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HISTORICAL SOCIETY DINNER
New York, 1 p.m.

The Stephentown Historical Society will hold its holiday carry-in dinner at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (off Garfield Road), Stephentown, N.Y. The choir of the Stephentown Federated Church will sing some seasonal songs and lead a sing-along. Officers and board members will be elected at the brief business meeting. For the dinner, bring a dish large enough to share: main course, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Instead of a gift exchange, a monetary collection will be taken to support the Stephentown Food Pantry. For information, call 518-733-0010.


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COAT DRIVE
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pittsfield High School is hosing a coat drive at the high school. Last year students collected 175 coats and many hats, gloves, scarfs, and boots. All donations are given back to members of the Pittsfield High School community and Pittsfield Public Schools.


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HANDMADE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Dalton, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Roots Rising’s Handmade Holiday Festival, a Berkshire winter tradition and curated holiday marketplace, will be held at The Stationery Factory at 63 Flansburg Ave. with over 60 artisans, farmers, and food producers. All proceeds from the $2 entrance fee will support Roots Rising's mission to empower youth and build community through food and farming. From pottery and jewelry to gourmet food items and body care products, the Handmade Holiday Festival is a one-stop holiday shopping destination.


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ALBANY BERKSHIRE BALLET: 'THE NUTCRACKER'
Pittsfield, 1:30 p.m.

Albany Berkshire Ballet presents its 45th annual tour of "The Nutcracker" through Dec. 21. It features principal dancers from around the country accompanied by 150-200 local area students. Choreographed by Madeline Cantarella Culpo and featuring sets by Carl Sprague and costumes by Rita Watson & Victile Donahue. Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Tickets available here or at 413-236-8888. 


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GHENT PLAYHOUSE: 'PINOCCHIO: ALL STRUNG OUT'
New York, 2 p.m.

The classic tale of the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy gets a zany twist in this production by theatrical group The Pantaloons. Tickets are available online, at the door or at 800-838-3006. Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.


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WREATH & SIP
Pittsfield, 2-4 p.m.

Hancock Shaker Village and Pittsfield florist Township Four present a holiday wreath-making workshop at the Village. Floral designer Jed Thompson leads the session with a creative twist, using fresh Fraser fir, juniper, pine, and other natural materials—some foraged from Hancock Shaker Village’s property. While crafting, enjoy a glass of wine and snacks. Tickets are $80 and may be purchased online or by calling 413-443-0188.


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BOOK LAUNCH
Pittsfield, 2-5 p.m.

In celebration of Herman Melville’s 200th birthday, author and Arrowhead writer-in-residence Jana Laiz and actors/narrators Caroline Calkins and Tom Jaeger of Shakespeare and Co. will launch their new audiobook, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox: The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor." It is the story of a very special relationship between 9-year-old Eleanor Melville Thomas and her famous granddad, Herman Melville. Laiz will discuss the writing of this sweet history of Melville, and Caroline and Tom will read passages from it. There will be wine, cheese and desserts and limited free downloads and books for sale at the event, at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road.


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EAGLES BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.

The Eagles Band will perform a free holiday concert at the First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St. On the program are selections including "A Chanukah Celebration," "Fantasia on A Hymn by Praetorius" and a medley from "Frozen" The Eagles Band Trombone Ensemble will prelude the concert starting at 2:15.


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MADD VIGIL
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.

The 32nd annual Vigil of Remembrance will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. The annual candle lighting ceremony, organized by the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is to remember those who were killed in drunk driving crashes. District Attorney Andrea Harrington will be speaking, candles will be lit for 53 Berkshire people who died in crashes, the Grace Tones vocalists will perform, and a reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.


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OPEN MIC
Pittsfield, 3-5 p.m.

A free open mic, poetry and music will be held at Bob's, 21 First St., every Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., with optional discussion after the show. Friendly and air-conditioned environment. For more info, send an email or look on Facebook.


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'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' ONE-MAN SHOW
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work "A Christmas Carol" at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age. An elegant Victorian tea will follow. Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.  In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, "A Christmas Carol," inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere. Tickets are $50 per person; reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. Call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.


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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 College’s Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of familiar carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. There is no admission charge for either service, but all are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. The service offers a rich array of seasonal music. The repertoire of the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs includes both traditional arrangements as well as fresh new settings of Christmas texts under the direction of Lindsay Pope, director of Choral/Vocal Activities. Chaplain to the college, the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, will give the meditation. The Williams Handbell Choir will play a festive Postlude after each service.


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ALBANY BERKSHIRE BALLET: 'THE NUTCRACKER'
Pittsfield, 4:30 p.m.

Albany Berkshire Ballet presents its 45th annual tour of "The Nutcracker" through Dec. 21. It features principal dancers from around the country accompanied by 150-200 local area students. Choreographed by Madeline Cantarella Culpo and featuring sets by Carl Sprague and costumes by Rita Watson & Victile Donahue. Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Tickets available here or at 413-236-8888. 


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MAIN STREET AT CHRISTMAS
Stockbridge, Noon-2 p.m.

The 30th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration continues with the Main Street at Christmas Re-creation. See Main Street as Norman Rockwell did when he painted the famous Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Main Street becomes a magical New England village with over 50 antique cars parked along the street (weather permitting) and a full range of festive activities, including Roger the Jester at the Red Lion Inn Christmas Food Booth; holiday music by Monument Mountain Regional High School and the Berkshire Victorian Carolers; holiday fun at Santa’s workshop sponsored by the Norman Rockwell Museum; and a visit from Santa. Commemorative Buttons offering admittance to Sunday’s Main Street activities are $5 per person and are available at the Red Lion Inn. Children under 12 free. Horse drawn wagon rides by Clay Hill Farm will also be available for an additional fee. Complete schedule online.


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HANCOCK HOLIDAYS
Pittsfield

Hancock Holidays at Hancock Shaker Village continued with brunch with Santa (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), a Service of Lessons and Carols (4 and 6 p.m.) and gingerbread house contest (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For a complete schedule of events, visit the website.


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WILLIAMSTOWN HOLIDAY WALK
Williamstown

The 36th annual Williamstown Holiday Walk weekend concludes with a pancake breakfast benefiting the sixth-grade class at the Williamstown Elementary School Cafeteria from 9 a.m. to noon, the annual Williamstown Elementary School Craft Show at the Williamstown Elementary School Gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a Christmas Service of Lessons & Carols, Thompson Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m. Find the complete schedule online.


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STORY TIME AT LANESBOROUGH LIBRARY
Lanesborough, 10:15 a.m.

Every Tuesday. Stories, fingerplays, songs and musical instruments, simple crafts for young children. All welcome, no registration required. Lanesborough Public Library, 83 N. Main St. Lanesborough. The library is at the back of Town Hall, parking next to the library and on North side of building, down the hill.  Call 442-0222 for information.


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NORTHERN BERKSHIRE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Williamstown, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Offering grief support during the holidays for six Tuesdays beginning Nov. 15 at the Harper Center.  Contact Corinne for more information and to register at 413-242-4495. This is a nonjudgmental environment for increasing hope and decreasing isolation.  
 
 

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FAMILY-STYLE FELTING
Lenox, 6:30-8 p.m.

A Special Stitch Around will be held in Katie's Korner at the Lenox Library with Regina Mason, fiber artist. All ages welcome to come learn the fundamentals of wet felting with wool.


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ART AND POLITICS FILM SERIES
Williamstown, 6 p.m.

The Clark Art Institute’s Art and Politics Film Series begins this fall with free screenings of two documentaries in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. The Art and Politics Film Series is organized by Robert Wiesenberger, the Clark’s associate curator of contemporary projects, and Horace Ballard, curator of American art at the Williams College Museum of Art. Each film begins with a brief introduction and is followed by light refreshments and conversation in the Manton Reading Room. On Dec. 11, view "Nightcleaners" (United Kingdom, 1975), directed by the Berwick Street Collective. Intending to make a straightforward documentary about the campaign to unionize the women who cleaned office buildings in central London at night, the filmmakers felt the need to turn—halfway through making the documentary—to experimental forms like confessionals and poetry to represent the tripartite relationship between the unions, the women, and established social orders. Run time is 90 minutes.


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'A DIFFERENT CONCEPT OF GOD'
Pittsfield, 10:45 a.m.

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires welcomes Michel Paul Richard, professor emeritus, SUNY Geneseo, who will share ideas he developed over 30 years of teaching about religion in a talk titled “A Different Concept of God.” This free program at Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community series. The program precedes a kosher lunch at noon ($2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age, $7 for all others). Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling 413-442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.


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PASTA DINNER
Pittsfield, 5 to 7 p.m.

UNICO will be sponsoring a Pasta Dinner for the Eagle Santa Fund at Hillcrest Academy 400 Columbus Ave from 5:00 to 7:00PM. Thanks to past support the Eagle Fund has been able to provide a much needed program to families in need. Tickets are still $10.00 for Adult, $25.00 for families and $5.00 for Senior Citizens and children. Checks can be made payable to the Eagle Santa Fund 75 South Church Street. Pittsfield.MA 01201.


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DEMOCRATIC CITY COMMITTEE HOLIDAY SOCIAL
North Adams, 5:30 p.m.
Holiday party hosted by the North Adams Democratic City Committee at Boston Sea Foods Restaurant. Buffet meal is $20 per person. Open to any Democrats or anyone wishing to socialize with the local committee. Reserve by Sunday, Dec. 8, by contacting any officer: Jason LaForest, Marie T. Harpin, Lisa Blackmer, Fran Buckley, Benjamin Lamb, Diane Parsons or Dale Waterman. 

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NORTH ADAMS ELKS LODGE DINNER
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The North Adams Elks Lodge December dinner will feature chili with mexican corn and chocolate chip carmel cookie bar. The cost is $9; place a reservation by calling 413-664-9039 (after 4 p.m.) by Dec. 10.


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SNOWY DAY FAMILY ACTIVITY
North Adams, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Snowy Day Family Activity on Friday, December 13 from 10:30-11:30 am at The Family Center. Families are invited to join us for a fun, snow themed family activity! We will play games and make winter decorations, read a story and have a special snack. Every child will receive a FREE winter theme book to take home. 


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'THE SECRET IN THE WINGS'
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsfield High School Proteus Theater presents "The Secret in the Wings" by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Kyla Blocker, at the PHS theater at 300 East St. "The Secret in the Wings" is a play based on lesser-known, darker fairy tales that explores the world through the eyes of children. As the various stories weave together, the audience is taken on a journey to a world where magic is real, ogres are babysitters, and things are not always as they seem. Please note: "The Secret in the Wings" deals with themes that may not be suitable for very young children. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased online or at the door.


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GHENT PLAYHOUSE: 'PINOCCHIO: ALL STRUNG OUT'
New York, 8 p.m.

The classic tale of the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy gets a zany twist in this production by theatrical group The Pantaloons. Tickets are available online, at the door or at 800-838-3006. Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.


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HOLIDAY BAKE SALE & BAZAAR
Sheffield, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Christ Trinity Church in Sheffield announces its ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAKE SALE on Saturday, December 14 from 10 am – 2 pm. Fabulous foods for your table and gift giving. Wonderful selection of holiday baked goods, cookies, cakes, candies, jams, jellies, fruit cakes, breads, granola and more. PLUS, a Holiday Bazaar of a variety of decorations, reasonably priced gifts, and other holiday items. Free admission and plenty of parking. 180 Main Street (Rt. 7 & Maple Ave.), Sheffield, MA 413-229-8811   www.ChristTrinityChurch.org https://www.facebook.com/ChristTrinitySheffield/
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WINTER FARMERS MARKET
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Berkshire Grown's Winter Farmers Market in Great Barrington features the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods, plus the yummiest grilled sausages and egg sandwiches. These popular community markets take place on Saturdays in November through April at the Monument Valley Regional Middle School. Shoppers can find their favorite farmers, food producers, and crafters among the more than 60 vendors at the winter markets.


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HOLIDAY SHINDY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Holiday Shindy will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the newly instated Al Khalil Cultural Center (formerly Shire City Sanctuary) with 40 artisan vendors, featuring holiday shopping with food from local farms and the opportunity to meet and watch local makers weave, sew, and whittle. Admission is $3, free for children under 12.


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