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WEDNESDAY SHORTS
Lenox, 5 6 p.m.
Enjoy summer afternoons on the Terrace listening to professional actors read short stories written by Wharton and her contemporaries including Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. $10 General, Free for Members, Wednesdays, June 27th - August 29th at 5:00 p.m. (Except for July 4th). The Mount in Lenox
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CONCERT AT THE LAKE PRESENTS BORN IV BLUES
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Each summer from June through August the City of North Adams hosts a free weekly concert series, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union,  at Windsor Lake (intersection of Kemp and Bradley Streets). These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is free during concerts, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake. All cancellations will be called by 3PM on the day of the concert. For more details follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/natourism/, call 413-664-6180, or email tourism@northadams-ma.gov
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SHOOTING STAR PAINT & SIP FOR BLACK ROCK FC SOCCER CLUB
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Help make a dream come true for these young athletes!  Join us on WED 6/27/18 6:30-8:30pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Black Rock Football Club trip to Sweden, where they'll play in a soccer tournament! You'll learn to paint this inspirational image of "Shooting Star" on a large 16x20 canvas. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, light snack and donation included for $40. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346  
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ORANGE STAR SMASHAROO! COUNTRY WESTERN DINNER THEATER FARCE
Windsor, 7:30 p.m.
One of seven interactive performances in the Daniel's Art Party Performing Arts Festival, Orange Star Smasharoo! is a rollicking musical that captures a pivotal night in the life of a colorful Wyoming family. Actual audience members eat a four-course dinner onstage, while the family's farcical drama and wild musical numbers swirl around hem. Parents be advised: there will be adult themes and bawdy content. Written and Directed by Ken Roht, and starring Broadway belter Lauren Elder (Hair, Side Show) as our Queen of Dinner Theater, Orange Star! Run-time: approx 1 hour, 30 min. For more info and tickets: www.danielsartparty.org  Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Rd., Great Barrington
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CLASSICAL PRINCIPLES FOR MODERN DESIGN WITH THOMAS JAYNE
Lenox, 4 5 p.m.
Award-winning interior designer and decorative arts historian Thomas Jayne discusses Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s 1897 book The Decoration of Houses. Proudly sponsored by 33 Main. $10 General, Free Mount Members, 4:00 p.m.   The Mount in Lenox
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DOWNSTREET ART
North Adams, 5 - 8 p.m.
DownStreet Art Thursday, June 28, 5-8 pm downstreetart.org Featuring music, art activities, exhibition openings, and local vendors, DownStreet Art Thursdays combine elements of a gallery walk and street party to deliver monthly, not-to-be-missed happenings to the streets of downtown North Adams.   
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BETTY VERA, URBAN TEXTURES OPENING RECEPTION
North Adams, 5 - 8 p.m.
Betty Vera, Urban Textures On View: June 28 – July 21, 2018 Opening reception Thursday June 28, 5pm – 8pm Inspired by the rich and surprising juxtaposition of materials and textures found in the urban environment, fiber artist Betty Vera creates richly textured, intricate woven works that evoke the accidental and intentional abstract designs created by human activity.  Visit mcla.edu/gallery51 for more information.  
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STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SUPPER
Vermont, 5 PM with continuous serving
The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of RT 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual family style Strawberry Shortcake Supper. The menu includes: grilled chicken breasts and thighs,  baked ham, pineapple sauce, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and Jello salads, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade strawberry shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults, $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Remember how good it was last year!
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THE CHALET
North Adams, 5:30 p.m.
Our summer fun spot promises frothy beverages, riverside regulars, and friendly new faces when we fire up The Chalet, Oh, Canada artist Dean Baldwin’s-sculpture-turned-river- side-beer-garden for just one night each week. Summer’s most precious memories happen here — in the midst of the museum, to the hum of local music, under the Berkshire stars. Starts Thursday, June 28th. The Chalet is always free, just bring cash for the bar!  MASS MoCA
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DOWNTOWN BIKE AROUND
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Every Thursday at 6:00p.m. Meet at St. Anthony’s Parking Lot, North Adams. Help shift bicycle culture in North Adams for drivers and people on bikes by joining in on a casual and group ride. For all ages! There is safety in numbers as we take to the streets to create a safer environment for sharing our roads! For more information contact: Amanda Chilson, achilson@nbccoalition.org.
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LOBSTER ON THE LAWN
, 6 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy an evening on the lawn with a BBQ menu crafted by Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin while enjoying live music. This is the Lobster on The Lawn Event, Thursdays beginning June 28—August 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This offer is open to everyone and is located on The Event Lawn, and it includes a BBQ buffet, house beer & house wine, coffee/tea, soft drinks, entertainment and valet parking. Pricing includes $100 plus tax and resort amenity fee for adults, $50 plus tax and resort amenity fee for children ages 4-12 and free of charge for children under the age of 3. The menu consists of chowder, salads, hot offers and desserts. For more information, visit www.blantyre.com or call 1-844-881-0104. Blantyre, 16 Blantyre Road, Lenox, MA 01240   1-844-881-0104
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ORANGE STAR SMASHAROO! COUNTRY WESTERN DINNER THEATER FARCE
Windsor, 7:30 p.m.
One of seven interactive performances in the Daniel's Art Party Performing Arts Festival, Orange Star Smasharoo! is a rollicking musical that captures a pivotal night in the life of a colorful Wyoming family. Actual audience members eat a four-course dinner onstage, while the family's farcical drama and wild musical numbers swirl around hem. Parents be advised: there will be adult themes and bawdy content. Written and Directed by Ken Roht, and starring Broadway belter Lauren Elder (Hair, Side Show) as our Queen of Dinner Theater, Orange Star! Run-time: approx 1 hour, 30 min. For more info and tickets: www.danielsartparty.org  Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Rd., Great Barrington
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public on Tuesday and Thursday evenings  through Aug. 9 at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (required), contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS AT RIVER WALK
Great Barrington, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located on Dresser Ave. Pre-registration encouraged: river@gbriverwalk.org Join the River Walk Team at this weekly opportunity for community members to contribute to the care of the trail and riverside habitat. Special projects will be planned for some Thursdays. More information at www.GBLand.org
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FREE FUN FRIDAY
Lenox, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m .
The Mount opens its doors as part of the 10th annual Free Fun Friday program, and we invite visitors from far and wide to visit the property, free of charge. Explore Edith Wharton’s home, enjoy the gardens and trails, and discover one of the most beautiful spots in the Berkshires. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Special activities throughout the day.
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MARBLE MEANDERING
North Adams, 10 a.m.
Discover the formation of marble 550 million years ago at Natural Bridge State Park. Observe the water power of the Hudson Brook that carved this 475 foot-long ever-changing chasm. Meet at the Visitor Center. Programs run for 30 to 45 minutes. All programs are free; parking fee applies.

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ITS A BLAST!
North Adams, 2 p.m.
Natural Bridge State Park offers a park Interpreter-guided walk from the Blast Rock through the quarry mill foundation. Discover how it was to work at the quarry in the 1800's. Meet at the Visitor Center. Program runs for 30 to 45 minutes. All programs are free; parking fee applies.

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BIDWELL HOUSE FAMILY TOUR
Monterey, 2 p.m.
The Bidwell House Museum will offer a Family Tour designed for families with children 12 and under.  This new tour will explore the Bidwell House from the perspective of Adonijah Bidwell’s children, who would have been the first youngsters to live in the house. Using games, conversations and activities, this interactive walk through the house will teach visitors how people lived in the Berkshires hundreds of years ago while also finding connections to life today. The fee for this tour is the same as general admission, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 student 13-18, free for children 12 and under.

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HUDSON FISH & GAME CLUB PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
New York, 6:30 p.m.
Summer Flower Sign on SLATE or WOOD!  Join us on FRI 6/29/18 6:30-8:30pm for a Paint and Sip fundraiser to benefit the Hudson Fish and Game Club. You'll learn to paint this summer image of “Welcome Flowers” on an authentic roof slate tile, or on a hand-made reclaimed wood sign - various sizes and colors available. At Hudson Fish and Game Club, 293 Fish and Game Rd, Hudson, NY. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. Cash Bar & Snacks available for purchase. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346  
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RAY LAMONTAGNE WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST NEKO CASE
North Adams, 7 p.m.
Higher Ground Presents: Ray LaMontagne and Neko Case at MASS MoCA Ten years ago Ray LaMontagne released his first album, TROUBLE, the gold-certified start to a fiercely ambitious, Grammy Award-winning, critically praised career that’s encompassed five more albums, several EPs, a slew of soundtrack compilations and arresting live performances fronting a variety of ensembles. His gravelly voice, his intricate and often unexpected musical phrasing, and his poignant lyrics make LaMontagne one of today's most important singer-songwriters. V/S/G Neko Case is a consummate, fearless artist with a fierce work ethic and seemingly endless capacity to search within herself. Both artists are here with their stellar bands for what promises to be a revelatory MASS MoCA moment. 
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ORANGE STAR SMASHAROO! COUNTRY WESTERN DINNER THEATER FARCE
Windsor, 7:30 p.m.
One of seven interactive performances in the Daniel's Art Party Performing Arts Festival, Orange Star Smasharoo! is a rollicking musical that captures a pivotal night in the life of a colorful Wyoming family. Actual audience members eat a four-course dinner onstage, while the family's farcical drama and wild musical numbers swirl around hem. Parents be advised: there will be adult themes and bawdy content. Written and Directed by Ken Roht, and starring Broadway belter Lauren Elder (Hair, Side Show) as our Queen of Dinner Theater, Orange Star! Run-time: approx 1 hour, 30 min. For more info and tickets: www.danielsartparty.org  Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Rd., Great Barrington
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BROOKS WILLIAMS
Great Barrington, 8 p.m.
Critically acclaimed blues and Americana singer, songwriter and guitarist Brooks Williams, who has toured for nearly thirty years, will perform at The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts as part of their "Troubadour Series" on Friday, June 29, 2018.  This is in advance of his forthcoming album: his 28th release, "Lucky Star", which drops this summer.  Concert-goers can purchase an advance copy at the show. Doors open at 6:00 PM; concert at 8:00 PM.  $20 members/$25 non members.  Beer, wine, and a full dinner menu are available between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. For more information about The Guthrie Center ("Alice's Church"), visit www.guthriecenter.org , and for more about Brooks, visit www.brookswilliams.com .
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INTRODUCTION TO STORYTELLING
, 10 a.m. - Noon
Humans are, by nature, storytellers. If you’ve ever wanted to tell your story but wondered how to organize it or worried about creating a connection with an audience, this workshop will prepare you to bring your experiences to the stage through the intimacy of live storytelling. Using techniques developed in his popular REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES series, Paul Ricciardi Ancram Opera House co-director and recipient of the 2018 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award, will guide participants through exercises that will lead to a dynamic, performance-ready story.  No experience necessary. Tuition: $40.  Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram, NY 12502  (518) 329-0114
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NATURAL BRIDGE HISTORY TOUR
North Adams, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Discover the mystery of Natural Bridge State Park with this easy walking tour. Meet at the Visitor Center for an interpreter-guided discovery of interesting and short stories that makes Natural Bridge so unique. Programs run for 30 to 45 minutes. Limited wheelchair access. All programs are free; parking fee applies.

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TOT SHABBAT
, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
A fun service filled with songs, stories and more! Perfect for children 5 & under! On every last Saturday of the month in the Kahn Meeting Room at Temple Israel of Albany! Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 1-518-438-7858
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BERKSHIRE REGIONAL ART GUILD 19TH ANNUAL ART EXHIBIT
Pittsfield, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Gala opening reception of the Berkshire Regional Art Guild 19th Member Exhibition will be held at Miller Supply Co., 205 West Street, Pittsfield, MA. Cash awards ceremony at 6:30 pm.  All of the art is original work by talented Berkshire County artists and includes oils, watercolors, acrylics, drawings and mixed media. Stop in, be inspired, and ask about joining the Art Guild. All of the art will be available for viewing at Miller Supply Co. on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm beginning June 30 through July 27. Select original works, prints and 2019 calendars will be available for sale.
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LEMON CHICKEN PARM DINNER
Cheshire, 5-6 p.m.
Cheshire United Methodist Church, 197 Church St. Price is $10 adult, $5 children and menu includes buttered noodles, peas & carrots and éclair cake for dessert. Servings from 5 to 6; takeout available. Limited number of dinners for walk-ins so reserve your meal by calling Jeanne at 413-663-3630 by 5 on Friday, June 29 and leave name, phone number and number of meals (adult & child).
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BERKSHIRE BOY SCOUTS PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Berkshire County Boy Scouts Paint & Sip Fundraiser - Join us on SAT 6/30/18 6-8pm to raise funds for this local group. You'll learn to paint this locally inspired image of "Mount Greylock at Dusk" on a 16x20 canvas. At First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, instruction and donation included for $35. BYOB and Snacks. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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THE RUSSET TRIO
New Marlborough, 7 p.m.
The Russet Trio makes its home in the Hudson Valley where they play a variety of traditional string band music. They have become a highly sought-after ensemble throughout the Northeast and beyond for contra and square dances, weddings and festivals, and this September they can be heard at the Oldtone Roots Music Festival in North Hillsdale, NY.  Admission is free; a retiring collection to benefit the artists will be collected at the door as you head out to the reception on the front lawn (weather permitting). Music at the Southfield Church is the perfect series to introduce young people to live music, and a wonderful way to expand your own horizons. Come, bring the family and friends and enjoy a magical evening at the Southfield Church! The Southfield Church is located at 234 Norfolk Road in the Southfield Village of New Marlborough.
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ORANGE STAR SMASHAROO! COUNTRY WESTERN DINNER THEATER FARCE
Windsor, 7:30 p.m.
One of seven interactive performances in the Daniel's Art Party Performing Arts Festival, Orange Star Smasharoo! is a rollicking musical that captures a pivotal night in the life of a colorful Wyoming family. Actual audience members eat a four-course dinner onstage, while the family's farcical drama and wild musical numbers swirl around hem. Parents be advised: there will be adult themes and bawdy content. Written and Directed by Ken Roht, and starring Broadway belter Lauren Elder (Hair, Side Show) as our Queen of Dinner Theater, Orange Star! Run-time: approx 1 hour, 30 min. For more info and tickets: www.danielsartparty.org  Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Rd., Great Barrington
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