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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Concerts, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Berkshire County has a variety of events this weekend including festivals, car shows, concerts, and more.
Lenox Apple Squeeze 
Downtown Lenox
Lenox Apple Squeeze returns this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 until 5 p.m. throughout downtown Lenox. 
This free event will feature live music, magic, kids carnival with hayrides, and more. 
Complete line up of events and locations found here
Freshgrass Festival 2022
Mass MoCA, North Adams
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will be hosting its annual Fresh Grass Festival this weekend from Friday through Sunday. Thousands are expected to be in the city during the three-day event.
Live music will be performed throughout the grounds and at Joe's Field with headliners including  featuring Gary Clark Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, Tanya Tucker andTrampled by Turtles. There will be plenty of vendors will be on site selling merchandise, food, and drinks. 
A 3-day adult pass is $174; see more on ticket prices and performance lineup here
Whitney's Farm Market & Garden Center
Whitney's Farm, Cheshire
It’s pumpkin season! Whitney’s Farm brings back its local favorite, Pumpkin Fest, this Saturday,
Sept. 24. 
Pick pumpkins, ride on a hay wagon, get glitter tattoos, walk through a corn maze, and more every weekend through Halloween. 
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. 
More information here
25th Annual Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
The village will be hosting its annual county fair this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The event will feature local food, vendors, music, animals, craft beer and cider, dancing, an antique tractor exhibit, and more. 
More information here
Texas Hold’em Tournament
North Adams Elks Lodge, North Adams
The Adams Street Fair will be hosting a Texas hold'em carc event this Sunday at 1 p.m. to raise funds for Adams first responders. 
Buy-in costs $50 and re-buy is $25, plus high hand. For more information call Dennis Dunn at 1-802-688-7382 or email
More information here.
Sugar Hill Car Show 
Sugar Hill Assisted Living, Dalton
Sugar Hill will be hosting a car show this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to raise funds for Sugar Hill Senior Living Activities.
Sugar Hill residents and people from the surrounding cities and towns can mingle with one another as they view a variety of different vehicles including antiques, classic, muscle, hot rods, and motorcycles displayed on its 18 acre property
Show car registration cost $20 and includes two free lunch tickets. Check-in starts at 10 a.m.
In the case of rain the show will be on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Festival Latino of the Berkshires
Town Hall Green Park & Saint James Place Theater, Great Barrington
The Latino Festival of the Berkshires celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month this Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. 
This free event will exhibit the history and beauty of the Latin-derived cultures and will feature American folklore dance and music performances, language and cultural activities, artisans, and Latin cuisine vendors.
More information here
Black Legacy Project Film Screening & Concert
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield
The Black Legacy Project will be hosting a free screening and concert this Friday at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the year anniversary of the project's launch.
The will screen the Berkshires episode of the documentary series followed by a Black LP concert featuring local musicians, and will conclude with a talk back with Project directors and musicians.
More information here
Meander: Classical Concert
The Clark, Williamstown
The Clark Art Institute will be hosting a free meander-themed concert this Saturday from 2 until 5 p.m. 
Participants can roam the grounds to encounter performances by musicians and dancers in an effort to complement the "Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander" exhibit which will be on view through Oct. 16. 
More information on the event here
Drive-Walk-Bike-By Art Show
Various locations, Pittsfield
The third annual drive-by art show is this Saturday in Pittsfield from 2 to 6 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, same times.) This event is free to all participants and community. All profits from sales go directly to the artist.
Artists will be displaying their works -- from sculpture and crafts to music and dance -- on lawns, driveways and porches throughout the city. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the city's creative accomplishments by driving, walking or biking to various locations to see and even buy art. 
This event is part of ArtWeek Berkshires and supported by The Pittsfield Cultural Council. Map out your tour with the list of addresses found here.
Lenox Farmer's Market
80 Church St.
The Lenox Farmers Market, located at 80 Church St., formerly the Cafe Lucia, will be open this 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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DA Clears Trooper in Fatal Hancock Shooting

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

District Attorney Timothy Shugrue says the results of an autopsy by the medical examiner will not change his findings, which are based on the video and witnesses. With him are State Police Lts. Chris Bruno and Ryan Dickinson and First Assistant District Attorney Marianne Shelvey.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney Timothy Shugrue has determined that State Police Trooper William Munch acted in compliance during what is being described as a "suicide by cop" earlier this month.
On Sept. 9, 64-year-old Phillip Henault reportedly placed a fictitious 911 call about an ongoing violent assault. Body-camera footage from the trooper shows the man advancing on him with two knives before being shot twice and collapsing in the street in front of his Richmond Road residence.
"Mr. Henault was actively using deadly force against law enforcement. There were no other objectively reasonable means that the trooper could have employed at the time in order to effectively protect himself and anyone that was in the home or the public. By virtue of his duties as a police officer, the trooper did not have the obligation to run away from Mr. Henault," Shugrue said during a press conference on Friday.
"Mr. Henault posed an active threat to the trooper and to the public. The trooper had a duty to arrest Mr. Henault who was engaged in various felonies. His arm was an active threat."
The DA determined that Munch's decision to fire his weapon at Henault under the circumstances was a "lawful and reasonable exercise of self-defense and defense of others" compliance with the policies of the State Police and commonwealth law, clearing the trooper of criminal charges and closing the investigation.
The lethal force was labeled as an "unavoidable last resort."
A preliminary autopsy determined the unofficial cause of death was two gunshot wounds to the torso with contributing factors of wounds to the wrists that were inflicted by Heneault. The final report from the medical examiner has not been issued.
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