The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 10



MASS MoCA: Free admission for North Adams residents, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents residing within the 01247 zip code — including those from Clarksburg and Florida — should bring a government-issued ID or a utility bill with current address (and picture ID). 87 Marshall St., North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum: U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony, presented in collaboration with Berkshire Immigrant Center. 10 a.m., 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge,

Readsboro Arts Festival: Annual event that highlights the creative output of the many artists and crafts people in the region. Activities for children, live music at the festival, lunch and dessert available. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Readsboro Central School, 301 Phelps Lane, Readsboro, Vt.;


7th annual Mount Greylock Hill Climb: Bicycle race, which starts at Western Heritage Gateway State Park in North Adams and climbs nearly 3,000 feet over 8.9 miles up Reservoir Road and Notch Road to the summit of Mount Greylock. Registration beginning at 7 a.m. day of race.

52nd annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show: Sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Mineral Club. Choice minerals, gems, jewelry, gifts, activities for children, door prizes and refreshments. Admission: $4, children 15 and younger, free when accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 130, 515 Curran Highway, North Adams.

Children's Attic: Annual maternity and children's consignment sale, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Health Programs, Route 7 campus, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; 413-528-0457.

Community Bike Ride: The ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Controy Pavilion at Onota Lake, Pittsfield. Registration 9 to 9:45 a.m. After leaving the pavilion, riders will travel to Pittsfield State Forest and then back to the pavilion, for a total of just under 6 miles round trip; younger riders are encouraged to ride the trail along the lake. Information: 413-499-9370. Rain date is Sept. 17.

Community Day at Riders Mills Schoolhouse: Old-fashioned country gathering with friends and neighbors, bring your own picnic, chair and blanket. Music; beverage and desserts on sale. Noon to 4 p.m., in a tent up from the school house on Riders Mills Road, Chatham, N.Y.

Community Shred Day: Each person may bring up to 4 boxes of paper (no binders please) for shredding by Legal Shred, 9 a.m. to noon, Great Barrington branch of Salisbury Bank, 210 Main St.

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.

Giant Tag Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,First Congregational Church of Williamstown, Community Hall, 906 Main St., (Route 2), Williamstown; 413-458-4273,

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.

Great Barrington Town Democratic Committee: Meeting; principal items on the agenda are updates about legislative issues, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and repeal of Citizens United, and getting out the vote for the November election. 9:30 a.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 S. Main St., Great Barrington.

Hinsdale Lions Club: Chicken barbecue with baked potato, corn on the cob, beverage and dessert. $12 adults, $5 children younger than 12. 4 to 6:30 p.m., Maple Street, Hinsdale. Reservations or take-out: 413-655-2973.

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: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: First Congregational Church on the Town Green, Lee.

Mount Greylock Girls Soccer Team: Car wash, $5 (vacuuming also available), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stop & Shop, State Road, North Adams.

Pittsfield Lions Club: Can and bottle drive. Accepting all soda, beer, tea, juice and water in glass or clear plastic (PEET) bottles or aluminum cans, deposit or no deposit. No wine bottles. Eyeglasses, cell phiones and ink cartridges also accepted. Information or for pick up: 413-448-2855.

Richmond Land Trust: Pie Social, sample your neighbors' home-baked pies, enjoy the preserved landscape, donations accepted. 1 to 3 p.m., Hollow Fields Reserve, Perry's Peak Road, Richmond;,

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.

Sheffield Fair: Old-time fair events including showmanship and judging of animals, baked goods, vegetable, fruit and floral contests; foods of all varieties; animals; music; crafts; vendors; children's activities and more! Family-friendly and universally accessible. Noon to 5 p.m., Sheffield Town Park, Sheffield; off Route 7. Latest information:

Shire City Sanctuary: "Intro to 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.

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.

W. Mass. Master Gardeners: Soil testing and answering gardening questions. Directions for obtaining soil for testing may be found on the web site. Suggested donation of $1 for soil testing. 9 a.m. to noon, Berkshire Mall Farmers Market, Lanesborough.

William C. Bryant Homestead: "Earthcare," a two-day arts festival and symposium on the human place in nature in a time of climate change. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. Full schedules and online ticketing,


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.


Hudson Area Library: Screening of movie "Go Tell It on the Mountain" as the introduction to a 5-part seminar featuring the works of James Baldwin. Brief discussion follows. 5 p.m., 51 North 5th St., Hudson, N.Y.; l 518-828-1792, ext. 101 or email

Images Cinema: Family-friendly animated film, "Phantom Boy." 2 p.m., 50 Spring St., Williamstown; 413-458-5612,

Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse: Screening of "Breaking Down the Box," 7 p.m. Potluck at 6 p.m. The film examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement as torture in U.S. prisons. Moderated discussion follows, Refreshments. 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.; 518-766-2992,

Health & Fitness

Tasha Yoga: A half-day workshop with Vipassana meditation teacher Rebecca Bradshaw, Suggested donation $45. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 20 Spring St., Williamstown. Register at

Kids' Stuff

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


Berkshire Athenaeum: "Take a Friendly Look into a Beehive" presented by Susan Robinson, 2 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berk. South Regional Community Center: Mike Jaffe, local author, leadership development expert, and 9/11 survivor will deliver a talk to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The event will take place in the 4 to 6 p.m., Jaffe Auditorium, Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Bidwell House Museum: Methods of Food Preservation. Learn about drying, curing, pickling and fermenting foods grown in a colonial garden. All materials provided. Members: $10. Non-members: $15. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey. To register: or 413-528-6888.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Distinguished Speakers Series — "Solar Eclipses: Spectacular Events with One in the U.S. in 2017," illustrated talk by Williams College professor and solar eclipse expert Jay Pasachoff. Tickets: $10 OLLI members, $15 general public, and free for BCC students and youth 17 and younger. K-111 lecture hall in the Koussevitsky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. Tickets: or at the door.


Ramsdell Library: Ramsdell Readers Book Group — "Lucky Us" by Amy Bloom, 1 to 2:30 p.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic; 413-274-3738.

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: Michelle Cuevas, "The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles," 4 p.m., 11 Housatonic St., Lenox; 413-637-3390,


Bard College at Simon's Rock: "Science Fair: an opera with experiments, opera-theater work is a live science show with lessons and lectures in song. Suggested donation at door, $10. 8 p.m., Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Blafield Children's Chorus: Rehearsals begin for the new season. Open to children ages 6-13. 10 a.m., Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Information:, 413-298-5365.

Chatham Camerata: An evening of Gustav Mahler's Das lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth"). 7:30 p.m., St. James Church, 129 Hudson Ave., Chatham, N.Y. Suggested donation: $20 at the door.

Leaf Peepers Concerts Series: "Autumn Echoes," featuring music of Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenfeld, and a world premiere by composer Tonia Ko. Single tickets $25, premium tickets (reserved) $35. Season ticket $80 or premium $120. Students free. 7:30 p.m. Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, 330 County Road 21C, Ghent, N.Y. Tickets: or 413-644-0007.

Music & More at the Meeting House: Simon Shaheen, "From Cairo to Andalusia," a program of traditional Egyptian and Syrian music, plus improvisations and original compositions, 4:30 p.m. Pre-concert lecture at 3:30 p.m., 154 Hartsville New Marlborough Road (Route 57), New Marlborough;

Oldtone Roots Music Festival: Traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, Cajun and contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops led by world-class musicians, instrument and band contests, Hudson Valley farm-to-table food, libations, and exceptional national and regional acts. Day passes: $10 to $48 at the gate. 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Cool Whisper Farm, North Hillsdale, N.Y.;

Peru Church: Gospel concert with Tommy "T" and Black Velvet, an evening of uplifting spirit-filled music. Free-will offering; refreshments. Church is handicap-accessible. 6 p.m., 2 West Main Road, Peru.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: Summer Concert Series — Eagles Big Band, 2 p.m., 140 Melbourne Place Road, Pittsfield. To RSVP: 413-499-1992. located at


Berkshire Knapsackers: Jug End Loop with Hike on AT, South Egremont. Leader: Nancy King,; 413-644-8873,

Berkshire Sanctuaries: Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life along the Appalachian Trail. Suitable for children 10 to 18 years. Members: Adult, $25; child $25. Nonmembers: Adult, $35; child, $35. Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, Lee;, 413-637-0320.

Clark Art Institute: "From Shore to Shore, the 500-million-year Geologic History of Stone Hill," a hike open to all ages, with Williams College Geosciences Professor Bud Wobus. meet at the entrance to the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. 10:30 a.m., 225 South St., Williamstown;, 413 458 2303.

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

High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding: Fall Horse Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 71 CR21C Ghent, N.Y.; 518-672-4202 or

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Summit Hike — "Parkitecture." 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., meet at the summit. Summit Star Party, 8 to 10 p.m., meet at the summit. (Check after 1 p.m. for possible cancellation.) Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough; 413-499-4262.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk: Hosted by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at the DCR Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Berkshire Mall entrance to the rail trail.

Savoy Loop Race 2016: Registration 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Race begins at 10 a.m. One- mile walk shortly after 10 a.m. Kids' fun run begins at 11:30 a.m. Registration: $25 day of race for 5 mile road race and 1 mile walk. Kids' fun run is $5. Emma L. Miller School, Loop Road, Savoy.

Woofstock 2016: To benefit the Berkshire Humane Society. Pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a full schedule of demonstrations, games for dogs and their people, and more. Registration at 10 a.m.; walk at 11 a.m. The Common on First Street, Pittsfield;

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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