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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 2-8

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North Adams Happenings:
August 2nd through 8th
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date

UNO Summer Playground Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
Monday through Friday, July 10th through August 18th
for more information

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and the Northern Berkshire YMCA have partnered to offer a free summer playground program this summer. Children ages 8 and up can drop by for outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and other fun games under the supervision of experienced staff. Children will have access to the community center, and playground and park on Houghton Street. For more information, please contact Geoff Pawlowski at (413) 663-7588, ext. 22. Registration is not required and children under the age of 8 are welcome to attend with adult supervision.

Sounds & Tones Presents: Mamma's Marmalade at Colegrove Park
Colegrove Park
413-664-6180 or
2 pm
for more information

Sounds & Tones Records and the City of North Adams present Mamma's Marmalade with openers, Pinedrop! Come stomp your feet to the bluegrass tunes and enjoy the summer sun. Both acts are returning to MASS MoCA's Freshgrass Festival stage this year, so this is a great opportunity to catch them before the fall! FREE and family-friendly. We are blessed to count MCLA as a sponsor of this event. Bright Ideas Brewing will provide some beverage accompaniment unless moved to rain location (which won't happen!)

Mamma's Marmalade is a Western MA-based quintet exploring bluegrass, folk, and Old Time. With a unique combination of that old tone of wooden instruments and a little contemporary groove, Mamma's Marmalade brings new ideas to an old tradition.

Pinedrop - Pinedrop is an acoustic folk trio from Brattleboro, VT featuring Derek Sensale on guitar and vocals, Charlie Peckar on violin and Dan Bisson on bass.
8/14 - 8/18
Monument Youth Photography Residency
with Artist Jamie Diamond
MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main St.
email for more information

Combining street photography with public sculpture, join photographer Jamie Diamond in a workshop designed to explore the everyday people and places of North Adams. For this DownStreet Art sponsored project, Jamie will work with up to 20 students (aged 8-14) who are interested in exploring North Adams through a fresh set of eyes. No experience needed. Disposal cameras will be provided.

About the Artist:
Jamie Diamond is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Diamond is a recipient of the Artist in Residence program at Mass Moca & Skidmore College (2016), the NYFA Fellowship Award in Photography (2014), Artist in Residence at The Bronx Museum (2014), Artist in Residence at the Mana Residencies program at Mana Contemporary (2014), LMCC Swing Space residency (2013), LMCC Work Space residency (2008-2009) and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award (2008). Diamond's work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Last Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Vanity Fair, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, Dummy Magazine, Barron's Magazine, Phaidon and PBS Online Series among others. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, some of which include Galerie Frank Pages (Geneva), AJL Art (Berlin), Mass MoCA (North Adams), The Bronx Museum (New York) and Catherine Edelman (Chicago). 
21st Annual Downtown Celebration
Downtown North Adams
413-664-6180 or
5:30 - 9 pm

2017 marks the 21st year of North Adams’ Annual Downtown Celebration!
Performances by JP Murphy Band, Terry A La Berry and Friends, and Trio Candela! Magicians, balloon animals, hula hoops, games, give-aways and more!

This annual downtown event is part community expo and part festival reflecting all aspects of our city. Enjoy walking around the downtown which is closed to pedestrian traffic only during the event.

Between the many downtown restaurants and food trucks that join us just for this event you won’t have to walk more than a few steps to find something delicious to eat. The downtown shops stays open late for you to enjoy some after work shopping, plus there are plenty of local crafers and artisans with booths set up for you to explore, mixed among the many Main, Eagle, Holden and the northern portion of Ashland Street will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic.

Groups, businesses and organizations distribute information, hold contests and giveaways, while bands play and groups perform throughout the downtown.  Delicious aromas fill the air as our local restaurants and vendors provide all kinds of wonderful food. This all-ages street fair is sure to please.

Rain Date: Thursday, August 17th


Downtown North Adams
413-664-6180 or
8/26 9 am - 8/27 3 pm

Join us downtown for the 7th Annual Motorama event! Last year’s event brought over 500 vehicles to downtown North Adams and we expect even MORE this year!

Join us the day before the big show for the swap meet and stay the evening for a drive-in movie starting at dusk.

The main car show is Sunday, Aug. 27th, but various events are planned for the weekend, including a Swap Meet in starting Saturday, August 26th and running through to the big car show on Sunday. The Swap Meet will offer dozens of vendors, food, and a car corral and will be located in the Center Street parking lot behind the MountainOne building.

On Sunday, Main, Holden and Eagle Streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more! Anything with a motor is welcome!

To register for the show contact Joe Dean: or visit

Wednesday August 2nd

Preschool 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 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.
Concerts at the Lake with Bang on a Can
Windsor Lake, 200 Windsor Lake Road
for more information

These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available for purchase at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is free during these concerts, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake. All cancellations will be called by 3PM on the day of the concert. Rain Dates tbd.


Thursday August 3rd

Downtown Bike Around
Main Street
6:30 pm

Downtown Bike Around! Every Thursday in July at 6:30pm. Meet at St. Anthony's Parking Lot, North Adams. Help shift bicycle culture in North Adams for drivers and people on bikes by joining in on a casual and group ride. For all ages! There is safety in numbers as we take to the streets to create a safer environment for sharing our roads! For more information contact: Amanda Chilson,
Party in the Park: Whiskey City
Noel Field, 310 State Street
6 – 8 PM
for more information

Join WUPE FM in Noel Field every Thursdays in July & August for the Party in the Park FREE concert series! July 20 - Snake House, July 27 - Critical Mass, Aug. 3 - Whiskey City, Aug. 10 – Shyne, Aug. 17 - The Brave Brothers, Aug. 24 - Mismatched


The Chalet Presents: Karaoke with Bang on a Can
for more information

Raise a glass with us every Thursday night this summer at The Chalet, artist Dean Baldwin’s riverside beer garden. Enjoy balmy Berkshire nights with lively music, good conversation with visiting artists, and delicious drinks. The bar opens at 5:30pm; events begin around 8pm.

The Chalet is always free. Bring cash for the bar!

Thursday Night Still Life Drawing
AR Designs Fine Art & Tattoo, 18 Holden St
(413) 464-1110,
6:30 - 9:30 pm
for more information

A beginners evening drawing workshop in a warm upscale environment. Casual instruction from artist Alexis Rosasco. Snacks and music provided. If you are 21+ you may bring your own wine. We recommend you bring a sketchbook, pencils, erasers etc. but you may borrow materials at the studio if you forget :)



Friday August 4th


Saturday August 5th

North Adams Farmer's Market
St Anthony Drive & Marshall Street
for more information

The North Adams Farmers Market provides its customers with fresh, quality, locally grown produce and products in a safe and fun environment featuring dozens of local farmers, food producers, artisan and weekly musicians. The market is located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Rte. 8 (Marshall St.) and St. Anthony Drive.

We proudly accept SNAP/EBT, credit cards, debit cards, WIC & Senior Coupons. The North Adams Farmers Market believes that eating healthy is a cornerstone of a healthy community and healthy local food should be accessible to everyone. Our SNAPx2 Program provides matching funds to double every SNAP/EBT benefits spent at the market. In 2015, the SNAPx2 Program resulted in over $10,000 worth of fresh local food in the homes of low income families in our community.

The Farmers Market is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Health Systems, Adams Community Bank, MountainOne, Mass in Motion, the City of North Adams, and the Farmers Market Coalition.

Patrons of the market can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers, and meat. People can also enjoy music, entertainment, and info booths, all of which change week to week.

All of the food at the market is grown or made by the farmers themselves. This year’s market includes vendors reaching from Berlin, New York and Southern VT all the way to Washington, Mass. Farmers include:  Morin Gardens, Jaeschke’s Orchard, Many Forks Farm, Mark Smigel, Square Roots Farm, Mountain Girl Farm, Clarksburg Bread Co., North Yeast Bakery, Gray Raven Farm and more. Other farmers will join the market with specialty items at different points throughout the growing season.
Berkshire Scenic Railway Hoosac Valley Train Rides
98 Crowley Ave
11:00, 1:30pm & 3:00pm
$12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/children 4-12
for more information

Welcome coach located at 98 Crowley Ave. Trains will depart North Adams Station at 11:00am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Ticket Fares: Adult $12.00/Senior (65+) $10.00/Child (4-12)$8.00. Tickets are available for reservation and pre-purchase at page or walk-up at the North Adams Welcome Coach. Cabaret Train Getaways at 7PM, July 15 & 29; August 12 & 26 and Sept.9 & 23.
Artist Book Panel Discussion & High Tea
The Artist Book Foundation, 1327 MASS MoCA Way, Bldg. 13, 2nd Floor
(413) 398-5600,
3 - 5 pm
for more information

Please join us for an Artist Book Panel Discussion & High Tea, Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 3-5 P.M. The panelists will explore the importance of publishing an artist's monograph and the power of the artist book to preserve an artist's legacy and provide cultural context for future generations.

Panelists include:
Mary Sipp Green, Artist
John Van Alstine, Artist
Tim Kane, Author and Historian
Irene Cole, Book Designer

The panel discussion will be moderated by Leslie Van Breen, Publisher and Executive Director of The Artist Book Foundation. We are so pleased to host what is sure to be a lively discussion and we look forward to seeing you on August 5th! The Artist Book Foundation is located on the 2nd floor of Building 13, on the MASS MoCA Campus. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
Bang on a Can Marathon
MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass Moca Way
(413) 662-2111
4 pm
$18 DAY OF
for more information

More musical “happening” than concert, the Bang on a Can Marathon is an audacious festival closer. The disparate program includes works from Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Vanessa Lann, Julia Wolfe, Jeffrey Brooks, and more. Take part with fellow music adventure seekers, listen to dozens of brilliant performers, and check out the expanded galleries at MASS MoCA.
The Church Crawl
for more information

First Congregational, First Baptist, and All Saints Churches | Every Saturday 7 – 9PM. 

In coordination with Luftwerk steeple project, Cloudland, the First Baptist, First Congregational, and All Saints churches open their doors to visitors from 7 – 9PM every Saturday. “Come and see our churches from the inside and out. Learn about our history and our beautiful architecture, marvelous windows and more! ” The First Baptist Church is located 131 Main Street. The First Congregational Church is located at 134 Church Street. The All Saints Church is located at 59 Summer Street.

Sunday August 6th

Berkshire Scenic Railway Hoosac Valley Train Rides
98 Crowley Ave
11:00, 1:30pm & 3:00pm
$12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/children 4-12
for more information

Welcome coach located at 98 Crowley Ave. Trains will depart North Adams Station at 11:00am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Ticket Fares: Adult $12.00/Senior (65+) $10.00/Child (4-12)$8.00. Tickets are available for reservation and pre-purchase at page or walk-up at the North Adams Welcome Coach. Cabaret Train Getaways at 7PM, July 15 & 29; August 12 & 26 and Sept.9 & 23.
Free Community Yoga
Colegrove Park, North Church Street
for more information

This weekly All Levels Yoga class with Devin Kibbe of North Adams Yoga lets anyone join in traditional and inspired yoga poses, whether you have been practicing for decades or this is your first yoga class ever! Explore both strengthening poses and mobility exercises surrounded in the green grass of Colegrove Park in downtown North Adams. This class is best suited for ages 14+. Please dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat. Free.

Monday August 7th

Figure Drawing Collective
Makers' Mill 73 Main Street
$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 August 8th

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.
Lou's Upcycle Workshop 
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
1:30 - 4 pm
for more information

Fused Plastic Upcycling Workshop

Participants will learn about upcycling plastic bags through the process of fusing. Using the heat and pressure of a household iron, a new type of textile is formed from un-recyclable plastic bags and wrappers that would usually be thrown away. This 101 class teaches the basics of plastic bag fusing and each participant will complete a final project using the fused textile. All participants will be supervised or assisted as needed with the use of the iron. Participants must be at least 10 years old and pre-register in the Youth Services Department for the workshop as space is limited.

Participants can bring clean un-recyclable bags with them to the workshop to use in the fusing process. See Lou's website at for more info on what bags to bring. This program is supported by a donation from Christodora and the Friends of the North Adams Public Library.

From Our Neighbors

Wednesday 8/2

Live on the Lake: On Tap
Live on the Lake at Onota, 570 Lakeway Drive, Pittsfield
6 - 8 pm
for more information

This is our 16th season of FREE outdoor concerts - LIVE ON THE LAKE!

Join us every Wednesday, starting July 5th - August 23rd from 6-8pm at Burbank Park on Onota Lake in Pittsfield. Brought to you by Greylock Federal Credit Union and Live 95.9. **A shuttle bus will be available to transport people from the parking lot at Taconic High School. The Pittsfield Police Department would like to remind those who attend that alcohol is not permitted at Burbank Park during these concerts and no parking is allowed on Lakeway Drive Extension (located off Pecks Road). The Pittsfield Police Department will be on patrol during these shows and parking violations will be cited.**
Friday 8/4

First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Pittsfield
5 - 8 pm
for more information

Enjoy over a dozen different art shows featuring work by over twenty accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, August 4th! Join us for a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on August 4th at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. Mary McGinnis, co-founder of First Fridays Artswalk, will bring you through the various art exhibits!
Sunday 8/6

FREE Concert: Francesca Shanks & Thomas Schütte: Crystal
The Clark, 225 South St, Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
1 - 3 pm
for more information

Join the Clark this summer for Crystal Clear, an acoustic concert series at Thomas Schütte: Crystal, Schütte’s site-specific installation on Stone Hill.

Francesca Shanks is comprised of Francesca Shanks and Joe Aidonidis, equal band partners. Together, they make a weird and beautiful wall of sound performing songs about nature, waiting, living and time. Driven mainly by baritone ukulele, keyboards, and hard-hitting lyrics, they've been compared to artists like Okkervil River, Wye Oak, Leonard Cohen and John K. Samson.
Tuesday 8/8

Teen Tuesdays: Funky Photography
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield
413-298-5252 x100
6 - 8:30 pm
for more information

Come into the studio and try your hand at a new technique or medium in the arts! Every meeting there will be a new IS183 Art School of the Berkshires faculty artist that will introduce a project from start to finish.

Funky Photography (ages 13 and up) with Lucie Castaldo

Explore the alternative photography processes that give name to those awesome Instagram filters. Each student will walk away with two unusual light-recording devices: a working matchbox pinhole camera and a solargraph camera. Call 413-298-5252 x100 or check out Register today!

#is183artschool #makingartsince1991 #justforteens #intheBerkshires #livebrk 


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