Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2020

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This year's holiday gatherings and annual tree lightings are looking much different because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Many events have been canceled or are being held virtually and/or broadcast on Facebook or local public access channels. Here's what we have so far in events below. If we're missing any, let us know at info@iBerkshires.com

Christmas Tree Lightings

🎄 Cheshire: The Police and Fire departments and Adams Ambulance will hold a Holiday Light Parade with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. The caravan will leave the fire station and first drive through the neighborhood streets before ending at Town Hall for Santa to light the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. You will hear us coming so please come outside and wave; remember to social distance and wear a mask. See Facebook post for list of streets.

🎄 Lenox: Friday, Dec. 4, virtual tree lighting followed by drive-through visit with Santa Claus at the Community Center 6:30 to 8:30. Registration is required here to receive a drive-through appointment; deadline Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. Confirmation email by Thursday is your ticket. Santa's helpers will be handing out goodie bags and accepting letters to Santa wearing face masks and gloves.

🎄 North Adams: Held Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. via Northern Berkshire Community Television and iBerkshires.com

🕎 North Adams: The annual menorah lighting will be held virtually beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. Community members are asked to join the celebration by tuning into an iBerkshires' Facebook Live event in order to limit public gathering. The brief ceremony will be held in Dr. Arthur Rosenthal Square across from City Hall with Rabbi Rachel Barenblat sharing a few words to mark the start of the Hanukkah.
 

🎄 Pittsfield: Virtual tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 11, broadcast by PCTV. More information here.

🎄 West Stockbridge: Santa arrives at Town Hall at 5:30 for a tree lighting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Bring thermos and s'mores for the firepit and listen to Christmas music. 

 

Holiday Events

Adams: St. Stanislaus Kostka School is holding a virtual bazaar from Friday, Nov. 20, to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Take a chance on more than 40 prizes valued at $75-$100 each. https://go.rallyup.com/ststansbazaarraffle

Cheshire: United Methodist Church is holding a Christmas Bake Sale and offering apple or blueberry pies for $12 each; and cranberry bread, cranberry/apple bread, pumpkin/chocolate chip bread, apple fritter bread, white bread, coffee cake and two dozen Swedish cookies for $8 each. Order deadline is Dec. 12; call 413-663-3630 and leave Jeanne your name, number and order. Curbside pickup is Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. at the church.

🎅 Cheshire Police Association is sponsoring a house decorating contest for town residents; light up your house for a chance to win Visa gift cards of $150, $100 or $50. Winners announced Dec. 18.

Lenox: NightWood, a light, sound, and color event, runs at The Mount through Jan. 3. Admission is $10 to $20 per person; Timed entry at 45-minute increments between 5 and 8 p.m. Register here. 

🎅 Lenox Library's Holiday Pajama Night is Saturday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. Pick up goodie bag at the library on Thursday or Friday between 11 and 5:30; join via Zoom on Saturday at 6 to hear stories and to listen to music by Terry a la Berry and Friends.
 
Stockbridge: Main Street at Christmas runs Dec. 4-6 with a number of socially distanced and virtual events, including an online holiday market at Berkshire Botanical Garden. See more information here.

Williamstown: Two-week Holiday Walk, Nov. 23-Dec. 13, featuring virtual and pop-up events. The annual Reindog Parade will be done online with an invitation to send in pictures of any pets in their holiday best and broadcast on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. on Willinet.org.

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.

 


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MassWildlife Asks Public Not to Feed 'GE Deer'

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If you have ever driven down New York Avenue and seen the deer grazing behind the fencing that encases General Electric's property, it is likely that you have been inclined to feed them.

Though this action is rooted in kindness, it is not healthy for the woodland friends and could be fatal, which is why MassWildlife has put up signs asking that residents do not throw food over the fences.

"Obviously, people see the deer in there and they probably think 'what are they going to eat? They're limited in there they're stuck in there.'  I will say, they're definitely not stuck in there," MassWildlife's wildlife biologist Nathan Buckhout said.

For decades, the deer have found an unlikely sanctuary in the former GE site that includes two landfills, Hill 78 and Building 71. Buckhout explained that they have been there for decades, spawning offspring and becoming completely self-sufficient within the fenced area.

"They're doing just fine," he said. "And they obviously are getting enough food and water, otherwise their population would be limited, they wouldn't be able to produce their offspring so there would be fewer fawns, and eventually they probably would have disappeared — but they haven't."

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