What does it take to surprise you with pleasure? (#this weekend)

An accordion player started to play Quebeçois reels, the kind of music I learned to play at fiddle jams 15 years ago, the kind of music I can play even when I can’t tell you the name of a tune.

Bees were humming in the tall purple spindrift of salvia. I was holding on to a few minutes on a work day, to come to Caretaker Farm on the first afternoon of their summer CSA, and the pollinator garden was in full blow, even before the herb garden has really gotten rooted.

I was sitting in the wooden swing chair surrounded by flowers, at the top of the hill. It’s early in the growing year, and the young greens are starting to come up in the fields. Amber chickens were ranging around the coop. The wooden slatted seat back was high enough to lean my head against it.

And then music … someone picked up a squeezebox and sat down in the barn door and simply started playing. It’s a high lirruping tune — this kind of music feels humorous to me, inviting like someone on the dance floor coming over, blown and breathless, to offer a hand to someone sitting along the wall.

Sometimes the world gives you something, even in a small way, even on a day when you’re overwhemed and scared for people you love, when summer’s coming in.

This weekend …

This week has kept on surprising me with colors. Here are glimpses of the bright cloth in Amy Yoes’ Hot Corners at Mass MoCA, the sculpture on the hill at PS21 at dusk, and the Quaker meetinghouse at the Maple Street Cemetery in Adams …

Events coming up …

Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.

Lights sparkle around a reclining figure in the window of Savvy Hive, the vintage shop in North Adams.
Dec 2 2022 @ 10:00 am
North Adams plans to go full Clark Griswold downtown this year, as local shops and businesses hang lights and create a window displays.
Ventfort Hall hangs stockings by the chimney. Photo by Susan Geller
Dec 2 2022 @ 10:00 am
Ventfort Hall is decorated for the holiday season in Victorian finery through the end of the year, decked in evergreen and lights for festive self-guided tours.
A Reindog makes friends at the annual Reindog Parade at the annual Williamstown Holiday Walk. Photo courtesy of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
Dec 2 2022 @ 10:00 am
Williamstown downtown shops and businesses will collect necessary items in December to help Berkshire communities in need.

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