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Cheshire, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
St. Mary's Church will host a bazaar, featuring a bidding auction at noon as well as Chinese auction tables Christmas crafts, fudge table, country store, religious table, jewelry table, white elephant table, country store, candy shop & international food, cash raffles, and more.
COCOA AND COOKIES WITH SANTA
North Adams, 9-11 a.m.
North Adams Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center invites children in the area to have cocoa and cookies with Santa at North Adams Commons, 175 Franklin St. The morning will include refreshments, crafts and a photo with Santa. Parents are asked to RSVP to Kira at 413-662-4403 by Nov. 30. The event is free.
COOKIES AND CANVAS FOR SHARON CENTER PTO
K-4th graders come join us on Sat 12/3 at the Sharon Center School Cafeteria, 80 Hilltop Rd, Sharon, Ct for a fun afternoon of painting this adorable image of "Snowman with a Red Scarf". This class is open for kids in grades K-4th from any school. Child must be accompanied by an adult. All materials, cookies & cocoa, as well as, donation to the school is included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
New York, 1 p.m.
The Stephentown Historical Society will hold its holiday potluck luncheon at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (Garfield Road-County Route 26), Stephentown, N.Y. 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.
CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDES
North Adams, 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Dress up in your best 1950s travel clothes and climb aboard the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's exclusive Tinseliner for a trip back to the era of black & white television, Lionel Trains, Bing Crosby, "glow bright" frosted color Christmas lights, silver trees and colorful tinsel. Featuring a scheduled visit from the man dressed in red himself, this approximate one-hour experience is appropriate for children of all ages and will evoke the nostalgia and romance of a typical American Christmas during the 1950s. BSRM's Tinseliner trains feature a vintage, all stainless steel Budd Rail Diesel Car just like the ones people traveled on for the holidays during the 1950s. All Tinseliner trains are one hour round trip and depart from 98 Crowley Ave. in North Adams. Tickets are available online and are $18 for adults, $14 for children 4-12 and free for children under 4, who must sit on an adult's lap.
THE HOLIDAY MARKET PLACE - BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Stockbridge, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Holiday Marketplace, is known for its long tradition of seasonal flowering bulbs, handmade wreaths and tabletop decorations crafted by local professionals as well as our volunteers and staff. There will also be a choice selection of area craft vendors and artisanal foodstuffs from local purveyors. For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or Phone: 413-298-3926
HANDMADE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Dalton, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Alchemy Initiative’s eighth annual Handmade Holiday Festival -- a curated holiday marketplace featuring artisans, farmers and food producers -- moves to The Stationery Factory at 53 Flansburg this year. The event has grown, adding more vendors with handmade gifts, workshops and demonstrations, live music, ready-to-eat food and a free “Tasting Bar” with Kelly’s Package Store. Free admission.
FREE SUNDAY AT THE CLARK
Williamstown, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free admission to the Clark Art Institute will be offered all day as part of the Institute’s “First Sundays Free” program. Families are invited to spend the day exploring the permanent collection galleries and making special gifts from 1-4 p.m. inspired by the upcoming exhibit "Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Collection" (opening December 10).
KISSING BALL OR BOXWOOD TREE WORKSHOP
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.
Ward’s Nursery will host a workshop to make a Holiday Kissing Ball or Boxwood Tree. A fragrant craft of fresh boxwood dresses porches or tabletops through the holidays. Bring scissors, pruners and/or gloves. The cost is $25; reserve a spot at 413-528-0166.
LITERARY MERIT AWARDS
Lenox, 2 p.m.
The Mount will recognize the winners of the 2016 Edith Wharton Writing Competition with a reading and reception in The Mount’s drawing room. Guest speaker Koren Zailckas, 2016 Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence, novelist, and author of the best-selling memoir "Smashed," will address the winners, sharing her literary experiences with the young writers.
2017 EDITH WHARTON WRITING COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY
Lenox, 2 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the literary accomplishments of high school students throughout the region. Featuring a keynote address by Koren Zailckas, 2016 Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence and author of the 2005 bestseller Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood.
A CELTIC NUTCRACKER
Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
Experience the story of the Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance from the perspective of a young girl living in a cottage in Ireland. Her journey takes her to Tir Na Nog, the land of eternal youth, where she finds herself transformed into a princess and receives gifts from Scottish Sword Dancers, Cornish Dancers and meets a few leprechauns along the way! This is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance. Adults $18 Children $10
EAGLES BRASS ENSEMBLE
Adams, 3 p.m.
The Adams Historical Society's fourth annual Holiday Concert, featuring the Eagles Brass Ensemble, will take place at Memorial Hall of the Adams Free Library. This year’s performance will include two special additions to the traditional holiday mix of classical and show tunes. The Brass Ensemble will present “Here’s Johnny!,” a Civil War-themed piece particularly appropriate in the setting of the historic G.A.R. hall, and the Eagles Trombone Ensemble will also be on hand to perform several selections. There is no charge for admission.
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving will sponsor a "Vigil of Remembrance." The candle lighting ceremony, to remember those lost as a result of a drunk driving crash, will be held at St. Stephen’s Church on East Street (Park Square) in Pittsfield. District Attorney David F. Capeless will be the main speaker. The Grace Notes, vocalists from Miss Halls School, and members of the Massachusetts State Police will participate in the ceremony. A reception will follow the ceremony.
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Lenox Library Distinguished Lecture Series will feature illustrator Elwood H. Smith speaking on "An Art Career Morphs into a Circus." Smith is an award-winning, internationally known illustrator whose work has graced the pages and covers of TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, American Heritage, Forbes and Fortune among other publications. His work has been featured in advertising campaigns for SONY, Inglenook Wine, Land's End, The Wisconsin Humane Society, TGI Fridays and many others. In 2011, Norman Rockwell Museum featured his work in the exhibition, “Elwood’s World: The Art and Animations of Elwood H. Smith.” Admission is free.
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Join this performance that starts on the steps of Chapin Hall (on the Williams College campus) and moves on through the town. “Unsilent Night” by Phil Kline is a magical, participatory outdoor musical experience. All are welcome to bluetooth speaker, boombox, or phone. http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=11441 Free Chapin Hall, steps Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 7 p.m.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA - BERKSHIRE LODGE OF MASONS
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 Breakfast with Santa. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and much more.
Pittsfield, Noon-2:30 p.m.
Rogue Yoga has teamed with the Crowne Plaza for a series of Parent Child Yoga Class (ages 5+), with games, stories, partner acrobatics and flying partner yoga. After a fun hour of partner yoga, there will be some free play in the pool. The dates are Nov. 6, Dec. 4, March 5 and April 2; come to one or all. Registration is required online. $20 per pair per class.
Lenox, 6 p.m.
All are welcome to attend an open house at the Lenox Community Center, hosted by the Lenox Housing Trust, to get an update on housing needs in Lenox and brain storm ideas for expanding, creating, maintaining and promoting housing opportunity in the community for all present and future residents. This will be the first of two or three public events aimed at receiving community input as the Housing Trust updates the 2009 Housing Production Plan.
ADAMS SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host a reception for this year's Berkshire County John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients in MCLA’s Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. The program will include guest speakers, an awards presentation, and information regarding the financial aid process and MCLA. The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a merit-based program that provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university.
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome. One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.
GIRL SCOUT INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION NIGHT
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
The Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts offers programs for girls in grades K through 12. Join Girl Scouts for information and registration at Muddy Brook Elementary School, 318 Monument Valley Road. Membership fee for Girl Scouts is $25. Financial aid is available. Attendees will receive a copy of "The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide" by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. Contact Kerry O’Brien at 508-749-3633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINTER LIMMUD NOSH AND LEARN DINNER
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., will host a Winter Limmud Nosh and Learn. A panel discussion led by Rabbi Josh Breindel on tips to navigate the winter holiday season in an interfaith or traditionally Jewish family will follow the dinner. This event is open to the public and those wishing to attend are asked to R.S.V.P. to the Temple office at 413-442-5910 by Dec. 3. The cost for the event is $5 for Temple members with a family maximum of $20 or $7.50 for non-members with a family maximum of $30.
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.
A Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial off of South Street in Pittsfield. This year marks the 75th anniversary. The Berkshire Veterans Coalition, along with other volunteers, Color Guards, and Honor Guards will be in attendance.
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.
GENTLE YOGA FOR CANCER SURVIVORS
Vermont, 5 p.m.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a weekly gentle yoga class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. 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. Participants will learn basic balancing postures, breathing, and visualization techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, and strength. For more information and to attend call 802-440-4244 or email@example.com.
WILLIAMS MAKES JAZZ! WITH SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLES
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Williams Makes Jazz! With Small Jazz Ensembles A concert of Small Jazz Ensembles begins with a group led by John Wheeler which includes original works in the jazz idiom composed by members of the group. Capping the evening is the Williams Jazz Septet directed by Avery Sharpe. . http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=11443 Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 7 p.m.
North Adams, 6-7 p.m.
The North Adams Public Library in partnership with the Family Center is hosting a free Lego group for families of children ages 4-12 (siblings welcome) where Legos are provided for a fun hour of free play, opportunities for co-operative building with peers, and a Lego challenge option.
North Adams, 6-7 p.m.
Internationally-touring folk duo Hungrytown will give a free concert at the North Adams Public Library. Hungrytown's music has appeared on numerous television programs, including the IFC's Portlandia, Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Neftlix's new hit comedy, Lady Dynamite; as well as various documentaries and major sporting events ranging from NASCAR motor racing to Hockey Night in Canada.
Great Barrington, 6:30 p.m.
"Screenagers," the film about growing up and finding balance in the digital age, will screen at Monument Mountain Regional High School, 600 Stockbridge Road. Sponsored by the Southern Berkshire Shared Services Project, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School and the Berkshire Waldorf High School, the film will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Peter Dillon, superintendent of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, with a panel of local experts, including Monica Zanin, principal of Richmond Consolidated School, Dr. Stephen Sagarin, faculty chair at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, and Dr. Joseph Cooney, family practitioner at Stockbridge Family Medicine and Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School trustee. Free admission; all welcome. Parents of children fifth grade and up are encouraged to bring their children to the screening.
- 'Screenagers' Screening
- Church Bazaar
- Murder mystery dinner
- 'It's a Wonderful Life'
- Hungrytown concert
- Illustrator talk
- Handmade Holiday Festival
- Nov, 28 - From Williams to Africa
- Nov, 16 - Leehom Wang ?98 Wows Williams
- Nov, 08 - Physics? Newest Hires
- Nov, 08 - Soup, Sandwich, and Study
- Nov, 01 - Boots to Books