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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019

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Holiday Events

Thursday, Dec. 19

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Friday, Dec. 20

Pittsfield: Whitney Center for the Arts presents Berkshire and New York Favorite Monk Schane-Lydon, as he inhabits every role in "This Wonderful Life" by Steve Murray, a hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life" at 8 p.m. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hard-working man's life has on the people around him. Tickets are $5-$20 and are available online.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Great Barrington: The Great Barrington Arts Market will host a "Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market," a curated holiday market featuring local and regional handmade gifts and products, at Saint James Place, 352 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Lanesborough: Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, will host a Holiday Nature Crafts Tree Trimming Party from noon to 1:30 p.m. Create your own holiday pine cone ornaments and extras to help us decorate our holiday tree. This program is free. A Solstice, Sunset, Cider-Sip and Sing-Along runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and feel free to bring a camera and instruments to play. This program is free.

Lenox: Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay will be performing holiday favorites at The Mount starting at 2 p.m. Included with admission.

North Adams: A "blue Christmas" service will be held at All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., at 7 p.m. This service is for all who feel a sense of loss; whether it be the loss of a job, or a loved one... whatever the change factor in your life, this is a time to acknowledge it and to find comfort in the fact that you are not alone.

Pittsfield: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 73 Bradford St., hosts a holiday bake sale from 9 to 1 p.m.

Pittsfield: Whitney Center for the Arts presents Berkshire and New York Favorite Monk Schane-Lydon, as he inhabits every role in "This Wonderful Life" by Steve Murray, a hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life" at 8 p.m. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hard-working man's life has on the people around him. Tickets are $5-$20 and are available online.

Sheffield: Rights of Nature-Berkshires invites all ages to join together for a Winter Solstice Celebration at Sheffield Yoga Studio, 1224 North Main St. Through music, song, meditation and dedication, we will honor the Housatonic River watershed and all waters of life. Dress appropriately for short outdoor procession; no pets, please.

Sunday, Dec. 22

Great Barrington: The Great Barrington Arts Market will host a "Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market," a curated holiday market featuring local and regional handmade gifts and products, at Saint James Place, 352 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

North Adams: Mayor Thomas Bernard invites all members of the North Adams community to mark the first night of Chanukah and to join in the city’s second annual menorah lighting at 5 p.m. The brief ceremony will be held in Dr. Arthur Rosenthal Square on West Main Street across from City Hall. Rabbi Rachel Barenblat will share a few words.

Pittsfield: Whitney Center for the Arts presents Berkshire and New York Favorite Monk Schane-Lydon, as he inhabits every role in "This Wonderful Life" by Steve Murray, a hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life" at 2 p.m. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hard-working man's life has on the people around him. Tickets are $5-$20 and are available online.

Wednesday, Dec. 25:

North Adams: Be Our Guest Christmas Dinner at the American Legion, 11:30 to 1, featuring ham dinner with sides, soup and dessert. All are welcome; for delivery, call 413-664-9004.

Christmas Tree Lightings

• Lenox Dale: Sunday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Because of the construction on Walker Street, Santa will arrive by fire engine at Furnace Park at the intersection of Crystal Street and Walker Street to light the tree. Following the lighting, Santa will greet the children at the Fire Station on Elm Street, where gifts and refreshments will be distributed. Santa will also pose for photos with the children. The event is sponsored by the Lenox Dale Fire Company.

• North Adams: FRIDAY, DEC. 6 (postponed from Wednesday, Nov. 27) 6 p.m. at Monument Square. Caroling with the Drury Band, hot chocolate and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the Fire Department's antique Mack Fire Engine with treats. Kicks off the annual Hometown Holiday. This year the Downtown Bike Around will join the procession down Main Street with bikes decorated in lights; meet at Peebles/V&V lot at 5:15 p.m. (Raindate Dec. 6.)

• Pittsfield: Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. The annual tree lighting will be held at Park Square with music, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Downtown Festive Frolic begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 3 at participating venues. The community is invited to come downtown and enjoy free and low-cost family-friendly activities in honor of the holiday season. *

Williamstown: Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:15 p.m. Caroling and the tree lighting on the Williams Inn front lawn at the foot of Spring Street.

• Lanesborough: Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the police station. There will be food, games and music from the elementary school chorus. Park at the supermarket and Town Hall. 


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An article in the Pittsfield Sun from July 7, 1801, says that "at 12:00 o’ clock at noon a Procession was formed consisting of the Militia of the town."

Previously the Pittsfield Parade Committee acknowledged that the parade dated back to 1824.

"This was a fascinating discovery, as we researched to put this documentary together," said Bob Heck, PCTV’s coordinator of advancement and community production and executive producer of the program.  "Not only were we able to trace the parade back further than ever before, but to see how the parade has impacted Pittsfield, and how the community always seems to come together to make sure the parade happens is remarkable."

The Pittsfield Fourth of July parade experienced bumps in the road even back in the early 1800s - most notably, when Captain Joseph Merrick, a Federalist, excluded Democrats from the yearly post-parade gathering at his tavern in 1808.

The parade ran concurrently from at least 1801 until 1820. In 1821, Pittsfield’s spiritual leader Dr. Rev. Heman Humphrey, canceled the festivities so the day could be dedicated to God before resuming in 1822 after residents decided they wanted their parade.

"Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" premiered July 4 at 9:30 am on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301 and PCTV Select.  The program is available on-demand on PCTV Select, available on Roku and Apple TV, or online.

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