RECESS | Things to do this week: Play D&D, see a concert, enjoy 'A Midsummer's Night Dream'

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From 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge will host "Roleplay! Dungeons & Dragons," a special gaming day. Geared towards youths age 12 and up, participants will choose an avatar and explore far-off lands with Dungeon Master Cliff Hanson. This program, inspired by the current exhibit, "Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi," is free for children 18 and under, or included with museum general admission. Info: or 413-298-4100

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Save the date: On Feb. 22, The National WWII Museum will host a free, live-streaming, interactive 50-minute program, "Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II," designed for middle and high school students. Broadcasts will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST. During this virtual field trip, student reporters Maceo Carney and Mizani Ball will take viewers on a cross-country journey through documentary-style interviews with WWII Home Front worker Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest living National Park Service Ranger, and Tuskegee Airman George Hardy. Students will also have a chance to look inside two historic WWII sites: the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. The program will also feature the museum's Samuel Zemurray Stone senior historian, Rob Citino, and Damon Singleton, WDSU-TV meteorologist and retired U.S. naval commander. Visit to learn more and register. Send questions in advance to

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On Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. the Wahconah Regional High School Band will play a combined concert with the Eagles Community Band in the school auditorium, 150 Old Windsor Road, Dalton. This program is free and open to the public.

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Proteus Theater at Pittsfield High School will present its final weekend of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," in the school auditorium, 300 East St., Pittsfield. Directed by John Monteverde, this production features a classical score by Felix Mendelssohn, design work inspired by American artist Maxfield Parrish, dance choreography by guest director (and PHS graduate) Cameron Alleshouse, with a few dazzling fight scenes orchestrated by Dara Silverman of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. The cast include more than two dozen PHS students as well as an additional half-dozen young apprentices from Herberg Middle School.

This is the high school's first Shakespeare production performed in more than 30 years.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from $8 to $10, and can be purchased online by searching "Proteus" at

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Save the date: Berkshire Country Day School's Parents' Association will host guest speaker Stephen Brand, D.M., executive director of Global Learning and Development of Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University and recent TEDx Springfield presenter, at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Brand will lead a free, interactive, community-wide presentation on "Raising Innovative Children," in the Fitzpatrick Hall at Berkshire Country Day School's Brook Farm campus, 55 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, as part of the Parents' Association Speaker Series. Brand's research focuses on looking at the early inspirations and environments that spark innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs.

An RSVP is requested for this talk, and can be done by emailing For more details, contact 413-637-0755 or visit


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