RECESS | Things to do this week: Make art outdoors, take a hike, hear global stories


Editor's note: This article has been amended from its original version to display the accurate date of Friday's lecture on Edith Wharton and her writings. 

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Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation's "Williamstown Ring Hike" series continues on Saturday with a guided trek from Petersburg Pass to Hopkins Memorial Forest, via the Taconic Crest Trail and the Birch Brook Trail. Hikers should meet at the Hopkins Forest parking lot off Northwest Hill Road in Williamtown at 9 a.m. to carpool to Petersburg Pass. Wear sturdy boots, bring water and a snack, sunscreen, insect repellent, and weather-appropriate clothing layers. Severe weather cancels. Info: or 413-458-2494

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At 10:45 a.m. on Friday, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home, will co-present the lecture, "Edith Wharton's Anti-Semitism: A Consideration," presented by scholar Irene Goldman-Price, Ph.D., vice-chair of the The Mount's Board of Trustees. This event will take place at Hevreh of Southern Berkshires, 270 State Road, Great Barrington, and will be followed by a luncheon. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations for the luncheon to follow are required by noon on Thursday by calling 413-442-4360, ext. 10 or emailing

Goldman-Price will present evidence of Wharton's stereotyping of Jews in her writing and the anti-Semitic sentiments she occasionally expressed in her personal correspondence, prompting audience members to consider how to respond to disturbing attitudes in a person whose life and work one otherwise admires. The lecturer will then host a public discussion about how this bias reflects the context of Wharton's life and times. Info:

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"Build a Better World" is the theme of this season's commonwealth-wide summer reading program. At 2 p.m. on Thursday, the Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown, will celebrate this theme with a special program, "Wondrous Wonder, Marvelous Marvel," with storyteller Rona Leventhal. She will share multicultural stories, songs, dances and more during this free, public event. Info: 413-458-5369

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Starting this week, The Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, is hosting weekly art-making activities in celebrations of the exhibitions, "Picasso: Encounters" and "As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings."

From 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, through Aug. 22, play Picasso and experiment with Cubism. Outdoor art-making stations, located on the Fern ndez Terrace, encourage participants to make observations from different angles in order to create a unique work of Cubist art.

From 1-4 p.m. on Thursdays, through Aug. 31, check out the "Off the Wall: Soak Stain" sessions. Participants will create a canvas wall hanging inspired by the work of Frankenthaler, an abstract expressionist painter, who used thinned paint that soaked into unprimed canvas. Activities will be held outdoors at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill.

Art-making can be messy, so art project-appropriate clothing is encouraged. These, free, public activities are weather dependent; admission to the galleries to see the exhibits are free for youths age 18 and younger, and students with school ID or $20 for adults. Info: or 413-458-2303.

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In conjunction with its new exhibition, "Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol," Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge will present a panel discussion about the artists at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The panel will include commentary from Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and CEO; Eric Shiner, Sotheby's senior vice president of contemporary art and former director of The Andy Warhol Museum; and Charlotte Burns, senior editor at Art Agency and writer/reviewer for "Cultured," "The Guardian," and "Monocle."

A reception will follow the talk, included with regular museum admission ($10-$20; free for youths age 18 and under). Info:


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