Berkshire calendar Sept. 4 to 10

From bluegrass to the Hapsburgs to nationally awardwinning poets and writers, the Berkshire Calendar Sept. 6 to 10 moves from high summer into early fall as colleges open and museums and theaters turn to a new season. Tuba Skinny, in the photo above, will perform this week at the Oldtone Roots Music Festival. (Photo courtesy of the artists.)

 

 

Wednesday Sept. 6

 

Outdoors

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. Birding in migration season: Walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles and more, 8 a.m. Berkshire residents free day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening at the Beaver Ponds, join Sanctuaries caretaker on a walk to beaver wetlands, 6:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 7 p.m., Mainstage. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. barringtonstageco.org

 

Thursday Sept. 7

 

Art

Bennington College — Closing reception for Vital Curiosity at the Usdan Gallery with improv set by cornetist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum and Bennington visiting faculty and percussionist Brian Chase, 7 p.m. Free. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — Lou Cove reads from Man of the Year (A Memoir), an old friend of Lou’s father has his eye on becoming the next Playgirl’s Man of the Year, 5:30 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Food

Chesterwood — Wine Seminar 5:30 to 7 p.m. with Nejaime’s Wine Cellars on the studio piazza. Stockbridge

 

Music

Naumkeag — Live music by regional bands with cocktails in the gardens of the Choate Family Gilded Age Cottage, 5 to 8 p.m. Stockbridge

Oldtone Roots Music Festival — Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Swing Jazz, and Folk, nationally known bands Foghorn Stringband, The Revelers, Jesse Legé, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys and Karl Shifflet and the Big Country Show, and many regional and local bands: performances, workshops, informal jam sessions and all-ages entertainment on the main stage, in the campground and in the workshop and dance tents. Local vendors and locally sourced food. Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, N.Y. oldtonemusicfestival.com

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 7 p.m., Mainstage. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. barringtonstageco.org

 

Friday Sept. 8

 

Art

IS183 Art School — Arts Night Out: Make a Beer Stein with ceramicist Ben Evans, 7 p.m. stockbridge

Norman Rockwell Museum — Norman Rockwell in Detail, explore his visual storytelling, 1:30 p.m. Stockbridge

 

Books and Writers

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Helen Epstein speaks on How an established author and her techie husband embraced electronic publishing, 10:45 a.m. In 2010, she and husband Patrick Mehr merged their professional interests to co-found Plunkett Lake Press. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. jewishberkshires.org

Lenox Library — Brendan Mathews reads from The World of Tomorrow, 6:30 p.m. June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother Michael are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin’s home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family’s revolutionary past. Presented with The Bookstore in Lenox. 18 Main St., Lenox. lenoxlib.org

The Mount — Words That Move: Poetry and the Active Citizen, poets Vijay Seshadri, Rosanna Warren, and Major Jackson reflect on how poetry has guided and given them voice during times of great social turmoil and uncertainty. Seshadri  has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and has taught at Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College, where he now directs the graduate non-fiction writing program. Warren is Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, a poet and philosopher; she was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry, including Roll Deep, Holding Company and Leaving Saturn, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Public discussion following, 5 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100

 

Community

Sheffield in Celebration — Sheffield Farmers’ Market 3 to 6 p.m., Sheffield Village Green. Where the Wild Things Are, 7:30 p.m.: 26 Trail Cameras in Sheffield. Sheffield Historical Society, Dewey Hall. Free. Three-day celebration, all events free, downtown Sheffield.

 

Dance

Bennington College — Bennington College Dance program and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College present Séancers by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, a performance work that combines lyrical poetry, psychic movement and the paranormal, 8 p.m. in the Margot Tenney Theater. Free. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Music

Oldtone Roots Music Festival — Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Swing Jazz, and Folk, nationally known bands Foghorn Stringband, The Revelers, Jesse Legé, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys and Karl Shifflet and the Big Country Show, and many regional and local bands: performances, workshops, informal jam sessions and all-ages entertainment on the main stage, in the campground and in the workshop and dance tents. Local vendors and locally sourced food. Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, N.Y. oldtonemusicfestival.com

Williams Chamber Players — The Way They Danced concert, “Revue de Cuisine,” a jazz influenced work of the early 20th century by Bohuslav Martinu played by David Wharton, trumpet; Paul Green, clarinet; Stephen Walt, bassoon; Muneko Otani, violin; Nathaniel Parke, cello; and Elizabeth Wright, piano. Lou Harrison’s “Varied Trio for Rice Bowls” is an exploration into making music with culinary utensils with Joanna Kurkowicz, violin; Matthew Gold, vibraphone; and Doris Stevenson, piano. Johannes Brahms. 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College, Wiliamstown. Free. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Sanctuaries — Volunteers and community gardeners annual harvest and volunteer appreciation dinner: nature hike at 5 p.m., firing up the grills at 5:45 with burgers, drinks, and fixin’s. Bring a veggie side dish, annual “weird-looking veggie” contest. Free. Canoe Meadows Pavilion, Williams St., Pittsfield

Mass Audubon — Birding in migration season, 8 a.m. to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes and more, Canoe Meadows, Holmes Road, Pittsfield

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. barringtonstageco.org

Shakespeare & Company — Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 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.

 

Saturday Sept. 9

 

Art

Salem Art Works — Pop Up Exhibitions, artists in residence open their studios to share their work in progress, 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Salem, N.Y.

 

Community

Bennington Battle Monument — Fight For Air Climb and benefit: American Lung Association Climbs the steps of the monument, 10 a.m. Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council — 50th birthday party with for BNRC with hayrides, guided walks, archery, fishing, birds of prey, live music, food, wine and beer, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Farm, 100 Holiday Cottage Road, Dalton

Norman Rockwell Museum — United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony, honoring new U.S citizens who will take their oath surrounded by Rockwell’s paintings, presented in collaboration with Berkshire Immigrant Center. 10 a.m. Stockbridge

Sheffield in Celebration — Sheffied Fair with local music, free games and prizes, hay rides, interactive animal displays, shows and judging, a Studebaker car display, horse barrel demonstrations noon to 5 p.m. sheffieldfair.com

 

Dance

Bennington College — Bennington College Dance program and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College present Séancers by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, a performance work that combines lyrical poetry, psychic movement and the paranormal, 8 p.m. in the Margot Tenney Theater. Free. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

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

 

History

Bidwell House Museum — Gravestone Art in Monterey’s Old Cemeteries, a talk and walk with Historical Archaeologist Bob Drinkwater, an expert on New England tombstone carvers, 10 a.m. Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham

Ventfort Hall — Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg of Austria will return togive a benefit presentation on The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and Its Imperial Habsburg Origins, 4 p.m. As part of the original plan for the urban renewal of Vienna begun in 1857, the museum was opened in 1891 by Emperor Franz Joseph I, Dr. von Habsburg’s great-great grandfather, to house the Habsburgs’ formidable art collection assembled over several centuries and for the first time, to make it accessible to the general public. 104 Walker St., Lenox, 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Music

Becket Arts Center —  Bobby Sweet Benefit Bash @ PaPa Bob’s (formerly Uncle Larry’s Tavern), 8 p.m. 71 Chester Road, Becket. becketartscenter.org

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Cabaret Train with live music by Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay, departs 7 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams

Music & More — Tina Packer, founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, with the Calliope Renaissance Band, known for interpretations of rich instrumental literature written before to the 18th century, 4:30 p.m., New Marlborough

Oldtone Roots Music Festival — Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Swing Jazz, and Folk, nationally known bands Foghorn Stringband, The Revelers, Jesse Legé, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys and Karl Shifflet and the Big Country Show, and many regional and local bands: performances, workshops, informal jam sessions and all-ages entertainment on the main stage, in the campground and in the workshop and dance tents. Local vendors and locally sourced food. Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, N.Y. oldtonemusicfestival.com

Sandisfield Arts Center — Evening of Song with Music by Cole Porter to benefit the center, 8 p.m. Sandisfield

Tannery Pond Concerts — Strauss, Palmer, Poletaev, 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Natural Resources Council — Daylong celebration with local food vendors, hay rides all day, guided walks on a new farm trail, archery, fishing and live music from jazz to rock to funk to folk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; birds of prey at noon, fishing derby 1 to 4 p.m. Holiday Farm, 100 Holiday Cottage Road, Dalton. bnrc.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. barringtonstageco.org

Shakespeare & Company — Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 3 and 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. 10

 

Community

Sheffield in Celebration — River Floatilla 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., food available or bring a picnic, Bartholomew’s Cobble, Ashley Falls. 9/11 Remembrance Service and Celebration of Sheffield’s First Responders, 5 p.m. in Barnard Park, Sheffield. Free picnic supper following service at Christ Trinity Church. Three-day celebration, all events free, downtown Sheffield.

Woofstock — Berkshire Humane Society’s annual dog-walk benefit, 11 a.m. BHS, sponsors and vendors host activities for families and canines on the lawn with food vendors. Day-of registration begins at 10. The Common, Route 7, Pittsfield. 413-477-7878, ext. 131; berkshirehumane.org

 

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

Oldtone Roots Music Festival — Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Swing Jazz, and Folk, nationally known bands Foghorn Stringband, The Revelers, Jesse Legé, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys and Karl Shifflet and the Big Country Show, and many regional and local bands: performances, workshops, informal jam sessions and all-ages entertainment on the main stage, in the campground and in the workshop and dance tents. Local vendors and locally sourced food. Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, N.Y. oldtonemusicfestival.com

South Mountain Concerts — Orion String Quartet and Tara Helen O’Connor, flute, 3 p.m.413-442-2106, southmountainconcerts.org

 

Outdoors

Bascom Lodge — The Industrial Revolution in Berkshire County, talk and book signing, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Mass Audubon — Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds: Explore the coves and marshes in search of eagles, herons, ravens and songbirds, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Directions given with registration.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 3 p.m., Mainstage. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. barringtonstageco.org

Shakespeare & Company — Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 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 … 2 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

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