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Botanical garden hosts annual marketplace

Berkshire Botanical Garden's Holiday Marketplace, a 27-year tradition featuring the legendary Gallery of Wreaths, will be held today at the garden located at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge.

This year's Holiday Marketplace coincides with the grand opening of the garden's newly renovated Center House, a year-long project to restore and expand its 1700s structure. The community is invited to view the new building, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and help usher in the holiday season. Both the Garden's Center House and Education Center will be transformed into glistening holiday markets featuring the Gallery of Wreaths, a garden tradition offering one-of-a-kind wreaths created by some of the area's most talented designers and artists.

More than 20 select craft vendors will display products ranging from hand carved wooden ware and porcelain giftware to jewelry, wall art, beeswax and felt products and artisan designed edibles.

Proceeds from the sale help support the Garden's Education and Horticulture programs. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. today. Admission is free. For more information visit or call 413 298-3926.


Williams Wind Ensemble to perform

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams College Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday in Chapin Hall. This free event is open to the public.

In this concert, "Cathedrals," the wind ensemble offers music by Debussy, Wagner, Alfred Reed, and more. A featured work of Claude Debussy is "La Cath dral engloutie" (The Engulfed Cathedral.) Also on the program is a work by the American neo-classical composer, Alfred Reed, a movement from his Symphony No. 3, titled Variations on the "Porazzi" Theme of Wagner. Richard Wagner's `Elsa's "Procession to the Cathedral" from Lohengrin,' and Ron Nelson "Morning Alleluias" round out the program. To finish, the Wind Ensemble presents Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas Music" in a performance that includes sopranos and altos from the Williams Chamber Choir.

For more information, visit / or call the concert hotline, 413-597-3146


Stockbridge Festival Chorus to hold concert

The Stockbridge Festival Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert at 5 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge. The 50-voice choir, under the direction of Tracy Wilson, will perform traditional English carols such as "The Holly and the Ivy", and "I Saw Three Ships," as well as music from other countries including Spain, France, Mexico and Wales. Selections from modern composers John Rutter, David Willcocks, Herbert Howells, and others will be featured, as well as arrangements by local composers David Anderegg and Charles Fitzhugh.

The chorus will be accompanied by Tim Weisman on organ and Lee Dixon on piano. Soloists include Doug Schmolze, tenor and guitar, Chris Clark and Steve Hassmer, baritones, and Felicia Durso, soprano, as well as other members of the Festival chorus.

Tickets may be purchased at the door. The suggested admission donation is $15 for regular attendees, with a $10 donation for members of area community choruses. Children 18 and younger will be admitted free. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be directed to the church's education programs. There will be a reception immediately after the concert, at which refreshments will be served. The church is at 4 Main St., next to the old Town Hall. For further information, please call (413) 822-8688.


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