The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 17



Clark Art Institute: "The Myth of the Perfect Body: Love Yours," an all-day workshop for women of all ages. Tuition: $120 ($90 Clark members), includes a full body cast for all participants, admission to the galleries, and all art-making materials. To register: or 413-458-0524. Bring a brown bag lunch or purchase a meal at Café 7. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Michael Conforti Pavilion, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Diana Felber Gallery: Opening reception for fall exhibition featuring the work of Robin Crofut-Brittingham, abstract paintings by Martina Angela Müller, imaginative landscapes by Joan Marie Barber, exotic landscapes by Will B. Sillin, visual paintings by Larry Zingale and lily pad images by Birgit Blyth. 5 to 7 p.m., 6 Harris St., Stockbridge.

Sheffield Historical Society: Reception for "Vietnam: Through the Soldier's Eyes," part of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration. Veterans and family members of veterans are encouraged to join us for the reception. 4 to 6 p.m., Old Stone Store, Main Street, Sheffield., email sheffieldhistoricalsociety or 413-229-2694.


All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Supper: Savoy Volunteer Fire Department/Hilltown Hose Co. Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert (vegetarian sauce and gluten-free pasta available). Donation: Adults, $10; seniors and kids younger than 12, $5. 50/50 raffle and homemade pie sale. 5 to 8 p.m., Savoy Fire House, Main Road, Savoy.

Auction: Preview 9 a.m. to noon, bidding begins at noon. Auctioneers Bob and June Tool. All proceeds benefit the E. J. Bullock Building Restoration Project. Historic Bullock Building, 7012 Main St., Readsboro, Vt.

The Big E: 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; Sept. 16 through Oct. 2.

Blue Rider Stables: A Horse of a Different Color, 25th anniversary benefit, 6 to 10 p.m. $75 per person or $125 per couple. Chesterwood in Stockbridge. Reservations: 413-528-5299 or

City of Pittsfield: Buddy Pellerin Field dedication ceremony, 11 a.m., 215 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield. (In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will commence at 11:30 a.m. in the Pittsfield High School gymnasium).

Columbia County Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby: Meeting, noon, 28 Upper Hollow Road, Hillsdale, N.Y.;, 518-672-7901.

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 emial 18 Church St., Great Barrington.

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.

Intersection Austerlitz: 2nd Annual Collaborative Event — "Costume & Culture: Designs for Life," 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Day of workshops, exhibits and demonstrations exploring fashion and fabric from the artistic, literary and historical points of view. Old Austerlitz, Spencertown Academy and Millay at Steepletop. Adults $35 Passport, younger than 12 free. Information:,,

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.

LGBTQ Community Conversation: A conversation about what the LGBTQ community in the Berkshires can create for themselves. 1 to 3 p.m., The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. To RSVP: Email

Lee Fire Company/Evening Star Lodge of Masons: Benefit pig roast and family picnic. Hamburgers, hot dog and soda available all afternoon. Lawn games for the kids. Pig served around 4 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; kids under 15 at reduced price. Proceeds benefit scholarship funds. Starting at 2 p.m. at the lodge's pavilion, 195 Laurel St., Lee.

Lee Founders Weekend 2016: 8:15 a.m. — 5K Road Race, start/finish at Lee Middle & High School, 300 Greylock St. Visit for registration information. 10 a.m. — Hometown Parade, Main, Park and Housatonic streets. 11:30 a.m. — Bowey the Clown Magic Show, Lee Athletic Field, Housatonic Street. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Big Green Egg Cooking Contest, town gazebo off Railroad Street. All proceeds to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Lee. Noon — Live music, food, games. Baja Charlie's/Ingegni Salon, 62 W. Center St. 1-4 p.m. — Lee Youth Commission Children's Activities, Lee Athletic Field 2-8 p.m. — Festival Latino of the Berkshires, First Congregational Church park, next to Lee Memorial Town Hall. 7:30 p.m. — Saturday Night Liv variety show with Liv Cummins and troupe, featuring singer/songwriter John Davidson, Spectrum Playhouse, Franklin Street. Information:

Pittsfield Figure Skating Club: Open House registration; programs include figure skating, learn to skate lessons and introduction to hockey. Ages 3 to adult. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Recreation Program: NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15. Participants must have a copy of their birth certificate at the time of registration and sneakers must be worn. Age classification is as of Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m. local time of the current year. 11 a.m., Entry forms: or Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield. (Enter the field off of Lakeway Drive.)

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. 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.

S.B. Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative: Paint and oil collection in Lenox for the 15 participating towns. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To register or information:, email, or 800-369-3333, ext. 238.


Chesterfield Square Dance: Caller Bob Livingston and the Falltown Spring Band. No experience necessary, all dances taught. Admission: $8 adults, $4 children ages 10-15, younger children free. 7 to 10 p.m., Chesterfield Community Center, Main Road (Route 143), Chesterfield; 413-296-4570.

Lenox Contradance: Musicians Eric Buddington on fiddle, Chris Jacoby on guitar and mandolin, and Kate Barnes on keyboard; Bob Isaacs teaches and calls each dance. 7:45 p.m., introductory session; 8 to 11 p.m., dancing with a social break and refreshments. Bring clean soft-soled shoes to dance in; $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.

Pittsfield Squares: "Wild West" with caller Matt McGovern and cuer Dennis Visconti. 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.


Chatham Film Club: Award-winning documentary On war trauma, "Thank You for Your Service." Panel discussion with film's Director Tom Donahue, Producers Ilan Arboleda and Matt Tyson, Congressman Chris Gibson and others follows. Noon, Crandell Theatre, 48 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.


Ashley House: Elizabeth Freeman Day; slavery began to crumble in Massachusetts when Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery and did it more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. 1 to 4 p.m., 117 Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls, Sheffield; 413-298-3239, ext. 3016, email

Greylock Glen: Relive an episode from the folklore of Shays Rebellion. Short, easy to moderate hike to Pulpit Rock, followed by a riveting re-creation of the legendary speech given by late-1700s rebel leader Daniel Shays to a crowd of aggrieved local farmers. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet at the gazebo on Gould Road, Adams, 413-499-4262. Rain date Sept. 25 at 11 a.m.

Herman Melville's Arrowhead: Construct fairy houses on the lawn at Arrowhead (if bad weather, the event will be held in the barn), 10 a.m. to noon. "Iron Ore to Orioles: Ecology and Industry in the Berkshires," 9 a.m. to noon. Ice cream social and lawn games, noon to 2 p.m. House open for tours on the hour, every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793, ext. 12.

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. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: "Curiosity Day," meet Mouse from the popular Laura Numeroff book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." Milk and cookies, crafts and activities. For ages eight and younger. No registration required; children younger than 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult older than 18. 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum: Imagination Playground, innovative play equipment that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration, 10 a.m. to noon; "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: Story Time. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy stories in the gazebo and maybe even a song or two. 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.


Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology: Hinsdale author Helen Epstein will speak about how the analytic process complemented her work in writing memoir and focus on the termination process. $20. 9:30 a.m. to noon, Red Lion Inn, Main Street, Stockbridge.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Distinguished Speakers Series — "Solar Eclipses: Spectacular Events with One in the U.S. in 2017" with Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and director of the Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. tickets $10 for OLLI members, $15 for members of the public, free for youth 17 and younger and BCC students. 10:30 a.m., Koussevitsky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.


Barnes & Noble: Book signing for Pittsfield's "Fosburgh Murder Mystery: Scandal in the Berkshires" with local author Frank J. Leskovitz. 2 to 4 p.m., 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield.

Stockbridge Library: Book reading and signing with Dave Fromm, author of "The Duration," a new novel set in the Berkshires. 4 p.m.,46 Main St., Stockbridge; 413-298-5501,


Berkshire Theatre Group: And The Kids, one of "the Western Mass. indie scene's brightest creative lights," 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. At The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield. Box office: 413-997-4444,, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

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.

Hubbard Hall: An evening of jazz featuring Art Lande and Bruce Williamson. Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 students; online, at the door or box office, 518-677-2495. 7 p.m., 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.;

Kimball Farms: Evan Drachman, cello, and Richard Dowling, piano, 7:30 p.m., 235 Walker St., Lenox; 413-637-7003.

Music & More at the Meeting House: Simone Dinnerstein, program of Schubert and Glass, 4:30 p.m. Wine reception with the artist follows. 154 Hartsville New Marlborough Road (Route 57), New Marlborough;

Petersburgh Veterans Community Center: Celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the town with the Fox Hollow Festival Remembrance and chicken barbecue. Barbecue: $10 per person (take out available).To reserve tickets (required): 518-852-6576 or 518-283-5397. 4 to 7 p.m. 71 Main St., Petersburgh, N.Y.

Tannery Pond Concerts: Axel Strauss, violinist,Yegor Dyachkov, cellist, and Ilya Poletaev, pianist; Ludwig Van Beethoven's Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2; Gabriel Fauré's Trio in D minor, Op. 120; and Sergey Taneyev's Trio in D major, Op. 22. Tickets: $30 and $39;, 888-820-1696. New Lebanon, N.Y.


15th annual Heritage Walks: More than 60 free, guided interpretive tours are offered throughout Berkshire County and Litchfield County, Conn. Family-oriented, fun walks. Detailed Heritage Walks brochures at libraries, post offices, markets and stores throughout the region.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council: Lecture and guided hike along the Clam River Trail. The morning begins 10 a.m. at the Sandisfield Arts Center with a brief talk exploring historical photos of Sandisfield, along with items from BNRC's box of wildlife props, including skulls, antlers and pelts. Participants will carpool to the start of the newly completed Clam River Trail. Bring lunch and beverage. Cost: $10. 5 Hammertown Road, off Route 57, in Sandisfield;

Berkshire Sanctuaries: "From Iron Ore to Orioles: Ecology and Industry in the Berkshires." Visit several sites that reveal how the Berkshire landscape was shaped through human activity (particularly by the 18th/19th century charcoal, lime, glass, and iron industries). Free. 9 a.m. to noon, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox "Birding the Berks Field Trip Series — Mount Everett State Reservation," 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A midday trip to one of the best spots for fall hawk migration. Members $10, nonmembers $15. Mount Everett State Reservation, Mount Washington. Information: 413-637-0320,

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

High And Mighty Therapeutic Riding: Volunteer training, horse experience not a requirement. Only one training is needed. Wear sturdy shoes. Age 14-plus. 9:30 to 11 a.m., 71 CR 21C Ghent, N.Y.; 518 672 4202 or email

Hoffmann Bird Club: Blueberry Hill Hawkwatch and potluck picnic. Bring a dish to share, your favorite beverage, a scope (if you have one) and chair. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carpool information: Chris Blagdon, 413-684-1808, or Ann Connors, 413-464-2238, Rain date: Sept. 18. Combined event with the Allen Bird Club.

Housatonic Valley Association: Guided Paddle Trip through Stockbridge. Five- miles, suitable for beginners and families with children (6 years or older). 9 a.m. to noon. Preregistration required; 413-394-9796 or email

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Heritage Walk: The History and Nature of Mount Greylock, 1 to 2 p.m., meet at the summit, Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough; 413-499-4262.

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