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Weekend Outlook: Plays, Craft Shows, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Berkshires County has a variety of events this cloudy hot weekend including craft fairs, plays, and comedy nights. 
 
Third Thursday
The Common, Pittsfield
 
Downtown Pittsfield concludes the Third Thursday season this Thursday, August 18, with a "Love Pittsfield" theme.
 
The event includes snowcones, giveaways, a bounce house, vendors, food truck and performances by Zumba with Berkshire Pulse and Trio Candela.
 
The festivities will start at 4:30 p.m. In collaboration with Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, there will be a free performance of "The Comedy of Errors" at 8 p.m.
 
 
PSP's The Comedy of Errors
The Common, Pittsfield
 
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park will not just be performing "The Comedy of Errors" during Third Thursday. 
 
It will also be having free showings this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 7 p.m. in the Common. 
 
Children and families are invited to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to watch the play about mistaken identity. 
 
In the case of rain, the performance will be moved next door to the Zion Lutheran Church.
 
 
Egremont Barn's Comedy Night
17 Main St., South Egremont
 
Humorist Rodney Norman appears at the Barn this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. His videos have garnered millions of views worldwide. The evening is hosted by Jenny Rubin and features comedians Andy Pitz and Will Purpura.
 
Admission is $20; more information here.
 
 
Community Recreation Association Crane Paper Sale 
Community Recreation Association, Dalton
 
The Community Recreation Association will hold its annual Crane Paper Sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20, in the CRA gym, located at 400 Main St.
 
The event offers stationery, Christmas cards, invitations, and announcements at deep discounts. 
 
A separate event for artists, designers, printers, and teachers interested in flat paper stock, artisan stock, and bulk cartons of envelopes will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday at the warehouse in Ashuelot Park on South Street.
 
Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags. All proceeds from the sale support the nonprofit CRA's youth, recreational, and wellness programs.
 
More information here or contact the CRA at 684-0260.
 
 
30th Annual Stockbridge Summer Arts & Craft Show
Town Offices and Bidwell Park, Stockbridge 
 
Annual Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show returns this Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of the Town Offices and at Bidwell Park, located at 50 Main St. 
 
This free event features more than 70 artists and crafters displaying their work. There will also be vendors selling jewelry, food, and more. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will run until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
 
More information here or call 413-298-5200.
 
 
4th Annual Art of Brewing Festival
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
 
The Norman Rockwell Museum is having its annual Art of Brewing Festival featuring samples from local breweries and restaurants starting at 1 p.m. this Saturday, August 20. 
 
Tickets cost $20 for members, and $35 for non-members, plus a processing fee. General admission to the museum and commemorative pint glass are included in the price.
 
More information here
 
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Saturday Dance Party
VFW Post 996, North Adams
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting a dance this Saturday starting at 9 p.m. 
 
There will be drinks available for purchase. Information here
 
 
The Granite State Sky Riders
Harriman & West Airport, North Adams 
 
Harriman & West Airport is hosting the Granite State Sky Riders this Saturday starting at 3 p.m.
 
People are invited to watch the powered parachutes and paragliders and interact with the pilots. There will be ice cream available for purchase from Mr. Ding-A-Ling's truck.
 
Information here
 
 
Myq Kaplan Comedy Show
Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams 
 
Bright Ideas Brewing will be hosting a comedy performance by Myq Kaplan this Saturday starting at 8 p.m. 
 
Kaplan has appeared on a number of popular talk shows and is known for his standup specials "Small, Dork, and Handsome," which are available on Amazon. He also has two podcasts, "The Faucet" and "Broccoli and Ice Cream". 
 
Information here
 
 
Comedy at The Flat Burger Society
The Flat Burger Society, Pittsfield
 
The Flat Burger Society will be hosting a comedic performance by Adrienne Iapalucci this Saturday starting at 8 p.m. 
 
Iapalucci is an award-winning comedian, writer, and podcast host who has been part of a variety of competitions and has been featured on talk shows including "The Late Show with David Letterman." 
 
For this adult comedy show, all attendees should be 18+ years of age and tickets cost $20 per person. If participants want dinner during the show they need to arrive at least 1 hour prior to the start time. 
 
More information here
 
Concert at the Clark 
The Clark, Williamstown
 
The Clark will be hosting a free performance by local indie pop artist Ciarra Fragale this Friday at the Lunder Center Moltz Terrace starting at 6 p.m.
 
Fragale has performed at various venues in Western Massachusetts and is a member of the Common Folk Artist Collective. 
 
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 fishmonger, knife sharpener, baker, chef, and much more. 

More information here.

 


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Pittsfield ZBA Continues Allendale Pines Expansion Request

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Aerial view of the proposed property line from the application.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals is not ready to approve a special permit to expand Allendale Pines.

The panel last week continued Eagle Allendale LLC's request for the expansion and alteration of the mobile home park to create 21 new sites adjacent to 389 and 399 Cheshire Road.

This was largely due to the board's feeling that matters had not been resolved with an abutter, Shaun Zatorski of 399 1/2 Cheshire Road. 

"We need to regroup on this," Chair Albert Ingegni III said at Wednesday's meeting. "It strikes me that there's more than conflict, I think there's missing information that we need to make some good decisions."

An attorney representing Zatorski argued that he will be negatively affected by the increased use of a right of way that Eagle Allendale plans to pave for access to the expanded lots. Zatorski is the owner of a tree service business and says he needs to have sufficient access for his equipment.

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