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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 30-Sept. 5

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North Adams Happenings:
Aug 30th through Sept 5th 
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Mt Greylock HillClimb Time Trial
8 am

A bicycle ride/race starting at heritage State Park and finishing at the summit of Mt Greylock. Register now at:

Or if you love North Adams, bicycling, Mt. Greylock or helping out, you can volunteer for this event by clicking here:
9/9 - 9/10
TRUST: mini-festival
Downtown North Adams
for more information

TRUST: Is a weekend exploration of site-specific performance, dialogue, empathy, and community in downtown North Adams, MA. 

Presented as part of Downstreet Art 2017, TRUST is an invitation for both performer and audience to, as Vulnerability Researcher Brene Brown puts it, “lean into the discomfort of vulnerability” and embrace “experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: love, belonging, trust, joy and creativity.”

Our guides for the weekend are three performers Ana Mendez (Miami, FL), T L Ford (Portland, OR) and Benjamin Lundberg/Sanchez-Torres (Providence, RI) – each bringing their own understanding of vulnerability to their work. They will perform in locations across downtown North Adams, from parks and alleys to buses and park benches – inviting the audience to be present, to lean into any discomfort and to engage in open and caring dialogue around the experience.
9/15 - 9/17
1040 MASS MoCA Way
$48 - $350
for more information

Music starts early in the museum courtyards, moves to our spacious (and grassy!) urban concert meadow, and then continues until past your bedtime with wild and woolly late-night barn dances in the Hunter Center on Friday and Saturday nights. The lineup is jam-packed with guitar gods and banjo gurus, traditionalists and trailblazers — artists you already know and love interspersed with FreshGrass discoveries. Taken together, it’s an expansive group of performers who both draw on the past and look to the future. We like to think of it as “great music uprooted.”

The FreshGrass Festival 2017 lineup includes: Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, The Del McCoury Band with special guest David Grisman, Shovels & Rope, Del & Dawg, Bill Frisell: Harmony, The Wood Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, Alison Brown, Crooked Still, The Lil' Smokies, Son Little, The Brothers Comatose, Red Baraat, Carrie Rodriguez, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, Hackensaw Boys, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, The Suitcase Junket, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, The Last Revel, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Mike + Ruthy, Cheick Hamala Diabate & Mankan, Victor Furtado, Julian Pinelli, The Page Turners, Cold Chocolate, Common Folk Jam, Izzy Heltai, Duo Eamon, Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints, Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, Long Journey Upstate Rubdown, Mama's Marmalade, Pinedrop, Ramblin Jug Stompers.

Wednesday August 30th

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.
Free Concert at the Lake with Matchstick Architects
Windsor Lake, 200 GEORGE FAIRS Way
(413) 664-6180
6:30 - 8 pm
for more information

Join us for these FREE weekly concerts, every Wednesday, at Windsor Lake! The Concert at the Lake Series, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, is a family friendly experience for all ages and a perfect opportunity to pack a picnic dinner, gather with friends, and enjoy live local music amongst the natural beauty of the Windsor Lake grounds. Concerts start at 6:30PM. Rain cancellation will be called by 3PM on the day of.

Thursday August 31st

DownStreet Art Thursday
Downtown North Adams
for more information

Join us for the 3rd DSA Thursday of 2017 as we unveil the newest DSA commissioned mural by Belarus/NYC based street artist Yu-baba!

Freestyle rap from Seth Brown, North Adams Makers' Mill weaving demonstration in their parklet, the return of Williams College Museum of Art's people's library. Tunes from Izzy Heltai + Craig Hop The KinGorganized by Berkshire Organization for Original Music - BOOM. New art at the Design Lab, Gravity Gallery, and CYNTHIA-REEVES. Continuing exhibitions with extended hours at MCLA Gallery 51, outside, Ferrin Contemporary and Berkshire Art Museum. 

The SereniTea Cafe will be serving up some sweet treats. 
Bike North Berkshire will once again be biking through. 
PRESS Sidewalk sale
and MORE!
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,
Coffee with the Candidates
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St.
(413) 662-3133
6:00 pm
for more information

We're not sure every mayoral candidate can be here on such short notice, but we will have at least two of our candidates at the library on Thursday, August 31 at 6 p.m. for "coffee and conversation." A comment box is out on the circulation counter for questions that you might like to ask a future Mayor. After short introductions, the candidates will field questions from the audience. Coffee and light refreshments will be available in the main living room at the North Adams Public Library. 

Get to know these great public servants who are offering to steer the City after Mayor Alcombright's busy and productive eight years in office.
Harry Potter & The Sorcerers Stone @ Colegrove Park
Colegrove Park Elementary, 24 Church Street
(413) 664-6180
8 - 10:30 pm
for more information

Join us for this FREE community movie, under the stars at Colegrove Park after you've enjoyed the monthly DownStreet Art Thursday events.

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Movie will start at approximately 8:00pm or dusk. Rain Location will be the North Adams Movieplex. Thank you to Greylock Federal Credit Union and the North Adams Movieplex for sponsoring this FREE, family-friendly, community event!
The Chalet presents: George Langford & Curt Wells
MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass Moca Way
(413) 662-2111
8 pm
for more information

The last Chalet of the season live music from George Langford (Javelin) with Curt Wells.

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 September 1st

Brenda Wimberly, Sereca Henderson, & Poetic X
Nick Cave’s Until… MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 662-2111
8 pm

The culminating performance in Nick Cave: Until features poetry and music by three Shreveport, Louisiana artists: Brenda Wimberly, a soprano singer anchored in gospel music roots, Sereca Henderson, a musicologist, singer, and organist who has played with Eric Clapton and B.B. King, and Poetic X, a poet and spoken word artist who has performed with Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and was named a poet laureate of the month by The National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday September 2nd

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.
149 Corinth St
(413) 663-0438
11 am - 5 pm
Free (for all)
for more information

Join us at Misa and Gregg's house on September 2 from 11-5 for a tag sale where everything is FREE!
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.
BBQ & Radio Control Car Derby to Support Brayton Elementary
Northern Berkshire Christian Church, 55 Harding Ave
(413) 663-8998
12 - 2 pm
for more information

We would love to see you join us as we support Brayton Elementary School. Bring a school supply and enjoy a free meal or a chicken quarter, sausage and side. Saturday, September 2nd from 12-2pm. Come hang out in the church field as we dig up and drive some super fun Radio Control Cars. GIVEAWAYS AND PRIZES.
Bark N' Cat Birthday Paw-ty
for September Birthdays
28 Holden St
2 - 4 pm
for more information

Bark N' Cat Birthday PAW-ty!

For Dogs & Cats with Birthdays in September

🐾 Come - Sit - Stay for a while 🐾
First 10 September Birthday Pets (with their people) will receive a FREE Professional Pet photo by Casey Alberts Photography-Design* PLUS A FREE Birthday Pet Treat … Just for Stopping by!
🐶 No Bones About It - A Tail Wagging Good Time 😻
* ADDITIONAL Pet Photos - 2 Photos for Only $5.00!
Underground System with
Underground Horns
(413) 662-2111
8 - 10 pm
$5 students, $10 advance, $16 day of
for more information

Underground System is a collective of Fela Kuti-worshipping rabble-rousers and rhythm-makers. Based in Brooklyn and fronted by flautist and chanteuse Domenica Fossati, they descend on Courtyard C for an end-of-summer dance party that will temporarily transform MASS MoCA into a Lagos nightclub. Six-piece Afro-Bhangra ensemble Underground Horns will start our annual end-of-summer blowout. Last chance to see Nick Cave, too! What to Expect: When the weather holds, this event will be outside. You may order dinner in our café before the show and the bar is always well-stocked. Cheers to live music and warm summer nights!
First & Third Saturday Karaoke
The SereniTea Cafe, 303 Ashland St
(413) 346-4624
9 pm
for more information

Come join Karaoke Master Kane Robert as we kick off our new twice a month Karaoke night!

New bar food menu offering:
- Wing Dings
- BBQ wings
- Buffalo wings
- Chili
- Chili cheese fries
- Steak fries
- Nachos
- Pigs in a blanket
- Churros
Plus we'll have all of our cafe drinks, and ice cream sundaes available.

**Disclaimer and warning: Underage drinking will NOT be tolerated. Anyone caught drinking underage or providing even a sip to someone underage will be reported to the police and permanently banned from the establishment. Don't get us shut down. Have a mocktail instead.

Sunday September 3rd

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.
Disc Golf Grand Opening
Windsor Lake, 200 GEORGE FAIRS Way
(413) 662-3198
12 - 4 pm
for more information

Come celebrate our grand opening! All ages welcome and encouraged to come participate. Free rental discs and tutorials available! FREE EVENT!
Free Community Yoga
Colegrove Park, north Church Street
3 – 4 PM
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.

Monday September 4th

The Go Rounds
The Chalet, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 749-2119
3:30 - 6:30 pm
$10 suggested donation
for more information

Make a $20 donation and receive a free piece of original art!
Make a $50 donation and receive a free piece of original art AND a free pass to a future Common Folk event!


MASS MoCA is also free to residents of 01247 on Labor Day. YES!

More about the music:
The Go Rounds are bits of all your favorite bands exploded into rock n roll confetti. Their unique brand of Psychedelic Americana Pop crosses, blends, and deconstructs genres; from indie to country to art-rock and baroque folk; creating an accessible and engaging sound that will hook you in. The songs are catchy, twangy, and trippy - led by the creative force of frontman Graham Parsons, whose spellbinding vocals weave through lush sonic textures as the band puts on a master class of intricate arrangements.


Featuring for the first time:
Local nice boys, Quincy. A band formed on the bonds of boundless brotherhood. Combining lots of good sounds and stunning looks, these six heroes push the boundaries of friendship, camaraderie, and space. Time is a sphere.
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!


FBCNA Labor Day Pool Party
75 Park Ave
(413) 663-3780
12 - 4 pm
By donation
for more information

Join us at the home of Mike and Regina Fierro as we say goodbye to summer together.

Please bring:
* bathing suit and towels
* lawn chairs
* your own beverages
* a dish to share (appetizer, salad, or dessert)
* Monetary Donations to help cover the cost of 'the meats' (hamburgers, hotdogs, & chicken)


Tuesday September 5th

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 8/30

Print Room Talk: Water by Design
The Clark, 225 South St, Williamstown
(413) 458-2303
1 - 1:30 pm
for more information

Visit the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, which houses the Clark's collection of more than 6,000 prints, drawings, and photographs. Explore the works of art stored in the Study Center with a member of the Curatorial department. Each half-hour program brings to light a different selection of rarely exhibited works on paper. Offered Wednesdays at 1:00 pm during July and August.

This week: Water by Design

Join Kristie Couser, Curatorial Assistant for Works on Paper, for a thematic talk exploring water imagery in prints, drawings, and photographs. Engage with diverse artistic perspectives on the relationship between people and this vital resource, from Winslow Homer’s watercolors of Adirondack sporting life to large-format photographs of the American West by Carleton Watkins.

Free and open to the public; limited to 20 visitors on a first-come basis. Please enter through the Manton Research Center.

Friday 9/1

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Images Cinema, 50 Spring St, Williamstown
(413) 458-5612
Sep 1 at 2:30 PM to Sep 7 at 9 PM
for more information

While many sequels do not live up to their predecessors, the inspiring and riveting An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is a rare exception. A decade ago, former Vice President Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth sounded the alarm, broke through some of the denial and helped shift the paradigm regarding global warming. The mission is not yet accomplished, and the message is no less urgent.

Filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk follow Gore as he continues his efforts to inform the human inhabitants of this planet about the catastrophic consequences of climate change, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments both private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Our presentation of An Inconvenient Sequel is possible with the generous support of Wild Oats Market.


Thursday 8/31

What's Your Dosha & How Does It Affect Your Health?
Wild Oats Market, 320 Main St, Williamstown
(413) 458-8060
6 - 7 pm
for more information

Ayurveda, the science of life that originated in India 3,000 years ago, is having a resurgence. Its ageless wisdom provides diet and lifestyle guidelines, based on aligning ourselves with the natural world, that lead to better health and wellness. Come learn about fundamental concepts of Ayurveda and discover your dosha. Presentation by Liz Chambers, Ayurveda Health Counselor. You’ll also go home with some tasty seasonal Ayurveda recipes!

Saturday 9/2

Who's Streets?
Berkshire Museum, 39 South St, Pittsfield
(413) 443-7171
Friday, September 1, 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 2, 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 3, 7:00 pm
Monday, September 4, 1:30 pm
Monday, September 4, 7:00 pm
$7.50, Museum members $5
for more information

An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.


Sunday 9/3

Domingo Brunch with Moonshine Holler
Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North St, Pittsfield
(413) 443-1792
10 am - 12 pm
for more information

Leading off our first Sunday of the month brunch series, Domingo Brunch...Moonshine Holler. Their first time at Dotties. C'mon out for a great start to your week.

Domingo Brunch specials all music - 10-12.


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