Week ahead Berkshire calendar Jan 2 to 8

The new year is beginning with winter walks and concerts, writers and music by the fire. Here’s the first weekly calendar of the year — art, music, outdoors and performances in the Berkshire region, Southern Vermont and New York State.

Clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, in the photo above, will perform at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, Vt. (Photo courtesy of the artist.)

 

Wednesday Jan. 4

 

Books and Writing

First Wednesdays Talk — Reading for the Life of the World. Vermonter Katherine Paterson, award-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins, considers the importance and many benefits of reading. , 7 p.m. Vermont humanities talk, 7 p.m., free. First Congregational Church of Manchester, 3624 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, vermonthumanities.org

 

Outdoors

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary — Mass Audubon property with trails, ponds and boardwalks. Free admission for Berkshire residents 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on first Wednesdays. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Berkshire Sanctuaries, 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday Jan. 5

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program January 2017 Residency, Jan. 5 to Jan. 15. MFA writing students with readings and visiting writers. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Friday Jan. 6

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Meet Rockwell’s Models, 3 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for the Saturday Evening Post and other illustrations. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program January 2017 Residency, Jan. 5 to Jan. 15. MFA writing students with readings and visiting writers. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Northshire Bookstore — The Accidental Pastor, reading with Melissa O’Brien, 7 p.m.  4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 800-437-3700, northshire.com

 

Food

Shire City Sanctuary — Mariana Bergtold, previously of “Dancing Vegan,” serves the first in a series of vegan, largely gluten-free/soy free meals on the first friday of each month, 6 to 8 p.m. Russian Cuisine tonight with pickled mushroom in Sour cream and dill, borscht, dark rye, gulubtsy, barley and onion phyllo squares, seitan stroganoff, zapikanka (a potato dish), cranberry bilini and Russian tea cakes. kitchen@shirecitysanctuary.org

 

Music

The Egremont Barn — The Lucky 5 String Band in concert, 8 p.m. Egremont Inn, Route 41, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Owl Moon Walk, 6:30 p.m. Reading of Jane Yolen’s children’s book followed by a show and tell of owl facts and secrets and a walk to lure real owls out of their night time spots. Dress for the cold and bring flashlights. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

 

Saturday Jan. 7

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program January 2017 Residency, Jan. 5 to Jan. 15. MFA writing students with readings and visiting writers. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Bloomsday in Williamstown — James Joyce’s ‘The Dead,’ annual community reading of Joyce’s epiphany story on Epiphany. Time and place TBA. bloomsdayinwilliamstown@gmail.com

 

Community

Four Freedoms Coalition Rally — March and community gathering with a new organization dedicated to supporting the values in FDR’s Four Freedoms speech and standing against bigotry and prejudice, with Sen. Ed Markey, Congressman Richie Neal and James Roosevelt, grandson of Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Meets at St. Joseph’s Church, North St., Pittsfield. 4freedomscoalition.org

Manchester Community Library — Free day of relaxation and renewal 1 to 4:30 p.m. with Deb Lewis, a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy; ‘Relaxation Through Art” with Robin Galguera and “Yoga for Body, Mind, and Spirit,” with RYT Irene Cole. Tea and light refreshments. Bring a yoga mat and towel or blanket and wear comfortable clothing. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

 

Dance

Chatham Contradance — Jon Greene calls with music by The Russet Trio, all dances taught. waltzing/couples dancing at 7:30, contra dancing begins at 8:00 pm. Bring a friend or come alone, no partners necessary. Morris Memorial Hall, 21 park Row, Chatham, N.Y. cococontra.org

 

Food

Bennington Farmers Market — Winter market with fresh greens, baked goods, dairy products, meats, specialty food, crafts and more 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on first and third Saturdays monthly at the First Baptist Church, 600 Main St., Bennington, Vt. benningtonfarmersmarket.org

Ventfort Hall — Holiday Tea 3 p.m.with Mrs. Morgan in her mansion, lavishly decorated for the holidays. Actress Anne Undeland returns to Ventfort Hall in two performances. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Verdi’s Nabucco, 1 p.m. Met Opera Live in HD returns to the big screen with Placido Domingo under the direction of James Levine. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Sunday Jan. 8

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program January 2017 Residency, Jan. 5 to Jan. 15. MFA writing students with readings and visiting writers. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Food

Stephentown Historical Society — Eat Local, meeting 2 p.m. Learn about the foods that are grown or created in town with The Berry Patch fruit and vegetable farmers and Four Fat Fowl artisan cheese makers. Stephentown Heritage Center, 5 Staples Road at the corner of Garfield Road, Stephentown, N.Y. Free. 518-733-0010.

 

Music

Paramount Theatre — Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, 3 p.m. Born in 1992 in Gyumri, Armenia,graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory and Juilliard School, and a musician at the Manhattan School of Music, he has performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall as well as Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0570, paramountvt.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Christmas Tree Blaze 2 to 4 p.m. Christmas is over and so is New Year’s. It is time to take down the tree, but what to do with it? Have a party! Bring your Christmas trees to the Cobble and join us around the fire to watch them burn. Enjoy warm drinks and snacks around the fire pit with new and old friends. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

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