Things to do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, March 17-23


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Berkshire Grown/Share the Bounty: March Maple Dinner. Monday, March 21 — 6 p.m. cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; 7 p.m. dinner and live auction. Tickets: on Eventbrite or 413-528-0041. The Mansion at Cranwell Resort, 55 Lee Road, Lenox, Mass.

Bennington Area VNA & Hospice: Nine-week hospice volunteer training. Begins Thursday, March 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Space is limited; preregistration requested, Mary Pleasant, 802-442-0540. SVMC's Women's and Children's Conference Room, Southwesten Vermont Medical Center, 100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, Vt.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross. Friday, March 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox, Mass. Monday, March 21, 1 to 6 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield, Mass. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, redcrossblood.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom: Purim Service and Veggie Potluck Party. Wednesday, March 23, at 6 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. All are invited. RSVP: Alison Adams-Weinberg, 914-319-1621 or 15 North St., Great Barrington, Mass.

High Hopes Farm Sugarhouse: Buffet breakfast. Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1132 Huntington Road, Worthington, Mass.

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

Hillcrest Educational Centers: 15th Annual Robert "Bees" Prendergast St. Patrick's Celebration. Friday, March 18, at 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $50 each;, 413-499-7924, ext. 133, or email ] to be sent an electronic invitation. Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South St., Pittsfield.

Richmond Recreation Committee: Seventh Annual Town of Richmond Community Ping Pong Tournament. Friday, March 18; registration at door only, 5:30 to 6 p.m. Play starts at 6 p.m. Entry fee: $7 per player, $15 family cap. Pizza and refreshments available. Information: Richmond Consolidated School gym, State Road, Richmond, Mass.

Ventfort Hall: Slavic Easter egg decorating workshops. Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost: $30 for advance reservations, $35 for day-of admission; includes all materials. Children should be at least 12 years of age. Information or reservations: 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.


Norman Rockwell Museum: Opening for "Mac Conner: A New York Life." Saturday, March 19, 6 to 8 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Williams College Museum of Art: Tour WCMA with Williams students, Thursday, March 17, 4:30 p.m. Free. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass.


Berkshire Ballroom: St. Patrick's Day ballroom/social dance. Saturday, March 19, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Waltz dance lesson at 7 p.m. General dancing from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10 for USA Dance members, $15 for guests, $5 school or college students. Information or directions: Masonic Hall, 116 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Hubbard Hall: Community Dance in the Freight Depot. Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m.; potluck at 6 p.m. Live music of the Hubbard Hall Tune Jam Band. All ages and abilities; traditional barn dances, square dances and contra dances. No partner needed, and no previous dance experience required. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.


Mass MoCA: William Tyler, Quindar, Nick Hallett. Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m. Four musicians perform original music to a selection of lost 1960s counterculture films. Tickets: $8 students, $12 advance, $18 day of, and $22 preferred; at box office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, 413-662-2111, ext. 1, during box office hours or Marshall Street, North Adams, Mass.

Kid Stuff

American Legion Post 69: Children's Easter party, Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. Arts and crafts, games, music, snacks. Open to children ages birth to 12. Information: 802-375-6157. 54 Legion Road, Arlington, Vt.

Berkshire Family YMCA: Kids' Night Out. Friday, March 19, 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.


Hildene: Second in four-part series, "The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape" with Steve Revell, hydrogeologist, consultant and president of Lincoln Applied Geology Inc. Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. Revell will talk about the impact of water on the valley's landscape. Admission: $5; Hildene members, free. Apple tree pruning demonstration by local arborist Joe Blair, Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m. Free. Information:, or 802-367-7960. Beckwith Room, 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt.

One World Conservation Center: "Third Thursday" series — An Intimate Evening with Jock Irons. Thursday March 17, at 6:30 p.m. Slideshow, "Travels in Alaska (with apologies to John Muir)." $5 suggested donation, members free. Information: 802-447-7419 for more or 413 U.S. Route 7S, Bennington, Vt.


Old Chatham Quaker Meeting: Donnell Joseph, author of a new memoir "Under the Walnut Tree." Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Free. Refreshments. Information: 518-766-2992. Directions: Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.


Berkshire Lyric Chorus: Annual Kick the Winter Blues Concert, "Ireland in Song," a musical trip to the Emerald Isle. Saturday March 19, at 7 p.m., and Sunday March 20, at 3 p.m. Reception to follow. Tickets: $20; children free. Information: Lenox Town Hall auditorium, 6 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.

Close Encounters with Music: J.S. Bach & Sons; Legitimate And Otherwise." Saturday, March 19, 6 p.m. Tickets: $45 (orchestra and mezzanine); $25 (balcony). Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.

Crescendo: "Ars Perfecta — The Perfect Art of Renaissance Polyphony." Sacred vocal works. Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass. Saturday, March 19, 5 p.m., St. John's Church, 12 Main St., Salisbury, Conn. Sunday, March 20, 4 p.m., St. Michael's Church, 25 South St., Litchfield, Conn. Tickets:

Marketplace CafĂ© Sheffield: Live Music Sunday — Mary Ann Palermo, Sunday, March 20, 18 Elm Court, Sheffield, Mass.

Music from Salem: Music from Salem Listening Club — "Music About Nature," Saturday, March 19, at 4 p.m., Lovejoy Loft Building. Suggested donation: $10. "The Petrified Forest," with cellist Rhonda Rider. Sunday, March 20, at 4 p.m. Photos of the park will add another layer of artistry. The Suggested ticket price: $25 per person or pay what you can. 25 E. Main St, Cambridge, N.Y.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Wildlife Tracking at the Cobble. Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wildlife tracking with expert tracker, Josh Wood, from Flying Deer Nature Center. Member, $12; nonmember, $20. Family Birding at the Cobble, Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Member, $5; nonmember, $10; kids: free. Information: 413-298- 3239, ext. 3013 or 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield.

Berkshire Knapsackers: Greylock Glen. B.3.C. Saturday, March 19. Snowshoe or hike around 3 miles going north on the Bellows Pipe Trail to the Bellows Pipe Shelter, then return via The Red Bucket Trail. Bring fluids, snacks, lunch. Information: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384 or Taconic Crest Trail, B.3.B. Sundary, March 20. About 7 miles. Includes the section from Madden Road to Robinson Hollow. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Information: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or


Dorset Theatre Festival: Local First Festival of New Plays — reading of romantic comedy, "A Kiss Like No Other by Brattleboro playwright Steve Monroe." Saturday March 19, at 12:30 p.m. Free. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: London's National Theatre in HD — Matthew Dunster's "Hangmen." Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $17; box office, 413.528.0100, or 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

WAM Theatre: "Special," workshop production/play in development, created and Performed by Rachel Siegel. Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. Tickets: $20; 413-997-4444 or Unicorn Theatre (Berkshire Theatre Group), 6 East St., Stockbridge, Mass.


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