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Downtown Festive Frolic

December 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Park Square at the winter holidays. Photo by Shaun Muldowney, courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield Inc.
Photo by Shaun Muldowney

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will host a Downtown Festive Frolic on Friday and Saturday, with the Park Square Tree Lighting, Holiday First Fridays Artswalk, an Elf Invasion Pub Crawl, Pictures with Santa, Free Kids’ Paint & Sip and other free arts and craft and activities.

Friday night

The Park Square Tree Lighting Ceremony will return in-person on Friday, starting at 6 p.m., and anyone planning to attend the ceremony are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center’s food pantry.

A wreath holds ceramic vessels among the evergreens at the annual holiday auction at the Litchtenstein Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield
Downtown Pittsfield

A wreath holds ceramic vessels among the evergreens at the annual holiday auction at the Litchtenstein Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield

The Wreath Art Auction also makes its return to the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, on Friday. Dozens of local artists and members of the Springside Greenhouse Group have donated their talent, time, and materials to create original holiday wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls, and more.

All of the proceeds from the sale of these original works of art will be donated to the South Congregational Church’s food pantry.

The preview party begins at 5 p.m., and the live auction will take place after the Park Square Tree Lighting, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation, and light food and beverages will be available.

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Otto’s Kitchen & Comfort, 95 East Street, will host a free Hot Chocolate Bar with all the fixins and a Photo Booth from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 2.

Berkshire Art Center (BAC), 141 North Street, will offer a Free Family Drop-In Holiday Art activity from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Families are welcome to join in at their own pace with the guidance and support of a faculty artist. Free Family Drop-Ins are open to everyone (no need to sign up ahead), and all children will need to come with an adult.

A young artist shapes clay at the Berkshire Arts Center. Press image courtesy of the Berkshire Arts Center
Berkshire Arts Center

A young artist shapes clay at the Berkshire Arts Center. Press image courtesy of the Berkshire Arts Center

Lee Bank, 75 North Street, will offer free hot chocolate and drop-in ornament making from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Artists at the historic Clock Tower will host a Holiday Open Studios on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third floor of the Clock Tower at 75 South Church Street. The artists have created new original small paintings and prints as well.

Artists of the Guild Berkshire Artists will bring artwork from their studios to TKG Real Estate for a holiday art market — earrings, cards, small paintings, prints, and more.

Birch and fir trees show against a field of snow in Sally Tiska Rice's winter painting. Photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield
Sally Tiska Rice

Birch and fir trees show against a field of snow in Sally Tiska Rice's winter painting. Photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield

Art openings and exhibits come to town in the Holiday First Fridays Artswalk too, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, Hotel on North, and Soma’s Aromas, among others.

On Friday, Witch Slapped will stay open until 8 p.m. with The Emerald Phoenix popped up and a free kids’ ornament-making event from 5 to 8 p.m. At 6:30 they will hold a Drag Storytime as Island Fawn reads a children’s holiday story.

Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness will host a healing Sound Bath with Antoinette Simms on Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. They invite guests to listen and receive resonant sounds from crystal and Tibetan bowls, a crystal harp, chimes, and their own sounds, to be guided into a natural state of relaxation and self-healing.

Linda Petrocine abstracted winterberries glow against a clouded winter sky. Photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield
Linda Petrocine

Linda Petrocine abstracted winterberries glow against a clouded winter sky. Photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will partner with Berkshire Mountain Distillers for an Elf Invasion Pub Crawl starting at 7 p.m. on Friday — crawl locations will include Patrick’s Pub, 101 Restaurant & Bar, Flat Burger Society, Thistle & Mirth and Methuselah Bar & Lounge. Crawlers will be able get an Elf ID which will give them a tasting of a specific Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ product at each place.

Saturday

Saturday’s Downtown Festive Frolic events open with Santa at The Beacon Cinema from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All children are welcome to take a free photo with Santa. If you are able, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. asks that you bring a new pair of socks to donate in exchange for the photo. Thank you to the RSVP volunteers who will be on hand to help with this event.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present a Free Holiday Kids’ Paint & Sip sponsored by Adams Community Bank from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for ages 5 to 12, although older children are welcome. All materials, instruction, snacks, and juice will be provided, and children are welcome to drop in any time with an adult.

Ilene Richard's abstract painting holds winter colors in silver and bronze. Photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield
Ilene Richard

Ilene Richard's abstract painting holds winter colors in silver and bronze. Photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield

The Berkshire Family YMCA and Action Sports and Travel will host their annual Splashmas with Santa from noon to 2 p.m., at the Pittsfield Branch of the YMCA. Visit with an underwater scuba diving Santa Claus and try out kayaking, canoeing and underwater Christmas Tree decorating. Out of the pool there will also be cookie and wreath decorating and refreshments.

The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a free winter-themed drop-in craft for children ages 4-10 in the Children’s Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last, and t Berkshire Art Center will host a Free Family Drop-In Holiday Art activity from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Berkshire Art Center will also offer an Image Transfer Totes Workshop with artist Diane Firtell from 1 to 3 p.m. Using the image transfer technique, students will learn to transform a canvas tote bag into a work of art. Students will be provided with images of florals, animals, geometric designs, etc. to use or are welcome to bring their own laser printed image for a more personalized design. (Sign up ahead through BAC.)

On Saturday, all classes at Berkshire Fitness and Wellness Center will be free, and anyone who stops by in a festive outfit will receive a free 1-month membership.

Soma’s Aromas will host a Shop & Sip from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a Berkshire Box Co. pop-up, and Witch Slapped will open early at 10 a.m. with Love, Auntie Liz popped up and a Witch Slapped Penny Sale. Drop-in to create your own Witch Ball or Yule Ornament.

The Berkshire Museum will present Wingmasters’ World of Owls at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. with live owls, showing how owls use their specialized powers of sight, hearing, and flight to survive and thrive.

This educational program is presented by Wingmasters, a partnership of two licensed raptor rehabilitators dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey.

A ticket for this program also includes admission to two new exhibitions Hoot’s Holiday: A Solstice Tale and Santa Classics by Philadelphia-based artist Ed Wheeler. In Hoot’s Holiday, follow Hoot, an owl living on the roof of the Museum, and prepare for a Winter Solstice party by traveling through time and visiting historic locations around the Berkshires.

Santa Classics includes a selection of 31 works along with the Museum’s 15-foot tall decorated tree in the center of the Ellen Crane Memorial Room. “Wingmasters’ World of Owls” is recommended for ages 5 and up.

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Event Details

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Date:
December 2, 2022
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Event Location

Downtown Pittsfield
33 Dunham Mall
Pittsfield, MA
413-443-6501

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