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Pittsfield, 1-3 p.m.
Santa Claus is taking time out from his busy holiday schedule to bring extra cheer to families who visit Goodwill in Pittsfield, 457 Dalton Ave. Kids who come to Goodwill to meet Santa will receive free candy and gifts. There is no charge.
Pittsfield, 11 a.m .- 4 p.m.
Shire City Sanctuary will again host Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks, and live music. Live music will be performed throughout the event. An Angel Tree will be on site for the duration of the Shindy. Admission is $3 for the general public. Children under the age of 12 are free. Admission fees will help fuel the promotions and use of the lovely Shire City Sanctuary. Shire City Sanctuary is located at 40 Melville St.
Adams, 2 p.m.
The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School Theatre Department will be performing William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" at 1 Commercial St. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $2 for BArT students. The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks. "Twelfth Night" follows the romantic misadventures of Orsino who loves Olivia, Olivia who loves Cesario (a woman in disguise as a man), Cesario who loves Orsino, and Malvolio who also loves Olivia!
NORTH COUNTY CHRISTMAS
North Adams, 3 p.m.
The North County Chorale and All Saints Bell Choir will present a North County Christmas at the First Congregational Church on Main Street. A freewill offering to benefit the Berkshire Food Project will be accepted.
CANTILENA CHAMBER CHOIR
Sandisfield, 3 p.m.
The Sandisfield Arts Center presents the Cantilena Chamber Choir, the Berkshire region’s leading a cappella group. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased online.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Williamstown, 3:30 p.m.
On December 10 at 3:30 p.m. the Williamstown Historical Museum will host a Holiday Open House. Entertainment will be provided by traditional music group Singing School and light holiday refreshments will be available. Following the festivities a tree lighting will take place ate the Store at Five Corners. For more information visit www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org.
HOLIDAY CHEER CONCERT
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Concert Choir will perform a holiday program at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Known County wide for their joy of singing, led by conductor Paula Nuss and accompanist Memrie Kelly, the all-women ensemble will present a program of “Holiday Cheer.” Selections both ancient and modern, celebrating the season, will be sung by the choir. Tickets for the concert are $22 with an advance reservation and $26 the day of. Reservations are highly recommended at 413-637-3206.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Williamstown, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Williamstown Historical Museum will hold a Holiday Open House featuring entertainment by traditional music group Singing School and light holiday refreshments. The festivities will be followed by a tree lighting at the Store at Five Corners.
SHABBY SHEIK SHEEP
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
SHABBY SHEIK SHEEP!!! Join us on SUN 12/10/17 4-6pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit Rose & Cole's Co-op Transport hosted by Roots and Mustard Seeds. You'll learn to paint this sweet image of "Shaggy Sheik Sheep" on a large 16x20 canvas. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, light snack and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
The annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols at Williams College will be held in Thompson Memorial Chapel. The identical services feature choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. There is no admission charge for the services, but all are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. A free-will offering will be received at the conclusion of the service as part of the relief efforts coordinated by Williams students for survivors of recent hurricanes.
SOUTH WILLIAMSTOWN'S TREE LIGHTING
Williamstown, 5-7 p.m.
The South Williamstown Community Association will host its tree lighting at The Store at Five Corners. There will be carol singing and refreshments; bring a flashlight to see the words on the song sheets. Stop by the Holiday Open House just next door at the Williamstown Historical Museum starting at 3:30 for a tour and music by Singing School as well as light holiday refreshments.
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA CHRISTMAS SHOW FEATURING PRESERVATION HALL LEGACY HORNS
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
The Blind Boys will be joined for this performance by the world-renowned Preservation Hall Legacy Horns from New Orleans. This special concert will feature songs from the Talkin’ Christmas! album as well as the band's previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, Go Tell It on the Mountain, along with Blind Boys' Gospel classics. Click here for more information and tickets. Mahaiwe
MONTHLY KIRTAN WITH CHARLIE BRAUN
Lenox, 7 p.m
Singer and songwriter Charlie Braun brings his Eastern philosophy-inspired musicality through the use of kirtan, a call and response singing, to Eastover Estate & Retreat Center every second Sunday at 7 p.m. Admission free; donations accepted.
Adams, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday Day Breakfast - Berkshire Lodge of Masons The Berkshire Lodge of Masons, 63 Center Street in Adams (The Elks Lodge Building), will be putting on a Breakfast on Sunday December 10th from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. The cost is $7 for Adults, $4 for children under 12. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and much more. https://www.facebook.com/events/249519902247271/
Williamstown, 10 a.m.-noon
State Sen. Adam G. Hinds' final Speak Up Western Mass public forum/community office hours event of the year will take place in the Selectmen’s Room of Williamstown Town Hall, located at 31 North Street. The coffee hour, featuring Hinds and his district staff, is designed to be agenda-free, unscripted, and an opportunity for residents and local officials to ask questions, share concerns, and make recommendations on state issues to the members of their legislative delegation and district staff.
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE HEARING
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
The Community Preservation Committee has scheduled a public hearing in City Hall for comments related to the use of Community Preservation Act funds and the draft Community Preservation Plan. The committee will provide a progress update and share highlights of the draft Community Preservation Plan prior to public comment. Public input will be incorporated into the final version of the plan, which is expected to be finalized in January.
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome. One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.
LETíS TALK ABOUT BABY TALK!
North Adams, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Let’s talk about Baby Talk! Wednesday, December 13 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. A special presentation at Baby and Me Group time in The Family Center Playroom, 210 State Street, North Adams. Presented by Heather Vroman, Language Speech Pathologist and parent. Learn about milestones for language development and strategies for promoting language. This is for parents with babies ages birth to 1 year old. Please call The Family Center at 413-664-4821 to register.
Great Barrington, 6 - 9 p.m.
Join us Thursday December 14th from 6-9 pm for a Santa needle felting workshop led by sisters Melissa & Jen Vansant of Going Gnome! $55 per person includes the 3 hour class, materials to make your Santa as well as Champagne and light refreshments. Take home your creation and we will also have additional felting kits & supplies available in the shop for 15% off during the event for attendees. Great way to learn a new craft and make beautiful handmade gifts! This workshop is an adult beginner level workshop. Limited seats available! (Promo codes, coupons & discounts not applicable to cost of workshops) All workshops take place at One Mercantile unless otherwise noted. *When a workshop is sold out, you may email us a request for a seat if one or more open up. Please email us at email@example.com to be placed on the waiting list. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice can not be refunded (unless your spot sells to someone on the waiting list which we will try our best to do!)
EVENING LEGO GROUP
North Adams, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Library Lego Groups! Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old. Evening Lego Group Thursday, December 14th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The North Adams Public Library, 75 Church Street third floor. It will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Dalton, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
See the new signage at The Boulders! Saturday, December 16, 10:00am-1:30pm Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, little elevation change) Description: Hike 4.5 miles through beautiful forests, complete with new trail signage and have lunch at The Boulders! Bring lunch/snack, water, a warm layer and weather-appropriate footwear. Please be aware of hunting season and remember to wear your orange! Directions: From Pittsfield, take Routes 8/9 east towards Dalton. Take a left onto Park Avenue. Take another left onto Gulf Road in about 0.5 miles. Trailhead parking is 0.25 miles ahead on the left Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.
SATURDAY MUSIC JAM SESSION
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Wood Brothers Music, is offering a number of ongoing Music Jam Sessions. The initial sessions will be held Saturdays, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. The remaining sessions will be held the fourth Saturday of each month starting Jan. 27 at Wood Brothers Music in the Allendale Shopping Center in Pittsfield. Sessions, instructed by Musician David Hodge, are $40 per class. The course is designed for players who know the basic chords of the guitar, ukulele, banjo and other fretted instruments. For more information, or to register, click here.
CHRISTMAS AT CLERMONT OPEN HOUSE
, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 16 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A great day for families! Explore the mansion at your leisure enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room. Cider and cookies will be available in the visitor’s center. Admission: FREE
LONDONíS NATIONAL THEATRE IN HD: YOUNG MARX
Great Barrington, 2 p.m.
Broadcast from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke and restless, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. For more information and tickets click here.
LENOX CONTRA HOLIDAY POTLUCK AND DOUBLE DANCE
Lenox, 5 - 11 p.m.
Music by The Russet Trio - Aldo Lavaggi (fiddle),Stuart Kenney(bass and banjo), and Donal Sheets (cello and guitar) with caller Dugan Murphy. Starts with Challenging Contras at 5:00 Pot Luck at 7:00 Regular Dance 8:00-11:00 Admission $15 for whole dance $9 for students Regular dance only $12/$6 Bring a dish to share and your own set-ups
PAINT & SIP BENEFIT FOR JUSTIN WEHRY
Dalton, 7 p.m.
Wicked cute Winter Owls on a Branch! Join us SAT 12/16/17 7-9pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit Justin Wehry's Medical Expenses. You'll learn to paint this precious image of "Winter Owls on a Branch" on a large 16x20 canvas. At Dalton American Legion, 258 North St, Dalton, MA. All painting materials, appetizers and donation included for $35. CASH BAR & Raffles. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
THE WHISKEY TREATY ROAD SHOW
Dalton, 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Treaty Road Show is a hugely captivating collaborative band that brings together five MA singer-songwriters to perform Americana, Rock and Roots-FOld in the name of brotherhood, music, and spritis. The band is Tory Hanna, Billy Keane, David Taklefsky, Greg Smith and Chris Merenda. Between them they have recorded 18 albums, both on their own and with other bands. This benefit concert launches Music in Common's RAISE THE MIC Program. The band is generously donating their time and talents to support Music in Common's #EmpowerYouthAgainstHate campaign. Music in Common is a not-for-profit organization that empowers people of diverse faiths and cultures to discover common ground through collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance. The Whiskey Treaty Road Show Stationery Factory 63 Flansburg Ave. Dalton, MA 01226 Tickets are $20 in advance/$45 VIP and $25 day of the show, available at: www.musicincommon.org. Join the Facebook Event Here.
Vermont, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fundraiser to benefit Stamford middle school students' trip to Washington, D.C., in June. Event at Stamford (Vt.) School includes a photo with Santa, breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bacon, and sausage, coffee and various juices, face painting and ornament decorating. Advance ticket prices are $10 for children and $5 for adults; $10 and $8, respectively, at the door.
SNOWMAN SLATE SIGN PAINT & SIP FOR TSATSAWASSA FIRE DEPT
New York, 1:00 p.m.
Fight Fire with Snow! Join us on SUN 12/17/17 1-3pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Tsatsawassa Fire Dept. You'll learn to paint this adorable image of "Let it Snow" on an authentic slate roofing tile, various sizes available. At the Fire House, 9 Firehouse Rd, Brainard, NY. All painting materials, snacks & donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
- Cantilena Chamber Choir
- Talk by Cartoonist John Cullen Murphy
- North County Christmas
- Make It, Take It Craft Fair
- Tax bill protest
- Service of Lessons and Carols
- Holiday Open House
- Nov, 30 - No Agenda
- Nov, 15 - GallopNYC
- Nov, 03 - Mountain Day 2017 Recap
- Oct, 17 - Zipline: A Lifeline for Rwanda
- Oct, 13 - It?s Mountain Day!