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Weekend Outlook: Fairs, Festivals, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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There will be a variety of events in the Berkshires this weekend including fairs, festivals, live music, and more.
Editor's Pick 
67th Annual Fall Foliage Parade
Main Street, North Adams 
Time: Sunday, 1 p.m.
The annual Fall Foliage Parade returns this Saturday with a "Once Upon a Time in North Berkshire" theme. 
Watch as your favorite characters from children's books and fairytales march through downtown North Adams. 
The parade will kick off at the the intersection of State Street and Old State Street and marches 1.2 miles through downtown North Adams.
More information here
Weekly Friday Night Jazz 
Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Pittsfield
Time: 7 to 10 p.m. 
Recharge with some jazz and drinks at the Methuselah for its weekly Friday Jazz night. 
More information here
An Evening with Grace Kelly 
The Stationery Factory, Dalton 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Singer, saxophonist, songwriter, and composer Grace Kelly will be performing her electro jazz-pop style music. 
Tickets range from $35 to $55. More information here
Fall Foliage Children's Parade
Monument Square, North Adams
Time: 5:30 p.m.
The annual Children's Parade steps off from the top of Main Street and marches to City Hall. The theme is the same as the Fall Foliage Parade: "Once Upon a Time in North Berkshire." Individual, group and float winners are welcome to join in the main parade on Sunday. 
Registration starts at 4:30: More information here
Fall Foliage Children's Fair
Noel Field, North Adams
Time: 10 a.m. 
This free fair features music, games, giveaways, and entertainment for children. There will be booths by local community organizations and a Children's Road Race at 11:30 a.m.
More information here
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.
More information here.
The Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show
Naumkeag, Stockbridge
Naumkeag is kicking off its annual pumpkin show this Saturday at 5 p.m. 
Explore the museum's gardens that have been decorated with more than 1,500 jack o' lanterns, hundreds of mums, pumpkins and countless gourds — most of which were grown at Naumkeag. 
Hot cider and fall treats will be available for sale on-site.
Advanced purchase of timed tickets is required. Tickets will not be sold on-site. Ticket time represents your arrival window.
No parking is available onsite with this general admission ticket but designated parking spaces are available on both sides of Town Hall located at 50 Main St., along Main Street or Elm Street. 
The first shuttle will leave downtown Stockbridge at 5 p.m. and run every 5 to 10 minutes through the run of the show, the last shuttle will depart no later than 8 p.m.
Ticket prices and booking here
First Sunday Free Clark 
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Time: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
The museum's First Sundays Free program returns this Sunday. There will be free admission to the galleries, special exhibitions, and activities. 
October's theme is "Grounding." Attendees will explore what it means to be grounded both inside and outside of the galleries. Activities included Japanese practice of a guided forest bathing experience, and a take-home terrarium activity.
There will be a pop-up exhibition at the the Clark's Manton Study Center displaying a selection of prints, drawings, and photographs which showcase forests, geology, and the natural world more broadly. 
The day also features a series of special activities from 1 until 4 p.m., and a pop-up display of works on paper.
More information here
Bousquet Mountain Oktoberfest
Bousquet, Pittsfield
Time: noon to 5 p.m. 
Bousquet Mountain Ski Area will be hosting an afternoon of music, food, drinks, games, and vendors.
Sample from local craft beers while participating in games including a Pretzel Eating Contest, Full Keg Toss, Half Keg Toss, and more. 
Tickets for adults are $30 or $15 for the designated driver. Tickets are $10 for anyone under 21. More information here
Autumn Fest & Pig Roast
Apple Barn, Route 7, Bennington, Vt.
Time: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 
The Apple Barn hosts an autumn festival and pig roast, just 15 minutes outside Berkshire County. 
The event features live music, a soup cook-off, mini cider doughnut-eating competition, and pumpkin carving. There will also be barbecue and a wide selection of wine and brews.
More information here
Oktoberfest Picnic
Farnam's Causeway, Cheshire
Time: 1:30 to 5 p.m.
The Cheshire Fire Department is holding its second annual picnic following the Bill Lewis Memorial Fishing Derby. There will be food, drinks, a beer tent, 50/50 raffle, and raffle table. All proceeds benefit the Bill Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund. You don't have to fish to attend. 
More information here.
Multiple Days
Whitney's Farm Market & Garden Center
Whitney's Farm, Cheshire
Whitney's Farm  continues its local favorite, Pumpkin Fest, this weekend. The festival is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. 
Pick pumpkins, ride on a hay wagon, get glitter tattoos, walk through a corn maze, and more every weekend until Oct. 29. 
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.


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MCLA to Host Community Panel 'How to Speak About Peace'

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA faculty and staff invite the campus and North Adams community to a panel discussion "How to Speak About Peace" to discuss urgent calls for a permanent ceasefire in Palestine on Thursday, Nov. 30.  
The discussion will start at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall Room 218. 
Panelists include Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Mohamad Junaid, Associate Professor of English & Communications Dr. Victoria Papa, Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies Dr. Eunice Uhm, Associate Professor of Modern Language Dr. Mariana Bolivar, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Carter Carter. The discussion will be moderated by Assistant Professor of English & Communications Dr. Caren Beilin and interim director of The Mind's Eye – an initiative featuring interdisciplinary academic programming. 
"As an educational institution with scholarly expertise in our community, one thing we can do to try to cope with the unfolding events is to gather for conversation and to contend with current events. It is notable that this panel includes Jewish, Arab, and Muslim faculty members and those whose research addresses many of these intertwined topics," MCLA President James Birge stated in a message to the campus community. "I encourage our community's participation in this important conversation."  
This community panel is a follow-up and continuation of the previous panel about the war in Israel and Gaza. This comes after a weekend of horrific violence that took place in Burlington, Vt involving three Palestinian college students.  
"We must continue to talk with one another about peace, to find the words, and indeed the information, to speak and act on this urgent issue," Dr. Beilin said. 
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