Berkshire calendar Sept. 11 to 17

From the Founders Weekend in Lee to the FreshGrass music festival in North Adams, the Berkshire calendar Sept. 11 to 17 is looking toward fall celebrations. The Josh Billings annual triathlon brings hundreds of runners, bikers and paddlers to the Southern Berkshires. Williams Reads brings Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation, to the Northern Berkshires.

In the photo above, dancers circle at FreshGrass, Mass MoCA’s annual bluegrass and contemporary music festival, returning this weekend, Sept. 15 to 17. Photo by Doug Mason, courtesy of Mass MoCA

 

Monday Sept. 11

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Author Adrianna Millenaar Brown presents her memoir of her father in WWII, 6 p.m., free Pittsfield

 

Tuesday Sept. 12

 

Art

Marble House Project —Mali Sastri is a music artist based in Boston. For the last 12 years, she has been the primary songwriter, lead vocalist, and frontwoman for the avant chamber pop band Jaggery, 6 p.m. ArtSeed presentations with artists in residence, Marble House, Dorset, Vt. Wine over Marble reception 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Marble West Inn, Dorset, Vt.

 

Film

Beacon Cinema — Award-winning documentary May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers, 7 p.m., joining theaters nationwidein celebrating a creative partnership, as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business. 57 North St., Pittsfield. thebeaconcinema.com.

Images Cinema — Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America, 7 p.m. Musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but he has an unusual hobby. Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan – something few black men can say. In an age of digital disconnection, Daryl’s method is rooted in personal interaction, disarming klan members and viewers alike. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Books and Writers

Lenox Library — Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg, Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur, the first biography of a major twentieth-century American poet, Pulitzer Prize–winner and National Poet Laureate known for fluency, wit, and optimism, ingeniously rhymed translations of French drama by Molière, Racine, and Corneille, essays and achievements spanning 70 years, from political editorials about World War II to war poems written during his service to his theatrical career, including a contentious collaboration with Leonard Bernstein and Lillian Hellman. Documentary film by Ralph Hammann, Richard Wilbur and the Things of This World, 6 p.m. The Bookstore, Lenox

 

Music

Bennington College — Faculty concert: Songs and an eclectic repertoire including classical compositions, jazz, improvisation, and original music, 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Wednesday Sept. 13

 

Art

Manchester Community Library — Don Trachte Jr., free talk, 6:30 p.m.:“A Tale of Two Paintings: A Norman Rockwell Painting, Not Known to be Missing, Was Found. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt., 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Curatorial Conversations on Rockwell and Warhol; Uncle Andy’s and Other Stories, and Learning from the Masters, 1:30 p.m. Stockbridge

 

Books and Writers

Bennington College — Gabrielle Calvocoressi, poetry reading, 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

The Mount — The Book Show with WAMC’s Joe Donahue and Brendan Mathews on Matthews debut novel, The World of Tomorrow, a story of three brothers in pre-war New York, caught up in a whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal, culminating in an assassination plot. 3 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, EdithWharton.org

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — Meet Me in St. Louis, musical comedy, 2 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt., 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

 

Outdoors

Bascom Lodge — Boreal Forest Ecology talk and summit walk, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Berkshire Natural Resources Countil — Ashmere Island Canoe Trip 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your own canoe or kayak & a picnic lunch. Ashmere Lake. Meet at LP Adams, 484 Housatonic St., Dalton. 413-329-9678.

Mass Audubon — Birding in migration season: Walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles and more, 8 a.m. Evening at the Beaver Ponds, join Sanctuaries caretaker on a walk to beaver wetlands, 6:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox

 

Thursday Sept. 14

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Drawing Lessons from the Famous Artists School, explore the step-by-step process to creating effective works of art as outlined by the illustrators, 1:30 p.m. Stockbridge.

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — A Poetry Reading with Community Access to the Arts, 5:30 p.m. Writer/actor Rachel Siegel shares selected works from the CATA Writers Workshop- funny, poignant and reflecting the unique perspective of writers with disabilities. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, EdithWharton.org

Williams College — Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy, reading and talk with the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. Part of Williams Reads. Free. 8 p.m., Chapin Hall. Route 2, Williamstown

 

Community

Lee Founders Weekend 2017 — Lee Historical Society Cemetery Tour at Fairmount Cemetery, 5 p.m. Events in downtown Lee through Sunday. leefoundersweekend.com

 

Conversations

Bennington College — States’ Rights: The Struggle Between the President and the States, 7 p.m. TJ Donovan, Vermont Attorney General and Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State. The conversation will be facilitated by CAPA director Susan Sgorbati and Vermont State Senator Brian Campion. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Salam Neighbor, a documentary about life in a Syrian refugee camp just inside the Jordanian border, 10:45 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield. 413-442-4360

 

Music

Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert — Nationally-known performers as well as local musicians, including Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, The Hoping Machine, John Kirk and Trish Miller, Bernice Lewis, the Beeline Ramblers, and Graham and Barbara Dean.7 p.m., donations benefit Houston Food Bank. Saint James Place, 352 Main Street in Great Barrington. 413-528-0248

 

Theater

Shakespeare & Company — Yasmina Reza’s God of carnage, Two sets of parents meet  settle their sons’ schoolyard tangle, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

 

Friday Sept. 15

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Illustrating his Times: Aschcan School artist John Sloan’s extensive career as an illustrator for The Philadelphia Press and other periodicals like Collier’s Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Weekly, and The Saturday Evening Post, with Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies fellow Heather Campbell Coyle, 6:30 p.m. Stockbridge

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Rachel Kadish, The Weight of Ink, 5:30 p.m. Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, the interwoven tale of Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

The Mount — The Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading with Andrew Motion, 5 p.m. Known for his accessible imagery and meditative, lyrical prose, former poet-laureate of the United Kingdom Andrew Motion will read selections of his work. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, EdithWharton.org

 

Community

Lee Founders Weekend 2017 — Street Artisans/Craft Fair offering hand-made jewelry, wood works, paper art, wind chimes and more on Main Street. Taste of Lee 5 to 8 p.m. Main Street closed from Academy Street to Park Street for food vendors and dining al fresco with live music Robin O’Herin, Housatonic Philharmonic and Moonshine Holler from 4 to 8 on Main Street. Raffles, contests and keepsakes. CreativeLEE XVII annual exhibit of local art, reception 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lee Library, 100 Main St. Children’s Carnival with bouncy houses, games, cotton candy, popcorn, games and sidewalk sale at Carr Hardware. Events in downtown Lee through Sunday. leefoundersweekend.com

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Science Workshop: The Eclipse, 1 p.m. with Dr. Jay Pasachoff (Williams College). Dickinson 232, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Williams college — Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA) will discuss the politics and policy considerations around changing the U.S. tax structure under President Trump. Neal will speak at 1:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. Free and open to all. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Music

Mass MoCA — FreshGrass annual festival of bluegrass and American roots music, through Sept. 17. Brandi Darlie, Railroad Earth, Del McCoury Band, Del & Dawg, Bill Frisell: Harmony, Wood Brothers, Alison Brown, Son Little, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Suitcase Junket, The Page Turners and more on three stages — workshops, music jams, food trucks, improv poetry. North Adams

 

Theater

Shakespeare & Company — Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, Two sets of parents meet  settle their sons’ schoolyard tangle, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Lucky Me, comedy, Sarah’s apartment is a mess, and her overprotective father is suspicious of the TSA agent next door who brings her home from the emergency room on New Year’s Eve … 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall — Staged reading of Mortal Friends, the story of the relationship between Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, 7:30 p.m. performed by Chris Tucci as Melville and David Adkins as Hawthorne. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Saturday Sept. 16

 

Art

Chesterwood — Cultural Landscape Foundation’s tour of artists’ gardens 2 to 4 p.m.  with Executive Director, Donna Hassler and a landscape architect. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Stockbridge

Monterey Library — Ellen Piccolo: Sicilia and the Basque Country, representational oil paintings with a focus on nautical themes and architectural details opening and reception 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open during library hours, 452 Main Road, Monterey, 413-528-3795. MontereyMassLibrary.org/knox-gallery

The Mount — SculptureNow Guided Tour of large-scale contemporary sculpture, 1:30 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, EdithWharton.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Paint Out! In Plein Air outdoor painting event on the 36-acre site,  wth painting demonstrations from master artists and painting for all levels, noon to 4 p.m. Reception and showing of artworks to follow. Stockbridge

Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists Guild — Open studio tours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.with paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and other works by 27 local artists at 16 studio locations from Pittsfield to Southfield. Full tour at rwsag.org

Sandisfield Arts Center — Tales from a Trip to Antarctica, local photographer Peter Baiamonte shares stories, images, videos and a short film shot on an expedition, 4 p.m. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. sandisfieldartscenter.org

 

Books and Writers

Steepletop — Hiking Steepletop 10 a.m., tour of Pulitzer prizewinning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s property with a selection of Millay’s nature poetry inspired here. House tour follows at 12:30 p.m. Austerlitz, N.Y.

 

Community

Arrowhead — Fairies and Foam Beerfest, 7 p.m., free Pittsfield

Bennington Quiltfest — 24th annual celebration with national quilter Michelle Renee Hiatt of Sew On the Go, talk at 1 p.m., exhibits, consignment boutique, raffles, demonstraitons, challenge quilts, vendors 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Road, Bennington, Vt. benningtonquiltfest.com

Boys & Girls Club — Chili and Chowder Festival and benefit 1 to 6 p.m. Chili and chowder prepared by area restaurants and two tokens for grill food. The day’s line-up includes raffles, boat rides, free hourly give-a-ways, music, and lawn games. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water, craft beers, wine, frozen Margaritas and Daiquiris are available for purchase. Those who would like to attend must be 21 years old. Camp Russell, 341 Boys Club Road, Richmond. 413-448-8258, bgcberkshires.org.

Lee Founders Weekend 2017 — Hometown Parade 10 a.m. 5K Road Race, 8 a.m. at Lee High School. Street Artisans/Craft Fair offering hand-made jewelry, wood works, paper art, wind chimes and more on Main Street. Big Green Egg Cooking Contest, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., local restaurants cook on the Big Green Egg Cookers and compete against each other for the title of The Best Non-Beef Burger in Town, to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Lee. Baja Charlie’s/Ingegni Salon, noon, with live music, food and lawn games. CreativeLEE XVII annual exhibit of local art, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lee Library, 100 Main St.; magic show 11:30 at Lee Athletic Field and children’s activities 1 to 4 p.m., also children’s games, bouncy house 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trustco Bank. Art festival, Festival Latino with live music, food and informal dancing and Lee Sons of Italy Italian Grinder Sale = in Church Park.  Events in downtown Lee through Sunday. leefoundersweekend.com

Merck Forest and Farmand Center —  Festival and contradance with Pete’s Posse in the afternoon, Rupert, Vt. 802-394-7836

OMI International Arts Center — Light into Night, annual benefit with visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers, 5 to 9 p.m. Studio Barns, Ghent, N.Y.

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Dancing to live music, all dances taught, no partner or experience needed, 7:45 to 11 p.m. Community Center, Lenox

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Pop-Up Play Day, children can build and rebuild with the big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground, 10 a.m. to 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

 

Music

Mass MoCA — FreshGrass annual festival of bluegrass and American roots music, through Sept. 17. Brandi Darlie, Railroad Earth, Del McCoury Band, Del & Dawg, Bill Frisell: Harmony, Wood Brothers, Alison Brown, Son Little, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Suitcase Junket, The Page Turners and more on three stages — workshops, music jams, food trucks, improv poetry. North Adam

Music & More — Jay Unger and Molly Mason, one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene, 4:30 p.m., New Marlborough

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Natural Resources Countil — Berkshire Bioblitz hosted by BNRC organized by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Dr. Augies, 24 hours of biodiversity immersion and nature walks with more than 20 specialists begins at noon. Forest walks, meadow walks and pond exploration throughout the day, come and go as you like. Moth light experience at dark and Owl Prowl in the dark; BYO flashlight. Thomas and Palmer Brook, off Route 7 and down Route 183 directly across from the Koi Chinese Restaurant, Great Barrington

Bidwell House Museum — Housatonic Heritage Walk with Tom Tyning, Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College, exploring the fauna and flora of the Berkshire upland forest. Dress for the weather and terrain and bring water. Free. 10 a.m. Monterey

Hildene — Bird walk 7 a.m. with Vermont Bird and Sky Watch, free. Manchester, Vt.

Housatonic Heritage — Outdoor and history walks, paddles, explorations and tours in the region all day, from birding at Washington Mountain to old mills and urban trails to cemetery tours and Shaker sites. Also Sept. 23 and 24 and and SSept. 30 and Oct. 1. Full schedule at housatonicheritage.org

Mass Audubon — Fall Birding at Lime Kiln Farm, at the height of migration, to listen and look for warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other birds, 8 a.m. Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, free. Silver Street, Sheffield. From Iron Ore to Orioles: Ecology and Industry in the Berkshires, ecological history of the Berkshires landscape, 10 a.m., free: travel to lime and charcoal making sites at a nearby part of Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and then to the Lenox Historical Society’s iron ore sites in downtown Lenox.

 

Theater

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Fairview Hospital Gala presents Paula Poundstone, quick-thinking, unscripted comedy from a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! 8 p.m. Great Barrington

Shakespeare & Company — Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, Two sets of parents meet  settle their sons’ schoolyard tangle, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Lucky Me, comedy, Sarah’s apartment is a mess, and her overprotective father is suspicious of the TSA agent next door who brings her home from the emergency room on New Year’s Eve … 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

Sunday Sept. 17

 

Art

IS183 Art School — Basketweaving In Clay with Gail and Phil Sellers, a presentation, demonstration, instruction and activity 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. is183.org

 

Community

Bennington Quiltfest — 24th annual celebration with national quilter Michelle Renee Hiatt of Sew On the Go, talk at 1 p.m., exhibits, consignment boutique, raffles, demonstraitons, challenge quilts, vendors 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Road, Bennington, Vt. benningtonquiltfest.com

Lee Founders Weekend 2017 — Kiwanis Club of Lee Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., St. Mary’s School. Lee Lions Club Duck Derby. CTA Vintage Tennis Tournament, 10 a.m., Greenock Country Club. Events in downtown Lee. leefoundersweekend.com

 

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

Mass MoCA — FreshGrass annual festival of bluegrass and American roots music, through Sept. 17. Brandi Darlie, Railroad Earth, Del McCoury Band, Del & Dawg, Bill Frisell: Harmony, Wood Brothers, Alison Brown, Son Little, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Suitcase Junket, The Page Turners and more on three stages — workshops, music jams, food trucks, improv poetry. North Adam

South Mountain Concert — Calidore String Quartet, 3 p.m. South Mountain concert hall, off Route 7, Pittsfield.

 

Outdoors

Bascom Lodge — Raptors of Greylock: New England’s Birds of Prey, live birds, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Berkshire Natural Resources Countil — Berkshire Bioblitz hosted by BNRC organized by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Dr. Augies, 24 hours of biodiversity immersion and nature walks with more than 20 specialists ends at noon. Forest walks, meadow walks and pond exploration, come and go as you like. Thomas and Palmer Brook, off Route 7 and down Route 183 directly across from the Koi Chinese Restaurant, Great Barrington

Josh Billings Runaground — 41st Annual Triathlon: 27-mile bike, 5-mile canoe/kayak/SUP, 6-mile run from Great Barrington to Lenox begins 9:30 a.m. at Price Chopper. Bash at Tanglewood noon to 4 p.m. with live music by the Prescriptions, Kids Fun Run at 2 p.m. joshbillings.com

Mass Audubon — Guided Canoe Trip through Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area, watching for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats and signs of beavers, 8:30 a.m., New Lenox Road, Lenox

 

Theater

Shakespeare & Company — Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, Two sets of parents meet  settle their sons’ schoolyard tangle, 3 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Lucky Me, comedy, Sarah’s apartment is a mess, and her overprotective father is suspicious of the TSA agent next door who brings her home from the emergency room on New Year’s Eve … 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall — Comical Mystery Tour ensemble with Deadly Chateau Shenanigans, murder mystery theater, 5 p.m. with full-course dinner. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

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