The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 25



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,


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. Historic Village of Lenox; 413-637-3646,

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.

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.

Ecumenical outdoor work service: Sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Lenox, Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Ann Catholic Church. Musicians from all three churches will lead a range of styles including gospel, a children's choir, and a community choir. 10:30 a.m., under a tent in Lilac Park at the corner of Main Street and Sunset Avenue, Lenox.

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.

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. 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield; countryfair.hancock shaker, 413-443-0188.

Pittsfield Church of Christ: 4th Annual Fall Festival; bouncy house, hayrides, arts and crafts, refreshments. 2 to 4 p.m., at the church, 826 Valentine Road, Pittsfield.

Sugar Hill: Second Annual Autumn Car Show. A variety of vintage cars on display. Live music, food and raffles. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sugar Hill Mansion. 45 Main St., Dalton; 413-684-0100.

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 Gilded Age in the Berkshires," understand Naumkeag within a historical context, 12:30 p.m., 20 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or


Bard College at Simon's Rock: Fall 2016 Proseminar Lecture Series on the theme of "Who the People: Punctuating Politics in the USA, Being America in the World" — "Freedom and Climate Violence" by Elisabeth Anker, associate professor of Amerian Studies and Political Science at George Washington University, 4 p.m., Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Clark Art Institute: Scholars of Northern European art Larry Silver and Aneta Georgievska-Shine present two complementary lectures on the mythological paintings of Peter Paul Rubens — "Hers and His: Rubens's Royal Mythologies" by Silver and "Abducting Europa" by Georgievska-Shine. Free with paid admission. 3 p.m. Michael Conforti Pavilion at the museum, 225 South St.., Williamstown.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: The Hevreh Ensemble, an instrumental group dedicated to the performance of music that reflects or was inspired by Judaism and Jewish culture. 3 p.m. Kellogg Music Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington; 413-528-7212.

Bascom Lodge: Rich Remsberg & Mark Mulherrin, an evening of music from the American song book and apocalyptic cowboy music. 6 p.m. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams; 413-743-1591,

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.

Eagles Band: Small Ensembles Concert featuring members of the Eagles Concert Band, 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Fenn Street, Pittsfield.

First Congregational Church of Williamstown: Concert to End Gun Violence, in observation of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. 4 to 10 p.m. Held in solidarity with other concerts on this day throughout the country. Silent walk from Spring Street to church, 3:30 p.m. 906 Main St., Williamstown.

Levitt AMP North Adams Concert Series: The DuPont Brothers, a brother duo from Vermont known for their guitar melodies and vocals, 2 p.m., Colegrove Park, North Adams.

South Mountain Concerts: Emerson String Quartet, Mozart — Quartet in D Minor, K. 421; Shostakovich — Quartet No. 10; Dvorak – Quartet in C Major, Op. 61. 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 Knapsackers: Sunday, September 25, 2016. October Mountain, Hike and Paddle. C-3-C: Hike the Washington Meadow Marsh Trail which is only about 2 miles; however, terrain can be challenging in places. Following lunch, paddle about October Mountain Reservoir at a leisurely pace. Leader: Kathy Lee, 413.443.9562, Leave at 9:30 a.m. from Williams Street Plaza, Williams Street, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Sanctuaries: Lime Kiln Farm Sanctuary through the Seasons Series — Fall Foliage/Trees and Shrubs, 9 to 11 a.m. Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Silver Street, Sheffield; 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

Hoffmann Bird Club: Linear Park, Williamstown. Search for migrating sparrows, raptors and warblers. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Linear Park parking area, walking is easy, but may be muddy. Leaders: Carrie Jones, 884-2661,; Chuck Johnson, 978-505-9139,

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 Boreal Forest Walk, 2 p.m., on the summit, 3 Summit Road, Adams, 413-499-4262.

Tails and Trails Fun Walk/Hike: Walk/hike to help raise money for Dr. Michelle Gorbutt's (Michelle Gorbutt Pascarelli) fight against pancreatic cancer. Registration starts at 9 a.m.; walk/hike starts at 10 a.m. All dogs must be cordial and current on rabies vaccine. $15 per person, $25 per family. The trails can be muddy, bring appropriate shoes. Clarksburg State Forest, Middle Road, Clarksburg.


Town Players of Pittsfield: Two staged readings — "Phaedra" by Richard Matturro and "Flowers for Algernon" by David Rogers. 2 p.m., Admission: $5. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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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