The exhibit "Spectral Strata & Venus Spectra" will open with a reception at 4. The optically driven light, glass, and sound installation was created by Massachusetts College of Art and Design students.
Check out our last article on the Installation Space here.
Nice and Easy Trail Hike
Mount Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesborough
Mount Greylock will be hosting an easy-paced hike this Friday at 1 p.m. weather permitting.
The 1- to 3-mile guided hikes are geared for seniors, but open to all ages. The hiking time varies from 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Be prepared for variable, winter weather, wear appropriate clothing and sturdy boots or snowshoes. Traction devices and trekking poles are also advisable. Bring water and a snack.
Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.
For more information, or in case of inclement weather, call the Visitor Center at 413-499-4262 or visit their Facebook.
Hopkins Memorial Forest, Williamstown
Learn to tap a tree, and check out a bottling demonstration, some old-time evaporators, and the sugar house from 10 to 1.
While you are there enjoy some pancakes, sugar-on-snow, and participate in a maple taste-off.
Rides to the forest are available from the Paresky Center on campus every 15 minutes.
Celebrate the beginning of spring up in Hancock Shaker Villages orchard starting at 10 a.m.
The event features cider tastings by Berkshire Cider Project and a demonstration and workshop led by former forest health program director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Ken Gooch.
Tickets cost $45 or $40 for Hancock Shaker Village Members. More information here.
Women Are Awesome Networking Opportunity
Hot Plate Brewing Co., Pittsfield
There will be a casual networking opportunity beginning at 6 p.m. to celebrate Berkshire women who are contributing to the community.
The event will also feature a set by musical duo Melissa Brinton and Elaine More in the brewery's taproom.
Laugh over a drink at Bright Ideas located on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts campus. The comedy evening is hosted every second Saturday of the month starting at 8 p.m.
This event is produced by Iconix Productions in collaboration with Bright Ideas Brewing. Tickets are $10 to $15 and can be purchased here.
Hoosick Falls Celebrates St. Patrick
Hoosick Falls Armory, Church Street
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival starts at 1 p.m. in downtown Hoosick Falls, N.Y., with the festival to follow with food, drink, dancers, pipers, and bands at the Armory and further events at local downtown establishments.
Walk the red carpet, be interviewed, and enjoy a signature cocktail at an Oscar's watch party hosted by Images Cinema and Gramercy Bistro on Water Street. Free and open to the public; suggested donation is $5 to $25. Cash bar and light fare available.
The event begins at 7 p.m.
Animal Support Project Fantasy Photos
Benson's Pet Center, Pittsfield
Benson's photo op for pets runs from noon until 3. For a $10 donation, pet parents can bring home a 4-by-6 inch framed keepsake. This month's theme is St. Patrick's Day
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MCLA Considering Temporary Homeless Housing on Campus
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is considering turning the vacant Berkshire Towers dorm into a temporary homeless shelter.
President James Birge said on Friday that the college is considering a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development that would supply needed housing for 50 homeless families.
"I look at the mission of the institution, and we talk about educating students to be responsible citizens," Birge said. "I think this models that mission."
Birge said residents would be mostly younger families. He assumed 50 families would generate 25 school-aged children in the Berkshire Towers.
The 26-foot steel structure's poor condition is well known and it was listed with 19 other bridges in the Berkshires requiring repairs or replacement using funding from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
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