Week ahead April 25 to May 1

Monday, April 25

Books & Writing

Bloomsday in Williamstown — “Don Quixote” reading the classic comedy aloud chapter by chapter, week by week, 7:30 p.m. at the Log, 78 Spring St., Williamstown. bloomsdayinwilliamstown@gmail.com

 

Music

Williams College — Emerson String Quartet performs Haydn, Shostakovich and Brahms, 8 p.m., free. Master class with visiting artists 4:15 p.m. in Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours on 329 acres near the Housatonic River, quartzite and marble outcrops with 800 species of plants and unusual variety of ferns. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets … 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

 

Tuesday, April 26

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours on 329 acres near the Housatonic River, quartzite and marble outcrops with 800 species of plants and unusual variety of ferns. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets … 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

 

Wednesday, April 27

 

Books

Bennington College — Poetry reading with Cathy Park Hong, 7 p.m. Author of “Engine Empire”; “Translating Mo’um,” which received a Pushcart Prize; and “Dance Dance Revolution,” winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; editor of The New Republic and associate professor at Sarah Lawrence College. Tishman Hall,1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux,” 1 p.m. broadcast live in HD from Metropolitan Opera, 1 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — Midweek music, traditional and unexpected student performances, 12:15 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours on 329 acres near the Housatonic River, quartzite and marble outcrops with 800 species of plants and unusual variety of ferns. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets … 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Mass Audubon — Evening at the beaver ponds, 6:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday, April 28

 

Books & Writers

Battenkill Books — Poetry night, bring original or well-known work to share, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y., 518-677-2515, battenkillbooks.com

 

Music

Guthrie Center — Hootenany, music jam 8 p.m., doors open at 7. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. 413-538-1955, guthriecenter.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Wildflowers and watercolors workshop noon to 4 p.m. Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets … 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Mass Audubon — Spring stampede and salamander search, 5:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Bennington College — “Sitcom” episodic performances students have written, rehearsed and prodeced in a week and a half, 10 p.m. DownCaf, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Paramount Theatre — “”Rabbit Hole,” a couple shattered and searching for comfort, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

Weston Playhouse — Weston 101 series talk 7 p.m. on “All My Sons,” play in Weston’s summer 2016 lineup, Burr & Burton Academy, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-824-8167 x104 or pgoodeve@westonplayhouse.org.

 

Friday, April 29

 

Books and Writers

University of Albany — Visiting writers series: Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín, whose novel “Brooklyn” inspired the hit independent film, will speak 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center. Albany, N.Y. albany.edu/writers-inst

 

Dance

Bennington College — Senior dance concert program, 8 p.m. Martha Hill Theatre. 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Williams College ’62 Center — Dance Dhamaka, 8 p.m. Williams College’s Indian Dance Team dedicated to the expression of joy, hope, and beauty performs Bollywood-style dances, Bhangra and other styles of Indian dancing. Dhamaka means explosion.  1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Music

Williams College — Williams Jazz Ensemble, Big Band canon with a focus on modern comositions, 8 p.m. Chapin Hall, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

Williams College Museum of Art —Williams College Chamber Choir performs in the rotunda, 4 p.m., free. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive off Route 2, Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours on 329 acres near the Housatonic River, quartzite and marble outcrops with 800 species of plants and unusual variety of ferns. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets … 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Hildene — Bird walk with Vermont Bird and Sky Watch, 8 a.m., free. Robert Todd Lincoln family mansion, historic home of the son of Abraham Lincoln, Hildene Farm with herd of goats, Pullman car Sunbeam and about 12 miles of trails. 1005 Hildene Road, off Route 7A, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-1788, hildene.org

Mass Audubon — Bird walk looking for spring newcomers, 8 a.m., Canoe Meadows sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” witchcraft frenzy in puritanical Salem, 8 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Paramount Theatre — “”Rabbit Hole,” a couple shattered and searching for comfort, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

 

Saturday, April 30

Books & writing

Williamstown Rural Lands — Imagine the World poetry workshop 1:30 p.m. with Kate Levering, the Wandering Poet, at Sheep Hill in Williamstown. Celebrate Earth Day, free. Register kclevering@gmail.com. kate-levering.squarespace.com

 

Dance

Bennington College — Senior dance concert program, 8 p.m. Martha Hill Theatre. 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Williams College ’62 Center — Dance Dhamaka, 8 p.m. Williams College’s Indian Dance Team dedicated to the expression of joy, hope, and beauty performs Bollywood-style dances, Bhangra and other styles of Indian dancing. Dhamaka means explosion.  1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

History

Bryant House — Clean and Glean, behind-the scenes opportunity to clean the iconic collections, prepare the home for seasonal tours and learn with our Curator of Collections, Mark Wilson. Come and go 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. Free. thetrustees.org/volunteer, 413-532-1631, ext. 3110.

Naumkeag — Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele opens for weekend house tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trustees of Reservations property, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3008. thetrustees.org
Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Strauss’s “Elektra,” 1 p.m. broadcast live in HD from Metropolitan Opera, 1 p.m. Scott Eyerly’s pre-opera talk, 11 a.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — Basement Music Series: Mike and Ruthy Band, 8 p.m. Jubilant Americana with fiddle and banjo, drums, bass, pedal steel and organ. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartsxchange.com

Williams College — Sambadende, 8 p.m. Brazilian music group founded by Ty Hammes, who had lived in Salvador and performed with Olodum and other blocos in Bahia and re-created that music scene in Colorado. Chapin Hall, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

Williams College Museum of Art —Williams College Chamber Choir performs in the rotunda, 4 p.m., free. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive off Route 2, Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours on 329 acres near the Housatonic River, quartzite and marble outcrops with 800 species of plants and unusual variety of ferns. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Hands-on workshop on planting shrubs and ornamental trees, 9:30 a.m. with Arborist Ken Gooch, the Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation. Bring work gloves. “Cultivating Mushrooms,” winecaps, oysters and shiitakes, 1 p.m. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets …  Sheep shearing. 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Hoffmann bird club — Search for American Bittern, Waterthrushes, Virginia Rails, Cuckoos and more. Meet 7:30 a.m. at The Creamery on Route 9 in Cummington. Leader Charles Quinlan, 413-634-0334

Mass Audubon — Volunteer day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Canoe Meadows sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” witchcraft frenzy in puritanical Salem, 2 and 8 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Paramount Theatre — “”Rabbit Hole,” a couple shattered and searching for comfort, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

 

Sunday, May 1

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Spring celebrations: Williams percussion ensemble 10 a.m., “Flowers, Fresh Starts, and Frivolity” gallery talks, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., folk music by Irish trio Dublin Porter, noon to 3 p.m., artmaking, including creating paper flower crowns, bouquets, and May carts, 1 to 4 p.m., artist demonstration with a professional florist from Mount Williams Greenhouses 1 to 4 p.m., flower arrangements 1 to 4 p.m., hiking the trails and exploring Stone Hill. Free admission on first Sundays monthly. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Dance

Bennington College — Senior dance concert program, 2 p.m. Martha Hill Theatre. 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Irena Sendler — “In the Name of Their Mothers,” Holocaust film and program 2 p.m. Place TBD. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

 

Food

Dorset Farmers Market — Vegetables and fruits, breads and pastries, cheeses and wines, meat and poultry, eggs, condiments and pickles crafts, and live music. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J.K. Adams, 1430 Route 30, Dorset, Vt. 802-353-9656, dorsetfarmersmarket.com

 

History

Naumkeag: Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White house tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3008. thetrustees.org

 

Music

Berkshire Strings — Jam session 1 to 3 p.m. in folk, Americana, bluegrass and contradance music, all ages and instruments welcome. Free. Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School. berkshiresummerstrings.com

Williams College Museum of Art — Williams College Chamber Choir performs in the rotunda, 4 p.m., free. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive off Route 2, Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours on 329 acres near the Housatonic River, quartzite and marble outcrops with 800 species of plants and unusual variety of ferns. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets … Sheep shearing. 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Hoffmann bird club — Half-day ramble through BNRC’s Steepletop Reserve in New Marlborough. Waterproof boots recommended. Meet 7:30 a.m. at the Old Inn on the Green, 134 Hartsville-New Marlboro Road, New Marlborough. Contact leader Doug Bruce, 413-499-0596

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” witchcraft frenzy in puritanical Salem, 2 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Photo at the top: Merganser ducks and many migrating birds are returning to Berkshire rivers. Courtesy photo by Quartl.

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