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The spots for temporary parlets were marked out on Main Street. The spaces will be designed and used for Downtown Street Art on July 27.

Jersey Barriers On North Adams Main Street Mark Spots For Parklets

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The parking spots blocked by Jersey barriers bookending Main Street are not for utility work or VIP parking but for incoming parklets.  
 
Artist Jim Peters and his wife Kathline Carr, Director of Makers Mill, have been charged with designing one of the two temporary parklets - essentially extensions of the sidewalk for pedestrian usage - on Main Street for the upcoming DownStreet Art.
 
The parklets are part of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center DownStreet Art call for an art project. 
 
This year marks the 10th anniversary of DownStreet Art and artists have been selected to create murals, pop-up art, and the parklets.
 
Currently, the parking spaces are blocked off with Jersey barriers and traffic cones. What appears to be a parallel parking nightmare will soon become a temporary interactive green space that will flow from the sidewalk into the road.
 
Peters said he is in the process of building his earth loom park design. 
 
"It is going to be an arch of natural wood… we will bring in stuff with it like weeds, old clothes, paper, and rags," he said. "We will have some trees cut up and stumps so people will have somewhere where they can sit and weave."
 
He said the looms will come in various sizes so kids and adults alike can interact with the park. 
 
The second parklet is at the other end of Main Street near American Legion Drive and will be designed by another artist. 
 
Peters said someone already took to his spot and wrote: "Driverless Car Bomb Parking" in the space – however, Peters changed the wording to something less hostile.
 
"I have no idea who wrote that there but I changed it to ‘Driverless Boar Band Parking’," he said. "It is going to be covered up eventually anyways."
 
He said he hopes to start putting the parklet together this weekend and have it completely ready for DownStreet Art.
 
"I am making it in my backyard right now and I am going to bring it down in pieces," he said. "It should be cool." 
 
DownStreet Art is July 27.
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 12-18

Next Thursday, July 18 is 3rd Thursday: Food & Drink!
July's 3rd Thursday celebrates the city's cuisine, with more than a dozen food vendors popping up at the celebration, along with the two dozen brick-and-mortar restaurants that dot North Street. There will be almost 100 vendors in all! 
 
3rd Thursday's presenting sponsor, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, will be offering FREE snow cones at Palace Park. The Boy Scouts of America will be bringing its rock climbing wall, and Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness will offer FREE Zumba in Park Square. 
 
Entertainment will be provided by Berkshire Bateria, Jacob's Pillow and Music in Common, plus enjoy a sneak peak at Barrington Stage and Ragtag Theatre's  Hansel and Gretel and Berkshire Theatre Group's Shrek The Musical. 5-8 p.m.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
 
The Let's Go Pink Art Exhibition is a cancer awareness exhibit that will be on view at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield throughout October, 2019. The opening reception will be Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as part of that month's First Friday Artswalk. A portion of all sales will benefit two local organizations: 20% of sales to BTG PLAYS!, 15% of sales to BMC Integrative Health Program's intuitive painting class for cancer patients, and the other 65% to the artist. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 6. All artists will be notified of acceptance on or before Sept. 9. For more information, please email the Let's Go Pink 2019 team at auntsessy1@gmail.com.
  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
 
100 Years of Nat King ColeCelebrate the centennial birthday of the unforgettable Nat King Cole with timeless songs and intimate stories told and sung by two-time Grammy nominee Clint Holmes, accompanied by award-winning pianist and vibraphonist Christian Tamburr. Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company. 
Plus...  
FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Hunks: The Show at The A | FRI Lita Williams at Hotel on North | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | FRI Jessica Wilson at Rusty Anchor | SAT Food for Thought Dinner w/Simon Winchester at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party at Polish Falcons | SAT Jason & Trev at J. Allen's | SAT Dan Gingras at Rusty Anchor | MON Berkshire Athenaeum Book Club at Hotel on North | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Green Drinks at J. Allen's | WED Live on the Lake: Shyne at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Lady Di & The Dukes at Mazzeo's | THU Fabrizio & The Fever at Rainbow | THU The Picky B's at Mission
  FAMILY FRIENDLY

Explore the science of YOU during this annual celebration of science, invention and sensory fun! Explore the brain, transform into a germ, follow the life of a sneeze and more. Don't miss the grand finale at 7:15 p.m. Berkshire Museum. FREE, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Plus...
FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Yoga for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at Berkshire Children & Families | SAT Pop-up Play Day at Berkshire Museum | SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum SAT Sensory-friendly Screening: Incredibles 2 at Berkshire Museum SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum MON Kindergarten Countdown at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Star Lab at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Stardust Cafe at Berkshire Athenaeum MON+ Learn to Code at Miss Hall's School TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum TUE Circus Minimus at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Project SpaceCRAFT at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE Screening of Wall-E at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Little Gardeners of the Galaxy at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Solar System Paint & Snack at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Gallery Scavenger Hunts at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum
  WELLNESS
SAT Restorative Yoga w/Live Music at BYDF
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