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There will be an easy trail hike at the Greylock Glen in Adams Friday.

Weekend Outlook: First Friday, Live Music, and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Berkshire County and the surrounding areas are having a variety of events this weekend including First Friday festivities, comedy, live music, and more. 
 
Editor's Pick 
 
First Friday 
Downtown North Adams 
Time: 5 to 9 p.m. 
 
Shake off the winter blues with this month's First Friday Festivities centered around the theme "Cabin Fever." 
 
The event features a variety of activities including local business bingo, girl scout cookie table, pizza and pajama party, live music, crafts, and more. 
 
More information here
 
Friday 
 
Dawn of the Divas Dance Party
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield 
Time: 8 p.m. 
 
Dress on glittery gowns, sparkling accessories and dance to spins by DJ BFG, who will curate a playlist of classic diva anthems and contemporary beats including Beyonce's "Break My Soul," Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," and Britney Spears' "Toxic."
 
Tickets cost $12. More information here
 
Opening Reception for 'Wild Findings' Exhibit
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge
Time: 3 to 5 p.m. 
 
A free, opening reception to celebrate the opening of Community Access to the Arts (CATA) and Berkshire Botanical Garden's 30-plus works exhibit. 
 
The exhibit features a collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and collages inspired by nature, created by artists with disabilities. It will be on display Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m until March 24. 
 
More information here
 
Easy Trail Hike
Greylock Glen, Adams
Time: 1 to 3 p.m. 
 
Explore the rolling landscape at Greylock Glen, at the foot of Mount Greylock, with an "easy" hike led by Hilltown Hikers Liz Massa. 
 
These free easy-paced, 1 to 3-mile guided hikes are geared for seniors, but open to all ages. Meeting location is the South Bellows Trail Parking Area at the end of Gould Road.
 
More information here.
 
Saturday 
 
Dance Party 
Shire Beer Co., Dalton 
Time: 9 p.m.
 
Dress in your best 90's themed outfit and dance to some of the 90's classic hits during this dance party. There is a $5 cover charge. More information here
 
ZipStohr's Comedy
Holiday Inn & Suites, Pittsfield
Time: 8 p.m. 
 
Comics Sean Donnelly, Bret Raybould, and Gary Sharp will be performing. Tickets range from $35 to $315. More information here
 
Dr. Seuss Birthday Party 
Springfield Museums
Time: 10 to 5 p.m.
 
The museum will be celebrating the 150th birthday of children's author and Springfield-native Theodor Seuss Geisel with free admission. 
 
The event features meet and greets with some of Seuss's characters including The Cat in a Hat and the Lorax, puzzles, a reading of "The Cat in the Hat," balloon animal, crafts, and more.
 
Entry to the Dr. Seuss Museum is limited and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Welcome Center on the day of the event. 
 
More information here
 
Brian Benlien Performance 
Locker Room Sports Pub, Lee
Time: 8 to 11 p.m. 
 
Local musician Brian Benlien will be performing. Call the pub to make a reservation (413) 243-2662. Information here
 
Like Magic: Screening Series
Mass MoCA, North Adams
Time: 2 p.m. 
 
The contemporary art museum will be having the first in a series of screenings of short videos by artists and filmmakers addressing technologies of magic. This screening will feature films by Adrian Garcia Gomez, Colectivo Los Ingrávidos, and Bi Gan. 
 
This event is free with museum admission. More information here
 
Drag Story Hour Launch Party 
34 Depot St., Pittsfield
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
 
Berkshire Pride will be celebrating the launch of Drag Storyhour Berkshires which celebrates reading through drag. 
 
This is part of the nonprofit Drag Story Hour which "creates diverse, accessible, and culturally-inclusive family programming where kids can express their authentic selves and become bright lights of change in their communities." 
 
More information here
 
First Child in the Woods: Caregiver and Infant/Young Child Walk
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox
Time: 10 to 11 a.m. 
 
During this hour-long hike children from birth to 5 years old can discover the natural world around them. Admission is $5 but first time participants receive free admission. More information here
 
Sunday
 
First Sunday Free Clark 
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Time: 1 to 4 p.m. 
 
The Clark Art is offering free admission to the galleries, special exhibitions, and activities. This First Friday theme is "Center Stage."
 
The event will feature activities including crafting, an original theatrical performance, a pop-up installation of theater-inspired prints and drawings, and more. 
 
Participants can transform a box into a miniature theater using special images from the Clark's collection, and create a comedy or tragedy mask.
 
More information here
 
Visitor Center Scavenger Hunt
Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitor Center, Lanesborough
Time: 10 to 3.
 
Visit Mount Greylock Visitor Center for a self-guided indoor scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt hand-outs are available at the lobby desk.
 
More information here
 
Pancake Breakfast 
Cheshire Community House 
Time: 8 to 11:30 a.m. 
 
Support the Cheshire Fire Department by attending a pancake breakfast. The breakfast does have a gluten free option available. 
 
Admission is $12 for anyone 12 and older and $8 for children 6 to 11. Children 5 and under are free. More information here
 
Livio Gravini Performance
Zinky's Pub, Dalton
Time: 2 p.m.
 
Chicopee songwriter Livio Gravini will be performing. His songwriting style reflects the cultural roots of blues and rock 'n' roll. More information here

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North Street Parking Study Favors Parallel Parking

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A parking study of North Street will be presented at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The design maintains parallel parking while expanding pedestrian zones and adding protected bike lanes.

The city, by request, has studied parking and bike lane opportunities for North Street and come up with the proposal staged for implementation next year. 

While the request was to evaluate angle parking configurations, it was determined that it would present too many trade-offs such as impacts on emergency services, bike lanes, and pedestrian spaces.

"The commissioner has been working with Downtown Pittsfield Inc. and my office to come up with this plan," Mayor Peter Marchetti said during his biweekly television show "One Pittsfield."

"We will probably take this plan on the road to have many public input sessions and hopefully break ground sometime in the summer of 2025."

Working with Kittleson & Associates, the city evaluated existing typical sections, potential parking
configurations, and a review of parking standards. It compared front-in and back-in angle parking and explored parking-space count alterations, emergency routing, and alternate routes for passing through traffic within the framework of current infrastructure constraints.

The chosen option is said to align with the commitment to safety, inclusivity, and aesthetic appeal and offer a solution that enhances the streetscape for pedestrians, businesses, cyclists, and drivers without compromising the functionality of the corridor.

"The potential for increasing parking space is considerable; however, the implications on safety and the overall streetscape call for a balanced approach," Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities Ricardo Morales wrote.

Bike lanes and parking have been a hot topic over the last few years since North Street was redesigned.

In September 2020, the city received around $239,000 in a state Shared Streets and Spaces grant to support new bike lanes, curb extensions, vehicle lane reductions, and outdoor seating areas, and enhanced intersections for better pedestrian safety and comfort.

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