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Berkshires Beat: Halloween Weekend

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Trick or Treat

Trick or treat will look different in Berkshire County this year with COVID-19 regulations guiding what communities will allow. Some communities are going forward with door to door trick or treat while others are modifying trick or treat to create lower risk interactions.
Some communities have opted out of trick or treat all together.
A full list of Berkshire County scheduled trick or treat times and events can be found here.

Halloween at the Village 

Hancock Shaker Village will hold two Halloween events Saturday, Oct. 31.
Starting at 4 p.m., there will be a costume contest for kids as well as ghost stories, a scavenger hunt, and a free goody bag (while supplies last). Buildings will be open for exploration and visitors are welcomed to visit the animals.
Starting at 6 p.m., "grown-up trick or treat" will begin and adults are encouraged to dress in costume and visit various stations throughout the village to try a "trick" or simple contest. Winners can receive beer, wine, and spirit giveaways and other prizes.
There will also be a food truck, fire pit, and music. The night ends at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 and include two drink vouchers. To reserve, visit or call 413-443-0188.

David Raby Presents "Walking Amongst The Shadows"

Paranormal investigator and author David Raby will present "Walking Amongst The Shadows" as part of Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum Friday Morning Diversion series on Friday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m.
Raby will tell some of his favorite experiences from investigating Ventfort Hall and other historic locations. The talk will also feature audio clips he has captured throughout the years. The talk will encompass locations such as haunted mansions, Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields, prisons, asylums, hotels and he will include stories of people and families he has helped over the past two decades.
100 percent of ticket sales for those events go towards Ventfort Hall's restoration and preservation efforts.
To attend the presentation at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. Masks are required and seating will observe social distancing. For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.
Tickets are $20. The event will be offered via Zoom and at Ventfort Hall. To view on Zoom please visit

Roger the Jester: Tricks are Treats

Dewey Hall presents Roger the Jester Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.
Roger's family-friendly performance will be Halloween-themed and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. The performance will be outdoors. 
Tickets are free but attendees are asked to make reservations. Groups are limited to four, and each party will have a 5-foot diameter circle to watch the performance in. The circles will all be 6 feet apart  
Masks are required. 
The space opens at 10:45 a.m.

Barrington Stage Company Performs 'Typhoid Mary'

Barrington stage will stream to virtual readings: one on Friday, Oct. 30, and another on Saturday, Oct. 31. Both readings will be at 7:30 p.m .
The play features actors Judith Ivey, TR Knight, and Kate MacCluggage and is directed by Matthew Penn.
Tickets can be purchased here.

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Tyer Offers Compromise That Would Restore Indoor Dining

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Craig Benoit, who pulled together a coalition of restaurant owners, speaks during a meeting with the mayor on Tuesday. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's restaurateurs and the mayor may have come up with compromise to allow indoor dining to recommence — if the Board of Health signs off. 
A group of about 25 eatery owners pressed Mayor Linda Tyer to lift the ban on indoor dining instituted on Nov. 12 after a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases, some of which could traced back to gatherings at several local restaurants.  
Craig Benoit of the Hot Dog Ranch and several others stood outside City Hall on Monday asking Tyer to come outside and hear about the financial struggles caused by the ban.
Instead, Tyer agreed to speak with them over the Zoom online platform on Tuesday. The conversation resulted in two proposals: one to limit the number of people allowed at a table and the other to schedule biweekly meetings between the mayor's COVID-19 task force and restaurant owners coalition. 
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