The Berkshires Calendar for May 7



Sohn Fine Art Gallery: Reception for Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition, to benefit its Master Artist Series program. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Winners to be announced. Rick Schatzberg will be signing his award-winning book, "Twenty Two North" and Allan Markman will be signing his book, "Door Jams: Amazing Doors of New York City." 69 Church Street, Lenox.


1Berkshire: BerkChique! used clothing sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Majority of items, all one-of-a-kind and new or gently used, are affordably priced between $5 and $40. Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton.

Church on the Hill: Book and bake sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 1,000 books to choose from, 50 cents to $2. Baked goods, free raffle, story time for the kids at 10 a.m. All proceeds go to Heifer International. 55 Main St., Lenox.

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: Traditional roast turkey dinner. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dessert: Pineapple upside down cake with whipped cream. Adults: $12; 5 to 12 years, $5; younger than 5, free. To-go orders: 413-623-8300. Guild Hall, YMCA Road, Becket.

Great Barrington Farmers' Market: 26th season opener. 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.

Lake Mansfield: "Birds of Prey are on their Way" with Tom Ricardi, bird rehabilitator and wildlife biologist, who will bring several raptor friends. 1 p.m. On the beach, Lake Mansfield Road, Great Barrington.

North American Rock Garden Society: Berkshire Chapter meeting. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Morning talk by Scottish nurseryman and alpine plant specialist Ian Christie on growing and propagating daphnes. After lunch (bring your own) and plant sale, he describes his garden of rare specialties: "Thirty-five Years and Still Learning." Free. Information: Training Room, Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St., Stockbridge.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County: Meeting. 2 to 4 p.m. 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.

St. Vincent de Paul: Annual turkey dinner. 4 to 7 p.m. Limited number of tickets at the door. Take-out available. Adults $13; seniors $12; children 12 and younger, $8. St. Elizabeth's Church Parish Center, St. Anthony Drive, North Adams.

Shire City Sanctuary: Berkshire climate and sustainability fair, "Living the Change." 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. presentations, community dialogue sessions, youth art and activities, music and food, as well as vendor and non-profit booths. An environmental film, "This Changes Everything" will also be shown, followed by a dance party in the evening. Free. 3rd annual Food Truck Rodeo, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music, children's activities, local beer and wine concessions. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Sweetwood of Williamstown: Open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Hat Parade in honor of the 142nd Kentucky Derby. 1:30 p.m. Wear your best Kentucky Derby hat; for women and men. RSVP: 413-458-8371, ext. 13, or 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown.

Town of Lee: Greener Gateway Cleanup. 9 a.m. to noon. Kick off at the gazebo near the Lee Post Office, where groups of volunteers will receive their assignments, and then return to after the cleanup for a lunch celebration. To volunteer: Email

Town of Housatonic: Walk the River, Stop the Dump protest. 10 a.m. to noon. Walking tour of proposed dump site in town. Meet at the Veterans Memorial in St. Bridgitt's Cemetery, corner of VanDeusenville and Oak Street, Housatonic.

Town of Pownal: Green-Up Day roadside pick-up on North Pownal Road. 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the intersection of Mount Anthony Road and North Pownal Road. All are welcome to come and make the work lighter. Pownal, Vt.

Ventfort Hall: Mother's Day Tea & Talk presentation with Great Barrington and New York City fine jewelers Walter McTeigue and Tim McClelland. 3:30 p.m. Followed by a Victorian tea. Tickets: $27. Information or reservations: 413-637-3206 or 104 Walker St., Lenox.

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation: Sheep to Shawl Festival. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region's historic fleece and fiber industry. Sheep Hill headquarters, Route 7, Williamstown.


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.

New Marlborough Fire Co.: Annual Spring Dance. 6 to 10 p.m. Dinner and dancing to live music. Tickets: $35 each and available at the Mill River General Store or from any N.M. Fire & Rescue member. Gedney Farm in New Marlborough.

Williams College: CoDa. 8 p.m. Three new works created by directors Erica Dankmeyer and Janine Parker. Tickets: $3; 413-597-2425. '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.


Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative: Workshop, "How to be a Production Assistant." 1 to 4 p.m. Cost:$75. To register or information: 413-528-4223 or email The rehearsal space of the Elayne Bernstein Theater at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Darrow School: 2016 Darrow School Narrative Film Festival, featuring a series of films written, produced, directed, and starring Darrow students. 7:30 p.m. Q&A with the cast and crew of the films. Free. 10 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Little Cinema: "The Animation Show of Shows," program of 11 films. Screening at 7 p.m. Tickets: $8. Information: or 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St. Pittsfield.

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.


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: Berkshire Museum: "WeeMuse Adventures," songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time for ages 18 months to 3 years, 11 to 11:30 a.m., free with museum admission. Spark!Lab Astronomy Week, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., included with regular museum admission. 39 South St., Pittsfield. "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: Story Time. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy stories in the gazebo and maybe even a song or two. 48 Main St., Sheffield.

Pittsfield Conservation Commission: In conjunction with Lyon Aviation, fishing derby for youth ages 14 and younger. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Bait provided; fishing poles available on a first-come, first-serve basis for use that day. Trophies awarded. Wild Acres, South Mountain Road, Pittsfield.

Lanesborough Volunteer Fire Department: Junior Firefighter Academy to prepare the next generation of first responders to protect our communities. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn about local fire, rescue, and emergency medical services in a safe, controlled, educational, and fun way. The Junior Fire Academy will help our local teens to find out more about firefighting, gain skills such as teamwork and leadership and learn the value of volunteerism and community service. Main Street, Lanesborough.

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.

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

WordXWord: Youth Poetry Festival, "Outspoken." Workshops, team & individual poetry slam, open mics and more. Open to poets aged 13 to 23. Information and schedule: Pittsfield.


Berkshire Community College: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Distinguished Speakers Series Ben Z. Rose, author of "Mother of Freedom: Mum Bett and the Roots of Abolitionism." 10:30 a.m. Admission: $10 for OLLI members; $15 for non-members; free to BCC staff and students and youth 17 and under. Tickets: At the door or 413-236-2190. Forum credit available for BCC students. K-111 lecture hall in the Koussevitsky Arts Center, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Mirror Image The Self Portrait." 3 p.m. Investigate the history and uniqueness of the self-portrait and how an artist sees oneself and expresses that in the portrait. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building No. 4.


Sandisfield Arts Center: "Writing Out Loud: A Performance-Based Revision Workshop," presented by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. 4 p.m. Information: 413-258-4100 or 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield.


Battenkill Chorale: "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" by Carol Barnett with bluegrass band Monroe Crossing. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15; 518-692-7458 or email Immaculate Conception Church, 73 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

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

First Congregational Church of Worthington: The program will feature Mariken Palmboom on harpsichord and Emily Hale on baroque violin. Music from early 17th-century Italian and German composers. 7 p.m. Free-will donation (a suggested donation of $30 to $15). 159 Huntington Road (Route 112), Worthington.

Mason Library: Christine Gevert: "The Power of Song in the Golden Age in England." 11:30 a.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA: Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom! 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 for students, $16 in advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred; in person at the box office on Marshall Street, North Adams, 413-662-2111, ext. 1 or at Club B10, Marshall Street, North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Swing Time: Music from the Golden Age of Jazz." 5 p.m. Vocalist Sherri Buxton, virtuoso clarinetist Paul Green, and their ensemble. Register online or 413-931-2221. 9 Glendale Road (Route 183), Stockbridge.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: "Once Upon a Universe," a concert featuring soprano Melissa Coombs, accompanied by Virginia Sircy on piano and Otice Sircy on cello. 5 p.m. Information: 518-325-4101, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y. Williams College: Stephen Ai '18, piano, 1 p.m. Senior Cello Recital with Patricia Ho, 4 p.m. Senior Thesis Recital with Claire Leyden, soprano, 7 p.m. All at Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Hoffmann Bird Club: Annual meeting and banquet, 5 p.m. Program: "Birding Mongolia, the Last Wilderness Nation" by Chris Leahy, Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mazzeo's Ristorante, 1015 South St., Pittsfield.

Mountain Road School: The Great Mountain Road Mud Dump. Noon. Volunteers will dump a bucket of mud on their heads to raise money for the school. Free. Information: or 518-794-8520. 4575 County Route 9, New Lebanon/East Nassau, N.Y.

Notchview Reservation: Star Gazing. Beginning at dusk until late evening. Telescopes and interpretation to view stars and planets. Admission: $5; free for members of the Trustees of Reservations. Dress warmly for a chilly evening. Cloud cover and rain cancels. Route 9, Windsor.

Springside Greenhouse Group: Plant sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annuals, hanging baskets, container gardens, birdhouses, herbs, vegetable plants, succulents. Rain or shine. Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield.

Tamarack Hollow: #2 Spring Ephemeral Spruce-Fir Forest Plant and Tree ID and Foraging. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to identify spring plants, trees and wild edibles. A 2 to 3-mile moderate hike with some bushwacking involved. Directions sent upon registration. Bring water/snack and wear long pants and waterproof boots. To register: Email Information:


Aglet Theatre Company: "Visiting Mr. Green" by Jeff Baron. 7 p.m. Tickets: $25; $20 for students younger than 18; 860-435-6928 or Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main St. (Route 7,) Sheffield.

Hubbard Hall: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 students; 518-677-2495 or Open auditions for its summer touring production of William Shakespeare's "Othello," 9 a.m. to noon, in the Freight Depot Theater. Actors should prepare one Shakespearean monologue no longer than 2 minutes. Infomration: 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

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.

Williams College: "Waxworks." 7:30 p.m. An exploration of the tales we're told, the heroes and villains we create, and the life of an extraordinary artist who developed the first world-wide entertainment brand. Tickets: $3; 413-597-2425. '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.

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