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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Celebrations & More

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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There are a variety of events this weekend, including a festivals, Juneteenth celebrations, and Father's Day events. 
 
Editor's Picks
 
Juneteenth Celebration
Durant Park, Pittsfield
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
In recognition of Black Independence Day, Juneteenth, the NAACP Berkshire County Branch will hold multiple activities, including raising the Juneteenth flag at Pittsfield City Hall, a Freedom Walk, a Community Worship Service, and a day-long festival at Durant Park. 
 
The festival features food trucks, vendors, community partners, and student scholarships for Black-identifying Berkshire County high school students.
 
There will also be a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament fundraiser, live performances, and family-friendly activities such as a bouncy house, games, and crafts. 
 
The first 200 people will get a free ice cream and free meal tickets will be provided to all fathers in attendance. 
 
More information here
 
Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival
Bowe Field, Adams
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
 
Celebrate creativity, learning, and stewardship of the Earth by putting on your fairy wings, and enjoying a magical day. The event features activities, music, vendors, and food. 
 
Admission cost $12 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under are free. More information here
 
Multiple Days
 
Downtown Pittsfield Summer Music Series
Various locations, Pittsfield
Time: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 
 
The Downtown Pittsfield Cultural Association, with partners the City of Pittsfield, MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), and Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI), is presenting a free Downtown Pittsfield Summer Music Series on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 6. More information here
 
Fridays will feature a performance by The O-Tones in Persip Park from 5 to 8 p.m. 
 
Saturdays will feature jazz with Michael Junkins from 2 to 5 p.m. at Persip Park. 
 
Sundays will feature samba, Zumba, salsa, and bachata with Luana Dias at Dunham Mall, 100 North St., from 5 to 7 p.m.
 
Berkshire Yoga Festival 
Jiminy Peak, Hancock
 
This four-day festival features yoga, meditation, music, hiking, art installations, aerial yoga, talks, social gatherings, a vendor village, and more.
 
Practice with renowned yoga presenters including Seane Corn, Nikki Myers, MC Yogi, Jill Miller, DJ Taz, Matt Giordano, Micah Mortali, Coby Kozlowski, and more.
 
Passes range from $99 to $349. More information here
 
Friday 
 
BFG Music Factory: Pride Dance Party
The Stationery Factory, Dalton 
Time: 8 to 11 p.m. 
 
Celebrate the culture and music of the LGBTQIA-plus community with DJ BFG. The event will feature drinks, a large dance floor, and more. Tickets are $10. More information here
 
Saturday 
 
Whiskey Traveler Performance
Knox Trail Inn, Otis
Time: 9 p.m. 
 
Alternative Country and Americana band Whiskey Traveler will be performing. More information here
 
 
 
'Water & Main' Author Showcase 
Roam: A Xtina Parks Gallery, Williamstown
Time: 4 to 7 p.m. 
 
Roam: A Xtina Parks Gallery, Provisions Williamstown, and Gramercy Bistro will collaborate to showcase and support Berkshire authors. More information here
 
Totally MAD! Artmaking Activities
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Join the museum for an afternoon of art-making inspired by the magazine MAD every Saturday this summer. 
 
Projects will highlight different aspects of MAD magazine, featuring recurring characters, comic strips, bits, and other highlights of its history through drawings, collages, and more.
 
This event is free with museum admission. More information here
 
Misty Blues Performance 
The Adams Theater
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
 
Gina Coleman and Misty Blues will perform. Tickets cost $25 to $50. For more information here
 
Intuitive, Abstract Expression Workshop
New Moon Gifts, Pittsfield
Time: 11 a.m. 
 
The workshop will explore the healing power of intuitive, abstract expression. All materials will be provided. Tickets are $45. More information here
 
Opera Cowgirls 2 
The Stationery Factory, Dalton
Times: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
 
Alternative country band The Opera Cowgirls will be performing. Tickets range from $39 to $59. More information here
 
Flavors of Vermont Festival 
The Apple Barn and Bakeshop, Vermont 
Time: 10 to 5 p.m. 
 
Enjoy a wide variety of locally sourced food and drinks. More information here
 
Sunday
 
Bicycle Film Festival Berkshires
The Stationery Factory, Dalton
Time: 2 to 9 p.m. 
 
Pittsfield Community Design Center and Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will be screening two different curated selections of 90-minute short films celebrating the bicycle. 
 
Tickets range from $10 to $40. Program here
 
Wells Provisions Crawfish Boil
Tourists & The Airport Rooms, North Adams 
Time: 4 to 7 p.m. 
 
Wells Provisions is bringing the flavors of Louisiana to the Berkshires this Father's Day. Tickets are $48 per plate, plus gratuity, tax and fees. 
 
Each plate includes crawfish, andouille sausage, corn, potatoes, and mushrooms. Seating will be inside the lodge or on the deck, first come first serve. Crawfish peeling tutorials available upon request.
 
There will also be a live performance by cosmic Americana band Blue Cactus at 8 p.m. Their music blends classic country with vintage '70s pop. 
 
More information here
 
Father's Day Car Show
Bousquet, Pittsfield
Time: 11 a.m. 
 
Bousquet is encouraging visitors to show of their car to get 50 percent off an appetizer at Drifters Bar & Restaurant. 
 
There is free entry to the event and all cars are welcome. More information here
 
Clark Art Celebrates Father's Day
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown 
Time: 1 to 3 p.m. 
 
Join the museum for a day full of free family programming including a card-making station in the Clark Center's lower level and a walk around the museums 140-acre campus.
 
More information here
 
Farmer's Markets 
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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.
 
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. More information here
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
 
 

 


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Dalton Public Safety Facility Advisory Committee Discusses Next Steps

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass. — The town's Public Safety Facility Advisory Committee held its first meeting on last Wednesday. 
 
The committee voted to have two co-chairs and elected Don Davis and Craig Wilbur for the positions. 
 
The committee will be examining all the options for a new police station or combined public safety facility. The goal is to have a recommendation for the Select Board by a year from December. 
 
"The Public Safety Facility Advisory Committee shall examine all issues regarding the proposal for a new police station, including the potential for a new building to house the fire station and the emergency management director," Town Manager Thomas Hutcheson said. 
 
He also emphasized not to feel limited in this scope. 
 
"Issues include, but may not be limited to, whether and where to lease, buy or take property or to use existing town property, including whether to build a new building," he said 
 
The ex-officio seats are Bob Bishop as the Select Board representative, Police Chief Deanna Strout, Hutcheson, and Building and Grounds Superintendent Jeff Burch. 
 
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