4 events not to miss this week, Dec. 1 - 7

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Kick off the holiday shopping season at the 11th annual Handmade Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the historic Stationery Factory in Dalton. The festival is a curated marketplace filled with over 60 artisans, farmers, and food producers. From pottery and jewelry to gourmet food items and body care products, the festival is a one-stop holiday shopping destination. The entrance fee is $2, kids younger than 13 are free. All proceeds support Roots Rising's mission to empower youth and build community through food and farming. The Stationery Factory is at 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton. facebook.com/RootsRising/


Sometimes, Bright Ideas Brewing has to get creative about what it's brewing and what to name a beer. This time, the staff wants you to use beer to get the creative juices flowing at a Paint a Pint night from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. There will be plenty of 16-ounce Shaker Pints with the dual purpose of being a blank canvas and a beer glass. $10 gets you a glass, supplies and your first draft beer. Bartender Jess will provide design examples and stencils for inspiration. Add to your existing collection of beer glasses or prepare for a secret Santa gift swap. Bright Ideas Brewing

111 Mass Moca Way, North Adams. facebook.com/brightideasbrewing/

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Holiday sounds and spirit will fill Spring Street in Williamstown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 36th annual Williamstown Holiday Walk, hosted by Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. Holiday festivities with traditional New England flair include old-fashioned caroling, Run with the Reindeer 5K Fun Run, Gingerbread House Exhibition, Christmas Tree Showcase, a Penny Social, Santa Claus, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and much more. Kick-off for the ever-popular Reindog Parade is at at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. For a schedule of holiday fun, visit williamstownchamber.com or call 413-458-9077.


It's time for the 5th annual Lenox Santa Pub Crawl! Your ticket to the pub crawl, 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, grants you entrance to exclusive holiday parties at your favorite Lenox watering holes, including drink specials, food, live music and a number of contests and games. Bust out with those tacky-but- ironically-cool Christmas sweaters and costumes, because there will be an ugly sweater contest! Buy your tickets early — there is no guarantee tickets will be available the night of the event; lenox.org/lenoxwinterland/santapubcrawl.

Pick up Santa hats, wristbands and schedules after 6 p.m. Friday at the Lenox Visitors Center, 4 Housatonic St., Lenox.


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