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Mother's Day: Weekend Outlook

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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There are a variety of events this Mother's Day weekend, from tea parties to cake decorating to live music and more. 
 
Editor's Pick 
 
Daffodil and Tulip Festival
Naumkeag, Stockbridge
Thursday through Sunday 
 
The historic home and garden will conclude its annual Daffodil and Tulip Festival this weekend. The festival showcases more than 150,000 daffodils, tulips, and minor bulbs across eight acres of land.
 
The 48-acre estate will be decorated "with a variety of blooms, containers, displays and decorations against the backdrop of stunning views of Monument Mountain and the Berkshire Hills," the website said.
 
Mixed bouquets, container plants, and a pre-sale of spring bulbs will be sold at a pop-up shop outside the greenhouse. Food and refreshments will be for sale at the outdoor snack shack. Admittance to the inside of the house will be permitted for self-guided tours of the first floor and to provide access to the museum's gift shop.
 
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold on-site. Visitors must arrive during their arrival window and cannot be accommodated if they arrive early or late. Due to the high number of participants, the museum requests visitors limit their stay to one hour.
 
For more information on the Daffodil and Tulip Festival or to purchase tickets, here
 
Mother's Day Tea at the Daffodil and Tulip Festival 
 
This weekend, the event includes Mother's Day Tea on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These tickets will not only include admission into the festival but will reserve a table in the outdoor cafe along with an assortment of sweet pastries, traditional English scones with jam and finger sandwiches along with a choice of tea and a glass of prosecco, mimosa or sparkling water. Tickets here.
 
Friday
 
House Music Underground 
163 North St., Pittsfield
Time: 7 to 10 p.m. 
 
The local art gallery and recording studio, The Collab, host DJ Jason Manatee and light refreshments provided by Tito's. There is a $2 cover charge. Information here
 
Retro Movie Night
North Adams Public Library
Time: 5:45 p.m. 
 
Watch the 1984 classic "Red Dawn" (Wolverines!) in the third-floor community room. Snacks will be provided. If possible, bring your own seating.
 
Questions: Reference Librarian Lisa Harding at lharding@northadams-ma.gov or 413-662-3133
 
Gillette Carnival
Berkshire Mall
Time: Thursday, 5-9; Saturday, 1-10, Sunday 1-7
 
The carnival returns to the parking lot of the former Berkshire Mall from Thursday through Sunday. Games, rides and food vendors. 
 
Tickets are $25 unlimited rides; more information here
 
Diana Quetti Performance 
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
 
New York City-based actor, singer and songwriter Diana Quetti is returning to the Colonial Theatre after the release of her debut extended lay "Begin."
 
Quetti has been a part of Berkshire Theatre Group's community productions since 2006, appearing in "The Wizard of Oz," "Alice in Wonderland," "Oliver!" "Peter Pan," "Mary Poppins" and "A Christmas Carol."
 
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here
 
Tipsy Carol's 'Spring Fling Sing'
The Foundry, West Stockbridge
Time: 7 p.m. 
 
Tipsy Carol aka "McBoozle" sings songs about springs, new beginnings and debauched "flings."
 
The show features games, stories, shenanigans, and classics like "We've Only Just Begun," "Tomorrow, I'm too Sexy," "Here Comes The Sun," "April in Paris," "Afternoon Delight," "Nobody Does It Better," and more. 
 
Tickets cost $20. Seating and bar opens at 7 and the show commences at 7:30. More information here
 
Saturday 
 
Fishing Derby 
Wild Acres
Time: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
The annual Pittsfield Fishing Derby is exclusively for children age 14 and younger. Bait will be provided. The first 100 children will receive a free food voucher. Food will be available for purchase from Ozzie's Steak & Eggs.
 
More information here
 
Heirloom by Design
GreylockWorks, North Adams
Time: 10 to 4
 
Then annual spring market at 508 State Road features handcrafted and artisan goods, local food producers and refreshments. Includes jewelry, clothing, teas, pottery, candles, home decor and more. 
 
Admission is free; more information here
 
Dance Performance: The Carnival of Animals
Berkshire Athenaeum
Time: 1 p.m. 
 
The Cantarella School of Dance and the Albany Berkshire Ballet will perform "The Carnival of Animals." This free performance is perfect for kids and their families. 
 
Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For more information call the Children's Library: 413-499-9480, Ext. 203. More information here
 
Greylock Photography Group Meet-Up
Farnam's Causeway/Rail Trail
Time: 10:30 a.m. 
 
Mount Greylock State Reservation is hosting a free photography group meetup. Attendees will take a short, easy walk alongside the Cheshire Reservoir on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail while sharing their love of nature and photography with others. More information on this free event here
 
May Flower Dance Party
Tavern at the A, Pittsfield
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
 
The men of St. John's Lodge will host a dance party with music, food, prizes and a cash bar. The event features spins by DJ Jimmy Hall. 
 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner and desserts will be served from 7 to 8. Call 413-464-2130 for more information or tickets. More information here
 
Cheshire Community Tag Sale
Cheshire Community House
Time: 9 to 1
 
Townwide tag sale combined with an indoor/outdoor antiques and craft bazaar at the former elementary school. There will also be a food vendor onsite. 
 
More information here
 
The Mount Reopens
2 Plunkett St., Lenox
Time: 10 a.m.
 
Edith Wharton's historic home opens for the season on Saturday. The grounds are free and open daily; tickets for tours of the home are available here.
 
Sunday 
 
Mother's Day 5K & 1-Mile Walk
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield 
Time: 8 a.m. 
 
The annual Mother's Day 5K and 1 Mile Community Run/Walk for Women is taking place this weekend. The Elizabeth Freeman Center will be onsite fundraising. 
 
The event kicks off with one-mile walk/run and Kids Run at 8, followed by the 5K Women Only race at 8:30. The registration fee is $30. 
 
More information here
 
Berkshire Bike Month: Pittsfield State Forest Trail Day
Pittsfield State Forest
Time: 9 a.m. 
 
Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association is providing the community the opportunity to get involved in some trail cleanup and bridge repair at Pittsfield State Forest to celebrate Berkshire Bike Month. 
 
The event will feature two volunteer options: helping clear debris and re-support the long wooden bridge on Fox Trot and raking and clearing general early spring debris from the surrounding family trails.
 
More information here
 
Mother's Day Community Bike Ride
Crane Avenue Parking Lot
Time: 10 a.m. 
 
Massachusetts Safe Routes to School will be there, along with Berkshire Bike Path Council members and Pittsfield Recreation Department members. The 6 to 8-mile family-friendly ride is on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Information here
 
Mother's Day Cake Decorating Class
Berkshire Culinary Group, Dalton
Time: 1 p.m.
 
This workshop is designed for parents and children aged 7 and up to spend quality time together while learning new cake-decorating skills. All items and tools needed to decorate will be provided for use during the workshop only. Tickets cost $90 for one adult and one child. There is an additional $50 charge per additional child. 
 
More information here
 
The Juckets Performance
Dottie's Coffee Lounge
Time: 10 to noon 
 
The Berkshire-based, acoustic Americana-bluegrass band will be performing. Information here
 
Mother's Day Tea
Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Mansion & Museum, Lenox
Time: 1 p.m. 
 
There will be a Victorian tea event in the museum's dining room. It will feature an assortment of savories and pastries with traditional black tea and Harney & Sons Cherry Blossom Green Tea. 
 
The proceeds from this event will be used to fund the restoration of the mansion. Tickets are $50, and reservations are required. Tickets are here

 


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Clarksburg Town Meeting to Decide CPA Adoption, Spending Articles

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will decide spending items and if the town should adopt the Community Preservation Act at Wednesday's town meeting. 
 
Voters will also decide whether to extend the terms for town moderator and tree warden from one year to three years.
 
The annual town meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the gym at Clarksburg School. The warrant can be found here.
 
The town operating budget is $1,767,759, down $113,995 largely because of debt falling off. Major increases include insurance, utilities and supplies; the addition of a full-time laborer in the Department of Public Works and an additional eight hours a week for the accountant.
 
The school budget is at $2,967,609, up $129,192 or 4 percent over this year. Town officials had urged the school to cut back more but in a joint meeting last week agreed to dip into free cash to keep the prekindergarten for 4-year-olds free. 
 
Clarksburg's assessment to the Northern Berkshire Vocational School District is $363,220; the figure is based on the percentage of students enrolled at McCann Technical School. 
 
There are a number of spending articles for the $571,000 in free cash the town had certified earlier this year. The high number is over several years because the town had fallen behind on filings with the state. 
 
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