Berkshire County has a variety of events this weekend including festivals, car shows, concerts, and more.
Lenox Apple Squeeze
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Fixed in front of the Pittsfield Police Station, the statue honors thirteen former K9s dating back to 1976. Blue roses were placed for each pup next to the bronze Shepard that sits proudly on top.
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