Bits & Bites: Dinners, farmers' meeting on this week's calendar



The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum with a new program, "Good Fella, Dead Fella, "on Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m.; the program starts and the first course served at 5:30 p.m.

It is a special night for Don Yukon Cornelius. His major renovations for his club are just about finished and you have been invited to join him for the unveiling of his newest gaming rooms. As leader of the Eco-Unfriendly Gang, he takes great pride in wasting resources, but someone decides to waste him. Make your wager on whether it was his ex-girlfriend Fay Daway or his right-hand man, Little Billy Bosco. Might it have been his step goddaughter, Sheila Blige? Or maybe it was the fill in comedian Sal Manilla.

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 information or reservations, call 413-637-3206. The mansion is at 104 Walker St., Lenox.


The Friendly Mission Circle of the Readsboro Baptist Church will hold a boiled dinner for senior citizens at noon today. The meal includes dessert and beverage for a donation of $3.50 for seniors. A donation of $4.50 is suggested for those younger than 60.

Bingo is played before the lunch is served. All are welcome to participate.


Berkshire County farmers will meet for a gathering focused on idea sharing at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Helena's Church in Lenox.

With agriculture in Berkshire County ranging from dairy to vegetables, and everything in between, all voices are welcome to attend and discuss issues and concerns on their mind.

During the meeting, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation's legislative priorities will also be discussed as the organization prepares for Agricultural Day at the Statehouse on March 27.

Refreshments will be provided during the social. All Berkshire County farmers are welcome to attend. For more information about this gathering, email


The Norman Rockwell Museum will present "Rockwell on Libations," from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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The first in the new series, "Art Insiders: Learn and Create," Saturday's program will focus on four of Rockwell's beer and spirits advertisements with a "behind the scenes" viewing of archival artworks and a vintage TV commercial starring Norman, himself. A beer label design session taught by staff educator and illustrator Patrick O'Donnell, plus a beer tasting with Pittsfield's Wandering Star Craft Brewery will follow.

Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets for "Rockwell on Libations" are $25, $15 members, or $85, $50 members for the series. Reservations required: Call 413-931-2221.


St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams will hold its annual traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the parish center.

Corned beef and ham will be served, and entertainment will be provided.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12, and can be purchased by calling the church office, 413-663-5316, or at the door the evening of the event.


The Cheshire United Methodist Church will hold a dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church hall at 197 Church St., Cheshire.

The menu is baked ham, sour cream `n chive mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits, beverage and pistachio dream dessert.

The cost is: Adults, $10; children $5. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward the kitchen fund. A percentage of the proceeds will go to missions.

To reserve dinners, call 413-663-3630 by 5 p.m. Friday. Leave your name, phone number and the number of dinners needed (whether adult or child) .

Take-out dinners will be available. There will also be a limited number of dinners available for walk-ins.


The New Lebanon Winter Farmers Market will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the LVPA Firehouse, Route 20/22, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, jams, pickles, ferments, cheese, charcuterie, baked goods, mushrooms, honey, maple syrup and much more will be available.


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