The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 24



Berkshire Paint & Sip: To benefit the Beckwith Strong Relay for Life Team, "Autumn Leaf Lanterns," two mason jars; $35, all painting materials and donation included. 50/50 raffle and cash bar. 6 to 8 p.m., Egremont Country Club, 685 S. Egremont Road, Great Barrington. Reservations: or 413-205-8346

Chesterwood: Artist-in-residence Sharon Bates' Open Studio Days. Register in advance at the admissions desk or 413-298-2023. Daniel Chester French's intimate second studio, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge; 413-298-3579,

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: Opening reception for exhibitions by painter Scott Thomas Balfe and photographer Jane McWhorter, winners of last year's Spencertown Academy juried regional art exhibition. 4 to 6 p.m., 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.; or 518-392-3693.

Field Farm: Art and Architecture; discover mid-20th century sculpture and tour the award-winning Folly post-Modernist guest house. Trustees members, free; nonmembers, $5. Noon and 1 p.m., 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown; 413-458-3135,


23rd annual ABC Clothing Sale: Items for sale include name brand gently-used clothing, accessories, and shoes, plus jewelry and watches, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. At 2 p.m., after the sale closes, shoppers can purchase a large bag for $20 and fill it with whatever items remain. Credit cards and debit cards accepted.

37th Annual Lenox Apple Squeeze: Harvest festival weekend filled with fun for everyone. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handmade crafts, sculptures and original artwork, along with handmade jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods and hand-woven clothing. Foods, wines, craft beers and delicacies from around the world. Apples and all imaginable apple recipes abound. Kids' Park at Lilac Park with carnival games, bouncy slide, and live music from the Kids' Park Sound Stage on Saturday. Rock n roll, jazz, bluegrass and country bands. Lenox; 413-637-3646,

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25: 2016 Fall Foliage Festival: Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair, 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Race registration, 9:30 a.m. Noel Field Athletic Complex, 315 State St., 413-663-9062, open to all ages, with categories for various age groups, and awards for group winners.

• V.F.W. Post 9144 12th Golf Tournament, 9 a.m., 18-hole golf tournament with dinner. Information and pricing: 413-662-2438 or 413-663-8710. Stamford Valley Golf Course, Stamford, Vt.

• Northern Berkshires '70s & '80s Class Reunion Party with License to Groove, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 21+ IDs required. Light refreshments. $10 per person or reserve tables in advance for 8-plus for $8 per person Prizes for best retro costume. North Adams Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St.,

Berkshire County Arc: Accepting gently-used coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as winter clothing items that have been knitted or crocheted, through Oct. 14. Drop-off locations at: Berkshire County Arc's Community Apartments, 189 First St., Pittsfield; 288 Pecks Road, Pittsfield (one of the agency's residential facilities); main office, 395 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire County Arc: 10th Annual Buddy Walk of the Berkshires to promote awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to fundraise for those with Down syndrome who reside in Berkshire County. Registration 10 a.m. at Craneville Elementary School, Dalton; walk at 11 a.m. Family barbecue, a raffle, live music and other fun activities at school follow walk.

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.

Breakfast: Becket Federated Church to host a breakfast featuring pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and beverages. Baked goods available for purchase. 8-11 a.m., Becket.

Chili Chowder Fall Festival: Chili and chowder from area restaurants, vendors and activities. 1 to 6 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water, beer and wine for purchase. Free hourly give-a-ways. Admission: $20 per adult, includes two tokens for food and drink; free admission for children 12 and younger. 5K Run/Walk for Success at 11:30 a.m. $25 per person/$60 for family of four. Registration forms at Camp Russell, 341 Boys Club Road, Richmond; 413-448-8258,

Community Restart: Chicken parmesan dinner fundraiser; $12 adults; $8 children younger than 12, 5:30 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Church, 89 Briggs Ave., Pittsfield. Reservations: 413-442-8592; walk-ins and take-outs served. Information: 413-464-9455,

First Baptist Church of Readsboro: 54th annual Harvest Festival. Pumpkin painting, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; children's Chinese auction, food table, plants, quilt raffle, Silent Auction, and Attic Treasures. Lunch available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 7030 Main St., Readsboro, Vt.

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.

Friends of the North Adams Public Library: Book sale, thousands of clean, well-sorted books, silent auction, taste some of our baked goods. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Elizabeth's Parish Center, St. Anthony Drive, North Adams.

Friends of St. Peter's Church: Second Annual Kitchen Tour; opening reception Friday evening, a talk on Saturday morning by Richard Bourdon, owner and Head baker at The Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Housatonic, and a tour of seven local kitchens. Tickets:, 518-392-9695 or at the church. Spencertown, N.Y.

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.

Great Barrington Fire Department: Open house; firefighter demonstrations, hands-on activities including forcing doors, flowing water through large hoses and handling equipment, bystander CPR training, kids' activities and handouts. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fire Station, 37 State Road, Great Barrington.

Hancock Shaker Village: Country Fair & Quilt Days, a traditional fall harvest festival for the whole family featuring hand-made crafts by regional artists, a farmers' market, a quilt show, quilt marketplace, local food, libations and live music, talks, tours, demonstrations and games. Chicken races With Laura "The Chicken Lady" all day. 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield; countryfair.hancock shaker, 413-443-0188.

Hinsdale Dayz: Annual craft fair, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Hinsdale Fire House, Maple Street, Hinsdale. Held rain or shine.

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.

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.

Stephentown Federated Church: 3rd Annual Fall Festival. Ice cream booth, crafters and venders, and yard sale booths. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ioka Valley Farm, 3475 Route 43, Hancock.

Stockbridge Land Trust: Annual meeting, 10 a.m., Mary Flynn Trail on Park Street, Stockbridge. In case of rain, the meeting will be held at the Stockbridge Library on Main Street, Stockbridge.

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.

Voices For Recovery: Rally, walk and vigil; help raise awareness of recovery from substance abuse. 1 to 5 p.m., Noel Field, North Adams; 413-663-7588.

W. Mass. Gardeners' Association: Soil testing and answering gardening questions. $1 fee for soil testing, instructions for preparing the soil at 9 a.m. to noon, at the Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough.


Dewey Memorial Hall: Harvest Moon Dance featuring traditional music by Mountain Laurel and calling by David Kaynor. Dancing will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a beginners welcome lesson, followed by contras, circles and squares from 8 to 11 p.m. All dances are taught, no partner necessary. Suggested donation $8 students, $10-15 adults, family max. $25. : 91 Main St., Sheffield;, 860-672-6101.

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.

Social Dance: "Dancing With Evie." Light snacks. Cost: $10. 7:30 to 10 p.m., Rudy's Ballroom, 2038 Route 295, Canaan, N.Y.


Images Cinema: Art House Theater Day. Family-friendly animated film, "A Town Called Panic: The Specials," 2 p.m. Late-night screening of the recently restored cult classic "Phantasm," 11 p.m. 50 Spring St., Williamstown; 413-458-5612,


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 Museum: Kitchen Kaboom! 11 a.m. Try wacky and fun science experiments using common ingredients found in most kitchens. Reservations requested; 413-443-7171, ext. 360. Included with regular museum admission. "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.

Williamstown Historical Museum: Illustrated lecture, "The Forgotten Ledge of Fort Massachusetts," a program for children and families. 11 a.m., Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown. 413-458-2160,


Bushnell-Sage Library: "The Role of the Honeybee" with veteran beekeeper Kenneth Warchol, who shares his knowledge of the challenges honeybees face in our environment and how we can help this insect so essential to our survival. Honey tasting follows. 3 to 5 p.m., 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Ancient Pyramids," travel the globe searching for ancient pyramids and the cultures who build them and for what purpose. 3 p.m.. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4. Information: 413-663-6312.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Distinguished Speakers Series — "Trends in Philanthropy: Here, Nationally, Worldwide," Abbie Von Schlegell, CFRE, development consultant. 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.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Slide show and discussion of the "Hall of Human Origins" by Deborah Goldberg of the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. 4 p.m., 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.; 518-325-4101,


Sandisfield Arts Center: Berkshire Poet Patty Crane will read from her book, "Bright Scythe: Selected poems by Tomas Transtromer" and talk with Sandisfield poet Hannah Fries about Transtromer's life and work and Crane's translation process. Tickets: $10; and at the door. 5 Hammertown Road, off Route 57, Sandisfield.

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: Julia Ain-Krupa will read from her debut novel, "The Upright Heart," which explores the aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland from a powerful new perspective. 3 p.m., 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.


Blanfield 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.

Leaf Peeper Concert Series: World-renowned Shanghai Quartet, along with flutist Eugenia Zukerman, headlines "From East to West," 7:30 p.m., St. James Catholic Church in Chatham, N.Y. On the evening's program are works of Mozart, Zhou Long, Arthur Foote and Grieg. Information:, 413-644-0007

Spectrum Playhouse: Broadway Cabaret with sensational vocalist, Bronte Roman and her Trio, $10. 7 p.m., 20 Franklin St., Lee;


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.

Alzheimer's Association: Walk to End Alzheimer's; 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. opening ceremony 10 a.m. walk begins. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Farnams Road Causeway, Cheshire;, 800-272-3900.

Berkshire Sanctuaries: Canoe Trip to Buckley-Dunton Lake. For adults and children 10 to 18 years. Members, $20; non-members, $30. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Buckley Dunton Lake, Becket. "From Iron Ore to Orioles: Ecology and Industry in the Berkshires." Free. 9 a.m. to noon, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. "Bedrock to Birds in the Berkshires"; members, $55; non-members, $75. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield. Information: 413-637-0320,

Berkshire Knapsackers: Hike the Hawthorne, Pine Mountain and Taconic Crest Trails to Berry Pond. Leader: Pat Plue, 413-997.2120; Pittsfield State Forest, 1041 Cascade St., Pittsfield.

Bidwell House Museum: "Animal Tracking: Finding Sign of Invisible Wildlife" with naturalist David Brown. Talk followed by a walk to learn how to detect and identify wildlife activity, as well as interpret found sign. Dress for the weather with rugged footwear for off-trail walking. For adults and accompanied teens 13 and older. Bring a bag lunch. Members: $10. Non-members: $15. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey.

Clark Art Institute: Gary Hilderbrand, principal landscape architect for Reed Hilderbrand LLC, and Matthew Noyes, grounds manager,lead a hike exploring the land management, sustainability, and stewardship initiatives taking place at the Clark. Open to all ages; wear shoes appropriate for varied terrain. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Housatonic Valley Association: Guided, interpretive 3-mile hike on the Old Mill Trail in Hinsdale; part of the Housatonic Heritage Hikes. 9 a.m. to noon. Easy, level walking trail, suitable for families. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink and snack. Rain or shine. To register: 413-394-9796, email

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Daniel Shays Hike, a short, easy to moderate hike to Pulpit Rock, followed by a re-creation of the legendary speech given by 18th-century rebel leader Daniel Shays to a crowd of aggrieved local farmers. Walk to historic Lower Peck's Fall, Pulpit rock, a covered footbridge and perhaps a Hobbit Tree. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at the gazebo on Gould Road in the Greylock Glen, Adams; 413-499-4262. Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m.

Notchview Reservation: Star Gazing with the Arunah Hill Science and Nature Center. Admission: $5; free for members of the Trustees of Reservations. Begins at dusk until late evening, Notchview Reservation and Ski Touring Center, Route 9, Windsor. Cloud cover and any rain will cancel.

Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour: Four routes of differing lengths depending on level of biking ability: 10, 25, 35 or 50 miles. All riders must sign in at the park that morning, starting at 8:30 a.m.; walk-in registration available. Copake Memorial Park, 306 Mountain Road, Copake, N.Y.;

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