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Weekend Outlook: Jan. 27-29

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this snowy weekend including skiing competitions, hikes, dance parties, and more. 

Friday, Jan. 27

Dance Party 
Stationery Factory, Dalton
The Stationery Factory is hosting a dance party this Friday from  8 until 11 p.m. on its main stage featuring music by DJ Booty Focused Grooves. 
Drinks and seating are available. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased here


Saturday, Jan. 28

Winter Hike 
The Boulders, Dalton
Berkshire Natural Resources Council will be having an informative hike on the Boulders Blue Trail this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 
This 2.8-mile hike has a moderate difficulty level with slight elevation change. 
During the hike, participants will learn about techniques to identify trees in the winter and discuss some of the adaptations that trees have to weather the season's harsh conditions.
Participants should bring water and dress appropriately. BNRC has a few pairs of snowshoes or microspikes available for loan if needed. 
This event is dependent on weather; any cancellation notices will be made by 5 p.m. the day before. 
More information and stay up to date here
Family Friendly Outdoor Adventure 
Mount Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesborough 
Mount Greylock Visitor Center is offering Family Friendly Outdoor Adventures programming on the fourth Saturday of each month from 1 until 2:30 p.m. this winter starting this Friday.
Join the center for an afternoon of winter activities including snow tubing a snowshoe demonstration, and a guided hike along the Bradley Farm Trail from 
This program is free and open to all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center.
For more information or for weather related updates call the Visitor Center at 413-499-4262 or their Facebook page.
Concerts At The Conforti: Sam Prekop And Greg Davis
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
The Clark Art Institute will be hosting an evening of classical and electronic music this Saturday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. 
Sam Prekop and Greg Davis will be headlining the evening concert with Western Massachusetts' Wednesday Knudsen and Kryssi Batallene opening. 
Tickets range from $7 to $10. A ticket for either event admits you to both performances. 
Earlier in the day the American Modern Opera Company will be performing its classical music at 3 p.m. 
More information here
Thelma and the Sleaze
Flat Burger Society, Pittsfield 
The Flat Burger Society will be hosting an independent all-female, queer southern rock band Thelma and the Sleaze this Saturday at 7 p.m. 
Doors open at 5 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Arrive at least an hour prior to showtime if you want to have dinner during the performance. 
More information here.
Brett Haas Racing Party 
Falcon Polish Club, Pittsfield
Brett Haas Racing is hosting its first racing party in three years to kick off a new racing season this Saturday.  
Cocktails start at 5 and dinner starts at 6 p.m. The event will feature a 3-course roast beef dinner, dancing, 50/50, raffles, merchandise, and a night with the entire Brett Haas Racing crew. 
Tickets range from $10 to $20 and can be purchased here
Throwback Dance Party 
Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Pittsfield 
The Methuselah Bar and Lounge will be having a dance party this Saturday hosted by  DJ Craig Hopkins
From 9 until midnight. Hopkins will be playing music from the 1970s and later. More information here.
Free Day at MoCA
Mass MoCA, North Adams
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art annual community celebration is free for all who walk through the door. The day offers live music, pop-up performances, take-home art projects, and tons more. 

Sunday, Jan. 29 

The Vertical Challenge 
Jiminy Peak, Hancock 
Jiminy Peak will be having a free series of casual and competitive skiing and snowboarding this Sunday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. 
The event features snowy activities for all ages and giveaways. More information on the event here

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