4 events not to miss this week, June 30 - July 6
Your chance to see an American classic on stage
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Lorraine Hansberry's masterpiece, "A Raisin in the Sun," the WIlliamstown Theatre Festival will present performances now through July 13 on the MainStage, featuring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Francois Battiste. Lena Younger (Merkerson) and her son, Walter Lee (Battiste), are at odds. Lena wants to use her late husband's life insurance to move her family out of their cramped apartment on Chicago's South Side. Walter Lee would rather use the funds to start a business and become an independent man. As their dispute intensifies, the powerful and destructive forces of 1950s America come knocking at their front door. Directed by Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara. The theater is at 1000 Main St., Williamstown. For more information and reservations, visit wtfestival.org or call the box office, 413-458-3253.
A free showing of Sundance shorts
As part of this year's Independence Day activities, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce will present a collection of short films from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Images Cinema. (For the full day's schedule of July 4 activities, visit williamstownchamber.com.) Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour offers audiences a taste of what short films can offer, from sharply written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga. Free admission. Images Cinema is at 50 Spring St., Williamstown.
Be on the lookout for fireflies
It's prime firefly season at the Berkshire Natural Resources Council's Hollow Fields in Richmond. Did you grow up with lightning bugs or fireflies? Have you seen them recently? Now's the time! Come to Hollow Fields on Friday for an easy evening stroll. At 8 p.m., hike about 1 mile to see the views across South County, returning around 8:30 p.m., just as the first `flies come out. By 9:30 p.m., the show should be spectacular. The program ends at 10 p.m. BYOB, if you'd like. Families are welcome. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a headlamp or flashlight. Hollow Fields is on Perry Peak Road, the parking lot is at the second red barn on the left, with a BNRC sign by the road. Email Mariah at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-499-0596 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Severe weather will cancel the event.
Take a tour and find treasure
There's something for everyone at The Flying Church's — the former United Methodist Church — Hard Hat Tour,. From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, hunt for treasures using provided metal detectors and keep whatever you find. There will also be farm animals to see and food to enjoy. The Flying Church is at 198 Main St., Great Barrington.
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