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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Cardboard Box Races, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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There are a variety of events this weekend in the Berkshires including festivals, Valentine's Day themed events, and more.
 
Editor's Pick 
 
10×10 Festival
Pittsfield
Time: various
 
Berkshire County business and organizations join forces with Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development for the annual 10x10 Festival, a week of events to celebrate the winter season beginning Thursday.
 
This weekend's festivities include the inaugural Clapp Park Winter Festival, Hancock Shaker Village's The Big Chill, art exhibits, live music, and more. 
 
More information here.
 
Saturday 
 
WinterFest
Various venues, North Adams
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
 
Celebrate the winter season with a festival from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Participants have a range of activities to choose from including the Chowder Cook-off, crafters' market, horse-drawn wagon rides, Main Street bonfire, free ice skating, Children's Winter Carnival, and more. 
 
More information here
 
Berkshire Grown Artists Opening Reception
The Stationery Factory, Dalton
Time: 5 to 8 p.m. 
 
There will be an opening reception for a new exhibit at the live music venue. 
 
Twelve Berkshire Grown Artists will exhibit their works of art Monday through Friday from 9 to 4 and during public events from Feb. 17 to March 24.
 
More information here
 
Winter Wildlife Tracking at Mount Greylock State Reservation
Mount Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesborough
Time: 12:30 
 
Explore woodlands and wildlife of Mount Greylock during this three-hour guided hike led by Mass Appalachian Trail Management Committee member Jim Pelletier and Janice Tassinari. 
 
Registration is required by calling 413-499-4262; more information here
 
Cardboard Box Race
Otis Ridge Ski Area
Time: 1 p.m. 
 
Grab some duct tape and craft a cardboard sled for a day of cardboard racing. The only rule is sleds must be made of cardboard and duct tape. There will be prizes including the fastest, more creative, and more. 
 
No registration fee but canned or non-perishable donations will be accepted for the Otis Food Pantry.
 
Registration and information here
 
Inaugural Clapp Park Winter Festival
Clapp Park, Pittsfield
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
 
This free event features outdoor activities including snowshoeing, wildlife tracking, a bonfire, and soups and s'mores by Otto's.
 
Construct a sled using cardboard, glue, tape, decorations, and possibly wax on the bottom for the city's first Clapp Park Winter Festival Sled Race. Plastic or purchased sleds will not be considered for the competition. 
 
Awards will be given to the fastest and best designed sleds in each race. Helmets must be worn during all the races. 
 
Participants must register at Clapp Park the day of the event between 10 and 10:45 a.m.
 
More information here
 
Kids Craft Day 
Carr Hardware, North Adams, Lenox, and Pittsfield
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
 
The hardware store will be having craft days at some of its locations. Register for the event early to hold your planter painting kit. 
 
More information here
 
Sunday 
 
Winter Wonderland Activity Day
Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitor Center, Lanesborough
Time: 1 p.m. 
 
The freshly fallen snow makes this Sunday the perfect opportunity to participate in Mount Greylock Visitors Center's Winter Wonderland Activity Day.  
 
This self-guided free event will be packed with winter activities including winter- themed crafts, scavenger hunts, board games and make-your-own snowman or sledding. Bring your own sled if you have one.
 
The activity day is free for all ages but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
For more information call the center at 413-499-4262 or contact via Facebook for weather updates. 
 
Multiple Days
 
The Big Chill
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Dates and Times: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
 
The festival featurs walking tours, ice sculpting, maple tree tapping demonstrations, live music, farm animals, and more. 
 
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for members, and children age 14 and under are free.
 
Library Passes, North American Reciprocal Museum Association, and electronic benefit transfer cardholders receive the member rate and need to purchase their tickets at the admissions desk.
 
More information here
 
Family Valentine's Day Dance
191 Church St., Cheshire
Dates and Times: Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. 
 
This semi-formal dance will be held over two nights and is open to all families for $10 per person. Tickets include dancing, refreshments, and a door prize drawing. A separate raffle will be held to benefit future community events.
 
More information here
 
Zambezi Dance Party
'62 Center, Williamstown
Time: Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.
 
Inspired by traditional Zimbabwean music as well as contemporary African styles, these dance parties are free and open to the public; get tickets here.

 


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North Adams to Begin Study of Veterans Memorial Bridge Alternatives

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Mayor Jennifer Macksey says the requests for qualifications for the planning grant should be available this month. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Connecting the city's massive museum and its struggling downtown has been a challenge for 25 years. 
 
A major impediment, all agree, is the decades old Central Artery project that sent a four-lane highway through the heart of the city. 
 
Backed by a $750,000 federal grant for a planning study, North Adams and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art are looking to undo some of that damage.
 
"As you know, the overpass was built in 1959 during a time when highways were being built, and it was expanded to accommodate more cars, which had little regard to the impacts of the people and the neighborhoods that it surrounded," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey on Friday. "It was named again and again over the last 30 years by Mass MoCA in their master plan and in the city in their vision 2030 plan ... as a barrier to connectivity."
 
The Reconnecting Communities grant was awarded a year ago and Macksey said a request for qualifications for will be available April 24.
 
She was joined in celebrating the grant at the Berkshire Innovation Center's office at Mass MoCA by museum Director Kristy Edmunds, state Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, District 1 Director Francesca Hemming and Joi Singh, Massachusetts administrator for the Federal Highway Administration.
 
The speakers also thanked the efforts of the state's U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, U.S. Rep. Richie Neal, Gov. Maura Healey and state Sen Paul Mark and state Rep. John Barrett III, both of whom were in attendance. 
 
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