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Weekend Outlook: Live Music, Festivals, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Berkshire county has a variety of events this weekend including Easter Bunny experiences, festivals, and more, including the return of Thunderfest in Adams. 
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ThunderFest is an annual outdoor festival celebrating the historic Thunderbolt Trail and Race. The event runs from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday featuring live musical acts, local craft beer and local wine, craft exhibitors, and more. 
Relieve your cabin fever by getting toasty by the fire with marshmallows and other activities, including train rides with Berkshire Scenic Railway, right across Hoosac Street at Adams Station. The Easter Bunny will be riding the train this weekend and the popular cabaret train runs at 5 p.m.
More information here


Song and Dance! A Celebration of Women of the Berkshires
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield 
Berkshire Theater Group will be highlighting Berkshire women in the arts with musical performances starting at 7:30 p.m.
The event will feature performances by Wanda Houston, Mary Ann Palermo, Gina Coleman, Olga Dunn and the All-Star Women’s Band. 
Tickets cost $30 and part of the proceeds will be donated to several local non-profit organizations that help women and children in need.
More information here
Weekly Friday Night Jazz
Methuselah Bar & Lounge, Pittsfield
There will be a jazz performance starting at 7 p.m. as part of a collaboration with Mill Town Capital and Berkshires Jazz. 
More information here.


Easter Bunny Hop Train
Hoosac Valley Train Ride, Adams 
The Easter Bunny will hop onto the Hoosac Valley Train to give out colored eggs.
The train departs at noon, 1, and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children up to 13 years of age, and $2 for toddler. 
More information here
Family Friendly Outdoor Adventures
Mount Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesborough 
There will be a Family Friendly Outdoor Adventures event from 1 until 2:30 p.m. 
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 younger than 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. More information here
Pancakes with the Easter Bunny
Lakeside Bar & Grill, Lanesborough
Enjoy some pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit with the Easter Bunny from 8 until 11. The event is cash only and costs $10 for adults and $5 for ages 10 and younger. 
More information here
UK Tour Benefit Show
The Proprietor's Lodge, Pittsfield
The blues & country bands Misty Blues and Whiskey City will be performing starting at 7 to help raise funds for Misty Blues' upcoming United Kingdom tour.
Tickets cost $20. Dinner reservations must be made directly with Proprietor's Lodge 413-344-9546. 
More information here
Truly Independent Wrestling 
22 Brickyard Court, North Adams
There will be a "Forward March" wrestling match starting at 6. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for Children between the ages of 6 and 12; kids 5 and younger are free.
More information here
Spring Fling Music Train 
Hoosac Valley Train Ride, Adams 
The popular cabaret train event features local singers Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay. The 75-minute ride starts at 5 p.m. 
Bring your own beverages and enjoy music on this 21-plus event. Tickets are $29 per person.
More information here
Comedy Show
St. Mary's School, Lee
Local comedians will take the stage starting at 7 p.m. This fundraising event includes raffles and auctions. 
Participants must be 18 or older and can bring their own snacks. There will be a cash bar available.
More information here
Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Comedian Colin Mochrie and hypnotist Asad Mecci bring their cross-genre performance to the Berkshires starting at 7:30 p.m. 
During the performance, 20 random volunteers from the audience will be put under hypnosis. The volunteers will be whittled down until five remain and Mochrie will take the stage to improvise with them while they are still under hypnosis. 
Tickets cost $60. More information here
Canna Provisions Live Music
Locker Room Sports Pub, Lee
Shake the winter blues away with a performance by Season 22 "The Voice" singer Cara Brindisi starting at 7 p.m. 
The show is presented by Canna Provisions. Show your Canna Provisions receipt to the Locker Room staff when purchases are made before the show and get 15 percent off your dining experience. 
More information here


Animal Support Project Fantasy Photos
Benson's Pet Center, Pittsfield
Benson's Pet Center'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 will be Easter and Springtime. 
More information here
All Over the Map Returns to Zinky’s Pub
Zinky's Pub
There will be a free performance at 2 by the band All Over the Map, which features Shyne members Brad Licht and Zoltan Nemeth.
Event information here
Livio's Acoustic Rock Show 
Tavern at the A, Pittsfield 
Musician Livio Gravini will be performing classic rock pieces starting at 2. More information here

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Veterans Make Memorial Day Trek to War Memorial

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Retired Navy Petty Officer Cindy Lacoste speaks at Sunday's Memorial Day observance.
ADAMS, Mass. — North County American Legion members made their way to the summit of Mount Greylock early on Sunday morning for their 89th pilgrimage to the state's War Memorial.
Speaker Cindy Lacoste, a retired petty officer with 22 years serving in the Navy and current member of the Department of Massachusetts Executive Committee of Women of the American Legion, spoke and recalled memories of fallen veterans.
"Memorial Day brings up so many memories to me, and I'm sure it does to you," she said. "But in 2003, I was deployed to the Middle East not knowing if I was going to make it back home. So the fact that I did, obviously, I'm forever grateful, and I want to make sure that I never forget the stories of those that didn't come back."
She recalled the story of a young soldier, Cindy Bowden, who was a freshman attending the University of Connecticut during the Gulf War.
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