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HANDMADE ARTS AND CRAFT FAIR
New York, 12:30-2 p.m.

Old Chatham Quaker Meeting will hold its second annual Handmade Arts and Crafts Fair at 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y. Sweaters, wooden pens, totebags, pillow cases, and quilted items are just a few of the carefully handcrafted goods for sale. One-hundred percent of the purchase price will be donated to support the Quaker meeting and its programs.


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MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: GLASSíS AKHNATEN
Great Barrington, 1:00 p.m.
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt. 11:30am: Pre-Opera Broadcast Lecture with Scott Eyerly Composer and librettist Scott Eyerly has won acclaim across a wide range of genres. Eyerly`s fresh approach to opera and classical music has attracted a growing audience. His popular lecture series at the Mahaiwe and his sold-out courses at The Juilliard School`s Evening Division are drawing novices and cognoscenti alike. For tickets and more information click here.
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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 ($72 members) and may be purchased online or by calling 413.443.0188. A second workshop will be held Sunday, Dec. 8.


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'AN AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA'
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.

The fall concert titled “An Afternoon at the Opera,” directed by Paula Nuss and accompanied by Memrie Kelly, will be performed in Common Room at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St. The concert will include choruses and arias from "Dido and Aeneas," "Cavalleria Rusticana," "Carmen," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "The Pirates of Penzance," and "Phantom of the Opera."  Soloists will be sopranos Marcella Bradway, Rebecca Zahn Hoffmann, Ann-Marie Desautelle, Holland Tuck, and baritone Chris Clark. Tickets are $20, and $15 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free.


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FREE BSO CONCERT
North Adams, 3 p.m.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will offer a BSO Community Chamber Concert at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the MCLA Church Street Center. This concert, which will include the music of Haydn, Dvořák, and Stephan Knocz, is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register for free tickets, call 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200. As part of the series’ ongoing Artistic Exchange program, students from Kids 4 Harmony, a program of Berkshire Children and Families, will present a special pre-concert program at 2 p.m. As part of the BSO’s “Community Conversations,” Associate Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger will host a casual talk and Q&A session with the audience from 2:30-3 p.m.


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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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TALK ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Lenox, 4 p.m.

The Lenox Library Distinguished Lecture Series will host Francis Moriarty presenting a talk titled "US-China Relations: What Choices Do We Have?" at the library. Moriarty’s career, which began in Pittsfield at the sports desk of the Berkshire Eagle, would take him to San Francisco, Beirut and Berlin, but his longest stint was in Hong Kong. His first day on the job was April 15, 1989, the day senior mainland official Hu Yaobang died. Hu’s death helped spark the pro-democracy demonstrations that would lead to the Tiananmen massacre. Moriarty covered the demonstrations in Hong Kong, where tens of thousands of people protested outside the then-offices of the Xinhua News Agency in solidarity with the demonstrators in Beijing.


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HOMESPUN HOLIDAY CRAFT DAY
Windsor, Noon-4 p.m.
The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum invites visitors of all ages to join us for a free, fun sampling of traditional New England winter crafts and warm cocoa. Try your hand at making punched tin lanterns, Victorian-style paper ornaments, pomanders, and snowflakes. Knitting and Crochet lessons available upon request.
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FLAVORS OF AMERICA
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.

WordXWord forages will host Flavors of  America/Poets Creating Conversation at the Berkshire Museum. The event is free and open to all; however, some content may be challenging for younger children. Just in time for Thanksgiving, poets will reflect - metaphorically, figuratively, or perhaps literally - on all of the “flavors” of America.


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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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TRANS AWARENESS PANEL
Pittsfield, 6-8 p.m.

Organized by Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition, co-hosted by Berkshire Pride, Berkshire Trans Group, Live Out Loud Youth Project and Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County, the Trans Awareness Panel will be held at Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave. This community panel is meant to provide an affirming and safe platform to promote visibility, representation, and resource/skill-sharing within the trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming communities as well as a way for those communities to vocalize what must be done to improve conditions locally and beyond and how the broader community can help facilitate this through solidarity and allyship.


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THANKFUL 5K RUN/WALK
Pittsfield, 8 a.m.

The fourth annual free Thankful 5k Run/Walk to benefit the St. Joseph's Food Pantry will be held Thanksgiving morning at Berkshire Running Center at 34 Depot St. Thankful beanie hats are the fundraising component to the event.  Thankful Beanies can be purchased online or in store and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. Registration can be done in advance online; there is no day of race registration.


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THANKSGIVING MEALS FOR NORTHERN BERKSHIRE SENIORS

This year due to budget cuts we have received a new source of financial support for our Thanksgiving Meal for Northern Berkshire Seniors. All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church reached out to our Northern Berkshire residents trying to raise financial support to provide this year’s home delivered meals to our seniors who are alone on Thanksgiving and who do not have the means of a holiday dinner.  The response was overwhelming!

For our thirty fifth year of serving the Northern Berkshire area the Thanksgiving for Seniors program will be sponsored by All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church with funding from the Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield “Rice Bowl” Relief Services and from numerous community members donations. The program is provided and organized by local volunteers from the Northern Berkshire community and by All Saints Weekend Meal Ministry.  The meal will be a traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, vegetable, gravy, cranberry sauce roll and pumpkin pie.

All Saints Berkshire located in North Adams will be delivering the meals to seniors that live in North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida Mountain, and Williamstown.  The program is for seniors 60 years of age and older who are alone on Thanksgiving and have no way of having a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  The meals are delivered on Thanksgiving Day between 11am and noon. This is a free meal and reservations for a meal is required. All seniors who wish to receive a meal must make a reservation.

Reservations can be made starting November 8th – 22nd by calling All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church.

To make a reservation call:  

All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church 413-664-9656 Monday through Thursday from 9am-1pm Someone will be in the office to take your name and information on those days.  If no answer, leave your name, address, town and phone number on our voice mail machine.  We will call back to confirm your reservation.

We are also looking for volunteers to deliver meals to seniors on Thanksgiving Day, please call the above number to sign up to deliver the meals.


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PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.

Williams College invites the community to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. from Sept. 13 through Dec. 6. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. Shows will be hosted by Williams College students Peter Knowlton ’21, Christian Lockwood ’20, Duncan McCarthy ’21, and Patrick Postec ‘21. Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy Jay Pasachoff is director of the Hopkins Observatory. 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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BENEFIT FOR MOUNT EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL
Sheffield, 1:00 PM
Make your own masterpiece and memories!  Join us SAT 11/30/19 1-3pm for a Paint and Sip to benefit Mount Everett High School Junior Class for Prom. Learn to paint this unique seasonal image of “Holiday Pine Forest” on a large 16x20 canvas or on a handmade sign made from reclaimed wood (various sizes to choose from). At Mount Everett High School, 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield, MA. All painting materials, donation, snacks and non-alcohol sips provided for $40. *Alcohol not permitted.  Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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WINTER STORY TIME WITH GRACE LIN
Lenox, 2 p.m.
Winter Storytime with Grace Lin Saturday November 30, 2:00 p.m. Join award-winning and bestselling children’s book author and illustrator Grace Lin for an afternoon of storytelling at The Mount. Featuring A Big Mooncake for Little Star (Caldecott Honor book) and her new book A Big Bed for Little Snow. Included with admission. Reserve online at EdithWharton.org.
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'LITTLE WOMEN' READING
Lenox, 3:30 p.m.

Known to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum audiences for her many one-woman shows, actress Anne Undeland returns to celebrate the release of an audiobook adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s "Little Women" from which she will read excerpts. Following the reading, Undeland and Alison Larkin, founder of Alison Larkin Presents, the Berkshire-based audiobook company that is issuing "Little Woman," will discuss Alcott's early feminist roots, her links to Massachusetts and "Little Women" then and now. Tickets for the "Little Women" reading and succeeding tea are $28 per person with advance reservations, $32 for day of the reading. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited at 413-637-3206.


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BERKSHIRE BACHíS ANNUAL HANDELíS MESSIAH SING
Great Barrington, 4 p.m.
BERKSHIRE BACH SOCIETY’s annual MESSIAH SING, always held on Thanksgiving weekend, is the Society’s gift to the community and heralds the beginning of the holiday season. Join Choral conductor Frank Nemhauser, accompanied by the Berkshire Bach Players, a seasoned instrumental ensemble of professional musicians, including Lucy Bardo, one of America’s finest viola da gamba players (playing cello) and legendary trumpeter Allan Dean, along with Ron Gorevic and Emily Smith on violins, Eric Martin on viola, and Donald Sosin on piano. Bring your own score, or borrow or buy one at the door. Free! (But donations are welcome to help pay the amazing musicians!) Saturday, November 30, at 4 P.M. First Congregational Church 251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230  
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EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION
Adams, 4-7 p.m.

The December exhibit at Real Eyes Gallery at 71 Park St. will be show of paintings by artist Galen Cheney titled "Mining Memory." Galen Cheney has shown her abstract paintings consistently during the past 15 years primarily in Vermont as well as at The Painting Center in New York City. Real Eyes Gallery will exhibit "Mining Memory" from Nov. 29 through Dec. 27.


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LENOX CONTRA DANCE 5TH SATURDAY
Lenox, 7:45 - 11:00 p.m.
Special 5th Saturday Dance   Music by Coincidance - Tony Pisano (accordion), Josh Pisano (percussion), Eric Martin (fiddle and viola), Susan Creighton (keyboard), and Eric Buddington (fiddle), with caller Joan Savitt. Come join us contra dancing to live music with a different band and caller each month on Third Saturday nights in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Lenox Community Center, at 65 Walker Street. Experience the pleasure of dancing on a beautiful wood floor, in a high-ceiling second floor (handicap accessible) ballroom with a raised stage.   Admission is $12 and $6 for students. New Dancers - 2nd dance free!   Dances begin with a 15 minute beginner introduction at 7:45 followed by dancing from 8:00 to 11:00. Refreshments are offered during the social break from dancing. All the dances are taught. No partner necessary. Come alone or bring friends.  
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REBEL ALLIANCE'S RAISE YOUR SOUL ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
North Adams, 8 PM
Come out for a night to remember as Rebel Alliance celebrates the release of their new album "Raise Your Soul" right in the Berkshires, where it all began. Special guests include Steven Bilodeau of The Longview Gunslingers, and local up and coming band and friend of the rebellion Dead Electric Forecast! Doors at 6. Start time 8PM. 21+ $15 $12 in advance https://hilo.ticketspice.com/rebel-alliance-w-dead-electric-forecast-steven-bilodeau
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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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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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DAD AND FAMILY BOWLING AND PIZZA TIME
North Adams, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Dad and Family Bowling and Pizza Time - December 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Valley Park Bowl in North Adams FREE for Northern Berkshire families with children 8 years old and under. FREE book for each child. Dads and families are invited to join us for an hour for pizza and candle pin bowling! Call to register, 413-664-4821. Spots are limited!
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DECEMBER 6TH FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK!
Pittsfield, 5 - 8 p.m.
December First Fridays Artswalk! Friday, December 6, 5 to 8 pm Enjoy sixteen different art shows featuring work by over two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, December 6! Join us for a free guided tour beginning at 5 pm on December 6 at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.  
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PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.

Williams College invites the community to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. from Sept. 13 through Dec. 6. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. Shows will be hosted by Williams College students Peter Knowlton ’21, Christian Lockwood ’20, Duncan McCarthy ’21, and Patrick Postec ‘21. Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy Jay Pasachoff is director of the Hopkins Observatory. 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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DANCE EDUCATION LABORATORY (DEL) MINI-WORKSHOPS
Becket, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Explore dance education practices dedicated to artistry, collaboration, and dance making in workshops inspired by the work of Pillow Lab residency artists. Includes a 3-hour workshop, lunch, a tour, and In Process Series showing with a Pillow Lab artist followed by a Q&A and reception; comfortable clothing suggested. FREE | Ages 16+ | Open to all levels | 10am - 1 pm Nov 2 | Pillow Lab Artist: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Nov 9 | Pillow Lab Artist: Umanoove/Didy Veldman Dec 7 | Pillow Lab Artist: Alice Gosti REGISTER TODAY for this exciting learning opportunity! https://bit.ly/2U6dM5c MORE INFORMATION: http://bit.ly/2lExTer QUESTIONS? For more information or questions about accessibility and transportation: 413.243.9919 x161 or tgiles@jacobspillow.org. DEL at Jacob’s Pillow is made possible by Jody & John Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation. Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) is founded by Jody Gottfried Arnhold.
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CRAFT FAIR AND MORE
Lanesborough, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please join us for a day of crafts, food, raffles and more! Free admission. Pierogies available for purchase. Craft fair at Lanesborough Elementary School, 188 Summer Street, Lanesborough. Proceeds to benefit the Lanesborough-New Ashford Scholarship Fund
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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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