Week ahead May 2 to 8

Monday, May 2

 

Books & Writing

Bloomsday in Williamstown — “Don Quixote” reading 7:30 p.m. at Karl’s barn or at the Log, 78 Spring St., Williamstown.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Monitoring breeding birds 8 a.m. with Rene Wendell. Walk the Cobble and learn to identify birds by sound. 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

 

Tuesday, May 3

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Monitoring breeding birds 8 a.m. with Rene Wendell. Walk the Cobble and learn to identify birds by sound. 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

 

Wednesday, May 4

 

Conversations

Manchester Community Library — West Point English professor Elizabeth Samet, author of Soldier’s Heart, considers how sentimentality about country and war holds important implications for policymakers, combatants, and the public. First Wednesdays talk 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2607

 

Film

Images Cinema — Social Change film series with Williams College, 7 p.m., free. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. williams.edu, 413-458-5612, imagescinema.org

 

Music

Williams College — Midweek music, traditional and unexpected student performances, 12:15 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Chinese Music Ensemble performs 7 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. 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 — Bird walk 5:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday, May 5

 

Dance

Williams College ’62 Center — CoDa, Williams’ contemporary dance Ensemble, performs 8 p.m. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

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. 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

 

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

Williams College ’62 Center — “Waxworks” by Trina Davis, 7:30 p.m.  1789 on the edge of the French Revolution the young Madame Tussaud, making her wax images, is caught between the revolution and the monarchy. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Friday, May 6

Books & Writers

University of Albany — Visiting writers series: Pulitzer prizewinning novelist Richard Russo, author of “Empire Falls,” 8 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., Downtown Campus, Albany, N.Y. albany.edu/writers-inst

 

Dance

Williams College ’62 Center — CoDa, Williams’ contemporary dance Ensemble, performs 8 p.m. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Music

Williams College — Williams Concert Choir and Percussion Ensemble present a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed (ASK) for SATB Choir and Percussion Quartet by Nathan Davis, with libretto by Laura Mullen, with electronics, hydrophones (amplified water tubs) and audience participation via smart phone, 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Fire on the Hill: Celebrate with a bonfire 8 to 10 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

Hoffmann bird club — Three-quarter-day day trip to White Memorial Sanctuary and Bantom Lake, meeting at 7 a.m. The sanctuary has 4000 acres of fields, woods, lakes, and marshes. Lunch stop or bring your own. Contact leaders Noreen Mole, 413-442-6327, or Tom Begley, 413-655-0112, for meeting place.

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

Williams College ’62 Center — “Waxworks” by Trina Davis, 7:30 p.m.  1789 on the edge of the French Revolution the young Madame Tussaud, making her wax images, is caught between the revolution and the monarchy. 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Saturday, May 7

 

About Town

Williamstown Rural Lands — Sheep to Shawl Festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. Shearer Fred DePaul, sheep herding with border collies. Sheep, alpaca, and small farm animals, home-grown and locally produced products for tasting , Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving and rug-hooking. Fiber craft projects, local artisans, basketry, pottery, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, and sheep and alpaca fiber products. Wild Oats Market and Cricket Creek farm will have fresh breads, cheeses, sandwiches and more available for purchase. wrlf.org

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Writing Out Loud performance-based revision workshop 4 p.m. Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road, Route 57, Sandisfield. berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

History

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

Mass MoCA — Boom Tic Boom! 8 p.m. with drummer Alison Miller and her band. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Troy City Music Hall — The Waifs, Australian folk, pop and roots band, 8 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — 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

Hoffmann bird club — Annual meeting and banquet. Join club members for a brief meeting 5 p.m. to elect officers followed by “Birding Mongolia, the Last Wilderness Nation” with Chris Leahy, Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at Massachusetts Audubon Society. Mazzeo’s Ristorante,1015 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Mass Audubon — Wildflowers and spring changes walk, talk and tea 9:30 a.m. to noon. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

 

Aglet Theatre Company — “You Better Sit Down,” staged reading 7:30 p.m. Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield. 860-435-6928, aglettheatre.net

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

Williams College ’62 Center — “Waxworks” by Trina Davis, 7:30 p.m.  1789 on the edge of the French Revolution the young Madame Tussaud, making her wax images, is caught between the revolution and the monarchy. 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Sunday, May 8

 

Food

Dorset Farmers Market — Vegetables and fruits, breads and pastries, cheeses and wines, meat and poultry, eggs, condiments and pickles 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

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk 2 to 4 p.m. 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

Hoffmann bird club — Post Farm Marsh 7:30 a.m., sorning walk in search of spring migrants and rails. Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot on the Pittsfield-Lenox Road, Lenox. Leader Gael Hurley, 413-281-1017

 

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

Paramount Theatre — “”Rabbit Hole,” a couple shattered and searching for comfort, 2 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903, paramountvt.org

 

Photo at top: A Berkshire sheep regards a sunny day. Photo by Susan Geller

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