Halloween nightlife — Jack-o-lanterns and comedy — #berkshireweekend

‘Look at the butterfly!’
‘Actually that one’s a cow …’

I have to wonder what kind of shapeshifter is visiting the Naumkeag Pumpkin Show tonight. Families are talking on the garden path, and the only living creature I can hear is answering in a low, guttural ‘baaa,’ from the sheep grazing in the fields.

But we’re surrounded by creatures made of fire. They’re carved into pumpkins — a kingfisher, a luna moth — and they’re resting in the trees like magic lanterns.

Around sunset the garden transforms into a harvest festival in the golden hour. Later on you can catch the light show in the dark. But right now it’s quiet, and I can imagine a will o’ the wisp changing shape like a flame, or Queen Mab riding on a milkweed seed on the wind.

The sun sets over Naumkeag at the annual pumpkin show.
Photo by Kate Abbott

The sun sets over Naumkeag at the annual pumpkin show.

Events coming up …

Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.

A hand turns the pages of an open book. Creative Commons courtesy photo.
Dec 2 2023 @ 7:00 pm
The Foundry welcomes an evening of performances first produced at the former John Houseman Theatre in New York City in 1991 with The National Coalition Against Censorship and Judy Blume as advisor.
Electric guitar. Creative Commons courtesy photo.
Dec 2 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Critically-acclaimed Annapolis Maryland-based trio Pressing Strings — Jordan Sokel (Guitar/Vocals), Nick Welker (Bass, Vocals), and Justin Kruger (Drums, Vocals) — will perform live at the Egremont Barn.
Carolers sing near sunset at the annual Williamstown Holiday Walk. Photo courtesy of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
Dec 3 2023 @ 9:00 am
The 40th Annual Holiday Walk in Williamstown opens with holiday sounds and spirit and festivities with winter flair.

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