Week ahead Berkshire calendar Nov. 28 to Dec. 5

Welcome to the busiest weekend of the holiday season — a sweep of art and craft festivals, downtown celebrations from Williamstown to Lenox to Stockbridge, luminaries, carolers and concerts. In the photo above, spectators line Spring Street for the annual Reindog Parade. (Photo courtesy of Williamstown Holiday Walk.) For holiday events all month and through January, see the BTW Holiday Magazine.

 

Monday Nov. 28

 

Conversations

 

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — White State, Black Market, 5 p.m. Professor Corey Robin, City University of New York, on The Capitalism of Clarence Thomas. Speaker Series — Who the People: Punctuating Politics in the USA, Being America in the World. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu

 

Tuesday Nov. 29

 

Art

Berkshire Athenaeum — Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes with Gregory Maichack, 6 p.m., free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Clark Art Institute — The New Sense of Fate, 5:30 p.m. Robert Slifkin speaks on sculpture after World War II with pitted and mottled surfaces, coarse patina and fragmentation. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Makers Mill — Figure drawing collective 7 to 9 p.m. at community maker space. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

 

Music

Williams College — Jazz voice studio recital with students of Samirah Evans, 7 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Wednesday Nov. 30

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Presidential Politics and the Art of Thomas Nast, 3 p.m. Curators Venus Van Ness and Barbara Rundback for a gallery walk and talk on the 19th-century cartoonist who shaped elections. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Community

Berkshire Athenaeum — 3D Printing workshop, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Ramsdell Library — The Powder Keg Sessions: Writing Workshop for Women with author, blogger, mother and artist Suzi Banks Baum 6:30 p.m. 1087 Main St., Housatonic. 413-528-2403, gblibraries.org

 

Film

Images Cinema — Safety Last, 7 p.m. Harold Lloyd classic silent comedy including the famous image of Lloyd dangling from the hands of a clock tower, with live music by Donal Sosin. Part of 100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. 413-458-1039, imagescinema.org

 

Music

Williams College — Midweek music 12:15 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Violin studio recital 3 p.m., and Chinese Music Ensemble in concert 7 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — An Up Close Look at Wildlife 7 p.m. Photographs and videos with Richard Greene, and talk on “camera trapping,” its use in conservation and science. Liebowitz Classroom 1 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Berkshire Natural Resources Council — Parsons Marsh Meander, 10 am. to noon. Off-trail exploration. From Lenox, follow Route 183 toward Tanglewood, turn right on Undermountain Road and follow to the sign opposite 169 Undermountain Road. Lenox. bnrc.org

 

Thursday Dec. 1

 

Art

Makers Mill — Knitting night at community maker space. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

 

Holiday

Berkshire Museum — Costume party 6 to 8 p.m.  with Now Playing: Festival of Trees, more than 100 trees by local organizations reflecting a movie theme, to benefit the museum’s educational programming. Show through Dec. 31. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkhiremuseum.org

MCLA Gallery 51 — Spectacle 99 annual holiday affordable art show, work of local and previously featured artists at MCLA Gallery 51, and includes functional ware, sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, postcards, key chains, t-shirts, collages, photography and printmaking. Opening 5 to 8 p.m. Show through Dec. 30. 51 Main St., North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — And the Kids, 8 p.m. Western Mass. indie band with debut album Turn to Each Other, guitar, rhythm, synthesizer and percussion. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Troy Music Hall — Troy Chromatics Concerts presents: Mozaretum Orchestra of Salzberg 7:30 p.m. with Matthew Halls, Conductor, and Radovan Vlatkovic, Horn Soloist. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Classical voice studio recital 7 p.m. with studio of Erin Nafziger, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Friday Dec. 2

 

Art

First Fridays Artswalk — Upstreet art openings 5 to 8 p.m. Regional artists hold receptions for monthly shows at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Berkshire Museum and more than a dozen popup locations and galleries. Tours leave from the Intermodal Center. Celebration at the Whitney Center for the Arts. 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield.

Monterey Library — Between the Lines community art show opening 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Knox Gallery, 452 Main Road, Monterey. 413-528-3795, montereymasslibrary.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Meet Rockwell’s Models, 3 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for the Saturday Evening Post and other illustrations. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar — Dick Lipez reads from “www.dropdead,” A Richard Stevenson Murder Mystery: KickAssQueer is a gay website thousands go to for news, gossip, and as a forum to exchange opinions about GLBT life in America. When one of KAQ’s editors is murdered, PI Don Strachey has to uncover whether one of the site’s many harsh critics, straight or gay, is responsible for assaults on gay men in and around New York City. 5:30 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Family

Clark Art Institute — New Parents Gallery Talk, 10:15 a.m. New parents and infants welcome for a gentle talk in the galleries. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Film

The Linda — A Celebration of the First Woman Filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, 8 to 10 p.m. Three short, silent films representative of the first director’s work will be presented: A House Divided, Fool and His Money, Falling Leaves followed by a Q&A with producer and director Pamela Green, now making a feature full-length documentary film about Alice Guy-Blaché called “Be Natural.”  339 Central Ave, Albany, N.Y. 518-465-5233, thelinda.org

 

Holiday

Clark Art Institute — Holiday Concert: Latin Grammy awardwinner and children’s music artist Mister G performs originals and holiday classics, 6:30 p.m. to open holiday walk weekend. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

CCHSNY Gallery of Wreaths — 31st Annual Columbia County Historical Society  silent auction, noon to 4 p.m. Wreaths made by local community members, organizations, and artists are on display at the James Vanderpoel House, 5 Albany Ave., Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The Turn of the Scrooge,’ 8 p.m. annual holiday Pantomime with the Panto Loons, zany spin on the classic Christmas Carol story with comedy and music. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Light up the Night — Lenox holiday weekend begins 6 to 11 p.m. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. with Santa on a fire truck, caroling and a family party at the Lenox Community Center. Downtown shops open with champagne, wine and beer, raffles and games. Santa Bar Crawl 8 to 11 p.m. at bars and restaurants to benefit a local charity. Downtown Lenox. 413-637-3646, lenox.org

Main Street at Christmas — Readings around the hearth, holiday stories by the Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. 46 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5501, stockbridgelibrary.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Violin Showcase: Students of Kaori Washiyama performing highlights of their work from the fall semester, 4:30 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, Fireplace Room. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Meetinghouse Concert — Martin Grosswendt and Susanne-Salem-Schatz, American traditional and vernacular music from pre-war blues, old time and jug band to jazz standards, honky tonk and contemporary songs, 8 p.m. UU Fellowship, 108 School St., Bennington, Vt. 802-440-9816, uubennington.org

Williams College — Classical voice studio recital with students of Kerry Ryer-Parke, 2 p.m. Abigail Soloway on violin and piano, 4 p.m. Blue Note Era: Jazz ensemble in concert, 8 p.m.: Blue Note refers to a record label, a jazz club or a flatted chord tone, but also to a rich era of jazz composition and performance. between 1955 and 1965. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Saturday Dec. 3

 

Art

Williams College Museum of Art — Student Choice tours 1 p.m., highlights of exhibits including David Zink Yi solo show, ’State of Obedience’ works in many media, Ghana ThinkTank turning the tables to confront climate change, European and American Art 1689-1913, Not Set in Stone: Architectural Fragments from the Collections; Object Lab: Art across the Disciplines and more. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Stone Court Writer-in-Residence Reading with Phoebe Bright, 3 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

 

Community

Mason Library — Scents-sational Aromatherapy Program with Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations, workshop 10:30 a.m., free. 231 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-2403, gblibraries.org

 

Dance

Chatham Contradance — Jim Fownes calls with music by The Russet Trio, all dances taught. waltzing/couples dancing at 7:30, contra dancing begins at 8:00 pm. Bring a friend or come alone, no partners necessary. Morris Memorial Hall, 21 park Row, Chatham, N.Y. cococontra.org

 

Family

Northshire Bookstore — Mary Jane Begin – “My Little Pony: The Dragons on Dazzle Island” 11 a.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Film

First Saturday Documentaries — 91% Gun Violence in America, wine and cheese 7 p.m., film at 7:45 and discussion 9 to 10 p.m. Free. Sponsored by friends of GB Libraries and Claire Teague Senior center, 917 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-1881

 

Holiday

Albany Berkshire Ballet — The Nutcracker, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Annual tour of the holiday classic with Clara, the Nutcracker and the mouse king, with professional dancers and local dance students. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Alchemy Initiative — Handmade Holiday Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Juried art and artisan market with regional metalwork, woodwork, photography, food, fiber arts, jewelry and more. Demonstrations and workshop, cafe and live music. Stationary Factory, 69 Flansburg Ave., Dalton. alchemyinitiative.org

Bennington Airport – Skydiving Santa soars in for a visit, with a Paper airplane contest, indoor drone expo, food, hot cocoa, music, and more. Bennington, Vt. 802-379-7998

Bennington County Choral Society — Rejoice annual holiday performance, 7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church in Manchester, Vt. 802-733-7670, betterbennington.com

Bennington Farmers Market — Holiday Market moves indoors for the winter and extends their hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the holiday market. First Baptist Church, Bennington, Vt. benningtonfarmersmarket.org

Bennington Museum — The Festival: Reimagining Grandma Moses — Contemporary artists reimagine, reinterpret or respond to the work of Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses in holiday show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gala 7 to 10 p.m. to benefit education programs. Silent auction and live music with Jef McRae and friends. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Holiday marketplace 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Gallery of Wreathes, holiday plants and bulbs, art and crafts from some 30 vendors and local food as Stockbridge celebrates its downtown holiday walk. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Music School — Holiday music 10:30 a.m. Free holiday program with Berkshire Music School chamber ensembles. Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-442-1411, berkshiremusicschool.org

Bryant Homestead Christmas — An Old-Fashioned Christmas program with Santa, live music and entertainment and a holiday pop-up shop with local hilltown artists. 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8. Cookies, cakes, eggnog and mulled wine. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. 413-532-1631, thetrustees.org

Christmas in Cambridge — Caroling, tree lighting, special shopping, and seasonal fun. Cambridge’s 20th Annual Christmas Craft Fair will be hosted by and benefit Operation Santa Claus, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cambridge Central School, 24 Park St., Cambridge, N.Y.

CCHSNY Gallery of Wreaths — 31st Annual Columbia County Historical Society  silent auction, noon to 4 p.m. Wreaths made by local community members, organizations, and artists are on display at the James Vanderpoel House, 5 Albany Ave., Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

Christmas in Weston — An Old Fashioned Christmas Festival: tours, horse drawn wagon rides, Santa, caroling and more at the Vermont Country Store, the Museums, the Old Parish Church and  through town. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free. 12 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston, Vt. 802-824-6645, weston-vermont.com

Dorset Historical Society — Holiday open house and exhibit with trees, gifts, music and food of four eras. Route 30 at Kent Hill Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-0331, dorsetvthistory.org

Festival of Holidays — Sheffield Historical Society market of work by local artists and artisans: jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved wooden items, glass ornaments and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield. 313-229-2694, sheffieldhistoricalsociety.org

Forest and Farmland Center — Wreath Making Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. basic materials and tools on offer along with carols and hot chocolate. 3270 Route 215, Rupert, Vt. 802-394-7836. merckforest.org

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The Turn of the Scrooge,’ 8 p.m. annual holiday Pantomime with the Panto Loons, zany spin on the classic Christmas Carol story with comedy and music. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Holidays at Hancock, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hour-long visit to the Brick Dwelling with Shaker traditions related to Christmas and other holidays, seasonal decorations and sampling of Shaker Christmas music. Crafts and Cocoa 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., crafting corner with holiday-themed projects: Swallowtail bookmarks (good project for teens, adults and children with adults), also holiday cards and messages with quill pens. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Hildene — Our House for the Holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Holiday spirit in 100-year-old Carriage Barn with apple cider, Vermont tastings and fresh cider doughnuts. Pine boughs and sounds of the season. 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-1788, hildene.org

Hooked on the Holidays — Manchester Merriment Lighted Tractor Parade 5 p.m., antique and modern tractors parade from Memorial Ave. to Equinox Terrace. 5650 Main St., Manchester, Vt. The American Museum of Fly Fishing annual celebration, with fly-tying basics family activities, 1 to 4 p.m., Manchester, Vt. visitmanchestervt.com

Inn-dulgence — Self-guided tour of 11 decorated Vermont Inns in the Okemo Valley Region, noon to 5 p.m. Sample indulgences such as Mini beef Wellington, the Endless Cookie Jar, Chocolates, Fruits, Mulled Cider, Scherenschnitte Demonstrations, Bee’s Wax Candle Demonstration, Brie with Chutney and more. visitmanchestervt.com

Lenox Holiday Stroll — Festival in the afternoon. Caroling with local choirs and musicians, live pop-up theater from Shakespeare & Company and WAMTheatre actors, photo booth with props and cutouts, celebrations at downtown shops and restaurants, tastings, hot food outdoors. Nejaimes holiday extravaganza and tasting party. Downtown Lenox. 413-637-3646, lenox.org

Main Street at Christmas — Annual celebration 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with wreathes, lights and entertainment, live music and horse-drawn carriage rides, food booth and more. holiday house tour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; story time 11 a.m. at Stockbridge Library; caroling luminaria walk 6 p.m., meeting in front of Red Lion Inn; holiday concert 7:30 p.m. with Berkshire Lyric and the Blafield Children’s Chorus at the First Congregational Church.

Downtown Stockbridge. stockbridgechamber.org

Naumkeag — Christmas on Main Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tours, refreshment concessions, a holiday shop at the historic home of the Choate family. 413-298-3239, ext. 3016, thetrustees.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Stockbridge at Christmas 2 to 5 p.m. Holiday storytelling, artmaking, tours of Rockwell’s holiday art and treats. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Oldcastle Theatre – ‘A Christmas Carol,’ production of the Charles Dickens’ classic tells the story almost word-for-word, 7:30 p.m. by Shakespeare on Main Street. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564

One World Conservation Center — Holiday wreath-making workshops 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with seasonal greenery, vines, variety of greens, berries, pine cones and more, and music, cocoa and cookies. Arrangements for sale. All materials included. Bring clippers. Some work may include being outside: please dress for the weather. 413 Route 7 South, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-741

Spencertown Academy — Spencertown Academy Arts Center — Handmade Holiday Craft and Gift Show  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Curated local jewelry, quilts, band boxes, cards, children’s toys (jigsaw animals, onesies for babies, teddy bears, felted toys), bread boards, baskets, scarves, hand-knit socks, ceramics, handmade books and papers, holiday ornaments, tin sconces, scherenschnitte, shortbread, toffee, jellies, sugar plums, chocolates, wreaths. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. 518-392-3693, spencertownacademy.org

Williamstown Holiday Walk — Annual holiday celebration 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bavarian Christmas Market with pretzels, apple strudel, mulled cider and more, ‘Elf’ screening at Images Cinema 1 p.m., Reindeer 5K, Reindog parade 3:30 p.m., ornament crafting, ‘Habitat for Humanity tree showcase, ABC jewelry sale, gingerbread cookie decorating, hot chocolate and cookies, sleigh rides, penny social and nonprofit fair, souperbowl cook-off and a reading of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Tree lighting 4:30 p.m. Spring Street and downtown Williamstown. 413-458-9077, williamstownchamber.com

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Tristan und Isolde, 11:30 a.m. Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD broadcast. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Close Encounters with Music — The Passion of Camille Saint-Saëns and César Franck, 6 p.m. Program linked by composers’ passion for Augusta Holmès, a student at the Conservatoire, later a pivotal figure in the artistic circles of fin-de-siècle Paris (her daughters were famously painted at the piano by Renoir). Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Troy Music Hall — Chris Botti, innovative jazz, 8 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Woodwind chamber ensemble 4:30 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Percussion ensemble, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers — Rounds Rock Loop, Greylock. Leaves from the Visitors Center parking lot and take the Bradley Farm Trail, Northrup Trail, and Rounds Rock Trail to some scenic vistas. Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778

 

Theater

Mass MoCA — Juárez: A Documentary Mythology, 8 p.m. Exploring the community of Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, across the border from each other, one a hot zone of drug cartels and the other proclaiming itself the ‘safest city in America.’ 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Sunday Dec. 4

 

Holiday

 

Albany Berkshire Ballet — The Nutcracker, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Annual tour of the holiday classic with Clara, the Nutcracker and the mouse king, with professional dancers and local dance students. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield.413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Alchemy Initiative — Handmade Holiday Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Juried art and artisan market with regional metalwork, woodwork, photography, food, fiber arts, jewelry and more. Demonstrations and workshops, cafe and live music. Stationary Factory, 69 Flansburg Ave., Dalton. alchemyinitiative.org

Bennington County Choral Society — Rejoice annual holiday performance, 3 p.m. St. Peters Church, Bennington, Vt. 802-733-7670, betterbennington.com

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Holiday marketplace 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Gallery of Wreathes, holiday plants and bulbs, art and crafts from some 30 vendors and local food as Stockbridge celebrates its downtown holiday walk. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Bryant Homestead Christmas — An Old-Fashioned Christmas program with Santa, live music and entertainment and a holiday pop-up shop with local hilltown artists. 1 to 4 p.m. Cookies, cakes, eggnog and mulled wine. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. 413-532-1631, thetrustees.org

Cantilena Chamber Choir — Christmas at Trinity 3 p.m. Holiday concert with classics and new carol arrangements and the Taconic High School Choir. Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox. cantilenachoir.org

Clark Art Institute — The Art of Giving 1 to 4 p.m. Holiday explorations in the permanent collection and making of gifts inspired by upcoming exhibition Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints. Miniature zen gardens, silk scarves and origami. Traditional Japanese koto music. Free. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

CCHSNY Gallery of Wreathes — 31st Annual Columbia County Historical Society  silent auction, noon to 4 p.m. Wreaths made by local community members, organizations, and artists are on display at the James Vanderpoel House, 5 Albany Ave., Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

Festival of Holidays — Sheffield Historical Society market of work by local artists and artisans: jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved wooden items, glass ornaments and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield. 313-229-2694, sheffieldhistoricalsociety.org

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The Turn of the Scrooge,’ 8 p.m. annual holiday Pantomime with the Panto Loons, zany spin on the classic Christmas Carol story with comedy and music. 2 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Holidays at Hancock, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hour-long visit to the Brick Dwelling with Shaker traditions related to Christmas and other holidays, seasonal decorations and sampling of Shaker Christmas music. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Hildene — Our House for the Holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Holiday spirit in 100-year-old Carriage Barn with apple cider, Vermont tastings and fresh cider doughnuts. Pine boughs and sounds of the season. 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-1788, hildene.org

Inn-dulgence — Self-guided tour of 11 decorated Vermont Inns in the Okemo Valley Region, noon to 5 p.m. Sample indulgences such as Mini beef Wellington, the Endless Cookie Jar, Chocolates, Fruits, Mulled Cider, Scherenschnitte Demonstrations, Bee’s Wax Candle Demonstration, Brie with Chutney and more. visitmanchestervt.com

Main Street at Christmas — Re-creation of Norman Rockwell Painting on Main Street noon to 2 p.m. with antique cars and holiday activities, Rockwell photo ops, holiday music by Monument Mountain Regional High School and Santa’s Workshop noon to 2 p.m. with the Norman Rockwell Museum at St. Paul’s Church to create holiday stockings, caps and ornaments. Downtown Stockbridge. stockbridgechamber.org

Oldcastle Theatre – ‘A Christmas Carol,’ production of the Charles Dickens’ classic tells the story almost word-for-word, 2 p.m. by Shakespeare on Main Street. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564

Spencertown Academy — Spencertown Academy Arts Center — Handmade Holiday Craft and Gift Show  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Curated local jewelry, quilts, band boxes, cards, children’s toys (jigsaw animals, onesies for babies, teddy bears, felted toys), bread boards, baskets, scarves, hand-knit socks, ceramics, handmade books and papers, holiday ornaments, tin sconces, scherenschnitte, shortbread, toffee, jellies, sugar plums, chocolates, wreaths. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. 518-392-3693, spencertownacademy.org

Williams College — Unsilent Night 7 p.m., celebrating the season through music without text or religious connotation, by New York-based composer Phil Kline. People move through town with playing recorded sound. Meets on the steps of Chapin Hall, free. Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

Williamstown Holiday Craft Fair — Artists and artisans from silversmiths to jewelry to fiber art, ceramics, photographs, candles, woodwork, paintings, food vendors and more 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend of the holiday walk. Pancake breakfast. Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St., Williamstown. wlschools.org

Williamstown Rural Lands — Handmade holiday paper and gift bags, unique and earth-friendly get-together, 1 to 3 p.m. Creative wrappings, gift boxes and bags from found or repurposed materials that might otherwise be thrown away. Create origami boxes, print wrapping paper and cards, or decorate bags with natural materials. Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Spring Road, Route 7, Williamstown. 413-458-2494, wrlf.org

 

Conversations

Lenox Library — Elwood H. Smith, Illustrator “An Art Career Morphs into a Circus,” 4 p.m. Distinguished Lecture Series 2016-17, free. 18 Main St., Lenox. lenoxlib.org

The Mount — 2017 Edith Wharton Writing Competition Awards Ceremony 2 p.m. celebrating the literary accomplishments of high school students throughout the region. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

 

Music

The Egg — Sawyer Fredericks, 8 p.m. Winner of 2015 season of The Voice, with the 2016 major-label debut album, Good Storm. Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers — Long hike from Route 2, Petersburg Pass to Route 346 in Pownal, Vt. Please bring lunch, snacks and water. Leave at 9 a.m. from from Bloedel Park across from the Store at Five Corners Route 7, Williamstown. Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562

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