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Weekend Outlook: Pride Celebrations and More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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There are a variety of events this weekend, including Pride celebrations, music, and more. 
 
Editors Pick 
 
Berkshire Pride Week
Various Locations, Berkshire County 
June 1 through June 9
 
There will be various Pride events this weekend to celebrate the LGBTQIA-plus community. 
 
On Friday, there will be a Pride Pageant at the Adams Theater, where kings, queens, and everyone in between will take the stage to showcase drag artistry and self-expression in a competition for the crown and a one-year stint as the leader of the Berkshire County LGBTQIA-plus community. More information here
 
The festivities also include a kick-off block party that begins on Saturday at noon on the front steps of City Hall with a proclamation from Mayor Marchetti, a presentation of the Community Changemaker Award, and the raising of the Pride flag. More information here
 
Also, on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., there will be an LGBTQ-plus Youth Pride Celebration at the Common. The free event features games, activities, prizes, giveaways, food, snacks, and more. More information here
 
On Sunday, there will be the inaugural Berkshire Pride Rainbow Run 5K and 1-mile walk beginning at 9 a.m. at the Crane Ave. entrance of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Pittsfield.
 
Full Pride Week schedule here
 
Multiple Days
 
Berkshire International Film Festival 2024
Various Locations
May 30 through June 2
 
The event features screenings of films, shorts, documentaries, and discussions with filmmakers, actors, and directors, including Sheila Nevins and Barbara Kopple. 
 
Schedule here.  
 
4000 Miles Performance
Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge
May 29 through June 2
 
Amy Herzog's play 4000 Miles will be performed. It explores human connections, grief, and the unanticipated paths to solace. Tickets cost $65. More information here
 
Saturday
 
LGBTQ-plus Pride Month Kickoff Celebration
The Foundry, West Stockbridge
Time: · 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
 
The Foundry will kick off Pride Month with an evening of multidisciplinary work by local LGBTQ-plus artists, including music, spoken word, comedy, and more. Tickets are  $10 for "early birds" and $20 for general admission. More information here
 
'This Verse Business' Performance
The Adams Theater
Time: 4 p.m.
 
Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp will play American poet Robert Frost in this award-winning one-man play. Tickets range from $26.99 to $105. More information here
 
Fundraiser for Remedy Hall
Wild Soul River, Williamstown
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
There will be a fundraiser to celebrate the nonprofit Remedy Hall's 3-year anniversary. They will be accepting full-size items to fill the VW bus for Remedy Hall including shampoo, hygiene wipes, deodorant, foot powder, toothpaste, toothbrushes, maxi pads/tampons, fans, and more. 
 
Jane Hudson and Rebecca Guanzon will give three-card, $20 tarot readings. The proceeds will go to Remedy Hall. 
 
More information here
 
Goat Yoga 
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield 
Time: 10 a.m. 
 
There will be an outdoor yoga class with the village's goats every Saturday until Sept. 7. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat
 
Goats roam freely as you strike your poses with a certified yoga instructor. Tickets range from $22.50 to $25. More information here
 
Karaoke Night
VFW Post 996, North Adams
Time: 9 p.m. 
 
Sing the night away for a chance to win $30 at the end of the night. Sing at least one solo song and stay till the end of the night for a chance to win. More information here
 
Harry A. Bateman Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby
Onota Lake Pavilion, Pittsfield
Time: 6 a.m. to noon 
 
The fishing derby is open to the public and aims to raise money for the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for Children. All proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund in memory of Harry A. Bateman, a former member of Central Berkshire Bowman & I.U.E. Local 255.
 
No fishing license is required. Free fishing weekend for the state of Massachusetts. More information here
 
Fitch Hoose House Opening
Dalton 
Opening June 1 from 1 to 3 pm though September.
 
Sunday 
 
Queering The Clark's Collection
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Time: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
 
A Clark educator will lead a guided tour of the permanent collection to celebrate Pride Month. 
 
The group will contemplate questions like "What makes an artwork queer?" and "How does our understanding of queerness today shape how we understand the identities and lives of artists in the past?"
 
More information here.
 
Comedy Night 
Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams 
 
Laugh over a drink at Bright Ideas on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts campus.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here
 
Annual Masterworks Concert
Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
Time: 3 p.m. 
 
The 95-voice chorus, accompanied by a full orchestra, will perform three masterpieces of choral literature, all of which address loss and turmoil. More information here
 
Farmer's Markets 
 
Lenox Farmer's Market
St. Ann's Church, Lenox
Time: 11 to 3. 
 
This market is open every Friday through Sept. 13, and features fresh produce, pastries, cheeses, and more. More information here
 
Lee Farmer's 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 Farmer's 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 Farmer's 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 Farmer's Market 
Spring Street
Time: Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
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 Farmer's 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 Farmer's 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 Farmer's 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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Piretti Walkoff Hit Lifts Hot Dog Ranch to PIttsfield Little League Title

By Leland BarnesiBerkshires.com Sports
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Matthew Piretti drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth as Hot Dog Ranch rallied from behind for the walkoff win in the championship game of the Pittsfield Little League on Friday.
 
Sawyer Layne struck out eight hitters in three innings on the mound and hit a game-tying homer to lead off the sixth as Hot Dog Ranch took a 4-3 win over East Side Cafe to decide the first title of the newly unified Pittsfield LL.
 
East Side Cafe took a lead early at Clapp Park when Hector Reyes drove in a pair of runs with a shot to center field to make it 2-0.
 
Hot Dog Ranch threatened in the bottom of the frame with a walk and a double, but East Side's Mike Ressler (eight strikeouts) ended the threat with back-to-back Ks.
 
In the second, Layne took away two hits from East Side Cafe with back-to-back fielding plays, and his offense rewarded him right away.
 
Troy Choquette drove in a pair of runs to tie the game after three.
 
In the fourth, Choquette moved to the mound with the bases loaded and got out of the jam to keep it a 2-2 game.
 
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