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Holiday Season Events for 2012

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Tree Lightings & Community Events

LENOX: Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit the Lenox Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 for brunch, crafts and pictures.

NORTH ADAMS: The Berkshire Food Project serves its annual holiday meal on Dec. 21 at noon in the dining hall of First Congregational Church on Main Street. This dinner is free to the public; donations of home-baked cookies sought for take-home gift bags. For more information call 413-664-7378. Cookies needed by 2 p.m. on Dec. 19.


Museums & Other Venues

NORTH ADAMS: Free holiday movies at the North Adams Movieplex on Sundays at 11 a.m. sponsored by Messenger Digital Dentistry, WNAW, Zumba in the Berkshires and the Berkshire Dream Center. Seating limited. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" on Dec. 16 and "Elf" on Dec. 23.

WILLIAMSTOWN: Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center holds its annual "Bright Night" event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. The decorated activity rooms are open to the public to enjoy; an hors d'oeuvres buffet will be served and music provided by Dave Malachino.

Shopping & Craft Fairs

GREAT BARRINGTON: Berkshire Grown's Holiday Farmers Market will be held at Muddy Brook Elementary School on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 to 2.

The annual Holiday Stroll sponsored by the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce takes place Saturday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7:30.

WILLIAMSTOWN: Berkshire Grown's Holiday Farmers Market will be held at Williams College's Towne Field House on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 10 to 2.

Sweet Brook of Williamstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center holds its annual craft fair and Chinese raffle from 10 to 3 on Thursday, Dec. 20. Handcrafted jewelry, handbags, birdhouses and other painted crafts will be for sale; gift certificates donated by local restaurants and businesses and themed baskets will be included in the raffle. All proceeds benefit the Resident Council Fund.

Performances & Readings

CHESHIRE: Hoosac Valley Middle and High School presents "A Christmas Carol" in the school's auditorium on Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for adults.

LENOX: "The Santaland Diaries" returns for a run at Shakespeare & Company from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30. More information and pricing here.

PITTSFIELD: The Colonial Theatre features "A Christmas Carol" at various times from Saturday, Dec. 15, through Sunday, Dec. 30. More times and ticket information here.

WILLIAMSTOWN: Rock artist Barry Kingston, of the Screaming Souls, will perform in concert on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7 at St. Patrick's Church. Kingston will perform original Christmas songs and his versions. The concert is free and open to the public.

Religious Services & Events

PITTSFIELD: Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., holds a Chanukah celebration Friday, Dec. 14, with an outdoor menorah lighting at 5 followed by a Shabbat service and congregational dinner. Dinner is $5 to $10, young children free; call the temple office at 413-442-5910

WILLIAMSTOWN: All are invited to the Christmas Eve candlelight worship service at 5 at First Congregational Church, with Lessons and Carols, followed by sharing a Wassail.

The Parish of Sts. Patrick and Raphael will present an Advent Evensong service on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, with choirs and hand bells. A free-will offering will be accepted with proceeds going to the music ministry programs.

New Hope United Methodist Church will hold a candlelight service on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. at 4 Water St. The theme of the service is "What Child Is This?"  The choir will sing under the direction of Robin Kibler. New Hope will hold Sunday service on Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.

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