The Berkshires Calendar for May 14



The Art Annex: Unveiling of Hillsdale artist Cal Thompson's, "Fit For a Country Queen." 2 p.m. Followed by an artist reception. 2666 State Route 23, Hillsdale, N.Y.

LABspace: Opening reception for "The Lonely Surfer," a two-person show by Susan Meyer and Jeff Starr. 5 to 7 p.m. On view through June 4. 2642 NY Route 23, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Family Day: 100th Anniversary Celebration: Rockwell and "The Post." 1 to 4 p.m. Artmaking, storytelling, talks, and opening events for the outdoor sculpture exhibition, "Build a Better Baby Carriage."F ree with museum admission; museum members free. 9 MA-183, Stockbridge, Mass.


Car Wash: Taconic track and field teams. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 per car. Stop & Shop, Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield.

Fish Fry Dinner: Sponsored by Sheffield Boy Scout Troop 28. 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door: Adults $12, children, 4 to 12, $6; family $35. Takeouts available. American Legion, Route 7, Sheffield.

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.

Hillside Cemetery Walk: Led by local historian Paul W. Marino. 2:30 p.m. Meet at the top of the hill off Brown Street. Dress for the weather. Appropriate for children. North Adams.

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.

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.

Rites of Passage Empowerment Program: Thoughts on their journey to South Africa and life-changing experiences. 1 p.m. Free. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne St., 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.

Texas Hold'em Tournament: Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Play begins at 6:15 p.m. sharp. Refreshments available. No advance registration is required. A donation of $50 will be accepted Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road in Stephentown, N.Y. Information: John Linton, 518-322-1582.

United Methodist Church of Lenox: Indoor tag/book & media/bake sale. 9 a.m. to noon. Coffee and donuts available. Information: 413-445-5918. All proceeds benefit the mission work of the church. 6 Holmes Road, Lenox.

Zonta Club of Berkshire County: Clothing drive. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of gently used clean clothing, shoes and handbags. Suit Yourself Boutique will benefit from the clothing collected. Goodwill Donation Center, Tyler Street, Pittsfield.


Free-Style Couples Dance Social: Benefit for Dalton United Methodist Church Food Pantry. 7 to 10:30 p.m. With lessons and snacks. BYOB. Cost: $10 per person. Information: or 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

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.


Naumkeag: House tours. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience Naumkeag as it would have looked like while the servants prepared the house for the Choate family's return from their New York City residence. Cost: Member: $5; nonmember: $15. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Museum: Spark!Lab Astronomy Week final day — International Astronomy Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., included with regular museum admission. "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.

Ramsdell Library: Children's Room mural unveiling nad performance by FoodPlay, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "No Place to Run Plant Survival." 3 p.m. Unique ways that plants survive in hostile environments. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.

Monument Mountain Regional High School: Former Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis J. Kucinich. 4 p.m. Free. 600 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.


Ramsdell Library: Ramsdell Readers Book Group, "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Information: 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Short-Prose Open Mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Readings limited to a maximum of seven minutes. No pre-registration necessary. Information: or 914-954-3494. 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.


Berkshire Theatre Group: Rusted Root, Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. Tickets: $40; 413-997-4444 or

Close Encounters With Music: "The Art of the String Quartet" with the Dover String Quartet, Saturday, May 14, at 6 p.m. Tickets: $25 and $45; 413-528-0100 or Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Spectrum Playhouse: Broadway Cabaret Series featuring Johnny Segalla and accompanist Mike Schiffer, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10; 413 394-5023. 40 Main St., Suite 1, Lee.

Whitney Center for the Arts: Northampton based musician Eli Catlin, "An Evening of America Roots." 7:30 p.m. Food and beverages available. Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williams College: Piano Studio Recital with students of Doris Stevenson: 2 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Indian Music Studio Recital with students of Devesh and Veena Chandra, 5 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Student Symphony, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall. Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Berkshire Humane Society: 14th annual Humane Race. 5K Fun Run and "Dog Jog" or 1 mile walk. Start time is 10 a.m.; check-in and race day registration beginning at 8 a.m. at 16 Water St., Williamstown. Race day registration: $25 adults, $20 children 12 years old or younger. Downtown Williamstown.

Bryant Homestead: Viewing of quilt documentation, 10 a.m., free. Public quilt documentations, 1 to 4 p.m., $15 per quilt. Pre-registration recommended; 413-628-4487, ext. 3 or email 205 Bryant Road, Cummington.

Hebert Arboretum: Garden and tree care. 11 a.m. Information: 413-443-5348. Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield.

Mission House: "Family Fire-building from Scratch." 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to build a fire without matches, experimenting with a variety of tools used by the Native Indians of the Berkshires, as well as the white settlers. Trustees member: $12; nonmember $20. Registration recommended; 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email 19 Main St., Stockbridge.

Hoffmann Bird Club: Birding hike along gently sloping trails through fields and forests and near wetlands, 7 to 10 a.m., Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Silver Street, Sheffield. Wear long pants and shoes; bring water and a snack. Information:, 413-637-0320 or 413-429-6539.

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Opening day at Bascom Lodge and official opening of roads to the summit. Adams.


Berkshire Community College: BCC Players, musical comedy "Avenue Q." 8 p.m. General admission tickets: $15; senior citizens, high school and college students, $10; Also at the door one hour prior to performance. Boland Theatre, Koussevitzky Arts Center, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Community Access to the Arts: Annual performance and gala, "Wallflowers." Beginning at 5 p.m., with performance at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets: or 413-528-5485. Shakespeare & Company's Tina Packer Playhouse, Kemble Street, Lenox.

Mount Everett Regional High School: Classic musical tale, "Peter Pan." 7 p.m. Tickets: $9; students and seniors $7. Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center at the school, 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield.

Pittsfield High School: Proteus Theatre, " 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee". 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults $10; students $8. RSVP: 413-499-9535. East Street, Pittsfield.

THEatre COmpany: "From Door to Door" by James Sherman. 7 p.m. Information and reservations: 413-854-4400. Lauren Clark Fine Arts Gallery, 25 Railroad St., Great Barrington.

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