Things to do in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont, April 14 to 20


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Berkshire Family YMCA Pittsfield: Free adult swim lessons, Thursdays, April 14, 21 and 28, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. or 6:15 to 7 p.m. Information: Email or call 413-499-7560. To register: Berkshire Family YMCA, 292 North St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross. Friday, April 15, 1 to 6 p.m., Simon's Rock College Kilpatrick Athletic Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass. Friday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monument Mountain Regional High School, 600 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Tuesday, April 19, 1 to 5:30 p.m., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Venable Gym, 375 Church St., North Adams, Mass. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Chapter 146 license renewal workshops. Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 19 through May 7. April 16 — "Boilers and Boiler Operations." Cost: Each class, $110. Information and to register: Church Street, North Adams, Mass.


Mass MOCA: Opening reception for Alex Da Corte: "Free Roses," Saturday, April 16, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free to members, $7 not-yet-members; RSVP to or 413-664-4481, ext. 8157. Opening reception for Sarah Crowner: "Beetle in the Leaves," 5 to 6:30 p.m., Free to members, $7 not-yet-members; RSVP to or 413-664-4481, ext. 8157. Marshall Street, North Adams, Mass.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Mid-Century Modern: Home Furnishings in the Post-War Era" by Charles Sable, Henry Ford Museum curator of decorative arts, Saturday, April 16, 5 p.m.; reservations encouraged, 413-931-2221. "Drop In On Art!" school vacation week workshop, Monday through Saturday, April 18-23, 1 to 4 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Williams College Museum of Art: Tour WCMA with Williams students, Thursday, April 14, 4:30 p.m., free. Curator's Insights — "Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh" with Lisa Dorin, deputy director for curatorial affairs and curator of contemporary art, Tuesday, April 19, at noon. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass.

Health and fitness

Dewey Hall: Community Yoga with Beth Seongwan Fehrensen. Sunday, April 17, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Beginner friendly, gentle to moderate, Kripalu yoga class followed by an optional 15-minute zazen meditation practice. Bring your own mat and props. Pay what you can; suggested donation, $10.

The Red Lion Inn: Galit Atlas, Ph.D., "The Enigma of Desire." Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Fee: $20 for WMAAPP members; $25 for non-members and free for students with ID. Information: Stockbridge, Mass.


Bennington Historical Society: "Bennington Goes to Church: 250 Years of Worship," bus tour. Sunday, April 17, 2 to 5 p.m. Cost: $15 per person; $20 per couple. Reservations advised, 802-440-8075. Meet in the parking lot of the Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Naumkeag: House tours, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience Naumkeag as it would have looked like while the servants prepared the house for the Choate family's return from their New York City residence. Cost: Member, $5; nonmember: $15. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or 20 Prospect Hill Road, West Stockbridge, Mass.

Kid Stuff

Berkshire Family YMCA: Kids' Night Out. Friday, April 15, 6-8:30 p.m. An evening of games, sports, pool time (bring a swimsuit) and pizza. Open to youth and teens, ages 7 to 14 years. Cost: $5. Financial assistance is available. Information: 413-499-7650 or at Berkshire Family YMCA's Northern Berkshire branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, and at the Pittsfield branch, 292 North St.

Ventfort Hall: Tom Fooleries Magic Show, Tuesday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments. Tickets: $15 adults; $7 children ages 4 to 12; children 3 and younger, free. Reservations: 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.


Berkshire Botanical Garden: Gardening for Life — "Lyme Disease: The Current State of Rearch And Prevention" with Dr. Brian Fallon of Columbia University Medical Center. Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. Free; registration required, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom: Matt Tannenbaum, owner of The Bookstore in Lenox, "Telling Tales: 40 Years of Book Selling in the Berkshires," Sunday, April 17, 4 p.m. Wine and cheese reception follows. 15 North St., Great Barrington, Mass.

Hildene: Final in four-part series, "The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape." Hildene horticulturist Andrea Luchini, "digs up the dirt" on soil. Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. Admission: $5; Hildene members, free. Information:, or 802-367-7960. Beckwith Room, 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Green Living Seminar Series, "Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation." Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m. Jennie Miller, ecologist and conservation scientist with expertise in large carnivores and human-carnivore conflict, "International Conservation of Large Wild Cats: Minimizing Human-Wildlife Conflict." Room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. North Adams, Mass.


Berkshire Theatre Group: Staged reading, "Through The Looking Glass: Musings from the Pens of Berkshire Women Writers," Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20 at the Colonial ticket office, 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at at The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge, Mass.

Manchester Community Library: New discussion group, Cook by the Book, lively discussion centered on all things cookbooks, Tuesday, April 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.; information, or 802-362-2607. "Just Eat It. A Food Waste Story" with Scout Proft and Maria Reade of Someday Farm, Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. Information: 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt.

The Mount: "Art and Story in Wharton's Poetry" by Wharton scholar Dr. Irene Goldman-Price, Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m., free, Main House. "Tellers of Tales: Traditional and Contemporary Storytelling" with master storytellers Matthew Dicks and Tom Lee, Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m., $18 general; $15 members, Main House. Information and tickets: or 413-551-5100. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: Faculty concert — the Wilderness Players. Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. Kellogg Music Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Berkshire Theatre Group: Bella's Bartok, CD release masquerade show, with special guests Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and DJ BFG, Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of show; at Colonial ticket office, 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatre Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield , Mass.

Close Encounters With Music: "Fiddler OFF the Roof," Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m. Jewish music, spanning cultures and centuries. Tickets: $45 and $25, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.

Mass MoCA: Eleven-piece Debo Band expands upon the repertoire of Ethiopia's golden era of Afro-pop. Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 students, $16 in advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred through the box office on Marshall Street, 413-662-2111, Ext. 1, during box office hours or North Adams, Mass.

South Street Cafe and Bakery: Funk & Jazz Music with That Strange, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jazz Brunch, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open Mic Night, Mondays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Information: 802-447-2433. 105 South St., Bennington, Vt.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: Trio Nota, "Shepherd's Heights to Neon Lights," Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations: Email 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.

Whitney Center for the Arts: Ron Ramsay & Samantha Talora, "Two Years of Song." Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20; 413-212-4459 or e-mail 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, Mass.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Spring Wildflower Festival. Saturday through Monday, April 16-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour guides will leave from the visitors center three times during day. Cost: Member $5; non-member $10. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3013, or 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, Mass.

Berkshire Knapsackers: Pittsfield State Forest, Saturday, April 16, Taconic Crest to hidden waterfall, partial bushwhack, strenuous. Leader: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or Taconic Crest Section, B.3.B. Sunday April 17; leave 9 a.m. Green Hollow to Southeast Hollow, covering about 3 miles of the Taconic Crest. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Meet: Cumberland Farms Store at the junction of routes 22 and 43 in Stephentown, N.Y. Leader: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or


Berkshire Theatre Group: Year-Round Education Program, BTG PLAYS! — student-run, student-acted production of "Mirror, Mirror," directed by high school student Caroline Sprague. Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10; Colonial ticket office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield, 413-997-4444 or The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge, Mass.

Hubbard Hall: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., April 16-May 8. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 students; 518-677-2495 or 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Mass. College of Liberal Arts: The popular comedy, "Noises Off," Wednesday, April 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $2 to $12 at the door or Venable Hall Theater on the MCLA campus, Church Street, North Adams, Mass.

WAM Theatre: Fresh Takes play reading series, "The Last Wife," Sunday,April 17, at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20. No Six Depot Roastery and Cafe, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge, Mass.


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