Things to do and see in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for Sept. 8 - 14



Bard College at Simon's Rock

84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Gallery Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends, 2 to 6 p.m.

Through Oct. 7: Painter Robin Williams, "Trailing Off," an exhibition of five large-scale oil on canvas paintings, Hillman Jackson Gallery in the Daniel Arts Center.

Bennington Museum

75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.; 802-447-1571,

Through October, open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call 802-447-1571 for more information. Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors and students over 18; free, children and students under age 18. Wheelchair-accessible. Group tours offered for 10 or more individuals.

On view year-round: Grandma Moses Gallery. Largest public collection of paintings by Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961) in the world.

Through Nov. 6: "Milton Avery's Vermont." A focused look at the work this American modernist created based upon his summers spent in southern Vermont, from the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s.

Works on Paper Gallery

Through Oct. 30: "Works by Duane Michels."

Regional Artists Gallery

Through Oct. 2: "Something About Summer: Paintings by Mark Barry." Recent paintings by Baltimore and North Bennington painter Mark Barry, who describes his work as "Painting the seemingly ordinary moments in life that aren't ordinary at all."

Textile Gallery

Through Oct. 10: Special exhibition, "1863 Jane Stickle Quilt." The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display. The quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border.

Berkshire Art Museum

159 E. Main St., North Adams, Mass.


Fall: Saturday and Sunday, through mid-October, noon to 5 p.m. Free.

"Iceberg," installation of Lexan Sculptures 1987-2011. On view now.

"Robotic," "Walter's Ontogen" 1999. On view now.

"Blueprints," original Blueprints from the Former Methodist Church. On view now.

Selections from the permanent collection, "Early Work of Eric Rudd 1966-1980," On view now.

"Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999," work of nine local artists. On view now.

"Sarah Sutro — Colors" and "Art and Architecture." On view now.

"Art and Architecture." Works by four artists whose interest is based in architecture. On view now.

A Chapel for Humanity (museum annex)

82 Summer St., Post Office Square, North Adams.

Installation of 150 life-sized figures, 54 ceiling panels, 9/11 Meditation Garden and "W.C. Drawings," figure drawings.

Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson N.Y.

(518) 828-1915,

Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Through Oct. 16: "Abstraction," featuring new painting, sculpture and collage by Robert C. Morgan, Jack Walls, Bruce Murphy, Gabriel de la Portilla & Joe Wheaton. 5-7 p.m.


4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge, Mass. 413- 298-3579.

Open daily to Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with interpreters in the studio and residence. The residence is closed from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. Adults, $18; seniors, $17; NTHP members, military, and children ages 13 to 17, $9; children under 13 and Friends of Chesterwood, free; grounds-only admission: adults, $10; children ages 13 to 17, $5.

Through Sept. 18: The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2016, featuring 12 nationally recognized glass artists including William Carlson, Daniel Clayman, Richard Jolley, and Tom Patti, who have incorporated glass in their outdoor sculptural work.

Clark Art Institute

225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. 413-458-2303,

On exhibit

Through Oct. 10: "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado" exhibition. The Clark is the exclusive venue for "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado," featuring 28 Old Master paintings from the Museo Nacional del Prado that celebrate the role of the nude in Western painting. Twenty-four of the paintings have never before been shown in America.

Through Oct. 10: "Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill" exhibition. As the ground beneath our feet shifts, worlds change in unexpected ways. "Sensing Place" provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the enduring value of place by exploring Stone Hill, a prominent geological formation at the heart of the Clark's campus.

Columbia County Center for the Arts:

209 Warren Street, Hudson N.Y.

Now through Oct. 12: "Atmosphere."


E.J. Bullock Building, Main Street, Readsboro, Vt.

Friday, Sept. 9: Opening reception for exhibit by artists from Readsboro and the surrounding area, submitted through the gallery's first juried open call. 5 to 7 p.m. On view through Oct. 16.

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

92 Hawthorne St., Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0166,

Open Thursday-Saturday for hourly guided tours, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pre-arranged groups of six or more.

Gallery 51

51 Main St. North Adams, Mass. 413-662-5320,

Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sunday noon - 4 p.m.

On view: "Brandon Graving: PAPERworks"

Gallery W

42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield Mass.,

Through Sept. 30: "Fascism," political and provocative artwork in a variety of media.

Good Purpose Gallery

40 Main St., Lee, Mass.


Through Sept. 21: "Infused with Passion" Extraordinary canvas and furniture paintings by Andrew Novis.

Hancock Shaker Village

Routes 41 and 20, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188 or

"Highlights from the Fitzpatrick Quilt Collection," exhibition, through Oct. 30, Brick Dwelling. From the personal quilt collection of Jane Fitzpatrick, bequeathed to the Village by the Fitzpatrick family, owners of the Red Lion Inn and Country Curtains. Free with admission.

Hudson Opera House

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-822 1438

Through Sept. 25: "LightField: A Festival of Visual Art," exhibition of photography, film, video, virtual reality and computational art, curated by Anna van Lenten. Free.

Knox Gallery

Monterey Library, 452 Main Road, Monterey Mass.; 413-528-3795, Gallery,

Through Sept. 24: Exhibit, "Rediscovered and Reconsidered: Anne Shatas and William Carlson, Sculpture and Ceramics."

Mass MoCA

Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, with extended evening hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass. Call 413-662-2111 or visit

"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder." Twenty-three artists work in a wide range of media to explore perception, time and the cosmos to provoke viewers into their own state of wonder.

"Alex Da Corte: Free Roses," on view now. Provocative, puzzling, and visually seductive, in his first museum survey Alex Da Corte's neon-bright, exuberant works merge the languages of abstraction and modern design with banal, off-brand items, ranging from shampoo to soda to tchotchkes and household cleaning supplies.

"Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves," on view now. Crowner's exhibition at MASS MoCA — her first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum — features both existing paintings and major tile works designed and fabricated for the show. "Federico Uribe: Here Comes the Sun" on view now. The works of Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Uribe, whose magical, colorful sculptural menagerie of animals — crafted out of leather bags, bullets, shoelaces and color pencils — can raise one's spirits, even though some of the imagery is fierce.

"Nick Cave: Kaleidoscopic Playground" on view now. Cave converts the Kidspace ArtBar into a veritable Kaleidoscopic Playground — a participatory art-making lab that invites visitors to explore their senses, emotions, and self.

"The Space Between": On view now. The Space Between disperses installations by seven artists in interstitial or transitional spaces throughout the campus and beyond to investigate ways to actively inhabit this state of "just passing through."

"Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space," on view now. In one of his most ambitious projects to date, the artist's quietly powerful sculpture will occupy and transform MASS MoCA's Building 5, the museum's signature gallery, nearly a football field in length.

"Anselm Kiefer": On view seasonally, May through November. The long-term exhibition includes Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) (2002), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead.

"Sol Lewitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective," on view now. LeWitt — who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution — is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings.

"Franz West: Les Pmmes d'Adam," on view seasonally, May through November. A monumental outdoor sculptural ensemble on extended loan from the Hall Art Foundation that is infused with humor and a particular delight in visual and linguistic puns.

"Barbara Takenaga: Nebraska," on view now. Takenaga creates a new work for a wall in the Hunter Hallway at MASS MoCA. Known for her small, labor-intensive, exuberant abstractions composed of matrix-like swirling patterns of dots, here Takenaga translates her meticulous handcrafted easel-sized work to wallpaper.

"Ran Hwang: Untethered," on view now. Using thousands upon thousands of buttons and pins, Korean artist Hwang installed "Untethered," a 140-foot-long sculpture featuring 14 birds, including six phoenixes.

"Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell," on view seasonally, May through November. A project in three parts: The Shining, The Library of the Sun, and Codex Solis.

"Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic," on view now. In Tree Logic, the art of the piece is not found in its condition at any single point in time, but in the change of the trees over time. When inverted, the six trees in this experiment still grow away from the earth and towards the sun.

"Don Gummer: Primary Separation," on view now. The sculpture consists of a massive granite boulder, 12 feet long by 6 feet tall, sawed in half.

"Stephen Vitiello: All Those Vanished Engines," on view now. Starting with the inherent resonance of the pipes and metal drums in the Mass MoCA Boiler House, Vitiello composed a layered sound installation that can be explored throughout the building.

"Christina Kubisch: Clocktower Project," on view now. The bells and beautiful brass clockworks share the tower with solar panels, electronic sound system, and a computer with Kubisch's unique program on its flash disc.

The Meeting House Gallery

154 Hartsville New Marlborough Road (Route 57), New Marlborough, Mass.;

Gallery hours: Through Oct. 2, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Through Oct. 2: "The New Marlborough Artists Show," featuring eight local artists.

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Through October and holidays open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: Members, free; Adults, $18; Seniors (65 and up) $17; Veterans, $16; College students with ID, $10; Children/teens 6 — 18, $6; Children 5 and under, free.

Through Oct. 30: "Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World."

Sept. 10 through Dec. 4: "Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast."

Thursdays in September: Historic Property and Build a Better Baby Carriage Walks. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Friday, Sept. 9: "Norman Rockwell in Detail," 2:30 p.m., celebrate Rockwell's unique brand of humor with Curator of Education Tom Daly.

Saturday, Sept. 10: U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony, 10 a.m. Presented in collaboration with Berkshire Immigrant Center.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: Galley walk — "Presidential Politics and the Art of Thomas Nast," 3 p.m. Yoga with Kripalu certified instructor Kathi Hatch, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

North Bennington Sculpture Show

Through Oct. 23: The 19th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show. Works by 38 sculptors throughout the Village. Free. 802-442-3328.

Readsboro Arts Festival

Saturday, Sept. 10: Annual event that highlights the creative output of the many artists and crafts people in the region. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities for children, live music at the festival, lunch and dessert available. Readsboro Central School, 301 Phelps Lane, Readsboro, Vt.

Sandisfield Arts Center

5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass. 413-258-4100,

On view: "In the Gallery: Michelle Arnot: Shodou: Traveling along the Long Path of Writing: Japanese Calligraphy.

Sculpture Now,, or 413-623-2068 or 413-551-5111

Sunday, Sept. 11: Two-hour, artist-led tour of REMIX, an outdoor Sculpture Exhibition presented by SculptureNow and The Mount, 11:30 a.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass.

Shire City Sanctuary

40 Melville St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Through Sept. 30: Work of local quilt artist Karen Pratt. The quilt collection is a chronological journey of her entries into the Hoffman Challenge. Music and refreshments, as well as demonstrations of the Makerspace's facilities.

Southern Vermont Arts Center

930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, Manchester, Vt., (802) 367-1303

Wilson Museum

Through Sept. 11: Creation Exhibition.

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass.

On exhibit

Now through Sept. 25: "Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh"


14th Annual St. Joseph Festival of Sharing Roots

Sunday, Sept. 11: Noon to 5 p.m.; entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. Local musicians. Booths with American, African, Brazilian, French, Irish, Italian, Lebanese and Polish foods. Raffles and a craft area. Bring a lawn chair. Free admission and Kiddy Land. Grounds of St. Joseph Parish, 414 North St., Pittsfield, Mass.

16th Annual Sheffield in Celebration

Sheffield, Mass.

Friday - Sunday: Sept. 9-11: Three-day celebration of all things Sheffield — honoring its past, present and future with events throughout town. Sheffield Farmers' Market on Friday, Sept. 9. Sheffield Fair on Saturday, Sept. 10, noon to 5 p.m., at the Sheffield Town Park, Miller Avenue, off Route 7. Old-time fair events including animal show/judging; baked goods, vegetable, fruit and floral contests; foods of all varieties; animals; music; crafts; vendors; children's activities and more! Family-friendly and universally accessible. Free.

Adams Quaker Meeting House Tours

Maple Street Cemetery, Adams.

Sundays through Oct. 9: Quaker Meeting House, built in 1782 by the East Hoosuck Meeting of the Society of Friends, essentially unchanged since its construction. The place of worship of the family of Susan B. Anthony, born in Adams in 1820. Free tours by members of the Adams Historical Society and the Adams Historical Commission. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

BEHOLD! New Lebanon

The living museum of contemporary rural American life.

Different programs each Saturday through mid-October. Local residents welcome visitors into their work spaces — barns, kitchens, farms, studios, shops — where they ply their professions and de-mystify the secrets of rural life. $17. Tours depart from the BEHOLD! Station and Store, 438 Rte. 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-720-7265

Bennington Free Library

101 Silver St., Bennington Vt. 802-442-9051

Now through Sept. 30: Wall Works: Art at the Library, Art Show and Sale featuring Michael Horwitz's illustrations from Children's Choice, a weekly newspaper column for kids regionally syndicated from 1985-1991.

Berkshire Carousel

Corner of South Church and Center streets, Pittsfield, Mass.

Summer hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special musical, and theatrical programing every first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday all summer on site education art workshops 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12.50 per class. Saturday classes 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Saturday, Sept. 10: Jug End Loop with Hike on AT, South Egremont, Mass. Leader: Nancy King,; 413-644-8873

Berkshire Museum

39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171,

Ongoing programs

Tuesdays: WeeMuse Littlest Learners, 10:30 a.m., play and learn every week in this fun, interactive new program for children ages 6-18 months, with stories, songs, sign language, and exercise. Caregivers share stories and information from collective parenting experiences. Included with regular museum admission.

Fridays: WeeMuse Adventures, 11 a.m., children 18 months to 3 years old explore the aquarium and other galleries, included with regular museum admission.

Saturdays: Chow Time in the Aquarium, 12:30 p.m., lend a hand in the preparation of meals for the creatures that live in the aquarium, included with regular museum admission.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

(413) 637-0320,

Friday, Sept. 9: Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows, 8 to 10 a.m., free. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass.

Saturday, Sept. 10: Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life along the Appalachian Trail. Suitable for children 10 to 18 years. Members: Adult, $25; child $25. Nonmembers: Adult, $35; child, $35. Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, Lee.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: Bird Walk at Pleasant Valley with Jonathan Pierce, Pleasant Valley caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club leader, 8 to 10 a.m. Free. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W. Mountain Road, Lenox. Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Search for beavers and other kinds of wildlife that are attracted by the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Suitable for children 3 to 12 years Members: Adult, $6; child $3. Nonmembers: Adult, $8; child, $4. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W. Mountain Road, Lenox.

Crane Museum and Center for the Paper Arts

Off West Housatonic Street, Dalton, Mass.


Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.

Trace the history of Crane from its Liberty Paper Mill in 1770 to becoming today's technological leader in banknote security technology.

Through October: Tours several times each afternoon. Papermaking demonstrations Monday through Thursday. Free.

The Trustees

Serving the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Central Massachusetts

Through Oct. 10: Large format, black-and-white platinum and pigment prints by internationally acclaimed photographer Lois Conner. The photographs will be displayed throughout Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 29: Paddle the Housatonic: Guided Canoe Trips. 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield, Mass. Member Adult: $24; Member Child (9-16): $9; Nonmember Adult: $30; Nonmember Child (9-16): $15

Thursdays through Sept. 29: Naumkeag at Night. 5-8 p.m. Members: $5; Nonmember: $10.

Tuesdays, through Sept. 27: Little Sprouts, 9:30-11 a.m. Monument Mountain, Route 7, Great Barrington, Mass. Members $5; Nonmembers $10

Wednesdays through Sept. 28: The Art of Cut Flowers. 10-11 a.m. Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, Mass. Members $9; Nonmembers $15.


Images Cinema

50 Spring St., Williamstown


Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11: Family-friendly animated film, "Phantom Boy." Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse

539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.


Saturday, Sept. 10: Old Chatham Quaker Meeting will screen "Breaking Down the Box," 7 p.m. Potluck at 6 p.m. The film examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement as torture in U.S. prisons. Moderated discussion follows, Refreshments. Free.


Bard College at Simon's Rock

84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Saturday, Sept. 10: "Science Fair: an opera with experiments, opera-theater work is a live science show with lessons and lectures in song. 8 p.m. Suggested donation at door, $10. Daniel Arts Center.

Berkshire Lyric Chorus, 413-298-5365

Monday, Sept. 12: Rehearsals begin for new season, 7 p.m., Unitarian Church, Wendell Avenue at Broad Street, Pittsfield, Mass. New singers by audition.

Blafield Children's Chorus, 413-298-5365

Saturday, Sept. 10: Rehearsals begin for the new season. 10 a.m., Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Open to children ages 6-13.

Eagles Band

Rehearsals are Monday nights from 7-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Fenn Street, Pittsfield, Mass.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, (413) 442-4360, ext. 10

Sunday, Sept. 11: Family concert, "Rockin' with Mama Doni," laugh, clap, dance, and sing along as Mama Doni elevates the spirit of Jewish values, traditions, and culture. 11:30 a.m. Free. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Leaf Peeper Concert Series, 413-644-0007

All 2016 concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets, $25; premium tickets (reserved), $35. Season tickets, $80; premium $120. Tickets are available at Saturday, Sept. 10: "Autumn Echoes," works of Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenfeld, and a world premiere by composer Tonia Ko. Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Ghent, N.Y.

Levitt AMP North Adams Concert Series

Sundays through mid October: An outdoor concert series curated by MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, featuring 10 weeks of free concerts, in the park. 2 p.m. Colegrove Park, North Adams, Mass.

Sept. 11: Olive Tiger, a group that features fiddle, cello and drums, complex rhythms and female vocals.

Music Mountain

225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, Conn. 860-824-7126.

Chamber music schedule

(All concerts on Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets $35 at the door, $30 in advance. Children, ages 5-18, free when accompanied by a ticket holder.)

Sunday, Sept. 11: Amernet String Quartet, special program of Brahms, Beethoven, Lev Zhurbin, and Barber with guest artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet.

Twilight Series

(All concerts Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $30 at the door, $27 in advance. Children ages 5-18 free when accompanied by a ticket holder.)

Saturday, Sept. 10: Jive By Five with the sizzling music of the Jazz Age.

Oldtone Roots Music Festival

Cool Whisper Farm, North Hillsdale, N.Y.

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 8-11: Traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, Cajun and contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops led by world-class musicians, instrument and band contests, Hudson Valley farm-to-table food, libations, and exceptional national and regional acts. Open: Thursday 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day passes: $10 to $48 at the gate.

Sandisfield Arts Center

5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass. 413-258-4100,

Friday, Sept. 9: "It's a Grand Night for Singing," 7:30 p.m. Featuring the voices of Laura Danehower Whyte, Brian De Lorenzo, and Linda Mironti accompanied by pianist Michael Rheault. Tickets: $40, includes prosecco and a resplendent dessert table.

South Mountain Concerts

Routes 7 and 20, Pittsfield, Mass.

413 442-2106,

Sunday, Sept. 11: The Julliard String Quartet, works by Haydn, Bartok amd Beethoven, 3 p.m., $40.


Bard College at Simon's Rock

84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Thursday, Sept. 8: Poetry and Fiction Series: Joshua Cohen, author of four short-story collections and four novels, will read excerpts from his fiction. 7 p.m. — Blodgett House.

Monday, Sept. 12: Proseminar Lecture Series on the theme of "Who the People: Punctuating Politics in the USA, Being America in the World." 5 p.m. "Affective Statecraft & Politics of Fear" with Zoe Samudzi, University of California — San Francisco. Blodgett House.


1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt.

802 362-1788,

Sunday, Sept. 11: "How-to-begin home pressure canning workshop" with Jane and Ken Moriarty. Learn about supplies and techniques that make canning fun and easy. Beyond the two-hour basics class there will be a jar-cooling waiting period for any who wish to stay for a "do-it-yourself" guided round two. All participants will go home with a jar of tomato sauce. 1 to 3 p.m.; limited to 15 participants. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. To register: 802-367-7960 or email

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, (413) 442-4360, ext. 10

Thursday, Sept. 8: at 10:45 a.m. Laura Ferber-Hazen and community actors, who will perform the play "Hiding Horst," which is based a true Holocaust story. Kosher lunch at noon ($2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age, $7 for all others). Advance reservations required, (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. day of the program. Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Friday, Sept. 9: Knosh & Knowledge, "Jewish Literacy: Seeking Out New Frontiers" with noted children's author Richard Michelson, who will share stories about his friendship with the late actor Leonard Nimoy and his own Jewish journey. 10:45 a.m. Admission: $11, which includes the lunch; program only, $5. Advance reservations for lunch required. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington.

Northshire Bookstore

4869 Main St.

Manchester Center, Vt.


Wednesday, Sept. 14: Reading by Louise Miller, "The City Baker's Guide to Country Living," 6 p.m.

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.


Sunday, Sept. 11: "Exploring the Shaker Waterworks," tour the remains of Mount Lebanon's waterworks, then join us for a panel discussion with a group that includes experts on Shaker archaeology and architecture, the history of science and technology, and ecology. 1 p.m. Tickets: $25, $15 for members.

The Mount

2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 or

Edith Wharton's historic estate. Tour the house and gardens, enjoy lunch on the terrace, shop in the book store, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Admission valid for 7 days, kids free every day.

Thursday, Sept. 8: A Poetry Reading with Community Access to the Arts, 5 p.m. Guest readers share selected works from the CATA Writers Workshop — funny, poignant, and reflecting the unique perspective of writers with disabilities. Portrait exhibit by photographer Julie McCarthy. Free.

Friday, Sept. 9: Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading with Billy Collins, former poet-laureate of the United States, 5 p.m. $18 General, $15 members.

West Stockbridge Historical Society

Friday, Sept. 9: Best-selling author Simon Winchester, 6 p.m. Suggested $10 donation. 1854 Town Hall, Main Street, West Stockbridge, Mass.


Oldcastle Theatre Company

Box office:, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Through Sept. 18: World premiere, "The Consul, The Tramp & Amerca's Sweetheart" by John Morogiello. Charles Chaplin's film masterpiece, "The Great Dictator" and Germany's attempts to prevent the movie from being made. Evening performances: Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Thursday and Sunday at 2 p.m. $12-$37.

Shakespeare & Company

Box Office: 413-637-3353,, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass.

Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre

Through Sept. 11: "Sotto Voce" by Nilo Cruz. A passionate, Jewish-Cuban young man seeks out a famous, reclusive novelist who, decades earlier, had lost her love aboard an ill-fated ship of Jewish refugees during World War II. Evening performances: Sept. 9 and 10 at 3 p.m. Matinees: Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.


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