The Berkshires Calendar for Oct. 8



Berkshire Paint & Sip: "Autumn Meadow with Barn"; $25, all painting materials and refreshments included. Alcohol not permitted. 2 to 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington;, 413-205-8346

Good Purpose Gallery: Jewelry-making demonstration with Mountain Spirit Jewelry, 5:30 p.m., 40 Main St., Lee;

Lauren Clark Fine Art: Reception for the artist, "NY, NY", paintings of big city architecture up close and personal by Richard Britell. On view through Nov. 6. 4 to 7 p.m., 25 Railroad St., Great Barrington; 413-528-0432,

Neumann Fine Art: Opening reception for "Nine Lives: New Work by Gallery Artists," on view through Nov. 26. 5:30 p.m., 65 Cold Water St., Hillsdale, N.Y.;, 413-246-5776.

Schantz Galleries: Opening reception for "Earth Dialogue with Peter Bremers and Seth Resnick," a collaborative exhibition by Schantz Galleries and Sohn Fine Art Gallery, with artist Peter Bremerst, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 3 Elm St., Stockbridge; 413-298-3044,

Sohn Fine Art Gallery: Opening reception for "Earth Dialogue" with Peter Bremers and Seth Resnick, a collaborative exhibition by Schantz Galleries and Sohn Fine Art Gallery. On view through Nov. 6. 3 to 5 p.m., 69 Church St., Lenox; 413-551-7353,

White Gallery: Opening artist reception for "David Dunlop Paints the Northwest Corner." Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. 5 to 7 p.m., 342 Main St., Lakeville, Conn; 860-435-1029,,


Berkshire Botanical Garden: 82nd Harvest Festival 2016; family fun, food, local craft vendors, a farmers market, giant tag sales and more. Admission: $5, kids younger than 12, free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5 W. Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge: 413-298-3926;

Berkshire County Arc: Accepting gently-used coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as winter clothing items that have been knitted or crocheted, through Oct. 14. Drop-off locations at: Berkshire County Arc's Community Apartments, 189 First St., Pittsfield; 288 Pecks Road, Pittsfield (one of the agency's residential facilities); main office, 395 South St., Pittsfield.

Cheshire United Methodist Church: Annual Harvest Bazaar; luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; bake sale, handmade crafts, attic treasures, books and silent auction. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the church hall, 197 Church St., Cheshire.

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.

Houghton Mansion: Fall craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 172 Church St., North Adams;

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.

Lee Farmers Market: Saturday, October 8th from Harvest Day. Massachusetts DOT available to sign drivers up for the E-Z Pass. 10 a.m. to -2 p.m, in front of the First Congregational Church on the Town Green, Lee.

Living Hope Community Church: Autumn Fest Bazaar; Chinese auctions, crafts table, jewelry, fish bowl. children's games, face painting, tag sale, food and drinks. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 45 River St., North Adams.

Peru Congregational Church: Annual Mountain Market Craft event. Pancake breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m.; homemade beef stew on at noon. Cabot cheese, Peru maple syrup and honey. Snack bar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Peru Community Center, 3 E. Main Road (Route 143), Peru.

Pittsfield Municipal Airport: "Wings, Wheels, and Warbirds" event; display of aircraft, automobiles and motorcycles, car show by the Pittsfield Piston Poppers, flying aircraft demonstrations, biplane, helicopter and hot air balloon tethered rides and pull-a-plane competition. Free; $10 per car parking fee, with proceeds going toward the Pittsfield Girls Soccer Team. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 832 Tamarack Road, Pittsfield; 413-448-9790.

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.

Shire City Sanctuary: "Learn your Sewing Machine," an introduction to sewing on an industrial and home sewing machine, $15. 1 to 3 p.m., 40 Melville St., Pittsfield; 413-236-9600.

South Church: Annual Harvest Craft Fair; Bake sale, local crafters and vendors, a white elephant, Chinese auction featuring themed gift baskets and raffle tickets. Luncheon served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring deep-dish apple pie. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 110 South St., 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.


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: Family-friendly animated film, "Kubo and the Two Strings." 2 p.m., 50 Spring St., Williamstown; 413-458-5612,

Health & Fitness

Immaculate Conception Parish: Summer health education session — Dr. Gennaro Daniels, colo-rectal surgeon with St. Peter's Health Partners, and the director of the Pelvic Health Clinic at Albany Memorial Hospital, on the major causes of loss of function in a woman's pelvic organs and the options for managing these conditions. 9:30 to 11 a.m., parish hall, 732 U.S. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.: 518-733-0469.

Monterey Fire House: Health fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Road, Monterey.


Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and Design of Naumkeag House and Gardens," 10:30 a.m.; "The Three Lives of Naumkeag: General House Tour," 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours on the hour; "The Gilded Age in the Berkshires," understand Naumkeag within a historical context, 12:30 p.m.; "The Gardens of Naumkeag," 2 and 4 p.m.; "Behind the Velvet Curtain: Backstairs at Naumkeag," 2:30 p.m. Toddies on the Terrace; enjoy the best sunset in the county as you sip a warming winter drink, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; members $5, nonmembers, $10. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Museum: Learner's Lab: Halloween Makeup; Rachel Fedderly teaches the tricks of applying professional quality spooky makeup just in time for Halloween; 10 a.m., reservations requested. "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.

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;

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

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Fall Storytime sessions for children; stories, music, movement, crafts and more. Birth to 2 years, 10:15-10:45 a.m.; 3 to 5 years, 11 to 11:30 a.m., at the library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.; 518-325-4101,


Heritage State Park: As part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month, an illustrated lecture, "Ancient Indus Valley Civilizations." Journey back to the time and place of the ancient cities of the Indus Valley Civilization (2600-1900 B.C.). These cities in Pakistan and northwestern India represent one of the most important civilizations of their time. 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.


Clark Art Institute: New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult to debut her new novel, "Small Great Things." Author talks at 1 and 4 p.m.; book signings at 2 p.m. and during a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. Tickets: $60 ($40 Clark members) and include museum admission, signed copy of book, tickets to one talk and to the reception, and a Random House gift bag. Reservations required; 212-572-2694. 225 South St., Williamstown.


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. 14 and 15 headline concerts:

Leaf Peeper Concert Series: "Classically Romantic" with Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Melissa Reardon, viola; Daniel Chong, violin; and Eugenia Zukerman, flute. Program: Franz Schubert: Flute Quartet in G Minor (arr. by Robert Stallman from the Violin Sonata, D.408); Franz Schubert: String Trio in B, D.581; W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in E Flat, K.563. Tickets, $25; premium tickets (reserved), $35. 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Church, 8074 New York Route 22, Copake N.Y.;, 413-644-0007.

Music & More at the Meeting House: Award-winning authors hosted by Simon Winchester with guest Nicholson Baker, both of whom are celebrating new books, 4:30 p.m. Wine reception with the artists follows. 154 Hartsville New Marlborough Road (Route 57), New Marlborough;

Williams College Department: Ernest Brown World Music Series — Master mbira artist Musekiwa Chingodza. 8 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Berkshire Nature Treatment: Hike With Healers event at 10 a.m. to noon, Kennedy Park, Lenox. The event kicks off at Healing Rhythms in the Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, #8A, Lenox and will headline guest healer Dr. Mark Pettus. Bring sturdy shoes, water bottle, layers appropriate for the weather. Information and to sign up:

Berkshire Sanctuaries: Berkshire Summit Hiking Series — Race Brook Falls and Mount Race. Naturalist-guided, 6.6-mile, round-trip hike has an elevation gain of 1,625 feet and is rated difficult, with steep sections. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox; 413-637-0320, Registration required. Members, $10; nonmembers, $15.

Field Farm: Foliage Walk and Art and Architecture Tour. Return to explore the sculpture in the gardens and tour the inside of the Folly, designed by noted architect Ulrich Franzen. Members of The Trustees, free; non-members, $5. 10 a.m. to noon, 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown; 413-684-0148 or email

Hebert Arboretum: Garden and tree care, 10 a.m., Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-5348.

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. Preview performance: Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., $20 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.

Mass MoCA: "Suite for the Summer Rain"/"Dance of the Yellow Leaf," music by film composer/ singer-songwriter Peter Salett, live drawing by Michael Arthur.Tickets: $10 students, $12 advance, $18 day of, $24 preferred. 8 p.m. Club B10, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams; 413-662-2111 or

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.

Shakespeare & Company: Staged reading of William Shakespeare's masterpiece, "Hamlet" featuring Finn Wittrock of "American Horror Story" and "The Big Short," and other special guests, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $80; Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox:, 413-637-3353.

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

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