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Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival Set for Saturday

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ADAMS, Mass. — Bowe Field will become a fantasy land this Saturday as the fourth annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival emerges from its magical realm. 
 
The locally organized "Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts" is a family friendly affair featuring artisans, vendors, music and lots of activities for young and old. The day will be packed with new entertainment and the Queen's Quest, plus the popular Faerie Village build. 
 
Attendees are more than welcome to come in fantasy costume but don't worry if you've left your wings behind — you can embellish a new pair at the fair. 
 
Meet the Faerie Queen and her court, participate art activities like painting dragon eggs and making magical slime or listen to original stories by local authors. The Robbins-Zust Marionette Family Theatre will entertain with classic tales and the day will end with a spectacular performance by Ravenbane's FireCraft. 
 
Entertainment for the day includes performances by the raucous pub band Three Pints Shy; mystical soundscapes created by Aura Shards; an ensemble of African and Caribbean drumming led by Aimee Gelinas; Celtic-inspired classical singer-songwriter Misty Posey; and accordion/banjo duo Slow Pony. Fire dancers from Ravenbane's will also have multiple shows throughout the day.
 
Food and beverage vendors will be onsite. The festival is also working with the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste district to make this a "zero waste event."
 
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; parking and main entrance is off Old Columbia Road. Look for the signs on Route 8.
 
The cost is free for children 5 and under, $4 for ages 6-12, and $10 for adults. Look for bookmarks at local libraries for $2 off admission or use the secret word "unicorn" for $1 off.
 
Sponsored by Berkshire Bank, Mountain One, Fox Tail Technologies and Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire and produced by the Adams Arts Advisory Board.

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Adams' Berkshire Mill Damaged by Falling Tree

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

A large tree at the corner of Hoosac and Columbia broke windows in the upper floor of the mill apartments. 
ADAMS, Mass. — A large tree blown down on Thursday afternoon has damaged the historic Berkshire Mill at Hoosac and Columbia streets.
 
Several upper windows on the west side of the building facing Hoosac Street were shattered. Police responded to close off the area and a Department of Public Works crew was cleaning up the debris. No word of any injuries. 
 
The street is currently closed at the Visitors Center and there is a back up of traffic on Columbia Street. Authorities expect the road to reopen by 6:30 p.m.
 
A number of trees and power lines came down around the Berkshires during the heavy wind and rain storm late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. North Adams firefighters were busy as the severe weather blew through at about 11 p.m., with reports of transponder fires and trees coming down. 
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