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Pittsfield, 11 am - 11 pm
Living the Change is a Fair celebrating the growing community and positive momentum of Berkshire County’s climate action network, 350Mass Berkshires, the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and all the environmental organizations, activists, sustainable businesses, individuals, and volunteers who give their time and energy to address the planetary challenge of climate change and make the Berkshires a healthier, more and sustainable community. JOIN US for this joyous day of celebration, networking, informative booths, dialogue and brainstorming, art making, education, music, film, food, and fun! Location: Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St. Pittsfield, food available outside from Food Van Rodeo. Admission is free. Film: 5:30pm. Party: 8:00pm.
North Adams, 4-7 p.m.
The annual St. Vincent de Paul Turkey Dinner will be held at the St. Elizabeth's Church Parish Center, located directly behind the Church on Marshall Street. To purchase tickets, call 413-663-5316 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please consider purchasing tickets in advance as only a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. Take-out is also available. Parties of eight or more may reserve tables. Adults are $13, seniors are $12 and children 12 and under are $8.
KIWANIS PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Stockbridge, 6 p.m.
Join us on 5/7 at the Stockbridge Golf Club, 6A Main St, Stockbridge, MA for a fun night of painting, sipping, and socializing! This fundraiser is hosted by the Sheffield, Lee, and Pittsfield Kiwanis clubs to benefit the Foster Family Appriciation Day. You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of "Blue Birds" on a large 16x20 canvas. No experienc required. All materials, instruction, and donation included for $35. CASH BAR. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
NEW MARLBOROUGH SPRING DANCE
New Marlborough, 6-10 p.m.
Members of the New Marlborough Volunteer Fire Company will hold their annual Spring Dance at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough. The event will feature dinner, as well as dancing to live music. Tickets are $35 each and available at the Mill River General Store or from any N.M. Fire & Rescue member. For tickets or more information, please contact David Herrick at the Mill River General Store or David Smith at 413-229-0291.
SPRING DANCE PARTY WITH BERKSHIRE BATERIA
Lee, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Join us for a festive evening of music, dance, food and drink at the Spring Dance Party with the Berkshire Bateria! Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets on sale at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee or by calling the Spectrum Box Office at 413-394-5023 Admission: $10 in advance / $12 at the door. Location: The Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin Street, Lee MA
New York, 7:30 - 9:30 am
Location: the grounds at Steepletop, Edna St. Vincent Millay's historic home in Austerlitz, NY Edna St. Vincent Millay inspired many people with her poetry. She especially loved birds and kept a detailed account of their comings and goings at Steepletoop. To honor Millay's legacy, we have asked Larry Federman, of the Audubon Society, to conduct a bird walk at Steepletop. We hope to inspire our visitors to learn more about birds and help to protect the wildlife and the magnificent habitat that surrounds us. Please join us. Bring your binoculars and hiking attire. We gather at the Visitors Center at Tamarac Cottage at 7:15 am. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Fee: $10 For those who wish to take a tour of Millay's home afterwards, a 10:00 am tour will be offered at a special price of $12.
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
May 5-7, 7:30 PM Adams Memorial Theatre, 62 Center for Theatre and Dance $3 Written by Trina Davies and Directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven 1789. With France on the verge of revolution, a young Madame Tussaud, Marie Grosholz, is called from her post at Versailles back to Dr. Curtius’ Wax Salon in the heart of Paris. There she is introduced to the most influential people in Paris, including Maximilien Robespierre, who takes a particular interest in her art. As the revolution descends, Marie is forced to confront the remains of those she has befriended—whose waxen images must be set with signs that identify them as ‘patriots’ or ‘enemies’. Written by award-winning Canadian playwright Trina Davies, Waxworks is an exploration of the tales we’re told, the heroes and villains we create, and the life of an extraordinary artist who developed the first world-wide entertainment brand.
FISHING DERBY AT WILD ACRES
Pittsfield, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The City of Pittsfield Conservation Commission, in conjunction with Lyon Aviation, will sponsor a free fishing derby for youth ages 14 and under at Wild Acres (rain or shine), South Mountain Road. Volunteer support will be provided by the Onota Fishing Club to assist with dressing fish, providing fishing tips and techniques, baiting, and more. Bait will be provided, and a limited amount of fishing poles will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for use that day. Trophies will be awarded in various age groups to those who catch the largest fish (length and weight). For more information, contact Becky Manship at 413-499-9370.
BOOM TIC BOOM
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Allison Miller, “a drummer of fierce clarity and bold imagination” (London Guardian) who was here last summer with Toshi Reagon, returns with her smoking hot band — which includes Jenny Scheinman, Myra Melford, Todd Sickafoose, Ben Goldberg, and Kirk Knuffke — for a night of propulsive rhythm and melody. MASS MoCA
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
May 6-7, 8 :00 PM CenterStage, 62 Center for Theatre and Dance $3 (Contemporary Dance Ensemble) is dedicated to the continued development of dance on the campus and in the community by fostering collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines. By integrating the foundational techniques of modern and ballet with contemporary and popular forms of movement, music, and multimedia, we create an environment for the creation and performance of original work by two faculty artistic directors, visiting artists, and students. This fall, CoDa collaborates with the Departments of Theatre and Music in a newly conceived production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Jean-Bernard Bucky. Titled The Tempest: Join us on the journey! May 6-7, 8 :00 PM CenterStage, 62 Center for Theatre and Dance $3 (Contemporary Dance Ensemble) is dedicated to the continued development of dance on the campus and in the community by fostering collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines. By integrating the foundational techniques of modern and ballet with contemporary and popular forms of movement, music, and multimedia, we create an environment for the creation and performance of original work by two faculty artistic directors, visiting artists, and students.
'WILDFLOWERS AND SPRING CHANGES'
Lenox, 9:30 a.m.-noon
"Wildflowers and Spring Changes" will be sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuarie at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The cost is $8 for adults. Discover the early signs of spring and wildflowers in the woodlands at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. We will take a leisurely walk and along the way, learn the natural history of the early blossoms and how to identify them. Then we’ll gather for tea and to look up any nature mysteries we discovered along the way. Bring your curiosity and a hand lens if you have one.
Registration is required.
Star gazing at Notchview Reservation will begin at dusk and last until late evening. There will be telescopes and interpretation to view stars and planets. Admission is $5. Notchview Reservation and Ski Touring Center is located on Route 9. Cloud cover and any rain will cancel this event. For information call Colin Harrington at 413-684-4535.
HospiceCare in The Berkshires will hold its annual gala at the Country Club of Pittsfield. The evening will include dancing and singing performances of seasons past, and dancing to live music. Proceeds from the event will be used to expand and continue community programs of bereavement services; the “Little Things Fund” which provides extra needs for hospice families; and the “Pediatric Palliative Care Family Resource Fund” which assists families with expenses associated with caring for a child who is facing a life-limiting illness. Tickets are $125 per person and may be ordered by calling the HospiceCare office at 413-443-2994 by April 25.
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will celebrate Mother’s Day (May 8) with the appearance of Great Barrington and New York City fine jewelers Walter McTeigue and Tim McClelland, known for their artful designs of superbly crafted jewelry and the beauty and allure of quality gemstones they offer their clientele. Their Tea & Talk presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea. Tickets for the program are $22 for advance reservations and $27 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit gildedage.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker St.
MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST
Adams, 8 - 11:30 a.m.
The Berkshire Lodge of Masons, 63 Center Street in Adams (The Elks Lodge Building), will be putting on a Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday May 8 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. The cost is $7 for Adults/Seniors, $6 for children under 12, and Free for Children 5 and under. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and much more. https://www.facebook.com/events/1195653093802257/
SPRING FLOWERS SEARCH OF FIELD AND FOREST
Sheffield, 9-11 a.m.
Lime Kiln Farm has a variety of habitats, from recovering farm fields and forested ridges to swamps and abandoned lime quarries. We’ll explore these natural communities through the seasons, getting to know the interesting flora and fauna of this beautiful sanctuary in the southern Berkshires. This program is free as part of our “Lime Kiln Through the Seasons,” series which is generously funded by Alford-Egremont, Great Barrington, Monterey, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, and Sheffield Cultural Council grants. From the center of Sheffield (at the post office), drive an additional 1.1 miles on Rt. 7, turning right at Silver Street. Follow Silver street for 1.1 miles to the sanctuary entrance on the right. Registration is required.
Vermont, 5 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a weekly Gentle Yoga class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams in 2016. The hour-long classes are scheduled at 5 p.m. each Wednesday starting Jan. 6 in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge for participants. Participants will learn basic balancing postures, breathing, and visualization techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, and strength. The class is presented by Ali Wassick and Jane Schaeffer of the Yoga Place in Bennington and is supported by the Cancer Center Patient Resource Fund. For more information and to attend, contact Rebecca Hewson-Steller, RN, patient navigator, at 802-440-4244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BERKSHIRE DIVA'S QUARTER AUCTION
Adams, 6 p.m.
Join us for our May Quarter Auction at Bounti-Fare! You could WIN a $50 shopping spree with Mary Lou of Pampered Chef just for coming to the quarter auction! Prizes will randomly be given out through the evening too! Our consultants will have tables set up, some with cash and carry items or you can place orders and even book a party! 50/50 and Chinese Auction for our charity of the month Jessica Dabrowski (Team Dabrowski) Jessica has been battling Multiple Myeloma and has undergone chemotherapy and most recently a stem cell transplant. We will be helping to collect donations for non-perishable food items for Relay for Life. The food will be donated to local food pantries so please bring a donation. Thank you.
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us on 5/12 at Berkshire Paint & Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA for a fun night of painting to benefit the St Joe High School Baseball Team. You'll learn how to paint this beautiful image of "Butterfly Reflection" on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, light snack, and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
Williamstown, 1:30 p.m.
Local author Adriana Brown will come to Sweetwood to talk about the book she wrote about her father called An Unlikely Hero: Adrianus Millenaar Dutch Farmer Turned Diplomat in World War II Europe. Please RSVP to 413-458-8371, ext. 13, or email@example.com.
ANGELA'S SCHOLARSHIP PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Dalton, 6 p.m.
Join us on 5/13 at Dalton American Legion, 258 North St, Dalton, MA for a paint & sip fundraiser to benefit Angela's Scholarship program. You'll learn to paint this spiritual image of "Yellow Butterfly" inspired by Angela on a large 16x20 canvas. All materials, instruction, and donation included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
THE LAST MINUTE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
New York, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Old Chatham Quaker Meeting presents “The Last Minute Jazz Ensemble” Friday, at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, NY, across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House. “The Last Minute Jazz Ensemble” has played together for ten years and is comprised of Richard Green – guitar, Roger Suters – bass, Chris Ferrone – sax, Peter Skaller – piano, Peter Coombs – drums and Rob Fisch – trumpet, and delights in playing jazz: standards, latin, bebop and blues. Admission: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets available at these Chatham businesses: The Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, The Main Street Grainery, 15 Main Street, Chatham Wine and Liquor, 53 Main Street and The Chatham Real Food Coop, 15 Church St. There will be a bake sale during the intermission. This is a benefit concert for our Meetinghouse. Questions: 518-766-2992 Directions: www.oldchathamquakers.org
MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites the public to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at the college. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public throughout the spring at 8 p.m. Fridays. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.
SPRING TAG, BOOK AND BAKE SALE
Lenox, 9 am - 3 pm
Join us for our Spring Tag, Book and Bake Sale at The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, Massachusetts (located behind NBT Bank). Lots of bargains and good food too!
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.-noon
An Eating Disorders Anonymous support group meets in the community room of Berkshire Bank at 99 North St. on Saturdays.
THE ART OF THE STRING QUARTET
Windsor, 6 p.m.
Three landmark works of chamber music delivered by a rising quartet. The Dover String Quartet: Joel Link, violin; Bryan Lee, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Gt. Barrington, MA $25 balcony/$45 orchestra/$15 students http://www.cewm.org for more details
BROADWAY CABARET SERIES
Lee, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Featuring Johnny Segalla and accompanist Mike Schiffer. Native to the Berkshires, Segalla has acted with Berkshire Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage Co., and the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab at the Mahaiwe Theater. He is a Graduate of Russell Sage College and also a BCC Alum. Memorable Roles include: Chip Tolentino (RSC’s 25th…Spelling Bee), Bobby Strong (BCC’s Urinetown), Tin Man (BTF’s Wizard of Oz). Recent: Jack (The Magic Tree House Soar with Reading National Tour, Sponsored by Jet Blue), Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice at the Lavender Door / Riggs Theater, and three-year run as an actor/teaching artist (specializing in Autism mentorship) with the Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater. TV: Segalla is starring as Hal in the web pilot “Ad Men” currently available online and on youtube. Admission: $10 Location: The Spectrum Playhouse 20 Franklin Street, Lee MA
25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Pittsfield High School's Proteus Theatre presents 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. May 14th, 20th and 21st at 7:00. May 15th at 2:00. Adults $10.00 Students $8.00. Rsvp (413) 499-9535
WES CLOTHING SALE
Williamstown, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Williamstown Elementary School PTO is hosting the much-anticipated 10th anniversary clothing sale. The WES cafeteria will be jam-packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children’s clothing and accessories. Shoppers will find all types of warm weather bargains from shirts, shorts and swimwear to sportswear, pajamas, shoes and outerwear. Socks, belts and bags among other accessories will be available for purchase as well. For the mothers-to-be, there will be a selection of maternity clothes. All items will be 50 percent off from noon to 1 p.m. Williamstown Elementary School is located at 115 Church St. Parking for this event will be located in the back parking lot off of School Street.
SPRING TAG, BOOK AND BAKE SALE
Lenox, 9 am - noon
Our Spring Tag, Book and Bake Sale continues at The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, Massachusetts (located behind NBT Bank. Today is Super Special Saturday when you can fill a bag for $1.00. Bags will be provided
- Juried Student Art Show
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- Boys & Girls Club 5K Race
- Climate fair
- Jazz Vespers
- Cinco de Mayo dinner
- Fishing Derby at Wild Acres
- Bird Walk
- Apr, 05 - Sharing the First-Gen Experience
- Mar, 28 - AMPED: Connecting to Art
- Mar, 16 - A Musical Outreach
- Mar, 10 - A Marvelous Collaboration
- Feb, 29 - A Front-Row Seat to History