Mum's the word: Town Players of Pittsfield are staging a reading of local playwright Jesse Waldinger's "Mum Bett's Minute" today at 3 p.m. at the Ashley House in Sheffield as part of Mum Bett Day. The play will be preceded by a short dance inspired by the play, choreographed and performed by Marla Robertson. Admission is free. Also as part of the celebration of the 233nd anniversary of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman’s famous court case, which contributed to the legal end of slavery in Massachusetts in the 18th century, there will be a living history performance by Tammy Denease, reading of the Sheffield Resolve, tours of Ashley House and more from noon to 4 p.m.
Read Rebecca Dravis's column for what to do with the family this weekend.
Another anniversary: The North Adams Historical Society will mark the 268th anniversary of the siege of Fort Massachusetts in the Barracks Room replica on the third floor of the North Adams Museum of History and Science, in Building 5A at Western Gateway Heritage State Park., at 2 p.m. today.
Jack of all trades: Jack Waldheim will play tonight at 10 p.m. at The Purple Pub, 65 Spring St., Williamstown. Call 413-458-0095 for details.
All together now: The free lecture “A Decade in League with the Clark: A Story of Better Art History between Evanston and Williamstown in Nine Acts” will be held t 3 p.m. at the Clark Art Institute. Hollis Clayson, professor of art history and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, shares how her long relationship with the Clark has helped to shape her recent scholarship and perspectives on art. The lecture is the fourth in the “Clark Inspired” series, which celebrates people whose careers have been influenced by the Clark and by the Williamstown art community. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-2303.
Making Jam: Champagne Jam will play at the Adams Visitors Center in Adams from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the best of oldies, country and rock performed by one of the areas favorite bands Champagne Jam. Rain or shine!