The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 18



Bascom Lodge: "A Virtual Tour of the Autumn New England Sky" with Kevin Collins of the Amherst Astronomy Association, 6 p.m. A guide to understanding the stars up above and how to participate in local astronomy groups. If the sky is clear, there will be a short observing session outside the lodge after dinner (reservations required), dress warm. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams; 413-743-1591,

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;

Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center: Party on the Patio fundraiser, world class wine and beer, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, raffles and a door prize. All proceeds benefit the Brigham Center's programs. 5 to 7 p.m., Mazzeo's Ristorante, 1015 South St., Pittsfield.

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: Kiwanis Club of Lee Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., St. Mary's School, 115 Orchard St., Lee. Locker Rooms Sports Pub Anniversary Brunch, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., football to follow; CTA Vintage Tennis Tournament, 10 a.m., Greenock Country Club. St. Mary's School Duck Derby, buy a duck (or a brace of ducks) and watch your rubber duckie race down the Housatonic River, prizes, 2 p.m. Information:

Rabies Vaccine Clinic: For local dogs, cats and ferrets, 1 to 4 p.m., Greylock Animal Hospital, State Road, North Adams. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers, dogs must be leashed. Cost: $10 a vaccine.

Windsor Food Drive: Drop off donations at Windsor Congregational Church, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations will be delivered to Food Banks in Dalton and Hinsdale. Coordinated by the WCC Women's Group.


Albany Berkshire Ballet: Student auditions for "The Nutcracker," open to boys and girls age 4 and older; ages 9 and older, 10 a.m.; ages 6 to 8, 1:30 p.m.; ages 4–5, 2:30 p.m., Cantarella School of Dance, 116 Fenn St., Pittsfield. $15 audition fee. Information: 413-445-5382, email or

Health & Fitness

Dewey Hall: Community Yoga with Beth Seongwan Fehrensen, beginner friendly, gentle to moderate Kripalu yoga class followed by an optional 15-minute zazen meditation practice, bring a mat and props, pay what you can, suggested donation $10, 6 to 7:15 p.m., 91 Main St., Sheffield.

Pittsfield Sangha: Meditative Book Study, "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield,, 413-358-2626 or 508-237-4252.


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.


Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, noted experts on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict,"Is Peace Possible? Israelis & Palestinians: A New Paradigm." 3 p.m., Williams College, Brooks Rogers Recital Hall at Bernard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, and 7:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox;, (413) 442-4360, ext. 10

Lenox Library: Distinguished Lecture Series — Dr. Michael Hannahan, lecturer of political science at UMASS Amherst, "Hope or Fear: The 2016 Election," 4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox; 413-637-2630,


Drum/Bugle Corps: Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 2 to 5 p.m., Victory Temple Church, Dewey Avenue, Pittsfield. Information: Paul Christopher, 413-281-1216 or Betsy Halla, 413-822-5235.

Geoffrey Young Gallery: Musical perfomance by Katia Santibenez and James Siena, 5:30 p.m., 40 Railroad St., Great Barrington.

Levitt AMP North Adams Concert Series: M Shanghai, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based, bluegrass sextet, 2 p.m., Colegrove Park, North Adams.

South Mountain Concerts: Dover String Quartet. Beethoven – Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1; Britten – Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36; Shostakovich – Quartet No. 2 in A Major. 3 p.m. Routes 7 and 20, Pittsfield; 413 442-2106,


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 Sanctuaries: Canoe Trip along the Housatonic River, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Members: $25, nonmembers $35. New Lenox Road, Lenox; 413-637-0320,

Guided Canoe Trips: Paddle the Housatonic, learn about the river's history and what is happening to restore habitats and species; paddles, life preservers and boats provided, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Bartholomew's Cobble: 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield. Pricing information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email

Josh Billings Triathlon: Race crosses five Berkshire County towns with a 27-mile bike ride, a 5-mile canoe, kayak, or paddleboard sprint, and a 6-mile run. Starts at the Price Chopper plaza in Great Barrington and ends at Tanglewood in Lenox. To register or information:

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Family-Friendly Hike, suitable for families with children, 1 to 3 miles on easy to moderate trail, meet at the Greylock Glen, Adams, 11 a.m.; Summit Scavenger Hunt, "seek and find" lists for different age and skill levels, 2 p.m., on the summit, 3 Summit Road, Adams, 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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