Today's calendar



Art in the Afternoon: For adults. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic, 413-274-3738.

Berkshire Museum: BeMuse Talk — "Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist" with author Stephen Kurkjian. 10:30 a.m. Included with regular museum admission. Information: or 413-443-7171. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Paint & Sip: "Orchard Landscape." 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $30, all painting materials and light snack included. BYOB. Reservations: 305 North St., Pittsfield.

Eclipse Mill Gallery: Opening reception and artist's talk for "Anaglyphs" by Eric Egas. 6 to 8 p.m. Eclipse Mill Gallery, 243 Union St., North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum: Exhibitions opening event — "Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students" and "Love a Vet: Honoring Our Veterans," 6 to 8 p.m. $20, free for museum members. RSVP: or 413-931-2264. Information: 413-931-2221 or Stockbridge.


Berkshire Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society. Meeting. 10:30 a.m. to noon. "Pot Bound: Lessons learned from 45 years of trial and error in a New Hampshire Garden", by Kris Fenderson. Free. Education Center, Berkshire Botanical Garden, 2 miles west of Stockbridge, at Routes 102 and 183.

EPOCH at Melbourne: Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 20-plus crafters and wide selection of artisan goods, food and raffles. Information: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

First Congregational Church of Becket: Spuds and Stuff 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A baked potato and choice of toppings. Frosted cakes for dessert. Cost: $8, under 12, $5. To-go dinners: 413-623-8300. Guild Hall on YMCA Road, Becket.

First Congregational Church of Dalton: Harvest & Holly bazaar. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch available. Cookie walk and bake shop, crafts, gift and thrift shop, silent auction, Chinese auction, fall foods, pickles, jams and jellies, a toy sale and quilt raffle. Sanctuary and chapel open for meditation. 514 Main St., Dalton.

First Congregational Church of South Egremont: Annual ham dinner and Chinese auction. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adults, $12 and children ages 5-10, $5. Take-out available. Auction drawing at 7 p.m. Information: 413-528-2368. 34 Main St., South Egremont.

Food Pantry: Sponsored by Berkshire Veterans of Soldier On, veterans and public invited, every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., 360 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, 413-236-5644.

Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum: Fall book sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Hinsdale Lions Club: Holiday Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafters/vendors, Chinese raffle, 50/50, Harry's Raffle, bake sale. Beverages and lunch available. Maple Street (Route 143), Hinsdale.

Knit 'n Stitch: Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

North Adams Public Library: Tours of the library, the former Blackinton Mansion. 2 p.m. Cost: $5 per person, reservations suggested. Information: 413-662-3133. Meet at the front entrance on Church Street, North Adams.

Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan: Open House for individuals or families interested in learning about how to get involved in the community and the possibilities for buying one of the houses or building your own. 2 to 4 p.m. Free homemade cider and baked goods. Information:, or 518-392-0289. 235 Bradley's Crossing Road, East Chatham, N.Y.

St. Mark's Church: Bingo. Doors open 3:30 p.m.; games at 6:20 p.m. Food available. Information: 413-445-4506. Parish Center, 400 Columbus Ave. Extension, Pittsfield.

Sheffield Historical Society: Festival of the Holidays featuring Berkshire artisans. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield.

South Congregational Church: Harvest Craft Fair. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft items, floral arrangements, jewelry, baked goods, Chinese and silent auctions, raffles. 110 South St., Pittsfield.

Up Front for DeMar Dinner: Spaghetti dinner. 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for children or seniors. Proceeds benefit the SPC Michael R. DeMarsico Scholarship Fund. American Legion, 125 American Legion Drive, North Adams.

Ward's Nursery & Garden Center: Holiday Decorating Center open house. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cider and cookies, feeding zoo of friendly farm animals, and animated walk through the North Pole. Free. 600 Main St., Great Barrington.

White Oaks Congregational Church: Annual bazaar. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chinese auction, raffles, home-crafted kitchen items, used tool sale, tag sale and lunch. 480 White Oaks Road, Williamstown.

Kids' Stuff

BART Charter School: Nutshell Playhouse, "Nutshellapalooza!" 11 a.m. For children and families. Free. 1 Commercial St., Adams.

Berkshire Museum: "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.

Lanesborough Public Library: Pet Partner with BMC Pet Therapy Program. 10:30 a.m. Children can take turns reading to "Jake" a very social dog who loves and enjoys meeting all children. Information: 413-442-0222. 83 N. Main St., Lanesborough.

Lenox Library: Preschool story/craft for children ages 3 to 5, program features stories, songs and a craft related to the stories, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Youth Department, 18 Main St., Lenox. Information: 413-637-0197, Ext. 105.

Mason Library: Read to Bear the Library Listening Dog, 11 a.m. Craft ornaments for the Festival of Trees, "Westward Ho, Ho, Ho", 1 p.m. Information: 413-528-2403. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Ramsdell Library: Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. Blue's Enchanted Adventures Story Time, noon to 1 p.m., for babies to age 5. Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Native American Heritage Month — The Road to Independence." 3 p.m. Explore the assimilation process that the Hidatsa, Mandan and Arikara Plains Indian tribes experienced through the memories of members of the Hidatsa families. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Noted ecological designer, holistic farm planner, and educator Connor Stedman, 7 p.m. How to unlock the power of our farms, forests and gardens to grow healthy food, slow climate change and save the planet. Free. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Presentation by local historian and author Howard Blue on Bash Bish Falls, Bash Bish Inn and a flag that once flew there. 4 p.m. Information: 518-325-4101, or 9091 Route 22 in Hillsdale, approximately one-half mile south of the light at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23.


The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: BernadetteMayer, "Eating The Colors of A Lineup of Words: The Early Books of Bernadette Mayer." 3 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

Chatham Bookstore: Bernie Kukoff, former Hollywood TV producer and writer, reads from his poetry collection, "What This Country Needs." Saturday 4 to 6 p.m. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore, Q & A, refreshments. Free. Information: 518-392-3005 or 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.

Sweetwood of Williamstown: Reading by author Ellen Perry Berkeley, "At Grandmother's Table." 2 p.m. Discussion and refreshments to follow, Free. To register: 413-458-8371 or email In the auditorium, 1611 Cold Spring Road, WIlliamstown.


The Milne Public Library: Introduction to Ukulele," taught by local musician Bernice Lewis. 1 to 3 p.m. Open to children (4th grade and older), teens and adults. No previous experience necessary. Participants need to bring a ukulele. To register: 413-458-5369. 1095 Main St., Williamstown.

Whitney Center for the Arts: Ron Ramsay and Samantha Talora, "The Chairman: Songs of Sinatra." 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20; 413-212-4459 or e-mail 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williams College: The Cappella Pratensis. on 8 p.m. Master class with Capella Pratensis, 4 p.m. Both free and at Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus, Williamstown.


Hoffman Bird Club: Northwest Connecticut Waterfowl Census. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring lunch and a scope. Co-leaders: Kate Ryan, 413-528-4355, and Rene Wendell, 413-229-6600, Meet at Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield.


Hubbard Hall: World premiere musical, "Wayward Home: A Musical Folktale." 2 and 8 p.m. p.m. Tickets: $25 general admission, $10 students. Tickets or information: or 518-677-2495. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

WAM Theatre: "Holy Laughter" by Catherine Trieshmann. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 413-236-8888, in person during box office, 30 Union St., Pittsfield, or online Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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