Things to do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, March 31-April 6


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American Legion Post 69: Indoor craft and flea market, hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69. Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 802-375-6157. 54 Legion Road, Arlington, Vt.

Berkshire Athenaeum: Mental Health Legislative Forum. Monday, April 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free. To register: Email Brenda at 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, Mass.

Berkshire Theatre Group: Roots-rock band, Adam Ezra Group, Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Laugh Lounge Series — comedian, Giulia Rozzi. Wednesday, April 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 the day of at the door. Colonial ticket office, 413-997-4444 or The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Blood Drive: American Red Cross. Wednesday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams, Mass. To make an appointment to give blood: Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, redcrossblood.

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: 40th anniversary celebration. Friday, April 1. All-day open mic for poetry, stories, jokes. Music, cake cutting, and more. Information: 413-637-3390 or 11 Housatonic St., Lenox, 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.

Hoffmann Bird Club: Monthly meeting, monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. "Changing New England Forests and the Birds Within Them" with Morgan Tingley, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, UConn. Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield, Mass.

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 2 — "Fuels and Combustion." Cost: Each class, $110. Information and to register: Church Street, North Adams, Mass.

One World Conservation Center: Natural Science Toolkit for Homeschoolers — Session 3: "The Nature of Spring," Wednesday, April 6, 1 to 3 p.m. Register by Friday, April 1, at 802-447-7419 or 413 US Route 7 South, Bennington, Vt.

Town of Petersburgh, N.Y: 225th Anniversary celebration. Church bells will ring at dawn on Monday, April 4, marking the official birthday of the town. Pot-luck supper to mark 225th anniversary of the first town meeting, Tuesday, April 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Officials from county and state to discuss current water situation at 7 p.m. Petersburg Veterans Memorial Community Center, 71 Main St. (Route 2), Petersburgh, N.Y.


Autism Resource Fair and Art Show: during the First Friday Arts Walk, Friday, April 1, 5 to 7 p.m. Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. offices, 33 Dunham Mall #101, Pittsfield, Mass. Followed by a lighting ceremony for annual Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month in Park Square, Pittsfield, at 7:30 p.m.

Bennington Museum: Celebratation for "3D Digital: Here and Now." Friday, April 1, 7 to 10 p.m. Live music with Eric Despard Group, food and cash bar. Reservations: $40 for museum members, $50 for not-yet-members; 802-447-1571. Free babysitting. 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Museum: Opening reception for "Joe Goodwin: Liminal Artifacts," Saturday, April 2, 5 to 7 p.m. $10 adult, $5 child. museum members free. RSVP: 413-443-7171, ext. 313. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Columbia County Council on the Arts: Fundraiser and special preview presentation of the 2016 Juried Art Show, Friday, April 1, starting at 5:30 p.m. Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. Following the preview, slide presentation showcasing the "Painters of the Hudson River School" with art expert and historian, Peter Jung at 6 p.m. Tickets: $40 per person; $25 for Juried Art Show exhibiting artists. Reservations: or 518-671-6213. 209 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y.

First Fridays Artswalk: Art shows, work by 40 regional artists, April 1, opening 5 to 8 p.m. downtown. Live music. Pittsfield, Mass.. Artswalk After Party with an acoustic-metal performance by Sifer band members Aimee Gelinas and Dan Cohen, 8 to 10 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts.

Good Purpose Gallery: Opening reception for "Berkshire Revelations," which showcases Kayla Corby's oils, charcoals, and mixed media paintings. Friday, April 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 40 Main St., Suite 1, Lee, Mass.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Meet Rockwell's Models," Friday, April 1, at 2:30 p.m. Rockwell models, who will share their personal experiences. Free with museum admission; museum members free. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms," Sunday, April 3, 2 to 4 p.m. Meet the students who have reinterpreted "The Four Freedoms" for this exhibition of original artworks; reception follows. Free with museum admission; museum members free. Free for participating students, teachers, and their families. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.


Berkshire Knapsasckers: Ballroom Dance Hike. Monday, April 4, 7 to 10 p.m. Dance to the 18-piece big band Heritage Pops Dance Orchestra. All are welcome. Admission: $10 per person at the door. Dress is how you would like it, casual, semi-formal, whatever. Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 41-448-8359 or to coordinate car pooling/caravaning. Polish American Citizen Club, 355 East St., Ludlow, Mass.

Hubbard Hall: Twyla Tharp Dance. Friday, April 1 at 1 p.m. Tharp and the company will discuss the rehearsal process, the importance of remounting older works, as well as talk about the newest work. Seating is limited; pre-registration offered, 518-677-2495. $10 general admission, $5 students. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Omi International Arts Center: "Show No Show" with Gabrielle Revlock & Aleksandr Frolov. Saturday, April 2, at 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 members; $15 for not-yet-members; Studio Barns, intersection of CR22 and Letter S Road, Ghent, N.Y.


Berkshire County Arc: Down Syndrome Family Group, 2016 Berkshire County Sprout Film Festival, Sunday, April 3, noon to 1:30 p.m. Short films about individuals with various disabilities, their lives and personal achievements. Tickets: $5 per person; 413-464-7262, ext. 12, or, or at Crosby Elementary School on 517 West Street in Pittsfield, Mass.

Hubbard Hall: Film, "Lonely are the Brave," hosted by David DeVries. Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Free. Freight Depot Theater, 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.


Naumkeag: House tours, Saturday, April 2, 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 1, 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.

Spectrum Playhouse: Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theater, Two Trickster Tales: Native American Animal Stories." Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m. Free. Pre-show theatet workshop for kids from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. 40 Main St., Suite 1, Lee, Mass.


Hildene: Third in four-part series, "The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape" with forester Alan Calfee will interpret the forested landscape and compare how it appears today with how it would have appeared in the past and will in the future. Saturday, April 2, 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, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. Patrick A. Parenteau, senior counsel at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic and professor of law at Vermont Law School, "A Shifting Approach to Saving Endangered Species." Room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. North Adams, Mass.

Ventfort Hall: Tea and Talk — "The Indispensable Mr. Peters: Craftsman of Lenox's Cottages" with historian and wallpaper specialist Robert Kelly. Saturday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $22 advance reservations; $27 the day of the event, 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St., Lenox.


The Chatham Bookstore: Richard Trachtman reads and discusses his new mystery novel, "Corpse in the Clinic: A Brooklyn Mystery." Saturday, April 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A follow. Refreshments. Information: 518-392-3005 or 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.


Bard College at Simon's Rock: The Orchestra Now — Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Symphony No. 5, conducted by Leon Botstein with pianist Peter Serkin. Free, reservations required, Ppre-concert discussion with Botstein at 6:30 p.m., Daniel Arts Center. South Berkshire Concert: Arcadia Viols, Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. "Adventurous Music from the 17th and 21st Centuries." Suggested donation: $10. Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kellogg Music Center. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Met Opera Live in HD production of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." 1 p.m. Pre-broadcast lecture by Scott Eyerly, 11 a.m. Tickets: $18 to $25. Tickets and information: or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Mass. College of Liberal Arts: MCLA Presents! — Emel Mathlouthi. Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 general admission, $8 MCLA alumni, $5 staff, faculty and non-MCLA students, $2 MCLA students at Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium at the MCLA Church Street Center, Church Street, North Adams, Mass.

Mass MoCA: Grammy nominee Ruby Amanfu, Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m., Club B10. Tickets: $10 students, $16 advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred; at box office on Marshall Street, 413-662-2111, ext. 1 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.


Berkshire Knapsackers: Taconic Crest section, B.3.B. Sunday, April 3, leave 9 a.m. Southeast Hollow to Mattison Hollow. About 7 miles with some steep ascents, we will cover 2.67 miles of the Taconic Crest. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Leader: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or Meet: Cumberland Farm Store at the junction of routes 22 & 43 in Stephentown, N.Y.


Aglet Theater Company: "Stella and Lou" by Bruce Graham. Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Cost: $25, includes complimentary beverages and treats; $20.00 for students under 18. Information: or 860-435-6928. Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield, Mass.

Oldcastle Theatre Company: "The Belle of Amherst by William Luce. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. Tickets or information: or 802-447-0564. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt.


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