Thanksgiving weekend events

The holiday season is coming in with lights, live music and downtown festivals. As I put together a digital holiday magazine with events and stories through New Years, I have been gathering events for Thanksgiving weekend as well, from Arlo Guthrie to pantomime. Look for the holiday magazine early next week, and happy Thanksgiving all!

 

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Alice’s Restaurant — Co Presented with The Guthrie Center: Arlo Guthrie joins a screening of Alice’s Restaurant, an on-stage interview moderated by WAMC’s Alan Chartock and an audience Q & A. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

North Adams Tree Lighting — Annual ceremony and Hometown Holidays kick-off event at Monument Square on Main Street (between the First Congregational and First Baptist Churches) to count down the seconds until the switch is thrown and thousands of lights adorn the downtown. Santa will visit with free goodie bags. Holiday music by the Drury Band.

 

Thursday, Nov. 26

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkeys strut at Hancock Shaker Village. Photo by Susan Geller

Turkeys strut at Hancock Shaker Village. Photo by Susan Geller

Friday, Nov. 27

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

Handmade Holiday — Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s pop-up shop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with cards, ceramics, jewelry, quilts, cutting boards, knitwear, felted puppets, fired glass, baskets, paper crafts and edible delicacies made by dozens of Columbia, Ulster, and Berkshire area residents. Admission free. 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. 518-392-3693, spencertownacademy.org

 

Community

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

Dorset Gingerbread Houses — displayed throughout the Dorset community at local shops in Dorset, Vt., starting today. visitmanchestervt.com

Dorset Tractor Parade — Lighted tractors leave H.N. Wiliams at 5:15 p.m. to circle the Green, Route 30, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-5353

Hancock Shaker Village — Museum shop open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for end-of-season open house. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. hancockshakervillage.org

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 today through Jan. 10. 104 Walker St., Lenox. gildedage.org

Wreath-making workshop — Mettawee Mill Garden Center, 10 a.m. Open house and farmers market to benefit Manchester Food Cupboard through Nov. 29. 4977 Vermont Route 30, Dorset, Vt. 802-325-3006, dorsetvt.com

 

Kids

Paramount Theater — “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the Musical” 2 and 7 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0570, paramountvt.org

 

Theater

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

Mount Anthony Country Club — Black Friday Comedy Show 8:30 p.m. 180 Country Club Drive, Bennington, Vt.

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 28

 

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

Handmade Holiday — Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s pop-up shop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with cards, ceramics, jewelry, quilts, cutting boards, knitwear, felted puppets, fired glass, baskets, paper crafts and edible delicacies made by dozens of Columbia, Ulster, and Berkshire area residents. Admission free. 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. 518-392-3693, spencertownacademy.org

 

Community

Bennington Hometown Holiday – Downtown event with strolling carolers, street decorations, live performances of Christmas stories, Bennington Farmers Market, free gift wrapping, hot chocolate, homemade treats and activities throughout the day. betterbennington.com

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

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

Hancock Shaker Village — Museum shop open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for end-of-season open house. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. hancockshakervillage.org

Holiday Open House — Equinox Valley Nursery, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas trees and wreathes, hot cocoa, popcorn and s’mores by the fire. Santa visits from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 1158 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2610, equinoxvalleynursery.com

Manchester Vt. tree lighting — Holiday Tree Lighting with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Town Green with cookie contest at 4:30 p.m., carols with Bruce White at 5 p.m. and

Town Illumination at 5:30. Hot Chocolate, cider, coffee and cookies. visitmanchestervt.com

Open house and farmers market — Mettawee Mill Garden Center, 10 a.m. to benefit Manchester Food Cupboard through Nov. 29. Santa 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., children’s holiday ornament workshops 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., food sampling noon to 4 p.m. 4977 Vermont Route 30, Dorset, Vt. 802-325-3006, dorsetvt.com

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

Northshire Bookstore — “Manchester: The Poet Is In,” 2 p.m. Inspired by an event at Grand Central Station, members of the Gossamer Stone Poets Group will offer poetry writing improv with human prompts: have a poem written on the spot. Free, donations to benefit Book Angels Program, giving holiday gifts to children. 4869 Main St., Mancester, Vt. Northshire.com

Salem Christmas Parade — Downtown event with horsses and carriages, 1 p.m., Salem, N.Y. salemnychamber.com

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

 

Film

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — “The Wzard of Oz” on the big screen, 4 and 7 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Music

Berkshire Bach Society — Messiah sing-in, 4 p.m. with Berkshire Bach Players on violins, viola, cello, trumpet and piano, free. First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington. berkshirebach.org

Colonial Theatre — The Mary Verdi Christmas Show, 2 and 7 p.m. Berkshire singer/songwriter with her her band and Billy Keene, The Dalton Ballet Troupe, a Children’s Choir, Berkshire Music School Violinists, The Berkshire Concert Choir and Santa. 111 South St., Pittsfield. maryverdi.com

Manchester Music Festival — Thanksgiving Concert 4 p.m., Chamber works by Haydn and Boccherini by Manchester Festival String Quartet (Deborah Buck and Joana Genova, violins, Ariel Rudiakov, viola and Benjamin Capps, cello) with special guest Brett Grigsby, guitar. United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, Dorset, Vt. 802-362-1956, mmfvt.org. Tickets also at Northshire Bookstore.

Troy Music Hall — Windham Hill: A Winter’s Solstice concert with pianist Liz Story, singer and instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and guitarist Sean Harkness, 7:30 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Theater

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

 

 

Sunday, Nov. 29

 

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

Hancock Shaker Village — Museum shop open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for end-of-season open house. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. hancockshakervillage.org

Handmade Holiday — Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s pop-up shop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with cards, ceramics, jewelry, quilts, cutting boards, knitwear, felted puppets, fired glass, baskets, paper crafts and edible delicacies made by dozens of Columbia, Ulster, and Berkshire area residents. Admission free. 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. 518-392-3693, spencertownacademy.org

 

Community

Adams Holly Days — Free hayrides, hot cocoa, coffee and doughnuts 2 to 5 p.m., Santa at 3:30 with tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Common, Adams. town.adams.ma.us

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

Holiday Open House — Equinox Valley Nursery, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas trees and wreathes, hot cocoa, popcorn and s’mores by the fire. 1158 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2610, equinoxvalleynursery.com

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

Colonial Theater — Children’s holiday extravaganza with dysFUNK Dance Crew, Eric the Illusionist, Roger the Jester and carolers. Photo booth, clown, face painting and food including pizza, popcorn, snow cones and more. Raffles for girls’ bikes and boys’ bikes with helmets, donated by Berkshire Bank. Santa to give out children’s books donated by the Berkshire United Way and goodie bags. Reservations 413-997-4444, 111 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiretheatergroup.org

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

 

Music

Berkshire Museum —  Berkshire Hills Chorus Sweet Adelines will perform barbershop a cappella 2 p.m. with Festival of Trees. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Fort Salem Theater — The Singing Anchors Holiday Show starring Benita Zahn, Jessica Layton, and Jerry Gretzinger, 2 p.m. Salem, N.Y. salemnychamber.com

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers — Work off extra turkey with a four-mile hike through Dorothy Rice Sanctuary, Peru, Mass. Carl Filios, 413-442-8984 or cefilios@verizon.net

 

Theater

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

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