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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

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North Adams Happenings:
Sept 27th through Oct 3rd 
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date

Humble Digs
MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main Street
for more information

Humble Digs is back in North Adams, and this time they've brought along the fine fellows of Kin. Come dance your bad luck blues away on Friday the 13th!

$5, cuz you love good live music.

Good luck!

Wednesday September 27th

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.
Baby & Me Yoga
Family Center Playroom 210 State Street
3 - 4 pm

At the Baby and Me group time. Join us for a relaxing yoga time with baby and parent, followed by light snack. For parents and babies up until 12 months. Please call 413-664-4821 to register.



Thursday September 28th

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

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities.


Fall Foliage Ziti Supper
Saint Elizabeth’s of Hungary, 70 Marshall Street
(413) 663-5316
4-7 PM
$10/person, $6/seniors and kids 12 & under
for more information

St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary will hold its annual ziti supper at the Parish Center. Dinner includes ziti and meatballs, garden salad, bread and butter, a beverage and choice of assorted desserts. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling the church rectory.
DownStreet Art Thursday
for more information

Join us for the last DownStreet Art Thursday of 2017! 
* The American Magic-Lantern Theater. A Victorian magic-lantern show featuring stories, songs, comedy which NPR has called "A living national treasure"
* Culminating share created in response to Alaa Awad's 2014 #DSA Mural 'justice' with Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song
* Music Under the Mohawk with House SparrowChad Tarves Music + 8 Foot River
* Opening reception for Freedom from Fear/The Yellow Bowl Project atMCLA Gallery51
* Exhibitions at Gravity GalleryoutsideFerrin ContemporaryCYNTHIA-REEVESBerkshire Art Museum + more!
Downtown Bike Around - Light Up Your Bike Fall Foliage Bike Parade and Rodeo
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,
PRESS Pop Up Sale
Outside 49/51 Main St
5 - 8 pm
for more information

Join us Thursday at DownStreet Art for an incredible one-night only PRESS Pop-Up Sale. All prints $1-10! Now's the time to get those prints you wanted! We'll be right outside 49-51 Main Street. Stop by!


Lego Group
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
for more information

The Family Center will hold Lego Groups in North Adams and Adams beginning in September. Enjoy building Lego creations at the Library. Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old. Evening Lego Group September 14th and 28th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The North Adams Public Library, 75 Church Street third floor.  It will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
MASS MoCA Chalet
6-10 PM
for more information

The Chalet will be open for this special Fall Foliage Festival Thursday! The Bike Around parade will pass through the chalet and MASS MoCA Campus during their ride. All are encourage to participate. Chalet is FREE, bring cash for drinks.




Friday September 29th

Annual Children's Parade
Main Street North Adams
(413) 346-7196
Register: 4:30 PM/ Lineup: 5 PM / Parade: 5:30 PM
for more information

Children from throughout the Northern Berkshire’s are encouraged to make costumes and enter the parade. This year’s theme is “Magic in the Berkshires”. Participants must arrive at the corner of Main and Eagle streets at 5pm. Parade begins at 5:30 PM and will proceed west on Main St. to City Hall. Ribbons will be given to all participants. Group and float winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, October 2. Please note that groups should be 10 or less children, as there are only 10 medals that will be awarded per category/prize. Awards are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.
"Brain Building" Parent Workshop
Family Center Playroom 210 State Street
11 am - 12 pm

Parents will learn easy, hands-on Brain Building activities that they can use every day in their own home. Learn ways to turn any moment into a Brain Building moment. Join us for information on brain development, hands-on fun, recipes for brain building at home and ideas for field trips that build little brains. Every family will receive a Brain Building bag of goodies to take home! Onsite child care if needed.  Call 413-664-4821 to register.
Concert of Hope & Healing: A Community Response to Violence Home & Abroad
First Congregational Church, 134 Main Street
7 PM
for more information

Dessert to follow concert and goodwill offering to support ROOTS: Northern Berkshire Teen Center. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: MICHAEL DAUNIS @ 413-652-8466

Free Admission, but donations are strongly encouraged! Popcorn and light snacks will be served!
Fall Foliage Dance with License to Groove
GAME ON, 66 Main Street
Doors at 7PM /Music 8PM– midnight
for more information

Dust off your bell bottoms and acid wash jeans, for a blast to the past. Join us Sept 29, 2017 to send out the summer pop-up, GAME ON, in style! Costumes encouraged with the Fall Foliage theme of “Magic in the Berkshires”. Live music by License to Groove. Party starts at 7pm. Music at 8pm. Light refreshments.  All ages + family Friendly.


Weekly Trivia Night
The SereniTea Cafe, 303 Ashland St
(413) 346-4624
8 pm
for more information

Team sign ups at 8, trivia starts at 8:30! Topic: 90s television

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.




Saturday September 30th

North Adams Farmer's Market: Bring Your Dog to the Market Day!
St Anthony Drive & Marshall Street
for more information

The Farmers Market is one of the most pet-friendly places in the city! Help us celebrate the Dog Day of Fall by bringing your dog to the market. As always, patrons of the market can find fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, and meat. For more information or a schedule of events, call or e-mail

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.

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.
MCLA Fall Community Day of Service
MCLA Venable Gym
9AM – 1PM
for more information

Join MCLA and the North Adams Community as we bond together to tackle local projects to benefit the city! From working in community gardens to helping on a local habitat for humanity build, there are jobs for all ages and skill levels.

Please email with your name, contact info and the info for anyone else volunteering with you that day. Please specify if you would like to volunteer as a team or have any specialities or abilities that may impact the service that you participate in.

Want to host a volunteer site? Please email with a proposed project, # of volunteers needed, and tools/transportation needed (if any) and we'll get back to you ASAP!
Fall Foliage Craft Fair
Downtown North Adams, Main St. between Holden & Eagle
(413) 664-6180
10 AM – 3 PM
for more information

Join us downtown and shop at dozens of local artisan and crafter booths while enjoying fall in small ‘town’  New England! Rain or Shine. Balloon animals for the kids and a special magic show from 1-2pm by Johnny Mystic!
Reading to Rover
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
10:30 - 11:30 am

Children of all ages and abilities are invited to come to the Youth Services Department on Saturday, September 30th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and read to or spend time with our special furry friends, Seymour and friends.  Children may bring a favorite book from home or choose one from the library's wonderful book collection and spend a short time reading to a dog.  Children who are not yet confident around dogs are also welcome to spend time just sitting quietly with one of our dogs.  Therapy dogs are a wonderful way for children to practice reading to a non-judgmental partner.  Our dogs are all certified as therapy dogs and we are confident of their patience and charm. The dogs will be at the library with their owners/handlers.  Light refreshments and dog biscuits will be available.   Call the Youth Services Department at 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more information.

Fall Bazaar

VFW Post 996 – Mohawk Trail
(413) 743-5040
9AM -3PM
for more information

Something for everyone: Chinese Auction, Fish Bowl, Raffles, Baked Goods,
Fried Dough & Hot Dogs. Contact: Mary Risch, 743-5040
7th Annual Dog Parade
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Corner of Eagle Street and Route 2
(413) 664-6180
10:30 – 11:30 AM (registration at 10)
FREE but donations to local animal rescues accepted
for more information

All dogs are encouraged to participate. Owners are encouraged to make costumes and enter their dogs into this parade. This year’s parade theme is “Magic in the Berkshires”. Categories are: funniest, best duo (owner and dog), best group (dogs), best small dog, best medium-sized dog, and best large dog. Prizes will be awarded following the parade and ribbons will be given to all participants. Dog parade winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade. Awards are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.
AYJ Fund Corn Hole Tournament
Noel Field
Register by noon/ starts at 1PM
$20/ team
for more information

2nd Annual Corn Hole Fundraiser for the AYJ Fund. $20 per team. Fun for all ages! Kids corn hole, bocce, can jam, Fatboy’s Food truck, Chinese auction and more.
Out on a Limb Opening Reception
Eclipse Mill Gallery, 243 Union St
6 - 8 pm
for more information

Join us at the Eclipse Mill Gallery for the opening reception of 'Out on a Limb'! This upcoming three-person exhibition at the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts will showcase new and in-process works by Eclipse Mill residents Debi Pendell, Sarah Sutro, and Betty Vera. The opening reception on Saturday, September 30 from 6-8pm is free and open to the public. 'Out on a Limb' will be on view at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in downtown North Adams through October 29, 2017. The gallery will be open Fridays-Sundays from 12-5pm and by appointment.


Sameer Gupta - A Circle Has No Beginning
(413) 662-2111
8 - 11 pm
$10 students, $12 advance, $18 day of, $24 preferred
for more information

Sameer Gupta is “kinetic, bass-heavy, and tender” percussionist (The Jazz Observer), with roots in the Indian Classical tradition. He’s here with a propulsive band featuring keyboardist Marc Cary, for a magical evening of tracks from his new album, A Circle Has No Beginning.

Bang on a Can favorite and North Adams resident Todd Reynolds opens.
Beer & Board Games
The SereniTea Cafe, 303 Ashland St
(413) 346-4624
8 pm - 12 am
for more information

Bring your own games or play the ones here.

*Note: despite the name, we won't only be serving beer... wine, liquor, mixed drinks, all our usual nonalcoholic drinks, and our bar food will be 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 October 1st

Fall Foliage Festival: Magic in the Berkshires
Downtown North Adams
for more information

Join us for the 62nd Fall Foliage Festival Parade: Magic in the Berkshires!  on Sunday, October 1, 2017. This year’s theme celebrates our many visions of magic, both literal and figurative, that can be found in the Berkshires! Please visit the 1Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade page to learn how you can participate in this year’s event!

The parade route begins at Ocean State Job Lots at 1pm and concludes at the North Adams Housing Authority on Ashland Street after traveling through downtown North Adams via Main Street.

For more info. and parade inquiries contact Danielle Thomas @ or visit the 1Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade page.
New Hope's Homecoming
1436 Massachusetts Ave
(413) 458-3183
10 am - 12 pm
for more information

Please join us for New Hope's Homecoming Worship Gathering event, followed by a meal of soup and bread. It will be a day to celebrate New Hope and welcome everyone together after a busy summer.
March in the Fall Foliage Festival Parade with Berkshire Pride
Ocean State Job Lot, 830 Curran Hwy
11 am - 2:30 pm
for more information

Come join Berkshire Pride to March in the 62nd Fall Foliage Parade in North Adams! The theme of the festival is "Magick in the Berkshires" and in honor of that our theme as a contingent has to tie in to that. We welcome marchers to dress according to the theme. Think "Hocus Pocus" meets the rainbow!
Fall Classic 5k Race
(413) 496-6310
Begins at Noon on Main Street
Please call 413-664-6180 for registration Information
for more information

You can register on the day of the event at 85 Main Street, Suite 200 where the Transcript used to be.

The race will begin at the top of Main Street and head down Curran Highway towards Adams  before circling down Old State Road and coming back down Curran hwy, to Main Street and onto American Legion Drive to Ashland, and  back down Main Street  finishing by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Monday October 2nd

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 October 3rd

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
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities.

From Our Neighbors

Wednesday 9/27

Berkshire County Independent School Fair

Berkshire County Independent School Fair, 492 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield
(413) 499-1300
6 - 7:30 pm
for more information

Independent schools serving children of every age in and around Berkshire County, Massachusetts invite you to learn about your options in independent education in and around the Berkshires.

The Academy at Charlemont Charlemont, MA
Bard Academy at Simon's Rock Gt.Barrington, MA
Berkshire School Sheffield, MA
Berkshire Waldorf High School Stockbridge, MA
Buxton School Williamstown, MA
Darrow School New Lebanon, NY
Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Ghent, NY
Miss Hall's School Pittsfield, MA
Mountainroad School, Nassau, NY
Pine Cobble School, Williamstown, MA
Berkshire Country Day School, Interlaken, MA
Montessori School of the Berkshires, Lenox, MA
Rudolph Steiner School, Great Barrington, MA
Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT
St. Mary's School, Lee, MA
Indian Mountain School, CT

Saturday 9/30

Antigone in Ferguson

62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St, Williamstown
(413) 597-2425
8 - 11 pm
for more information

Tracie Thoms (Rent, Falsettos, The Devil Wears Prada) and Zach Grenier (The Good Wife, Deadwood, Fight Club) with Duane Foster, Marjolaine Goldsmith, Willie Woodmore.

Directed by Bryan Doerries, Composed by Phil Woodmore.

Both compelling theatre and searing social justice project, Antigone in Ferguson is a radical and unlikely staging of Sophocles’s classic tragedy, conceived in response to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Antigone’s themes of integrity and human folly, set down in the fifth century BCE, resonate through the ages, illuminating the recent clash between public authorities and American citizens as they call for justice in police brutality cases. Bryan Doerries, author of The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, directs this timely adaptation. Performed by an all-star cast along with a gospel choir featuring police officers, educators, and community members from Ferguson, the play makes an appeal for the timelessness of Sophocles—and the urgency of grappling with his implications in our current political climate.

Monday 10/2

Art & Process Peer Supervision Group

Nu Arts 311 North St, Fl 2nd, Pittsfield
6 - 8 pm
for more information

Peer supervision group for helping professionals who use art in their work or to process work related issues. Limited seating. Must RSVP in advance. $15 materials fee.


Thursday 9/28

Berkshire County Public Forum on Public Education Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
(413) 499-9480
6 - 8 pm
for more information

Are Berkshire County Schools in Trouble?

Poverty is on the rise. Districts money is tapped out. Transportation is inadequate. Students are not afforded equitable education.

Come to a forum on public education to talk out how to sustain and improve our schools and the vitality of Berkshire county livelihoods! Make your voice heard.

Light meal provided!

Friday 9/29
Live at the Log - Taran Dugai

The Log, 78 Spring St, Williamstown
(413) 655-1300
8:30 - 9:30 pm
for more information

Join us as we welcome Williams Student Taran Dugal to the stage!

Joined by Noah Nsangou, the pair are a familiar face at "Coffeehouse" nights and college functions, but new to The Log, so give them a warm welcome!

Sunday 10/1

Challenging Stigma: Examining the Language Around Mental Illness

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
2 - 4 pm
Presented by the City of Pittsfield’s Human Rights Commission.

Why does society stigmatize certain individuals, groups, and conditions? How is stigma used to marginalize and silence difference and dissent? What impact does this use of stigma have on people living with mental illnesses? What can we do to challenge stigma in our community? – Please join us for this important community conversation.

Panelists will include Dr. Kevin Cahill, Executive Director of Clinical Services at Soldier On; Officer Cheryl Callahan, Pittsfield Police Department; State Representative Paul Mark; Eric Plakun, MD, Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy at the Austen Riggs Center; Julie Schwager, Western Massachusetts Area Director, Department of Mental Health; Alan J. Vreeland, Recovery Learning Community, Pittsfield Center Community Coordinator;  and Simon Winchester, author of ‘The Professor and the Madman’.

Tuesday 10/3

Personal Open House & Career Fair

City Hall, 70 Allen St, Pittsfield
(413) 499-9361
11 am - 1 pm
for more information

The 2nd annual Personnel Open House & Career Fair Event! Come mingle with City of Pittsfield staff and discuss current job opportunities and inquire about future openings! Additionally:

-Speak with Police Officers and Firefighters; Learn about public safety opportunities, testing, procedures, Civil Service, and More!
-Learn about licenses & certifications needed for City positions
-Speak with career counselors, resume review on the spot! Receive advice on strengthening your resume/cover letter and interview skills!
-Explore training opportunities and continuing education programs with Berkshire Community College and Berkshire Works

Connect with us and learn how you can make a difference by joining our team of dedicated professionals!


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