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Weekend Outlook: 'Little Amal,' Polish Picnic and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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There will be a variety of events in the Berkshires this weekend including the arrival of "Little Amal," a Polish picnic, a comedy night, and more. 
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Walk With Amal: Musical Mystical Tour
Mass MoCA, North Adams 
Time: Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m.
The contemporary art museum provides residents the opportunity to welcome the internationally celebrated 12-foot-tall puppet "Little Amal." 
Amal is a puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl. She is named after the Arabic word "Amal" meaning hope. 
She was created in an effort to draw attention to children fleeing war, violence and persecution and share their stories.  
This year Little Amal will travel 6,000 miles across the United States, visiting more than 35 towns and cities. 
More information here
Let It Shine Block Party
Palace Park, 116 North St., Pittsfield
Time: Saturday, noon to 6
Pittsfield celebrates eight new downtown murals with "Let It Shine! A Celebration of Public Art."
The block party features music, entertainment, community art-making and food and beverage vendors. Take a self-guided tour of the West Side murals with a provided map or download the Downtown Pittsfield app.  There will also be an opportunity to meet mural artists Cara Petricca, Trinity Rivard, Pops Peterson and Jasmine Sade. 
More information here.
The Cars Tribute Band Performance 
Stationary Factory, Dalton 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
The Cars tribute band "Best Friends Girl" will be performing some of the bands greatest hits like Shake It Up," "Magic" and "Lets Go." 
Tickets cost $25. More information here
Peter Mulvey's Trustees Bike Tour
Notchview, Dalton
Time: 6 p.m.
The trustees will be having a performance by American singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey to  celebrate nature, biking, and music.
The performances are designed to be outdoors and low impact so participants should bring a comfortable camping chair or picnic blanket. Provided camp chairs for accessible seating are limited. 
Tickets range from $5 to $25. More information here
'Confeti' at Installation Space
49 Eagle St., North Adams
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
This interactive installation by Pamela Hersch is intended to recreate her experience watching paper confetti suspended in the air during a Mexican festivals. The confetti on screen will respond to movements using a text-to-image artificial intelligence model and transforms into images, colors and patterns. Sound track by Ella Joy Meir. 
More information here
Housatonic Heritage Walk 
The Bidwell House Museum, Monterey
Time: 10 a.m. until noon
Explore the woodland trails of the Bidwell House Museum and learn about forest ecology and tree identification with Department of Conservation and Recreation state forester Tom Ryan. 
This free walk will take about 2 hours and the terrain is steep and rocky in a few places. Dress for the weather, bring water and a snack, and wear hiking books. 
More information here
Clarksburg 225th Anniversary
Peter A. Cook Veterans Memorial Field
Time: 11 to 6.
The town's quasquibicentennial will be celebrated at the town field with a variety of games and events including touch-a-truck, dunking booth, K9 demonstrations, raffles, giveaways and food trucks. Music by Straight Up from 2:30 to 5 p.m. 
More information here
Jaws of Life Demonstration 
Haddad Hyundai, Pittsfield
Time: 11 a.m. 
The Pittsfield Fire Department will have a free demonstration of the jaws of life and discuss fire safety. This event is directed towards kids. More information here
Jon Berman Performance 
Knox Trail Inn, Otis
Time: 6 p.m. 
There will be a performance by songwriter and saxophonist Jon Berman. More information here
Comedy Night 
Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams 
Laugh over a drink at Bright Ideas on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts campus. 
The night will be hosted by comedian Charlie Nadle and will feature stand up performances by Dan Altano and Patrick Holbert. There will also be a premiere of sketch videos by Altano, Nadle, and Cody Montanye. 
Tickets cost $15. More information here
Lenox Art Walk
Downtown Lenox
Time: Saturday 10 to 5; Sunday 11-4
Lenox hosts its annual fall art walk with gallery openings, music, food and more than 50 vendors and artisans with paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and more. 
More information here.
Polish Picnic
Polanka Grounds,  Adams
Time: 10 a.m. 
Saint John Paul II Parish's annual picnic. Gates open at noon at the Polanka Grounds off Mill Street. There will be dancing from 1 to 5 p.m. with music from the Eddie Forman Orchestra.
Traditional Polish foods will be available for purchase. The Adams Lions Club will be selling cookout fare and Crumb Bakery will be selling homemade treats.
More information here
Mini Maker Market
Greylock Works, North Adams
The market is a gathering of regional artisans that provides an opportunity for the community to connect and shop with local creatives. 
More information here
Animal Support Project
Benson's Pet Center, Pittsfield
Time: noon until 3 p.m. 
Benson's Pet Center will be providing people a photo op with their furry babies. This month's themes are Back to School and Harvest. 
For a $10 donation, pet parents can bring home a 4-by-6 inch framed keepsake. More information here
Erin Rae
Tourists Welcome, North Adams
Time: 8 p.m.
Nashville's Erin Rae returns to Tourists as she kicks off a national headline tour for her sophomore album "Lighten Up."
Admission is free but space is limited. Bring cash to tip the band. 
More information here
Outside the Area
Connecticut Renaissance Faire
Lebanon, Conn., County Fairgrounds, 122 Mack Road
Time: Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 2-Oct. 15; 10:30 to 6
Enjoy jousting, armored combat exhibitions, birds of prey, artisans and craftspeople, a marketplace with food and beverages, and entertainers of all stripes at the 25th annual fair. 
Tickets are $10 to $16; children 6 and younger free. Family friendly, well-behaved pets welcome. 
More information here
Farmers' Markets
North Adams Farmers Market
St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot
Time: 9 to 1
The North Adams market is open every Saturday and offers produce and baked goods from local retailers including Red Shirt Farm, Fahey Family Farm, Bohemian Nouveaux Bakery, Mon Artistic Pets, and more. More information here
Pittsfield Farmers Market
The Common, Pittsfield
Time: 9 to 1. 
Powered by Roots Rising, the market is open every Saturday rain or shine. 
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.
Time: 9 to 1. 
The market is open every Saturday.  Every week there will be locally grown food, flowers, and plants along with other local vendors. More information here
Berkshire Area Farmers Market
Berkshire Mall parking lot, Lanesborough
Time: 8 to 2
The market is open every Saturday and features produce and products from Western Mass farms. More information here.
Lenox Farmers Market
80 Church St., Lenox
Time: 11 to 3. 
This market is open every Friday and features fresh produce, breads, artisanal & specialty foods and crafts, and more. The market accepts SNAP. More information here


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