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Windsor Lake will be the site of a one-day arts festival in April and the new home of disc golf course.
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Krystal Henriquez, right, explains what's she's done so far to Commissioner Nancy Bullett, Amanda Chilson and Mayor Richard Alcombright.
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Proposed locations for disc golf baskets at Fish Pond.
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A sample of a sponsored disc golf basket.

North Adams Figment Fest Taking Shape; Disc Golf Course Moving Forward

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's first Figment festival is taking shape for April 30 at Windsor Lake. The event will be all-volunteer, family friendly, participatory and free.

The organizers are currently calling for artist proposals for the one-day event; the deadline is March 6. Artists and volunteers can find out more about the event at

Launched in 2007 with a one-day immersive event on New York's Governors Island, the platform for participatory art has grown to involve hundreds of communities across the country with events ranging from one to several days.

Krystal Henriquez, an MCLA arts management student who is organizing the festival, gave the Windsor Lake Recreation Commission an update on the plans last week.

She's set up a crowdfunding campaign to help raise $3,500 to offset costs and materials, and a Facebook page. A meet and greet for those interested in volunteering or participating as an artist will be held Friday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Parlor on Ashland Street. Representatives from the Figment global team are expected to attend.

"I can really feel it coming together," said Henriquez, who volunteered at Figment Boston last year.

She stressed that the North Adams event will have the same core values as past Figment festivals, based on ideas of "decommodification," "leave no trace" and "participatory."  

There will be no vendors but those attending are encouraged to bring food for a potluck picnic on the grounds at Fish Pond. There will be no alcohol or smoking allowed.

The event will run from 2 until 9:30 p.m., with a "Figment After Dark" beginning at 7:30.

"I want to have that distinction because some installations may not be used at night," she said.

She's also working with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on installations, cleanup and vans. MCLA's community service day is April 30 and the college has committed to helping with installing projects that morning. Henriquez anticipates clearing the site completely by 5 p.m. on Sunday, "leaving no trace."

"We've been working with Makers Mill," she said. "They've been really great they've donated materials to us."

The organizers are also reaching to local schools with Clarksburg already on board.

Henriquez said she is still looking for lights and a stage. Mayor Richard Alcombright said options could be asking a local business about borrowing a flatbed as well as the city's consideration of acquiring its own portable stage for the upcoming Levitt Amp Music Series.

He and the commissioners also were concerned about noise levels but Henriquez said they would work to alleviate any concerns and noted the festival would end at 9:30 p.m.

"There's so much MCLA involvement but it's really about getting the more community participation," she said. "I can't wait to have this at Windsor Lake."

The commissioners also heard from Erik Carlson of Dalton, a disc golf enthusiast who is working on plans for a course at Windsor Lake with the commission and mayor's permission.

He showed a short video to the mayor and said volunteers would do the minor clearing and maintaining of the wooded course.

"It's minimal maintenance depending on the course," he said. "The only thing you see is a basket, it's not an eyesore."

Installing the baskets and poles are the hardest part, and would require digging or, better, an augur.

Commissioner William St. Pierre, who did not attend, has asked for the specs and materials list to give to McCann Technical School to price out.

Carlson estimates the metal baskets would be about $300 or so, and believes that local families or businesses might be interested in sponsoring them. He showed several images with brands or logos on the baskets.

He touted the friendly atmosphere of disc golf courses and how they attract enthusiasts from around a region.

"There's a study that vandalism decreases where there are courses because there are people there more often and they're taking care of it," he said, adding that MCLA students might be very interested.

"I think it would be awesome for the school to make a course that's right there," he said.

In other business:

Administrative Officer Michael Canales said the three-year phragmite removal plan hit a snag because of the mild weather. The tall plants were treated in the fall and were to be cut to the ice line this winter, except the ice hasn't been strong enough to hold the equipment. The contracted company will continue with what it can do, he said.

The commission discussed the possibility of upgrading electrical for the campsites. It was suggested to determine the cost of electricity for a seasonal site and average it out to be incorporated into the daily cost of a campsite. Upgrading the infrastructure would be a significant project. The commission will get cost estimates for consideration for 2017.

Commissioner Nancy Bullett said Williams College students are interesting in marking the trails around the lake but a topographical will be required to ensure they don't stray onto private lands.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 18-24

SEPTEMBER 27th - Movies Under the Stars at Colegrove Park
Join us in the park for our 3RD Annual Movies Under the Stars summer series in Colegrove Park, North Adams.
This monthly free family movie night is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Adams Community Bank.
All movies are free and open to the public. This year's theme is "There's No Place Like Home..." 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - The Wizard of Oz
*All movies are rated PG or G, but may have some scary parts or mild language.
This series is generously sponsored by Adams Community Bank, presented by the City of North Adams Tourism, and supported by the North Adams Movieplex.
Colegrove Park is located on north Church Street between Main St. and Route 2.

SEPTEMBER 28th - Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair
Northern Berkshire United Way is proud to be co-sponsoring The Children’s Races and Family Fair with the Adams Youth Center Inc. and North Adams Tourism.
Join us for activities on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  
The annual Fall Foliage Children's Races are the centerpiece, and we hope you will participate! Categories range in ages from Under 3 up to age 10. Our theme again this year is health and well-being. 
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Saturday September 28 | Noel Field
Registration for races from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM. 
Races begin at 11:00 AM.
Free admission to any and all events.
Magic, fun, give-a-ways, fall crafts, games and entertainment for children of all ages. Most appropriate for ages 10 and under. Booths hosted by local community organizations.  
Contact:  Patti Messina ( 413.663.9062

SEPTEMBER 28th - Leaf Hunt Clues
Leaf Hunt clues will be revealed in the Berkshire Eagle and

OCTOBER 4th - Fall Foliage Children's Parade: There's No Place Like Home!
Join us for the Annual Fall Foliage Children's Parade! 
This event is FREE to the public.
This year's theme is "There's No Place Like Home... in the Berkshires!" 
We can't wait to see the creative costumes you all come up with!
Registration begins at 4:30 in front of the First Baptist Church North Adams.
Line-up starts around 5pm
Parade begins at 5:30 pm
Parade route goes down the north side of Main Street and concludes on the front lawn of City Hall where awards are presented.
Event is rain or shine. Rain location TBD.

OCTOBER 5th - North Adams Annual Fall Foliage Dog Parade
It's time for the beloved Annual Dog Parade...
This year's theme is There's No Place Like Home... in the Berkshires!
This event is FREE, but donations to local animal rescues are accepted. (Thank you!)
Registration begins at 10AM. Parade BEGINS at 10:30AM
 Awards given for: Funniest, Best Group (of dogs), Best Duo (dog + owner), Best individual.
Dog Parade winners are encouraged to walk in the 64th Annual Fall Foliage Parade, beginning at 1pm on Sunday, October 6, 2019.
Route: Beginning at the Veteran's Memorial Park on the corner of Eagle and Rt. 2, walking down Eagle St. to Main, then Main to Holden, down Holden to Center St., down Center Street past the murals and  into the North Adams Farmers Market for a quick loop through the market so everyone can show off their costumes, back onto Marshall past River Street where  the parade will conclude  at the brand new North Adams Dog Park.
Thank you to our sponsor Greylock Federal Credit Union!

OCTOBER 5th - North Adams Fall Foliage Brew N Chew
Main St., North Adams | Sat. October 5th | Noon - 5PM
Join us in celebration of the annual Fall Foliage Festival for the Brew N' Chew, Fall Craft Fair, and Dancing in the Street & Brew ‘n Chew!  This year's event takes place in coordination with Miner Combat's annual Pop Cares fundraiser. 
We've got a bit of EVERYTHING to offer you with additional details coming soon. Thank you to MountainOne, Jack's Hot Dog Stand, and  Greylock Federal Credit Union for supporting these events!
BREWS : Local brews served up by our very own Bright Ideas Brewing.
The beer tent will include crowler holding and keg carry contests!  Sign-up will be on-site during the first hour. $5/person. Winner takes home a heck-of-a-lotta crowlers!
CHEW: Local restaurants and food trucks on-site serving up delicious food to keep you filled on what will hopefully be a lovely fall day.

- 64th Annual Fall Foliage Parade
Join us for the 64th Annual Fall Foliage Parade in North Adams. This is a free event and is fun for the whole family. This year's theme is "There's No Place like Home in the Berkshires"! 

If you'd like to participate in the parade as a float, band/music unit, marching unit, veterans unit or public safety unit you can complete the application here:

Sponsors and volunteers are also still being accepted for the parade, information can be found here:
Wednesday 9/18
9:00 A.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Terrific Tots Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.  

10:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Preschool Story Time North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, (413) 662-3133 More information. 

11:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Little Wonders Baby Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information. 

5:00 P.M. (FREE), ENVIRONMENTAL, Whole-Home Zero-Waste Living: A Zero Waste Workshop UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

5:00 P.M. (FREE), TOUR, Open House Greylock WORKS, 508 State Rd More information.

7:00 P.M. (FREE), CRAFTING, Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer Street More information.

8:00 P.M. (FREE), GAMES, Trivia Night! Ramunto's, 67 Main Street, (413) 398-5152 More information.

Thursday 9/19
9:00 A.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), WORKSHOP, Building Relationships Workshop The Family Place, 61 Main Street, Room 2018 (413) 663-7588 More information.

4:00 P.M. (FREE), TUTORING, After School Program UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

5:00 P.M. (FREE), DINNER, Pancakes For Dinner The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.  

6:00 P.M. (FREE), BIKING, Downtown Bike Around St Anthony's Municipal Parking Lot More information.

7:30 P.M. (FREE), BINGO, Musical Bingo at Mingo's Sports Bar and Grill 41 Roberts Drive More information.

8:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Open Mic with Patrick Gray Greylock Community Club, 548 State Rd More information.
Friday 9/20
7:30 A.M. (FREE), MEET AND GREET, Coffee Date at the NAMAzing Eagle Street Parklet NAMAzing Eagle Street Parklet More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Drop-In Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.

12:00 P.M. (FREE), SOCIAL, Open Hours UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

5:00 P.M. (See link for ticket prices), FESTIVAL, FreshGrass Festival 2019 MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way More information.

7:00 P.M. (By Donation), CRAFTING, Knitting Nights with Common Folk Common Folk, 73 Main Street More information.

7:00 P.M. ($12 adv, $15 at the door), CONCERT, Francesca Blanchard w/ Jake Klar HiLo North Adams, 55 Union Street More information.

7:00 P.M. ($1 and up), GAMES, BINGO! North Adams Elks 487 Lodge, 100 Eagle Street, (413) 664-9039 More information.

7:30 P.M. (FREE), DOCUMENTARY, Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change MCLA Freel Library, Blackinton Street More information.

9:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Karaoke Friday! State Street Tavern, 167 State Street, (413) 664-9152 More information.
Saturday 9/21
9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (FREE), MARKET, North Adams Farmers Market St. Anthony's Parking Lot at Marshall Street and St. Anthony's Drive, (413) 664-6180 More information.

9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (FREE), FUNDRAISER, Drury Band Bottle Drive North Adams More information.

10:00 A.M. (See link for ticket prices), FESTIVAL, FreshGrass Festival 2019 MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), NATURE, Natural Bridge History Tour New England's Natural Bridge, 1 McCauley Rd More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), GARDENING, Gardening Program UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, (413) 664-4612 More information.

11:00 A.M. (FREE), ART, Crystal Morey: Venus on the Waves, Exhibition Opening Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 Mass Moca Way More information.

12:00 P.M. (FREE), RALLY, Voices for Recovery 2019 Colegrove Park More information.

2:00 P.M. (FREE), BIKING, E-Bikes Demo Day TOURISTS Welcome, 915 State Road More information.

6:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Duoeamon Kicks off Wigwam Fall Foliage Sunset Serenade Series The Wigwam Western Summit, 2350 Mohawk Trail More information.
Sunday 9/22
10:00 A.M. (FREE), NATURE, Natural Bridge History Tour New England's Natural Bridge, 1 McCauley Rd More information.

10:00 A.M. (See link for ticket prices), FESTIVAL, FreshGrass Festival 2019 MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way More information.
Monday 9/23
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