Week ahead Berkshire calendar Dec. 20 to 25

 

The holidays are almost here, and the Berkshires is welcoming them in with decorated houses, festivals of trees, a one-man ‘Christmas Carol’ and more. Happy holidays to all who celebrate in any way — wishing everyone warmth in the last weeks of the year!

 

Tuesday, Dec. 20

 

Holiday

Bennington Museum — The Festival: Reimagining Grandma Moses — Contemporary artists reimagine, reinterpret or respond to the work of Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses in holiday show. Closed-bid auction through Dec. 29. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Berkshire Museum — Now Playing: Festival of Trees, more than 100 trees by local organizations reflecting a movie theme, to benefit the museum’s educational programming. Show through Dec. 31. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkhiremuseum.org

Ventfort Hall —  Gilded age mansion decked for the holidays through Jan. 13. Tours on the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and through 2 p.m. Sunday, including Dec. 24 and Jan. 31. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

 

Film

Ramsdell Library — Movies-from-Books Film Series: The Princess Bride, 6 p.m. 1087 Main St., Housatonic. 413-528-2403, gblibraries.org

 

Holiday

Berkshire Museum — Now Playing: Festival of Trees, more than 100 trees by local organizations reflecting a movie theme, to benefit the museum’s educational programming. Show through Dec. 31. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkhiremuseum.org

1753 House — 43rd annual Carol Sing at 7 p.m. Deborah Burns will lead the a cappella singing beside a wood fire in the fireplace. Carol books and hot mulled cider provided. There is no heat or electricity in the 1753 House, so dress warmly and bring a candle to see by. Rain/snow date is Thursday, Dec. 22. Free and all welcome. Routes 2 and 7, Williamstown.

Ventfort Hall —  Gilded age mansion decked for the holidays through Jan. 13. Tours on the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and through 2 p.m. Sunday, including Dec. 24 and Jan. 31. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

Walking the Dog Theater — A Christmas Carol, David Anderson performs Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story. 8 p.m. free. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-610-0909, wtdevents.org

 

Thursday, Dec. 22

 

Holiday

 

Bennington Museum — The Festival: Reimagining Grandma Moses — Contemporary artists reimagine, reinterpret or respond to the work of Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses in holiday show. Closed-bid auction through Dec. 29. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Berkshire Museum — Now Playing: Festival of Trees, more than 100 trees by local organizations reflecting a movie theme, to benefit the museum’s educational programming. Show through Dec. 31. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkhiremuseum.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Nutcracker, 1 p.m. Bolshoi Ballet broadcast live in HD perform the holiday classic. Pre-show talk with Jacob’s Pillow scholar-in-residence Brian Schaefer, 12:40 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Northshire Bookstore — Pajama Party, The Polar Express and Santa Claus, 6 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Southern Vermont Arts Center — First Snow Painting Class 7 p.m., step-by-step through a snowy Vermont scene. Wine, snacks, supplies and aprons are all provided. West Road, Manchester, Vt. svac.org

Ventfort Hall —  Gilded age mansion decked for the holidays through Jan. 13. Tours on the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and through 2 p.m. Sunday, including Dec. 24 and Jan. 31. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

Walking the Dog Theater — A Christmas Carol, David Anderson performs Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story. 8 p.m. free. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-610-0909, wtdevents.org

 

Friday, Dec. 23

 

Holiday

 

Bennington Museum — The Festival: Reimagining Grandma Moses — Contemporary artists reimagine, reinterpret or respond to the work of Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses in holiday show. Closed-bid auction through Dec. 29. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Berkshire Museum — Now Playing: Festival of Trees, more than 100 trees by local organizations reflecting a movie theme, to benefit the museum’s educational programming. Show through Dec. 31. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkhiremuseum.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — It’s a Wonderful Life, 7 p.m. Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday drama brings Jimmy Stewart face to face with the differences he has made in his hometown. The annual film is free. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Ventfort Hall —  Gilded age mansion decked for the holidays through Jan. 13. Tours on the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and through 2 p.m. Sunday, including Dec. 24 and Jan. 31. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

Walking the Dog Theater — A Christmas Carol, David Anderson performs Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story. 8 p.m. free. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-610-0909, wtdevents.org

 

Saturday, Dec. 24

 

Holiday

Bennington Museum — The Festival: Reimagining Grandma Moses — Contemporary artists reimagine, reinterpret or respond to the work of Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses in holiday show. Closed-bid auction through Dec. 29. Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Berkshire Museum — Now Playing: Festival of Trees, more than 100 trees by local organizations reflecting a movie theme, to benefit the museum’s educational programming. Show through Dec. 31. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkhiremuseum.org

Festival of Holidays — Sheffield Historical Society market of work by local artists and artisans: jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved wooden items, glass ornaments and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield. 313-229-2694, sheffieldhistoricalsociety.org

Ventfort Hall —  Gilded age mansion decked for the holidays through Jan. 13. Tours on the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and through 2 p.m. Sunday, including Dec. 24 and Jan. 31. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

Walking the Dog Theater — A Christmas Carol, David Anderson performs Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story. 3 p.m. free. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-610-0909, wtdevents.org

 

Sunday, Dec. 25

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

At the top, stockings hang at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, the historic Gilded Age mansion now decorated for the holidays. Photo by Susan Geller

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