Gathering warmth to carry us through the winter — #berkshireweekend

Winter makers and winter harvests are coming to us this week — as the Norman Rockwell Museum opens the first major retrospective in the U.S. on internationally known illustrator Leo Leonni, the nights are warming up with music.

Gangspil will perform an evening of Danish folk music in Dewey Hall, as Sonnich Lydom and Kristian Bugge weave together accordion, harmonica, fiddle and voice in high energy walzes and polkas, jigs, reels and breathless hopsas, and the “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the Island of Fanø.

And over a ridge or two, the Dream Away Lodge in Becket celebrates the last weekend of their 2023 season with an evening of storytelling and a concert with the Winterpills, performing indy rock at the edge of the woods on October Mountain.

And the season of winter farmers markets and holiday markets is opening — GreylockWorks brings their annual Festive holiday market, and Berkshire Grown’s holiday farmers markets return here and in Great Barrington …

Pumpkins and gourds at Wild Oats Co-op Market in Williamstown.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Pumpkins and gourds at Wild Oats Co-op Market in Williamstown.



Winter holiday and farmers markets are coming in this week, as Leo Leonni’s artwork comes to the Norman Rockwell Museum, and Danish fiddler Kristian Bugge will perform with Gangspil at Dewey Hall.

Danish fiddler Kristian Bugge will perform with the trio Gangspil at Dewey Hall. Photo by Sophie Bech
Photo by Sophie Bech

Danish fiddler Kristian Bugge will perform with the trio Gangspil at Dewey Hall. Photo by Sophie Bech, courtesy of Kristian Bugge.

Events coming up

Berkshire sculptor Robin Tost's Spirit Bear honors the relatives of the black bears who live in the Berkshires.
May 23 2024 @ 9:00 am
The annual celebration of local creativity returns with more than 100 hands-on or behind-the-scenes events and open studios across the region, from May 17 to 27.
Mass MoCA catches sunlight on a summer day.
May 23 2024 @ 11:00 am
Mass MoCA and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present The Plastic Bag Store, an immersive, multimedia experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt.
Plums gleam in purple and gold at a farmers market table.
May 23 2024 @ 3:00 pm
The West Stockbridge Farmers Market offers fresh produce — fruits and vegetables in season, eggs, meats and cheeses, breads and baked goods, fudge and jams and more.

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