Berkshire calendar

Memorial Day Weekend is coming in, filling the Berkshire calendar May 23 to 29 with art festivals, open studios and celebrations, from the annual Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cumminton to glass art in Manchester, Vt. — and an extra fanfare. On Sunday Mass MoCA will celebrate the opening to the new Building 6, an addition that will double the museum’s size.

In the photo above, John McCrea strums his guitar — alternative rock band Cake will perform at Mass MoCA to cap a day of dance, performance and 10 new art installations in the galleries.  (Courtesy photo by William Dillon)

 

 

Tuesday May 23

 

Art

Bennington College — The Opening Reception for the Senior Exhibition, 7 p.m. VAPA Usdan Gallery. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Books and Writing

Marble House Project — Readings by fiction writer Heidi Diehl, poet Kristina Marie Darling and philosopher Shannon Mussett, 6 p.m., Marble House, Dorset, Vt. Wine over Marble reception 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Marble West Inn.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 7:30 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

 

Wednesday May 24

 

Conversations

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Cokie Roberts: Putting the HER into HIStory, presented by OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, as the 2017 Mona Sherman Memorial Speaker, 6 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. mahaiwe.org

 

Music

Calvin Theatre — Animal Collective, Circuit des Yeux, 8 p.m., 19 King St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

Theatre

Oldcastle Theatre — Shipwrecked, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies asks how far a traveler will blur the line between fact and fiction, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

 

Thursday May 25

 

Art

Gallery 51 — Babel’s Bricks Opening Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Free. North Adams

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — Touchstones: New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy discusses her new memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, with cultural critic Kate Bolick, 5 p.m. Lenox

 

Community

Bascom Lodge — Memorial Day Weekend Celebration with music, puppetry and beekeeping demos 1 to 4 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Hemmings Cruise-In — Family-friendly car gatherings open to all years, all makes and models, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Rain often cancels. 222 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Norman Rockwell Museum — Four Freedoms: Freedom of the Press? American Journalism Today, 5:30 p.m. Free speech and a free press are core American values—imbedded in the Constitution’s First Amendment by our nation’s founders — and the United States has long served as a strong advocate for those principles. In light of recent events, American journalism faces one of its greatest challenges. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Food

Marble House Project — Emilie Baltz and Alicia Walter will prepare a family-style meal: The Anthropologist and Explorer. Culinary Artist-in-Residence program, chefs explore art, sustainability and community. Marble West Inn, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-0400

 

Music

Dreamaway Lodge — Live music with Misty Blues Band 8 to 10 p.m. and dining with locally grown and sourced food at former speakeasy, Becket

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 7:30 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Oldcastle Theatre — Shipwrecked, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies asks how far a traveler will blur the line between fact and fiction, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Amy Herzog’s 4,000 miles: Annette Miller is a lifelong rebel in Greenwich Village takes in her grandson, who has just suffered a deep loss. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Lenox

 

Friday May 26

 

Film

Berkshire International Film festival — The Happy Film screening and Q&A with artist and co-director Stefan Sagmeister, director Ben Nabors and Dr. Sheenah Hankin, 6:30 p.m. and after party with filmmakers 8:30 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

 

Music

Dreamaway Lodge — Live music with Johnny Young and Devon Flaherty, 8 to 10:30 p.m. and dining with locally grown and sourced food at former speakeasy, Becket

Guthrie Center — The Hoping Machine Singers, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

The Linda — David Wax Museum, 8 p.m., duo with Suz Slezak, up-tempo instrumentation with synthesizer, quijada (a donkey’s jawbone), keyboards and fiddle. 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

West Stockbridge Chamber Players — BSO and classical musicians perform works by Antonín Dvořák, Samuel Barber, Contemporary Chikasaw composer Jerod Impichachaha Tate, Pulitzer and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, and Eastern European / Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, 6 p.m. in the 1854 Town Hall. weststockbridgehistory.org

 

Outdoors

Hoosic River Watershed — Family Walk by the Hoosic and Green rivers, 3 p.m. at Linear Park off of Water Street, Williamstown

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 7:30 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield

Oldcastle Theatre — Shipwrecked, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies asks how far a traveler will blur the line between fact and fiction, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

 

Saturday May 27

 

Art

Mayfest Craft Festival — More than 125 crafters and artisans from throughout New England in wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric, jewelry and more; food on School Street including Indian, German, Thai, fried dough, gourmet seafood, wood-fired pizza, BBQ, blooming onions, ice cream. Kid’s activities, contests and games, downtown Bennington, Vt.

OMI International Arts Center — The Fields Sculpture Park: Spring exhibition opening 1 to 4:30 p.m., new sculptures by Tony Tasset, Tom Burr, Charles Long and Matt Wedel. In the gallery, site-specific installation by Andre Kruysen with drawings by Joan Banach. Gosia Wlodarczak site-specific drawing on the glass wall. Refreshments, tractor rides throughout the park, art project for children. Free and open to all. Ghent, N.Y.

Paradise City Arts Festival — More than 240 juried artists in glass, painting, wood, fiber art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and more. Newly built exhibit buildings, silent art auction to benefit the International Language Institute of Massachusetts, family activities and demonstrations, exhibit: Birds of Paradise, art along the Sculpture Promenade, local dining and live music, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton

Spring Open studio Weekend — Glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers: 18 artisans in Bennington County in statewide celebration of the visual arts, including Readsboro Glassworks, Epoch in Manchester, Ray Finan furniture, Tony Connor paintings, Dorset Custom Furniture, Kit Mosheim jewelry and American Country Rugs. Open Studio Guide at galleries and studios or 802-223-3380, vermontcrafts.com

 

Books and Writing

Bookloft — What I Forgot…and Why I Remembered, reading with Jennifer Browdy, 4 p.m. Plaza off Route 7, Great Barrington

 

Community

Hancock Shaker Village — Goat yoga. Real goats may even share the mat, climb, nuzzle, and snuggle or curl up and take a snooze. 10 a.m. to benefit Save the Siloes effort at the village. Pittsfield

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair — 43rd Annual celebration, food booth and breakfast 7 a.m., fleece, woolcraft andsheep dog trials, Workshops: Spindle and Distaff Spinning 9 a.m. to noon, Fiber Blending and Color Blending 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., fiber techniques and demonstrations 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., drop-in spinning, children’s activities, sheep show, shearing demonstration, fleece sale, contests; photography exhibits. Pot Luck Supper and ice cream social, 6 p.m. 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, masheepwool.org

 

Dance

Berkshire Pulse — Celebration, performance and benefit with young dancers and musicians, 3 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

 

Family

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Play Date: Playhouses in the Garden, opening reception for summer exhibit of whimsical play spaces for the garden, imagined by local artists, artisans and designers — timber frame cottages, a shepherd’s wagon, twig buildings, a treehouse and more. 5 to 7 p.m. Stockbridge

Berkshire Museum — Kitchen Ka-Boom! kid-safe science fun and experiments using items found in almost any kitchen, noon, Pittsfield

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Narrated train rides on Hoosac Valley Line at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams

Berkshire Theatre Group — David Grover in concert of originals and classics, free, 11 a.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

 

Film

Images Cinema — Screening of A Birder’s Guide to Everything, comedy adventure about teenagers on a road trip to discovery, 2 p.m., with Leslie Reed-Evans leading a bird walk to learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills, 7:30 a.m. by the pond at Cole field, the Williams College playing field. Williamstown

Music

Dreamaway Lodge — Live music with Liz Queler and Seth Farber, 8 to 10 p.m. and dining with locally grown and sourced food at former speakeasy, Becket

Guthrie Center — John Flynn, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Park-McCullough House — Tavo Carbone, musical storyteller from Brooklyn N.Y. and Bennington College alum, and Heather Sommerlad, musician drawing on Mexican heritage and classical violin, in concert 7 p.m., free. North Bennington, Vt

 

Outdoors

Hildene — Wild Edibles Walk and Talk 1 to 4:30 p.m. with naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen, identifying edible plants, discussing the conditions that each plant needs to thrive, and demonstrating responsible and safe harvesting practices and how to use and prepare wild plants. Bird walk 7 a.m. with Vermont Bird and Sky Watch, free. Celebration of Peonies: Traditionally the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June when thousands of peonies bloom in Robert Lincoln’s historic Formal Garden, many of them from the original 1907 plants. Manchester, Vt.

Hoffmann Bird Club — Birding on October Mountain, 6 a.m. Meet at Washington Town Park on Route 8 in Washington. 413-884-4961

Tamarack Hollow — Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest spring bird census 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. wwith birder John Green Jr., Windsor

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 7:30 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield

Oldcastle Theatre — Shipwrecked, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies asks how far a traveler will blur the line between fact and fiction, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Amy Herzog’s 4,000 miles: Annette Miller is a lifelong rebel in Greenwich Village takes in her grandson, who has just suffered a deep loss. 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Weston Playhouse — Mambo Italiano Gala with Italian dinner and wines, auction, and Broadway actor Susan Haefner leads a 2017 preview with artists from the upcoming season 5:30 p.m. Equinox Hotel, Manchester, Vt.

 

Sunday May 28

 

Art

Mass MoCA — New Building 6 opening, museum doubling in size, with work from artists Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, and Gunnar Schonbeck (Bang on a Can) and more, all-day DJ, food trucks, opening at noon, Nick Cave’s Soundsuit parade at 3 p.m. choreographed by Williams College professor Sandra Burton, Brooklyn United Marching Band at 6 p.m. and Cake in concert at 8 in Joe’s Field. North Adams.

Paradise City Arts Festival — More than 240 juried artists in glass, painting, wood, fiber art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and more. Newly built exhibit buildings, silent art auction to benefit the International Language Institute of Massachusetts, family activities and demonstrations, exhibit: Birds of Paradise, art along the Sculpture Promenade, local dining and live music, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton

Southern Vermont Arts Center — Summer Solo Shows: Pamela Bennett Ader, Ken Ahlering, Martha Armstrong, Anne Harhay, Pavel Kraus, Ann Scott, Carolyn Shattuck, and the Vermont Pastel Society opens 2 to 4 p.m. Vermont Glass Guild also on exhibit, Manchester, Vt.

Spring Open studio Weekend — Glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers: 18 artisans in Bennington County in statewide celebration of the visual arts, including Readsboro Glassworks, Epoch in Manchester, Ray Finan furniture, Tony Connor paintings, Dorset Custom Furniture, Kit Mosheim jewelry and American Country Rugs. Open Studio Guide at galleries and studios or 802-223-3380, vermontcrafts.com

 

Community

Hancock Shaker Village — Goat yoga. Real goats may even share the mat, climb, nuzzle, and snuggle or curl up and take a snooze. 10 a.m. to benefit Save the Siloes effort at the village. Pittsfield

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair — 43rd Annual celebration, food booth and breakfast 6:30 a.m., sheep show begins 9 a.m., lead-line pageant 1 p.m., awards 2 p.m. fleece, woolcraft and fiber techniques and demonstrations, drop-in spinning, children’s activities, shearing demonstration, fleece sale, speed knitting contest; photography exhibits through 3 p.m. 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, masheepwool.org

 

Dance

Berkshire Pulse — Celebration, performance and benefit with young dancers and musicians, 3 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

 

Family

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Narrated train rides on Hoosac Valley Line at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams

 

Music

Backyard Bash — Annual concert under the stars, guitarist, composer and bandleader Andreas Arnold and vocalist Mario Rincon, flamenco-fused musicians, 7 p.m., doors open at 6, Lucia’s Latin Kitchen serves Latin fare. Outdoors on the lawn, 1401 Green River Road, Williamstown 

Berkshire Lyric — Masterworks choral concert, Beethoven: Power, Passion and Beauty, 3 p.m. Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox

Bidwell House Museum — Concert and season opening celebration with Diane Taraz, folk songs from early America: love affairs gone wrong, women warriors in disguise, loves lost to war, shipwreck and rattlesnakes, ballads and ditties, 3 p.m. Monterey

Dreamaway Lodge — Live music with The Lucky Five band, 8 to 10 p.m. and dining with locally grown and sourced food at former speakeasy, Becket

Mass MoCA — CAKE in concert, unconventional five-piece band whose mission is to make its lyrics smart, its sound pure, and its music a good time, 8 p.m. North Adams.

 

Outdoors

Hildene — Celebration of Peonies: Traditionally the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June when thousands of peonies bloom in Robert Lincoln’s historic Formal Garden, many of them from the original 1907 plants. Manchester, Vt.

Hoffmann Bird Club — Hilltown Ramble 6:30 a.m., search for migrating song birds in Windsor and Hawley Bog. Meet at Moran Wildlife Management Area, Route 8A, Windsor. 413-684-3724

Tamarack Hollow — Boreal Spruce-Fir forest flower, plant, tree ID 9 a.m. to noon with Mass Audubon, Windsor

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 3 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield

Oldcastle Theatre — Shipwrecked, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies asks how far a traveler will blur the line between fact and fiction, 2 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Amy Herzog’s 4,000 miles: Annette Miller is a lifelong rebel in Greenwich Village takes in her grandson, who has just suffered a deep loss. 3 p.m. Lenox

Town Players of Pittsfield — Seven Starzyk Shorts, 2 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield

 

Monday May 29

 

Art

Paradise City Arts Festival — More than 240 juried artists in glass, painting, wood, fiber art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and more. Newly built exhibit buildings, silent art auction to benefit the International Language Institute of Massachusetts, family activities and demonstrations, exhibit: Birds of Paradise, art along the Sculpture Promenade, local dining and live music, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road, Northampton

 

Food

Marble House Project — Emilie Baltz and Alicia Walter will prepare a family-style meal: The Teacher and Librarian. Culinary Artist-in-Residence program, chefs explore art, sustainability and community. Marble West Inn, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-0400

 

Music

Bascom Lodge — Moonshine Holler, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Rusted Root, folk music inspired by everything from Indian to African to Middle Eastern sounds and scales, Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Toni Childs, Black Keys, Black Sabbath and Afro Pop, 7 p.m., Great Barrington

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers — Hike the Bumpas Trail and Steep Bank Brook, Notchview/Windsor State Forest, Windsor, 413-442-3701

1 comment for “Berkshire calendar

  1. Tony
    May 25, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    What a great list!

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