The Berkshires Calendar for Oct. 15



Berkshire Museum: "Finding Raven" gallery talk with Joan and Paul Gluck, whose collection is featured in the exhibition, 11 a.m. to noon. Included with regular museum admission 39 South St., Pittsfield; 413-443-7171,

Berkshire Sanctuaries: Art in the Barn: Mass Audubon's Statewide Photo Contest Exhibit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 30, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox; 413-637-0320,

Ferrin Contemporary: "Clay Politics" with Justin Rothshank, 3 to 5 p.m.; Justin and Elenor Wilson, editor of the Studio Potter journal, will discuss the ways in which contemporary ceramics are used to raise awareness of social and political issues, 4 p.m., 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams.

LABSpace: Opening reception for "Bedfellows," a group exhibition of photography, painting and sculpture that pushes notions of figuration. On view through Dec. 3. 3 to 5 p.m., 2462 NY Route 23, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Mass MoCA: Nick Cave's massive Building 5 exhibition, "Until," opens with a members' reception at 5:30 p.m. The immersive exhibition consists of thousands of found objects, millions of beads, and crystal clouds, effectively turning the space into a dense, dazzling, and provocative sculptural field. Performance by Shreveport, La., musicians Brenda Wimberly and Sereca Henderson. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams; 413-662-2111 or

Otis Cultural Council: Ninth Annual Otis Arts Festival; artisans and craftspeople of pottery, leather, oil paintings, photography, quilts, jewelry, wood crafts, and musical entertainment. Food available. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Farmington River Elementary School, 555 N. Main Road, (Route 8). Otis; 413 269-4674.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: Opening reception for 2016 Juried Regional Show, featuring 40 artists from the area working in disciplines from oil and watercolor to sculpture and fiber art, 4 to 6 p.m. On view through Nov. 13. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.;


Becket Energy Committee: Informational session; learn about recent renewable energy legislation, community solar, small-scale hydro and other topics. Coffee and donuts. 10 a.m. to noon, Becket Town Hall, Community Room, Becket. RSVP: 413-623-8934, ext 10

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum: Hoosac Valley Legends Train — "The Story of the Hoosac Tunnel" with local historian Paul Marino and local author Chris Wondoloski. Passengers will detrain and experience an approximate 30-minute walking tour of Southview Cemetery led by Marino. Cost: $20. 5:30 p.m., 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams;

Bousquet Mountain: 29th annual ski sale; gently used and new equipment, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pancake breakfast to benefit ski patrol's purchase of defibrillator, 8 to 11 a.m.; adults $7.50, chidlren 12 and younger, $5. 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield;, 413-442-8316.

Brigham Center: 47th Annual Bizarre Bazaar. Products from all over New England, bake sales, raffles, a money tree and door prize. Food available for purchase. Admission: $2, children younger than 12 are free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 165 East St., Pittsfield.

Bushnell-Sage Library: Upcycling workshop; learn how to turn plastic bags and wrappers into a fun and functional textile. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield. To register: 413-229-7004.

City of Pittsfield: Harvest Festival, a collaboration with the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Halloween Costume Parade with giveaways for each participant, The Roaming Railroad, bounce house, pumpkin painting, dancing with tunes from a DJ, interactive hula-hoop demos and performances from Pittsfield City Hoopla!, and more. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Common on First Street, Pittsfield;, email, 413-499-9348.

First Baptist Church of North Adams: Turkey dinner with all the fixings. $10 for adults, $6 for children aged 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets: In the church office or at the door. Takeout available. Proceeds benefit Camp Ashmere. 4:30 to 6 p.m., 131 Main St., North Adams. (Enter via the Eagle Street door.)

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 Farmers' Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SNAP/EBT, as well as WIC and SFMNP vouchers accepted. Information: or email 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.

Laurel Hill Association: Dedication of Norway spruce in honor of Helen Kioloski Pigott. Light refreshments at Glendale Fire Station follow. 10 a.m., Roeder Park, Stockbridge. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.

New Hope United Methodist Church: Grand opening celebration for the ROOTS: Northern Berkshire Teen Center, 3 to 5 p.m. Teen dance party for youth ages 14 to 22, 5 to 7 p.m. 43 Eagle St., North Adams.

N.B. Habitat for Humanity: 4th Annual Harvest Supper. Sitting at 6 p.m., followed by entertainment by Rosin the Beaux. All Saints Church, 59 Summer St., North Adams.

Otis Historical Society: Tag sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Otis Poultry Farm, 1570 N. Main Road, Otis; 413-822-5248.

Purgatory Road Haunted Hayride: Each hayride is approximately 35 minutes, and there is some walking involved. Proceeds from the event will support teen suicide prevention programming throughout Berkshire County. Tickets: $13 in advance at the Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., Dalton, Mass.; $15 at the door. 7 to 10 p.m., 190 Cleveland Road, Dalton.

Pittsfield Fire Department: Open house; safety tip, learn how to plan escape routes and how to crawl safely through a smoke-filled room. Free pizza and children's fire safety coloring sheets. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Fire Department Headquarters, 74 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield.

Repair Cafe: Bring your broken or damaged items to get repaired for free. Anyone is welcome to bring any non-working but repairable lamps, vacuum cleaners, and other small appliances, and all types of clothing and fabric items. 1-5 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

St. Ann Church:, Public Square Rosary Rally, led by Deacon John Zick, marking the 99th anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition in Fatima. Noon, in front of the Grotto at St. Ann's, 134 Main St., Lenox. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Parish Center.

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. Mary of the Assumption Church: Public square Fatima Rosary on the 99th year of the Miracle of the Sun rosary, noon, on the lawn at the church in Cheshire. Information: 413-329-7739 or 413-743-2110.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church: Open House; see the new church and learn about Orthodox Christianity. Demonstrations of icon painting, activities for kids, a church store and complimentary coffee and pastry. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1304 North St., Pittsfield;, 413-442-2669.

Second Congregational Church: Harvest Supper, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, harvard beets, squash, coleslaw, rolls, homemade pies, coffee and tea. One setting at 5:30 p.m. Price: $12 adults, $5 children 11 and younger, free for preschoolers. Reservations: 413-458-4947. Hancock Road, Williamstown.

Taste of Life Wine & Beer Tasting: To benefit the Cancer Center at Berkshire Medical Center. Special musical guests Mary Verdi and Eileen Markland. Cost: $30 per person, 4 to 7 p.m. BMC Cancer Center at the Hillcrest campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield; 413-447-2060, Berkshire

Touch a Truck: Sponsored by Globe Unity Lodge of Masons, noon to 2 p.m., 45 North St., Dalton.

Ventfort Hall: Jewelry Appraisal Day with Walter McTeigue and Samantha Larson of McTeigue & McClelland in Great Barrington and New York City, Cost: $25 for admission and one appraisal; $10 for each additional appraisal. 1 to 5 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information or reservations: 413-637-3206 or

West Cummington Congregational Church: 15th annual auction, preceded by a "Souper Supper." Choice of vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian soups. Bread, cheese and desserts. Tickets: $15 at The Old Creamery Coop in Cummington, 413-634-5560, or Darlene Graham, 413-634-8098. Registration for auction at 4:30 p.m.; dinner at 5:40 p.m. Parish House, 27 W. Main St., West Cummington.

Worthington Historical Society: Annual Meeting. The event will highlight our history of potato farming, the harvest-season arrival of migrant workers with their families, and the annual buzz of activity. 4 p.m., 6 Williamsburg Road, Worthington.


Berkshire Ballroom: All Hallow's Eve costume party/social dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tango lesson. Admission: $10 USA Dance members, guests $15, students $5. Masonic Temple, 116 South St., Pittsfield;

Lenox Contradance: Music by local band The Russet Trio, caller Ron Blechner. 7:45 Introduction, 8 to 11 p.m. dancing with social break and refreshments. $6 students, $12 adults, $25 family rate. Lenox Community Center ballroom, 65 Walker St., Lenox; 413-528-4007.

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.


Images Cinema: Home Movie Day; community members encouraged to bring in and share their home movies with the audience. 4:30 p.m., 50 Spring St., Williamstown.

Health & Fitness

Seasonal Flu Immunization: Sponsored by Porchlight VNA and the Tolland Board of Health at the Tolland Public Safety Complex, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring all Medicare and insurance cards with you. $25 fee with no insurance card or a non-participating insurance.


Naumkeag: "The Gardens of Naumkeag," 2 and 4 p.m. 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. Flashlight Scavenger Hunt, 6 to 7 p.m. A spooky, kooky after-hours adventure in the museum with the "Something Scary" exhibition. $5; museum members $3. Add a ticket for the Little Cinema screening of "Ghostbusters" at 7 p.m.; scavenger hunt and film, $10; museum members, $7.50. 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.

Nutshell Playhouse: Live theater performance for children and families, "Mambo and Nemonee's Worldwide Adventure," 3 p.m., BART Charter School, 1 Commercial St., Adams.

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


Berkshire Athenaeum: Tom Fitzgerald, "Why Only Women Should Vote," sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 2 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Crescendo: Pre-Concert talk, "The Effects of Music and Singing on Body and Mind and Highlights of Choral Repertoire of the Baroque, Romantic and Modern Times from Palestrina to Today" with Founding Artistic Director Christine Gevert. 10:30 a.m., Mason Public Library, Community Room, 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Dead Reckoning: Vampires & Zombies"; explore the real history behind the latest genre fad of vampires and zombies. 3 p.m. The park is located south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4. Information: 413-663-6312.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead: "19th Century Cooking & Tasting"; learn about early American cuisine, explore Francis Bryant's recipes from her receipt book and prepare a sample recipe. After, enjoy a curated tasting of 19th-century foods and recipes. Member: $24; Nonmember: $30. RSVP required;, email, 413-628-4485, ext. 3. 1 to 4 p.m., 207 Bryant Road, Cummington.


12th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival: Spanning two weekends, the lineup includes local musicians; national touring performers Karrin Allyson, Scott Robinson, and the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors big band; jazz brunches, the annual "jazz crawl;" a new discovery in the organization's Jazz Prodigy series, and a new exhibit of jazz photography. Schedule and tickets: Details and tickets for the Oct. 15 headline concert:

Clark Art Institute: Williams College a cappella groups — The Ephlats at 11 a.m., The Springstreeters at 1 p.m. Lower lobby of the Clark Center, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Close Encounters with Music: Chamber Orchestra Kremlin performing works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Haydn, 6 p.m. Tickets: $45 (orchestra and mezzanine) and $25 (balcony), students $15. Mahawie Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. or 413-528-0100.

Colonial Theatre: U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, D.C. 7:30 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield. Free.

Dewey Hall: Berkshire Strings Fiddle Jam; traditional fiddle tunes by request. Moderately paced mix of fiddles and rhythm instruments. Ukuleles welcome. Some sheet music available for sale. Bring a stand and your personal copies of the NEFR, Portland Collections, Waltz Books or Fiddle Fakebook. RSVP: $10 suggested donation, 3 to 5 p.m., 91 Main St., Sheffield.

Mass MoCA: Benjamin Clementine, 8:30 p.m., Hunter Center. Tickets: $16 students, $26 advance, $33 day of, $45 preferred. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams; 413-662-2111,

Sandisfield Arts Center: The Easy Ridin' Papas, a mix of early 20th century American roots music: country blues, jazz, and country standards, western swing, southern gospel, and jug band music, as well as a few originals. Tickets: $20; 8 p.m. 5 Hammertown Road, off Route 57, Sandisfield.

Spectrum Playhouse: "Berkshire Voice," vocal talent competition; the finals, including audience vote for the grand prize winner. Sign ups and sound check for contestants begins at 6 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $7, $5 for seniors and students (free admission for contestants). 40 Main St., Lee; 413-394-5023, email

Williams College: Blues guitarist and Williamstown native Albert Cummings will record his eighth album during a live show. Tickets: $40 to $50; 8 p.m., MainStage in the '62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. Attendees are encouraged to bring food donations for the Williamstown Food Pantry.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: The Tuesday Trio, upbeat original songs on ukulele. RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Place Road, Pittsfield.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Smartphone Photography: learn from a seasoned photographer how to use your smart phone as a nearly-professional camera system, with apps and the many new accessories available. Members $12; nonmembers $20. 2-4 p.m., 104 Weatogue Road, Sheffield; 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email

Berkshire Healthcare: Harvest Run, beginning at 10 a.m. with a 5K trail run, followed by a one-mile Kids' Race at 10:45 a.m. Also a 5K team relay, consisting of three runners who each will complete one-third of the course. Race day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at BCC's Paterson Field House: $30 for the 5K, $30 for each member of a relay team and $15 for the Kids' race. Proceeds benefit the BCC nursing program. Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield; or call 413-236-2185.

Camp Ashmere: Annual Bike-a-thon fundraiser, beginning at the Adams Visitors Center at 9 a.m. to the Berkshire Mall and back. All proceeds go to support programing at the camp and provides for its campership fund. Information: 413-663-3780 or email

Hebert Arboretum: Nature trails walk, 11 a.m., Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-5348.

Hudson Area Library: Ten-mile route running on rural roads in Stockport and Stottville; start time is 9:30 a.m.. The 25-mile route with one rest stop runs along the river to Newton Hook, to Stuyvesant, then around to Stuyvesant Falls and back through Stottville; start time is 9 a.m. 50-mile ride runs through Stuyvesant Falls to Stuyvesant on the river, then goes east through Niverville to East Chatham and back through Chatham and Ghent, two rest stops; starting at 8:30 a.m. 51 N 5th St., Hudson, N.Y.; info:

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Leaf Peepin' in the Park, self-guided and by arrangement; foliage packets available at the Visitor Center. To reserve a guided tour (staffing permitting): 413-499-4262. For all hikes, be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring a snack and water. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough; 413-499-4262.


Barrington Stage Company: Mark St. Germain's award-winning play, "Camping with Henry and Tom," directed by Christopher Innvar. Through Oct. 23; Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., matinees Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20-$49; 413-236-888, 30 Union St., Pittsfield.

Ghent Playhouse: "The 39 Steps," based on John Buchan's 1915 novel and Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film of the same name, a classic spy thriller with farcical comedy and ingenious theatrical magic. Tickets: $10 to $20. 8 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place , Ghent, N.Y.; 800-838-3006.

Hubbard Hall: "Peter and the Starcatcher." Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 23. Tickets: $25 general admission, $10 students. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.;, 518-677-2495.

Mac-Haydn Theatre: Sale of costumes from overflowing storage; check and the Mac-Haydn Facebook page for special offers. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Route 203, Chatham, N.Y. Cash or checks only.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Rona Jaffe's "The Best of Everything," a work adapted for the stage by Julie Kramer. Tickets: $5 to $15; 413-662-5123, 8 p.m., Venable Theater, Church Street, North Adams.

Mixed Company: "Season by Season," four Berkshire one-act plays by Joan Ackermann. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.; matinees on Sundays, Oct. 9 and 16 at 3 p.m. through Oct. 30. Tickets: or 1-800-838-3006 (say either "Mixed Company" or "Season By Season."). Limited tickets held at the theater, reserve by calling 413-528-2320. 37 Rossetter St., Great Barrington.

Town Players of Pittsfield: Fully staged production of "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz. Tickets: 413-443-9279. 8 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Unicorn Theatre: Berkshire Theatre Group and WAM Theatre present "The Bakelite Masterpiece" by Kate Cayley with David Adkins and Corinna May. Tickets: $50. 2 and 7 p.m.; talkback following matinee. 6 East St., Stockbridge; 413-997-4444,,

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