The Eagle calendar for Aug. 27



Housatonic Valley Art League

27 "Artists' Choice" Show and Sale. Noon-7 p.m. 420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Oil Painting Class

Taught by Charlotte Weed Gerwaski, for all levels, 7 to 9 p.m., 225 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 344-7096.

Pop UP Gallery

Artists Marguerite Bride, Joanie Ciolfi, Debbie Carter and Scott Taylor exhibit original paintings in 4 mediums ranging from traditional to contemporary. Open daily an hour before every Barrington Stage (mainstage) show and before and after matinees, by chance and always by appointment with an artist. Visit for more details. 25 Union St., Pittsfield.

Sculpture Class

Stone carving with Myrna Lieb Citron, for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, 1 to 4 p.m., 1260 Pleasant St., Lee, (413) 243-4456.


'Anonymous' Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Berkshire South

Swim Lessons: Ages 6 months and up. All abilities and levels. Members $50, guests $70; Tabata Bootcamp: 7:30-8 a.m. Members $55, guests $70. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-0397.

Bushnell-Sage Library

"Sit and Knit," 6-8 p.m., Sheffield.

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music and entertainment, midway rides and Oak Ridge Boys at the 174th fair in Chatham, N.Y.

Community Lunch

All welcome, at noon, Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-1955.

Contract Bridge

For all levels, from 1 to 4 p.m., Lee Senior Center; information: (413) 243-3512.

Gamblers Anonymous

First floor conference room at 7 p.m., BMC Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information contact Charlie T. at (413) 637-2550.

Guthrie Center

Free Legal Clinic of Berkshire County, Inc. is holding free legal clinics from 12-1 p.m. during their free lunch program. Information call (413) 854-1955. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington.

Hinsdale Lunch

Hinsdale Lunch

Elder Services meal offered every Wed. and Fri. at 11:30 a.m., Hinsdale Town Hall, Bingo to follow, South Street, Hinsdale; advance reservations: Meal site at (413) 655-2310 or Nutrition Program at (413) 499-0524.

Hinsdale Knit & Crochet Group

Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Old Town Hall, Hinsdale.

Hoosac Valley Middle High School

A full day of preparation for faculty will begin at 8 a.m. Adams.

Literacy Program

Held at Pitt Park, serving children living in the Westside and Morningside neighborhoods. Activities include a literacy curriculum, sports activities and educational field trips. For more information, call Jenna at (413) 499-7650, ext. 45. Free program tickets are available at any Greylock Federal Credit Union branch.

Mission House

"The Mission House Collection" talk and tour 3 p.m., Free. St. Paul's Episcopal Church and The Mission House, Stockbridge.MotherWoman Support Group

"The Mission House Collection" talk and tour 3 p.m., Free. St. Paul's Episcopal Church and The Mission House, Stockbridge.MotherWoman Support Group

MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group, moms in recovery are welcome. 1 p.m., Holyoke Midwifery Center, 230 Maple St., Holyoke. (413) 534-2700.

The Mount

"Wharton on Wednesdays," listen to Edith Wharton's short stories read by professional actors on the terrace, $5 general free for Mount Members, at 5 p.m., The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Natural Bridge State Park

Native American Display and Activities: An ongoing display of native crafts and tools from both the past and present as well as activities. 1 McCauley Road, North Adams. (413) 663-6392.


Tours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (413) 298-8138 or email 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Parents Group

"Parents Helping Parents," share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents, free, confidential and anonymous, 6 to 8 p.m., call for location/information: (617) 926-5008, ext.102.

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.

Peru Council on Aging

Meeting at 11:30 a.m., Town Hall, 7 East Main Road, Peru.

Talk and Tour on Decorative Arts

Talk and tour by Brock Jobe, Winterthur Museum and Louisa Broouwer, Yale University Art Gallery. 3 p.m. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Stockbridge. (413) 298-3238 ext. 3020.


Country Dance Classes

New beginners from 6 to 7 p.m.; couples/line dances for beginner/intermediate from 7 to 9 p.m., couples and singles welcome, with instructor Cheryl Wendling, Dalton VFW on East Housatonic Street, just past LP Adams; information: (413) 443-6263.

Scottish Dancers

Great Barrington Scottish Dancers, no partner needed, beginners welcome, bring clean, soft shoes, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., 420 Court St., Housatonic; please confirm with Jean, (518) 672-4243 or Ted, (413) 698-2944.


5 Hoosac Street Gallery

"The Mill Children," photographs shot by Lewis Hine in 1911 and 1916 at mills in Adams and North Adams, through Dec. 15. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Adams.

Art On Main

"Mia Le Comte: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 1966-2003," until September 3. The Gallery at Barnbrook Realty, 271 Main St., Great Barrington.

Becket Land Trust

Photography exhibit "Transporting the Stone to the Polishing Shed: The Story of the Becket-Chester Railway." Also showing will be the Becket Historic Quarry Permanent Exhibit. Historic Quarry Galleries, Mullen House Education Center, 12 Brooker Hill Road, Becket. For more information, call (413) 623-2100.

Carrie Haddad Gallery

"Playful," an exhibit featuring new fresco secco art by Phyllis Palmer, Play-Doh constructions by new media artist Fernando Orellana and wooden wall sculpture by Stephen Walling. Opem 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 622 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. (518) 828-1915.

Clark Art Institute

"Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950-1975," "Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum" and "Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith." Williamstown.

Deerfield Community Center

25th annual exhibit of paintings, featuring a memorial exhibit of paintings by Elice Davis Pieropan. Free. Open noon-5 p.m. For more information, call Carol at (413) 665-4332.

The Emporium Antiques & Art Center

"Nature Paintings," oil and watercolor paintings by artist John Pirnak. 319 Main St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-1660.

Epoch at Melbourne

Photography exhibit by nature photographer Maria Brodeur. Free. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Lanesborough Public Library

Photo exhibit by Nicholas De Candia entitled "us three," an exhibit comprised of photographs of De Candia's wife of 40 years. For more information, call (413) 442-0222.

Lauren Clark Fine Art

Work of artist Abby DuBow. Great Barrington.

Otis Library and Museum

Display of paintings of artist Jim Day. 48 North Main Road, Otis.

Renaissance Gallery

New Photographic Work by Michael Lavin Flower. 420 Jenifer House Commons, Great Barrington. Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (413) 528-9600.

Sanford Smith Fine Art

New Paintings by Karen LeSage, featuring LeSage's large, atmospheric, minimal landscapes in vivid, luminous colors. 13 Railroad St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-6777.


"Common Ground," a new, juried exhibition of 25 large-scale, outdoor sculptures by regional, national and international artists, June 1-Oct. 31, at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, (413) 623-2068,,,

Susan Geller Photography

Exhibit entitled "Berkshires: Sun, Rain, Snow." Berkshire Medical Center Lobby, 725 North St., Pittsfield.


Ashintully Gardens

Yoga in the Garden: Each week will feature a different spot in the gardens for some yoga. Bring your own mat. 6-7 p.m. Call (413) 243-3582 to register or sign up at

Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness

Gentle Flow Yoga w/ Rachael Plaine 9-10 a.m.; Lunchtime Yoga w/ Regina Burgio 12-1 p.m.; Therapeutic Yoga w/ Antoinette Simms 4-5 p.m.; Gentle/Beginner Flow Yoga w/ Waterfall Perry 5:15-6:30 p.m.; Candle Light Yoga w/ Rachael Plaine 6:45-7:45 p.m. Drop-ins welcome. 55 North St., Suite 201, Pittsfield. (413) 822-2034 or

Blood Pressure Clinics

Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 9 to 10 a.m., Porchlight Home Care offices, 21 High St., Lee; Stockbridge Senior Center, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Stockbridge.

Center for Healing Arts

All levels yoga and qigong, 5:30 p.m., Center for Healing Arts and Energy Medicine, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 623-8713.

Dalton CRA

Spin, 5:30-6:30 a.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 6-9 a.m.; Cardio and Core, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Splashercise, 9-10 a.m.; Family Swim, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Spin, 12-12:45 p.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 12-1 p.m.; Spin, 4-5 p.m.; Adult Lap Swim, 5-6 p.m.; Arms, Abs & Tush, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Kicklates, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Water Aerobics, 6-7 p.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

'Fit to Go!'

Increase your strength and energy with Kas Maroney, American Council on Exercise certified group instructor, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Unitarian Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 841-5834.

Healing Rhythms

Hike and Yoga, 7:30 a.m.; Gentle Yoga, 9-10 a.m., Lenox Commons, Building 8A, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Deep Water Circuit Training, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Senior Sneakers Classic, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Aquafit, 11-noon; Yoga, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Lunch Cycle, 12:15-1 p.m.; Tabata Kickboxing, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.;Tabata Boot Camp, 6:30-7:30 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Tobacco Program

Men's tobacco treatment program, 5 p.m., conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: (413) 854-9608.


Chess Club

Beginners welcome, 3 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, (413) 229-7004.

Kindergym & Swim

Open play, group games and activities, circle time, songs, crafts, snacks and swimming for toddlers and their parents/guardians, follows Central Berkshire school schedule, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Natural Bridge State Park

Kidleidoscope: Three-part preschool aged program focusing on forest themes. Forest animals, geology and plants will be some of the topics offered. 1:30 p.m., visitor center. (413) 663-6392.


Garden Adventures for Children: Children's garden adventure quest - follow the clues up, down and around Naumkeag's stunning landscaped grounds and gardens. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (413) 298-8138 or email

Norman Rockwell Museum

Creating Together: Children ages 4 and up 10-11:30 a.m. Route 183, Stockbridge.

North Adams Library

Preschool story time for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Youth Services Department, second floor, 74 Church St., North Adams, (413) 662-3133.


"Baby and Me!" parent/infant playgroup, for babies ages four weeks to one year, social interaction, music and developmentally appropriate play activities, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 447-2400.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes

Featuring "Rumplestiltskin," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saint Paul's Church, 29 Main St., Stockbridge.

Summer Parks Playground Program

Summer Parks Playground Program

Playground leaders will provide "drop-in" activities for children, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., at Clapp Park, Pitt Park and Deming Park, Pittsfield. Information: Rebecca Tefft at (413) 499-9370.


Berkshire Writers Room

Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, East and Fourth Streets, Pittsfield. Jhena Faeran, President: (413) 442-7380 or email



Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run." Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.


The Herman Melville Museum offers new hours for tours: 10 & 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. No reservations are necessary. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Garden features 15 acres with 23 display beds representing over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species, significant trees, unique shrubs and exotic botanical collections. Open year-round to visitors, corner of routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Information: (413) 298-3926 or visit

Berkshire Museum

"Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. "Butterflies," featuring a live Butterfly Pavilion, on view through September 1, learn all about butterflies and caterpillars, including works by contemporary artists as well as artifacts from cultures around the world. Admission to Butterfly Pavilion is an additional $2 per person. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.



Summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, best known for his sculptures of the "Minute Man" and the seated figure of "Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial." The 122-acre-property includes woodland trails. Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Massachusetts Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Exhibitions: "An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy" and "Selected Works by Albert Paley" through Oct. 13. August hours: open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The residence is closed from 12:30 to 2 p.m., 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. Information: or (413) 298-3579.

Crane Museum

Exhibits include 19th century letterhead artistry, hand-bordering station and moments in Crane history captured on Crane paper, 1 to 5 p.m., South Street, Dalton, (413) 684-6380.

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

Summer estate of the great American writer, Edith Wharton. Daily tours of the house and gardens May-October. Special events, lectures, and performances throughout the year. Trails and walking paths. Visit or call (413) 551-5111 for more information. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell, as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration. Featured exhibitions are "The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator," "Norman Rockwell's 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post' Covers," "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell," "Curator's Choice: Selections from the Permanent Collection" and "A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio". Open Mon.-Fri. 10 to 5; weekends 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: or (413) 931-2221.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring a tea and talk series, movies, plays, concerts, lectures and children's programs. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or

Williamstown Historical Museum

Visitors find a diverse collection of artifacts, documents and photos related to Williamstown's past. "Big Days in a Small Town," an exhibit focusing on how townspeople celebrated important public occasions over the years, is currently on display. Free. Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Researchers welcome. Located in the Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown. (413) 458-2160.


Bascom Lodge

Music with Nana Simopoulos, 6 p.m. Free. Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Highlanders

Band rehearsals, bagpipes and drums, from 7 to 9 p.m.; call for location details, Bill Irvin, (413) 442-6180.

Berkshire Sings

Opportunities to sing as a soloist, duo or small ensemble will be offered. Everyone is welcome, no prior musical training is necessary. 6:45-8:15 p.m., free. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-2810.

The Bookstore

Oakes and Smith performing folk music, 7 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

Clark Art Institute

The Met Live in HD: "The Enchanted Island," 12:55 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown.


"Ladino 101: Introduction to Ladino Culture through Folk Songs (and more )" with Sarah Aroeste, 11:445 a.m. 270 Stat Road, Great Barrington.

Lilac Park

Lilac Park

Free concert at 6:30 p.m., Main Street, Lenox

Free concert at 6:30 p.m., Main Street, Lenox

Live on the Lake

Live on the Lake

Arthur Holmes Blues Band, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union & Live 95.9 WBEC-FM, shuttle service available from Taconic High School on Valentine Road, parking also available on Vin Hebert Boulevard, from 6 to 8 p.m., Burbank Park, Onota Lake, Pittsfield.

Arthur Holmes Blues Band, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union & Live 95.9 WBEC-FM, shuttle service available from Taconic High School on Valentine Road, parking also available on Vin Hebert Boulevard, from 6 to 8 p.m., Burbank Park, Onota Lake, Pittsfield.

Windsor Lake Concert

Windsor Lake Concert

Eagles Band at 6:30 p.m., 200 Windsor Lake Road, North Adams, (413) 664-6180 or email

Eagles Band at 6:30 p.m., 200 Windsor Lake Road, North Adams, (413) 664-6180 or email

Eagles Band at 6:30 p.m., 200 Windsor Lake Road, North Adams, (413) 664-6180 or email


Ashintully Gardens

Ashintully Afternoons: Wander through an intimate setting of outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a glistening stream. 1-5 p.m. Call (413) 298-3239 ext. 3008. Free; donations appreciated. Sodom Road, Tyringham.

In Search of the Mohicans Quest

Use the clues and follow the map to find a hidden story of the Mohican tribe along Main Street in Stockbridge. Take a walk and learn about local history. Download map at

Mount Greylock

"Nice & Easy Hike," Easy-paced, one to two-hour, one to two-mile walks geared especially for seniors, but open to all ages. Various hikes including a butterfly walk; tree and wildflower identification; bird viewing or healthy heart trail hike. Be prepared for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, bring a light snack, bug spray, sunscreen, and drinking water. 10 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center, Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, and carpool to location.


Barrington Stage Company

"Romance in Hard Times," BSC Musical Theatre Lab, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"A Hatful of Rain," 7 p.m., Main Stage. "A Lover's Tale: Scenes by Giuseppe Verdi, Charles Ludlam and Alexandre Dumas," 7 p.m., Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps at Cranwell Resort

Political parody, 8 p.m. 55 Lee Road, Route 20, Lenox. (413) 881-1636.

Dorset Theatre Festival

"The Mousetrap," classic murder mystery. 3 and 8 p.m., Dorset.

Rogue Angel Theater

A theatrical evening promenade through the fields at Gedney Farm with Rogue Angel Theatre. 6 p.m. 34 Route 57, New Marlborough.

Shakespeare and Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday Talk, "Henry IV" 5 p.m. "Henry IV, Parts I & II," 2 p.m."A Midsummer Night's Dream," 7:30 p.m. "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," 8 p.m., Lenox.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

"The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns," 7:30 p.m., Weston Rod & Gun Club.

Most of these listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. Prices vary for arts and entertainment events. Ongoing events must be updated monthly. Information must arrive at least a week before the date of publication and be sent to William Sondrini, Calendar, The Berkshire Eagle, P.O. Box 1171, Pittsfield 01202; emailed to, or faxed to 499-3419. Questions: (413) 496-6238, Monday through Friday, 9-5.


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