Things to do in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont, May 5 to May 11

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1Berkshire: BerkChique! used clothing sale. First-dibs shopping party is a ticketed event from Friday, May 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, goodie bags. Tickets: 1berkshire.com/calendar/berkchique or at the door. Sale continues Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, Mass.

Berkshire Botanical Garden: "Vegetable Gardening — Never Too Late for Starts" with garden expert Ron Kujawski. Wednesday, May 11, at 10 a.m. Member, $35; nonmember, $45. To register: berkshirebotanical.org. 5 W. Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross. Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion, 258 North St., Dalton. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Hudson Area Library: Mother's Day Fashion Show and Tea. Sunday, May 8, beginning at 2 p.m. Featured clothing is from the vintage shop, Discipline Park. Tickets: $25 each, $10 for an accompanied mom; HudsonAreaLibrary.org. Community Room at 51 North 5th St., Hudson, N.Y.

Sheffield Historical Society: "Traditional Methods of Meat Smoking," a demonstration by Tony Carlotto. Friday, May 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Dan Raymond House, 159 Main St., Sheffield, Mass. (Park at the Town Hall parking lot.)

Ventfort Hall: Mother's Day Tea & Talk presentation with Great Barrington and New York City fine jewelers Walter McTeigue and Tim McClelland. Saturday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. Followed by a Victorian tea. Tickets: $22 for advance reservations; $27 day of the event. Information or reservations: 413-637-3206 or info@gildedage.org. 104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.

Art

Bennington Museum: Bennington Garden Club celebrates 100th anniversary of our national parks, Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Rick Kendall, superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the NPS Stewardship Institute in Woodstock, Vt. Free. Stoneware Collectors' meeting, Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m. Speaker: Dr. John Sladek on stoneware potteries of Rochester, N.Y. Free. Ada Paresky Education Center. Opening of "it is all a mystery," drawings by Marcy Hermansader, 1981-2015, Saturday, May 7, in the Works on Paper Gallery. 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

First Fridays Artswalk: 15 art shows, work by 40 regional artists, opening May 6, 5 to 8 p.m. downtown. Live music. Free guided tour beginning at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield. Artswalk After Party, 8 to 10 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts. FirstFridaysArtswalk.com.

Geoffrey Young Gallery: Opening reception for "(Squared)2." Saturday, May 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 40 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Meet Rockwell's Models," Friday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for America's favorite illustrator from Rockwell's own models, who share their personal experiences. Included with admission, members free. "Swing Time: Music from the Golden Age of Jazz," Saturday, May 7, at 5 p.m. Vocalist Sherri Buxton, virtuoso clarinetist Paul Green, and their ensemble. Register online or 413-931-2221. Mother's Day — Gallery talks, scavenger hunts, a spring stroll around the scenic campus and tour Rockwell's Studio Sunday, May 8. 9 Glendale Road (Route 183), Stockbridge , Mass.

Dance

Spectrum Playhouse: Spring Dance Party with the Berkshire Bateria. Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Beer, wine and snacks available for purchase. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door; BrownPaperTickets, Good Purpose Gallery or 413 394-5023. 40 Main St., Suite 1, Lee, Mass.

Film

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative: Workshop, "How to be a Production Assistant." Saturday, May 7, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost:$75. To register or information: 413-528-4223 or email laura@berkshirefilm.org. The rehearsal space of the Elayne Bernstein Theater at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass.

Darrow School: 2016 Darrow School Narrative Film Festival, featuring a series of films written, produced, directed, and starring Darrow students. Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 8, at 2:30 p.m. Q&A with the cast and crew of the films Friday and Saturday. Free. 10 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Old Chatham Quaker Meeting: "The Armor of Light." Friday, May 6. Potluck at 6 p.m.; film at 7 p.m. Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.

Kid Stuff

Berkshire Family YMCA: Kids' Night Out. Friday, May 6, 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 vbemiss@pittsfieldfamilyyymca.org. Berkshire Family YMCA's Northern Berkshire branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, and at the Pittsfield branch, 292 North St.

Spectrum Playhouse: Families First Series — Nutshell Playhouse, "Pirates!" Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. Free; suggested donation $5. 20 Franklin St., Lee, Mass.

Music

Congregation Ahavath Sholom: "I Have a Little Dreidel," tribute to Jewish American music. Guest speakers: Dr. Tamar Gordon and Dr. Myron Gordon. Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. Information: 413-528-4197 15 North St., Great Barrington, Mass.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Concert by rock singer-songwriter John Hiatt. Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 to $70; mahaiwe.org or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.

Mass MoCA: Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom! Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 for students, $16 in advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred; in person at the box office on Marshall Street, North Adams, 413-662-2111, ext. 1 or at massmoca.org. Club B10, Marshall Street, 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: Paul Green and Klezmer East. Traditional and contemporary klezmer favorites, including Freilachs, horas and hits from the Yiddish Theater. Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m. General admission: $20, students $10; spencertownacademy.org. 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.

Outdoors

Bartholomew's Cobble: "Wildflowers and Watercolors," Thursday through May 12, noon to 4 p.m. Plein air class. Trustees member: $28 per class; non-member, $35 per class. "Monitoring Breeding Birds." Mondays and Tuesdays through June 28, 8 to 9 a.m. Member: $5; nonmember: $10. Registration recommended. Spring Wildflower Festival. Daily through May 6, 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. Bonfire on Hurlburt's Hill, Friday, May 6, 8 to 10 p.m. Trustees member: $5; nonmember: $10. Registration recommended. Mother's Day Wildflower Walk, Sunday, May 8, 2 to 4 p.m. Trustees member: $5; member family: $15; nonmember: $10; nonmember family: $20. Registration recommended. Information or to register for a program: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, Mass.

Bryant Homestead: Afternoon Tea, a proper afternoon tea with all of the refinery and delight of Bryant's era. Sunday, May 8, 1 to 3 p.m. Trustees Members $24; nonmembers $30. Registration recommended; 413-628-4487, ext. 3 or email hltoutreach@thetrustees.org. 205 Bryant Road, Cummington, Mass.

Edna St. Vincent Millay Society: Bird walk at Steepletop. Saturday, May 7, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Fee: $10. To make a reservation or for more information: 518-758-9671 or email info@millay.org. 400 East Hill Road., Austerlitz, N.Y.

Hoffmann Bird Club: A 3/4-day trip to White Memorial Sanctuary and Bantom Lake in Litchfield, Conn. Friday, May 6, at 7 a.m. Lunch stop or bring your own. For meeting place: 413-442-6327, smole@berkshire.rr.com) or 413-655-0112, AT8395@aol.com. Annual meeting and banquet, Saturday, May 7, at 5 p.m. Program: "Birding Mongolia, the Last Wilderness Nation" by Chris Leahy, Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mazzeo's Ristorante, 1015 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. Post Farm Marsh, Sunday May 8, at 7:30 a.m. Information: 413-281-1017, gael19@nycap.rr.com. Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot on the Pittsfield-Lenox Road, Lenox, Mass. A morning walk along the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire, Mass. Wednesday, May 11, at 7 a.m. Information: 413-884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com or 413-281-1017, gael19@nycap.rr.com.

Naumkeag: House tours. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Member, $5; nonmember: $15. Art in the Garden, four-session after-school art and nature drop-off program., Thursdays, through 26, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Trustees member: $60 for series; Nonmember: $100 for series. Registration recommended; 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. The Hills are Alive: Public Garden Day, Friday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help re-plant the hillside behind the soon-to-be-restored greenhouse.Free. Information and to sign: thetrustees.org/volunteer or 413-298-3239, ext. 3008 or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org. Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, Mass.

One World Conservation Center: Green Up Day. Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments, hidden prizes, clean up the reserve, indoor projects. Information: 802-447-7419. Route 7 South, Bennington, Vt.

Springside Greenhouse Group: Plant sale, Friday and Saturday, May 6 and May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annuals, hanging baskets, container gardens, birdhouses, herbs, vegetable plants, succulents. Rain or shine. Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Theatre

Berkshire Theatre Group: Laugh Lounge Series — Comedian Kevin Meaney. Wednesday, May 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 the day of at the door. Ticket office, 413-997-4444, or berkshiretheatregroup.org. 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Hubbard Hall: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m., through May 8. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 students; 518-677-2495 or hubbardhall.org. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

WAM Theatre: "Miss Labeled." Wednesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. Original piece focusing on the labels young girls feel they are given by society and their peers. Suitable for ages 10 and older. Free. Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., Lee, Mass.

Williams College: "Waxworks." Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7, at 7:30 p.m. An exploration of the tales we're told, the heroes and villains we create, and the life of an extraordinary artist who developed the first world-wide entertainment brand. Tickets: $3; 413-597-2425. '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass.

Writing

Sandisfield Arts Center: "Writing Out Loud: A Performance-Based Revision Workshop," presented by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Saturday, May 7, at 4 p.m. Information: 413-258-4100 or info@sandisfieldartscenter.org. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass.

WordXWord: Youth Poetry Festival, "Outspoken." Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7. Workshops, team & individual poetry slam, open mics and more. Open to poets aged 13 to 23. Information and schedule: OutspokenYouth.com. Pittsfield, Mass.


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