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Weekend Outlook: Crafts Fairs, Arts, and Early Holiday Fun

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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The holiday season is officially upon us and folks can get in the spirit with craft fairs, celebrations, and music weekend.

Editor's Pick

Festival of Trees Opening Party
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Nostalgia Soiree on Friday kicks off the return of the decades-old celebration with trees decorated by community members, businesses, and institutions with ties to the community. The Festival of Trees will be at the museum from Nov. 18 to Jan. 7.

The event includes hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, and a performance by special guest songwriter Paul Williams.

Admission is $65; children 3 to 13 is $40; members are $45, and members' children are $20.

The festival is included in regular museum admission beginning Saturday. More information can be found here.

Great Barrington Fire Department's 15th Annual Turkey Roll
Great Barrington VFW Post 8348
Time: 6:30  to 9 p.m.

The Great Barrington Fire Department is holding its 15th annual Turkey roll on November 17th, 2023.  Attendees can win all the fixings for Thanksgiving Dinner plus untraditional items everyone loves to include such as hams, pork roasts, lobsters and much, more.

Admission is free with all proceeds benefiting the Great Barrington Fire Department's Scholarship Fund. More information here.

DJ BFG at The Stationery Factory
63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton
Time: 8  to 11 p.m.

There will be drinks, a large dance floor, funky/fun seating, and DJ BFG so that attendees can dance, relax, connect, and enjoy with friends and family. Sponsored by Berkshire Roots; must be 18 years of age or older to attend.

Saturday

United Methodist Church Holiday Craft Fair
6 Holmes Road, Lenox
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
United Methodist Church will hold its craft fair featuring local crafters and artisans, silent auction, baked good and the Salvation from Hunger Cafe.  Admission is free.

More information here.

St. Stanislaus Christmas Bazaar
108 Summer St., Adams
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
St. Stanislaus Kostka School will hold its annual bazaar including crafts, raffles and Polish food available.
 
More information here.
 
Holiday Craft Market
Mount Anthony Union High School, Bennington, Vt.
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
The high school will hold its first annual holiday market with items from local businesses, direct sales, food and homemade/craft vendors. This is a chance to find unique gifts for friends and family.
 
Festive Holiday Market at Greylock Works
508 State Road, North Adams
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Festive holiday market returns for its sixth year with100 vendors and artisans. More information here.
 
An adults only preview on Friday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 8 for $25; tickets limited. More information here.


Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market
Housy Dome, 1064 Main St., Housatonic
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
The South County market will feature locally grown and produced foods. Admission is free and mask-wearing is encouraged.
 
The next market is Saturday Dec. 16. More information here.

HairBallz '80s Party
Bounty Fare, Adams
Time: 8  to 11 p.m.

A night of the decade's favorite hair band hits from Bon Jovi, Poison, Def Leppard, Motley Crue and more. 1980s attire is highly encouraged.

Nightwood
The Mount, Lenox
Time: Nov. 17 through Jan. 6

An innovative and immersive sound and light experience set against the backdrop of Edith Wharton's historic home. Wander the illuminated 3/4-mile route through the woods and gardens for an otherworldly experience that evokes wonder and awakens the imagination.

Children under 12 are free, children ages 13 to 18 are $12, and adults are $25. More information here.

Sunday

Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Markets
Greylock Works, North Adams
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
The North County winter farmers market will have locally grown and produced foods found in the Berkshires. More information here.

Food and Music At Balderdash
Balderdash Cellars, Richmond
Time: Noon to 5

Gina C will be playing music at the winery and the Fat Frog's food truck will be on site.

Film and Wine at The Garden
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge
Time: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Join Berkshire International Film Festival and BBG for an afternoon of film and wine. A screening of Living Wine, directed by Lori Miller, will be presented followed by a wine tasting of organic and biodynamic wines. Ticket sales will help support both Berkshire International Film Festival and Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. More information here.

Sing for Your Slumber
Tourists, North Adams
Time: 8 p.m.
 
Antique guitar gods Rich Remsberg and Mark Mulherrin play music from the era of 78 rpm records. With a repertoire ranging from Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington to the Sons of the Pioneers and Ukulele Ike, the duo draws its repertoire primarily from Remsberg's collection of 5,000 78 rpm records.
 
Admission is free but goodwill donations are encouraged. More information here.


Outside the Area

Saratoga Comic Con
Saratoga Springs City Center
Time: Saturday 10 to 6; Sunday 10 to 5
 
Largest pop culture event in Upstate New York. Actors and voice actors, celebrities, gamers and comics writers and illustrators. Gaming tournaments, cosplay contests and more. Tickets at $17 and up. 
 
More information here

 


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Pittsfield's Former Polish Club Eyed For $20 Million Condo Project

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With a sizable grant from the state, the former Polish Community Club is eyed for a 40-unit housing development that adds four additional buildings to the property.

On Wednesday, the Affordable Housing Trust heard from developer Robert Shan about the project that could cost as much as $20 million.  Planners are vying for $10 million through the MassHousing CommonWealth Builder Program created to facilitate the construction of single-family homes and condominiums affordable to households with moderate incomes.

"We're looking not just to do a one-off but to have a presence in Pittsfield, a presence in Berkshire County, and look to bring forward attainable and affordable housing to many communities," he said.

"We see this as as as the first step and it's ready to go. We've put a tremendous amount of work into it and we're looking forward to being able to work with you."

While utilizing the former club, the plot at 55 Linden Street would have five buildings of one to three-bedroom condominiums for first-time homebuyers.  The final costs have not yet been determined but it is estimated that a unit for those of the 80 percent area median income will cost between $150,000 and $200,000 and those in between 80 and 100 percent AMI will cost between $190,000 and $250,000.

The proposed condos are single-story units with an entrance from the street with the first-floor units having a private fenced backyard.  The existing building is staged for single-story condos and two-story townhouses.

Planners aim to bring the character of the 1872 structure into the new construction through colors and architectural elements.

"In developing housing for first-time buyers, we wanted a form that all had entries from grade, from outside without common corridors, without elevators to get that feeling of homeownership," Shan explained.

"While we can't afford to build and get these first-time families at the single-family homes, we wanted a hybrid product that really felt and operated like a home where a lot of the units have backyards, is its own community, etc. So in that, we have not maximized the density."

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