4 events not to miss this week, March 17 - 23

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Order a stack of pancakes in the name of syrup!



Calling all breakfast lovers, there's still time to celebrate Massachusetts Maple Weekend this weekend (today is the last day) by stopping by one of our local sugar houses. You can stop by the Calf-A at Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, or enjoy the special breakfast being served at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton. Or, take a tour and buy some maple goodies at the Mill Brook Sugarhouse in Lenox. Visit massmaple.org for more information and locations across the state. Remember, it will be a busy weekend for these spots so be prepared to wait — but the fluffy pancakes are worth it, we promise!



Take a road trip in the name of all things spring


The Capital District Garden & Flower Show will be held next weekend at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. From Friday, March 22, through Sunday, March 24, explore the marketplace with more than 190 outdoor living and garden-themed retail exhibits, see full-scale gardens, floral exhibits and listen to lectures, workshops and demonstrations. If your green thumb is getting itchy, this is the place to be. Day passes are available for $12, or $20 for a two-day pass. Visit gardenandflowershow.com to purchase tickets and for more information.



Bring your funky moves


See Jen Durkin, formerly of the funk band Deep Banana Blackout, on Friday, March 22, at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Durkin's new band Jen Durkin and The Business, is keeping up the funk, packed with tradition and new inspiration. She was one of the four featured artists in "Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin" at the Colonial last November. This show will be in The Garage and kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 day of show. berkshiretheatregroup.org

Get your fill of soup for a good cause


The Civitan Club of the Berkshires will hold its 13th Annual SoupFest Benefit on Friday, March 22, starting at 6 p.m. at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road, Pittsfield. For $25, you will get your fill of soups from about 20 different local restaurants, appetizers and desserts. There will be a cash bar, silent auction, giveaways and raffles, the largest being a Feed Our Towns raffle with a grand prize of $1,000 in restaurant gift certificates. Berkshire County food pantries and meal programs receive all profits raised during SoupFest. Tickets can be purchased from Civitan members Karen Ruscio at 413-212-6832 (karenruscio@aol.com), Nancy Lamarre at 413-443-5530, or at the door.






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