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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 2-8

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North Adams Happenings:  January 2 - 8
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date


MLK Jr. Day of Service
MCLA Venable Gym, 375 Church St.
(413) 663-7588, (413) 664-4006,
8:30am - 2pm
for more information

TEDx North Adams
Club B10 @ MASS MoCA
12 - 9 PM
$45 - $47.86 (Limit 2 per person)
for more information

Our TEDxNorthAdams 2019 speakers:
Dr. Lisa Donovan: Will discuss her "Berkshire Blueprint" which would help small towns grow.
dysFUNKcrew: Step team using their differences to create community
Hamza Farrukh: Water specialist will talk about how water impacts community.
Craig Floyd: Manages a farm that gives 100% of their crops to people in need.
Kristen van Ginhoven: Shares her expertise on the integration and intersectionality of arts and activism across communities.
Ty Allan Jackson: Preaches literacy and accessibility to books.
Barbara Ann Malkas Ed.D: Discusses her findings on how creating inclusive communities makes strong communities.
Mark Stewart: Uses his musicianship to create specific and once in a lifetime moments.
Catherine Storing: Will break down why conflict is important to creating community.

Community Outreach Volunteer Training
NbCC, 61 Main St, Suite 218
(413) 663-7588
5:30 - 8pm
call for more information

Want to help your neighbors and be more engaged in our community? Become a Community Outreach Volunteer!

Northern Berkshire Neighbors is seeking community-minded individuals to take part in the Community Outreach and Civic Engagement Volunteer Training. Join over 60 Northern Berkshire residents who are now Community Outreach Volunteers! Trainings will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8pm beginning on February 14th and running through July. As part of the training, participants will learn about the many local health and human service providers, and community organizations; engage in workshops and training on topics such as styles of leadership, accessing local government, community organizing, conflict management and more; complete a project that meets a community need or builds upon an existing asset.

No prior education or experience necessary. Applications are available at the nbCC offices, or at For more info, call Glenda.




Deadline January 5
O+ Festival Submissions

Art and music submissions are now open for the first O+ North Adams, which takes place May 10-11, 2019. The festival theme is “Home.”

Artists and musicians/bands, we can’t wait to review your submissions for the O+ Festival in North Adams Mass, which takes place May 10th – 11th, 2019. The theme of this year’s festival is: Home.

If you are chosen to install artwork or play a concert during the festival, you will have access to our complimentary health and wellness clinic, staffed by art-loving volunteer providers.

The North Adams O+ Festival curatorial teams will accept submissions until January 5th.

Choose an application from the options below:

Apply as an Artist

Mural Art

Installation, event, workshop, performance, happening

Have a wall for a mural? 

Apply as a Musician

Apply as a Clinic Provider

Apply to teach a Wellness Class

Help as a Volunteer

Deadline February 22
Reconnection: MCLA Alumni Exhibition Call for Submissions

MCLA Gallery 51 is pleased to announce an opportunity for ALL alumni to exhibit their work in a group exhibition highlighting their creative pursuits since graduation. It is a unique chance for the college to present the work of our alumni in our downtown gallery, highlighting the impact of an innovative liberal arts education and MCLA’s Alumni’s contribution to vibrant creative communities in North Adams and beyond.

Details and Apply online at:



Wednesday January 2nd


Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 AM
for more information

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.


Thursday January 3rd


Free on the 3’s at MASS MoCA
11AM - 5 PM
for more information

MASS MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 3rd of the month through June 2019. Bring an official ID (or utility bill) to show you’re a resident of the 01247 and MASS MoCA’s galleries are yours for the day.


Friday January 4th


Shut The Folk Up:
Nick Stanley & ivamae
Common Folk, Location in North Adams released when you RSVP.
6:30 PM
for more information

Ivamae is a singer-songwriter based in the queen city of Burlington, Vermont. Self-described as ambient indie-soul, ivamae pulls together her diverse musical interests to shape a sound that's uniquely her own.She is currently recording her first full-length album, to be released when she damn well pleases. But expect a couple singles and some buzz before 2018 is through.
Nick Stanley is a singer-songwriter from North Adams, MA who turns mental health struggles into explosive, yet poetic sounds that drip with depth, vulnerability and raw emotion. Combining alternative rock with ambient tones and a hint of blues, his music is a captivating soundscape for his passionate self-reflective lyrics.
RSVP for this private event at
Doors at 6:30 | No Entry after 7:30 | Show: 7:40
$10 (Cash or Card), $8 If you bring a snack to share!
Location released when you RSVP.
You gotta be on the list to get in.


Saturday January 6th


January 5th Winter Farmers Market
The Green 85 Main St., Ste 105
9 AM - 1 PM

for more information

Join us for our Monthly WINTER Farmers Market!
We're moving the market INDOORS and keeping it going throughout the winter and spring months! The North Adams Winter Farmers Market will take place every 1st Saturday of the month from November-May, from 9am - 1pm. We accept EBT/Debit/CC.
Our Market Match Program will continue to double SNAP benefits! We will have the same $30 doubling maximum per family, per market that we did outdoors this season.
Assembly Coffee Roasters, Caroline"s Scottish Shortbread, Clarksburg Bread Co., Cricket Creek Farm, ELMARTIN FARM, Fahey Family Honey Farm, Herbellion Apothecary, MonArtistic Pet Products, Mountain Girl Farm, North Yeast Bakery, Square Roots Farm

Winter Party with 4-H at UNO!
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 664-4612
1 - 3pm
for more information

Join us on the first Saturday of a brand new year at the UNO Community Center for some food, fun and games brought to you by our very own 4-H Club! In addition to being a great, kid-friendly getaway from the winter blues, this event is also the best chance you might have to learn more about 4-H, what they stand for, and why YOU should get involved.


Sunday January 6th


GT biweekly meeting
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
3:00 - 4:30pm
for more information

Please join as we kick off 2019 together after a much needed break! This meeting's critical topic is around the new Title IX rules that Betsy DeVos has proposed; they are open for notice and comment until 1/28. If instituted, they would affect EVERY college, university, and public K-12 school in the country. They are extremely damaging, and there is an opportunity for action NOW. Come learn how we can use our voices from Meg Bossong, co-chair of the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals (CAPPA) Legislative Advocacy and Professional Standards committee, and Hannah Lipstein, a CAPPA member. Meg and Hannah, residents of Pittsfield and Williamstown respectively, will be talking about how the proposed rules apply to students of all ages. All welcome!


Monday January 7th


PreSchool Story Time
Clarksburg Town Library, 711 W. Cross Rd
10:00 - 11:00am
for more information

Stories and Rhymes; Crafts and Free Play
Ages 3-5
Adult Must Accompany Child


From Our Neighbors


Thursday 1/3

Trivia Thursday at The Log!
The Log, 78 Spring St.
(413) 884-6073
8 - 10 PM
for more information

Come on down to The Log and show your smarts! Every Thursday at 8pm The Log by Ramuntos brings you five competitive Rounds of trivia for you and your friends to match wits and come out on top!Trivia is always FREE and open to ALL! Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams, EVERY WEEK! It may even be a BIG PRIZE NIGHT! You Never Know. We'll See You Thursday...

Sunday 1/6

First Sundays Free
Clark Art, 225 South St., WILLIAMSTOWN
(413) 458-2303
10AM - 5 PM
for more information

The Clark Art Institute’s “First Sundays Free” program continues with “The Inhabited Landscape. Admission to the galleries is free all day, and special art-making activities will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. The day’s events encourage creativity and curiosity—both inside the museum and out in the winter landscape. In the Clark Center, explore the special exhibition Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape with a gallery talk at 1 p.m. led by exhibition curator Alexis Goodin. At 3 p.m., join the Clark's Hardymon Director Olivier Meslay in the auditorium for a free public lecture, “Turner and Constable: Stark Contrasts.” After exploring the galleries and activities inside, head outdoors to hike the trails or relax with a cup of cocoa by fire pits on the Fernández Terrace.

Friday 1/4

New Parents Gallery Talk
Clark Art, 225 South St., WILLIAMSTOWN
(413) 458-2303
10:15 AM
for more information

The Clark Art Institute will hold a free New Parents Gallery Talk; participants should meet at the admissions desk in the Clark Center. The New Parents program welcomes parents and their infants into the galleries for an informal, guided gallery talk. The program is designed to give parents a break from thinking about “all things baby” and is best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted.

Sunday 1/6

8th Annual Ukulele Festival & Workshops
The Williams Inn, 1090 Main St., WILLIAMSTOWN
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Suggested Donation at Door
for more information

This year, Amy Kucharik joins us from Boston! Also Featuring The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, Ferrilyn Sourdiffe, Jane Davies, Bart Saxbe, Morgan Whaley, and Ben Morton.

Music starts at 1 PM. 

Workshops at 10 AM. Pre-register for beginner and intermediate workshops at

Funding support provided by The Northern Berkshire Cultural Council/MCC 

Suggested Donation at Door


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