Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! Here's hoping you're off to a good start to the holiday.
If you're looking for an excuse to get out and shake your tail feathers or laugh off a couple extra turkey dinner pounds, here's a sampling of some fun happenings in the Berkshires:
This weekend is the last time to hear music for the season at The Dream Away Lodge in Becket. Thanksgiving dinner will be served today. On Friday, hear Nashville Americana with Joe Fletcher; get down with the Berkshires' own Misty Blues Band on Saturday, and cap it off on Sunday with indie group Donkey No No.
• Gypsy Joynt in Great Barrington will host Thanksgiving dinner with live music from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Featured musicians will include Jordan Weller, Merry Weller, Rev Tor, Pastor Dan and special guests.
• Need to scream and shout? Then sing it out with Thanksgiving karaoke with DJ Billy at Casey's Billiards in Pittsfield, starting at 8 p.m. No cover for the show. Pool is $10 unlimited.
• From 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Good Purpose Gallery, located at 40 Main St., in Lee, is hosting a festive opening reception for its new show, "Holiday Glow," featuring the artwork of Terry Wise, Susan Himmel, and Jennifer Pazienza, as well as several other talented artists and craftspeople. Meet the artists and enjoy live music, hors d'oeuvres, wine, and dessert. This free, public exhibit is on display through Jan. 12.
• Dance away those extra Thanksgiving calories with the Rev Tor Band at their annual "After-Giving Jam," which starts at 9 p.m. at The Tavern at The A (GEAA) in Pittsfield. There's a $5 cover for this age 21 and up event.
• DJ Kane will be spinning at 9 p.m. at Rascal's Grille in Adams.
• Inkless, a live storytelling event, will kick off at 7 p.m. at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge. Event planners say it will be an evening of "family stories sure to make you glad you're on the other side of Thanksgiving!" There's a $5 cover at the door. Reserve a seat by emailing email@example.com. The cafe will be open for food and drink.
Swing dance the night away starting at 8 p.m., with One Straw Revolution at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield. The band includes Jonathan Suters on guitar; his father, Roger Suters, on bass, Max MacVeety on drums, with his father, Bobby MacVeety, on guitar and vocals. Tickets are $10, with dinner packages available at the lodge's restaurant, The Stagecoach Tavern. Info: rblodge.com/swingnightnovember2015 or 413-717-1255.
New York City-based funnyman Kevin McCaffrey will humor audience members with his storytelling style of comedy starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday in The Garage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, as part of the Laugh Lounge presents series. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. He's written for "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "National Lampoon," and hosts the "College Stories with Kevin McCaffrey" podcast among other projects. Info: 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org.