Things to do in the Berkshires, June 30


Good-bye, June and hello, July!

The time to take advantage of summer happenings is now or never, so what are you waiting for?

Here's a list of ideas of things to do and see this holiday weekend:


• Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St,. in Great Barrington, will present the internationally acclaimed, innovative dance company MOMIX on at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The matinee includes a post-show Q&A with Artistic Director Moses Pendleton and several dancers. Tickets are $28 to $78, with $15 ArtSmart tickets available for those age 30 and younger. Info: or 413-528-0100.


• Summer is brewing, and so is the beer. Hang out at Dean Baldwin's "The Chalet," on Thursday evenings this summer at Mass MoCA in North Adams. In additions to drinks from the cash-only bar, river views, and art, there will be live music each Thursday, when it opens around 5:30 p.m. This week's featured artist is GRNDMS, aka guitar-vocal driven folk/garage pop duo Catherine DeGennaro and Suzy Jivotovski. No cover.

• The Cards Against Humanity game night returns from 7 to 10 p.m. at Eat on North at Hotel on North in Pittsfield. Play a hand if you dare.

• Down Street Art kicks off summer from 5 to 8 p.m., at locations throughout downtown North Adams. The arts celebration is free and open to the public. It will include art and creative business incubator spaces; live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances; a night market debut, featuring local food and craft vendors; and the announcement of the Levitt Amp North Adams concert lineup. Info:

The festival also includes the grand opening of the new and improved Common Folk collective creative space at 33 Main St.

A live performance by New England rock band, Cactus Attack, and a grassroots folk jam will put a nightcap on the event, starting at 8. Show tickets are $5, and available at Info:


• A "magical evening of dining, entertainment and nostalgia" will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., on the lawn of the historic Elmhurst mansion at Springside Park, 874 North St., in Pittsfield. Set in tents amidst the softly lit trees and blooming Arboretum gardens, this elegant reception and fundraiser will feature a bountiful buffet of cuisines from local restaurants and a cash bar of fine wines and craft beer, while the acclaimed Rich Vinette Quartet delights with an evening of jazz standards. The Springside House will be open for tours and there will be information about the planned renovations. Tickets are $30, and can be reserved by calling Lisa at 413-499-7505.

• Jitterbug into July, as One Straw Revolution will kick off a swing dance series in the barn at Race Brook Lodge, 864 South Undermountain Road (Route 41), in Sheffield. Tickets are $10, and there will be a beginner swing dance lesson at 8 p.m., followed by open dancing from 9 p.m. on. Feel free to save the date for the second swing dance night, scheduled for July 29, with Hot Club of Saratoga. Info: 413-229-8585

• Meet up at the Harriman-West Airport in North Adams for the annual movie at the airport, presented at 8:30 p.m. This year's screening is the 1956 classic, "Around the World in 80 Days." There will be grill fare and a cash bar. Bring your own lawn chair. Tickets are available by cash or check at the gate: $14 per car load, $7 per adult, $3 for children under 12. Gates open at 7. Info:


Bruce Gregory will play an acoustic guitar set from 1 to 4 p.m., at Les Trois Emme winery, 8 Knight Road, New Marlborough. There will be wine tasting and chairs and tables set up. Bring your own picnic. Info:

• The Shire Mountain Ramble concert series at Bousquet Ski Area, 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield, begins with a performance by Northampton-based bohemian folk punk band, Bella's Bartok, with Western Mass. hip-hop/reggae band, The Alchemystics. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door to this age 21 event. Doors open at 8. Info:


•The Clark Art Institute continues its free, family-friendly summer concerts series with four bands performing, starting at 6 p.m., on Tuesdays through July in Williamstown. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic meals. Barbecue fare and beverages will also be available for sale. Annie and the Hedonists open the series with song from the great female blues artists of the '20s, '30s, and '40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. Info:


• The first Wednesday of each month is open mic night, from 7 to 10 p.m., in The Lion's Den at The Red Lion Inn on Main Street in Stockbridge. Never a cover.


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