Berkshire Calendar Dec. 14 to 17

From Victorian London to country houses, from Charles Dickens to Jane Austen, Christmas takes the stage this week in the Berkshire calendar Dec. 14 to 17 with music and walking spirits …

 

Thursday Dec. 14

 

Holidays

Berkshire Theatre Group — A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill. 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — John Crowley, bestselling and awardwinning novelist and author of Little, Big, reads from KA: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of the Year, at 5 p.m. Dar Oakley—the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own—was born two thousand years ago. When a man learns his language, Dar finally gets the chance to tell his story. He begins his tale as a young man, and how he went down to the human underworld and got hold of the immortality meant for humans, long before Julius Caesar came into the Celtic lands; how he sailed West to America with the Irish monks searching for the Paradise of the Saints; and how he continuously went down into the land of the dead and returned. Through his adventures in Ka, the realm of Crows, and around the world, he found secrets that could change the humans’ entire way of life—and now may be the time to finally reveal them. 11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240 413-637-3390; bookstoreinlenox.com

Friday Dec. 15

 

Holidays

Berkshire Lyric — This Wondrous Night: Sacred Christmas Concert with the Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Melodious Accord and the Blafield Children’s Chorus, 7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s R.C. Church, 400 West St., Pittsfield. berkshirelyric.org

Berkshire Theatre Group — A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill. 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Holiday marketplace — Great Barrington Arts Market returns with art, crafts and artisanal food from ukuleles to cards and paper, shrubs and bitters, jewelry and hand-turned wood … GBAM’s holiday market will expand this year, opening with a Friday night Preview Party 5 to 8 p.m. and running through the weekend with live music. St. James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. saintjamesplace.net

Shakespeare & Company — Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon revisit Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a new play from the point of view of the middle sister, Mary. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Berkshire County’s Got Talent, a competition between 12 finalists, presented by the Berkshire Eagle, 6 p.m. Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. barringtonstageco.org

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Jazz Religion: Manna, 12:15 p.m. open to the Bennington College community based on Harvard’s Religious Literacy course. 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

 

Saturday Dec. 16

 

Holidays

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Tinseliner Express historic and holdiay train rides on the Hoosac Valley Line with a visit from the man dressed in red himself. One hour round trip, and riders will be able to disembark in North Adams for hot cocoa and a campfire before the return ride to Adams. All trains depart from the Depot in Adams at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. hoosacvalleytrainride.com

Berkshire Theatre Group — A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill. 2 and 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Bryant Homestead — An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Tour the homestead of 19th century writer and conservationist William Cullen Bryant, with festively decorated historic rooms, holiday treats and marketplace of gifts made locally by artists in the hilltowns, Berkshires, and Pioneer Valley, with carolers in the parlor, animated readings of Christmas tales and visits from Father Christmas., 4 to 8 p.m. William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington. 413-200-7262; thetrustees.org

Clark Art Institute — Nutcracker holiday tea, 1 p.m. Encore presentation of the Bolshoi Ballet production of The Nutcracker screened in HD. Nutcracker Sweets Tea follows @ 3 TO 5 PM with gourmet tea and elegant desserts. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303; clarkart.edu

Festival of Holidays — 18th Annual marketplace of art, craft and food: Hand-crafted products by local artisans, from leatherwork to fiber art to baskets to glass, with new work throughout the holidays. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sheffield Historical Society, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.weebly.com

Hancock Shaker Village — Hancock Holidays with wreaths on doors, lights in the village 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children’s holiday craft workshop with complimentary cocoa, 11 to 3. See heritage calves and other animals in the barnyard. Meander along the Farm and Forest Trail and learn about the Shakers on tours of the Brick Dwelling at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Holiday tea with sweet and savory bites and Shaker tea cakes, 1:30 and 4 p.m. with a behind-the-scenes peek at the upstairs rooms. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Holiday marketplace — Great Barrington Arts Market returns with art, crafts and artisanal food from ukuleles to cards and paper, shrubs and bitters, jewelry and hand-turned wood … GBAM’s holiday market will expand this year, with live music. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. St. James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. saintjamesplace.net

Lenox Contradance — Holiday Dance and potluck: Annual get-together, bring food to share, followed by dancing to the lively tunes of The Russet Trio, fiddlers Aldo Lavaggi and Eric Buddington, and Stuart Kenney playing a heartfelt bass. 7:45 intro session, dancing 8 to 11 p.m., beginners warmly welcomed, no partner or experience needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

The Mount — A New York Christmas: Ho Ho Ho at Gothamtide, Sibyl McCormac Groff discusses her new book and shares stories of how diverse people observe their holidays, incorporating components that are universal and secular. Groff will also share insights into how Edith Wharton and her friends celebrated the holidays, 4 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. edithwharton.org

Shakespeare & Company — Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon revisit Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a new play from the point of view of the middle sister, Mary. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org

Ventfort Hall — Comical Mystery Tour ensemble will host You Can’t Toy with Death, a murder mystery dinner theater performance: In the Elfsecutive Board Room, inside the Main Lodge on the Island Of Nitwit Toys, a computer glitch has caused a shortage of toys to go around on Christmas Eve, and five Nitwit Toys are vying for the single parole slot that will get them into Santa’s bag this year. 5:30 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Art

Berkshire Botanical Garden — More than 70 images of botanical art and landscapes on display, including photography, watercolors, giclée prints, oil on canvas, and ceramics, including Brude Panock’s Yellow Flower above. The show represents 29 artists of the Guild, with a reception Sunday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Garden’s Education and Horticulture programs. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekdays by appointment. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. berkshirebotanical.org

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Holiday Dance and Potluck and annual get-together, bring food to share, followed by dancing to the lively tunes of The Russet Trio, fiddlers Aldo Lavaggi and Eric Buddington, and Stuart Kenney playing a heartfelt bass. 7:45 intro session, dancing 8 to 11 p.m., beginners warmly welcomed, no partner or experience needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

 

Food

Berkshire Grown — Holiday Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, baked goods for a holiday meal, crafts and more, with live music; admission is free and SNAP/EBT is welcome. Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington. berkshiregrown.org

 

Outdoors

One World Conservation Center — OWCC and Vermont Woodland Association lead a guided walk to learn more about how to identify trees and shrubs in a winter landscape with Bennington Country Forester Kyle Mason, through open meadow, wetland and wooded hillside at the southern entrance to Bennington. Dress for the weather. This program is free. 413 Route 7, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-7419

 

Theater

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — London’s National Theatre in HD: Young Marx, Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, broadcast live in HD. 2 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Sunday Dec. 17

 

Holidays

Berkshire Lyric — A Family Christmas: Popular Christmas Music, with Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Melodious Accord and the Blafield Children’s Chorus, 3 p.m. First Congregational Church, 4 Main Street, Stockbridge berkshirelyric.org

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Tinseliner Express historic and holdiay train rides on the Hoosac Valley Line with a visit from the man dressed in red himself. One hour round trip, and riders will be able to disembark in North Adams for hot cocoa and a campfire before the return ride to Adams. All trains depart from the Depot in Adams at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. hoosacvalleytrainride.com

Berkshire Theatre Group — A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill. 2 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Bryant Homestead — An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Tour the homestead of 19th century writer and conservationist William Cullen Bryant, with festively decorated historic rooms, holiday treats and marketplace of gifts made locally by artists in the hilltowns, Berkshires, and Pioneer Valley, with carolers in the parlor, animated readings of Christmas tales and visits from Father Christmas., 4 to 8 p.m. William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington. 413-200-7262; thetrustees.org

Festival of Holidays — 18th Annual marketplace of art, craft and food: Hand-crafted products by local artisans, from leatherwork to fiber art to baskets to glass, with new work throughout the holidays. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sheffield Historical Society, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.weebly.com

Hancock Shaker Village — Hancock Holidays with wreaths on doors, lights in the village 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children’s holiday craft workshop with complimentary cocoa, 11 to 3. See heritage calves and other animals in the barnyard. Meander along the Farm and Forest Trail, learn about the Shakers in the 19th century Brick Dwelling on tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Shaker Peg Rail worlshop 1 to 3 p.m.: assemble, sand, and finish a 24” cherry pegboard. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Holiday marketplace — Great Barrington Arts Market returns with art, crafts and artisanal food from ukuleles to cards and paper, shrubs and bitters, jewelry and hand-turned wood … GBAM’s holiday market will expand this year, with live music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. saintjamesplace.net

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — A Celtic Nutcracker, 3 p.m. The story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance from the perspective of a young girl living in a cottage in Ireland. Her journey takes her to Tir Na Nog, the land of eternal youth, where she finds herself transformed into a princess and receives gifts from Scottish Sword Dancers, Cornish Dancers, Galician Dancers and more. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

The Mount — Free dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as a one-man show performed for the first time in the Berkshires by David Anderson of Walking the dog Theater from Ghent, N.Y. Dickens’ beloved characters come to life on a magical journey through time and space with vivid descriptions of Christmas celebrations from days gone by. 4 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. edithwharton.org

Shakespeare & Company — Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon revisit Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a new play from the point of view of the middle sister, Mary. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353; shakespeare.org

 

Art

Berkshire Botanical Garden — More than 70 images of botanical art and landscapes on display, including photography, watercolors, giclée prints, oil on canvas, and ceramics, including Brude Panock’s Yellow Flower above. The show represents 29 artists of the Guild, with a reception Sunday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Garden’s Education and Horticulture programs. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekdays by appointment. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. berkshirebotanical.org

 

Food

Berkshire Grown — Holiday Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, baked goods for a holiday meal, crafts and more, with live music; admission is free and SNAP/EBT is welcome. Williams College Towne Field House, 82 Latham St., Williamstown. berkshiregrown.org

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