The Berkshires Calendar for May 21



Great Barrington Historical Society: Opening reception for Jim Bremer's "Lost Highway" exhibit. 4 to 6 p.m, Bremer uses Photoshop to bring vintage scenes and classic cars together in a thought-provoking and visually stimulating experience. Free. Town Museum at the Wheeler Farmstead, 817 S. Main St. (Route 7), Great Barrington.

Hilltown Artisans Guild: Exhibit of local area artists and artisans at the Chester on Track event. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 30 Main St., Chester.

IS183: 25th Anniversary Faculty Art Show opening. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Purple Pub Annex, 65 Spring St., Williamstown.

Lee Library: Comic Jam with Ira Marcks, artist and educator. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Collaborative storytelling adventure for cartoonists of all ages and abilities. For all ages. Free. 100 Main St., Lee.

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Tastemakers: Illustration in an Age of Glamour" with art historian Terry Brown. 2 p.m. Explore the world of American magazine illustration during the Post-World War II-era of glamour. Tea and treats served. Free with museum admission; museum members free. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: Opening reception for exhibit of artwork by library volunteers 5:30 to 7 p.m. On view through June 17th. Free. Information: 518-325- 4101 or 9091 Rt. 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: Opening reception for "From the Garden: Still Life" art exhibition featuring regional artists. 4 to 6 p.m. On display through June 19. Free. Information: or 518-392-3693. 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.


350Mass-Berkshires: Panel presentation and discussion on fossil fuel divestment for individuals and organizations. 10 to 11:30 a.m. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required; Ralph Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Children and Families Family Resource: Family fun day and health fair in collaboration with Berkshire Health Systems and Volunteers in Medicine. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Health screenings, activities and games, as well as refreshments. Free. Information or for transportation: 413-442-5333, ext. 267, or 480 West St., Pittsfield.

Community Safety Day: Hosted by Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live demonstrations, like Hands-Only CPR and a mock medical drill. Public safety providers will be on hand to answer inquiries about their line of work. Raffle, giveaways, and free refreshments. All ages. Free. 31 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington (behind Fairview Hospital).

Community Shred Day: Hosted by Greylock Federal Credit Union. 9 a.m. to noon. Personal documents only; no businesses please. Suggested donation: $1 per box to benefit Berkshire United Way. Berkshire United Way parking lot, corner of South Street and Clinton Avenue, Pittsfield.

Dalton United Methodist Church: Pulled pork dinner. 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: $10; kids 6-12, $5; age 5 and younger, free. Information: 413-684-0521. 755 Main St., Dalton.

Food Pantry: Sponsored by Berkshire Veterans of Soldier On, veterans and public invited, every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., 360 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, 413-236-5644.

Great Barrington Farmers' Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SNAP/EBT, as well as WIC and SFMNP vouchers accepted. Information: or emial 18 Church St., Great Barrington.

Hinsdale Dayz: Flea market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Held rain or shine. 134 Maple St., inside the Hinsdale Fire House and behind under the Wayne Walton Pavilion, Hinsdale.

Knit 'n Stitch: Bring your handwork for an hour of chatting and project help. All ages and all skill levels welcome. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Lee Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: First Congregational Church on the Town Green, Lee.

Miss Hall's School: Annual Horizons Plant Sale to support the philanthropic efforts of the freshwoman class. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ara West Grinnell (Class of 1901) Greenhouse, at the back entrance to the school, near the tennis courts, 492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Petersburgh Library: Book, plant, and tag sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Petersburgh Veterans Memorial Community Center, 71 Main St. (Route 2), Petersburgh, N.Y.

Repair Cafe: Bring your broken or damaged items to get repaired for free. Anyone is welcome to bring any non-working but repairable lamps, vacuum cleaners, and other small appliances, and all types of clothing and fabric items. 1-5 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

St. Mark's Church: Bingo. Doors open 3:30 p.m.; games at 6:20 p.m. Food available. Information: 413-445-4506. Parish Center, 400 Columbus Ave. Extension, Pittsfield.

Sandisfield Arts Center: Local historian Ronald Bernard and state-accredited architectural consultant Bonnie Parsons will provide a glimpse of Sandisfield's antique houses and buildings qualified for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. 10 a.m. Free, but a small donation appreciated. Information: 5 Hammertown Road, off Route 57, Sandisfield.

Texas Hold'em Tournament: Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Play begins at 6:15 p.m. sharp. Refreshments available. No advance registration is required. A donation of $50 will be accepted Stephentown Fire Hall, 35 Grange Road in Stephentown, N.Y. Information: John Linton, 518-322-1582.

Ward 5, Pittsfield: Ward 5 Citizens Meeting, Conversations with City Councilor Donna Todd Rivers. 1 to 2 p.m. Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Wine and Chocolate Tasting: With Oliver Kita, master chocolatier. 5 to 7 p.m. All chocolates paired with wines. Free. Verdigris Hudson, 135 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y.

Ye Olde Towne Lebanon Militia: Colonial Encampment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Musket firings and 18th century soldiering, colonial cooking, weaving, spinning, carpentry and tin work programs; colonial games. Candlelight tour and night musket firing at 8 p.m. Free. Farmington River Elementary School, 555 N. Main St., Otis.

Zion Lutheran Church: Plant sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 413-442-3525. 74 First St., Pittsfield.


Berkshire Ballroom: Red, White and Blue social dance celebrating Armed Forces Day and our veterans. 7 to 10:30 p.m. East Coast Swing lesson, 7 p.m.; general dancing, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Snack table. Admission: $10, USA Dance members; $15, guests; $5 students. Masonic Hall, 116 South St., Pittsfield.

Chesterfield COA: May Square Dance. 7 to 10 p.m. Live music by Falltown String Band with calls by Bob Livingston. All ages. Refreshments available. Bring something for the raffle table. Beginners welcome. Donation: Adults, $8; teens younger than 15, $4. Information: 413-296-4743. Community Center, Route 143, Chesterfield.

Line Dance Lessons: Dalton Country Kickers, lessons for beginners. 9 a.m. Information: 413-281-4893. 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Pittsfield Squares: "Graduation Dance" with caller Cliff Brodeur and cuer Dennis Visconti. 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Movie of the Month — "The Graduate" (1967), starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. 7 p.m. Information: 413-528-0100 or 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Health & Fitness

Tai Chi for Seniors: Epoch Assisted Living at Melbourne, free, space is limited. 11 a.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. Information and RSVP: 413-499-1992.


Home Sweet Home Day: Explore Trustees of Reservations historic houses. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Ashley House, 117 Cooper Hill Road, Sheffield. William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 205 Bryant Road, Cummington. Field Farm, 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown. Mission House, 19 Main St., Stockbridge. Naumkeag Estate and Gardens, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: Playgroup with fun learning activities for toddlers and early elementary age children. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; no registration required. Children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum: Learner's Lab: Beekeeping, 10 a.m. Imagination Playground, 10 a.m. to noon. "Meet the Inventors," 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Demonstrations of products invented in the Berkshires. "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, 413-443-7171.

Bushnell-Sage Library: Story Time. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy stories in the gazebo and maybe even a song or two. 48 Main St., Sheffield.

Holiday Brook Farm: Community Fun Day and Full Moon-rise Hike. Kids crafts, starting at 11 a.m., free. Face-painting beginning at noon, free. Wagon rides starting at noon; $10 adults, $5 children 3 to 12. Felting demonstration 1 to 4 p.m. Bee keeping demonstration, 3 to 4 p.m. Jack Waldheim's One-Man Dance Band and bonfire 5 to 9 p.m. Full Moon-rise Hike 8:15 p.m. Cost for evening: $10 adult, children free. 100 Holiday Cottage Road, Dalton.

Ramsdell Library: Fun with Fine Arts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 4 and older. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Touch-A-Truck: More than 25 vehicles and heavy equipment will be on hand for truck enthusiasts of all ages to check out up-close. 9 a.m. to noon. Other family-friendly activities featured throughout the day Admission: $5 per person, $15 for a family of four, $20 for a family of five of more (two adults max for family pricing). Children under two free. Proceeds benefit Berkshire County Kids' Place. Lee Premium Outlets, west parking lot, behind Ann Taylor, PacSun and Tommy Hilfiger, 17 Premium Outlets Blvd., Lee.


Heritage State Park: Illustrated lecture, "Something Wicked This Way Grows." 3 p.m. What grows in your garden and house plants can sometimes be less than friendly. Information: 413-663-6312. The park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8, North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4.

Ventfort Hall: Tea & Talk — Author Roberta Harold, "Who Was Annie Haggerty?" 3:30 p.m. Harold's presentation will be based on material she has discovered about this heroine who once lived at Ventfort, an 1850s Lenox estate that stood on the site of the present mansion. Victorian tea will follow. Tickets: $27 day of the event; 413-637-3206 or 104 Walker St., Lenox.


Chatham Public Library: Krystyna Poray Goddu will discuss "A Girl Called Vincent," her new biography of renowned poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. 3 p.m. A question and answer session, book signing and reception will follow. Information: 518-392-3666. 11 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham, N.Y.


Arts Alive in the Hilltowns: Fundraiser featuring The Old Country Road Band. 7 p.m. Vintage country music from the 1950s and 1960s. Cash bar. Tickets at the door: $20, include the music and after-dinner treats. Blackburn Inn, 144 Huntington Road, Worthington.

Bousquet Mountain: Live bluegrass/rock music by the Picky Bastards. 8 to 11 p.m. Free. 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute: Jazz Cabaret Night. 7 p.m. An evening of American jazz standards with the Jeff McRae Quartet. Drinks and small plates available. Tickets: $16 ($14 members): or 413-458-0524. 225 South St., Williamstown.

Crescendo: "Elizabethan Music and the Sounds of Hamlet." 6 p.m. Tickets: $10 to $50; First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington.

Music and Art Cafe: Jack Empie and Friends. Potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m.; performance at 7 p.m. Original, inspirational music. Admisssion: Adults, $5; younger than 18, free. Petersburgh Veterans Memorial Community Center, 71 Main St. (Route 2), Petersburgh, N.Y.

Temple Anshe Amunim: Café Anshe, a musical fundraiser featuring Duffy and Erin Acoustic Duo. 6:45 to 10 p.m. Begins with a Havdalah service. Performances by temple and community friends and guests. Specialty coffees, teas and desserts. Raffles. Temple members: Adults, $15; youth/students, $7.50. General admission: Adults, $20; youth/students, $10. Tickets at the door, based on available seating. Information: 413-442-5910. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield.


Berkshire Family YMCA: Tie Dye Dash: 5K Color Run fundraiser. Starting at 9 a.m.; day-of-race registrations, 8-8:45 a.m. Day of race fee: $35 and is cash only. Burbank Park, Lakeway Drive, Pittsfield.

Hebert Arboretum: Garden and tree care. 11 a.m. Information: 413-443-5348. Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield.

Hebert Arboretum: Nature trails walk. 11 a.m. Information: 413-443-5348. Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield.

Hoffmann Bird Club: New Ashford/Mount Greylock. 7 a.m. About 4 miles at a birding pace along various trails at the base of Mt. Greylock. Terrain is a bit strenuous. Leader: Matt Kelly, 413-458-3664, Meet at J.W. Kelly's Real Estate, Route 7, New Ashford.

Mount Greylock State Park: Bradley Farm Hike, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Easy, low-lying hike full of interpretive nuggets 1.8 miles. Meet at Visitor Center. Summit Hike, 1 p.m. Exploration of Greylock with an experienced interpreter. Meet on Summit. Information: Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center: Spring Wildflower Full Moon Arts & Music Fest. 6 to 10 p.m. All ages event. $10 to $20-plus suggested donations for adults/teens (youth 12 and under free). Tickets and information: Mount Greylock Visitor's Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough.

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation: Guided hike of the Fitch and RRR Brooks Trail. 9:30 a.m. Participants should dress for the weather and bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hats, and insect repellent. Sturdy shoes that can get wet or muddy are recommended. No advance registration required. Information: 413-458-2494. Severe weather cancels. WRLF's Sheep Hill headquarters, Route 7, Williamstown.


Berkshire Community College: BCC Players, musical comedy "Avenue Q." 8 p.m. General admission tickets: $15; senior citizens, high school and college students, $10; Also at the door one hour prior to performance. Boland Theatre, Koussevitzky Arts Center, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

The Ghent Playhouse: "The Imaginary Invalid — The Hypochondriac." 8 p.m. Translated and directed by Barbara Leavell Smith; original music composed by Catherine Schane-Lydon. Tickets: $20, $17 Playhouse members, $10 students with ID; 1-800-838-3006 or Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.

Miss Hall's School: Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." 8 p.m. W. General admission: $6; reservations recommended; 413-395-7108. Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus, 492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Mt. Greylock Regional School: Spring drama, "You Can't Take It With You." 7 p.m. Tickets at the door. Lanesborough Elementary School at 188 Summer St., Lanesborough.

Pittsfield High School: Proteus Theatre, " 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee". 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults $10; students $8. RSVP: 413-499-9535. East Street, Pittsfield.

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