Things to see and do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for Sept. 22 - 28
Bard College at Simon's Rock
84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.
Gallery Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends, 2 to 6 p.m.
Through Oct. 7: Painter Robin Williams, "Trailing Off," an exhibition of five large-scale oil on canvas paintings, Hillman Jackson Gallery in the Daniel Arts Center.
BENNNINGTON CENTER FOR THE arTS
44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT.
Friday, Sept. 23: Opening reception for the American Women Artists National Exhibition, 5 to 8 p.m. On view through Nov. 14.
75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.; 802-447-1571, www.benningtonmuseum.org.
Through October, open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call 802-447-1571 for more information. Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors and students over 18; free, children and students under age 18. Wheelchair-accessible. Group tours offered for 10 or more individuals.
On view year-round: Grandma Moses Gallery. Largest public collection of paintings by Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961) in the world.
Through Nov. 6: "Milton Avery's Vermont." A focused look at the work this American modernist created based upon his summers spent in southern Vermont, from the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s.
Friday, Sept. 23: Stoneware Collectors meeting, 4 p.m., Ada Paresky Education Center of the museum. Tribute to Dr. Steven Leder, an avid stoneware collector and co-authored "The Birds of Bennington", one of the best books on Norton Stoneware with bird decorations, by Steve German and Jack McMackin.
Works on Paper Gallery
Through Oct. 30: "Works by Duane Michels."
Saturday, Sept. 24: Artist's reception for Duane Michals, 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. with "Photography and Reality," a discussion with Michals. Screening of one of his most recent short films followed by a Q&A.
Regional Artists Gallery
Through Oct. 2: "Something About Summer: Paintings by Mark Barry." Recent paintings by Baltimore and North Bennington painter Mark Barry, who describes his work as "Painting the seemingly ordinary moments in life that aren't ordinary at all."
Through Oct. 10: Special exhibition, "1863 Jane Stickle Quilt." The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display. The quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border.
Saturday, Sept. 24: "Herstory" in Civil War Quilts with quilt historian Lynne Bassett, 3 p.m. Included is a discussion on the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt. $5 for members, $7 for not-yet-members. Does not include admission to the galleries.
Berkshire Art Museum
159 E. Main St., North Adams, Mass.
Fall: Saturday and Sunday, through mid-October, noon to 5 p.m. Free.
"Iceberg," installation of Lexan Sculptures 1987-2011. On view now.
"Robotic," "Walter's Ontogen" 1999. On view now.
"Blueprints," original Blueprints from the Former Methodist Church. On view now.
Selections from the permanent collection, "Early Work of Eric Rudd 1966-1980," On view now.
"Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999," work of nine local artists. On view now.
"Sarah Sutro — Colors" and "Art and Architecture." On view now.
"Art and Architecture." Works by four artists whose interest is based in architecture. On view now.
A Chapel for Humanity (museum annex)
82 Summer St., Post Office Square, North Adams.
Installation of 150 life-sized figures, 54 ceiling panels, 9/11 Meditation Garden and "W.C. Drawings," figure drawings.
39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org.
Through Oct. 31: "Something Scary," family friendly, somewhat wacky exploration of fears and phobias as visitors encounter the "shadow wall," venture into the torture chamber and try an Ouija board. From a witch's broom to a mad scientist's laboratory, specimens of owls and snakes, and even spooky dolls with glass eyes, discover how being terrified can be a blast.
Carrie Haddad Gallery
622 Warren St., Hudson N.Y.
(518) 828-1915, carriehaddadgallery.com
Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through Oct. 16: "Abstraction," featuring new painting, sculpture and collage by Robert C. Morgan, Jack Walls, Bruce Murphy, Gabriel de la Portilla & Joe Wheaton. 5-7 p.m.
4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge, Mass. 413- 298-3579. www.chesterwood.org.
Open daily to Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with interpreters in the studio and residence. The residence is closed from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. Adults, $18; seniors, $17; NTHP members, military, and children ages 13 to 17, $9; children under 13 and Friends of Chesterwood, free; grounds-only admission: adults, $10; children ages 13 to 17, $5.
Clark Art Institute
225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu
Through Oct. 10: "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado" exhibition. The Clark is the exclusive venue for "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado," featuring 28 Old Master paintings from the Museo Nacional del Prado that celebrate the role of the nude in Western painting. Twenty-four of the paintings have never before been shown in America.
Through Oct. 10: "Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill" exhibition. As the ground beneath our feet shifts, worlds change in unexpected ways. "Sensing Place" provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the enduring value of place by exploring Stone Hill, a prominent geological formation at the heart of the Clark's campus.
Columbia County Center for the Arts:
209 Warren Street, Hudson N.Y. www.artscolumbia.org
Now through Oct. 12: "Atmosphere."
E.J. Bullock Building, Main Street, Readsboro, Vt.
Through Oct. 16: Exhibit by artists from Readsboro and the surrounding area, submitted through the gallery's first juried open call.
Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio
92 Hawthorne St., Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0166, www.frelinghuysen.org
Open through Oct. 9, Thursday-Saturday, for hourly guided tours, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pre-arranged groups of six or more.
51 Main St. North Adams, Mass. 413-662-5320, www.mcla.edu/gallery51
Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
hursday, Sept. 29: Opening reception for "Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep," a collaborative exhibition by artists Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly, 5 to 8 p.m.
42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield Mass.
Through Sept. 30: "Fascism," political and provocative artwork in a variety of media.
Hancock Shaker Village
Routes 41 and 20, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188 or hancockshakervillage.org.
"Highlights from the Fitzpatrick Quilt Collection," exhibition, through Oct. 30, Brick Dwelling. From the personal quilt collection of Jane Fitzpatrick, bequeathed to the Village by the Fitzpatrick family, owners of the Red Lion Inn and Country Curtains. Free with admission.
Through Sept. 24: Exhibit, "Rediscovered and Reconsidered: Anne Shatas and William Carlson, Sculpture and Ceramics."
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.
413-662-2111 or massmoca.org
Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, with extended evening hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round.
"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder." Twenty-three artists work in a wide range of media to explore perception, time and the cosmos to provoke viewers into their own state of wonder.
"Alex Da Corte: Free Roses," on view now. Provocative, puzzling, and visually seductive, in his first museum survey Alex Da Corte's neon-bright, exuberant works merge the languages of abstraction and modern design with banal, off-brand items, ranging from shampoo to soda to tchotchkes and household cleaning supplies.
"Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves," on view now. Crowner's exhibition at MASS MoCA — her first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum — features both existing paintings and major tile works designed and fabricated for the show. "Federico Uribe: Here Comes the Sun" on view now. The works of Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Uribe, whose magical, colorful sculptural menagerie of animals — crafted out of leather bags, bullets, shoelaces and color pencils — can raise one's spirits, even though some of the imagery is fierce.
"Nick Cave: Kaleidoscopic Playground" on view now. Cave converts the Kidspace ArtBar into a veritable Kaleidoscopic Playground — a participatory art-making lab that invites visitors to explore their senses, emotions, and self.
"The Space Between": On view now. The Space Between disperses installations by seven artists in interstitial or transitional spaces throughout the campus and beyond to investigate ways to actively inhabit this state of "just passing through."
"Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space," on view now. In one of his most ambitious projects to date, the artist's quietly powerful sculpture will occupy and transform MASS MoCA's Building 5, the museum's signature gallery, nearly a football field in length.
"Anselm Kiefer": On view seasonally, May through November. The long-term exhibition includes Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) (2002), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead.
"Sol Lewitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective," on view now. LeWitt — who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution — is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings.
"Franz West: Les Pmmes d'Adam," on view seasonally, May through November. A monumental outdoor sculptural ensemble on extended loan from the Hall Art Foundation that is infused with humor and a particular delight in visual and linguistic puns.
"Barbara Takenaga: Nebraska," on view now. Takenaga creates a new work for a wall in the Hunter Hallway at MASS MoCA. Known for her small, labor-intensive, exuberant abstractions composed of matrix-like swirling patterns of dots, here Takenaga translates her meticulous handcrafted easel-sized work to wallpaper.
"Ran Hwang: Untethered," on view now. Using thousands upon thousands of buttons and pins, Korean artist Hwang installed "Untethered," a 140-foot-long sculpture featuring 14 birds, including six phoenixes.
"Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell," on view seasonally, May through November. A project in three parts: The Shining, The Library of the Sun, and Codex Solis.
"Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic," on view now. In Tree Logic, the art of the piece is not found in its condition at any single point in time, but in the change of the trees over time. When inverted, the six trees in this experiment still grow away from the earth and towards the sun.
"Don Gummer: Primary Separation," on view now. The sculpture consists of a massive granite boulder, 12 feet long by 6 feet tall, sawed in half.
"Stephen Vitiello: All Those Vanished Engines," on view now. Starting with the inherent resonance of the pipes and metal drums in the Mass MoCA Boiler House, Vitiello composed a layered sound installation that can be explored throughout the building.
"Christina Kubisch: Clocktower Project," on view now. The bells and beautiful brass clockworks share the tower with solar panels, electronic sound system, and a computer with Kubisch's unique program on its flash disc.
The Meeting House Gallery
154 Hartsville New Marlborough Road (Route 57), New Marlborough, Mass.; newmarlborough.org.
Gallery hours through Oct. 2: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Through Oct. 2: "The New Marlborough Artists Show," featuring eight local artists.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.
Through October and holidays open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. www.nrm.org
Admission: Members, free; Adults, $18; Seniors (65 and up) $17; Veterans, $16; College students with ID, $10; Children/teens 6 — 18, $6; Children 5 and under, free.
Through Oct. 30: "Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World."
Through Dec. 4: "Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast."
Thursdays in September: Historic Property and Build a Better Baby Carriage Walks. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission.
North Bennington Sculpture Show
Through Oct. 23: The 19th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show. Works by 38 sculptors throughout the Village. Free. www.facebook.com/NBoutdoorsculptureshow. 802-442-3328.
One World Conservation Center
413 US Route 7S, Bennington, Vt.
Through Sept. 30: "The Art of Survival in Nature," paintings by Nan Wilson.
Sandisfield Arts Center
5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass. 413-258-4100, www.sandisfieldartscenter.org
On view: "In the Gallery: Michelle Arnot: Shodou: Traveling along the Long Path of Writing: Japanese Calligraphy."
3 Elm St., Stockbridge, Mass.
Through Oct. 5: Richard Marquis, Dante Marioni and Preston Singletary"Pop, Classic and Native Cultures in Glass."
REMIX, an outdoor Sculpture Exhibition presented by SculptureNow and The Mount, 11:30 a.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass.
Sheffield Historical Society
Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield, Mass.
On view now:"Vietnam: Through the Soldier's Eyes." Weekends through Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
Shire City Sanctuary
40 Melville St., Pittsfield, Mass.
Through Sept. 30: Work of local quilt artist Karen Pratt. The quilt collection is a chronological journey of her entries into the Hoffman Challenge. Music and refreshments, as well as demonstrations of the Makerspace's facilities.
80 Main St., Lenox, Mass.
Open by appointment only through Sept. 20.
Through Oct. 2: Sharon Church, "queen bee," contemporary jewelry.
Spencertown Academy Arts Center
790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y. spencertownacademy.org
Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
Sept. 24 -Oct. 9: "Transitions in Oil" by Scott Thomas Balfe and "WhatAmILookingAt," new photographic works by Jane McWhorter. Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 24, 4 to 6 p.m.
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass. wcma.williams.edu/programs
Now through Sept. 25: "Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh"
Now through Dec. 18: "Object Lab," provides a public window into how art catalyzes new thinking across disciplines.
FAIRS, FESTIVALS AND FAMILY FUN
Second Annual Sugar Hill Autumn Car Show
Sunday, Sept. 25: A variety of vintage cars on display. Live music, food and raffles. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sugar Hill Mansion. 45 Main St., Dalton, Mass.; 413-684-0100.
15th annual Heritage Walks
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25: More than 60 free, guided interpretive tours are offered throughout Berkshire County, Mass., and Litchfield County, Conn. Family oriented, fun walks. Detailed Heritage Walks brochures at libraries, post offices, markets and stores throughout the region.
37th Annual Lenox Apple Squeeze
Historic Village of Lenox, Mass.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25: Harvest festival weekend filled with fun for everyone. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handmade crafts, sculptures and original artwork, along with handmade jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods and hand-woven clothing. Foods, wines, craft beers and delicacies from around the world. Apples and all imaginable apple recipes abound. Kids' Park at Lilac Park with carnival games, bouncy slide, and live music from the Kids' Park Sound Stage on Saturday. Rock n roll, jazz, bluegrass and country bands.
2016 Fall Foliage Festival
North Adams, Mass.
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24: Friends of North Adams Public Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Elizabeth's Parish Center, St. Anthony Drive.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair, 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Race registration, 9:30 a.m. Noel Field Athletic Complex, 315 State St., 413-663-9062 Open to all ages, with categories for various age groups, and awards for group winners.
• V.F.W. Post 9144 12th Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. 18-hole golf tournament with dinner. Information and pricing: 413-662-2438 or 413-663-8710. Stamford Valley Golf Course, Stamford, Vt.
• Voices for Recovery Walk, Rally, and Vigil, 1 to 5 p.m., Noel Field Athletic Complex, 315 State St., 413-749-5007.
• Northern Berkshires '70s & '80s Class Reunion Party with License to Groove, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 21+ IDs required. Light refreshments. $10 per person or reserve tables in advance for 8-plus for $8 per person Prizes for best retro costume. North Adams Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St., facebook.com/classreuniondanceparty/
Sunday, Sept. 25: Levitt AMP North Adams Presents DuPont Brothers, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Colegrove Park, North Church Street, levittampnorthadams.com.
Adams Quaker Meeting House Tours
Maple Street Cemetery, Adams.
Sundays through Oct. 9: Quaker Meeting House, built in 1782 by the East Hoosuck Meeting of the Society of Friends, essentially unchanged since its construction. The place of worship of the family of Susan B. Anthony, born in Adams in 1820. Free tours by members of the Adams Historical Society and the Adams Historical Commission. Open 1 to 4 p.m.
BEHOLD! New Lebanon
The living museum of contemporary rural American life.
Different programs each Saturday through mid-October. Local residents welcome visitors into their work spaces — barns, kitchens, farms, studios, shops — where they ply their professions and de-mystify the secrets of rural life. $17. Tours depart from the BEHOLD! Station and Store, 438 Rte. 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. www.BeholdNewLebanon.org. 518-720-7265
Route 67, Walloomsac, N.Y.
Thursday, Sept. 22: Tour of the Battlefield. 5 to 6 p.m. Tour three major points of interest in the first engagement of the battle. A mix of driving and short periods of walking is required. Comfortable footwear is suggested. The tour group will assemble on the hilltop parking area of Bennington Battlefield on Route 67.
Bennington Free Library
101 Silver St., Bennington Vt. 802-442-9051
Now through Sept. 30: Wall Works: Art at the Library, Art Show and Sale featuring Michael Horwitz's illustrations from Children's Choice, a weekly newspaper column for kids regionally syndicated from 1985-1991.
Berkshire County Arc
Saturday, Sept. 24: 10th Annual Buddy Walk of the Berkshires to promote awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to fundraise for those with Down syndrome who reside in Berkshire County. Registration 10 a.m. at Craneville Elementary School, Dalton, Mass.; walk at 11 a.m. Family barbecue, a raffle, live music and other fun activities at school follow walk.
Corner of South Church and Center streets, Pittsfield, Mass. www.berkshirecarousel.com
Summer hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special musical, and theatrical programing every first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays: On site education art workshops 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12.50 per class.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Berry Pond, Pittsfield State Forest. Hike the Hawthorne, Pine Mountain and Taconic Crest trails to Berry Pond. Leader: Pat Plue, 413-997-2120; email@example.com.
Sunday, Sept. 25: October Mountain, Hike and Paddle. Hike the Washington Meadow Marsh Trail. Leader: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562; firstname.lastname@example.org.
39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org.
Tuesdays: WeeMuse Littlest Learners, 10:30 a.m., play and learn every week in this fun, interactive new program for children ages 6-18 months, with stories, songs, sign language, and exercise. Caregivers share stories and information from collective parenting experiences. Included with regular museum admission.
Fridays: WeeMuse Adventures, 11 a.m., children 18 months to 3 years old explore the aquarium and other galleries, included with regular museum admission.
Saturdays: Chow Time in the Aquarium, 12:30 p.m., lend a hand in the preparation of meals for the creatures that live in the aquarium, included with regular museum admission.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Kitchen Kaboom! 11 a.m. Try wacky and fun science experiments using common ingredients found in most kitchens. Reservations requested; 413-443-7171, ext. 360. Included with regular museum admission.
(413) 637-0320, www.massaudubon.org
Friday, Sept. 23: Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows, 8 to 10 a.m. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Canoe Trip to Buckley-Dunton Lake, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Suitable for children 10 to 18 years. Members: $20; Nonmembers: $30. October Mountain State Forest, Becket, Mass
• "From Iron Ore to Orioles: Ecology and Industry in the Berkshires," 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the fascinating ecological history of the Berkshires landscape. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W. Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass.
• "Bedrock to Birds in the Berkshires:" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the connections between Canoe Meadow's geological features, including bedrock and landform, and habitat characteristics for plants and wildlife. Members, $55; nonmembers, $75. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass.
Sunday, Sept. 25: Lime Kiln Farm Sanctuary through the Seasons Series — Fall Foliage/Trees and Shrubs, 9 to 11 a.m. Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Silver Street, Sheffield, Mass.
Wednesday, Sept. 28: Bird Walk at Pleasant Valley lead Jonathan Pierce, Pleasant Valley caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club leader, 8 to 10 a.m.
• Grassland Birds Management, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Grassland birds are among those most in need of conservation action. Learn about Mass Audubon's habitat improvement plan to help these birds at Canoe Meadows. Suitable for children 8 to 18 years Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes road, Pittsfield. Registration encouraged but not required; email@example.com; 413-637-0320, ext. 8351.
• Evening at the Beaver Ponds,5:30 to 7 p.m. Suitable for children 3 to 12 years. Members: Adult, $6; child $3. Nonmembers: Adult, $8, child $4. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.
The Big E
1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, Mass.
Through Oct. 2: Gates open 8 a.m. Regular gate admission: Adults $15, children ages 6-12, $10; children 5 and younger, free.
Chili Chowder Fall Festival
Camp Russell, 341 Boys Club Road, Richmond, Mass.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Chili and chowder from area restaurants, vendors and activities. 1 to 6 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water, beer and wine for purchase. Free hourly give-a-ways. Admission: $20 per adult, includes two tokens for food and drink; free admission for children 12 and younger. 5K Run/Walk for Success at 11:30 a.m. $25 per person/$60 for family of four. Registration forms at berkshirerunningcenter.com
Saturday, Sept. 24: Chicken parmesan dinner fundraiser, 5:30 p.m. $12 adults; $8 children younger than 12, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 89 Briggs Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. Reservations: 413-442-8592; walk-ins & take-outs happily served.
41 Mahaiwe Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Sunday, Sept. 25: 28th annual WALK on to raise money for the organization's emergency assistance fund which helps households facing heat emergencies, rental arrears, and other financial challenges that may arise during a long, cold Berkshire winter. Starts Berkshire South Community Center, 12;30 p.m.; ends Great Barrington Fairgrounds. To register: firstgiving.com/Construct.
Crane Museum and Center for the Paper Arts
Off West Housatonic Street, Dalton, Mass.
Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.
Trace the history of Crane from its Liberty Paper Mill in 1770 to becoming today's technological leader in banknote security technology.
Through October: Tours several times each afternoon. Papermaking demonstrations Monday through Thursday. Free.
2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 or EdithWharton.org.
Edith Wharton's historic estate. Tour the house and gardens, enjoy lunch on the terrace, shop in the book store, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Admission valid for 7 days, kids free every day.
Friday, Sept. 23: Ghost Tours, 5:45 and 7 p.m. $24 general, $20 12 to 18 years. Not recommended for children younger than 12.
Serving the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Central Massachusetts
Through Oct. 10: Large format, black-and-white platinum and pigment prints by internationally acclaimed photographer Lois Conner. The photographs will be displayed throughout Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.
Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 29: Paddle the Housatonic: Guided Canoe Trips. 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield, Mass. Member Adult: $24; Member Child (9-16): $9; Nonmember Adult: $30; Nonmember Child (9-16): $15
Thursdays through Sept. 29: Naumkeag at Night. 5-8 p.m. Members: $5; Nonmember: $10.
Wednesdays through Sept. 28: The Art of Cut Flowers. 10-11 a.m. Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, Mass. Members $9; Nonmembers $15.
Saturday, Sept. 24: "A Fiery and Still Voice," led by a Trustees tour guide, the audience follows the poet William Cullen Bryant as he moves throughout the house and grounds offering an intimate glimpse into the life of this extraordinary man. Seating is limited and folks are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online. William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, Mass.
Milham Planetarium, Old Hopkins Observatory, Main Street, Williamstown
413-597-2188, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Sept. 24: Astronomy students host free Planetarium Show from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector at 8 p.m., Reservations recommended: others admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.
50 Spring St., Williamstown
Saturday, Sept. 24: Family-friendly animated film, "A Town Called Panic: The Specials," 2 p.m.
Berkshire Lyric Chorus
Monday, Sept. 26: Rehearsal for new season, 7 p.m., Unitarian Church, Wendell Avenue at Broad Street, Pittsfield, Mass. New singers by audition.
Berkshire Theatre Group
Box office: 413-997-4444, BerkshireTheatreGroup.org, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Ace Frehley, founding member of the band, KISS, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 8 p.m., The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. Tickets: $60.
Blafield Children's Chorus
Saturday, Sept. 24: Rehearsal for the new season. 10 a.m., Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Open to children ages 6-13.
Sunday, Sept. 25: Sacred Choral Music by Felix Mendelssohn, 4 p.m. Donations are welcome, and will go to St. Mary's music fund. Reception follows. Church of St. Mary, 76 Sharon Road, Lakeville, Conn.
First Congregational Church of Williamstown
906 Main St., Williamstown, Mass.
Sunday, Sept. 25: Concert to End Gun Violence, in observation of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. 4 to 10 p.m. Held in solidarity with other concerts on this day throughout the country. Silent walk from Spring Street to church, 3:30 p.m.
Leaf Peeper Concert Series
All 2016 concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets, $25; premium tickets (reserved), $35. Season tickets, $80; premium $120.
Saturday, Sept. 24: World-renowned Shanghai Quartet, along with flutist Eugenia Zukerman, headlines "From East to West" at the St. James Catholic Church in Chatham, NY. On the evening's program are works of Mozart, Zhou Long, Arthur Foote and Grieg.
Levitt AMP North Adams Concert Series
Sundays through mid October: An outdoor concert series curated by MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, featuring 10 weeks of free concerts, in the park. 2 p.m. Colegrove Park, North Adams, Mass.
Sept. 25: The DuPont Brothers, a brother duo from Vermont known for their guitar melodies and vocals.
South Mountain Concerts
Routes 7 and 20, Pittsfield, Mass.
413 442-2106, southmountainconcerts.org
Sunday, Sept. 25: Emerson String Quartet, Mozart – Quartet in D Minor, K. 421, Shostakovich – Quartet No. 10, Dvorak – Quartet in C Major, Op. 61.
54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass.
Friday, Sept. 23: Faculty Recital: Ronald Feldman, cello; Doris Stevenson, piano, 8 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Prof. Lewis Porter Class of 1960 Lecture, 4:15 p.m., Bernhard Music Center Room 30.
Bard College at Simon's Rock
84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.
Thursday, Sept. 22: Poetry and Fiction Series: Jennifer Barber, author of three books of poetry, 7 p.m., Blodgett House.
Sunday, Sept. 25: Fall 2016 Proseminar Lecture Series on the theme of "Who the People: Punctuating Politics in the USA, Being America in the World" — "Freedom and Climate Violence" by Elisabeth Anker, associate professor of Amerian Studies and Political Science at George Washington University, 4 p.m., Blodgett House.
Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning
Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt., 802-867-0111.
Thursday, Sept. 22: "Stereotypes of Aging and Their Consequences", Lenore Szuchman, professor emerita of Barry University, 5:30 to 7 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at door.
Tuesday, Sept. 27: "Have We Reached the End of Growth?", Economist Peter Radford will explain the debate about whether economic growth has ended and will try to answer that same question ... is growth over?, 5:30 to 7 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at door.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.
Through October and holidays open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. www.nrm.org
Thursday, Sept. 22: Four Freedoms Forum series — "What's in our Water?" 4 p.m. Featured speakers include: Jane Winn, executive director, Berkshire Environmental Action Team; Lee Hauge, president, Friends of Pontoosuc Lake; and Tim Gray, founder, Housatonic River Initiative.
4869 Main St., Manchester Center, Vt., 802-362-3565, www.northshire.com
Friday, Sept. 23: Reading of "Marrow: A Love Story" by Elizabeth Lesser, 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 24: Kids event with Stephen Swinburne, author of "Whose Shoes?: A Shoe for Every Job." A Celebration of Local Authors, 6:30 p.m.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Fridays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 28 (no session Oct. 7): "A Serious Look at 20th Century Comedy, Part One," led by Philip Halpern, 2 to 3:30 p.m. The development and evolution of 20th century comedy, beginning with vaudeville, its influence on future mediums, and the impact of silent film, radio, and early television. Drop-ins welcome, no pre-registration required. Each class $10, $7.50 museum members. Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield.
The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar
11 Housatonic St., Lenox, Mass.
Saturday, Sept. 24: Julia Ain-Krupa will read from her debut novel "The Upright Heart," which explores the aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland from a powerful new perspective. 3 p.m.
Dorset Theatre Festival
to dorsettheatrefestival.org, 802- 867-2223.
Wednesday, Sept. 28: Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition awards ceremony and performances, 6:30 p.m., Manchester Community Library, The Hunter Room, Manchester, Vt.
The Theatre Barn
654 Route 20/Columbia Pike, New Lebanon, N.Y. (518)-794-8989, tbarn.org
Regular Tickets $27/Sunday Matinée $25
Through Sunday, Sept. 25: "The Cocktail Hour" by A.R. Gurney. Set in the mid '70s, in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.