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Weekend Outlook: Block Parties, Artwalks, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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It's going to be a hot and steamy weekend in the Berkshires but there's plenty of cool things to do. 

 

First Friday Block Party

Eagle Street, North Adams 
 
North Adams will be closing Eagle Street to turn this First Friday into a block party from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
The monthly downtown event will feature music, street games, activities and gallery openings. Mayor Jennifer Macksey will host a downtown gathering and Desperados Mexican Restaurant on Eagle Street will offer beer and wine for sale.
 
For more information see our last article or go to the North Adams Chamber of Commerce website
 
Pittsfield First Friday ArtWalk
Various Venues, Pittsfield 
 
It's the First Friday of the month! Artists and artlovers know what that means, Pittsfield's First Friday Artswalk is here starting at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
 
Art exhibits will be on view at a variety of venues in downtown Pittsfield with most of the art being on display all month long.
 
During the event, participants will have the opportunity to meet the artists. Participants can download the Downtown Pittsfield Inc. app from the Google Play or App Store to get a virtual walking tour. 
 
Participating venues include, Hotel on North, Barrington Stage Company's Wolfson Theatre Center, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, The Marketplace Cafe, Indoors Out! Free Kids' Paint & Sip, and more 
 
For a complete list of participating venues and artist visit the Art Walk website.
 
BCHS Contemporary Artist Exhibit
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield
 
Berkshire County Historical Society launches its contemporary artist exhibit at Lichtenstein Center for the Arts this weekend starting on Aug. 5.
 
Participants will explore several different themes including the effect of industrialization on the natural world, ethnic stereotypes, queerness and disability through contemporary artists Jim Jasper and Christopher Volpe's work. 
 
The exhibition runs through August 26. More information here
 
Movies Under The Stars
The Adams Visitor Center, Adams
 
The Adams Visitor Center will be showing the Walt Disney Animation Studios' film "Encanto" this Friday, Aug. 5, starting at 7:30 p.m.
 
Families can bring their blankets and lawn chairs to watch the majestic Madrigals as family member Mirabel attempts to save the magic that was gifted to her family.
 
Comedy Night at TurnPark
TurnPark Art Space, West Stockbridge
 
TurnPark, located at 2 Moscow Road, will be hosting a stand-up comedy night this Friday, Aug. 5, featuring comedian, actress and writer Kate Willet.
 
The venue will start to serve drinks and snacks starting at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m.  
 
More information here
 
Pittsfield Suns 
 
The Pittsfield Suns will be concluding their season with three games this weekend. 
 
On Friday, they will face off against the Westfield Starfires at Bullens Field in Westfield starting at 6:30 p.m.
 
On Saturday, they return to Wahconah Park to play against the Nashua Silver Knights starting at 6:05 p.m. 
 
They will finish off their season on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. when they will be up against the Norwich Sea Unicorns. 
 
Band Jam 2022 to benefit PopCares
Greylock Community Club, North Adams
 
Local non-profit PopCares is hosting its annual Band Jam this Saturday at Greylock Community Club, located at 548 State Road, from 2 until 10 p.m.
 
The event will feature auctions, live music, food, raffles, and more. This fundraising event costs $10 for entry and all proceeds will go to Berkshire County residents struggling with cancer. Tickets are available with the bartender at Greylock Community Club.
 
More information here.
 
Fresh Takes Play Reading: Escaped Alone
The Mount, Lenox
 
WAM Theatre will be presenting a play reading of "Escaped Alone" by Caryl Churchill this Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. in the The Mount's Stable auditorium.
 
The play follows the visions of apocalyptic horror that play out inside their minds of three old friends and a neighbor who chat during a series of summer afternoons. 
 
Tickets cost $25 for in-person and $15 for virtual. Tickets can be purchased on the WAM Theater website
 
More information here.
 
Chvrches With Special Guest Cafune?
Mass MoCA, North Adams 
 
The Scottish electro-pop trio Chvrches will be performing in Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's Hunter Center on Friday starting at 8 p.m.
 
Performing alongside Chvrches will be indie, pop, reggae, hip-hop, and rap artist Cafune?
 
Tickets are $49; members receive a 10 percent discount. Preferred seating has sold out. 
 
More information here.
 

Farmers' Markets

 

Lenox Farmer's Market

80 Church St., Lenox

 

The market will be open in its new location 80 Church Street, formerly the Cafe Lucia, this Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

 

Participants can pursue local vendors while enjoying food and listening to music. 

 

For more information visit Lenox's Chamber of Commerce page.

 

Sheffield Farmers' Market

125 Main Street, Sheffield

 

The Sheffield Farmers' Market is open this Friday from 3 until 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church located at 125 Main St. 

 

The market will feature healthy food and products from a variety of local vendors in an attempt to nourish the community by protecting "local small farms, land, bees, and economy."

 

For more information visit the market's website

 

Pittsfield Farmers Market

The Common, Pittsfield

 

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. 

 

For more information, visit the website

 

Great Barrington Farmers Market

18 Church St., Great Barrington 

 

The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. until the end of October.  

 

Every week there will be locally grown food, flowers, and plants along with other local vendors. 

 

For more information, visit their website

 

Lee Farmers Market

Town Park, Main and West Park Streets, Lee

 

This market is open every Saturday from 10 until 2 p.m. It accepts SNAP/HIP, Senior Coupons, WIC coupons, and offer market match. 

 

More information here.

 

North Adams Farmers Market

St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot

 

The market is open every Saturday from 9 until 1 p.m. into October in the parking lot across from St. Elizabeth's Church.

 

More information here

 

Williamstown Farmers Market

Spring Street, Williamstown

 

The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. into October in the parking lot at the bottom of Spring Street. 

 

This year the market will feature returning and new vendors, including a fish monger, knife sharpener, baker, chef, and much more. 

 

More information here


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Weekend Outlook For Aug. 11-14

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

Berkshire County has a variety of events this warm sunny weekend including festivals, guided meditation, tag sales, and more. 

 

Naumkeag at Night

Naumkeag, Stockbridge

Start your weekend off early with a night of live music Thursday at the beautiful Naumkeag, starting at 5 p.m. 

Enjoy light refreshments from the outdoor snack shack while listening to music by Afropop group Kina Zoré. 

Check in starts at 5 p.m. and the concert at 6. Admittance will not be permitted before or after these times. 

Tickets cost $9 for adult members and are free for child members. Adult non-members will be charged $15 and tickets for children without membership cost $5. 

More information here.

 

Mindfulness Meditation at Naumkeag

Naumkeag, Stockbridge 

Continue your weekend at Naumkeag with its guided meditation led by local meditation teacher Sandrine Harris this Friday.

Participants are required to wear comfortable clothes and need to bring their own yoga mat, blanket, or chair. 

Tickets are $12 for members or $20 for non-members. Registration is required. The class starts at 4 p.m. so participants have to arrive early to park and walk to the gardens. Admittance will not be permitted after 4. 

More information here

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