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Weekend Outlook: Spring Fling, Anniversary Celebrations & More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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The Berkshires and surrounding areas will have various events this weekend, including anniversary celebrations, a spring fling, a comedy festival, and more. Memorial Day times and events here. 
 
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25th Anniversary Community Celebration
Mass MoCA, North Adams 
Time: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
The contemporary art museum will celebrates its 25th anniversary with free admission, featuring live performances and family activities. More information here
 
During the celebration, get to know the current artists-in-residence during the Open Studios event in Building 13 and Building 34. 
 
37th Annual Mayfest
Downtown, Bennington, Vt. 
Time: 10 to 5
 
Better Bennington Corp. hosts the annual arts and crafts festival. More than 75 vendors and artisans, live performances and shows for kids, food trucks and deals from downtown merchants and restaurants. Free parking and admission. 
 
More information here.
 
Multiple Days
 
The Blaze Fusini Memorial Spring Fling 
Bowe Field, Adams 
Time: May 25 to 27
 
The Hilltown Hoedown presents a spring fling in memory of Blaze Fusini, featuring rides, games, truck pulls, burnouts, raffles, and more at the agricultural fairgrounds on Old Columbia Street. 
 
Ticket and wristband costs for rides here
 
Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair
Cummington Fairgrounds
Time: Saturday & Sunday 8 to 5
 
The 48th annual fair features sheep, woolcraft, vendors, exhibitions and demonstrations, workshops, wagon rides, petting barn and judging. Refreshments available. Free admission; parking $10 to $15. No pets. 
 
More information here.
 
Berkshire Comedy Festival
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
May 23, 24 and 25
 
The Comedy Festival will run over three days of the Memorial Day Weekend, with performances on each of Barrington Stage Company's three stages. 
 
Each show lasts approximately 90 minutes and features four to six comedians, a diverse roster of comic talent from New England, the New York tri-state area, and beyond.
 
The event is in an effort to promote live stand-up comedy, support, and work with local theater venues, and give comedians exposure and the opportunity to perform for new audiences.
 
Line-up here
 
 
Robin Hood's Medieval Faire
150 Locust Road, Harwinton, Conn.
Dates: May 18 to June 30; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
The 15th annual Robin Hood's Medieval Faire is kicking off this weekend and will feature music, food, an artisan market, shows of valor of knights in jousting tournaments, and interactive activities, such as archery, sword fighting, and other medieval arts. More information here.
 
Friday
 
Drag Story Hour Berkshires
34 Depot Street, Pittsfield 
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
 
There will be a story hour, a craft session, and a pizza party. 
 
Poppy Da Bubbly will kick off the event with storytelling designed to promote inclusivity, diversity, and the joy of reading. Following the event there will be a creative craft session and pizza party. 
 
Donations are accepted at the door to help cover the cost of craft supplies, food, and to help raise funds for Wander's space launch. 
 
For more information or to RSVP, email events@wanderberkshires
 
Spring Fling For Kids 
Dalton United Methodist Church
Time: 3 to 5 p.m. 
 
There will be 30 minutes of crafts, followed by a showing of the 1961 animated Disney film "101 Dalmatians." 
 
Snacks and juice boxes will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcomed. 
 
Willi Carlisle Performance
The Adams Theater
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
 
Folk singer Willi Carlisle will perform songs from his latest album, "Critterland." Tickets range from $26.99 to $50. More information here
 
Let It Shine Mural Unveiling
Berkshire Family YMCA, Pittsfield
Time: 4 p.m. 
 
The most recent mural addition to downtown Pittsfield will be unveiled. The project culminates in a photographic mural on four large panels which include playful portraits of 173 students from Morningside Elementary School.
 
More information here
 
Saturday
 
Westside Block Party
Westside Riverway Park, Pittsfield
Time: noon
 
The party includes foods, a musical performance from Sample the Cat and DJs, arts and crafts, face painting, kayaking, raffles, Whiffle Ball and cornhole tournaments, and more. 
 
The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. There will also be a re-enactment of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, which was made up of African Americans who were active during the American Civil War.
 
For more information, contact Tony Jackson at horacetee@aol.com or Marvin Purry
 
Haiku on the Hoosac
Tourists Welcome, North Adams
Time: 10 to noon
 
Music and reading of submitted haikus and illustrations to celebrate the river. Sponsored by the Hoosic River Watershed Association. More information here.  
 
Hoosick Townwide Garage Sale
Throughout town
Time 8 to 3
 
Look for the signs for garage and tag sales in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., on Saturday. 
 
Mount Greylock Road to Summit Reopens 
Mount Greylock, Adams
Time: 10 a.m. 
 
The roads to the summit of the 3,489-foot mountain, which is the highest point in Massachusetts, finally open for the season. Explore the mountain and enjoy lunch at Bascom Lodge. Berkshire Pathways is offering transportation with deposit; limiting seating so stop at the clubhouse at 199B South St., Pittsfield. 
 
More information here
 
Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival
Downtown Bennington Vermont
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
 
There will be more than 75 vendors showcasing handmade crafts and jewelry, clothing, sculptures, paintings, and more. 
 
The free event will also feature live performances on multiple stages, food trucks, and Main Street businesses will offer exclusive deals. 
 
More information here
 
Plant Sale
Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Perennials, herbs, and houseplants will be for sale. More information here
 
Giveback Gala 
The Country Club of Pittsfield
Time: 5 p.m. 
 
Pediatric cancer nonprofit Strong Little Souls will have a fundraising gala to raise $50,000 for Strong Little Souls through ticket sales and a silent auction.
 
The fundraiser commemorates Berkshire Dream Home's 10-year milestone. Berkshire Dream Home is committed to serving the community. Every year, it donates $10,000 to local charities and engages in hands-on volunteer work. 
 
Individual tickets for the gala are $175 each or $1,500 for a table of ten. More information here
 
Kollin Kozlowski Performance 
Balderdash Cellars, Pittsfield
Time: 5 p.m. 
 
Solo acoustic performer Kollin Kozlowski will play a wide mix of rock, country, and original songs. Information here
 
Sunday
 
Music of Mancini
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Time: 2 p.m.
 
Jukebox Saturday Night will perform works by Italian-American composer and conductor Henry Mancini. Tickets cost $45. More information here
 
Farmers Markets 
 
Lee Farmers Market 
The Town Park in front of First Congregational Church
Time: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
 
The Lee Farmers Market kicks off this weekend, bringing back locally grown produce, prepared foods, locally created arts and crafts, and herbal products. 
 
The market accepts SNAP, HIP, Senior Coupons, and WIC Coupons and also offers Market Match. 
 
More information here
 
Sheffield Farmers' Market
125 Main St.
Time: Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m. 
 
The market will kick off this weekend and will feature healthy food and products from a variety of local vendors in an attempt to nourish the community by protecting "local small farms, land, bees, and economy."
 
More information on the market here
 
This market will also feature an exhibit by photographer Dylan W. Kubis. Kubis coined the term "Berkshiregraphs" to represent the photos he has taken of the Berkshires. The prints will be available for purchase.
 
More information on Kubis here
 
North Adams Farmers Market  
Main Street
Time: Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
The south side of Main Street from American Legion Drive will be closed to make room for the city's weekly farmers market, which will kick off this Saturday. Explore downtown North Adams and discover local businesses and fresh produce from local farms. Annual Seedling Swap is being held during the market; bring extras to swap or just take some home. More information here
 
Williamstown Farmers Market 
Spring Street
Time: Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
The Williamstown Market is launching this weekend. The market focuses on a wide range of local food and artisan vendors, as well as local services and music. More information here
 
Outdoor Pittsfield Farmers Market
Pittsfield Common
Time: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
 
Roots Rising, the region's first teen-run market, will hold an indoor farmers market this Saturday. The event will feature live music, chef demos, workshops, children's activities, and more. More information is available here
 
Great Barrington Farmers Market
18 Church St.
Time: Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
The market is open every Saturday. Every week, locally grown food, flowers, and plants will be available, along with other local vendors. The market accepts and offers doubling SNAP, HIP, WIC, and Senior market coupons. More information is here
 
New Marlborough Farmers Market 
Village Green
Time: Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
 
The market has local vendors that offer a variety of goods from produce, eggs, baked goods, jams, hand-knit items, maple syrup, and more. More information here

 


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North Adams Council OKs $49M Budget for Fiscal 2025

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a $48,891,455 fiscal 2025 budget, up $1,481,385 or 3.12 percent over this year. 
 
The budget includes a school budget of $20,357,096, up $302,744 or 1.51 percent over this year. 
 
The major drivers are the general increases in the cost of supplies, utilities and insurance; a 2 percent cost of living raise for nonunion employees; upgrades in software and equipment; reclassifications of several positions and additional clerical staff. 
 
Mayor Jennifer Macksey provided the city budget, school budget, compensation and classification plan and capital improvement plan in a bound document with summaries and graphs explaining expenditures. 
 
Finance Committee members recommended the total to the full City Council, calling it "fiscally responsible."
 
Councilor Keith Bona, Finance chair, said committee members did raise objections or concerns during deliberations, particularly Councilor Andrew Fitch over the lack of a city planner and Councilor Ashley Shade over the need for more building maintenance. Shade voted against the public safety budget Tuesday over that issue.
 
"The majority did support each department recommending it to the council and again, there were some some minor changes between the draft budget and what's in front of us," he said. 
 
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