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Monterey, 1 p.m.
The Bidwell House Museum will offer a Native American Guided Walk of the Woodlands and Hunting Grounds. Created in conjunction with an ongoing effort by The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area to create a Native American Heritage Trail in the region, this tour retraces the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Visitors may take this as a self-guided walk using a brochure and map found on the front porch of the Museum. Once a month, Bidwell House Museum Board of Trustees President Robert Hoogs will lead this new tour as a guided walk The cost for the guided walk will be $15 for adults $15 and $10 for seniors $10; children are free. This fee includes a guided-tour of the house either before or after the guided walk. The self-guided walk is free.
PLEASANT VALLEY WILDLIFE RAMBLE
Lenox, 1-3 p.m.
Explore the lower trails at Pleasant Valley with an experienced guide and search for evidence of (and hopefully see) many wild birds and mammals during a hike along the rich pond and stream ecosystems that form the heart of the sanctuary. Adults are $8 and children are $6; register online or by calling 413- 637-0320
MASSACHUSETTS RENAISSANCE FAIRE
, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The second annual Massachusetts Renaissance Faire will be held at Cummington Fairgrounds this year for two weekends. Each weekend will have a different theme: The first weekend, July 21 and 22, will be pirate weekend. There will be swashbuckling, sea shanties, and nautical puns aplenty. The second weekend, July 28 and 29, will be time traveler weekend. Why be limited to one era when you can see characters from all across the timeline' The faire will also have a Market After Dark on both Saturdays. The market, which starts at 7 p.m., will be 18 + and feature some acts that are a little too bawdy for the regular fair. Tickets are $20 for adults for Saturday and $18 for Sunday, $10 for children, and $17 for seniors/military. Information online.
BIDWELL HISTORY TALK
Tyringham, 10 a.m.
The Bidwell House Museum's History Talk of the 2018 season features Judith Putnam Hartley, Stockbridge Munsee Mohican tribal elder, who will discuss the “friendly” Indians who encountered—and fed—Henry Hudson in 1609. History Talks are held at the Tyringham Union Church, Main Road; sSuggested donation $15 per person, $10 for members of the museum.
GARDEN CONSERVANCY OPEN DAYS PROGRAM TOUR - BERKSHIRE/DUTCHESS/LITCHFIELD
Sheffield, 10 am - 4 pm
Explore five private and public gardens in Millerton, Millbrook, and Stanfordville, NY, in Sharon, CT, and Ashley Falls, MA. Open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include a water rill with bamboo, a garden of solar panels, native plants, garden sculpture, a greenhouse of succulents and tropical plants, and both formal and informal spaces. No reservations required. Admission is $7 per private garden; children 12 & under free. For more information, see our website, or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.
SATELLITE ADOPTION EVENT AT PURRADISE
Great Barrington, 11 am to 2 pm
Visit Purradise from 11a.m. to 2p.m. on Saturday, July 21 for a satellite adoption event in Great Barrington. Dogs from Berkshire Humane Society will be in attendance, and Purradise is always filled with friendly felines looking for their forever families. Come say hello to the cats and pups, and consider taking home a new furry best friend! Purradise is located at 301 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington.
Adams, 11:30 a.m.
A celebration of everything Harry Potter returns to the Greylock Glen this weekend. Fans of the "Harry Potter" franchise will gather beneath the shadow of Mount Greylock, home of the Potterverse's Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to celebrate all things mystical at the Mischievous Appreciation of Greylock and Ilvermorny Convention. This is the second MAGICon, a ProAdams-sponsored event, to be held since "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling announced that the fictional North American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was hidden on Mount Greylock, the state's tallest peak. Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate. Children 12 years and younger can attend for free. Attendees are urged to park downtown and use the free shuttles available throughout the day at 4 Hoosac St.
Pittsfield, 12:30-4 p.m.
The Pittsfield Repair Cafe will be convening at St. Stephen’s Church basement, the third Saturday of every month through October. Repair Cafes are free, people-connecting events where volunteers and guests have fun extending the lives of things that would otherwise be thrown away. Skilled local volunteers commonly work on clothing and goods that need mending; lamps, vacuums, and other small appliances in need of various repairs; wood furniture and ceramics that need gluing; and knives and garden tools that need sharpening, among other items commonplace and surprising.
A.T. COMMUNITY DAY
Great Barrington, 2 - 7 p.m.
Pre-registration suggested: info@GBTrails.org Come celebrate Great Barrington's connection with the Appalachian Trail. Join DCR MassParks staff and Great Barrington Trails & Greenways partners. Volunteer, hike, and potluck picnic with A.T. Maintainers and Hikers. Music by the Berkshire Ukulele Band. All Free and open to all. More information at www.GBLand.org
CLARK ART WALKING TOURS
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute will hold twice-weekly walking tours of the institute's campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Sept. 1. “Did You Know' A Guided Walking Tour” is a free, one-hour exploration of the Clark's picturesque landscape. Tour guides highlight features unknown to many visitors, from outdoor installations to the Institute's ongoing sustainability initiative. Registration is not required, but space is limited to 20 visitors. Severe weather cancels this event.
SCOTT BARROW PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMER OPENING
Lenox, 5 - 7 p.m.
Please join us for the Opening Reception of Scott Barrow's summer exhibition: Tranquility. Wine, beer, and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.The Scott Barrow Photography Gallery is located at 17 Housatonic Street in Lenox. "One of the reasons I am drawn to the first light of the day is the sense of calm that surrounds me at that hour. The world is quieter. Less crowded. I can be alone in nature and am continually astounded by each glorious sunrise. When I take in these tranquil scenes it allows me to find that serenity within myself. I look forward to sharing these images with you." ~Scott Barrow
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: DINNER WITH CHRIS JENNINGS
Hancock, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
In Paradise Now, historian Chris Jennings offers a spellbinding account of American utopianism and the bold, eccentric visions for the future put forward by five of history’s most influential utopian movements. Praised by The New York Times as “uncommonly smart and beautifully written,” and “engaging and witty” (San Francisco Chronicle), Paradise Now offers an infectious yet clear-eyed account of those who “lived on the cusp of an incandescent future,” perhaps gently nudging us to ask what sort of future we want to build for ourselves. TICKETS $100/$90 members, includes seasonal dinner by farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg, wine, and book. Sponsored by October Mountain Financial Advisors
ART GALLERY OPENING
Great Barrington, 6-8 p.m.
Isha Nelson, a local Berkshire artist, will open her summer gallery in Great Barrington, celebrating the transformative and healing powers of nature intertwined with art. Nelson’s gallery features a variety of her personal works “inspired by Mother Nature and her emotional responses to the realms of the mystical and unknown.” The Isha Nelson Gallery is located at 25 Railroad St.
RORY BLOCK’S GOSPEL & BLUES FEST WEEKEND: DIUNNA GREENLEAF & BLUE MERCY
New York, 8 p.m.
Diunna Greenleaf, a native Texan steeped in gospel music, embodies the tradition of powerful women blues artists.Tickets: $25 general, $20 members, $10 students. For more info, visit our website.
SHAKER BARN MUSIC: DOUBLE HITTER
Hancock, 8 p.m.
Doors open 7pm/Show 8pm Wilco talents John Stirratt and Pat Sansone have been playing together in their spare time as the indie rock band The Autumn Defense ever since the idea struck them 18 years ago at the end of Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue sessions with Billy Bragg. Stirratt (formerly Uncle Tupelo) and Sansone combine classic pop and rock sounds from ‘60s and ‘70s with silk-soft country-folk. “In short: warming, gorgeous, delightful,” wrote Rolling Stone. Fans love Maloney’s eclectic, rapturous indie-rock sound and a voice that’s “utterly gorgeous and visceral,” says The New York Times. She uses it to tell down-to-earth tales with lyrics that “cut to the chase” (Huffington Post) and hypnotic vocals that have been compared to Joni Mitchel and Aimee Mann. Maloney’s sound will “knock-you-to-your-knees,” according to Glide Magazine – come see how. TICKETS: Advance $25/$22.50 members; Day of $30/$27 members Sponsored by Blue Q, Interprint, and No Depression
NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The market is located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Marshall St. and St. Anthony Drive. The market is dedicated to providing the community with fresh, locally produced foods and supporting area farms and food producers. The market proudly accepts SNAP benefits and doubles them through the Market Match Program. We also accept cash, credit, debit, and WIC & senior coupons. Thank you to our lead sponsors: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Hardman Fund, Green Pastures, MountainOne, and Storey Publishing.
WEST BRANCH RIVER CLEANUP
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Crews will meet at Wahconah Park and be dispersed up and down the West Branch and Southwest Branches of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield to clean these tributaries of accumulated trash. Gloves and trash bags, lunch and snacks are provided. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and wear old clothes (preferably long pants). For more information, call 413-298-7024.
PITTSFIELD TRACK AND FIELD GAMES
Pittsfield, 9 a.m.
Pittsfield Track and Field Games will take place at the Taconic High School track, 96 Valentine Road. In light of the construction, please enter the track off of Lakeway Drive. The city has teamed up with Berkshire Lightning, the Berkshire Running Center and the YMCA, for this free program which teaches children ages 6 to 14 the basics of track and field including warm ups and several running and field components. Registration and warm ups will begin at 9 a.m. with events beginning at 9:30 a.m.
- Frederick Moyer on piano
- Job Seeker Focus Groups
- Talk on saving forests
- Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song
- Book Launch and Exhibit Opening
- Jul, 05 - Shifts in the Supreme Court
- Jul, 05 - A Complicated History
- Jun, 04 - Strength in Numbers
- Jun, 01 - The Licorice Project
- May, 14 - Animals, Art, and Philosophy