The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 16



The Big E: Sept. 16 through Oct. 2: Gates open 8 a.m. Regular gate admission: Adults $15, children ages 6-12, $10; children 5 and younger, free. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield; 413-737-2443,

Bingo: Every Friday, includes raffles, prizes, food, doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m., St. Mary's School, Orchard Street, Lee, 413-243-1079.

Green Mountain Car Show: Car show and swap meet presented by the Bennington Cruisers. Admission: $7, $10 car entry. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.m, site of the former Green Mountain Race Track, Route 7 in Pownal, Vt.; 8082-681-3039.

Lee Founders Weekend 2016: 5-8 p.m., Taste of Lee, dining al fresco on Main Street. 4-8 p.m., musical performances by Robin O'Herin, Housatonic Philharmonic, and Moonshine Holler, Main Street; 3 to 5 p.m., CreativeLEE XVI Reception, J. Peter Scolforo Gallery, Lee Library, 100 Main St.; 3-5 p.m., Housatonic Valley Association, learn about the Housatonic River wildlife, front lawn of Lee Library; 7:30 p.m., Saturday Night Liv variety show w/ Liv Cummins and troupe, Spectrum Playhouse, Franklin Street.

Meditation Group: Open to all faiths, sit in silence in the sanctuary to enjoy teachings and meditative practices, 9 to 9:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams, 413-663-5830.

N.B. Interfaith Action Initiative: Monthly meeting; speaker Kim McMann, formerly of Project Hunger in Northern Berkshire, on the anti-poverty approach, "Communication Across Barriers." Also presentation by Citizens for Animals on Ballot Question 3. 10 a.m., Eagle Street Room, First Baptist Church, Main Strret, North Adams;, 413-664-0130 or 413-664-0123.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Pittsfield Figure Skating Club: Open House registration; programs include figure skating, learn to skate lessons and introduction to hockey. Ages 3 to adult. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Buddhism & the 12 Steps," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., by donation, George Crane Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-358-2626.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 996: POW/MIA Day ceremony to honor those U.S. service members who have yet to return home, and the families they've left behind without closure as to the fate of their loved ones. 6:30 p.m., 573 Mohawk Trail, North Adams.

Health and Fitness

Berkshire Family YMCA, Northern Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Circuit. 7 to 8 a.m. Safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. Must be at least 60 years old. Visit the Y at to receive two free passes to SilverSneakers classes. Information: 413-499-7650, ext. 111. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Easy Exercise: Easy exercise class offered by Kim Conley, certified instructor, $5 donation, 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Ann Parish Center, Lenox.

Gentle Yoga: Yoga for Arthritis, Injuries and Anti-Aging. Instructor Sonya Boesse will lead classes that include centering, breath work, guided movement therapy, stretching, strengthening, balancing, meditation and deep relaxation. All ages and levels welcome. 10-11 a.m. at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, 413-458-8371.

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. "The Science of Cardboard Gardening," 4 p.m. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Adams Free Library: Interactive storytime featuring classic children's tales and new favorites. 10 a.m. For preschoolers and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes, stories, fingerplays and crafts. Free. Information: 413-743-8345, ext. 103. 92 Park St., Adams.

Adams Youth Center: Play & Learn Group for young children and their families. Art and movement activities, educational toys and themes. Circle time and snack. 10-11 a.m. East Street, Adams.

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, 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center: "Skip & Dip," program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10 a.m. to noon, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids: "English/Spanish Discussion Group," 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.; "Early Intervention Group," 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., sign-up required at 413-644-0104; "Art & Nature," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Family Center Playgroup: Drop in Time in the playroom at Haskins Center, 10 a.m. to noon, 210 State St., North Adams.

Lenox Library: Toddler story time for children ages 18 months to 3, program features stories, songs and fingerplays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

Mason Library: Sing-a-long Playgroup, program of CHP Family Services/S. Berk. Kids, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Ramsdell Library: Storytime for Tots (baby and toddler), 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Information: 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Austin Riggs Center: Erikson Institute Friday Night Guest Lecture Series — The Boston Change Process Study Group, "On Engagement." 6:30 p.m., 25 Main St., Stockbridge.

Williams College: In honor of Constitution Day, Wayne Hammond, librarian of the Chapin Library, 30-minute presentation, "Creating the Constitution," about the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents of the United States. Pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution will be available. Quantities are limited. 4 p.m., 4th floor of the Sawyer Library, one level up from the library public entrances on Level 3, Williamstown;


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

Bread & Roses Coffee House: Singer, songwriter and storyteller Bill Lauf. Benefit The Elizabeth Freeman Center. Seasonal baked goods and coffee. 7 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

New Lebanon Library: Berkshire band The Limb Shakers, old-time jazz and swing music. Donations for performers appreciated. 6:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.; 518-794-8844.

Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire: Bobby Sweet and special guest Abe Guthrie; free-will offering/suggested donation, $10. 7 to 9 p.m., 1089 Main St., Housatonic;

Williams College: Edmar Castaneda Quartet, 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Full Moon Hot Toddy Hike, bring a flashlight or headlamp, wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather. Members, $5; nonmembers $10. 8 p.m., 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield; 413-298-3239, ext. 3013,

Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary: Bird walk, look for migrants of all kinds, especially the wood-warblers. 8 to 10 a.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield; 413-637-0320.

Cemetery Stroll: Night of the Living Dead III; who knows what historical characters might be drifting in the moonlight, eager to tell their stories? Flashlights available. 7 p.m., Ringville Cemetery, Witt Hill Road, Worthington; 413-238-5560.

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Mountain Mindfulness, stretch your muscles and your mind, as we explore healthy mind-body techniques, such as various meditations, breathing exercises, yoga and dance, stretching for hikers, and more; open to all ages. 10 a.m., Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough. 413-499-4262.

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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