The Berkshires Calendar for Oct. 20



Norman Rockwell Museum: Historic Property and "Build a Better Baby Carriage" Walks, 2 p.m. Included with museum admission. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.


Cheshire Community Center: Quilting session. New members are welcome, beginners can learn to quilt at any time, 1 p.m., School Street, Cheshire. Information contact Betty King at 413-743-3275.

Family Game Night: Choose from a library of over 185 tabletop board and card games to enjoy, or bring your own games to play. Featured game of the week will be taught to newcomers by staff, 6 to 10 p.m., 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton. Information: Email or 413-281-4893.

Huntington Public Library: Knitting workshop, open to all knitters, beginners to experienced. Bring projects, old and new, and questions another knitter may be able to answer. 6 p.m., 7 East Main St., Huntington.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: "Race Matters: Why Not Speak and Live the Truth in Love' with the Rev. Sheila D. Sholes-Ross of the First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Knitting Circle at Dottie's: Meet with like-minded knitters at this open circle. 2 to 4 p.m. All levels welcome. Free. Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-443-1792.

Meditation Sangha: Offered by Pittsfield Sangha, 6 p.m. Young People's Sangha (for children) also at 6 p.m. By donation, Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information: 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Pownal United Methodist Church: Annual family-style turkey supper. Tickets at the door: Eat in — $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10 years, free for children 3 years and younger. Take-out — $12 adults, $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Information: 802-823-7769. Beginning at 5 p.m. with continuous serving, corner of Route 346 and Church Street,Pownal, Vt.

Richmond/W. Stockbridge COAs: "Victorian Ghost Tales by Candlelight" with Rita Parisi. $10.00 per person, includes a buffet lunch. Noon, St. Patrick's Church Parish Hall, Route 41, West Stockbridge. Reservations: 413-698-3656 or email

Sewing Lab: Learn how to use a sewing machine, bring in a project or do some mending. No reservations are needed. Donations of fabric, patterns or notions are welcome. Experienced sewers are welcome to share their expertise, 9 to noon, Salvation Army, 298 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Captain Darlene Higgins, 413-442-0624.


Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, lessons for intermediate/advanced, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.


Richmond Town Hall: "The Producers," 2 p.m., 1529 State Road, Richmond. Chairs are hard — bring a cushion or pillow to sit on.

Health and Fitness

Blood Pressure Clinic: Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Stop & Shop, Merrill Road, Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute: Certified yoga instructor Mary Edgerton leads a series of gentle yoga classes. Registration required; $12 per class ($8 Clark members). To register, visit 11 a.m. in the Michael Conforti Pavilion, adjacent to the Clark Center, 225 South St., Williamstown;, 413 458 0524.

Fairview Hospital: Third session of "Mindful Eating: An Effective Approach To Weight Loss," an eight-week program. Robert Hoechster of Fairview's Outpatient Nutrition Services, will facilitate the program. 6 p.m.,Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington. Information or to register: 413-854-9661.

First Congregational Church: Healthy Memory and Laser-like Focus thru Whole Foods — Memory Loss or Brain Fog?" $10 donation. 7 to 8:30 p.m., 25 Park Place, Lee;, email or 413-429-5610.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight loss group, 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-770-0429, 413-822-9593.

'Yoga for You': Small classes exploring the use of your breath, with flexibility, strength and endurance postures, followed by complete guided imagery relaxation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., takes place in Stockbridge, call for more information: Nancy Simanson, 413-298-3319.


Herman Melville's Arrowhead: "Melville ... on the Light Side," written and directed by J. Peter Bergman; a different look at the novelist, short story writer and poet who lived at Arrowhead from 1850 to 1863. Tickets: $25, advance reservations suggested; 413-442-1793, ext. 14, or before each performance. 7 p.m., red barn at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Naumkeag: "Shaping a Landscape: The Gardens of Naumkeag," daily tours. Pumpkin Trail, with a guide, walk along a pumpkin-lit garden trail where nocturnal woodland creatures from our local forests emerge to share their stories. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Members: Adult $12, child $6. Nonmembers: Adult $20, child $10, children under 3 free. Costumes welcome; reservations recommended. Guided tours leave every 15 minutes. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Play & Learn with Jenn, geared for ages 11/2 to 31/2, 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 413-499-9480, ext. 5.

Bushnell-Sage Library: "Sing-a-long Playgroup" offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 48 Main St., Sheffield.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "Toddler Steps," 18 months to 3 years, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; "Kids' Kitchen," 21/2 to 5 years, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Dalton Public Library: Pre-school storytime. Includes stories, videos, crafts and snacks. 10-11 a.m. No storytime during school vacation or on snowdays. 462 Main St., Dalton.

Family Center Playgroup: Gym Group at Haskins Center, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for walking to 5 years old, 210 State St., North Adams. LEGO Group for ages 8 and older, 6 to 7 p.m., NAPL 3rd floor meeting room, Church Street, North Adams.

Hancock Shaker Village: Farm Friends, eight-week program that introduces children ages 2-5 and their caregivers to farm animals. This week" "Meet a Goat." Join the staff for a story, a craft and time to meet our farm friends. 10:30 a.m. HSV members and children free, parent/caregiver $20; discounts apply. 1843 W. Housatonic St, Pittsfield; 413-443-0188, ext. 100.

Lenox Library: Pre-kindergarten story time, 10:30 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox, 413-637-0197, ext. 105.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Toddlers, 2 to 5 years, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Richmond Play & Read Group: Offered by CHP Family Services/South Berkshire Kids, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Richmond Consolidated School Library, 1831 State Road, Richmond.


Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice: Speaker Shirley Edgerton on the issue of "Cultural Competence" in area school systems. 7:30 p.m., Unitarian/Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


Lenox Library: Writers Round Table. Leadership rotates weekly. Bring copies of new work for discussion, 2-4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: Coordinator at 413-637-1900.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead: Bryant Literary Series — Poetry reading with local poets Jan Freeman of Ashfield and Pamela (Jody) Stewart-Cothey of Hawley. Trustees members, free; nonmembers, $5. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 207 Bryant Road, Cummington; or 413.628.4485, ext. 3.


BOOM: Berkshire Organization for Original Music, the Boom Room, performer TBA, 5 to 8 p.m., 137 North St., Crawford Square building, Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center: Hootenanny Nite, doors open at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. Tickets: 413-528-1955.


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.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Mike Daisey's "The Trump Card," 8 p.m. Daisey takes on the reigning world heavyweight of self-mythologizing, the short-fingered vulgarian who captured a nation's imagination through bullying, charm, one-syllable explosions and occasionally telling the brutal truth: Donald J. Trump. Tickets: $29 to $39. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington; or 413-528-0100.

Mixed Company: "Season by Season," four Berkshire one-act plays by Joan Ackermann. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 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.

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

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