Week ahead Berkshire Calendar Dec. 12 to 18

Plays and music are opening around us, celebrations warming up to Hanukkah, holiday farmers markets, storytelling with WordxWord and readings at The Mount. Berkshire Theatre Group actors (in the photo above) bring back BTG’s annual adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ recalling Charles Dickens’ apotheosis of all misers:

“Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.”

 

Monday Dec. 12

 

Art

Makers Mill — Figure drawing collective 7 to 9 p.m. at community maker space. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

 

Music

MCLA Jazz Concert — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Jazz Band and the College’s Jazz Choirwill present their annual end-of-semester concert, with “Little Sunflower” by Freddy Hubbard, “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock, “Crazy” by Willie Nelson, and “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You” by Don Redman. In addition, they will play “Natural Woman” by Carole King, along with the MCLA Jazz Choir 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. Free. mcla.edu

Williams College — Cello studio recital, 6 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Tuesday Dec. 13

 

Holiday

Merwin House — The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Kenneth C. Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England, speaks on the history of festive and religious customs. Stockbridge Library, Museum, and Archives, 46 Main St., Stockbridge. Free. 617-994-6662

Tyler Street Holiday Party — Celebrate with the Tyler Street Business Group, with Morningside Initiative, The Berkshire Dream Center and others looking forward to continued progress in 2017. 5:30 to 7 p.m. 89 Tyler St. Pittsfield. 413-448-6257, tylerstreetpittsfield.com

 

Music

Williams College — Midweek music, 12:15 p.m., free in Chapin Hall. Smantha Stone oboe recital 2 p.m. Clarinet choir 5 p.m. Jazz guitar studio recital 7 p.m. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Wednesday Dec. 14

 

Community

1Berkshire — Entrepreneurial Meetup, 8 a.m., Fuel Coffee Shop, 293 Main St., Great Barrington 413-499-1600, 1berkshire.com

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — “Christmas in Connecticut” classic film, 2 p.m. Barbara Stanwyck as a food writer has to throw the perfect family Christmas for her boss and a returning war hero. Free. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

 

Holiday

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Chamber Orchestra and Chorus will present a joint Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m. Beethoven’s Romance in F-major for violin and chamber orchestra with soloist Sophia White, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Cantata “Das Neugeborne Kindelein” by Buxtehude and Vivaldi’s Magnificat. With a guest appearance by Anomymous 10. Kellogg Music Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu

Makers Mill — Making needle-felted bird ornaments with Amanda Tobin, 6:30 p.m. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

Manchester Community Library — Taconic Music presents “An Evening of Holiday Music,” 6 p.m. with mulled cider, mulled wine, and sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres donated by local restaurants. Violinists Joana Genova and Deanna Baasch, violist Ariel Rudiakov and cellist Nathaniel Parke perform a varied program from Bach to Duke Ellington. Free. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Natural Resources Council — Hollow Fields Moonrise Hike, 5 to 8 p.m. njoy hot apple cider, donuts, and guided moonlight hikes through 40 acres of open fields.  If the weather permits, we’ll have a bonfire.  Bring your own adult beverage and something to roast. Free. Route 41 south to the Inn at Richmond, then right on Perry’s Peak Road to the BNRC trail head. Richmond. bnrc.org

 

Thursday Dec. 15

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Amerapoora: A Street in the City, noon. Looking and lunching afternoon of talks with Jay Clarke, curator of prints, drawings and photographs, on British photographer Linnaeus Tripe. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Makers Mill — Knitting night at community maker space. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

 

Holiday

Berkshire Theater Group — A Christmas Carol, 7 p.m. Adaptation of Charles’ Dickens classic Christmas story with local actors and live music. Scrooge, ghosts and Victorian cheer. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Dorset Historical Society — Tour of the Holiday Exhibit with trees, gifts, music and food of four eras. Route 30 at Kent Hill Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-0331, dorsetvthistory.org

Shakespeare & Company — It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, 7 p.m. On the edge of losing everything, George Bailey comes face to face with the difference he has made in his hometown in this holiday classic. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

Troy Music Hall — Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas, performing classic carols, 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — The Bookstore: A Conversation 5 p.m. with Matt Tannenbaum on his 30 years of owning this Berkshire literary landmark, and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, author of the book Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers, which highlights The Bookstore. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

 

Dance

Spectrum Playhouse — Beginner Salsa Lessons and Latin Dance Party: dances taught 7 to 8 p.m. and dance party 8 to 10 p.m. No partner needed. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

 

Friday Dec. 16

 

Holiday

Berkshire Theater Group — A Christmas Carol, 7 p.m. Adaptation of Charles’ Dickens classic Christmas story with local actors and live music. Scrooge, ghosts and Victorian cheer. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire — Warm Up to Chanukah: Potluck Dinner & Shabbat Service, 7 p.m. Come bring in Chanukah a little early this year, and light up the winter night. Latkes, sufganiyot, and other oily treats will be in abundance. Play some dreidel and eat some gelt, celebrate the winter and our community, with a potluck dinner and musical Shabbat evening service with the new Hevreh band. 270 State Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-6378, hevreh.org

Shakespeare & Company — It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, 7 p.m. On the edge of losing everything, George Bailey comes face to face with the difference he has made in his hometown in this holiday classic. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

Temple Anshe Amunim — Annual Community Crib and Winter Shabbat Dinner, 5:30 p.m. with service led by the Religious School and Youth Group and Latke dinner in the Social Hall. YACHAD Youth Group will be collecting new clothing, books, toys, baby formula, diapers and other new items for children aged 6 months through 18 years old for donation to local charities. Reservations 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-5910, ansheamunim.org

Ventfort Hall — Nejaime’s welcomes Christian Dalbavie, Master Sommelier and regional director for the Kobrand Wine Portfolio, for Champagne and white and red Burgundy seminar. Guided house tour 4:30 p.m. 413-637-2221, gildedage.org

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Jazz ensemble, 8 p.m. Free concert of jazz standards, eclectic arrangements and creative improvisation including John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and an original composition. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu

 

Saturday Dec. 17

 

Community

Abode of the Message — Rumi’s Urs 3 to 9 p.m. The Urs (“wedding”) is the celebration of passing from this life to the next, which constitutes finally being with the Beloved, the Divine. December 17th, 1273 CE, Mevlana Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi passed to his “wedding,” this event celebrates him as a Sufi teacher and mystic. 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8090, theabode.org

 

Dance

Berkshire Pulse — Dance Making: The Young Choreographers Initiative presents a work-in-progress showing of choreography and improvisation created and performed by Tess Ackiewicz, Charlotte Adelson, Laura Coe, Katherine Humes, Brighton Sawyer, Juniper Shalles and Sonora Malik, 2:30 p.m. Free. 420 Park St., Housatonic. berkshirepulse.org

 

Holiday

Albany Berkshire Ballet — Nutcracker annual tour, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. The Egg, Empire Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 518-473-1845, berkshireballet.org

Bennington Farmers Market — Holiday Market moves indoors for the winter and extends their hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the holiday market. First Baptist Church, Bennington, Vt. benningtonfarmersmarket.org

Berkshire Carousel — Cookie party with Mrs. Claus at wooden handmade carousel. Children’s art program with Shaun Kennedy, 11:30 a.m., third Saturdays monthly.50 Center St., Pittsfield. 413-499-0457.

Berkshire Grown — Holiday Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locally grown and produced food from cheese to honey, live music, lunch fare and children’s activities. Saturday at Monument Valley Middle School, Route 7, Great Barrington. 413-528-0041, berkshiregrown.org

Berkshire Lyric — Sweet Was the Sound, A Concert of Christmas Music: 80 voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus with the Blafield Children’s Chorus, 7:30 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Park Square, Pittsfield. BerkshireLyric.org

Berkshire Museum — LED Holiday Cards, 10 a.m. Learner’s Lab: Make greeting cards with LED lights. Ne experience necessary. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkhiremuseum.org

Berkshire Theater Group — A Christmas Carol, 2 and 7 p.m. Adaptation of Charles’ Dickens classic Christmas story with local actors and live music. Scrooge, ghosts and Victorian cheer. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Dorset Playhouse – ‘A Christmas Carol,’ production of the Charles Dickens’ classic tells the story almost word-for-word, 7:30 p.m. by Shakespeare on Main Street. 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-447-0564

The Elf Express — Whimsical holiday train on a one-hour journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont with music, refreshments, entertainment and a special visit from Santa and Christopher Pop-in-Kins. Trains leave at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. from r.k. Miles Depot Station, Manchester, Vt. visitmanchestervt.com

Festival of Holidays — Sheffield Historical Society market of work by local artists and artisans: jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved wooden items, glass ornaments and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield. 313-229-2694, sheffieldhistoricalsociety.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Holidays at Hancock, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hour-long visit to the Brick Dwelling with Shaker traditions related to Christmas and other holidays, seasonal decorations and sampling of Shaker Christmas music. Crafts and Cocoa 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., crafting corner with holiday-themed projects: Felt a bead neclace, also holiday cards and messages with quill pens. Free. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire — Learn about Hanukkah lights with the rabbis Hirsch and Gordon and songleader Max Nemhauser in Hanukkah craft-making session, songs, a story, and Shabbat blessings and a snack, 9 a.m. 270 State Road, Great Barrington. hevreh.org

Lenox Contradance — Holiday Double Dance and Potluck, 5 to 11 p.m. Music by Cardinal Direction: Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet) and Jonathan Cannon (guitar), with caller Will Mentor. Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. lenoxcontradance.org

Manchester Farmers Market — Indoor holiday market with locally made crafts and prepared foods and fresh, local produce, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. visitmanchestervt.com

Mason Library — Gingerbread Houses, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. free. Make a gingerbread house: all supplies included. 231 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-2403, gblibraries.org

Merck Forest and Farmland Center — Drop in between 9:30 and 11:30 for a family workshop on Christmas tree decorations. Workshop on Felted Soap making 1 p.m., basic materials and tools provided. 3270 Route 215, Rupert, Vt. 802-394-7836. merckforest.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Old Fashioned Holiday Show 7:30 p.m., family friendly mix of music, comedy, and holiday cheer returns the audience to a simpler time when radio and television variety programs were the rage, inspired by radio’s most popular comedies, “My Friend Irma” and “Easy Aces.” 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564, betterbennington.com

Shakespeare & Company — It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, 7 p.m. On the edge of losing everything, George Bailey comes face to face with the difference he has made in his hometown in this holiday classic. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers — Tolland State Forest Fire Tower. 8 miles in the Tolland State Forest, starting 9:15 a.m. at the Forest Boat Ramp, hiking along Otis Reservoir on the Gilmore Trail. 413-448-8359

Hoffmann Bird Club — Central Berkshire Christmas Count: Teams and volunteers look for winter birds. Snow date Dec. 18. 413-684-3724 hoffmannbirdclub.org

Northern Berkshire Christmas Bird Count — annual Audubon count: Families and students, birders and scientists look and listen for birds, often before dawn. “count-up” pot-luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Sheep Hill, the headquarters of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. 413-458-5150, lre@wrlf.org.

 

Sunday Dec. 18

 

Holiday

Albany Berkshire Ballet — Nutcracker annual tour, 2 and 6 p.m. Paramount Theater Rutland, Vt. 802-755-0903, berkshireballet.org

Berkshire Grown — Holiday Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locally grown and produced food from cheese to honey, live music, lunch fare and children’s activities. Sunday at Williams College Towne Fieldhouse, Route 2, Williamstown. 413-528-0041, berkshiregrown.org

Berkshire Lyric — Sweet Was the Sound, A Concert of Christmas Music: 80 voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus with the Blafield Children’s Chorus, 3 p.m. Lee Congregational Church, Park Place, Lee. BerkshireLyric.org

Berkshire Theater Group — A Christmas Carol, 2 and 7 p.m. Adaptation of Charles’ Dickens classic Christmas story with local actors and live music. Scrooge, ghosts and Victorian cheer. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Clark Art Institute — Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, 11 a.m. Tea and pastries along with the Bolshoi ballet performing The Nutcracker with Tchaikovsky’s score live in HD on the big screen. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Congregation Beth El — Youth and Families (pre) Hanukkah Party. 107 Adams St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-9645, cbevermont.org

Dorset Playhouse – ‘A Christmas Carol,’ production of the Charles Dickens’ classic tells the story almost word-for-word, 2 p.m. by Shakespeare on Main Street. 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-447-0564

The Elf Express — Whimsical holiday train on a one-hour journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont with music, refreshments, entertainment and a special visit from Santa and Christopher Pop-in-Kins. Trains leave at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. from r.k. Miles Depot Station, Manchester, Vt. visitmanchestervt.com

Festival of Holidays — Sheffield Historical Society market of work by local artists and artisans: jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved wooden items, glass ornaments and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield. 313-229-2694, sheffieldhistoricalsociety.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Holidays at Hancock, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hour-long visit to the Brick Dwelling with Shaker traditions related to Christmas and other holidays, seasonal decorations and sampling of Shaker Christmas music. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire — Yachad Chanukah, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Create chanukiyot (menorahs) to enjoy at home. Adults will have their choice of learning sessions while our students make holiday gift bags for families in need. The day will conclude with Chanukah songs and treats. 270 State Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-6378, hevreh.org

Northshire Bookstore — Story Time and a visit From The Grinch, 11 a.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Shakespeare & Company — It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, 2 p.m. On the edge of losing everything, George Bailey comes face to face with the difference he has made in his hometown in this holiday classic. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

WordXWord — Making A List: Story Slam, 3 p.m. Free. Friendly competition in which storytellers share five-minute stories relevant to the event’s theme. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. wXw365.org

 

Theater

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — No Man’s Land, 3 p.m. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart broadcast live in HD from London’s National Theatre on the big screen in Harold Pinter’s power game between two aging writers. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

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