Best Bets - Fun things to do this week in the Berkshires and the Shires of Vermont

Free theatre

O' Romeo, Romeo

What's more exciting than star-crossed love, sword fights, or someone faking their death? Shakespeare in the Park returns to The Common on First Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield with "Romeo and Juliet." Free. Thursday, July 30, 8 p.m. 

Farm dance

Only in Vermont

Looking for a different sort of ballet performance? "Farm to Ballet" tells the story of a Vermont farm through the seasons. See it at the Marble House in Dorset as part of a benefit for sustainable agriculture. Saturday, Aug. 1, 4 p.m.

Historical gem

Wharton on World War I

Are you a history or literary buff? Did you know that Edith Wharton once worked as a war reporter in France? Dive into Wharton's thoughts, work, and perspective during World War I with Alice Kelly at The Mount in Lenox. Thursday, July 30, 4 p.m.

Free Art

Downstreet Art returns

Looking for free art exhibits? Downstreet Art continues with new galleries. Be sure to check out Joanna Gabbler's piece about the Hoosic River and Mass MoCA's TeenSpace cardboard city installation. Thursday, July 30, 4 p.m., North Adams


Meeting the deceased

Do you see dead people? Let the Stockbridge Library tour you through the cemetery as they show off deceased residents who were experts in their respective fields, from sports to art to science. Saturday, Aug. 1, 4 p.m.


Exit the King

Site specific theater

Rejoice in shattering the fourth wall during Living Room Theatre at the Park McCullough House in Bennington. Meet King Berenger I as he struggles with a loss of power in the absurdist play "Exit the King." Thursday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.

Ice cream

I scream, you scream

Is there a better way to spend a hot summer day than celebrating with ice cream? Come out to support Williamstown Rural Land Foundation at its summer celebration and ice cream social. A $3 suggested donation. Friday, July 31, 3 p.m.


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