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In Southern Vermont…

Southern Vermont Winter Homebrew Festival

Photo provided by The Shires of Vermont

Bennington Brush Building
Bennington
802-447-3311
bennington.com/winterhomebrew
March 7

New England’s premier home brewers will be on hand to celebrate the fourth Winter Homebrew Festival. A ticket grants you unlimited sampling of beers, wines, ciders and meads, as well as a sample of an appetizer from each of the participating restaurants. Expect to sample IPAs, stouts, porters, hard ciders, sours, Belgians and more from the brewers, who typically supply over 100 unique beverages. This event usually sells out.
Enjoy samples from New England’s premiere homebrewers during the annual Southern Vermont Winter Homebrew Festival in Bennington.

Off The Shelf: Paul Krugman

Maple Street School
Manchester
802-362-2200
northshire.com/event/shelf-paul-krugman
March 7

Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman speaks about his latest book, “Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future,” with WAMC’s Joe Donahue, host of “The Book Show.” The live, onstage conversation will be taped live and aired as part of “The Book Show” at a later date.

The Off the Shelf: Authors in Conversation series is a partnership between Northshire Bookstore and WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Tickets include a free copy of the book. Krugman will be available to sign books.

Strolling of the Heifers: Cabin Fever Market Place

Brattleboro
802-246-0982
strollingoftheheifers.com
March 21

Cabin fever? Spring has arrived, but that doesn’t mean the snow is gone. Get out of the house for an afternoon of retail therapy. Shop specialty foods, beverage, art and crafts at this pop-up market at the River Garden.

17th One-Act Play Festival

Dorset Players
Dorset
802-867-5570; dorsetplayers.org
April 3-5

A mix of short plays — comedy and drama — will be performed during the 17th One-Act Play Festival. Each play will last 10 to 25 minutes. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m. April 5.

Sugar & Strings

Stratton Mountain
winterwondergrass.com/stratton
April 10-11

Celebrate the arrival of spring and closing weekend at the base of the mountain. This music-filled weekend will feature The Infamous Stringdusters, Cabinet, Molly Tuttle, Della Mae and more on the outdoor main stage and a side stage in the beer hall, where complimentary beer tastings from some of the best regional brewers will happen each day from 2 to 5 p.m.

In the Berkshires…

Baby Animals

Photo by Caroline Bonnivier Snyder

Hancock Shaker Village
Pittsfield
413-443-0188
hancockshakervillage.org
April 11 – May 3

Nothing says spring has arrived quite like Hancock Shaker Village’s Baby Animals. Celebrate the new life on the farm and the opening of Hancock Shaker’s spring season. Meet and greet the newborns and their families in the Round Stone Barn, tour the historic village and enjoy a wide range of activities

A two-week-old lamb gets up close with 4-year-old Quinn O’Connor. of Delmar N.Y., during Hancock Shaker Village’s Baby Animals exhibit.

ThunderFest

Adams Visitors Center
Adams
facebook.com/ThunderFestAdams
March 7

In the 1930s, the Thunderbolt Ski Race helped establish Adams as the center of winter recreation in the Berkshires. Today, the town celebrates that history with ThunderFest. Join the fun, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Adams Visitors Center, where there will be food, music, beer and wine offerings, a chowder competition and activities.

Writers in the House: A Conversation with our 2020 Writers-in-Residence

The Mount

Lenox
413-551-5100
edithwharton.org/event/writers-in-the-house-2020/
March 18

Sue Miller, novelist and Guggenheim fellow; Patricia Park, Fullbright scholar and author of the acclaimed debut novel, “Re Jane, a Korean American reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre,’” and Dayna Tortorici, editor-in-chief of the literary magazine n+1 and novelist, discuss their past and present work, their careers and their experience writing in the home of Edith Wharton. The discussion also will touch on the legacy of Wharton and her continuing influence on female writers.

Robot Paintings

Real Eyes Gallery
Adams
917-440-2400
facebook.com/RealEyesGallery
April 4

Real Eyes Gallery will celebrate the opening of Ricky Darell Barton’s “Robot Paintings” with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Barton, an abstract artist hailing from the Washington D.C., area, moved to the Berkshires two years ago and has been shown across Western Massachusetts.

His colorful series will be on view at the Park Street gallery through the end of April.

High Mud Comedy Festival

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams
413-662-2111
massmoca.org/event/high-mud-comedy-festival
April 17-18

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual comedy festival returns with John Early headlining the two-day event. Early, who stars as Elliot Gross in “Search Party,” has guest-starred on “30 Rock,” “High Maintenance,” “Drunk History” and “Broad City.” He’ll be joined on the stage by up-and-coming A-list comedians including Jacqueline Novak, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” correspondent Roy Wood Jr., Marcella Arguello, Larry Owens and Lane Moore. The weekend will include workshops, comedy in the galleries and, maybe, even at a bar. Check Mass MoCA’s website for a full lineup.

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