The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 2



Berkshire Museum: Opening of BerkshireNow: Melissa Matsuki Lillie, vivid, energetic abstract collages and paintings.On view through Nov. 20. 5 to 8 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Paint & Sip: "Hawaiian Sunset," 16x20 canvas, $30, all painting materials and instruction included. BYOB. 6 to 8 p.m. 305 North St., Pittsfield. Reservations, or 413-205-8346.

First Fridays Artswalk: 15 art shows, work by 40 regional artists, opening 5 to 8 p.m. downtown. Live music. Pittsfield. Artswalk After Party, 8 to 10 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts.

Gallery W: Reception for "Fascism," political and provocative artwork in a variety of media. 5-8 p.m. Exhibition on display through Sept. 30. Arts Walk after-party, 8-10 p.m. 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield,,

Norman Rockwell Museum: Meet Rockwell's Models, 2:30 p.m.; Friday Night at the Movies, "American Graffiti," 5:30 p.m. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, 413-931-2221 or

Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild: Fine art show and sale, 30-plus local artists in diverse media. 3 to 7 p.m., 1854 Historic Town Hall, Main Street, West Stockbridge, 413-441-6372.

Shire City Sanctuary: Opening for work of local quilt artist Karen Pratt, Music and refreshments, as well as demonstrations of the Makerspace's facilities. Exhibit on view through Sept. 30. 5 to 8 p.m. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield,


176th annual Columbia County Fair: Fun-filled excitement for fairgoers of all ages. Adults, $10; children younger than 12 and active military personnel, free. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., fairgrounds off Routes 66 and 203, Chatham, N.Y.;

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.

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.

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 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.

State Senate Race Debate: Democratic candidates Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington, Independent candidate Rinaldo Del Gallo and Republican candidate Christine Canning. 5 p.m., United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County, Community Room, 535 Curran Highway, North Adams.


Olga Dunn School of Dance: Open house and registration, 3 to 6 p.m., 46 Castle St., Great Barrington, 413-528-9674.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, New York City-based modern dance company, Parsons Dance. Tickets: $40 general admission, $35 PS21 members, $20 students. 8 p.m.,, 800-838-3006. 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.; 518-392-6121.

Votre Soiree: Social ballroom dance featuring the band Champagne Jam. Admission: $10 per person, casual dress, light refreshments. Beginning at 7 p.m., Polish Falcon Hall, 32 BelAir Ave., Pittsfield; 413-329-3324.

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.


Bidwell House Museum: "Colonial Life in the Berkshires Tour of the 1760s Home and Gardens," experience life of the early settlers. 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey; 413-528-6888,

Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and design of Naumkeag House and Gardens." 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Experience highlights of the Naumkeag as Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele planned for visitors to see it, weaving in and out of the house and gardens. "Family Friends: Interactive House tour for Young Explorers," 11:30 a.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.

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.

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.


The Boom Room: The Matchstick Architects, Alan Monasch and goodgood. 5 to 8 p.m., 137 North St., Crawford Square building, Pittsfield.

Great Barrington Bandstand: Summer concert by Wild Card — Jim Reynolds, 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., 334 Main St., behind the Town Hall, Great Barrington.

New Lebanon Library: Linda Worster in concert, an evening of acoustic folk, rock and original tunes. Donations for the performer appreciated. 6:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-794-8844.


Hoffmann Bird Club: Potluck and monthly meeting, bring a dish to share and your own place settings and utensils. 5 p.m., Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 427 W. Mountain Road, Lenox.

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 Capitol Steps: Political satire, "What to Expect When You're Electing," 8 p.m., Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. To reserve tickets and an optional dinner: 413-881-1636 or

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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