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Weekend Outlook: Easter & More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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Hippity Hoppity the weekend is on its way and there will be a number of events in the Berkshires to celebrate Easter. 

Easter Events: 

Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt 
The Common, Pittsfield 
Time: 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. 
The city will be having its 78th annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt. Children are required to bring their own baskets. During this free event, Bowie the clown will be twisting balloons, children can meet the Easter Bunny and search for the golden egg. 
Schedule as follows:
  • Ages 9 to 11 search at 10:30
  • Ages 7 and 8 search at 10:40
  • Ages 5 and 6 search at 10:55
  • Ages 4 search at 11:10
  • Ages 2 and 3 search at 11:25
Information here
Easter Festival 
North Adams Armory
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
This free event features games, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and cottontail obstacle races. The races begin at 12:30 p.m. Information here
Easter Egg Scramble
Lilac Park, Lenox
Time: 11 a.m. 
Bring you baskets and cameras and line up before the scramble begins at 11 a.m. Information here.
Dalton Easter Egg Hunt
CRA Memorial Lawn
Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m. 
The event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny. In case of rain the event will be moved indoors at the youth center. 
Schedule as follows:
  • Toddler to kindergarten search from 1 to 1:30 p.m. 
  • First and second grade search from 2 until 2:30 p.m.
  • Grades 3 to 5 search from 3 to 3:30 p.m.
Spring Hoppening
Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
The garden will be having a variety of activities to celebrate Easter including pony rides, crafts, a story walk, games, egg hunts, and more. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny and shop at the gift shop for some last-minute gifts.
Admission is $10 per person for members, $15 for non-members. Free admission for all children under the age of 4. Information here.
Egg hunt schedule as follows:
  • Children 3 and younger at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Ages 3 to 6 at 10:45 a.m. 
  • Ages 7 through 12 at 11 a.m. 
Older children are welcome to come help their younger siblings and friends. 
Hop 'Til We Drop Egg Hunt Party
Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Great Barrington 
Time: 10 to noon
Celebrate Easter with music, craft activities, snacks, and of course egg hunts. Entry fee is $10. There is a 10 percent discount for any additional siblings. Free entry for parents or guardians. Information here
Egg hunt schedule:
  • Ages 18 months to 4 years at 10:15 a.m. 
  • Ages 5 to 9 at 10:45 a.m. 
  • Ages 10 to 12 at 11:15 a.m. 
High Lawn Farm Easter Celebration
High Lawn Farm, Lee
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
The farm will be having a free Easter celebration featuring games, activities, ice cream, cotton candy, pizza, and an egg hunt. Tickets are required for participation in the egg hunts, which begin at noon, and can be purchased at the farm's store for $5. Egg baskets will not be provided.
More information here
Berkshire Emporium Easter Egg Hunt
Berkshire Emporium, North Adams 
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Berkshire Emporium & Antiques and Emporium Snack Bar on Main Street will be celebrating Easter with an egg hunt for kids 12 and younger. Each child gets to find one egg.
There are hundreds of eggs all over the store. The eggs will contain more than $500 in prizes including toys, candy, $25, $50 and $100 gift certificates
The event will also feature a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny and treats including cookies, doughnuts, hot chocolate, and more. 
More information here
Annual Cheshire Police Association Easter Egg Hunt
Cheshire Elementary
Time: noon
The hunt takes place behind the Community House, formerly the elementary school. Information here
Easter Cookie Walk
Hinsdale Fire House
Time: 9 to noon
Information here.
Bunny Hop Train Rides
3 Hoosac St., Adams
Time: 11:30, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Bunny Hop rides are available on Saturday. Kids can ride with the Easter Bunny, who will be giving out colored eggs. 
Ticket prices and more information here.

Other Events this Weekend 

Red & Black Gala
101 Restaurant & Bar
Time: 9 p.m. 
Dress in classy casual attire to celebrate DJ Champ's birthday. Hoodies, ripped jeans, and boots are not allowed. This event is for ages 25 and older. Tickets are $10 before the event and $15 at the door. Information here
Beach Dance Party with DJ BFG
The Stationery Factory, Dalton
Time: 8 p.m. 
Can summer not come soon enough; no worries dust off your beach outfit and dance the winter blues away to some summer jams. Tickets cost $20 per attendee. Funds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County. Information here
Berkshire County Suicide Prevention 
Hot Plate Brewing Co, Pittsfield 
Time: 6 p.m. 
There will be a discussion on how to shine a light on mental health awareness in our community by teaming up with with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Out of the Darkness. Information here
Trans Day of Visibility Event
34 Depot Street, Pittsfield
Time: 6 p.m. 
As part of the Berkshire Queer History Project, Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition is partnering with Berkshire Pride to debut trans-focused interviews which celebrate trans history-makers in the community.
More information here
Victorian Maple Day Gathering
Ashfield Historical Society and Museum
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The museum at 29 Baptist Corner Road hosts a day of sap boiling, sugaring games and  a sing-along starting at 2 p.m. Free maple ice cream provided by the Ashfield Hardware Store. A Victorians of the Hilltowns programs; free and open to the public. 
More information here
Mike Duffy Performance
Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Pittsfield
Time: 7 p.m. 
Local musician Mike Duffy will be performing. Information 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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