The locally organized "Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts" is a family friendly affair featuring artisans, vendors, music and lots of activities for young and old. The day will be packed with new entertainment and the Queen's Quest, plus the popular Faerie Village build.
Attendees are more than welcome to come in fantasy costume but don't worry if you've left your wings behind — you can embellish a new pair at the fair.
Meet the Faerie Queen and her court, participate art activities like painting dragon eggs and making magical slime or listen to original stories by local authors. The Robbins-Zust Marionette Family Theatre will entertain with classic tales and the day will end with a spectacular performance by Ravenbane's FireCraft.
Entertainment for the day includes performances by the raucous pub band Three Pints Shy; mystical soundscapes created by Aura Shards; an ensemble of African and Caribbean drumming led by Aimee Gelinas; Celtic-inspired classical singer-songwriter Misty Posey; and accordion/banjo duo Slow Pony. Fire dancers from Ravenbane's will also have multiple shows throughout the day.
Food and beverage vendors will be onsite. The festival is also working with the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste district to make this a "zero waste event."
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; parking and main entrance is off Old Columbia Road. Look for the signs on Route 8.
The cost is free for children 5 and under, $4 for ages 6-12, and $10 for adults. Look for bookmarks at local libraries for $2 off admission or use the secret word "unicorn" for $1 off.
Sponsored by Berkshire Bank, Mountain One, Fox Tail Technologies and Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire and produced by the Adams Arts Advisory Board.
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Suffrage Centennial Committee Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
Cassandra Peltier as Alva Belmont Vanderbilt, a prominent figure in the suffrage movement.
ADAMS, Mass. — About 75 people filled The Manor on Saturday afternoon for the kickoff event of a yearlong celebration of Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.
The event at St. John Paul II Parish's Italianate mansion was organized by the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee. The committee serves as an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen.
Anthony was born in Adams and was a social reformer best known for spearheading the women's suffrage movement. She was also involved in the anti-slavery movement, collecting signatures for petitions as a teen, the temperance (prohibition of alcohol) movement, and women's financial rights.
Retired school teacher Mary Whitman, committee member and host for the day, shared why Anthony's work was so important.
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