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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 14-20

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North Adams Happenings:
Nov. 14 - 20
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date


November 21
Annual Tree Lighting
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Rain Date: Friday, November 30th.

Join us for the Annual Tree Lighting! On Wednesday, November 21 at 6 p.m. traffic will be routed away from the tree at Monument Square on Main St. (between the First Congregational and First Baptist Churches) where residents are asked to gather to count down the seconds until the switch is thrown and thousands of twinkling lights adorn the downtown.

As soon as Main Street lights up the Drury High School Band and Band Front will lead the way with festive songs for the North Adams Fire Department’s fire engine as it makes its way through downtown with Santa Claus. Santa and his helpers will bring gifts for the first 500 children.

The North Adams Office of Community Events is grateful to our sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne Bank, Berkshire Bank, Cascade School Supplies, the First Baptist Church, the Drury High School Band, and MASS MoCA for their help in making this event possible.

November 21
Tree Lighting Downtown Bike Around

Escort Santa and the Fire Truck by bike during the North Adams Tree Lighting on Wednesday, November 21st. Meet at the Peeble's parking lot (closer to Main Street) at 5:15pm. Be sure to have lights on your bike! Dress Warm!

This Fall - Parent Child Home Program

FREE Books and Toys for children 16 mo. to 3 years old this fall.  PCHP is a home visiting program. A trained Home Visitor will bring FREE books and toys for your child to keep.  They read, play, and do art activities with your child and you to help your child be ready to learn in school. We are accepting new children and doing intakes for the coming school year.  If you’d like more information, please call Karen at 413-663-6593 ex. 27, email:, or TEXT: (413)663-0234


Wednesday November 14


Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
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Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the 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.

nbCC’s Teen Writing Workshop
5 - 7pm
nbCC Conference Room, 61 Main Street, North Adams
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An after school writing program for teens of all writing experiences. Teens will hone in on their skill with professional local writers and peers. For more information, call Tim at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.

Triva Night
Ramuntos, 67 Main Street
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Come Join us for Trivia tonight! Marissa will be starting at 8 pm and will have a few Ramuntos shirts for some lucky participants! See you there!

Thursday November 15th


Art Week 2019 Info Session
Design Lab, 49 Main Street
(413) 662-5116
8 - 9am
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Learn more about ArtWeek, a statewide festival that expanded into Western MA in 2018. Submitting an event is FREE, and a great way to get exposure for both organizations and individuals. ArtWeek 2019 will be April 26 - May 5.

North County info session will be held at MCLA’s Design Lab, located at 49 Main Street in North Adams. The session will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Info sessions will be held in Great Barrington, North Adams and Pittsfield on November 15th. Join us at one of these sessions, then help us raise the profile of arts and culture in the Berkshires during the 2019 festival.

Email us with questions:

Call for Art:
To Bless the Space Between Us

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Be part of the first exhibit in our new space at 73 Main St.!

This previously nomadic project features artwork that responds to the theme of addiction. We will symbolically bless the work as it moves to a new home. The show will run for 1 month and is guest curated by Kristen Jussila.

Contact to submit work! DEADLINE Nov. 15

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
4 - 5pm
call or email for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy snack, homework assistance, tutoring, computer access and creative activities. Call or email Glenda at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or for more information.

MS Support Group
MS Support Foundation, 85 E Main St
(413) 664-2011
4:30 - 5:30pm
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Speaker: Patricia Lescarbeau, outreach worker at the Mary Spitzer Center.

Third Thursday Literary Open Mic
The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland St
(413) 398-5554
6:30 - 9:30pm
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Third Thursday Poetry at The Parlor Cafe features a monthly literary open mic which starts at 7pm. Door open and sign ups at 6:30.

All poets have approximately 5-8 minutes(or 2 pieces) depending on the evening. You are encouraged to bring poems, prose, lyrics, essays, etc, be it yours or written by someone else. This is a safe space, come use your beautiful voices!

!!Audience and poets are encouraged to show up at 6:30pm, sign up for open mic, order food or drink, and find yourself a seat.


FREE. We ask for a suggested $2 or greater donation to help with the logistics and bring in feature poets from across the country, and pay you poets. Thanks for all the support.

Poetry Open Stage
Ashland Street Project Space, 50 Ashland Street
7:30 - 8:30pm
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come read!
come listen!

read your own—read someone else's


this is event is organized by Tavish Costello. He is an artist, musician, and organizer who first hosted the Open State Poetry Night at ROTA Gallery and Studios in Plattsburgh, NY.

it will be a beautiful thing. come


Friday November 16th


The Journey of Resiliency & Recovery in Our Community
The Green, 85 Main St in the Concourse
(413) 663-7588
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The Northern Berkshire community will once again gather to discuss important issues facing our residents at nbCC’s monthly forum on Friday, November 16th from 9:30 to noon at The Green, 85 Main Street in North Adams. Join our community discussion about finding resiliency and hope while understanding the breadth and depth of life experiences.  Please note the date, time and location change of this forum. Here's what to expect:

1. Learn about trauma and the needs & opportunities to build resilience locally.
2. View a screening of the film, Resilience: The Biology Of Stress & The Science Of Hope.
3. Participate in a post-documentary discussion about building a trauma informed community.

The forum will begin with a round of introductions followed by brief announcements of your upcoming events or new projects. Please bring flyers about your events and announcements, as there will be a table available for sharing them. The forum will be held on Friday, November 16 from 9:30am to noon at The Green located at 85 Main Street in North Adams. Also note that the organizers of the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry at 45 Eagle Street ask friends who attend the nbCC forums to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the pantry. For more information on this forum, please contact Amber Besaw, at (413) 663-7588 ext. 13, or e-mail at

Spectrum: embodied
MCLA 375 Church St.
(413) 662-5253
2 - 7pm
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SPECTRUM:embodied surveys the different thoughts, feelings, and expressions of gender in relation to space and the body - an extension of the SPECTRUM exhibition at MCLA Gallery 51. 

SPECTRUM:embodied day 1 schedule:
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Rina Espiritu: Daydreaming: The cop is studying - (Durational Performance, Freel Library)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Malcolm Peacock:  A reading class called  Of what had I ever been afraid?  ( Bowman 319) utilizing the texts of Malcolm X and Audre Lorde to have participants consider how and reflect upon the ways in which speech/movement play potentially active roles in their lives.
5:30 PM - MCLA Campus: Walking Performance Tour (meet at Freel Library) - performing: Alyssa St. Franc, Amanda Romanelli, Aye Eckerson, Don’Jea Smith, Heath Upton, Margareth Antonio, J. Bouey


Dream Weavers
Frog Lotus Yoga, 189 Beaver St Studio 207
(413) 664-8686
5 - 7pm
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Come to the studio for a dreamy evening of new art from Jessi Byrne and Misa Chappell.

Jessi 's creations of earthy tapestries and dreamcatchers interweave among the vibrant visions of the feminine created by Misa. Bring friends, talk art, sip and graze the free refreshments, and hear how these pieces came into creation.

See you there!

We Bring Light:
Hanukkah Candle-Making for Families
Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams, 53 Lois St
(413) 663-5830
5 - 8pm
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In this family-centered workshop we’ll
- Learn why and how we celebrate Hanukkah
- Explore how Hanukkah helps us understand the importance of religious freedom
- Discuss how we can bring light into the world through our words and actions

Participants will create their own set of Hanukkah candles to take home with them, made from locally sourced, earth-friendly beeswax. Through a generous donation from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation this event is FREE and open to all. Attendees are welcome to participate in Kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner following the workshop. RSVP to: appreciated.

Underground Sounds: Community Open Mic
ROOTS Teen Center, 43 Eagle Street
(413) 398-4088
6:30 - 9:30pm
Free! Donations Strongly Encouraged
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Come one, come all! ROOTS presents Underground Sounds: An Open Mic series geared toward folks of all ages and open to the community. Come perform with us: poets, musicians, artists, magicians, and all of the like, and enjoy a night of awesomely talented individuals! All art forms are welcome.

Sign ups start at 6:30pm. Come early to make sure you get on the list. And don't forget to invite and share this with your friends!

Free Admission, but donations are strongly encouraged!

Free Taco Bar.

Black Light Party W/ Keo Beatz
Pitcher's Mound Pub, 218 Ashland St
(413) 663-8390
9:30pm - 1am
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Be #moundbound this Friday night for our black light party! 2$ cocktails, 5$ pitchers with DJ Keo Beatz pumpin all the sickest jams!


Saturday November 17th


Holiday Craft Bazaar
American Legion Post 125,91 American Legion
(413) 346-7402
9am - 3pm
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There will be several vendors. Do some holiday shopping, have fun and eat some food. There will also be a food basket raffle, Chinese auction and a door prize. If you would like to be a vendor please contact Betty at (413) 346-7402.

Harvest Bazaar
Cheshire United Methodist Church
197 Church Street, Cheshire
10:00am - 2:00pm
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At the craft tables, there are many knitted & crocheted items such as scarves & hats.  Among the great variety of hand-made holiday ornaments and decorations you will find lighted garlands, wreaths, shelf-sitters, money/gift card holders, stocking Santas, large and small lighted potpourri jars & vases, a variety of Christmas tree ornaments, pumpkins, coasters & and more.   

The Bake Sale will have a large selection of goodies for your Thanksgiving tables, including pumpkin, zucchini, blueberry, cranberry/apple, cinnamon/apple, banana & Russian strawberry breads,  fudge, raspberry bars, date squares and an assortment of cookies. There will also be a large assortment of homemade blueberry, apple, pecan, strawberry rhubarb and pumpkin pies and more.

Also included is a Silent Auction, featuring an assortment of gift cards and items from local merchants, jewelry, holiday items, decorative items for the home, many theme baskets and a great many miscellaneous items for young and old.   

All are welcome.  For more information, call the chair Jeanne Moulthrop at 413-663-3630.

LeWitt x 10
All Day
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In year 10 of our 25-year exhibition, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, “the most perfect union of contemporary art and architecture in the United States,” (Los Angeles Times) we celebrate with a series of artist talks, stories, and scholarly discussion, with a full day of activities punctuated by performances from artists whose work has been influenced by LeWitt.

10:30am: Symposium: In The Machine that Makes the Art? Interpretation, Collaboration, and Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings. Susan Cross, Mark Haxthausen, Anna Lovatt, and other LeWitt scholars will contribute.

2pm: Pop-up stories and Performances in the galleries

7pm: Dinner and performances

Cap the day with a celebration dinner and performances by Quindar (with Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen), and jazz impresario and MacArthur “Genius,” Jason Moran. Tickets can be purchased here.

All Day: Family events

A Sol LeWitt treasure hunt and LeWitt-inspired art-making at the Art Bar.

This program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and sponsored in part by Berkshire Magazine.

FESTIVE Holiday Market
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m
$5 entry | kids under 12 free
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Our FESTIVE 2018 holiday marketplace will be Saturday, NOVEMBER 17th! Join us for Greylock WORKS’ 2nd annual Fall FESTIVE – a handmade holiday market celebrating local food and design from the Berkshires and beyond.

Set in our expansive, light-filled former cotton spinning mill, the 30,000 square foot open marketplace will feature the region’s best artisan makers, including culinary crafters, local farmers, fermenters, and more. Inaugurate the giving season and satisfy all of your holiday needs and desires in one amazing day.

Spectrum: embodied Day 2
MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, 51 Main St
(413) 662-5253
2 - 10pm
for more information

SPECTRUM:embodied surveys the different thoughts, feelings, and expressions of gender in relation to space and the body - an extension of the SPECTRUM exhibition at MCLA Gallery 51.

SPECTRUM:embodied invites performers and the curious to shift boundaries of creation, performance, and belonging.

Day two: schedule
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Ballez Class taught by Katy Pyle at the Campus Center Dance Complex
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Guided Tour - Spectrum Exhibition - MCLA Gallery 51
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Open Mic - Design Lab
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Works in Progress Showing - Design Lab
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Closing Celebration - the Green, featuring Billy Dean Thomas aka The Queer B.I.G.


Monday November 19th


PreSchool Story Time
Clarksburg Town Library, 711 W Cross Rd
(413) 664-6050
10 - 11am
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Stories and Rhymes; Crafts and Free Play, Ages 3-5, Adult Must Accompany Child


Tuesday November 13th


Toddler Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
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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.

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