Holiday events this weekend

Great Barrington’s Holiday Stroll, Shire City Sanctuary’s Holiday Shindy, latkes at Hanukkah parties, theater, music … this weekend is full to brimming. For a monthong schedule, see the BTW Holiday Guide 2015. Thanks to Rabbi Rachel Barenblat for the photo above.

 

Friday, Dec. 11

Happy Hanukkah!

 

Art

Bennington Museum — “Festival Reimagined” today through Dec. 29: Local contemporary artists reinterpret a Grassroots sculpture, the Memory Ware Tower. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Holiday Shindy — More than 50 local artists and artisans at Crispina ffrench’s 26th annual event, from candles, fiber arts and screenprints to ceramics, woorworking and jewelry and more, ticketed preview 5 to 8 p.m. Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

MCLA Gallery 51 — “Spectacle 99” annual affordable art show, work by local artists, show through Dec. 27. 51 Main St., North Adams. mcla.edu

Monterey Library — “4 Elements,” Knox Gallery’s winter community group exhibit, baskets, fiber arts, ceramics, painting and more, through Jan. 23. 452 Main Road, Monterey. montereymasslibrary.org

 

Community

Arrowhead — Winter tours of Herman Melville’s historic house 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour to coincide with the opening of “In the Heart of the Sea,” by Ron Howard, the story of the whale ship Essex, foundered by a giant whale in 1820, which inspired “Moby-Dick.” Museum shop open weekdays to Dec. 21. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. berkshirehistory.org

Annual Winter Dinner — Potluck latke dinner and Community Crib Collection, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Shabbat Service led by the Religious School and Youth Group with music. Collecting new clothing, books, toys, baby formula, diapers etc. for children aged 6 months through 18 years old for donation to through Christian Center to local groups. All welcome. Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-5910, AnsheAmunim.org

Berkshire Museum — Festival of Trees, more than 80 decorated trees in the galleries with “American West” and “Go West” shows. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Chanukah Party — Candle-lighting and collection of wrapped gifts for a child in support of the many women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence and provided shelter by the Elizabeth Freeman Center. 5:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St., North Adams., 413-663-5389, cbiweb.org

Gingerbread house contest — Gingerbread houses on view through Dec. 18. Categories include adult, child and family. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. berkshiresouth.org

Hevreh 40th anniversary party — Potluck Dinner starts 6 p.m. with plenty of latkes and gelt. Shabbat Service 7:30 pm. with Joshua Zecher-Ross as cantorial soloist accompanied by a 5-piece band. Music led by the Hevreh Choir. Premier viewing of Hevreh’s historical documentary created by Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative. All are welcome. 270 State Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-6378, Hevreh.org

Hildene — Robert Todd and Mary Lincoln’s home decorated for the holidays as they might have done when they stayed here in the early 1900s. Trails open. 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. hildene.org

Manchester Merriment — Manchester’s Historical Society free walking tours of Bonnet Street and Main Street, 2 to 4 p.m., leaving on the hour from the Visitor Welcome Center. Shopping specials 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Route 11/30 Pub Crawl 6:30 to 10 p.m  at The Perfect Wife, Ravens Den, Bistro Henry, Garlic John’s, Zoey’s Double Hex and Brasserie L’Ousteau offering holiday pub fare. visitmanchestervt.com

Ventfort Hall — Home for the holidays, Gilded Age mansion decorated for Christmas through Jan. 10. 104 Walker St., Lenox. gildedage.org

 

Kids

Paramount Theater — “Elf the Musical Jr.” with Rutland Youth Theater, 7 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0570, paramountvt.org

 

Music

Troy Music Hall — Christmas with the Cadets of La Salle Institute and blues jazz ensemble, 7:30 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Theater

Dorset Players — “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 7:30 p.m. The six rough and wild Herdman children get involved in the annual pageant with unconventional and powerful results. Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. dorsetplayers.org

Ghent Playhouse — Pantoloons return with Pantomime, “Snow White: House of Dwarfs,” 8 p.m. Comic retake of a classic fairy tale. Written by The Pantoloons and directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent N.Y. ghentplayhouse.org

Town Players of Pittsfield — “Christmastime in the City 2” holiday variety show, 8 p.m., Whitney Center of the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279, townplayers.org

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

 

Happy Hanukkah!

 

Art

Bennington Museum — Family Day and Children’s Shopping Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visits with Santa, book signing with Will Moses, children’s shopping gallery and more. “Festival Reimagined” today through Dec. 29: Local contemporary artists reinterpret a Grassroots sculpture, the Memory Ware Tower. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Festival for the Holidays — 16th annual showcase of hand-crafted products by local artisans 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends through Dec. 20. Sheffield Historical Society at the Old Stone Store, Route 7, Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.org

Holiday Shindy — More than 50 local artists and artisans at Crispina ffrench’s 26th annual event, from candles, fiber arts and screenprints to ceramics, woorworking and jewelry and more, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. Admission free. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

Notchview — Evergreen Craft Making noon to 2 p.m. with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow. Balsam or Fraser fir trees available, hot chocolate and treats, noon to 3 p.m. Notchview Nordic Ski Center, Route 9, Windsor. 413-532-1631, ext. 10

MCLA Gallery 51 — “Spectacle 99” annual affordable art show, work by local artists, show through Dec. 27. 51 Main St., North Adams. mcla.edu

Monterey Library — “4 Elements,” Knox Gallery’s winter community group exhibit, baskets, fiber arts, ceramics, painting and more, through Jan. 23. 452 Main Road, Monterey. montereymasslibrary.org

Winter Farmers Market — Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market in The Lighthouse of The Boys and Girls Club, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, fruits, vegetables, breads, baked goods, coffee, art, and more. Hot coffee and healthy breakfast and lunch option available. Live music. alchemyinitiative.org

 

Community

Arlington Tree Lighting — Caroling and treats 4 p.m., hosted by Arlington Garden Club, Arlington, Vt. visitmanchestervt.com

Arrowhead — Winter tours of Herman Melville’s historic house 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour to coincide with the opening of “In the Heart of the Sea,” by Ron Howard, the story of the whale ship Essex, foundered by a giant whale in 1820, which inspired “Moby-Dick.” Museum shop open weekdays to Dec. 21. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. berkshirehistory.org

Berkshire Museum — Festival of Trees, more than 80 decorated trees in the galleries with “American West” and “Go West” shows. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Christmas Community Potluck — Savoring community favorites: Roast beef, turkey and stuffing and seafood bisque at an old-fashioned dinner 6 to 8 p.m. in the ManchesterCommunity Library with Olympia Lodge, The Perfect Wife and Vermont.com.

Christmas Tea – 75th annual  gathering at St. Peter’s Church, 3 to 5:30 p.m.  Formal tea service with live music, baked items and specialty gift shop. Bennington, Vt. betterbennington.com

Christmas Party — Mount Anthony Country Club, 7:30 p.m. with dinner and dancing. Bennington, Vt. betterbennington.com

Great Barrington Holiday Stroll — Story hour 3 to 4 p.m. at Berkshire Community College southern campus. Stroll with shops open late, live windows, letters to Santa, raffles, face painting, character parade with Santa, holiday tree walk, Light up the Berkshires on Chanukah, holiday photo cutouts, North Pole Lane and Rudolph’s Place, tree lighting, 4 to 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 7:20. Downtown Great Barrington. southernberkshirechamber.com

Gingerbread house contest — Gingerbread houses on view through Dec. 18. Categories include adult, child and family. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. berkshiresouth.org

Hildene — Robert Todd and Mary Lincoln’s home decorated for the holidays as they might have done when they stayed here in the early 1900s. Trails open. 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. hildene.org

Holiday Open House Inn tour — Local inns of Southern Vermont open houses 1 to 5 p.m. with music and activities at Arlington Inn, Barrows House, Dorset Inn, Equinox Resort and Spa, Hill Farm Inn, Inn at Manchester, Inn at Ormsby Hill, Inn at West View Farm, Ira Allen House, Marble West Inn, Olympia Lodge, Reluctant Panther, Squire House Bed & Breakfast, West Mountain Inn and Wilburton Inn. Tickets at inns and Manchester and the Mountains. visitmanchestervt.com

Hubbard Hall — 20th annual breakfast and celebration of holiday traditions around the world, 9 a.m. Enjoy the tastes, sights, and sounds of a Swedish Christmas. with a performance by the Hubbard Hall Youth Chorale. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Lessons and Carols — Annual interfaith service 4 p.m., all welcome. Williams College, Thompson Memorial Chapel, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays” exhibit through Jan. 8: Holiday illustrations, magazine covers and cards, paintings inspired by  Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol,” costumes and props from Rockwell’s artwork. Route 183, Stockbridge. nrm.org

Ventfort Hall — Home for the holidays, Gilded Age mansion decorated for Christmas through Jan. 10. 104 Walker St., Lenox. gildedage.org

 

Kids

Dollhouse and Toy Museum — Seasonal displays of nutcrackers and tiny trees. Collection of dollhouses from Cape Cod to Victorian, dolls, trains and trucks, toys. Open 1 to 4 p.m. in an 1850s victorian house. 212 Union Street, Bennington, Vt. dollhouseandtoymuseumofvermont.com

Great Barrington libraries — Winter storytelling and caroling with Mary Jo Maichak, 2 p.m. before the Great Barrington Stroll. Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington. gblibraries.org

Paramount Theater — “Elf the Musical Jr.” with Rutland Youth Theater, 2 and 7 p.m. Shakespeare on Main Street’s “Christmas Carol,” 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0570, paramountvt.org

Whitney Center for the Arts — David Grover performs original and favorite tunes in a family concert, 10 a.m. 42 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield

 

Music

Bennington County Choral Society — Music of the French Cathedrals: Jules Massenet, Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré, 7 p.m., Calder Hall at Currier Center, Putney School, Putney, Vt. bccsmusic.wordpress.com

Close Encounters with Music — “Dually Noted,” piano music for four hands with Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank: Moonlight Sonata, Nutcracker Suite, Debussy and Mozart, 6 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Troy Music Hall — The Many Moods of Christmas concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Robert Shaw’s collection of acousticsettings of carols with Albany Pro Musica, 7:30 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Outdoors

Stroll with Santa — Half-mile walk with snacks and stories, 10 a.m. to noon. Explore the nature trail in winter and watch for wildlife. Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013

 

Theater

Berkshire Theatre Group — ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story. 7 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre. 111 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiretheatergroup.org

Dorset Players — “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 7:30 p.m. The six rough and wild Herdman children get involved in the annual pageant with unconventional and powerful results. Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. dorsetplayers.org

Ghent Playhouse — Pantoloons return with Pantomime, “Snow White: House of Dwarfs,” 8 p.m. Comic retake of a classic fairy tale. Written by The Pantoloons and directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent N.Y. ghentplayhouse.org

The Mount — The Liar Show: A Holiday Tradition 7 p.m., a New York performance. Andy, Tara Clancy, Martin Dockery, and Andy Ross tell tstories of the holiday season and challenge the audience to decide which are true. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Sandisfield Arts Center — “Hansel and Gretel,” Sandisfield players and local children perform the classic fairy tale, 2 p.m. Farmington River School students exhibit artwork, opening reception 2 p.m. 5 Hammertown Road, Route 57, Sandisfield. sandisfieldartscenter.org

Town Players of Pittsfield — “Christmastime in the City 2” holiday variety show, 8 p.m., Whitney Center of the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279, townplayers.org

 

Sunday, Dec. 13

 

Happy Hanukkah!

 

Art

Bennington Museum — “Festival Reimagined” today through Dec. 29: Local contemporary artists reinterpret a Grassroots sculpture, the Memory Ware Tower. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Festival for the Holidays — 16th annual showcase of hand-crafted products by local artisans 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends through Dec. 20. Sheffield Historical Society at the Old Stone Store, Route 7, Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.org

Holiday Shindy — More than 50 local artists and artisans at Crispina ffrench’s 26th annual event, from candles, fiber arts and screenprints to ceramics, woorworking and jewelry and more, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. Admission free. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

MCLA Gallery 51 — “Spectacle 99” annual affordable art show, work by local artists, show through Dec. 27. 51 Main St., North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Community

Arrowhead — Winter tours of Herman Melville’s historic house 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour to coincide with the opening of “In the Heart of the Sea,” by Ron Howard, the story of the whale ship Essex, foundered by a giant whale in 1820, which inspired “Moby-Dick.” Museum shop open weekdays to Dec. 21. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. berkshirehistory.org

Berkshire Museum — Festival of Trees, more than 80 decorated trees in the galleries with “American West” and “Go West” shows. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Chanukah Party — Ahavath Sholom’s annual gathering, a vegetarian pot luck: Bring salads, kugels and latkes, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Applegate Inn, 279 West Park St., Lee. applegateinn.com

Chabad Chanukah Family Festival — Public menorah kindling of the holiday’s 8th candle with l ve music, face painting, dancing, hot potato latkes, donuts, chocolate Chanukah coins, a grand raffle and dreidels. Mime/Circus/Illusion/Comedian Jody Scalise, “The Motion Man,” with giant bubbles, juggling balls, rolla bola, invisible stairs, malleable dancing, ukulele, impish sleight of hand and more, 4 p.m. Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough. 413-499-9899, Jewishberkshires.org

Gingerbread house contest — Gingerbread houses on view through Dec. 18. Categories include adult, child and family. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. berkshiresouth.org

Hildene — Robert Todd and Mary Lincoln’s home decorated for the holidays as they might have done when they stayed here in the early 1900s. Trails open. 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. hildene.org

Houghton Mansion — Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit Lafayette Greylock Lodge for building fund. 172 Church St., North Adams, For ghost tour information, 413-358-5239, houghtonmansionghosttours.org

Lessons and Carols — Annual interfaith service 4 p.m., all welcome. Williams College, Thompson Memorial Chapel, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays” exhibit through Jan. 8: Holiday illustrations, magazine covers and cards, paintings inspired by  Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol,” costumes and props from Rockwell’s artwork. Route 183, Stockbridge. nrm.org

Ventfort Hall — Home for the holidays, Gilded Age mansion decorated for Christmas through Jan. 10. 104 Walker St., Lenox. gildedage.org

 

Kids

Dollhouse and Toy Museum — Seasonal displays of nutcrackers and tiny trees. Collection of dollhouses from Cape Cod to Victorian, dolls, trains and trucks, toys. Open 1 to 4 p.m. in an 1850s victorian house. 212 Union Street, Bennington, Vt. dollhouseandtoymuseumofvermont.com

Paramount Theater — Shakespeare on Main Street’s “Christmas Carol,” 2 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0570, paramountvt.org

 

Music

Berkshire Museum —  Price Memorial AME Church Choir will perform, 10 a.m. Festival of Trees. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Club Helsinki — Hedda Lettuce presents Lettuce Rejoice, and explosive holiday spectacular, 8 p.m. 405 Columbia St., Hudson, N.Y., helsinkihudson.com.

Stardusters Concert — Alliance Church, 7 p.m. Hoosick, N.Y.  518-686-9050, hayc3.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers — Hike Tower Mountain Access Trail to Taconic Crest Trail, about seven miles. Kathy Lee 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com

Constitution Hill Hike — Historic loop trail running over an old farmwith Bershire Natural Resources Council, 10 a.m. Wear blaze orange and sturdy footwear; bring water and a snack. Parking on Bridge Street, off Route 7, Lanesborough. bnrc.net

 

Theater

Berkshire Theatre Group — ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story. 2 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre. 111 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiretheatergroup.org

Dorset Players — “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 2 p.m. The six rough and wild Herdman children get involved in the annual pageant with unconventional and powerful results. Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. dorsetplayers.org

Ghent Playhouse — Pantoloons return with Pantomime, “Snow White: House of Dwarfs,” 2 p.m. Comic retake of a classic fairy tale. Written by The Pantoloons and directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent N.Y. ghentplayhouse.org

Sandisfield Arts Center — “Hansel and Gretel,” Sandisfield players and local children perform the classic fairy tale, 2 p.m. Farmington River School students exhibit artwork. 5 Hammertown Road, Route 57, Sandisfield. sandisfieldartscenter.org

Town Players of Pittsfield — “Christmastime in the City 2” holiday variety show, 2 p.m., Whitney Center of the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279, townplayers.org

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