Some thoughts about lighting up the evening hours


Down County Social Club is hosting a Winter Solstice Prankster Celebration, beginning at 5 p.m. with prix fix dinner by Laurel Barkan at the Stagecoach Tavern. Following dinner, solo artist Grant Stinnett will perform, 7 to 9 p.m., followed by a dance party with music by DJ Rothfitz. At 11 p.m., there will be a solstice storytime. There is a $20-$10 suggested donation for this longest night celebration. 864 South Undermountain Road, Sheffield.

Celebrate the solstice at Notchview, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy readings and stories from many cultures including poems by William Cullen Bryant, excerpts by Henry David Thoreau and the history of the Christmas tree, followed by a bonfire and s'mores. Admission is a monetary or non-perishable food donation to the local food pantry. Join the celebration at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor.

Need a datenight plan? Head out to trivia night at the Lion's Den, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Red Lion Inn, 30 Main St., Stockbridge.

Have a holiday-themed date night at Hotel on North. Andy Kelly and Edward Moran will be hosting a pop-up caroling session, 5 to 6 p.m. Stop by early and sing a song or two before having dinner at Eat on North or heading out to your next great event. 297 North St., Pittsfield.


Friday night is all about live music.

Melissa Brinton and Graham Sturz perform at Live on North, 8 to 11 p.m. Enjoy their blend of original music and covers of Sting, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and more.

If you're in Lenox, head to the Gateways Inn and Restaurant to see Lara Tupper and Bobby Sweet perform in the Lounge, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Shows have no cover charge, but a $15 minimum drink or dinner purchase per person in the Lounge is expected. The Gateways Inn is located at 51 Walker St., Lenox.

Castle Street Cafe hosts Jerry Marotta, Fran Tokarz and a special guest at 8 p.m. Join them at 10 Castle St., Great Barrington.



Head to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for "Billie and Blue Eyes" with the John Pizzarelli Quartet and Grammy-winning Catherine Russell, 8 p.m. Enjoy this celebration of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra and the glory days of jazz. Tickets are $100-$30, available at Find Mahaiwe at 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

If you haven't had the chance to attend an ugly sweater party yet this season, head out early today to an Ugly Sweater Wine and Beer Tasting event by Balderdash Cellars and Big Elm Brewing at the Colonial Theatre Garage, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Grab lunch first or follow it up with dinner. Entertainment will be provided by Pete Boyd, beginning at noon. There is no entry fee, only beverage costs. The Colonial Theatre is located at 111 South St., Pittsfield.


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