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Lenox, 1-4 p.m.
The Lenox Community Center will host a Halloween costume party in the balltoom at 65 Walker St. There will music, games and refreshments. Admission is free.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR BLACKINTON UNION CHURCH
North Adams, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join us for our Annual Holiday Bazaar at Blackinton Union Church this Saturday! 1373 Mass. Ave North Adams. We have a bake sale and holiday item/ tag sale, all the best baked goods and holiday items go fast! One of our biggest sellers is our Chinese Auction, come and play for a chance to win gift baskets and gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants. New this year a Pfaltzgraff table! You can also take a chance to win a Huge food basket, perfect for the upcoming holidays! Stay for lunch! Purchase the full lunch for $6.00 which includes: Sandwich Roll (tuna or ham salad), Homemade Soup, Chips, and a drink; or purchase lunch items individually. We hope to see you there! FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/
Vermont, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Stamford Community Library will hold a large book sale at 996 Main Road in Stamford, Vt., behind the elementary school. The event will be inside and feature a wide variety of topics. All books are in good condition and will be priced to sell. The sale coincides with the Senior Craft Fair at the school.
IPHONE VIDEO WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will present "How to Shoot A Video On Your iPhone" at the main campus of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. This course will cover: basic storyboarding, camera techniques, editing, audio considerations, and how to share your video. The cost is $125; register online.
MEDAL OF LIBERTY CEREMONY
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-noon
Rep. Smitty Pignatelli will host the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, Major General Gary W. Keefe, at Great Barrington Town Hall to present the families of late veterans from his district with the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty. The veterans whose families are receiving distinctions on their behalf are: SPC4 Michael C. Whalen, US Army, 11th Infantry Brigade, Viet Nam; Francesco Baldassare, US Navy, WWII,; SPC David Nutt, US Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom; and CW2 Stephen M. Wells, US Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom. The public is welcome.
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
The Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run will be held on the scenic cross-country trails at Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College. The event begins with a 5K trail run, including a three-person relay race for those interested, followed by a one-mile Kids’ Race at 10:45 a.m. and a free 1950s-themed community cookout offered by Berkshire Healthcare affiliates. All proceeds will benefit the Berkshire Community College nursing program. Runners may check in on the day of the race beginning at 8:30 a.m.
BLP PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER-FAMILY SLATE SIGN
Pittsfield, 1:00 p.m.
SLATE FAMILY FLOWER SIGN - Join us SAT 10/21/17 1-3pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Berkshire Leadership Program Scholarship Fund. You'll learn to paint this customizable sign with your own family name and year established on an authentic slate roofing tile, various sizes available. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, light snacks and donation included for $35. Cash Bar. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
TALK ON DIGITAL JOURNALISM
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
The final talk in OLLI's 2017 Distinguished Speakers Series will be held at Berkshire Museum and features MCLA Professor Shawn McIntosh on "How Digital and Social Media Have Disrupted Journalism." Professor McIntosh’s talk will discuss how the digital revolution has disrupted journalism more than any other communications field, with potentially disastrous consequences for our civic life and our democracy. News organizations everywhere are laying off journalists, shifting to digital-only publications, or closing down completely. Who or what will take their places to act as the fourth estate and be a watchdog to those in power' Tickets are $15.
TALK ON JOHN HENRY HAYNES
North Adams, 2 p.m.
The North Adams Public Library will celebrate October's Archaeology Month with Robert G. Ousterhout, author of "John Henry Haynes: a photographer and archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881-1990." Haynes left representative items from his four excavations at Nippur (Iraq) to the North Adams Public Library, the Rowe Historical Society and Williams College upon his untimely death in 1910. His is a tale of bravery and intrigue, of dogged determination and hubris. This is your chance to meet our very own Indiana Jones and view many of the treasures he left behind.
Sheffield, 3 p.m.
Undermountain Elementary School will present "101 Dalmations/Kids" at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center, directed by Ralph Petrillo. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors.
CONTEMPORARY ART TALK
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Clifford Owens, artist, writer and curator, will give the annual Plonsker Lecture in Contemporary Art at Williams College. The talk, titled “Your Head is Attached to Your Body,” will take place at the Williams College Museum of Art in Lawrence Auditorium (L231) and is free and open to the public. Influenced by performance art practices of the 1960s, Owens is known for live and photographic works that center on the body. His work often asks audiences to manipulate, move, dress, touch or otherwise engage directly with his body, resulting in spontaneous actions. For the Plonsker program, his performance-based, “audience-sensitive” lecture will be radically different from the standard artist slide talk.
STORY SLAM WITH SHEELA CLARY
Sandisfield, 4 p.m.
Sandisfield Arts Center hosts an afternoon of staged storytelling with a curated Story Slam. Local teacher and Moth StorySlam winner, Sheela Clary will be the emcee for the evening. The theme for this event is "Rescue." Storytellers are encouraged to contact Sheela by email to pitch their 5-7 minute story ideas. Storytellers will be selected beforehand and should rehearse stories for length and content. Tickets for the event are $10 and available at Sandisfield Art Center’s website.
THE TITANS: SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS PIANO QUINTETS
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Close Encounters With Music launches new season with two works that take us to the pinnacle of chamber music in a pairing of Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 with that of his champion, and originator of the new genre, Robert Schumann’s breakthrough Piano Quintet. Combining the piano and the string quartet had never been tried, but in the space of only a few weeks in 1842, Schumann wrote the legendary piece that influenced countless followers. Both quintets are on the short list of masterworks—symphonic in scale, potent, flashy, and bursting with harmonic and melodic opulence and rhythmic variety. Soyeon Kate Lee, piano; Irina Muresanu and Peter Zazofsky, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello $50 orchestra/$27 balcony/$15 students http://www.cewm.org for more details
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
The CEWM season opens with two works that take us to the pinnacle of chamber music in a pairing of Brahms`s Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 with that of his champion, and originator of the new genre, Robert Schumann`s breakthrough Piano Quintet. Combining the piano and the string quartet had never been tried, but in the space of only a few weeks in 1842, Schumann wrote the legendary piece that influenced countless followers. Tickets online.
Lenox, 6 p.m.
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., presents Elizabeth Elliott reading from "Climate Change And Nature: While Choice Is Ours." The book offers poems on the dangers of climate change and some of the many ways to slow it down. In this, her sixth book of poetry, Elliott spotlights the most important issue of our time.
NAUMKEAG HAUNTED HOUSE
Stockbridge, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Naumkeag Haunted House returns after a successful first year. Ideal for adults and older kids (recommended ages 12 and up), the Haunted House starts in the garden, offering a new, frightening path, and then -- for the first time -- welcomes visitors into the architectural masterpiece that is the historic mansion, where brave guests will be treated to three floors of new frights and scares. The evening begins and ends with a cash bar and refreshments. Tickets are $25; purchase tickets online in advance.
PURGATORY ROAD HOLIDAZE
Dalton, 7-10 p.m.
The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention will be the beneficiary of "Purgatory Road Holidaze," a 2-acre haunted corn maze organized by Betsy Nichols and Joann Farrell in the fields at the Nichols family farm, 190 Cleveland Road. Tickets are $10 at the door. The event is NOT recommended for children under age 12.
A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE ART
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
What’s the difference between theatre and performance art' When do objects “act” better than actors' Why is Kendall Jenner imitating Yoko Ono' Join us for a new collaboration between the Theatre Department and Williams College Museum of Art that aims to investigate the history (and histrionics) of performance art. Accompanied by the gallery exhibition Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance—featuring art objects that “perform”—A People’s History of Performance Artconjures a series of tableaux-vivants (living pictures) based on iconic photographs of archival performance art works by artists such as Yves Klein, Carolee Schneemann, Chris Burden, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, Tehching Hsieh, and Marina Abramovic. Reversing the dichotomy of performance as “live” and objects as “dead,” A People’s History of Performance Artflips the script to reveal how art can sometimes seem more alive than people. 62 Center
'AN EVENING OF SONG'
Adams, 7:30 p.m.
Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay present “An Evening of Song” at the Adams Free Library. The cost is $20.
LENOX CONTRA DANCE
Lenox, 7:45 - 11 p.m.
Music by ContraPositive - Joe De Paolo (percussion), Matthew Christian (fiddle, mandolin, flute, whistle and Highland pipes), Matt Diaz (guitar, bouzouki and flute) with Quena Crain calling. Come join us contra dancing on Saturday nights in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Lenox Community Center, at 65 Walker Street. Experience the pleasure of dancing on a beautiful wood floor, in a high-ceiling second floor (handicap accessible) ballroom with a raised stage. Admission is $12 and $6 for students. New Dancers - 2nd dance free! Dances begin with a 15 minute beginner introduction at 7:45 followed by dancing from 8:00 to 11:00. Refreshments are offered during the social break from dancing. All the dances are taught. Come alone or with others.
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Fine and Performing Arts Department will kick off this year’s theatrical season with “Passing Strange,” a comedy-drama, rock musical about black identity in America, in MCLA’s Venable Theater. The production is the first of MCLA’s 2017-18 theatrical season, titled “We the People,” in response to last November’s presidential election and the nation’s political and social upheaval. “Passing Strange” will run through Sunday, Oct. 22. A panel discussion with the artists, students, faculty, as well as experts on race relations in America, will take place after the Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. performance, and a “Critical Response Session” will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. Both discussions will take place in Venable Theater. For more information or to reserve tickets, go online.
CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE
Dalton, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale at the Dalton Senior Center, sponsored by the Friends of the Dalton Council on Aging to support programs at the Senior Center, will include quilts, woodwork, paintings, homemade soaps, jewelry and other items produced by local crafters. There will also be a bake sale of the Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library. A hot lunch may be purchased from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Senior Center is located at 40 Field St. Ext.
OKTOBERFEST OPEN HOUSE
Great Barrington, Noon - 2 p.m.
Come join us for this FREE event at the Claire Teague Senior Center. It is open to ALL! There will be a 5 piece Oompah Band from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Dancing, Games and Prizes. A variety of German & Polish Foods, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Cider. Big Elm Brewery is offering samples of their beer. Domaney's Non-Alcoholic Near Beer & Wine available. Desserts provided by Devonshire Estates. For questions call the Senior Center at 413-528-1881. Claire Teague Senior Center 917 Main Street Great Barrington, MA 01230
Great Barrington, 1 p.m.
The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire is hosting its first Community At Bat, a charity softball game to take place on Sunday October 22, 2017 at 1pm at Memorial Field on Bridge Street in Great Barrington. Proceeds will support the CDCSB’s work in creating affordable housing in the Berkshire. It will be a fun Sunday afternoon of slow pitch softball, snacks, and friends. We are pleased to announce that special guest, Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, will be the game day announcer, and Senator Adam Hinds will be captain of one of the teams. More information: http://cdcsb.org/about-us/events
BOUSQUET SKI CLUB PRE-SEASON WORK DAY WITH BBQ
Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
Bousquet Ski Club is having a pre-season work day at the finish line timing hut on Sunday, We will opening the Timing Hut, checking to see what may need repairs, make a plan for repairs/improvements, checking inventory and repair equipment, etc. Bousquet is planning on firing up the grill for hamburgs and hot dogs at the lodge for all volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a member of the club, please plan to be there on the 22nd at 1pm! The current trustees of the Ski Club are looking for new volunteer members to take positions in the club and on race days. Who are we looking for: People with a love and passion for skiing, ski racing and children’s sports. People with leadership, communication and organization skills. Also volunteers with electrical, carpentry, budgeting, software and internet web skills. Lets keep USSA and High School racing alive in Berkshire County – --- Contact Bousquet at 413.442.8316 ext. 10 for more info.
DALTON CROP WALK
Dalton, 1 p.m.
The First Congregational Church of Dalton, located at 514 Main S., will host the 2017 Dalton CROP Walk to raise funds to fight hunger. Registration for the walk begins at 12:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 1 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
BOLSHOI BALLET IN HD: LE CORSAIRE
Great Barrington, 1:00 p.m.
Amidst a bustling Turkish market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lankedem decides to sell her to the Pasha. Music: Adolphe Adam Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky after Marius Petipa Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet 2:40pm talk by Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-residence Maura Keefe Running time: 3 hrs 35 min. Tickets: $17 / $10 everyone 21 and under (Box Office Only). Tickets available online or by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 (Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6pm).
FALL PROPERTY WALK
Sheffield, 1:30 p.m.
The Sheffield Land Trust will hold its annual guided Fall Property Walk. Located a quarter mile north of the post office on Route 7A, across the road from the Herb Barn, Ashley Falls Woods is an excellent place for family hikes—and dogs are also welcome. Besides several improved trails, the property also includes a cobble, streams, and a view across to the Housatonic River, and is home to many rare and interesting plants and animals.
DISCOVERING HISTORIC KENNEDY PARK
Lenox, 1:30-3 p.m.
Jan Chague, Lenox Historical Society, will share secrets of Kennedy Park through a power point presentation given at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s well-known historic 18th century barn. Chague will present the remnants of a by-gone era and talk about the people who traversed the land. Registration is required online.
Great Barrington, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, features the fourth annual BerkshireSPEAKS event. This is an afternoon of inspiring presentations by Berkshire visionaires and trendsetters who are making a real difference in the lives of our area residents. BerkshireSPEAKS gives Berkshire organizations a platform to highlight, inform and educate others about issues plaguing our community today and to empower others to act to bring about real change. This year’s presenters include the Michelle Chappell, Homer “Skip” Meade, Andrew Morehouse, Norton Owen, and Ananda Timpan. Tickets are $20 at the door; a reception with the speakers will follow the program.
- Halloween Ghost Tour
- Mount Storytelling
- Ghost Tour
- Discovering Historic Kennedy Park
- Harvest Run
- Oct, 17 - Zipline: A Lifeline for Rwanda
- Oct, 13 - It?s Mountain Day!
- Sep, 29 - Bringing FamKeepa to Life
- Sep, 14 - Ending Dengue Fever
- Aug, 29 - Art and Inclusion