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Weekend Outlook: Concerts, Fairs, Festivals, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this warm, sunny weekend featuring concerts, fairs, festivals, and more. 
Hawk Henries
Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield
Start your weekend off early this Thursday by listening to original flute music by Hawk Henries, a member of Nipmuc's Chaubunagungamaug band, in Zion Lutheran Church's Common Room starting at 7 p.m.
His music has been described as being able to carry listeners across musical and cultural boundaries. His artist statement says he is committed to music "as a traditional art form and as a vehicle for building bridges of communication and mutual respect." 
Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased here or by calling 413-236-2190.
The Sheffield Town Fair
Sheffield Town Park 
The Sheffield Town Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town Park, off Miller Avenue.
This family-friendly event will feature entertainment under the big tent, hayrides, animals, games, arts and crafts and more. Everything is free except for food and vendor items. 
More information can be found on their Facebook Page
Harvest of Hope/Cosecha de Esperanza Festival
The Common, Pittsfield
The Harvest of Hope/Cosecha de Esperanza Festival will be taking place this Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Common from 1 to 6 p.m.
The event will feature multicultural performances, education workshops, multicultural food trucks, art and more. 
More information here
Fall Lenox Art Walk
Downtown Lenox
The art walk takes place over Saturday and Sunday with more than 50 artists, gallery openings, music and food. Art lovers will find a selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and more.
Plus, a model will stroll through town wearing several different art-dress creations by Deb Carter. Berkshire Busk will provide music acts downtown on both days and Lenox Loves Music welcomes Sherri Buxton & Friends on Sunday to Lilac Park at 3:30 p.m.
Polish Picnic
Polanka Grounds, Adams
The Parish Family of Saint John Paul II continues the Polish picnic tradition on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the picnic grounds on Mill Street. Gates open at noon with the Eddie Foreman Orchestra performing from 1-5. 
Traditional Polish foods, cookout fare, and beverages will be available for purchase. The Shire Cottage Bakery will also be selling homemade treats.
Free games will be provided for children. Admission is $5; free for children 12 and younger. On-street and limited grounds parking will be available.
Berkshire International Film Festival and Bousquet Outdoor Film Nights
Bousquet, Pittsfield
Families are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to Bousquet to enjoy the film "Meru."
The 2015 award-winning documentary chronicles two ascents of Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas -- a failed attempt in 2008 and then the successful one in 2011. 
Food will be available at the Lift Bistro pub, which will be open normal operating hours. The Kitchen downstairs will also be serving popcorn, hot chocolate, s'mores, and more.
Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a group of four. 
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8. Tickets also can be purchased advance here.  
More information here.
Wine, Beer & Chocolate Tasting
Freight Yard Pub, North Adams
Signature fundraiser for the AYJ Fund that supports children with cancer and research for gliomatosis cerebri and other brain cancers. 
Local wine and craft beers, chocolates and desserts. Silent auction, Chinese auction music and lots of fun. All proceeds support children with cancer. 
Runs from 2 to 5 p.m.
Concert at the Clark 
Lunder Center, Williamstown
The Clark will be hosting a performance by Elkhorn this Sunday, Sept. 11, on the Lunder Center terrace starting at 4:15 p.m.
Elkhorn blends acoustic with electric for a sound described as "down-home and astral, enchanted rock and musical poetry."
This event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Clark's auditorium.
More information here
Domingo Brunch with Ryan Leddick
Dottie's Coffee Lounge, Pittsfield
Have a cup of coffee during Dottie's Sunday Brunch and listen to the music by Troy, N.Y., based musician Ryan Leddick starting at 10 a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 11.
"Ryan Leddick weaves his soulful and haunting voice alongside rhythmic guitar lines to create an enticing folk-rock fusion," Dotties website said. 
Dottie's Coffee Lounge is located at 444 North St. More information on the artist can be found here
Dancers of the Berkshires: 'The Moment'
Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Berkshire Theater Group is hosting local dance collective Dancers of the Berkshires this Sunday starting at 2 p.m. 
The interactive experience, "The Moment," gives dancers and audience members a chance to share the stage in an effort to provide a glimpse into a dancer’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Dancers of The Berkshires is a local dance collective of emerging choreographers and dancers who strive to connect the community with dance through interactive and engaging work.
Tickets cost $25. More information here

Farmers' Markets


Lenox Farmer's Market
80 Church St.

The market is open 80 Church St., formerly the Cafe Lucia, on Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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

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

Sheffield Farmers' Market
125 Main St.

Open 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

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.

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 the website

Lee Farmers Market
Town Park, Main and West Park Streets

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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