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Friday

Essen up: Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield will host its annual Oktoberfest German Dinner at the church, located at 74 First St., tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. The Oktoberfest German Dinner features homemade Sauerbraten, spaetzle, black forest cake, and much more. Tickets are available at the door and they are only $16 for adults and $8 for children aged 6-12.  Take out will be available. For more information, visit http://www.zionlutheranpittsfield.org.
    

Ascoltare up: The seventh installment of Opera Notte's performance, "Tutto Italiano," will take place at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., tonight at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20; tickets can be reserved via email to tix@thewhit.org or via or phone call to  413-443-0289. Performed by John Demler, Joe Sicotte and Kara Demler, it also features  special guest, Jessica Passetto, of Taconic High School, under the musical direction of Ron Ramsay and theatrical direction of Kara Demler.

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Saturday

Furry friends: Sweet Brook Farm on Oblong Road will celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days by opening their farm to the public to meet and learn about alpacas and the beautiful fiber they provide during shearing each year. The Green Mountain Spinners and Weavers and the Stephentown, N.Y., Guilds will demonstrate their crafts, and visitors are welcome to try their hands at spinning and weaving. There will also be hayrides for a small fee. The event is free. For more information, contact Beth Phelps at 413-884-4246 or visit www.sweetbrookfarm.com.

Read Rebecca Dravis's column for ideas on what to do with the family this weekend.

If I only had a ...: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mohawk Trail by building a scarecrow at the 1896 House on Route 7. Just bring your imagination; they organizers will supply the hay, clothes and location. For more info, contact the Williamstown Chamber at info@williamstownchamber.com.

Crisps & Macs: The Lenox Apple Squeeze is celebrating its 35th year this Saturday and Sunday. The downtown will be filled from 10 to 5 with music, handmade crafts, sculptures, clothing, jewelry and original artworks, and a wide variety of food and beverage. Plus, of course, apples and all imaginable apple recipes, including Saturday's "The Great Apple Chili Challenge." The Kids' Park at Lilac Park runs Saturday with games, bouncy slide, and live music.

Dynamic duo: Berkshire-based folk duo Oakes & Smith will offer an evening of song at Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker St., Lenox, tonight at 8 p.m. Joining the duo that night will be Zack Cross on piano and Justin Hillman on guitar and banjo. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ventfort Hall. Contact Ventfort Hall at  413-637-3206 to reserve tickets in advance as events sell out quickly.

 


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Sunday

Meet and greet: IS183 Art School and the South Williamstown Community Association invite the public to the Little Red Schoolhouse in Williamstown to meet local artists today from 3 to 5 p.m. This event will allow community members to meet local artists, view their work and find out more about the studio classes IS183 is offering at the Schoolhouse.  Since 2013, IS183 has been utilizing the Schoolhouse in South Williamstown to offer art classes, camps and workshops to all ages, bringing the studio experience to students in northern Berkshire County.

Fall celebration: The Hancock Farmers Market will hold its Fall Festival Harvest Gala at Appletree Hill Organic Farm, 3210 Hancock Rd/Route 43, today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Up to 15 local crafters, artisans, and vendors are expected offering a wide spectrum of items, products and creations including professionally crafted jewelry, leather goods, wooden crafts, personal commodities, runway-quality knitted wear, custom sewn creations, antiques, collectibles, local and organic produce, baked goods, maple syrup-candy & cream, jams & jellies and more. Admission is free.

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