Bits & Bites: Celebration at winery, Polish picnic slated this week

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WINERY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

DeMarsico's Winery will celebrate its first year at the NORAD Mill in North Adams from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, outside on the patio and under a big tent.

The celebration will feature free hot dogs and snacks, in addition to specials on glasses of wine and $5 glasses of sangria. Live music will be provided by local artists Jessica Wilson and Patrick Gray with special performances by Tom Dion and winery co-owner Glen DeMarsico. Outdoor games — cornhole and ladder ball — will also be available.

The winery is at 60 Roberts Drive, off Route 2, in North Adams. For more information: demarswinecellar@aol.com, demarsicoswinecellar.com or 413-652-7505 or 413-281-7736.

DINNER THEATER ENCORE

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble will return to the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum with an encore presentation of "Murder Maiden China," on Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. Program starts and first course will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Gertrude Ingrid Josephine Mattel, a.k.a. GI Jo, is running the Maiden China toy company since her father's passing. He was well-loved, but she is more of a dictator and has made some enemies. Actually, she doesn't have many, if any friends, including her hen pecked husband, Lou Zerr. Her assistant, C. Alice Knightly, is more like a slave. Goldie Digger, Lou's "secretary," has no good feelings towards her, she thinks, well maybe she doesn't, what were we talking about? Charlie Brown III is the delivery guy for "This Side UP" package service. She calls him names every time he makes a delivery. Someone gets sick of it and GI Joe ends up in permanent retirement. Come along for the ride and help figure who offed Joe.

Cost to attend is $40 per person including a full-course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Reservations are required by today. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 413-637-3206. The historic mansion is at 104 Walker St., Lenox.

ST. JOSEPH POLISH PICNIC

St. Joseph Polish Picnic will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on the parish grounds at 414 North St., Pittsfield.

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Frozen items — cheese and cabbage pierogi, as well as kapusta and golumbki — will be sold from 9 a.m. to noon.

Music and dancing will be provided by the Rymanowski Brothers. Foods available will include Polish and American food, fried dough, ice cream, popcorn, a dessert booth. There also will be assorted raffles and Kiddieland, with activities for younger people. Admission is free, but bring a lawn chair.

GB FARMERS MARKET WIC CHECKS

WIC Farmers Market checks will be distributed at the Great Barrington Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Southern Berkshire WIC will give out WIC farmers market checks to qualifying families. WIC customers can then get their checks doubled, with a dollar for dollar match at the market manager's table at no cost. WIC Farmers Market checks can be used to purchase fresh local produce directly at the Market from seven different vendors. Market coins received from doubling can be used to purchase additional groceries including eggs, meat, cheese, and bread.

In addition to WIC check distribution, there will be free activities for children, including face painting, crafts, live music, and Roger the Jester. Translators will be available for non-English speakers.

The market is at 18 Church St., Great Barrington, and runs every Saturday.

CHICKEN PARMESAN DINNER

The Hinsdale Lions Club will hold a chicken parmesan dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the club's hall, Route 143, Hinsdale.

The menu will include chicken parmesan, pasta, salad, dessert and a beverage

The cost is $12 for adults; $5 for children younger than 12. For reservations or takeout, call 413-655-2973 and leave a message.


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