This warm cloudy weekend is offering a variety of indoor and outdoor events including car shows, concerts, fairy festival Juneteenth, hikes, plays, weaving demonstrations, and farmer's markets.
Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival
Bowe Field, 371 Old Columbia St., Adams
The fairy realm reappears in Adams on Saturday after a three-year absence. The Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival at Bowe Field features music, drumming, dancing, circus tricks, fire performances, archery demonstrations, puppet shows, and dragon egg painting.
This year's theme is "Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts" in honor of director, artist and fairy forest creator Phil Sellers, who died unexpectedly in 2020.
Celebrate all things magical with a host of fairies and elves, including the Queen of the Fairies. Attendees are encouraged to bring their wands and broomsticks, fairy or best elven armor.
Ravenbane's Firecraft will be displaying their flaming art during the day, culminating in a fiery performance near the Dragon Fire Pit at dusk.
Gates open at 10 a.m. for this family friendly event for all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 ages 6-12, and kids 5 and under free. Look for the signs off Route 8 in Adams.
Durant Park, Pittsfield, Sunday, June 19
The Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP is hosting a Juneteenth event at Durant Park from noon to 7 p.m.
The celebration includes food, music and community and involves numerous local organizations. There will be activities for children such as sack races, bouncy house and art projects as well as free ice cream and hot dogs for children while available.
Featured performances range from spoken word to jazz, Broadway to drumming.
The annual Osceola Park Car Show and Picnic will be held this Saturday at 50 Osceola St. thanks to sponsorship from the "Friends of Osceola Park."
From 12 until 2 p.m. this event will act as a reunion meeting of Osceola Park "alumni" to provide the "opportunity for the attendees to explore this hidden gem of a Park and could spark a revitalization of Osceola Park so that kids of all ages can enjoy the Park as many of us did."
This is a free family and pet friendly event will be offering a 50/50 raddle with a "special gift for fathers."
Participants can look at a variety of different cars including classic, antique, street rods, and muscle car while listening to "oldies" music. There will be a trophy for the "Best Show" and "Attendee Pick".
Participants are welcome to bring their one food and non-acholic drinks but BB's Hot Spot Barbecue and Mr. Ding a Ling ice cream trucks will be on site as well.
If there is rain the day of the event it will be rescheduled to Sunday, June 19 from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Lenox Chamber of Commerce and Donovan Motorcars is having their first annual car show this Saturday at 25 Main St., behind Berkshire Bank.
There will be an Exhibitor fee of $15 if registered in advance. This fee will increase to $20 on the day of the show.
Participants will have a chance to vote for their favorite car while enjoying lunch grilled by the Lenox Fire Department.
More information or to register a car can be found here.
8th Annual PopCares Cruise-In for Cancer Car Show
North Adams, Sunday, June 19, at 9 a.m.
The 8th annual PopCares Cruise-In for Cancer Car Show was postponed because of rain last weekend this Sunday at Southside Sales and Service, located at 546 Curran Highway, as a fundraising event for PopCares Inc.
PopCares is a local cancer charity that will be donating all the proceeds from this event to cancer patients who are based in towns in the Northern Berkshires and bordering Southern Vermont.
The event runs from 9 to 1 and admission is free.
There will be vendors, food and music by the Hotshot Hillbillies as well as a chance to win prizes and enter a 50/50 raffle.
This event is open to all vehicles, vendors, and car registration. Car and vendor registration is from 6 until 8:30 a.m. the day of the event. Show vehicles require a $10 donation and vendors a $20 donation.
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience's Juneteenth Celebration
North Adams, Saturday, June 18
Grammy-winning musician Terrance Simien is performing at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth.
The eighth-generation Louisiana Creole will offer an evening of music and story telling at the Hunter Center.
Tickets are $12 to $22 in advance, $32 at the door and $42 for preferred seating.
After a two-year hiatus the Massachusetts Walking Tour returns for its 11th annual trek. All participants who choose to hike are responsible for drop off, pick up, or staging of cars as there will not be support vehicles available.
On Friday, June 17, there will be performances by Maggie McRae, Peter Lehndorff & Susan Hill (Soupeater), and David Reed at First Congregational Church of Sheffield.
The eight trail miles will start at 8 a.m. at Mount Frissell/Northwest Camp Trailhead and end at the Route 41 Race Brook Falls Parking Area. Some of this hike is considered strenuous but has good views and waterfalls.
On Saturday, June 18, there will be performances by Graham and Barbara Dean at the April Hill Education & Conservation Center, located at 62 Undermountain Road in South Egremont.
The 4.8-mile hike will leave from Guilder Pond trail head at 10 a.m. and end at the venue. It is considered moderate but does have a difficult and very steep descent at the end.
Mason Library Children's Garden
Musician Dan Blakeslee will be performing Sunday, June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mason Library Children's Garden, entrance on Pleasant Street, located at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington.
The 6.5 mile trail hike will start at April Hill (Greenagers) at 8 a.m. and is considered easy. There will be many opportunities for other participants to join or leave at various road crossings.
Robin Gerber's new play "The Shot" will be performed on stage in the Liebowitz Black Box Theater, located at Bard College at Simon's Rock, from June 16 until June 19.
Tickets and information can be found on the Great Barrington Public Theater website. There will be only five performances.
According to the press release, the play explores the journey of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham as she struggles with the inner conflicts, fear, and deep faith in love and duty but persevered to to become a powerful publisher who brought down Richard Nixon's White House, making her a model of determination and power.
The backstory explores domestic violence, gender bias, guns in America, and power structures that subjugate women.
The play is directed by Michelle Joyner and stars Emmy Award-winning actress Sharon Lawrence as Katharine Graham.
Live Weaving Demonstration with Leslie Groff
Lenox, Sunday, June 19
Fiber artist based in Pittsfield Leslie Groff will be doing a live demonstration on how clothing and textiles were made without electricity at the Art of the Berkshires, located at 12 Housatonic St. in Lenox.
She practices hand spinning, sewing, and dyeing amongst many other fiber arts processes keeping the traditional method of weaving alive.
She will be using a four harness floor loom to craft textiles. This free demonstration will take place on the gallery's front lawn. In case of rain the date is subjected to change.
Powered by Roots Rising, the market is open every Saturday rain or shine from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. through Oct. 8.
Each week the market will have fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods by local vendors. Participants can shop for flowers, and artisan goods while listening to music and participate in family activities.
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Route for Sept. 24 Tour De Greylock Bike Ride Finalized
By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Economic Development Committee is in the final stages of planning the first annual Tour de Greylock bike ride, which will take cyclists through six communities navigating the base of Mount Greylock.
The committee discussed Thursday the final 41-mile route that will take riders through Lanesborough, New Ashford, Williamstown, Adams, North Adams and Cheshire. The inaugural event, which has been in planning for several months, is slated to begin at 8 a.m. on Sept. 24, with the ride's start and end points at the Berkshire Mall.
The group is also working on securing sponsorships and merchandise for the event. Committee Chair Barbara Davis-Hassan plans to write a cover letter inviting every business in Lanesborough to participate as a sponsor.
"I think that would be wonderful; to say we would like to invite all of Lanesborough businesses to be sponsors of this first annual Tour De Greylock," she said.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission representative Laura Brennan said she will try to spread information about the event in Pittsfield. Recording secretary Patricia Hubbard is also trying to get people informed.
"I think it's just about promoting, promoting, promoting, now," she said. "I'll send [information] out to all the bike shops so they can get it on their websites and I generated a list of all the bike clubs in the northeast."
Committee member Thomas Voisin said he was concerned about the stretch of the ride from Adams to North Adams, particularly the section going through Curran Highway. The group agreed they must take precautions to ensure the safety of both cyclists and drivers.
"I think that's probably a stretch that we need to have extra conversations with the police departments about," Brennan said. "And talk about what kinds of precautions we can take; can we put up extra signage along that stretch to warn cars? I agree it's definitely the most hectic stretch."
In other business, the committee discussed its new business guidance booklet, which is almost complete. Brennan said she wants to get more info on the timeline for the town's new website before publishing it.
"The key thing that is sort of putting this whole thing on hold is that the website is going to switch to a new platform," she said. "Every single link that we've been incorporated into this draft will be wrong."
The committee discussed the possibility of having a home-based business-to-business event. The committee has coordinated several such events to bring exposure to local businesses, which Davis-Hassan said have been successful.
"It was a small intimate group, but it was so amazing ... Everybody kind of did what they're supposed to do; network, do business, create," she said.
The committee does not plan on holding another business-to-business event until after the Tour De Greylock bike ride.
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