After a rainy spring, this weekend might finally feel like summer in the Berkshires.
By the way, the feeling that it was raining all the time was not in your head: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reports that "the last time Albany had three days or more of dry weather without a minimally a trace of precipitation was March 24-27." And preliminary data for Pittsfield shows that there was measurable rainfall nearly every day of the month of May.
But that's in the past.
The Weather Channel — which has ironically changed its logo to say "The Water Channel" because of all the rain and flooding in the South and Midwest — predicts Friday, Saturday and Sunday all will be sunny with highs around 80. Everyone else seems to agree that this weekend is going to be beautiful.
So this would be a good weekend to catch up on mowing the lawn or finally planting the garden. Or catch a baseball game; the North Adams SteepleCats are home Friday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. and the Pittsfield Suns are home Friday at 6:30 p.m. The region's farmers markets are all open now on Saturday mornings (North Adams, Williamstown, Pittsfield and Great Barrington).
And there are some fun outdoor events scheduled for this weekend, including the First Fridays ArtsWalk on Friday night in PIttsfield, the Rhubarb Festival in Lenox and Matthew Noble Day in Sheffield on Saturday, and the Old Mill Trail celebration in Hinsdale on Sunday. Check out our calendar of events page for all the details.
Get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather — and don't forget the suncreen!
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Elementary School celebrated Bike-To-School Day by hosting a Family Bicycle Night organized by the Greylock School PTG, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s Mass in Motion and Safe Routes to School on Thursday, May 30.
In May, the North Adams Public School Committee approved a pro bike-to-school policy for the 2019-20 school year. This policy will promote bicycling to school and enforce bicycle safety. Greylock School will be the pilot school for a Bike-to-School Day in the fall, so Family Bicycle Night was an opportunity for students to ride their bicycles and learn and practice bicycle safety.
The event included a bike safety check station led by the North Adams Police Department, who provided and fitted bike helmets, and a bike rodeo set up by MassBike, with courses set up to learn and practice bicycle riding safety and the rules of the road. Students received a certificate of completion and free bike gear give-aways. There was also a free raffle with chances to win new bike lights, locks and one new bicycle.
This event drew more than 100 students and family members. Greylock School looks forward to doing another Bike-to-School Day in the fall.
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