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October First Fridays Artswalk!
Friday, October 2, 5 to 8 pm, and ALL MONTH LONG!

Enjoy indoor and storefront art shows, outdoor sculpture, and Artscape’s Pittsfield Paintboxes during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, October 2, 5 to 8 pm, and all month long!
 
When participating in the October Artswalk, be sure to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other individuals and wear your mask.


Click here for map of all indoor and outdoor locations, including hours for the indoor shows.

Featured image: "Rapture" by Andrew DeVries

 

Pittsfield’s Artscape to unveil the mural “THE SUN WILL RISE” at 443 North Street!

Friday, October 2 at 5 pm

“THE SUN WILL RISE” is a 20’x 16’ mural created by Jesse Tobin McCauley along with Jay Tobin and Stephanie Quetti. The mural is supported with funding from Mill Town and the Pittsfield Cultural Council.

After the unveiling stick around for the October First Fridays Artswalk!

 

ELEANOR: A Virtual Reading of a New Play
By popular demand: Added Performances!


Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 pm

Eleanor brings to life Eleanor Roosevelt, the most influential First Lady the world has ever seen. From her “Ugly Duckling” upbringing to her unorthodox marriage to Franklin, Eleanor puts her controversial life, loves and passions on the stage. Starring Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (BSC: The Royal Family of Broadway, Sweeney Todd; Netflix’s Ratched)

The reading was filmed at the Mainstage without an audience, and will be available to stream on October 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time. Please contact the Box Office at 413.236.8888 or BoxOffice@BarringtonStageCo.org to receive more information about viewing the virtual performance. Click here to purchase tickets and view FAQs.


Special FREE Panel Discussion

Go behind the scenes with Barrington Stage Company and the team behind Eleanor, the story of America’s most influential first lady. On Monday, October 5 at 4 pm ET, BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd will moderate a FREE interactive panel discussion via Zoom, featuring Tony Award-winning actress Harriet Harris, BSC Associate Artist and Eleanor playwright Mark St. Germain, and director Henry Stram. The discussion will center on the creation and development of the play, and its journey from the intended live staged reading to the actual virtual reading, filmed in an empty theatre. Participation is limited. Click here to register and reserve your spot.


Barrington Stage Company
Box Office: 413.236.8888
barringtonstageco.org

 

FINALLY!!

Patrick's is now taking orders online. Go to patrickspubpittsfield.com or follow the link below to order.

https://patrickspub.biz-os.app/group.php


Patrick's Pub
26 Bank Row, Pittsfield
413.499.1994

patrickspubpittsfield.com
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Back on the menu: Butternut tacos and Cobb salad!

Methuselah Bar & Lounge
391 North St., Pittsfield
413.347.2888

methbar.com
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BBE is Now Open Saturday Mornings from 9 am to 12 pm!

New Fall Hours through the Holidays: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and now on Saturday mornings for our friends who work all week!

We heard your feedback that Saturdays would be helpful and we listened! Always feel welcome to stop by our showroom, everyone is invited!



BBE Office Interiors
1595 East St., Pittsfield
413-442-8217

www.bbeoffice.com
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Pittsfield, MA: New Challenges, More Heart

In this short video, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. presents a reflection on the Pittsfield community’s response to the Coronavirus and our resilience and accomplishments.

Please share this video on your social media platforms!

 

“Find Joy Through Movement” with us as you increase your strength and flexibility while reducing stress and quieting your mind outdoors or in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Our private sessions are custom designed to meet your needs and interests and are accessible for all ages, levels and abilities, regardless of how strong or flexible you are or how long you have practiced for.

Click Here for More Info!

Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
"Find Joy Through Movement"
55 North St., Pittsfield
413.418.4001

www.BerkshireYogaDanceFitness.com
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Book Your Private Berkshire Museum Reservation!


The Berkshire Museum is currently open Thursdays through Mondays by reservation only. Book your visit today to enjoy the museum’s Aquarium and first floor for just $5 per adult. Museum members, EBT/SNAP cardholders, and children under 18 always visit free.

Click here to learn more about what the Berkshire Museum is doing to keep visitors safe and healthy.

Plan your visit today!


Berkshire Museum
39 South St., Pittsfield
413.443.7171

berkshiremuseum.org
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Sharing Stories:
The Importance of Oral Histories and Listening in These Unprecedented Times


Join the Berkshire Museum online on Friday, October 2 at 5:30 pm for a live panel discussion to open an updated, virtual version of the 2019 exhibition Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP.

Judith Monachina will lead a lively and timely conversation about the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center as featured in the exhibit and the ways oral histories and sharing and listening to each other can help communities meet the unique challenges of today including the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing fight for social justice.
 
Panelists for the evening will include community activist, educator, and Founder of the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program, Shirley Edgerton, and NAACP Berkshires President, Dennis Powell.


Learn more and register at explore.berkshiremuseum.org.


Berkshire Museum
39 South St., Pittsfield
413.443.7171

berkshiremuseum.org
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The Zombie Pig, and Other Tales of Cabbage Stalk Night

By Joe DurwinSpecial to iBerkshires

A North Adams Transcript headline from 1901
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's a variant of a tradition known by other names around the country — Devil's Night, Mischief Night, Corn Night — practiced in select areas around the eastern United States, and particularly  concentrated in a thin slice of rural New England: cabbage night, cabbage stump night, or cabbage stalk night.  
 
This last variation of the name appears to be distinct to the Berkshires, North County in particular. Originally dating back to the before the mid-1800s, in a time when almost everyone grew some produce on their property, youths would run amok pulling up cabbages and hurling them at doors, in combination with various pranks and petty vandalisms. 
 
"The 'young American' way of celebrating Hallowe'en is to devote the night to robbing gardens of cabbages, unhinging gates, and making a disturbance generally," opined the Berkshire County Eagle in 1873, noting that five young men had found themselves up on charges after being "especially offensive at Henry Wergler's where they dashed cabbage stalks through the windows and were very riotous." 
 
"Stumps and leaves of this fragrant vegetable were plenty on sidewalks and dooryards," the Eagle noted following another robust cabbage night in Pittsfield three years later and, in 1892 explained, "All the pent up devilry, accumulated in a year's time, in the minds of a hundred boys, breaks forth on cabbage night in Dalton, and persons admiring safety stay in doors."
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