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Sheffield, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
On August 21, 1781, in Sheffield, slavery began to crumble in the Commonwealth when Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. The Trustees will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of “Mumbet’s Story.” Preceding the afternoon performance, the public is invited to follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Freedom on her walk to freedom. At 10 a.m. the annual “Walk to Freedom,” co-sponsored by Crow Flies Press, will depart from the Ashley House and walk north to the historic home of Theodore Sedgwick in the village of Sheffield, where, at 11:30, state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli will read the proclamation that freed Mumbet from slavery.

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New York, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Stephentown Heritage Center will have an open house for Celebrate Stephentown visitors.  Many historical items are on display, including a portrait of Stephen VanRensselaer, the patroon for whom the town was named. Each visitor will receive a gift.

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The 413Heart Festival, the Dalton Music & Arts Festival, will be held in multiple locations throughout Dalton from Aug. 17-20 and include musicans, artists, dancing, local food, drink and more Go to the website for the complete schedule.
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Pittsfield, 2-4 p.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a range of solar eclipse themed-activities. Activities include a "build-your-own" pinhole camera for viewing the eclipse. The library will also provide 100 pairs of free certified safe shades for eclipse viewing on a first-come, first-served basis (one set per family). Even though the “totality” – a 70-miles-wide area where the sun is completely blocked by the moon – will not pass over the Berkshires, the region will still experience a partial eclipse. Patrons at the library can gather to see the eclipse peak in Pittsfield at 2:43 p.m., when the moon obscures nearly 66 percent of the sun.

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Adams, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Friends of Adams Free Library, 92 Park St., will hold the annual sale of nearly new, used and donated adult and children’s books, paperbacks, magazines and other items from Aug. 22-24.  The sale will be held in the lower Miller Annex. Also on sale that week will be freshly baked items and raffle tickets for gift baskets. 

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Becket, 11 a.m.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance celebrates National Dog Day with an invitation for dogs and their caregivers to participate in a dance choreographed just for them. This dance highlights the special relationship we share with our pets and will also feature local pet vendors and the opportunity to win prizes. Participants and their leashed canines will be guided through a series of making patterns, practicing gestures, and showing off tricks. After 45 minutes of rehearsal, there will be a short 15 minute “performance” to demonstrate what the dogs and their companions have learned. RSVP encouraged online. Donations to the Berkshire Humane Society are suggested; a donation wish list can be found on the website.

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Adams, 3 p.m.
The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum welcomes Judith Black portraying suffragist Lucy Stone at the Adams Commons. This event is being presented by the museum and the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee. The event will include an introduction by the museum’s Executive Director Colleen Janz and Bill Kolis, member of the Adams Suffrage Centennial Committee, who will be introducing the plans for a potential statue to be built in town honoring Susan.

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