April 27 2022 Edition
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By the Way
It's 40 degrees and raining, salamander weather, and I'd like to be slopping around in the glorious, raw New England spring. The trees are knobbled with leaf buds and catkins, and the azalea by my front door has opened its first petals in the raw weather.

Not long ago, Bill Mangiardi at Hancock Shaker Village handed me a new lamb. Her wool was dense and still tightly curled, and I held her like a puppy, tucking a hand under her small back feet.

My heart is in greenhouses filled with new seedlings and damp earth, and in the swampy corner of Springside Park watching the silent ascent of a barred owl. But my head is halfway into July. For the next few weeks, I'll be hip-deep in the summer calendar.

(And if you're planning to lead a hike up the Thunderbolt, race your champion piglet, dance with giant puppets or declaim Fear no more the heat of the sun ... on North Street while juggling heirloom tomatoes, I’d love to know about it.)

There's an energy building as we all step tentatively outside again, and I can feel it grow. But today I can look at the spring shows too, the egg and spoon races, the Earth Day circles and the paintings and sketches I haven't seen in the museums, or haven't seen long enough.

This is in-between time, mating season and egg-laying, when the birds racket in the mornings and the frogs sing and the hibernators stretch and move out of their damp holes. This is lambing season, and new kid goats and fawns and moose calves are rolling and running in the wet grass. — By the Way Berkshires

Highlights

HSB calf 2H
Trout lilies bloom on the Taconic Crest Trail.
Tulips bloom in vivid shades of red and yellow at Naumkeag.
Spring is showing in the Berkshires, in baby animals at Hancock Shaker Village (above) and at local farms, wildflowers in the woods at Bartholomew's Cobble (below) and trails from Mass Audubon in Lenox to the Dome and Petersburg Pass in Williamstown, and tulips blazing at Naumkeag's annual bulb festival (above right) ...
A yellow violet blooms at Bartholomew's Cobble in early spring.

Events

A glass of beer glows dark gold in the sunlight. Creative Commons courtesy photo

Southern Vermont Homebrew Festival

April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bennington brings together 30 regional homebrewers with more than 100 unique beverages you can only sample here, with local food and more.

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Dancers of the Berkshires will perform at the Foundry. Press photo courtesy of the tehater

Dancers of The Berkshires — A Moment

April 30 at 7 p.m.

Dancers of The Berkshires presents a moment in their lives, a glimpse into a dancer’s thoughts, feelings and experiences.

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A retro radio mic sits outside on a sunny day.

Selected Shorts

Apri 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Selected Shorts, the hit public radio and podcast series, returns to Albany with a program of original short fiction performed by actors of stage and screen.

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Supaman, a member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation, dancer and innovative hip hop artist, will perform at Mass MoCA. Press image courtesy of the museum.

Supaman live in concert

April 30 at 8 p.m.

Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation, dancer and innovative hip hop artist, spreads a message of hope, pride and resilience.

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Lucy Fagella brings a blue-green batter bowl with a folded rim and more to the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. Press photo courtesy of the artist

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

April 30 and May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Twenty three potters and ceramics artists will open their 18th annual studio tour, online and in-person in eight artists' studios in the hilltowns.

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A magnolia opens wide blooms above a stone bench at Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Botanical Garden opening day

May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 88th outdoor season opens with the annual Roy Boutard Day, a free community celebration.

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Cormerants gather on the Maine coast at the La Verna nature preserve.

The New Galileos

May 1 at 2 p.m.

WAM Theatre steps into a not-too-distant future, as three women scientists are held hostage by their government because of their work in fighting climate change.

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A drink with a kick of ginger swirls at MoonCloud in Great Barrington.

Botanically Infused Spring Craft Cocktails

May 2 at 5:30 p.m. (online)

Mixologist/Bartender Billy Jack Paul from Mooncloud will offer a virtual spring cocktail class and soiree and explore some of his delicious concoctions.

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