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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 16-22

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North Adams Happenings:
August 16th through 22nd 
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date

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

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


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.

8/5 - 8/27
“I’ll Drink to That” Exhibit
Eclipse Mill Gallery, 243 Union St
(413) 664-9101
10 am - 5 pm, Thursdays-Sundays
for more information Join us at the Eclipse Mill Gallery for I'll Drink to That', the latest exhibition at the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts! Co-Curated by Gail & Phil Sellers of River Hill Pottery and Arthur DeBow of Gallery 51 this group exhibition showcases unique drinking vessels by studio potters in the Berkshires and throughout the country. 'I’ll Drink to That' underscores the aesthetic and technical diversity of contemporary American ceramic artists that create high-end functional yet exquisite objects. The ceremonial tea bowls, wine cups, whisky glasses, steins, chowder mugs and other vessels on display will demonstrate a variety of clays, glazes, and firing processes. 'I'll Drink to That' will be on view at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams from August 5-27, 2017. The gallery will be open Thursday-Sunday from 10am-5pm and by appointment. All items are available for purchase & carry.   

Wednesday August 16th

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.
21st Annual Downtown Celebration
Downtown North Adams
413-664-6180 or
5:30 - 9 pm
for more information

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, giveaways 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 crafters 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.
Downtown Celebration Launch Party
Community Compass, 15 Eagle St.
6 - 9 pm
for more information

We will have a table set up with more info about the project. Come chat!

Thursday August 17th

Party in the Park presents Brave Brothers
Noel Field, 310 State St
6 - 8 pm
for more information

The North Adams Party in the Park will be held Thursday from July 6 to Aug. 24 at Noel Field behind the Steeplecats’ baseball diamond. The series kicks off with Five Gun Draw performing on July 6 and continues with Hotshot Hillbillies on July 13, Snake House on July 20, Critical Mass on July 27, Whiskey City on Aug. 3, Shyne on Aug. 10, The Brave Brothers Band on Aug. 17 and Mismatched on Aug. 24. People are encouraged to bring and display their classic cars.These are family-friendly events and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
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,
The Chalet Presents: The Dirty Birds & Francesca Shanks
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!
The Chalet presents
Nick Cave Community Event:
A Musical Celebration of Unity
MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass Moca Way
(413) 662-2111
8 pm
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!



Friday August 18th

Trivia Friday!
The SereniTea Cafe, 303 Ashland St
(413) 346-4624
9 pm
for more information

Hello everyone! On August 18th Trivia Master Angel Ortiz will kick off the first night of our new evening entertainment. Doors open at 9pm, the game will start at 9:30pm. (Note: we have been approved for a liquor license, however it likely won't be available by the first night. So the first few weeks of this event might be food, mocktails and cafe drinks but no alcohol.) New bar food menu! Plus we'll have all of our cafe drinks, and ice cream sundaes available. The winning team (of up to 4 people) will receive their choice of one item of the above bar food. Topic TBD.

Saturday August 19th

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.
Soup Kitchen Project
First Baptist Church North Adams, 131 Main St
(413) 663-3780
10 am - 12:30 pm
for more information

All children and their families are invited to help serve lunch at the North Adams Soup Kitchen. This is a great way to serve our community and help teach our children about serving others. We'd like to encourage you to take a few hours out of your morning to help us. Children will assist with serving, wiping tables, and greeting. We need your help to make this happen. We are also looking for plastic cups, baked beans, sliced watermelon, silverware and you! Thank you for supporting our ministry!
Car Wash/Bake Sale
Carr Hardware, 192 State St
(413) 743-3183
10 am - 2 pm
for more information

All proceeds benefit the Karen's School of Dance's Competition Team.
OPEN HOUSE - North Adams Studio
Studio North Dance Arts, 145 State St
(413) 662-2229
10 am
for more information

Join us for a fun-filled for 2 fun-filled days at our North Adams location! Games, sample classes, giveaways, sales and more! Meet our teachers and staff and complete your registration for the 2017-18 school year. Refreshments will be served. Keep an eye on this event page for updated info on each day's activities. We highly recommend registering for classes online, by email or by phone BEFORE Open House, as classes may fill before these events.
Berkshire Scenic Railway
Hoosac Valley Train Rides
98 Crowley Ave
11 AM, 1:30 PM & 3:00 PM
$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.
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.
Nona Hendryx & Nick Cave
(413) 662-2111
7 - 10 pm
$20 students, $30 advance, $45 preferred
for more information Exhibiting artist Nick Cave teams with legendary soul singer Nona Hendryx for an evening of music and art in the galleries and on stage. Hendryx rose to prominence as one-third of the trio Labelle, and has continued to break barriers and defy expectations in the four decades since. Cave’s Until becomes a whole new work when animated by live performance. Do whatever it takes to be here because tickets will sell out fast — limited preferred tickets include exclusive gallery performance.
7pm Preferred in Nick Cave: Until
8pm General admission and preferred ticket-holders in the Hunter Center.

This program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sunday August 20th

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.
HVMC annual Nut and bolt Poker Run
HVMC Clubhouse off Alger St in Adams MA
413-738-5246 or
call for more information

The Hoosac Valley Motorcycle club will be their annual Nut and Bolt Poker Run on Sunday, Aug. 20th The ride is open to the public and all types of bikes and riders are encouraged to come. You will be able to ride 100 miles of some of the nicest roads in North Berkshires, Vermont, and Eastern New York. You will have a chance to visit Jim Hoellerich’s Museum of Vintage Trail Bikes, the Man of Kent, a Flea market, and a covered bridge.  The event is also a Poker Run so there will be a $10 fee at the beginning to get cards at the end of the ride to win. This is a “ride at your own pace” ride, using a route sheet with directions. Riders that want to see the sights should plan on leaving at 9:00 a.m. Last riders will be leaving at 11:00 a.m. The start is at the HVMC Clubhouse off Alger St in Adams MA and ends on Henry Wood Rd. Cheshire where food will be available to purchase. There is no rain date. If it rains, plan on driving the car.
For more info contact Ed Bishop at 413-738-5246 or
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 21st

Solar Eclipse Hike on the Hoosac Range
Hoosac Range Trail, 2599 Mohawk Trl
(413) 499-0596
12 - 4 pm
for more information

Difficulty: Moderate (slow pace, moderate elevation changes). Hike a total of 6 miles along a ridgeline trail that looks out over valleys and towns far below. Our halfway point will be the open rock summit of Spruce Hill, where we will be for the peak of the solar eclipse. Please bring snack, water and appropriate footwear. Directions: From Pittsfield: Take Route 8 North, at the Cumberland Farms in North Adams, take a right onto 8A. Then take a right, heading east on Route 2. The trailhead parking is on the right after the Wigwam Cabins. Email with any questions!
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 22nd

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.
Opiate Addiction Support Group
Community Compass, 15 Eagle St
5:30 pm - 7 pm
for more information

We are holding a group meeting for those struggling with addiction. We also explore non-traditional holistic paths to recovery, including using herbal remedies to fully get off of opiates/opioids such as cannabis.

From Our Neighbors

Wednesday 8/16

Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Works
1000 Main St, Williamstown
(413) 499-1010
7 - 10 pm
Free (reservation required)
for more information

COMMUNITY WORKS is WTF’s initiative that brings together local residents and professional theatre artists to make plays for and about the Berkshires. In Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires, three kids ask their grandmother to tell them about a time long ago. She speaks of a world made of water, of star-crossed lovers, and of banshees. The stories come to life — warriors and magical creatures flood the stage as the tales unfold with original music and floor-pounding dance. Directed by WTF Associate Artistic Director Laura Savia, this world premiere play by Obie Award winner Lucy Thurber asks what it really means to be a hero.Free Admission. Reservations Required.

Friday 8/18

Williamstown Theatre Reading: Screenplay by Stalin
The Clark, 225 South St, Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
3 - 4:30 pm
for more information

"Fridays@3" offers theatre lovers the opportunity to experience new work in development by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Hosted in the auditorium of the Clark, the “Fridays@3” Reading Series occurs weekly on Fridays from July 7–August 18 at 3 pm. All performances are free; a $5 donation to WTF is encouraged.

“Screenplay by Stalin”, by Tom Fontana. Directed by Laura Savia. Featuring Lee Tergesen and Dean Winters.

Vasiliji and Fyoder have been hired for a very important project; they just need a little more time - and vodka - to complete it.


Sunday 8/20

Open Jam Sessions: From Jazz to Hip Hop to Acoustic
Berkshire Museum, 39 South St, Pittsfield
(413) 443-7171
2 - 5 pm
for more information

Do you play an instrument? Do you like to freestyle? Bring your musical passion to one or all of the jam circles throughout the Museum and create new music! All are invited to come play or listen as local artists fill our galleries with tunes and rhythm.

Included in regular Museum admission: $16 adult, $8 child, free for Museum members and children ages 3 and under.

Monday 8/21

Free Film: Neruda
The Clark, 225 South St, Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
7 pm
for more information

Join us on Monday evenings this summer for Picasso in Film. This series features films in which Picasso and/or his art is a seminal aspect of the film’s narrative, plot, or the artistic creativity of the film’s protagonist. The Nobel-Prize winning Chilean poet and politician, Pablo Neruda, was the most notorious communist in post-WWII Chile. Faced with shifting political ideologies, Neruda retreats to an underground existence, hunted by the police and secret detectives. Ever the poet, Neruda leaves sly clues for his pursuers in an effort to refuse living the life of the fugitive while artists back in Europe, led by Picasso, fight for his freedom. Eventually, Neruda escapes to Argentina by passing through the Andes mountains to freedom. Picasso appears in the film when he reads a poem at a conference that Neruda has secretly mailed to him.

Director: Pablo Larraín

Year: 2016

Rating: N/A [contains female nudity and some violence]

Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes

Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama & History

Language: Spanish, with English Subtitles
Thursday 8/17

Mini Course: Seed Library
Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Ste 2, Williamstown
(413) 597-2429
5 - 8 pm
for more information

Go from seed to canvas and dig into representations of plants in WCMA’s collection. Join Ken Greene, Founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, and WCMA, then stay for extracurriculars on our Patio! Drinks, snacks, & serendipity! The museum’s patio becomes the place for extracurricular fun with music, drinks, games, and street-food inspired bites. A specialty cocktail or mocktail will be available, along with wine and beer.
Saturday 8/19

Free Concert: Contemporaneous
The Clark, 225 South St, Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
3:15 - 5 pm
for more infomation 

In celebration of the Clark’s two Helen Frankenthaler exhibitions—As in Nature and No Rules—Contemporaneous showcases the musical landscape of the Frankenthaler era, including works by Frederick Rzewski, Philip Glass, and Pauline Oliveros. Preceding the concert, musicians lead Oliveros’s “Heart Chant” (2001), an audience-participation ritual. Participants then walk the trail to the Lunder Center at Stone Hill for the main concert. 3:15 pm: Musical prologue, outdoors at Thomas Schütte: Crystal 4:00 pm: Concert, Lunder Center, Spencer Terrace The concert program includes: Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion Pauline Oliveros: “Sound Patterns” Frederic Rzewski: “Coming Together
Monday 8/21

Watch the Solar Eclipse at the Library
Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
(413) 499-9480 x202
2 - 3 pm
for more information

Experience the solar eclipse as it is happening at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, Monday, August 21, starting at 2:00 PM! Here in the Berkshires we will see a partial eclipse with the moon covering 66% of the sun. We’ll start by creating your own pinhole eclipse viewer, followed by other art and interactive learning activities. Bring a cereal box with you for the pinhole viewer. There will be a video all about solar eclipses and live-streaming the total eclipse from the NASA website. If it’s a sunny day, we’ll head outside about 2:30 PM to experience the eclipse through our pinhole viewers. The Berkshire Athenaeum will provide 100 pairs of certified safe shades for eclipse viewing. Rain or shine come experience the excitement of the solar eclipse at the library, Monday, August 21, 2:00 PM. Free and open to the public! Please bring a large breakfast cereal box for making the pinhole eclipse viewers. Most appropriate for children ages 7 and older. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Do you have more questions? Call us at the Reference Desk for more information: 413-499-9480 x 202.
Tuesday 8/15

Eagles Band Free Concert
The Common Park, 100 First Street, Pittsfield
6:30 - 8 pm
for more information

Listen to the sounds of the Eagles Band on the Commons. Warm up by the Eagles Brass Ensemble. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain location: First United Methodist Church on Fenn St.


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