Berkshire Calendar Nov. 21 to 26

Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are beginning gently in a flood of lights. The Berkshire calendar Nov. 21 to 26 coasts into a week of turkeys and train rides and traditions, from Garrison Keillor and a tribute to Greg Allman to The Wizard of Oz on the big screen …

 

Tuesday Nov. 21

 

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 10 a.m. new version of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, based on Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Wednesday Nov. 22

 

Holiday

Annual Tree Lighting — Count down to thousands of twinkling lights downtown, with music from Drury High School Band and Band Front, sing-along and a visit from Santa and the North Adams Fire Department’s fire engine. 6 p.m., Monument Square on Main St. between the First Congregational and First Baptist Churches, North Adams. Rain Date Dec. 1. explorenorthadams.com

 

Thursday Nov. 23

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Friday Nov. 24

Holidays

Bennington Museum Festival — A wide range of regional artists respond to Nichols Goddard’s Musical Tall Case Clock, ca. 1810, one of the centerpieces of the Museum’s new Early Vermont exhibition, with collage art, paintings, woodwork, textiles, sculpture and more. Goddard created an intricate timepiece: A set of ten bells and hammers play seven tunes, and a day of the month wheel and moon dial measure cycles of time. The artwork is entered into a closed-bid auction to benefit the museum’s educational programs. Exhibit opens today, through Dec. 28. 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-8305, benningtonmuseum.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Hancock Holidays begins with Thanksgiving on the Farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See heritage breed turkeys in the barnyard andanimals in the historic Round Stone Barn. Meander along the Farm and Forest Trail, ski or snowshoe (weather permitting), learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully-designed objects in the 19th century Brick Dwelling on tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Shop and cafe open. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

 

Family

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Story book walk 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk the ledges trail and read a children’s story on the way. Free. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield . 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Notchview — Green Friday Hike, 10 a.m. Walk on the newest kids’ trail and enjoy s’mores at the top. Notchview, Route 9, Windsor. 413-532-1631, ext. 3110. thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 7:30 p.m. new version of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, based on Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Saturday Nov. 25

 

Holidays

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, ski or snowshoe (weather permitting), learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully-designed objects in the 19th century Brick Dwelling on tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Shop and cafe open for Shop Small Saturday. Grateful: A Shaker candlelit harvest dinner in the Brick Dwelling, where Shakers ate communally beginning in 1830: the menu reflects local fare and benefits the new farm internship program, 6 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — In celebration of two new books for young readers, Norman Rockwell’s A Day in the Life of a Girl and Norman Rockwell’s A Day in the Life of a Boy, author Will Lach will hold a reading and speak about the books, based on original Rockwell paintings, and talk with model Mary Whalen Leonard, who posed for several of the artist’s most beloved paintings, including Girl at Mirror, Girl with Black Eye, and Day in the Life of a Girl. A book signing will follow, and families will have a chance to create artworks illustrating a day in their lives, 1 to 4 p.m. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge. nrm.org

 

Film

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — The Wizard of Oz, 4 p.m. Join Dorothy and her eccentric band of friends in a curious world far from her home Kansas. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 2 and 7:30 p.m. new version of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, based on Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Sunday Nov. 26

 

Holidays

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, ski or snowshoe (weather permitting), learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully-designed objects in the 19th century Brick Dwelling on tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Heirloom Ornament Workshop: The Hancock Shakers often decorated their Christmas tree with paper birds.  In that spirit, make three charming bird ornaments from musical scores (an homage to the Shakers), felted wool and yarn. 1 to 3 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

 

Family

Berkshire Theatre Group — Children’s Holiday Extravaganza noon to 2 p.m. Entertainment, face painting, popcorn, pizza, visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, raffles. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 2 p.m. new version of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, based on Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — London’s National Theatre in HD: Follies 2 p.m. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical: New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tea at intermission by Harney & Sons Fine Teas. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

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