tyler. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Information: 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Knesset Israel Synagogue: Purim concert, Get your Groove On, Plotz in the Name of Love. 7:30 p.m. 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.


Bousquet Mountain: 19th annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. Slush run, green beer, corned beef and cabbage, torch parade at dusk. Live entertainment in the Tamarack Lounge at 8 p.m. Schedule of events and information: 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield.

Hopkins Memorial Forest: Annual Maplefest celebration. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the sugar house and see the boiling process; observe the finishing and bottling of the final product; try tapping a tree and gathering sap; and taste homemade syrup on pancakes and "sugar on snow." Junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road in Williamstown. Transportation provided from Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus on the hour.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead: Women's Tracking Workshop. 10 to noon. A morning of learning about local wildlife tracking. Hilltown Land Trust/Trustees member: free, non-member: $10. Register: 413-628-4485, ext. 3 or 207 Bryant Road, Cummington.


HRC Showcase Theatre: "Choices" by Donald Drake. 7:30 p.m. Admission: $15; 518-851-2061. Reception and talk back with the playwright, director, and actors follows performance. First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green St., Hudson, N.Y.

Hoosac Valley Middle and High School: "Gypsy". 7 p.m. Tickets: $8 students, $10 adults; at the door or School auditorium, Savoy Road, Cheshire.

Town Players of Pittsfield: Fully staged production of "The Shape of Things" by Neil LaBute. 8 p.m. Tickets: 413-443-9279 or Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williams College: Samuel Beckett's "Endgame." 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $3; at the box office, 1 to 5 p.m., or 413-597-2425. Information: '62 Center's CenterStage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.

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