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North Adams Happenings: May 17-23

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North Adams Happenings:
May 17-23
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date

Opening Reception: Babel's Bricks
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
(413) 662-5324
5 – 7pm
for more information

Featuring works by 20 artists, join us for the opening reception of Babel’s Bricks. The first of three exhibitions curated by Corwin Levi this summer.

Remember, as a kid, when you played with toy blocks? Old wooden blocks, Erector sets, Lincoln Logs, Legos, or Mine Craft filled countless hours of childhood afternoons and summer vacations. Artists have continued to nurture the impulse of putting parts together to make a more wonderful whole. Lines make a drawing, strokes make a painting, pieces make a sculpture, and seconds stacked on seconds make a video. What if, though, artists created works AS the building blocks? For Babel’s Bricks, artists in a variety of media are interpreting the idea of artwork as building block. Additionally, there will be a component of the show in which viewers can construct their own works out of a selection of various blocks. By putting these disparate construction elements into a whole, the show will remind us that an aggregate of various systems has the power to be greater than its parts, whether individually or in sum.


Building 6 Grand Opening
11am - 7pm
Museum Admission Free for North Adams Residents
for more information

We’re doubling in size beginning May 28, with an all-day celebration to mark the monumental expansion, featuring a members’ preview, a Soundsuit parade, and a concert with veteran rockers CAKE.

MASS MoCA launches into the summer season with the opening of Building 6, the third phase of campus development that encompasses 130,000 square feet of interior renovations to the museum’s 19th-century mill buildings, and features work from artists Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, and Gunnar Schonbeck (Bang on a Can). Additional artists to be shown in Building 6 include Spencer Finch, Dawn DeDeaux, Lonnie Holley, Mary Lum, Barbara Ernst Prey, Janice Kerbel, Joe Wardwell, Sarah Crowner, Richard Nonas, and the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio.

Wednesday May 17

Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
for more information

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.
Spring Neighborlies
Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois St 
(413) 663-7588,
5 pm - 6:30 pm
for more information 

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will host the Spring Neighborlies celebration at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue, 53 Lois St. Due to limited parking at the Synagogue, overflow parking will be available at the Stop and Shop on Route 2 (the side closest to Williamstown). Twice a year, nbCC's Northern Berkshire Neighbors welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. 




Thursday May 18

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 663-7588 Ext. 22
4 - 5 pm
for more information

After-School Program Now Through the End of the School Year!
Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities. FREE. For more information contact Geoffrey Pawlowski at (413) 663-7588 Ext. 22.
Chinese Language & Culture Class for Youth
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133 ext 14
6 pm - 6:30 pm
for more information

A Thursday evening Chinese language and culture program at the North Adams Public Library will offer a 30-minute instruction to children from K-4th grade.  Siblings are welcome.  The aim is for children to acquire some basic knowledge of Chinese language through a fun learning process.  Children will learn how to read and write some Chinese characters, sing songs, and do projects.  The program will also integrate Chinese cultural components along with the language.  Instructor Ms. Wan is a Chinese language teacher.  She has been teaching Chinese to children from Pre-K to elementary school for over 10 years.  The spring program will run for 5 weeks on Thursday evenings from May 4th –June 1st 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Youth Services Department.  This is a drop-in program.    Call the Youth Services Department for more information, 413-662-3133, ext. 14.
Learn 6 Steps to Healthier Living
The Family Center, 210 State Street
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Presented by The Family Center and Berkshire Health Systems. A wellness workshop for parents of young children. Learn how to be resilient and to foster resilience in your child. Register NOW to reserve your spot.  Space is limited. Child care and transportation provided if needed. Each parent who participates will receive a FREE wellness/gratitude journal. Call 664-4821 to register
Sew Together: A get-together for stitchers!
Makers’ Mill, 73 Main St. 
413-749-2073, or
6:30 pm - 9 pm
$10, pr $30 for 4 classes

for more information

Join us for group sewing in a relaxed atmosphere. Our stitching group is not a class, but a klatch: a place to gather for conversation and to learn from each other. Some limited guidance is available from the facilitator, who will be working on her own project. Work on any project you like, at your own pace. We have design space, machines, irons, ironing boards, coffee, tea, & snacks. Please let us know in advance if you will need a machine, as our supply is limited. Bring: Your own machine if you desire, sewing basket, basic supplies, your projects and ideas! $10 Register here.



Friday May 19

Coalition Community Forum
Colegrove Park, North Church Street
(413) 663-7588,
10 am - 12 pm

for more information

The Northern Berkshire community will once again gather to discuss important issues facing our residents at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s (nbCC) monthly forum. nbCC's May forum will focus on comprehensive options and modes of transportation in Northern Berkshire. The forum will be held on Friday, May 19, 10:00 am to noon outside at Colegrove Park located on North Church Street in North Adams (please note the date and location change.) In case of rain, the forum will be held at the First Baptist Church in North Adams.
Drury Softball Fundraiser:
Spring Stroll Painting Party

North Adams American Legion Post 125, 91 American Legion Dr
(413) 588-2864
6 pm - 8 pm
for more information

Please join us in support of The Drury Softball Team! We'll be painting "Spring Stroll"!

Friday, May 19th 6-8pm at The American Legion in North Adams.

$35 includes your 2 hours of fun painting instruction, all supplies needed and a donation to the Drury Softball Team! Please note: Ticket sales are non-refundable and may not be transferred to another event.
2017 Relay for Life Northern Berkshire
Noel Field, 310 State Street (Rte. 8)
5/19 @ 6 pm - 5/20 @ 6 am

for more information

Join us for the annual Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society. $$ goes toward cancer research and MANY programs/services for cancer patients and caregivers!
Beard & Glasses LIVE!
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 Mass Moca Way
(413) 346-4460
8 pm - 11 pm

for more information

Their first taproom appearance was a huge hit, so we're bringing Vermont duo Beard and Glasses back for another dose of acoustic funk. Pay-What-You-Can, it all goes to the band.



Saturday May 20

Compass Rose Painting Event
Teamflys, 807 State Rd
(413) 862-9359, or
8 am - 5 pm

for more information

Calling all helping hands… The Connecticut Chapter of the 99's (women in aviation) are coming to paint our new compass rose and need your help. Everyone will assemble at 8:00AM at Teamflys to begin. If you can offer your help during any part of the day, please RSVP or comment here. Refreshments will be served. Raindate is scheduled for May 21st.


Intro to Plant Medicine Workshop
MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main Street
$15 per person
Limited tickets available.

for more information

The concept of eating local is widely accepted, but what about using local medicine?

Local herbalist and holistic chef Shannon Toye will overview the basics of local medicinal plants, including when to harvest, how to use plant medicine to strengthen your immune system and create balance between your body systems. 

There will be samples on hand and we will use locally wild harvested plants to make the traditional folk remedy, fire cider, which you will be able to take home with you.

Email to RSVP for cash reservations. Limited spots available.


First Congregational Church Plant Sale
First Congregational Church of North Adams, 134 Main St
(413) 663-9940
9 am - 1 pm

The First Congregational Church of North Adams, 134 Main St, will hold its Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 9 to 1 on the church lawn. Perennials, small trees, ornamental bushes, herbs, house plants, ceramic pots, garden tools, and decorations will be sold at very reasonable prices. In the event of rain, the sale will be moved inside the church.


A Faerie Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am

for more information

A Faerie Storytime - The North Adams Public Library will be hosting a Faerie Storytime with the Faerie Queen from the Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival on Saturday, May 20th at 10:30 a.m. in the Youth Services Department of the library.  We will read a few faerie-filled stories and then spend the rest of our time acting out a drama filled with faeries (of course!), dragons, knights and more!  Come in costume if you wish but props will be provided for the drama.  This storytime is aimed at youth in grades K-3rd grade, siblings are welcome. This is a drop-in program. Please call 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more information or questions.
Free Wine Tasting
North Adams Eagles 310, 515 Curran Hwy
(413) 281-7736
1pm - 5pm

for more information

Come to our FREE WINE TASTING!! and try our new wines for the summer... pinot grigio..merlot..chardonnay..blueberry mead..and our bronze medal winner our sweet Tropical Breeze made with pineapple, mango and peach a great drink for the summer. We will have a sale on this wine for this event only.

Monday May 22

Dad and Family Pizza and Playground
The Haskins Center Playground, 210 State St
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Bring your whole family to this fun event on the Haskins Center Childcare playground! We will have bubbles, sand toys, chalk, riding toys and more. We of course will have a pizza dinner! We'll end with a circle time of music and books. Each child in attendance will have a chance to pick out a book to take home. In the event of rain we'll meet in the Haskins Center gym!


Figure Drawing Collective
Makers' Mill 73 Main Street
(413) 749-2073
7 pm – 9 pm
$5/members, $10/drop-in
for more information
Be part of a new figure drawing collective starting up at Makers’ Mill. Sessions will run every Monday and will focus on long poses, and include a warm up consisting of several short poses. We’ll be bringing in local models and a local, figure drawing instructor who will drop-in as available. Get in at the ground level to shape the direction this collective takes. Bring your own lap board, paper, pencils, and creative energy!

Tuesday May 23

Toddler Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
for more information

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.
After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 663-7588 Ext. 22
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
call for more information
After-School Program Now Through the End of the School Year! Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm & Thursdays 4-5pm at the UNO Community Center at 157 River St. North Adams. Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities. FREE. For more information contact Geoffrey Pawlowski at (413) 663-7588 Ext. 22.

From Our Neighbors

Wednesday 5/17

Fathers and Families Network: Fathers & Social Connection
Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West St, Pittsfield
(413) 448-8281
11 am - 1 pm

for more information

This workshop will help human service workers explore the effectiveness of investing in teen fathers and developing healthy relationships. Learn strategies to help teen fathers strive to achieve their goals by educating them on the importance of education and building health relationships with their partners. Presented by Sal Hanaif, Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program. This event is FREE. Lunch is provided.




Friday 5/19

A Spring Storytime: Stories in Bloom
Adams Free Library, 92 Park Street, Adams
(413) 743-8345
10 am - 11 am

In the lower level. Join us to listen to spring stories and create a special spring craft!


Sunday 5/21

Visit Wildstone Farm
Wildstone Farm, 536 Schanker Rd Pownal VT 
1 pm - 4 pm

for more information

We will be opening the farm for FREE to guests on Sunday May 21.  Come meet the farmers, tour the gardens and greenhouses, learn about their Summer and Winter CSA programs, and maybe even buy some certified organic seedlings for your own garden.  Perfect family activity!  Wear sturdy footwear, sunscreen and bug spray.


Thursday 5/18

3rd Thursday YOUTH
Cultural Pittsfield, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield
(413) 499-9348
5 pm - 8 pm

for more information

Join us for an evening showcasing our talented YOUTH of the Berkshires.

Join lead sponsor General Dynamics Mission Systems at their interactive booth encouraging children of all ages to consider STEM careers. Featuring an evening of talent by the following:



Saturday 5/20

Space Day
Berkshire Museum, 39 South St, Pittsfield
(413) 443-7171, or
11 am - 1 pm

for more information

Spend a day in outer space with a real planetarium, bottle rockets, and space-related activities and challenges for kids and families. Included with regular Museum admission ($16 adult, $8 child; children ages 3 and under and Museum members free). Timed tickets will be issued for the Starlab planetarium at 30-minute intervals, by request at the Front Desk. Pre-registration not available.


Tuesday 5/23

May Lake Meeting
Richmond Pond Association,
Town Beach Road, Richmond
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

for more information

Monthly meeting at the Richmond Town Hall.


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