Things to do and learn in the Berkshires this week



'Stroll Back in Time': On Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street in Stockbridge will be transformed into a bustling old New England village, with historically accurate activities, debate and chores of yore, as the Stockbridge Library Association and others present, "Stroll Back in Time: Life Along Main Street 150 Years Ago." The activities are free and open to the public.

Visitors will have a chance to play croquet with hoop-skirted ladies or listen to a gentleman's views on the Emancipation Proclamation. A blacksmith will be forging horseshoes and children will have the chance to learn the rules for playing Graces or Marbles. The trio, Spare Parts, will provide live period music for those who want to tap their feet or dance a reel. An Ice Cream Social will be held from 2 to 4 at the Stockbridge Station.

For more information, visit or call (413) 298-5501.


Tupelo Award: The Tupelo Award is a grant program offered to residents of the Berkshire-Taconic region between the ages of 16 and 36, who are seeking to deepen or enrich an abiding passion or serious interest through study and research of a specific topic and/or development of a project. These grants of up to $1,000 are intended to make it possible for individuals with financial need to participate in an experience that will have significant potential to enrich the applicant's lives through travel, study or research.

The award may provide support for, among other things, travel, materials, tuition or expenses related to study, as directly relating to the applicant's proposal. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. Learn more at or call (413) 229-0370.


'Chant, Rattle and Drum': The Hebert Arboretum's "Concerts in the Arboretum" series and Healing Winds presents "Chant, Rattle and Drum With Fidel Moreno and Friends" tonight at 7. The outdoor performance is free and open to the public and will be held at the Arboretum, 874 North St., in Pittsfield. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and feel free to picnic. For more information, call (413) 443-5348.


Mill City cabaret: Mill City Productions presents, "MCP Ten: The Reprise of a Decade," a musical theatre and cabaret retrospective celebrating MCP's 10th anniversary.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. The show features 17 performers from around the Northeast who are alumni of past MCP musical productions and is co-created and co-directed by Marissa Carlson and Michael James Roy. There will be a reception with light refreshments immediately following Saturday's show.

Performances will take place at Building 4N (next to the Visitor's Center) in the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. Parking is available in either the Northwest lot or in the Sons of Italy lot. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or


'Back-Packed for Success': The Family Place in North Adams will be hosting a series of back-to-school events for kids entering pre-kindergarten through Grade 6 at local Northern Berkshire elementary schools. Students and their parents can get a free backpack filled with school supplies and meet their school principal.

"Back-Packed for Success" for families in Florida and Savoy will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Gabriel Abbott Elementary School, 56 North County Road, Florida. For families living in Williamstown, North Adams, Clarksburg, Adams and Cheshire, the event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at The Family Place, 61 Main St., North Adams.

Supplies are limited. Registration is required and can be done by contacting The Family Place at (413) 663-7588 or at by Friday, Aug. 8.

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