Week Ahead Berkshire calendar Dec. 5 to 11

Holiday art and craft, bonfires and living windows in Great Barrington, festivals of trees and winter hikes cenebrate the season in the Berkshire calendar Dec. 5 to 11. For events through January, see the full BTW Holiday Magazine.

 

Monday Dec. 5

Art

Makers Mill — Figure drawing collective 7 to 9 p.m. at community maker space. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

 

Conversations

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — This Muslim American Life, 5 p.m. with Prof. Moustafa Bayoumi, City University of New York, author of the critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The Guardian, The National, CNN.com, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Progressive and more. 12th public lecture “Who the People: Punctuating Politics in the USA, Being America in the World.” Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

 

Music

Williams College — Flute studio recital 5 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Hoffmann Bird Club — “HBC Member’s Night,” Bring 10 digital images and holiday sweets to share and sign up for the Christmas Count. Monthly Meeting 7 p.m. Guardian Life Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield. hoffmannbirdclub.org

 

Tuesday Dec. 6

 

Conversations

Mason Library — Body Intelligence: An Energy Makeover, Joseph Cardillo on Western science, technology, psychology, and holistic wellness 5:30 p.m., free. 231 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-2403, gblibraries.org

Temple Anshe Amunim — Nosh and Learn 6 p.m. panel discussion led by Rabbi Josh Breindel on tips to navigate the winter holiday season in an interfaith or traditionally Jewish family will follow the dinner. All are encouraged to come and share their experiences, ideas and strategies and to learn the Reform approach to interfaith issues at this time of year. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-5910, ansheamunim.org

 

Music

Williams College — Studio violin recital, 4 p.m. Brass ensemble in concert, 7 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Wednesday Dec. 7

 

Conversations

First Wednesdays Talk — Where Am I? The Power of Uniqueness: Former Scenic America President and TED talk lecturer Ed McMahon on the importance of a sense of place and explores why our physical surroundings are worth caring about. Vermont humanities talk, 7 p.m., free. First Congregational Church of Manchester, 3624 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, vermonthumanities.org

 

Film

Images Cinema — ‘Lessons in Dissent,’ 7 p.m.: a visceral portrait of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists: School boy Joshua Wong dedicates himself to stopping the introduction of National Education, and his campaign begins to snowball when an interview goes viral on YouTube. His former classmate, Ma Jai, fights against political oppression on the streets and in the courts, unprotected by the media. Social Change Film Series  with the Davis Center and Claiming Williams. Free. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Holiday

Bennington Christmas Tree — Lighting Ceremony 5 p.m. at Vermont Veternas Home with live entertainment and refreshments. Bennington, Vt. 802-442-6353, betterbennington.com

 

Music

Williams College — Midweek music, 12:15 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Small jazz ensembles in concert 7 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Athenaeum — Christy Butler presents a book talk on Rockachusetts: An Explorer’s guide to Amazing Boulders of Massachusetts, 7 p.m. Free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Berkshire Natural Resources Council — Old Mill Trail hike, Dalton/Hinsdale, 10 am. to noon. Follow the east branch of the Housatonic River to the remnants of old mill works. Route 8 south to Hinsdale and left on Old Dalton Road to park. Free. bnrc.org

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary — Mass Audubon property with trails, ponds and boardwalks. Free admission for Berkshire residents 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on first Wednesdays. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Berkshire Sanctuaries, 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday Dec. 8

 

Community

1Berkshire — Berkshire Young Professionals social, 7:30 p.m. Ugliest Holiday Sweater contest. Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield. 413-499-1600, 1berkshire.com

 

Music

North Adams Library — Hungrytown Concert, 6 p.m. in the Main Living Room. 74 Church St., North Adams. naplibrary.com

Williams College — Jazz reperatory ensemble in concert, 7 p.m. Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Friday Dec. 9

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Norman Rockwell in Detail,1:30 p.m. Explore the artist’s visual storytelling and humor. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar — Hannah Fries, former Orion poetry editor, “little terrarium” (poetry) with Special Guests: The Easy Ridin’ Papas, 5:30 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Holiday

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The Turn of the Scrooge,’ 8 p.m. annual holiday Pantomime with the Panto Loons, zany spin on the classic Christmas Carol story with comedy and music. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Is183 Art School — Arts Night Out 7 to 9 p.m., Festive clay with Jared Gelormino: Make a ceramic item for the table, a clay platter with a simple glaze. Citizen’s Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio, 8 p.m. Grammy- and Oscar-winning rocker known for ‘Come to My Window’ and other hits performs holiday classics and carols. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100; mahaiwe.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Santa and the Three Bears, 5:30 p.m. Christmas special written by Hanna-Barbera writer Tony Benedict, with Hanna-Barbera Christmas episodes to follow. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Mass MoCA — Sundance Theatre Lab, 8 p.m. Annual program gathers dramatic artists for workshops and work-in-progress performances and theater in the making. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Town Players of Pittsfield — “Christmastime in the City- Hollywood” at 8 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279

 

Music

The Egg — Jack DeJohnette Trio, Indo Pak Coalition, 7:30 p.m Grammy Award winner Jack DeJohnette, who has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in jazz, will perform with his trio featuring saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison. Synthesizing jazz with the improvised musical forms of South Asia, the Indo-Pak Coalition – saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, guitarist Rez Abbasi and percussionist Dan Weiss – will open the concert. Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Williams College — Wind ensemble in concert, 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Saturday Dec. 10

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Japanese Impressions: Color woodblock prints from the Rodbell Family collection opening, the museum’s firs exhibit to focus entirely on woodblock prints highlights work by Katsushika Hokusai, Utagaka Hiroshige, Kawase Hasui and Kiyoshi Saito. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Makers Mill — Mixing Media 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. workshop: Packing Tape Transfers with MCLA professor Melanie Mowinski. Shibori indigo dye, Japanese art workshop for scarves and fabrics with Ann Scott, 2 to 5 p.m. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

Sohn Fine Art Gallery — Opening reception for group show, Beneath the Surface, 3 to 6 p.m.: photography by John Atchley, Peggy Braun, Denise B. Chandler, Pauline Chernichaw, George Diebold, Holger Eckstein, Aldara Ortega, Cassandra Sohn and moving images by Matthew David Wachsman. Show through Jan. 22. 69 Church St., Lenox. 413-551-7353, sohnfineart.com

Williams College Museum of Art — Student Choice tours 1 p.m., highlights of exhibits including David Zink Yi solo show, ’State of Obedience’ works in many media, Ghana ThinkTank turning the tables to confront climate change, European and American Art 1689-1913, Not Set in Stone: Architectural Fragments from the Collections; Object Lab: Art across the Disciplines and more. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu

 

Community

Pittsfield Farmers Market — Winter indoor market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Monthly indoor farmers market with local cheese, honey, baked goods, vegetables, crafts and more. Lighthouse, Boys and Girls Club, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield. farmersmarketpittsfield.org

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — Saturday Morning Cartoons, 10 a.m. to noon Hanna-Barbera cartoons from Tom and Jerry and the Jetsons to the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo. Golden Age of Television talk 2 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Holiday

Bennington Museum — The Festival: Reimagining Grandma Moses — Contemporary artists reimagine, reinterpret or respond to the work of Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses. Family Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with children’s crafts and bake sale, children’s boutique for young people to find gifts for their families, Santa and more. $3 admission, or free for children who bring school supplies to donate. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Berkshire Athenaeum — Edwardian Christmas Tea with Rita Parisi, 2 p.m. Mrs. Gordon explains what ladies, gentlemen and children wanted in their stockings as well as the holiday traditions. Bring along a “Christmas Wish List” and she will open up her 1908 Sears & Roebuck catalogue and tell how much it will cost. Free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Berkshire Carousel — Santa visit and tree lighting at wooden handmade carousel. 50 Center St., Pittsfield. 413-499-0457, berkshriecarousel.com

Berkshire Lyric — A Hilltown Christmas with the Blafield Children’s Chorus, 1 p.m. free. Windsor Congregational Church, 1941 Route 9, Windsor. berkshirelyric.org

Berkshire Theater Group — A Christmas Carol, 7 p.m. Adaptation of Charles’ Dickens classic Christmas story with local actors and live music. Scrooge, ghosts and Victorian cheer. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Bryant Homestead Christmas — An Old-Fashioned Christmas program with Santa, live music and entertainment and a holiday pop-up shop with local hilltown artists. 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8. Cookies, cakes, eggnog and mulled wine. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. 413-532-1631, thetrustees.org

Chatham Bookstore — Bonnie Mackay, “Tree of Treasures: A Life in Ornaments,” 5 to 7 p.m., a visual memoir. Conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q & A. 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-3005, chathambookstore.com

Chatham WinterFest — Downtown celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free activities for kids, live music, visits with Santa, and more. Word Hop with raffle; Our Daily Bread Deli, 116 Hudson Ave. selling chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Chatham MED PTA will have crafts and photo booth for families. Chatham Café and Deli, 41 Main St. with hot chocolate and holiday treats. “Lost in the Woods,” a 4-piece recorder and string ensemble based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will perform 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the North River Gallery at 34A Main St.with musical periods and genres from around the world. Free screening at the Crandell Theatre of the classic holiday film “Home Alone,” 2 to 3:45 p.m. Chatham, N.Y. 518-269-1057. chathambusinessalliance.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

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The Turn of the Scrooge,’ 8 p.m. annual holiday Pantomime with the Panto Loons, zany spin on the classic Christmas Carol story with comedy and music. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Great Barrington Holiday Stroll — Shops open all day with holiday celebrations. Story hour, crafts and readings start at 3 p.m., and full stroll by 4 p.m. Wood sculpture, living windows with local actors, food vendors, live music and bonfires, games. Hevreh will light the Menorah give out gelt and dreidels and sing Chanukah songs. Santa and Mrs. Claus with character parade, letters to Santa, raffles and hot drinks. Photo cutouts, North Pole Lane, decorated trees, live music and holiday music with WSBS local radio station. Tree lighting 7 p.m. and fire works. Downtown Great Barrington. 413-528-4284, southernberkshirechamber.com

Great Barrington Library — HousaTonics Barbershop Performance (part of the Holiday Stroll) 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., free. 231 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-2403, gblibraries.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Holidays at Hancock, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hour-long visit to the Brick Dwelling with Shaker traditions related to Christmas and other holidays, seasonal decorations and sampling of Shaker Christmas music. Crafts and Cocoa 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., crafting corner with holiday-themed projects: weave a paper heart ornament, also holiday cards and messages with quill pens 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Hubbard Hall — Annual holiday breakfast 9 and 11 a.m. to celebrate holiday traditions around the world: Tastes, sights, and sounds of a Traditional French Christmas with a performance by the Hubbard Hall Youth Chorale. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Northshire Bookstore — The Poet Is In 2 to 4 p.m., members of the Gossamer Stone Poets Group will write new poems for all who ask, free. 5¢ Lucy jar to benefit Book Angels Program, getting new books to children for the holidays. lex Prud’homme – The French Chef in America; Julia’s Second Act, 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Notchview — Christmas Trees noon to 3 p.m. Christmas tree sale, cut your own. Winter trees for kids workshop 1 p.m. to learn evergreens. Route 9, Windsor.413-684-0148, thetrustees.org

Shire City Sanctuary — Holiday Shindy 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annual holiday art and artisan fair with regional makers — ceramics, photography, painting, fiber arts and more — food and live music. 40 Melville st., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.org

Stockbridge Festival Chorus — Holiday concert 5 p.m., anthems and carols of the season by Rutter, Willcocks, Howells, and Helvey, along with Magnificat by Vaughan Williams for women’s voices with mezzo soprano soloist Marjorie Dix and a piece written for the chorus by David Anderegg. First Congregational Church, 4 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-243-6076

Town Players of Pittsfield — “Christmastime in the City- Hollywood” at 8 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279

Ventfort Hall —  “HMO Blue Christmas,” Comical Mystery Tour performs 6 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

Williams College — Lessons and carols, reading of the Christmas story with music by Williams concert and chamber choirs, 4 p.m. free. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Amour de Loin, 12:55 p.m. Met Opera Live in HD returns to the big screen with Finnish composer Kaija Saariho’s breakthrough work. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

The Egg — Joan Osborne, 8 p.m. in American Roots & Branches Series, Grammy nominated blues, soul, rock and country musician who has toured with Mavis Staples. Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Amour de Loin, 1 p.m. Met Opera Live in HD returns to the big screen with Finnish composer Kaija Saariho’s breakthrough work. Scott Eyerly’s pre-broadcast talk 11:30 a.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Mass MoCA — Dinosaur Jr., 8 p.m. J Mascis’ alt rock band, formed in Amherst in the 1990s, celebrates their latest album in concert. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Williams College — Piano studio recital, 2 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers — Old Mill Trail, Hinsdale, beautifully laid out hike through old mixed woods and along part of the Housatonic River. Stonework and remnants of 19th century woolen mills. Leaves 9 a.m. rom Trailhead on Route 8, left at bridge, across from Hinsdale Trading Company. 413-281-3303

Hildene — Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds, 8 a.m. Free. 1005 Hildene Road off Route 7A, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2270, thevermontbirdplace.com.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center — In honor of the Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, the center will construct a replica of the cabin Thoreau built on the banks of Walden Pond. Third workshop in the Thoreau Cabin workshop series: Joinery, students will learn the principles of timber frame construction and prepare the timbers according to Thoreau’s original design, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3270 Route 215, Rupert, Vt. 802-394-7836. merckforest.org

 

Sunday Dec. 11

 

Holiday

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Search for Santa, story time and walk to look for the lost spirit of Christmas, 10 a.m. to noon. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext.3013, thetrustees.org

Berkshire Lyric — Angel Voices, A Christmas Concert 3 p.m. Music from several centuries with two young women’s vocal ensembles: Berkshire Lyric’s Melodious Accord and Anonymous 10 from Simon’s Rock College. Free will offering for St. Paul’s food pantry. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Stockbridge. berkshirelyric.org

Berkshire Theater Group — A Christmas Carol, 2 and 7 p.m. Adaptation of Charles’ Dickens classic Christmas story with local actors and live music. Scrooge, ghosts and Victorian cheer. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Bryant Homestead Christmas — An Old-Fashioned Christmas program with Santa, live music and entertainment and a holiday pop-up shop with local hilltown artists. 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8. Cookies, cakes, eggnog and mulled wine. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. 413-532-1631, thetrustees.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

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The Turn of the Scrooge,’ 2 p.m. annual holiday Pantomime with the Panto Loons, zany spin on the classic Christmas Carol story with comedy and music. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Holidays at Hancock, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hour-long visit to the Brick Dwelling with Shaker traditions related to Christmas and other holidays, seasonal decorations and sampling of Shaker Christmas music. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Shire City Sanctuary — Holiday Shindy 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual holiday art and artisan fair with regional makers — ceramics, photography, painting, fiber arts and more — food and live music. 40 Melville st., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.org

Town Players of Pittsfield — “Christmastime in the City- Hollywood” at 2 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279

Troy Music Hall — Albany Pro Musica presents: The Many Moods of Christmas, with renowned opera tenor Rafael Davila, 3 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

Ventfort Hall —  Berkshire Concert Choir family Christmas program, 2 p.m. “Cantate Domino” by Hans Leo Hassler, “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt, Music from “Les Choristes,” by Barratier and Coulais, “The Sleigh” by Richard Kountz,” “Riu Riu Chiu,” “Santa Baby,” “Allons, Gay Bergeres,” and “Night of Silence, Silent Night.” 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

Williams College — Lessons and carols, reading of the Christmas story with music by Williams concert and chamber choirs, 4 p.m. free. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Music

Duo Eamon — Fourth annual concert, music of Québec, New Egland and Ireland for fiddle and guitar, 3 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 35 Park St., Williamstown.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Midnight McCartney, 7 p.m. John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molasky perform jazz arrangements of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles music. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — String chamber music studio recital, noon. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Merck Forest and Farmland Center — In honor of the Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, the center will construct a replica of the cabin Thoreau built on the banks of Walden Pond. Third workshop in the Thoreau Cabin workshop series: Joinery, students will learn the principles of timber frame construction and prepare the timbers according to Thoreau’s original design, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3270 Route 215, Rupert, Vt. 802-394-7836. merckforest.org

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