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“THE HEALING EDGE” WITH WILLIAMS JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Jazz Ensemble, led by Kris Allen, offers a concert titled “The Healing Edge.” The program explores contemporary big band arrangements by Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Ayn Inserto, and others.  http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12572 Free Chapin Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Cheshire, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 159 Church St. Cheshire, will host a Christmas Bazaar, featuring raffles and auctions, a bake shop and candy shop, Christmas crafts and kissing balls, country store, White Elephant Christmas & Children's Shop and more.

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69TH ANNUAL SNOWBALL BAZAAR
Vermont, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bennington, VT - 115 Hillside St. (Second Congregational Church, UCC) -- Start the Christmas season at the 69th Annual Snowball Bazaar. Shop the famous fresh, fragrant and beautifully decorated wreaths and centerpieces. Venture through the Serendipity/Treasure Chest tag sale: 6 large rooms filled to the brim with clean gently used books, tools, jewelry, dishes, toys, small appliances, clothes, Christmas items, and more. The Pet-purri section features hand made pet  items including dog toys, treats, beds, catnip toys, chasers, scratchers and more for all of the furry folks in your life.There are hand made birdseed wreaths for wildlife lovers. If you like a challenge, you can buy a chance to win a dinner for two at a local restaurant or visit our silent auction, featuring goods and services donated by members and local businesses. The Bazaar also features a large bake sale of scrumptious home made baked goods and candies. After shopping sit, relax, and enjoy a delicious homemade luncheon with dessert. All proceeds go to help support the charity work Second Congregational Church does in the community.  
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AUTHOR TALK: HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU WITH EZRA GLINTER
Amherst, 2 p.m.
Ezra Glinter has combed through the Forward’sarchives to find the best stories published during the newspaper’s 120-year history, digging up such varied works as wartime novellas, avant-garde fiction, and satirical sketches about immigrant life in New York. Glinter’s introductions to the thematic sections and short biographies of the contributors provide insight into the concerns of not only the writers but also their avid readers. The collection has been rendered into English by today’s best Yiddish translators, who capture the sound of the authors and the subtleties of nuance and context. Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center. This author talk is part of Literatour, a yearlong celebration of Jewish books presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center. Suggested donation: $5 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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FULL MOON HIKE AT HOLLOW FIELDS
Richmond, 5 - 7 p.m.
Explore the open fields under the full “Cold” moon! Sunday, December 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, little elevation change) Description: With a headlamp or flashlight we’ll wind our way to the uppermost field and back, enjoying the 2 miles of trail and open sky! Please wear sturdy footwear, bring water and/or your beverage of choice, a snack and a flashlight or headlamp. Directions: From Great Barrington: Take Route 41 north into Richmond. After passing Route 295, Perry Peak Road will be the next left approximately one mile down the road. On Perry Peak Road, find the parking at the second red barn on the left, with a BNRC sign by the road. From Pittsfield: Get on West Housatonic Street (Route 20) heading west. Turn left onto Route 41 just before Hancock Shaker Village. After 2.5 miles turn right onto Perry Peak Road. Parking is signed, second red barn on the left. Email mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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NATALIE MACMASTER & DONNELL LEAHY – A CELTIC FAMILY CHRISTMAS
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented session musicians – and their entire family – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true Cape Breton Christmas celebration. Click here for more info and tickets.  Mahaiwe
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TODDLER STORYTIME
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.

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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
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.

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PAINT & SIP FOR PITTSFIELD'S IRISH SISTER CITY GROUP
Pittsfield, 6:30 p.m.
Let the magic of River Moy make it's way onto your canvas! Join us on WED 12/6/17 6:30-8:30pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Irish Sister City Group of Pittsfield. You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of "River Moy in Mayo Ireland" on a large 16x20 canvas. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, light snack and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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WILLIAMS CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE: “FESTIVE MOOD”
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Chinese Music Ensemble presents a concert titled, “Festive Mood.” Enjoy the vitality and rich variety of Chinese music performed by Williams students and faculty.   http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12578 Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 7 p.m.
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STEVENS GLEN HIKE
W. Stockbridge, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Explore one of the most dramatic ravines in the Berkshires. Thursday, December 7, 10:00am-11:30am Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Description: We’ll cross bridges over Lenox Mountain Brook, winding our way down to the dramatic ravine that is safely penetrated by stepping down to a railed platform. Bring lunch/snack, water, a warm layer and weather-appropriate footwear for this 1.2-mile hike. Please be aware of hunting season and remember to wear your orange! Directions: Carpooling is always encouraged! From the center of Lenox, take Route 183 South for 1.5 miles, passing Tanglewood. Where 183 bears left, go right on the Richmond-Lenox Rd. Continue uphill for 1.6 miles. At the top of the hill turn left onto Lenox Branch Rd. (Lenox-West Stockbridge Rd.) and go 0.6 miles. Park at a small pull-off on the right with a sign for the Glen. Email mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP / ST. NICK
Great Barrington, 6 - 9 p.m.
Join us Thursday December 7th from 6-9 pm for a St. Nick needle felting workshop led by sisters Melissa & Jen Vansant of Going Gnome! This class old out fast last year! $55 per person includes the 3 hour class, materials to make your St. Nick as well as Champagne and light refreshments. Take home your creation and we will also have additional felting kits & supplies available in the shop for 15% off during the event for attendees. Great way to learn a new craft and make beautiful handmade gifts! This workshop is an adult beginner level workshop. Limited seats available! (Promo codes, coupons & discounts not applicable to cost of workshops)  All workshops take place at One Mercantile unless otherwise noted. *When a workshop is sold out, you may email us a request for a seat if one or more open up. Please email us at store@onemercantile.com to be placed on the waiting list. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice can not be refunded (unless your spot sells to someone on the waiting list which we will try our best to do!)
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SAM GREEN & KRONOS QUARTET
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet are in residency all week at MASS MoCA to fine tune their live documentary A Thousand Thoughts before premiering the new work in January. Get a sneak peek at this wildly creative multimedia work-in-progress, which blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man, and Terry Riley. As Green tells the multi-decade and continent-spanning story of the groundbreaking string quartet, he crafts an important record and exploration of late 20th and early 21st-century music. MASS MoCA, North Adams Mass.
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WILLIAMS COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE: “CATHEDRALS“
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
In this concert, titled “Cathedrals,” the Wind Ensemble presents music by Debussy, Wagner, Alfred Reed, and more. Featuring Timmy Suh ’18, clarinet, the ensemble presents an orchestration of Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie” for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble.   http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12580 Free Chapin Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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HOLIDAY SHINDY
Pittsfield, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Shire City Sanctuary will again host Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks, and live music. Live music will be performed throughout the event. An Angel Tree will be on site for the duration of the Shindy. Admission is $3 for the general public. Children under the age of 12 are free. Admission fees will help fuel the promotions and use of the lovely Shire City Sanctuary. Shire City Sanctuary is located at 40 Melville St.
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HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Adams, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
A holiday craft fair to support BSA Troop 38 of Adams will be held at the P.N.A. on Victory Street. Scouts will help shoppers transport their wares to their cars. Vendors will not be duplicated.


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SOUVENIR DE FLORENCE—AN ITALIAN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Brought to you by Close Encounters With Music -- www.cewm.org for tickets Performance takes place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA An Italian fixation runs deep in the collective artistic psyche. It was de rigueur for 19th century painters, musicians and literary types—Byron, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn—to make the Grand Tour to Rome and Florence, imbibe the classicism, passion, bel canto, and expressivity that are hallmarks of Italian art, and bring them home to their studios where memories of the sunshine sustained them in chilly northern Europe. The centerpiece of the program is Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, written as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. Florence worked its magic on Tchaikovsky, and the result is one of the most delightful and charming pieces in the repertory, for string sextet. This Italian showcase includes Chrysanthemums, the only chamber music Puccini ever wrote; works by the Venetian Vivaldi; Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, and a Verdi string quartet. Bellissimo! The Amernet String Quartet: Misha Vitenson, violin; Franz Felkl, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Jason Calloway, cello; with Xiao-Dong Wang, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello 
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THE SUNDANCE THEATER LAB
North Adams, 8 p.m.
The renowned Sundance Institute returns to MASS MoCA with its two-week Theatre Lab. The residency includes, as always, a work-in-progress showing. MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.
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LONNIE HOLLEY
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Artist and musician Lonnie Holley recorded his first album in 2012 at age 62 after making home recordings for more than two decades. Holley’s music, like his art, defies classification — haunting vocals, keyboards, and new renditions of songs with every performance. He has collaborated with musicians such as Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, Bill Callahan, and Bon Iver. Holley’s medium is the moment. He’s here with a new band, playing new arrangements and new songs: you’ll only hear it once. MASS MoCA, North Adams Mass.
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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, and a photo with Santa plus a small gift. Parents are asked to RSVP to Kira at 413-662-4403 by Dec. 6. The event is free.

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HOLIDAY SHINDY
Pittsfield, 11 a.m .- 4 p.m.
Shire City Sanctuary will again host Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks, and live music. Live music will be performed throughout the event. An Angel Tree will be on site for the duration of the Shindy. Admission is $3 for the general public. Children under the age of 12 are free. Admission fees will help fuel the promotions and use of the lovely Shire City Sanctuary. Shire City Sanctuary is located at 40 Melville St.
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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Williamstown, 3:30 p.m.
On December 10 at 3:30 p.m. the Williamstown Historical Museum will host a Holiday Open House. Entertainment will be provided by traditional music group Singing School and light holiday refreshments will be available. Following the festivities a tree lighting will take place ate the Store at Five Corners. For more information visit www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org.  
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BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA CHRISTMAS SHOW FEATURING PRESERVATION HALL LEGACY HORNS
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
The Blind Boys will be joined for this performance by the world-renowned Preservation Hall Legacy Horns from New Orleans. This special concert will feature songs from the Talkin’ Christmas! album as well as the band's previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, Go Tell It on the Mountain, along with Blind Boys' Gospel classics. Click here for more information and tickets.  Mahaiwe
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MONTHLY KIRTAN WITH CHARLIE BRAUN
Lenox, 7 p.m
Singer and songwriter Charlie Braun brings his Eastern philosophy-inspired musicality through the use of kirtan, a call and response singing, to Eastover Estate & Retreat Center every second Sunday at 7 p.m. Admission free; donations accepted.
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SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Adams, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday Day Breakfast - Berkshire Lodge of Masons The Berkshire Lodge of Masons, 63 Center Street in Adams (The Elks Lodge Building), will be putting on a Breakfast on Sunday December 10th from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. The cost is $7 for Adults, $4 for children under 12.  Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and much more. https://www.facebook.com/events/249519902247271/
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SPEAK UP WESTERN MASS
Williamstown, 10 a.m.-noon
State Sen. Adam G. Hinds' final Speak Up Western Mass public forum/community office hours event of the year will take place in the Selectmen’s Room of Williamstown Town Hall, located at 31 North Street. The coffee hour, featuring Hinds and his district staff, is designed to be agenda-free, unscripted, and an opportunity for residents and local officials to ask questions, share concerns, and make recommendations on state issues to the members of their legislative delegation and district staff.

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TODDLER STORYTIME
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.

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PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
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.

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NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP / SANTA
Great Barrington, 6 - 9 p.m.
Join us Thursday December 14th from 6-9 pm for a Santa needle felting workshop led by sisters Melissa & Jen Vansant of Going Gnome!  $55 per person includes the 3 hour class, materials to make your Santa as well as Champagne and light refreshments. Take home your creation and we will also have additional felting kits & supplies available in the shop for 15% off during the event for attendees. Great way to learn a new craft and make beautiful handmade gifts! This workshop is an adult beginner level workshop. Limited seats available! (Promo codes, coupons & discounts not applicable to cost of workshops)  All workshops take place at One Mercantile unless otherwise noted. *When a workshop is sold out, you may email us a request for a seat if one or more open up. Please email us at store@onemercantile.com to be placed on the waiting list. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice can not be refunded (unless your spot sells to someone on the waiting list which we will try our best to do!)
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THE BOULDERS HIKE
Dalton, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
See the new signage at The Boulders! Saturday, December 16, 10:00am-1:30pm Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, little elevation change) Description: Hike 4.5 miles through beautiful forests, complete with new trail signage and have lunch at The Boulders! Bring lunch/snack, water, a warm layer and weather-appropriate footwear. Please be aware of hunting season and remember to wear your orange! Directions: From Pittsfield, take Routes 8/9 east towards Dalton. Take a left onto Park Avenue.  Take another left onto Gulf Road in about 0.5 miles. Trailhead parking is 0.25 miles ahead on the left Email mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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