The Berkshires Calendar for Sept. 3



Berkshire Paint & Sip: "N.Y. City Skyline, Twin Towers," $30, all painting materials and instruction included. BYOB. 2 to 4 p.m., Camp Waubeeka, 133 Farm Road, Copake, N.Y. Reservations, or 413-205-8346.

Carrie Haddad Gallery: Artists' reception for "Abstraction," featuring new painting, sculpture and collage by Robert C. Morgan, Jack Walls, Bruce Murphy, Gabriel de la Portilla nad Joe Wheaton. On view through Oct. 16. 5 to 7 p.m., 622 Warren St., Hudson N.Y. 518-828-1915,

Geoffrey Young Gallery: Reception for the artists featured in "Black and Blue Plus Orange," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 40 Railroad St.,Great Barrington.

L'Atelier Berkshires: Artist reception for "Land of the Free," paintings by New York City artist Marshall Jones. On view through Sept. 30. 7 to 9 p.m., 597 Main St., Great Barrington;

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Reception for annual OLLI Art Show, featuring the creative talents of many of its members. 2 to 5 p.m., Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St., Lenox.

Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild: Fine art show and sale, 30-plus local artists in diverse media. Noon to 6 p.m., 1854 Historic Town Hall, Main Street, West Stockbridge, 413-441-6372.

Sheffield Historical Society: "Where the Berkshires Began," an exhibit on Sheffield, the oldest town in Berkshire County. Weekends through Sept. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 413-229-2694 or, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.


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.;

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.

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.

Lee Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: First Congregational Church on the Town Green, Lee.

North American Rock Garden Society: Berkshire Chapter's meeting and The Big Plant Sale. For the morning program, members share photos from the NARGS annual meeting in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Annual sale of member specialties follows after lunch (bring your own). Open to the public. Education Center, Berkshire Botanical Garden, at Routes 102 & 183, Stockbridge;

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County: Meet the Candidates, a special event co-sponsored by Rainbow Seniors and Age-Friendly Berkshires. Information: Ed Sedarbaum at or 413-441-6006 or visit 2 to 4 p.m., Berkshire Athenaeum Conference Room, 1 Wendell Ave., 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.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: 11th annual Festival of Books, giant used book sale, discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children's program. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;, 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.; schedule:


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.

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.


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,

Mission House: Colonial Collection Tour. 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Mabel Choate established Mission House property to share her unique collection from objects of daily life in Colonial America. Enjoy the newly-restored Colonial Garden, designed by famed landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Members free, nonmembers $5, children 12 and younger free. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008 or email Main Street, Stockbridge.

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

Berkshire Museum: WeeMuse Art Lab, art-making activities with a fun science twist, 11 a.m. "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.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Farm Market Kids. 10 a.m. to noon. Stories for ages 2 to 5, along with games, crafts and activities for children up to age 10. Drop-in program for children to participate in while their parents are at the market. Free. Information: 518-325- 4101 or Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market, Roe Jan Park, Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Beyond Words ... A History of Writing," trace its origins around the world. 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.


Clark Art Institute: Chamber concert, "Sense of Place Through Music" with members of The Orchestra Now and Juilliard. 3 p.m., Spencer Terrace of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, 225 South St., Williamstown;, 413 458 2303.

Mass MoCA: Everton Blender, 8 p.m. A reggae legend with cool, steady and easy grooves. $5 member and student, $10 advance, $16 day of. Courtyard C or Hunter Center. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams; 413-662-2111,


Bartholomew's Cobble: Paddle the Housatonic: Guided Canoe Trips, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the river's history and what is happening to restore some of its most precious habitats and species. Paddles, life preservers and boats are provided. Member: Adult, $24; child 9 to 16, $9, Nonmember: Adult, $30; child 9 to 16, $15. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, or email 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

Becket Land Trust: Becket historic quarry and trails. Quarry Museum and self-guided tour of nature preserve and 100 years of historic artifacts. Docent led tours of Becket Historic Quarry off-site permanent exhibit open at Mullen House Education Center, 12 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Free admission. Trails and self-guided tour open in daylight hours year round. Quarry, corner Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket,

Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary: Evening with Nighthawks with Jonathan Pierce, Pleasant Valley caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club leader. An evening searching the sky for migrating common nighthawks. Bring binoculars and a lawn chair. 5 to 7:30 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield, 413-637-0320.

Hoffmann Bird Club: Explore Lanesborough, check ponds, trails, caves and springs for migrant songbirds and raptors. 7:30 a.m., meet at the former Brodie Ski Touring Center, 770 Route 7, Lanesborough; 413-458-3664,

Mount Greylock State Reservation: Summit Hike — "Parkitecture." 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., meet at the summit. Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough; 413-499-4262.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: Berkshire Summit Hiking Series — Lenox Mountain; naturalist-guided 3-mile round trip hike with elevation gain of 840 feet, rated moderately strenuous, with steep sections. Members, $10; nonmembers, $15. 9 a.m. to noon, 472 W. Mountain Road, Lenox, 413-637-0320.

Stockbridge Library: Cemetery Walk — "Smart from the Start: 275 years of Education in Stockbridge." $5 donation requested. 4 p.m., meet at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102), Stockbridge; 413-298-5501,

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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