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Summer Previews 2020

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Arrowhead

780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass.
413-442-1793, berkshirehistory.org

Arrowhead house tours will be available Thursday-Monday, 9:30 to 5 p.m. Tour attendance will be limited; call 413-442-1793 to reserve a time before purchasing tickets online. Tours will follow social distancing and other guidelines per public health advisories.

  • Saturday, July 11: Artist Jim Jasper has created a comprehensive set of 140 drawings illustrating chapters of Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.” Originally drawn on paper in a variety of media, a selection of the works are being reproduced and enlarged. This exhibit will be installed in the North Field at Arrowhead, in the shadow of both the home which he loved and the mountains that inspired him. The show, opening this summer, will be available to all free of charge.
  • Wednesday, July 22: Collections Highlights: Join curator Erin Hunt for an in-depth look at the Berkshire County Historical Society collections. Virtual program, details online.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26: Collections Highlights: Join curator Erin Hunt for an in-depth look at the BCHS collections. Virtual program, details online.

Art Omi

1405 County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y.
artomi.org

Parking is restricted at this time. If you arrive when the lot is at capacity, you will be turned away. Masks are required in the parking lot and whenever you pass others on trails. Visitors must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from anyone who is not a member of their household. Avoid touching surfaces and objects, including park signage and exhibitions. Do not share equipment such as balls, frisbees, or bicycles with those not in your household. Restrooms and all indoor facilities are not open at this time. Visitation from anyone living outside a half-hour radius is discouraged.

  • Ongoing: Robert Grosvenor, “Untitled;” Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, “ReActor;” Agustina Woodgate, “The Source I-IV;” “HANNAH RRRolling Stones;” Aleksandr Mergold, “Oculi;” Andrea Bowers, “Somos 11 Millones;” Arlene Shechet, “Tall Feather;” Atelier Van Lieshout, “Blast Furnace,” and more.

Becket Arts Center

7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, Mass.
413-623-6635, becketartscenter.org

  • On view: 2020 Artist Showcase, on view in the virtual gallery now.

Bennington Museum

75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.
802-447-1571, benningtonmuseum.org

The museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of works by 20th century primitive folk artist Grandma Moses (of nearby Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) as well as collections of local history and the Bennington Modernism art movement, reopened July 3. Current exhibits include “Our Voices, Our Streets: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski,” and “Gritty Streets to Green Mountains: Paintings by Scot Borofsky.” Visitors may also enjoy the museum’s grounds, including the George Aiken Wildflower Trail, or take virtual tours of the place through its Facebook page. More: benningtonmuseum.org

­— Greg Sukiennick

  • Through Nov. 3: “Our Voices, Our Streets: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski.” The images by Kevin Bubriski, an internationally renowned documentary photographer who lives in southern Vermont, are from his new photo book (to be released in April), which covers a decade of American street protest that began on Jan. 20, 2001, with the inauguration of George W. Bush and ended with Occupy Wall Street in October 2011. “Gritty Streets to Green Mountains: Paintings by Scot Borofsky.” This exhibition illustrates the development of Borofsky’s work over the last 40 years, ranging from early spray paintings created in the streets of New York City, looking like modern day ancient ruins, to his more recent paintings created in his Brattleboro studio, which incorporate an evolving language of complexly layered symbols and the gestural language of paint. “(re)Sounding.” Each musical instrument in the Bennington Museum collection has its own unique story, but have remained silent for decades. Angus McCullough, Jake Nussbaum and Adam Tinkle work with the museum’s curatorial staff to meet the instruments where they are, using their current state to generate new sounds.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass.
413 298-3926, info@berkshirebotanical.org, berkshirebotanical.org/events

  • July 13 and 14: Zoom Online Class: Make a Tool Belt for the Garden, with textile artist Jamie Goldenberg. Participants will create garden tool belts on their own sewing machines. Familiarity with basic sewing machine use is required. Materials and pattern included in workshop cost and can be obtained via local pick-up or shipped domestically to those registered before July 7. An additional shipping fee will apply, $25 members, $30 non-members, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2: Basic Drawing Skills: Observing Nature, with illustrator and teacher Carol Ann Morley. Learn how to look at the natural world and give shape and definition to your subject using graphite shading techniques and working with basic shapes that underlie any subject, from a plant to a landscape. Open to all levels. Bring a bag lunch. A materials list can be found at berkshirebotanical.org, $250, $225 members, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Aug. 3 – 5: Sketching the Beauty of Trees, with botanical illustrator Carol Ann Morley. At Berkshire Botanical Garden, students will engage in a multi-step process involving walking, observation, photography, plein air gestural sketching, creation of small studies, and finally, rendering a chosen subject in graphite or another drawing medium. Open to students with some drawing experience. Bring a bag lunch. A materials list will be provided, $375, $340 members, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Aug. 26, Sept. 2: Zoom Online Class Series: Writing Wild with author Kathryn Aalto In this two-part nature writing workshop, writers will explore the first-person narrative in nature writing with an overview of subgenres: natural history, garden writing, personal meditations, country and farm life, biography and environmental writing. $45, $35 members, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 30: Botanical Dyes, with textile artist Nicole Campanale. Learn the basics of natural dyeing, including how to prepare different natural fibers for dyeing and identifying dye plants that are easy to grow or collect in the wild. Create and experiment with dyes using different mordants, over-dying, and resist techniques on a variety of fibers. Yarn and fabric swatches for dyeing will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a notebook to record the process and results. $100, $90 members,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.
413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Ongoing: “Art of the Hills: Narrative” viewable online. Art of the Hills: Narrative features 78 works by 64 artists thoughtfully curated from a collection of more than 530 submitted works. “Art of the Hills: Narrative” is expected to open in Berkshire Museum’s physical galleries with a community celebration on Oct. 10, 2020.


Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, Vt.
802-257-0124, brattleboromuseum.org

The Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center had just installed “552,830,” a series of massive portraits of homeless people by Steven Kinder, and seven other exhibits when the COVID-19 pandemic closed museums across Vermont.

The museum, in downtown Brattleboro, reopened mid-June on a “pay as you wish” basis and is limiting attendance to 40 visitors at any one time. Additional exhibits include photographer Alison Wright’s “Grit and Grace: Women at Work,” glass artisan Wesley Fleming’s “Silvestris, Wild and Untamed,” and Mission of Burma singer and guitarist Roger Clark Miller’s multimedia installation “Transmuting the Prosaic.”

Advance reservation is appreciated, but walk-ins are accepted. Proper face coverings and physical distancing are required. Patrons experiencing respiratory illness symptoms are asked to limit attendance. The galleries are open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

­— Greg Sukiennick

  • Through Oct. 12: “Alison Wright: Grit and Grace, Women at Work,” “Steven Kinder: 552,830,” “Wesley Fleming: Silvestris, Wild and Untamed,” “Steven Rose: For/While (2020.01),” “Postcards to Brattleboro: 40 Years of Mail Art,” “Coffee & Conversation: Stories of Homelessness,” “Roger Clark Miller: Transmuting the Prosaic.” Going forward, BMAC will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In recognition of the financial uncertainty faced by many, admission will be on a “pay-as-you-wish” basis. Visitors to the Museum will be required to wear face coverings and abide by physical distancing requirements. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 40.

Clark Art Institute

225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.
413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday. Timed tickets can be purchased in advance on clarkart.edu.The Clark’s 140-acre campus is free and open to the public daily and features a network of walking and hiking trails with spectacular views of Williamstown and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Trail maps are available at the Clark Center and outdoor kiosks at trailheads. Grounds are free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

  • Ongoing: The Clark’s collection features European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. The collection is especially rich in French Impressionist and Academic paintings, British oil sketches, drawings, and silver, and the work of American artists Winslow Homer, George Inness, and John Singer Sargent.
  • Through Dec. 13: “Lines from Life: French Drawings from the Diamond Collection.” Tracing transformations in nineteenth-century figure drawing, the exhibition features 32 works on paper by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas, Jean-Leon Gerome, and Odilon Redon, among others. This show will open with the museum and remain on view for five months.
  • “Pia Camil: Velo Revelo.” This yearlong exhibition features a new, site-specific installation by the artist, as well as two of her large-scale sculptures in fabric. The title, “Velo Revelo,” pairs the Spanish words for “veil” and “reveal.” It is named for Camil’s intervention in the Manton Reading Room: a curtain made of sheer stockings that is more than 50 feet in length and “dresses” the space, partially covering both a window of the Clark’s library and a reproduction of a painting selected by the artist from the collection.
  • On view August through October: “Lin May Saeed: Arrival of the Animals.” Lin May Saeed’s first solo museum exhibition surveys her drawings on and works with paper as well as sculptures in Styrofoam, steel and bronze. Saeed focuses on the lives of animals and human-animal relations. With empathy and wit, she tells stories, both ancient and modern, of animal subjugation, liberation, and harmonious cohabitation with humans, working toward a new iconography of interspecies solidarity. This show will open in early August and close in October.
  • Through October 2021: “Ground/work.” The Clark’s first outdoor exhibition consists of site-responsive installations by six contemporary artists presented across the pastoral setting of its 140-acre campus. International artists Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang have created artworks responding to the landscape and in active dialogue with the natural environment and setting. The sculptures are being installed on a rolling basis. The show will officially open in September and remain on view through October 2021.

First Fridays Artswalk

Downtown Pittsfield
413-443-6501

View a listing and map of all participating artists and locations: Firstfridaysartswalk.com.
Fridays Aug. 7, Sept. 4: 16 art exhibitions and opening receptions throughout downtown Pittsfield, 5 to 8 p.m. Most art will be on display throughout the month. Free guided tour beginning at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave. Check in case of cancellations.

MCLA Gallery 51

51 Main St., North Adams, Mass.
413-662-5324, mcla.edu/About_MCLA/area/bcrc/mcla-gallery-51/Spring-2020-Virtual-Programming/index.html

2020 Virtual Programming

  • Wednesday, July 1: Genevieve Gaignard in discussion with Taryn Jordan, Black Feminist Theorist with expertise in Black Aesthetics, Du Bois Studies, and Black Poetics. Genevieve and Dr. Jordan will discuss the force of black domesticity in Genevieve’s installation work, noon, via Zoom.
  • Wednesdays, July 8 and 15: Genevieve Gaignard, “Outside Looking In,” at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, brings together several bodies of work made between 2016 and 2019 that confront antiquated ideas pertaining to intersections where blackness, whiteness, femininity, and class collide and examine the complexities of self-presentation. The first session will cover the dynamics of making a show. The initial meeting, the dialogue and then the connection, establish the relationship that makes the exhibition happen. The second part of the series will reveal the physical process and logistics that go into the making of the space and presentation of the work. This will be an insightful and rare opportunity to engage with those on the front lines of exhibition planning and process. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Register online.
  • Saturday, July 11: Join Gallery 51 as they highlight and showcase talented artists from the Berkshire community and across the globe during their virtual Featured Artist segments. Artist Sula Bermudez-Silverman joins them for an hour to discuss her practice, tour her studio, and answer the viewers’ questions, noon. The link to join the call is bit.ly/G51FeaturedArtistSulaBermudez-Silverman.
  • Monday, July 13: Gallery 51 is pleased to offer virtual Portfolio Reviews to practicing artists. Erin Goldberger, director and owner of New Release gallery in New York, will be the guest gallerist for the month of June. Invited gallerists will spend 30 minutes with each artist via Zoom, 1 to 4 p.m. They will discuss up to three works submitted by the artist. The deadline for this review is July 6. The application can be accessed here along with a FAQ.
  • Thursday, July 23: “DownStreet No. 2: A Talk To Move Toward Institutional Anti-racism in the Arts” with the Artist Impact Coalition community, 5 p.m., via Zoom. Register online.
    Saturday, July 25: Join Gallery 51 as it highlights and showcases talented artists from the Berkshire community and across the globe during its virtual Featured Artist segments. Artist Kim Faler joins them for an hour to discuss her practice, tour her studio, and answer the viewers’ questions, noon. The link to join the call is bit.ly/G51FeaturedArtistKimFaler.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5: “We Are More Than A Moment” virtual opening, 5 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 8: Join Gallery 51 as they highlight and showcase talented artists from the Berkshire community and across the globe during their virtual Featured Artist segments. Artist Anina Major joins them for an hour to discuss her practice, tour her studio, and answer the viewers’ questions. The link to join the call is bit.ly/G51FeaturedArtistAninaMajor.
  • Saturday, Aug. 10: Gallery 51 is pleased to offer virtual Portfolio Reviews to practicing artists. Peter Mays, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Art Association and its premiere La Cienega exhibition space Gallery 825, will be the guest gallerist for the month of August. Invited gallerists will spend 30 minutes with each artist via Zoom, 1 to 4 p.m. They will discuss up to three works submitted by the artist. The deadline for this review is Aug 3. The application can be accessed at shorturl.at/yzMRU.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: Genevieve Gaignard virtual send off, 5 p.m. For five months we have had the pleasure to learn from and with Genevieve Gaignard during her residency at MCLA. It is time for us to thank her and wish her well as she leaves us to continue her work and practice.
  • Thursday, Aug. 27: DownStreet Art No. 3, Genevieve Gaignard’s “A Long Way From Home” exhibition opening, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 30: Featured Artist: Anina Major, noon. Anina Major is an artist who works to cultivate moments of reflection and a sense of belonging. Her work draws from anthropological research and oral histories to challenge postcolonial ideology and advocate for critical dialogue around developing cultural identities. The work unpacks the emotional complexities inherent to the transcultural dialogue that surfaces when mapping the migration of traditions versus foreign influences. A recorded discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.
  • Sept. 5 and 19: Guest Speakers in relation to the exhibition “Hostile Terrain 94,” noon.
  • Saturday, Sept. 12: Join Gallery 51 as they highlight and showcase talented artists from the Berkshire community and across the globe during their virtual Featured Artist segments. Artist Shasha Dothan joins them for an hour to discuss her practice, tour her studio, and answer the viewers’ questions, noon. The link to join the call is bit.ly/G51FeaturedArtistShashaDothan.
  • Saturday, Sept. 14: Gallery 51 is pleased to offer virtual Portfolio Reviews to practicing artists. Maurizzio Hector Pineda, curator based in Southern California, will be the guest gallerist for the month of September. Invited gallerists will spend 30 minutes with each artist via Zoom, 1 to 4 p.m. They will discuss up to three works submitted by the artist. The deadline for this review is Sept. 7. The application can be accessed here along with a FAQ.
  • Saturday, Sept. 26: Join Gallery 51 as they highlight and showcase talented artists from the Berkshire community and across the globe during their virtual Featured Artist segments. Artist Conrad Egyir joins them for an hour to discuss his practice, tour his studio, and answer the viewers’ questions, 1 to 4 p.m. The link to join the call is bit.ly/G51FeaturedArtistConradEgyir.

Guild of Berkshire Artists

berkshireartists.org

  • Through Mid-July: “Art in the Time of Pandemic,” online art show to benefit local aid organizations.

Housatonic Valley Art League

hvart.org

  • July 6 – 31: Online juried art exhibition, with awards and cash prizes.

Installation Space

49 Eagle St., North Adams, Mass.
49eaglestreet.com

  • July 24 – Aug. 30: Jason Varone, “Uchronia.” Multidisciplinary in nature, and exploring the interaction of data and the physical world, the artist’s work seeks to upend expectations of the mediums of painting, video, and installation through interactions with electronic information, and disinformation.
  • Sept. 18 – Oct. 25: Danielle Klebes, “Aimless Pilgrimage.” In “Aimless Pilgrimage” the main subjects are people who are in a state of flux. The figures are captured in moments of uncertainty and isolation, are close in proximity but emotionally distant. There is a sense of the in-between without a clear narrative regarding what comes next.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.
413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Advanced timed-tickets available at massmora.org. Additional timed-tickets at no extra charge required for Wendy Red Star: “Apsaalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird” at Kidspace and James Turrell: “Into the Light.”

  • On view: “Kissing Through A Curtain;” Martin Puryear’s “Big Bling;” Blane De St. Croix, “How to Move a Landscape;” Wendy Red Star: “Apsaalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird;” Ad Minoliti, “Fantasias Modulares;” Ledelle Moe, “When;” Gamaliel Rodriguez, “La Travesia;” Sol LeWitt, “A Wall Drawing Retrospective;” James Turrell: “Into the Light;” and more.

NextStage Arts Project

15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt.
802-387-0102, nextstagearts.org

  • Through Aug. 31: Michel Moyse Art, a short studio tour, on YouTube.

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, Mass.
413-298-4100, nrm.org

Advanced timed-tickets available at nrm.org

Norman Rockwell Museum expects to open by mid-July. Until then, it’s offering expanded audiovisual tours that will accompany new exhibitions; and plans are in the works for live drawing sessions and Zoom programs with The New Yorker artist Liza Donnelly, and other illustrators.

Additional programs and online experiences and exhibitions are being developed. And, although the summer’s planned highlight, “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration,” is now opening next summer. In its place, the museum is hosting“Liza Donnelly: Comic Relief,” “Rose O’Neill: Artist and Suffragette,” “The Anatomy of Rockwell’s Murder in Mississippi,” and “Burton Silverman: In Search of the Constitution,” through Sept. 27.

— Jeffrey Borak

  • Through Sept. 27: “Liza Donnelly: Comic Relief,” “Rose O’Neill: Artist and Suffragette,” “The Anatomy of Rockwell’s Murder in Mississippi,” and “Burton Silverman: In Search of the Constitution.”
  • Virtual Exhibitions: “Burton Silverman: In Search of the Constitution,” “Norman Rockwell in the Age of the Civil Rights Movement,” “Norman Rockwell: Presidents Elections Illustrated,” “Presidents, Politics and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast.”

North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show

802-442-3328, facebook.com/nbossvt

  • Through Nov. 1: Works by Peter Barrett, Michael Biddy, Bill Botzow, Rita Dee, Matthias Neumann, David Skora, Gregory Smith and more; always free and open to the public, throughout the village of North Bennington.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum

121 Historic Route 7A, Shaftsbury, Vt.
802-447-6200, bennington.edu/robert-frost-stone-house-museum

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • On view: The house, built circa 1769, is a rare example of Dutch Colonial architecture made of native stone and timber, and has changed little since Frost’s time. The Frost Stone House contains several JJ Lankes prints as well as the custom bookplates he designed for Frost.

Southern Vermont Arts Center

930 SVAC Drive, Manchester, Vt.
802-362-1405, svac.org

South Vermont Arts Center opened its galleries and 100-acre campus to visitors at the beginning of the month, with solo exhibitions in the historic Yester House gallery. The “Women Take Wilson” exhibition series, featuring women artists in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, launches this month in the Wilson House with the works of Misoo Bang, Sarah Tortora and Lauren Booth. The museum will also open its new cafe, CurATE, this summer. Visitors ages 3 and up are required to wear a face covering, and the Artventure kids’ space remains closed.

­— Greg Sukiennick

  • July 4 – Aug. 16: 2020 Solo Show No. 1, works by Linde Caughey, Greg Cuda, Maria French, Robert Lafond, Stanton Sears, Michelle Vara, Susan Whiteman, and Ken Young.
  • July 11 – Aug. 30: “Monumental: Misoo Bang and Sarah Tortora.’ “Happy: Lauren Booth.”
  • July 11 – Nov. 1: Women Take Wilson Exhibition Series, works by artists Misoo Bang, Lauren Booth, Adrien Broom and Sarah Tortora. The artists featured in this exhibition series individually exemplify what it means to be a successful woman artist in today’s society.
  • Aug. 22 – Oct. 4: Yester House 2020 Solo Show No. 2, works by Kimberly Allison, Dona Mara Friedman, Patty Hudak, Matthew Lerman, Deborah, Liljegren, Carol MacDonald, Christian Schoenig, Emily Tirioni.
  • Sept. 5 – Nov. 1: “Two Sides of a Dream,” by internationally known photographer and set designer Adrien Broom.
  • Oct. 10 – Nov. 29: 2020 Fall Member Show.

Virtual Classes

  • July 6 – 31: Animation for Kids in grades 5-9 with Lynne DeBeer, five-sessions, $90, $80 members. Learn about character design, making 3D models, scenes, storytelling and stop motion animation. Work from traditional cartooning, comic strips, storyboards, books and models. Schedule meetings at times that work for you and Lynne.
  • Tuesday, July 7: Drawing Our Planet with Susan Weiss, for ages 10-18, four-sessions, $95, $85, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call or email Erin Kaufman at SVAC for Susan’s contact information, ekaufman@svac.org or 802-362-1405.
  • July 27 – 31: Adventures in Mixed Media with Susan White, for grades 2-6, $90, $80, 10 a.m. to noon. To register by email or phone please contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-362-1405.
  • Aug. 4, 8 and 11: Springboard DSLR Camera Workshop, with Maria French, for beginner/advanced beginners, $85, $75 members. To register, contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-362-1405.

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass.
413-597-2429, artmuseum.williams.edu

View collection online at egallery.williams.edu/categories.

FAIRS, FESTIVALS AND FAMILY FUN


American Museum of Fly Fishing

4070 Main St., Manchester, Vt.
802-362-3300, amff.org

The American Museum of Fly Fishing reopened on July 1, having previously opened, to members only, by appointment. Stop by to see the museum’s collection of artifacts, rods, lures, art and literature relating to and inspired by the sport, which got its start in Manchester, Vt. Located near Orvis’ flagship retail outlet, rod factory and fishing classrooms, the museum requests potential visitors to check the museum’s website, amff.org, and social media for updates.

­— Greg Sukiennick



Bennington Battle Monument

15 Monument Circle, Bennington, Vt.
802-447-0550, benningtonbattlemonument.com

Standing just over 306 feet tall, the obelisk made of Sandy Hill dolomite commemorates the Battle of Bennington that took place on Aug. 16, 1777, and offers history lessons on that critical turning point in the American Revolution. While the observation level of the monument is closed this season, exhibits on the ground floor will remain open. A limited number of people will be allowed in at a time. Face masks are required.

While the Bennington Battle Day Parade has been canceled, a group of volunteers has pledged to hold the annual Bennington Battle Day festivities — in some form. Battle Day activities are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 16 to 18.

­— Greg Sukiennick


19th Annual Berkshire Arts Festival

Ski Butternut, 380 State Road, Great Barrington, Mass.
berkshiresartsfestival.com

  • Aug. 21 – 23: Showcasing the works of over 175 local, regional and nationally-acclaimed artists and artisans, with activities for children, live music and live demonstrations throughout the weekend. No pets. Admission: $14, $13 seniors, $7 students, $16 for a 3-day Festival Weekend Pass. Children under 10 are free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be signage throughout the grounds reminding everyone to keep 6 feet apart. One guest at a time will be allowed in each 10 x 10 booth at the artist’s discretion. Staff will monitor social distancing compliance. Masks will be required of all guests.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass.
413 298-3926, info@berkshirebotanical.org, berkshirebotanical.org/events

Between now and the time this bucolic 24-acre site on West Stockbridge Road in Stockbridge closes Columbus Day weekend, BBG is scheduling a host of classes and workshops — most of them online; some on-campus in line with social distancing and state COVID-19 health guidelines.

The programs comprise a kind of something-for-everyone landscape — art, health and wellness, gardening, cooking, food, talks, field studies, organized walks, family activities. The schedule is updated just about daily. You can keep tabs by phone at 413-298-3926, or online at berkshirebotanical.org/events. And, of course, if you just want to walk along Berkshire Botanical’s one-way main trail and smell the flowers, you can. The Garden is open 9 a.m to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 12

— Jeffrey Borak

  • Tuesday, June 30: Zoom Online Class, The Secret Life of Plants: Plant Zines, a Family Program. In this workshop for kids or kids and their grown-ups, Iocal art educator Joey Chernila will demonstrate how to create a fun zine, or homemade artist’s book, featuring houseplants and garden friends as the main characters. A supply list will be provided upon registration. $12, $10 members, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 7: Family Fridays, Backyard Animals with instructor Rick Roth. This program designed for all ages highlights some of the furry creatures that inhabit the landscape with us. Traveling under cover of darkness, many of these amazing mammals seldom show themselves to humans during the day. The talk will include live animals: a grey fox, skunk, flying squirrels, and more. 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Friday, Aug. 14: Nature Matters with Jen Lahey. Nature Matters is home to a diverse collection of animals, who were either unable to survive in the wild due to an injury or born in captivity and unable to fend for themselves. These animals are on the borderland; they are not pets, but they are also no longer able to be wild. This program will explore our relationships and responsibilities to animals, both wild and domestic pet species. 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Friday, Aug. 21: Snakes of the Berkshires. Meet us on the Fitzpatrick lawn as environmental educator Thomas Tying returns to teach us about snakes of the Berkshires. Learn about reptiles in our area and how you can help protect them. You’ll be up close and personal with a variety of snakes that call the Berkshires home. 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Friday, Aug. 28: Birds of Prey. Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever popular presentation on birds of prey. This program is designed for all ages. Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent birds, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors and inspire children of all ages to appreciate, respect and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom. 11 a.m. to noon.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.
413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

  • Through Aug. 21: Camp@Home series of virtual summer camps for children entering grades 1 through 6. Each virtual camp program comes with a Camp@Home Kit containing all the ingredients, materials, and instructions children need to complete a full week of activities at home. $90, or $75 for Berkshire Museum members.

Hancock Shaker Village

1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass.
413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Outdoor spaces are open, pre-purchased admissions are required for a specific date and entry time. Check hancockshakervillage.org for further reopening information.

Hancock Shaker Village opened its outdoor spaces and the Seeds Market Cafe in June, Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and anticipates having most of its historical property reopened by mid-July. The total 750-acre site has 7 miles of walking trails outside the village, as well as a 1-mile, one-way Farm and Forest Trail through the barnyard and village, for which pre-purchased admission, available by phone or at hancockshaker.org is required. Looking ahead, HSV is planning a mix of onsite and virtual events through late fall. HSV’s Country Fair is scheduled Sept. 26 and 27 and a new event, Rec Fest, is planned for Oct. 3. HSV officials say it’s about all things outdoor sports — biking, hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, running, among others. And, if you have a mind to chill in the midst of all the hurlyburly, HSV will be offering goat yoga classes and calf cuddling. HSV typically ends its season mid-November, but there are those postseason traditions — Thanksgiving on the Farm in November; Hancock Holidays in December.

— Jeffrey Borak


Lee UCC Craft Fair & Festival in the Park

25 Park Place, Lee, Mass.
413-243-1033, uccleechurch@gmail.com

  • Saturday, Aug. 1: Handmade crafts with several vendors, food, and music, admission is free, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lime Rock Park

60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, Conn.
860-435-5000, limerock.com

Lime Rock Park is open for private events following enhanced safety protocols. No guests or spectators are currently permitted.

  • Sunday, Aug. 30: 2020 Lime Rock Cycling Grand Prix, registration deadline Aug. 28.
  • Thursday, Sept. 3: Vintage Race & Sports Car Parade & The Falls Village Street Fair, 4 to 7 p.m. More than 100 cars rally 17 miles through local towns before culminating in a street fair in Falls Village.
  • Sept. 3 – 7: Historic Festival 38.
  • Sunday, Sept. 6: A highlight of Historic Festival is Sunday in the Park. In the concours, nearly 300 outstanding entries are on display on Sam Posey Straight. The Gathering of the Marques offers an additional 800+ cars celebrating the event around the rest of the 1.5 mile track.
  • Sept. 11-12: IMSA’s Northeast Grand Prix.
  • Oct. 2 and 3: Scout Day at Lime Rock. A favorite annual event of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and adults, there is no better way to spend an early Fall weekend than camping out and enjoying a Saturday of racing at Lime Rock Park.
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: Rescheduled Independence Day Fireworks display, doors open at 4 p.m., fireworks at 7 p.m. $20 per car.
  • Oct. 16 – 18: Trans Am Fall Classic (formerly the Memorial Day Classic).
  • Sunday, Oct. 18: Sunday Royals Car Show, $10 at the gate, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farm to Track picnic, $45 in advance, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Mount Snow

Route 100 North, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.
800-245-SNOW, Visit mountsnow.com for information about reopening.

  • Saturday, Oct. 3: 12th Annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Set in the backdrop of our world renowned Vermont fall foliage, attendees of the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, photographers and farmers.
  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Vermont Wildlife Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 10 and 11: 47th Annual Harvest Arts and Crafts Show featuring over 50 vendors including local artisans, specialty food makers and more.
  • Oct. 10 and 11: 23rd Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest.

Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival

Wilmington, Vt.
vtwinefest.com

  • Friday, Oct. 2: Enjoy the historic village of Wilmington and the fantastic soups created by valley chefs, with over 20 wines to taste, $25-$30, 5 to 7 p.m.

FILM

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

Knesset Israel/BJFF, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield, Mass.
413-445-4872 ext. 25, berkshirejewishfilmfestival.org

  • Mondays, July 6 – Aug. 10: Virtual Festival. “Golda,” July 6 at 8 p.m. “Give it Back!” “Ma’abarot,” July 13 at 4 p.m. “Belle and Sebastian,” July 13 at 8 p.m. “Hunting Elephants,” July 20 at 4 p.m. “Broken Mirrors,” July 20 at 8 p.m. “Latter Day Jew,” July 27 at 4 p.m. “The Rabbi from Hezbollah,” July 27 at 8 p.m. “Rewind,” Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. “Holy Silence,” Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. “Igor and the Crane’s Journey,” Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $5.

MUSIC


Barrington Stage Company

Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass.
413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. At Barrington Stage Company, the necessity of health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a reinvented, abbreviated season of plays and music performances in BSC’s reconfigured Boyd-Quinson Mainstage on Union Street in Pittsfield.

The season begins Aug. 5-16 with Mark H.Dold in David Cale’s one-man thriller “Harry Clarke” and ends in October with Arthur Miller’s “The Price.” Highlighting the offerings that come between is a tribute to Linda Ronstadt by singer-actress Ann Hampton Callaway, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1; a staged reading of a new play by Mark St. Germain, “Eleanor,” starring Harriet Harris as Eleanor Roosevelt, Sept. 4 and 5; and a concert-style-presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” Aug. 21-23, at an outdoor venue to be announced. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is slated for a fully mounted production in 2021.barringtonstageco.org

— Jeffrey Borak

  • Monday, Aug. 24: Marilyn Maye: Party Time, $35-$65, 7:30 p.m. At 92, Marilyn Maye “has a theatrical flair that captivates and enthralls, and jazz-spiced chops that can reach notes most singers a third her age can’t even hit in their dreams. An evening of her songs and stories will show you why she is the best in the biz. Presented without intermission to maintain social distancing.
  • Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Ann Hampton Callaway: The Linda Ronstadt Songbook with Billy Stritch, $35-$65, 7:30 p.m. One of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, Ann Hampton Callaway has created an exciting night in celebration of one of America’s most beloved artists, Linda Ronstadt. Presented without intermission to maintain social distancing.
  • Sunday, Sept. 6: Leslie Kritzer: Is It Over Yet? with Vadim Feichtner, $35-$65, 7:30 p.m. Straight from playing Delia in “Beetlejuice: The Musical” on Broadway, BSC’s favorite diva is back! Take a wild ride with Leslie Kritzer as she navigates how to move forward with fabulous songs, crazy, wonderful stories and hilarious hijinks — accompanied by her favorite pianist (and husband) BSC Associate Artist Vadim Feichtner. Presented without intermission to maintain social distancing.

Bascom Lodge

Mount Greylock, Adams, Mass.
413-743-1591, bascomlodge.net

  • Sunday, July 5: Jazz Dinner, Michael Benedict Trio, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Saturday, July 18: An Evening with Jeanine Ouderkirk, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Sunday, July 19: Jazz Dinner, Wes Brown Trio, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: Jazz Dinner, Michael Benedict Trio, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15: An Evening with Jeanine Ouderkirk, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Sunday, Aug. 16: Jazz Dinner, Wes Brown Trio, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: Music by Duo Eamon, free, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26: Music by Oakes Smith, free, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 6: Jazz Dinner, Michael Benedict Trio, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Saturday, Sept. 19: An Evening with Jeanine Ouderkirk, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Sunday, Sept. 20: Jazz Dinner, Wes Brown Trio, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Jazz Dinner, Michael Benedict Trio, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Saturday, Oct. 17: An Evening with Jeanine Ouderkirk, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.
  • Sunday, Oct. 18: Jazz Dinner, Wes Brown Trio, 7 p.m.; Reservations required.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass.
413-298-3926, info@berkshirebotanical.org, berkshirebotanical.org/events

  • “Music Mondays in Lucy’s Garden,” a free, weekly outdoor summer concert series will be held Monday evenings. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy great live music presented by local favorites as well as exciting new acts from outside the area. Beer from Sheffield’s Big Elm Brewery will be available for purchase. Register online at berkshirebotanical.org or at 413-320-4794.
  • Monday, July 20 Jack Waldheim & the Criminal Hearts, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Monday, July 27: The Lucky Five, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Monday, Aug. 3: The Late Risers, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Monday, Aug. 10: Gregg Hall Band, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Monday, Aug. 17: BTUs, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Monday, Aug. 24: The Wanda Houston Band, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required.
  • Monday, Aug. 31: The Picky Bastards, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required.

Berkshire High Peaks Festival

berkshirehighpeaksmusic.org, cewmusicinfo@aol.com

  • July 20 – July 31: Virtual Festival, featuring private lessons, master classes by faculty and guests and discussions by prominent composers, renowned pedagogues and public relations professionals.

Berkshire Opera Festival

413-213-6622, Berkshireoperafestival.org

  • Aug. 22, 25 and 28: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in concert, semi-staged, $20 and up, 1 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday at the Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.
413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

  • Friday, Sept. 18: Madelyn Gardner & The Happy Accidents, $12, 8 p.m.

Falcon Ridge Share and Shelter in Place Fest

FalconRidgeFolk.com

  • July 30 – Aug. 2: Day-by-day programming, from Thursday Pre-Fest Tastings, the Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase and all of the festival’s confirmed artists in one way or another, along with some archival footage, special messages from long-time vendors, radio sponsors, dancers, campers, former artists and fest friends of all stripe.

Hubbard Hall

25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.
518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

  • Sundays, July 12 and 26: Chamber Music – Dan Shulman Presents, $25, $10 students 21 and under, at 4 and 6 p.m. A maximum of 20 audience members with masks.

Jacob’s Pillow

358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass.
413-243-9919, jacobspillow.org

Master Class Series

Streamed every Tuesday at 4 p.m. on YouTube, are open to intermediate/advanced dancers, and are only available for the duration of the class. For more information and to RSVP, visit: jacobspillow.org/virtual-pillow/virtual-festival-master-classes.

  • July 21: Contemporary Master Class with Desmond Richardson
  • July 28: Vogue Femme Master Class with Omari Wile
  • Aug. 4: Ballet Master Class with Virginia Johnson
  • Aug. 11: Class to be announced
  • Aug. 18: Contemporary Master Class with Aszure Barton
  • Aug. 25: Contemporary Master Class with Ami Shulman

Performances

Performances premiere every Thursday at 7 p.m. on YouTube, available to watch until that Saturday at midnight. The series features past performances. Supplemental elements are created and recorded as new content to contextualize the work for contemporary times. These include a Pre-Show Talk by a Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence, a Curtain Speech by Tatge, and a Post-Show Talk with the Artists. Individuals that attend the premiere at 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to live-chat with the artists and audience members from around the world. For additional information and to RSVP, visit jacobspillow.org/virtual-pillow/virtual-festival-performances.

  • July 23: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE. EVIDENCE’S Virtual Festival stream highlights Brown’s deep history with the Pillow and features Brown’s solo tribute to Katherine Dunham In Gratitude (performed at the Pillow 2002); Grace (performed at the Pillow in 2005); and New Conversations (performed at the Pillow in 2018 to live music by Grammy award winner Arturo O’Farrill). Pre-Show Talk with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Melanie George; Post-Show Talk with Ronald K. Brown and Arturo O’Farrill.
  • July 30: Royal Danish Ballet. The company’s Festival stream features highlights from their 2018 Pillow performance including A Folktale (pas de sept); La Sylphide (pas de deux); The Kermesse in Bruges (1st act pas de deux); Giselle (2nd Act pas de deux); and Napoli (pas de six and tarantella). Pre-Show Talk by Jacob’s Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen; Post-Show Talk with Artistic Director Nikolaj Hubbe.
  • Aug. 6: Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Virtual Festival stream includes Darrel Grand Moultrie’s Harlem On My Mind; Christopher Wheeldon’s pas de deux This Bitter Earth; George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie; and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Balamouk—all performed during their Festival 2019 engagement. Pre-Show Talk with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Theresa Ruth Howard; Post-Show Talk with Artistic Director Virginia Johnson.
  • Aug. 13: Bereishit Dance Company. The company’s Virtual Festival stream highlights their rare U.S. performance and Pillow debut in 2016, and features the works BOW (that later evolved into CONTROL) and Balance and Imbalance. Pre-Show Talk with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe; Post-Show Talk with founder and choreographer Soon-ho Park.
  • Aug. 20: Tero Saarinen Company and The Boston Camerata. The resonance of Borrowed Light‘s U.S. premiere in 2006 led to a rare return engagement as part of the Pillow’s 80th anniversary celebration in 2012, streamed again during the Virtual Festival. The work is inspired by Shaker music and dance, seamlessly integrates singers and dancers on stage, and is presented in association with Berkshire-based Hancock Shaker Village. Pre-Show Talk with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe; Post-Show Talk with Artistic Director Tero Saarinen and Boston Camerata Director Anne Azema.
  • Aug. 27: And Still You Must Swing. Dormeshia, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith are three of the world’s most influential ambassadors of tap. They came together at the Pillow in 2016 along with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner Camille A. Brown for the world premiere And Still You Must Swing, a show that captures the heart and legacy of tap dance and honors the influence of jazz roots on this outstanding art form, streamed as the finale performance of Jacob’s Pillow Virtual Festival. Pre-Show Talk with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Melanie George; Post-Show Talk with Dormeshia, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith.

Pillowtalks

Live conversations with leaders in the dance field across styles and disciplines, premiering every Friday at 5 p.m. on YouTube and available until Aug. 31. Individuals that attend the premiere at 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to live-chat with scholars, artists, and audience members from around the world. For additional information and to RSVP, visit: jacobspillow.org/virtual-pillow/virtual-festival-talks.

  • July 17: PillowTalk: Duets from Quebec. Anne Plamondon and Sylvain Lafortune, moderated by Philip Szporer, a Montreal-based filmmaker, writer, lecturer, and longtime Jacob’s Pillow scholar-in-residence.
  • July 24: PillowTalk: 50 Years of Ballet Hispanico. Eduardo Vilaro and special guests, moderated by Brian Schaefer, a Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence and journalist/writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and many other publications.
  • July 31: PillowTalk: Cleo Parker Robinson’s 50th, moderated by Seth Stewart Williams, an assistant professor in the Department of Dance at Barnard College of Columbia University, and Jacob’s Pillow scholar-in-residence since 2019.
  • Aug. 7: PillowTalk: Liz Lerman’s Wicked Bodies, moderated by Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge.
  • Aug. 14: PillowTalk: Dancerly Intelligences, with choreographers Brian Brooks, Marjani Forte-Saunders and Sydney Skybetter, moderated by Maura Keefe, a longtime Jacob’s Pillow scholar-in-residence and Director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland.
  • Aug. 21: PillowTalk: La Meri and Her Life in Dance. This champion of cross-cultural dance performances was nearly forgotten, but Nancy Lee Chalfa Ruyter’s new biography sets out to change that, as Ruyter explains how and why. Moderated by Nancy Wozny, editor-in-chief of Arts + Culture Texas, contributor to many dance publications, and Jacob’s Pillow scholar-in-residence since 2010.
  • Aug. 28: PillowTalk: Black Artists in Dance Today, Theresa Ruth Howard addresses both past practices and the changes afoot in this country’s established institutions, with a panel including Kyle Abraham and John Perpener. Howard, a Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence, is a former dancer, writer, and founder/curator of Memoirs of Black in Ballet (MoBBallet).
    Community Programs
  • Fridays, July 10 – Aug. 28: Families Dance Together, 3 p.m., via Zoom.
  • July 11 and 18, Aug. 1 and 8: DELving into Dance History, 2:30 to 5 p.m. Each DELving into Dance History is designed as an ongoing series. Each two-week course explores different aspects of the Pillow’s Dance Interactive site. Each course can be taken on its own. The participation fee is $89 per course and includes Dance Education Laboratory resources and materials. Events are held on Zoom. To register, visit jacobspillow.org/events/delving-into-dance-history.

Special Events

  • Saturday, Aug. 1: Dog Dance, 11:30 a.m. Meet online with your pup and be guided through a series of simple and fun movements that highlight the beauty of our pets and the unique relationship we share with our dogs. All proceeds are shared with the Berkshire Humane Society. Event is held on Zoom.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5: The Land on Which We Dance, 5 p.m. All proceeds are shared with the artists of The Land on Which We Dance in support of their important work. Event is streamed on YouTube.
  • Thursday, Aug. 27: Festival Finale: Virtual Dance Party, 8:30 p.m. Dance a celebratory farewell to a live DJ set! in celebration of the first-ever Virtual Festival at Jacob’s Pillow. Wear clothes you can groove in, and hop onto Zoom for a global moment of movement unlike any we’ve done before as Festival Artists join in to dance. Hosted by Christal Brown, Founding Artistic Director of INSPIRIT, and New York-based DJ DP One. Event is held on Zoom.

Mass MoCA

1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.
413-662-2111, massmoca.org

  • Friday, Sept. 4: Car Seat Headrest, $27-$57, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 5: An evening with They Might Be Giants, $35-$65, 8 p.m.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

Mohawktrailconcerts.org

  • Friday, Sept. 18: Music at the Arts Library concert, classics from string quartet repertoire and folk music arrangements from around the world, donations accepted, noon at the The Arms Library, at the corner of Bridge and Main, Shelburne Falls.
  • Saturday, Oct. 3: Fall Foliage concert, The Adaskin String Trio with Sally Pinkas, piano performs Schumann and Mozart, 7:30 p.m. at Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St., Charlemont. $25 general, 16 and under free.

Music From Salem

Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road, Salem, N.Y.
musicfromsalem.org

  • Tuesday, July 7: Lila Brown, viola; Marc Ryser, piano; TBA violin or cello, 6 p.m. Reservations recommended. Rain date, July 8.
  • Sunday, July 12: Katie Lansdale, violin; Lila Brown, viola; Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch, pianos, 6 p.m. Reservations recommended. Rain date, July 13.
  • Saturday, July 18: Markus Placci, violin; Lila Brown, viola; Judith Gordon, piano, 6 p.m. Reservations recommended. Rain date, July 19.
  • Monday, July 20: Markus Placci, violin; Lila Brown, viola; Judith Gordon, piano, 6 p.m. Reservations recommended. Rain date, July 21.
  • Thursday, July 30: Sharan Leventhal and Saul Bitran, Violins; Lila Brown, viola, 6 p.m. Reservations recommended. Rain date, July 31.
  • Saturday, Aug. 1: Sharan Leventhal and Saul Bitran, Violins; Lila Brown, viola, 6 p.m. Reservations recommended. Rain date, Aug. 2.
  • Friday, Aug. 14: TBA, violin; Lila Brown, viola; TBA, cello; Joe Bongiorno, bass, 6 p.m. Reservations recommended. Rain date, Aug. 15.
  • Sunday, Aug. 16: TBA, violin; Lila Brown, viola; TBA, cello; Joe Bongiorno, bass, 6 p.m., at The Beloved Farm, 105 McKie Hollow Road, Cambridge, N.Y. Limited to 30 in the barn with distanced seating. Reservations recommended.

NextStage Arts Project

15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt.
802-387-0102, nextstagearts.org

  • Through Aug. 31: Quarantine Sessions, singer/songwriter Emily Matthew-Muller from Guilford performs her own song, “The Girl with the Long Brown Braids.” Josh Slater performs Bach. Brandon Bell and Yvonne Chen perform Arvo Part’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” (originally for violin and piano) on wine glasses and piano. Josue Cruz, on YouTube.

Tamarack Hollow Natural and Cultural Center

1515 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor, Mass.
tamarackhollow.com

  • Mondays: Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center and Gaia Roots World Music present West African and Caribbean drum and song classes with Aimee Gelinas, online until further notice (regularly at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield) 6 p.m. beginner / 7:15 p.m. advanced. For registration and fee info email: aimee@gaiaroots.com.
  • Oct. 17 and 18: Tamarack Hollow & Gaia Roots World Music present The 11th Annual Berkshire Drum Fest featuring classes and performances with Namory Keita from Guinea, West Africa, with members of Gaia Roots and the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers. Saturday evening drum class and concert and Sunday daytime drum classes. (This event may be held online depending on current COVID-19 regulations, check website or email us for updates). For event registration and fee info., email: aimee@gaiaroots.com.

Tannery Pond Concerts

On the grounds of Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.
888-820-1696, tannerypondconcerts.org

  • Saturday, July 18: Steven Banks, classical saxophone, $30 balcony/ $39 first floor, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 1: Haochen Zhang, piano, $30 balcony/ $39 first floor, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15: Scott Yoo, violin; Alice K. Dade, flute; Sophie Shao, cello; Maurycy Banaszek, viola; pianist TBA, $30 balcony/ $39 first floor, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 5: Paul Huang, violin, and Helen Huang, piano, $30 balcony/ $39 first floor, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: Inbal Segev, cello, and the Aizuri Quartet, $30 balcony/ $39 first floor, 3 p.m.

Tanglewood

297 West St., Lenox, Mass.
bso.org

The Tanglewood grounds will be open to the public free of charge via the Main Gate as conditions allow on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. until noon, from July 11 through Aug. 30; procedures will be in place to help ensure the health and safety of all visitors. Parking accommodations will be available in the Main Gate and West (across from Main Gate) lots, with Tanglewood attendants checking registrations and directing visitors to socially distanced parking spaces. The number of cars admitted to the grounds each day will be limited. Visitors must first register at tanglewood.org to sign up for a dedicated time of arrival and view other information. Kripalu will provide an audio guided walking meditation, details at tanglewood.org.

Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, beginning July 1

  • Mondays, July 6-Aug. 17: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances, hosted by Stefan Asbury, favorite retrospective performances by the TMCO will be video streamed online Monday evenings starting at 8 p.m.
  • July 20: Andris Nelsons leads a program featuring music by Mozart and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Paul Lewis.
  • July 27: Andris Nelsons and Stephane Deneve lead music by Bernstein, John Williams, and Ravel, featuring soloists Yo-Yo Ma and Jessica Zhou.
  • Aug. 3: Andris Nelsons and Stefan Asbury conduct music by Beethoven and Michael Gandolfi
  • Aug. 10: Thomas Ades leads performance highlights from recent Festival of Contemporary Music programs.
  • Aug. 17: Andris Nelsons conducts Act III of Wagner’s Die Walkure with Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.
  • Wednesdays, July 8 – Aug. 19: Recitals from the World Stage, a series of video streams recorded at concert venues around the world and featuring artists who were to appear in Ozawa hall this summer, 8 p.m. Paul Lewis, July 8; Lucas and Arthur Jussen, July 15; Brooklyn Rider, July 22; Silkroad Ensemble, July 29; Danish String Quartet, Aug. 5; Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Aug. 12. Garrick Ohlsson, Aug. 19.
  • Friday evenings: BSO Musicians in Recital, 40 orchestra members in a series of newly recorded programs to be taped at Linde Center.
  • July 24: BSO members Tatiana Dimitriades, Xin Ding, Daniel Getz, Catherine French, and Victor Romanul, with guest pianist Jonathan Bass (Bach, Paganini, Sauret, Rosamond Johnson, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak).
  • July 31: BSO members Kyle Brightwell, Daniel Getz, Mary Ferrillo, and Steven Laraia with guest pianist Brett Hodgdon (Clarke, Ulysses Kay, Berio, and Hindemith).
  • Aug. 7: BSO musicians Bonnie Bewick, Mickey Katz, Lawrence Wolfe, Cynthia Myers, Robert Sheena, Michael Wayne, Richard Ranti, and Jason Snider (traditional and contemporary works and arrangements for fiddle, cello, and bass, and music by Valerie Coleman and D’Rivera).
  • Aug. 14: BSO members Alexander Velinzon, Danny Kim, Adam Esbensen, Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, James Markey, and Mike Roylance (Beethoven, Gabrieli, Schein, Bach, Kevin Day, and Debussy, among others).
  • Aug. 21: BSO members Oliver Aldort, Steven Ansell, Rebecca Gitter, Julianne Lee, and Lisa Kim (Mozart, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Schubert).
  • Saturday evenings: Newly created content streaming includes Great Performers in Recital at Tanglewood, spotlighting some of the artists who were to appear in the Shed in 2020 and additional guests. Gil Shaham, July 3, Emmanuel Ax, July 11. Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth and Bryan Wagorn, July 18. Augustine Hadelich and Orion Weiss, July 25. Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, Aug. 1. Daniil Trifonov, Aug. 8. Conrad Tao, Aug. 15. Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk, Aug. 22.
  • Sundays, July and August: Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Concerts, audio streams of past performances of chamber, vocal, and piano music presentations, free of charge, by the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, hosted by TMC Head of Chamber Music Norman Fischer, 10 a.m.
  • Sundays, July 5 – Aug. 23: BSO Encore Performances from Tanglewood, 2:30 p.m.
  • July 19: Bernard Haitink leads the orchestra in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Isabelle Faust, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Camilla Tilling.
  • July 26: Andre Previn conducts a program including Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C with soloist Daniel Muller-Schott and Ravel’s Sheherazade, with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.
  • Aug. 2: Seiji Ozawa, in his final Tanglewood concert as BSO Music Director, leads Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Beethoven’s Fantasia for piano, chorus, and orchestra, with pianist Peter Serkin and vocal soloists Christine Goerke, Cynthia Haymon, Florence Quivar, Vinson Cole, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Paul Plishka, and, to end the concert, Randall Thompson’s Alleluia with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
  • Aug. 9: Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Boston Symphony Children’s Choir in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.
  • Aug. 16: Boston Pops Orchestra.
  • Aug. 23: Giancarlo Guerrero leads Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with soloists Nicole Cabell, J’Nai Bridges, Nicholas Phan, and Morris Robinson, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
  • Thursday, July 23: Tanglewood Virtual Gala, celebration of legendary american violinist Isaac Stern, free, 8 p.m. Register at tanglewood.org.
  • Tuesday, July 28: Family concert with Circle Round. Thomas Wilkins leads an audio-streamed performance, a collaboration with the acclaimed WBUR storytelling podcast Circle Round, 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 7: Tanglewood Family Fun Fest Tradition, a day of free kid-friendly activities presented by cultural organizations throughout Berkshire Country, starting at noon.
    Tanglewood Learning Institute
  • Thursdays, July 2-Aug. 20: TLI ShopTalks, video conversations and Q-and-A with notable personalities, including Keith Lockhart and BSO musician Richard Sebring, and Mark Volpe, among others, available for streaming at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, July 1-Aug. 19: TLI MasterPass, masterclass video streams, both retrospective and newly created, featuring Andris Nelsons, Paul Lewis, Midori, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others, teaching TMC Fellows, Boston University Tanglewood Institute students, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus singers in the intimate setting of Tanglewood’s Linde Center, available at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, July 7 – Aug. 4: TLI Celebrates Beethoven. In-depth explorations from scholars including Kathryn L. Libin, Tom Beghin, Erica Buurman, Nicholas Kitchen, and the Borromeo String Quartet, among others, marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth and inaugurating a multiyear collaboration with the House of Lobkowicz, 1 p.m.
  • July 27 – Aug. 7: TLI OpenForum: exploring the Roaring Twenties (July 27, Aug. 3, 10, and 12 at 1 p.m.) and the Romantic Spirit (Aug. 4-6 at 10:30 a.m. and Aug. 7 at 1 p.m.) in conjunction with Great Performers in Recital from Tanglewood and Recitals from the World Stage.

Temple Anshe Amunim

413-442-5910, ansheamunim.org

  • Saturday July 18: Havdalah and Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Celebrate the end of Shabbat and then stay to enjoy an Open Mic Night, hosted by Mike Duffy. All are welcome to join in the fun, whether to enjoy the performances or share your talent. For more information contact the Temple office at templeoffice@ansheamunim.org. Register at tinyurl.com/TAAHavdalah-OpenMicNight and be sure to check ansheamunim.org for up to date information about the event.

READINGS, WALKS AND TALKS

Adams Quaker Meeting House

Maple Street Cemetery, Adams, Mass.

  • Sundays through Oct. 11: Free tours by members of the Adams Historical Society and Adams Historical Commission, 1 to 4 p.m.

Ancram Opera House

1330 County Route 7, Ancram, N.Y.
518-329-0114, ancramoperahouse.org

  • Saturday, July 11: Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate, “Local Writers Local Voices,” 8 p.m., presented virtually.
  • Saturday, July 25: Series premier, “Local Characters,” 8 p.m., presented virtually. Introducing AOH’s newest program: lively, free-wheeling interviews of friends and neighbors with AOH director Paul Ricciardi to learn what makes them tick. Be forewarned: audience members may even be invited to join unscripted, impromptu conversations.
  • Aug. 7 – 16: Summer Play Lab, AOH is commissioning playwrights from the region to create solo and small cast plays to be performed by actors in staged readings. Presented virtually, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.

Arrowhead

780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass.
413-442-1793, berkshirehistory.org

Arrowhead house tours will be available Thursday-Monday, 9:30 to 5 p.m. Tour attendance will be limited; call 413-442-1793 to reserve a time before purchasing tickets online. Tours will follow social distancing and other guidelines per public health advisories.

Arrowhead — home of Herman Melville and Berkshire County Historical Society on Holmes Road in Pittsfield — is offering guided tours, and the museum shop will be open Thursdays through Mondays.

The site’s 45 acres boast 1½ acres of walking trails that are open daily dawn to dusk. The museum’s virtual programs include highlights of the museum’s collection and a live performance in honor of the anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Also on tap through the fall are lectures; the traditional Melville birthday celebration; and, if all goes well, says the Historical Society’s executive director, Lesley Herzberg, the traditional “Moby Dick” reading marathon as a live in-person event. There also will be tours of Pittsfield cemeteries and various holiday events.

— Jeffrey Borak

  • July 30 – Aug. 3: Moby-Dick Fourth-Annual Read-A-Thon, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 recommended donation. Call to register for a time. Seating to listen will be limited and will be first come, first served.
  • Saturday, Aug. 1: Melville’s Birthday! Old Salt’s Day! Tours of the house are free for any career sailor on Old Salt’s Day! Please reserve in advance.
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: Annual Monument Mountain Hike, 9 a.m., meet in the parking lot at Monument Mountain, off Route 7 in Great Barrington.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25: Melville Biographical Research Lecture: Warren Broderick, $10, free for members, 6 p.m.

Bascom Lodge

Atop Mount Greylock
413-743-1591, bascomlodge.net

  • Sunday, July 12: Bird Identification with Ed Neumuth, free, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 13: Boreal Forest Slideshow and Summit Walk with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow, free, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 20: The History and Nature of Mount Greylock’s Summit, a mountaintop walk, free, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge
413 298-3926, info@berkshirebotanical.org, berkshirebotanical.org/events

  • Tuesdays, July 28 – Aug. 18: Zoom Online Class: Planting Design Part 2: The Designer’s Palette: Color in the Landscape with landscape architect David Dew Bruner, learn basic color theories and how they can be applied to the landscape to create different moods, feelings and reactions. Students will design the same garden twice with different color palettes and come to understand their own color preferences. $110, $100 members, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 9: Zoom Online Event, Summer Author Series: Daryl Beyers, “The New Gardener’s Handbook.” Learn the why-dos of the how-tos that help gardeners grow beautiful and bountiful gardens.This program is presented in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Timber Hill Press. $15, $10 members, book will be available for purchase, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 23: Zoom Online Event, Summer Author Series: Marta McDowell, “Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life.” Author Marta McDowell discusses her new book, available for purchase through BBG’s online shop. This lecture explores Dickinson’s gardens through excerpts of her letters and poems and historic and modern images of her garden. Presented in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Timber Hill Press. $15, $10 members, book will be available for purchase, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 30: Zoom Online Event, Summer Author Series: You Can Garden for Life! Toni Gattone, author of “The Lifelong Gardener: Garden with Ease and Joy at Any Age” discusses how gardeners of all abilities can grow their resilience in spite of physical limitations that might otherwise hold them back as well as how gardens can be modified for increased comfort and safety and recommendations of ergononically-designed and adapted tools. This program is presented in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Timber Hill Press. $15, $10 members, book will be available for purchase, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1: Lecture and Field Study: New England Plant Communities. Join ecologist Ted Elliman for a lecture and field trip exploration of native New England plant communities. The Friday lecture will cover many of the forest, meadow and wetland habitats found in Berkshire County, their physical and ecological features and characteristic plants, 6 to 8 p.m. The Saturday field trip will include visits to a variety of forested, open and wetland habitats. Travel is in BBG’s passenger van. For Saturday field study, dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes (we will be walking nearly the entire day) and bring a bagged lunch, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome, space permitting. Full Course: $135, $120 members; Friday Lecture only: $35, $25 members.
  • Sunday, Aug. 9: Zoom Online Class: Ornamental & Edible Native Plants with horticulturists, garden designers and artists Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano. Explore outstanding and edible native plants including varieties not often seen anywhere but botanical gardens and arboreta that would make excellent additions to everyday gardens, $15, $10 members, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 13: Zoom Online Event, Summer Author Series: Kathryn Aalto, “Writing Wild.” Author Kathryn Aalto profiles 25 women, historical and living, whose influential nature-writing has deepened our connection to and understanding of the natural world. Travel essay, literary biography and cultural history, “Writing Wild” ventures into the landscapes and lives of extraordinary writers and encourages a new generation of women to pick up their pens, head outdoors, and start writing wild. This program is presented in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Timber Hill Press. $15, $10 members, book available for purchase, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: Birding by Ear in the Garden with naturalist Zach Adams. Walk the grounds at BBG and learn to identify bird species by call and song. This event is presented in collaboration with Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley. Space is limited. $15, $12 members, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 21: Off-Site Field Study of Peter Bevacqua and Stephen King’s Nearly Native Garden in Claverack, New York. An opportunity to tour a celebrated private garden and reflect on the intersection of traditional and regenerative horticulture and garden design. Led by garden and landscape designer Peter Bevacqua, who will highlight the creation of the wild “nearly native garden” and its role in the landscape. $45, $35 members, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 11: “The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants.” Author Jennifer Jewell, host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast “Cultivating Place,” discusses her book about women influencers in wide-reaching fields, including botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism and food justice, creating change from the ground up. Following the lecture will be a book sale and signing. $35, $25 members, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 13: Goldenrod and Asters Talk and Field Study. In late summer and early fall, asters and goldenrods come into their own. In this class taught by Ted Elliman, the morning discussion will include a presentation of many of Berkshire County’s asters and goldenrods, focusing on their identification features and characteristic habitats. In the afternoon, we’ll explore nearby natural areas to observe and identify the asters and goldenrods growing in meadows, woodlands and wetlands. A hand lens is recommended. We will travel by BBG’s passenger van. Please dress for weather and bring a bagged lunch. $95, $85 members, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 19: Planting Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees with arborist Ken Gooch. Learn hands-on how to successfully transplant shrubs through correct timing, placement and techniques designed to create minimal disturbance and ensure a smooth transition to a new site. Differences between bare-root, container-grown and balled-and-burlapped trees and the importance of siting will be covered. $35, $25 members, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 19: Horticultural Therapy: The People-Plant Partnership with horticultural therapist Anne Meore. Learn how the cultivation of plants and plant-related programs are used to heal, rehabilitate and improve overall wellbeing for different populations. Experiential activities will deepen the participant’s understanding of this therapeutic modality and enhance perspective on the benefits of our relationship with plants and the natural environment. $90, $75 members, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Brattleboro Literary Festival

brattleboroliteraryfestival.org

  • Oct. 15 – 18: Schedule to be announced.

Chesterwood

4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, Mass.
413-298-3579, chesterwood.org

Grounds open; reserve timed-tickets/parking pass online.

  • Saturday, Oct. 10: Voices of Poetry inside the sculptor’s studio, $20, $15 members, 2 to 4 p.m. Four award-winning poets will read original poems inspired by French’s monumental sculpture and his best known subject, Abraham Lincoln.

Hildene

1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt.
800-578-1788, hildene.org

The Gardens, grounds and trails at Hildene are currently open for visitors. Observe social distancing and wear masks.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.
413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

  • Sundays, July 12 and 26, Aug. 9 and 23: Scott Eyerly will offer a free opera talk via Zoom prior to the Metropolitan Opera’s free streaming broadcasts, 5:30 p.m. Register online.

Mass Audubon

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary,
472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass.

massaudubon.org

  • Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Mondays; Trails daily, dawn to dusk. Buildings and restrooms are closed.

The Mount

2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass.
413-551-5111, Register at edithwharton.org

  • Wednesday, July 1: Researching the Age of Innocence online program, free, 4 p.m. Anne Schuyler, Director of Interpretation & Visitor Services and Nicholas Hudson, Curatorial Assistant, share insights from their research in preparation for of the centennial celebration of Wharton’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel.
  • Mondays through July 27: Discourse and Process Chats, online, 4 p.m. Moderated by Julie Scelfo, past Lecture Series presenter and author of The Women Who Made New York, these conversations will provide insight into each author’s book and their research and writing process. July 6, Kerri Greenidge; July 13, Kimberly Hamlin; July 20, Michael Gorra; July 27, Nick BasBanes.
  • Sunday, July 19: True Conversations with Lily KIng and Heidi Pitlor online program, free, 4 p.m. Lily King, best-selling author of “The Pleasing Hour” and “Euphoria,” joins Heidi Pitlor, editor “The Best American Short Stories,” for an in-depth conversation on her bestselling novel, “Writers & Lovers,” which explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.
  • Thursday, Aug. 6: Telling Two Stories with Elif Batuman online program, free, 4 p.m. Author Elif Batuman and Wharton scholar Jennifer Haytock will share how their own multiple readings of “The Age of Innocence” has informed their understanding of social norms, class and privilege, from Wharton’s old New York through today.
  • Monday, Aug. 24: True Conversations with Curtis Sittenfeld and Heidi Pitlor online program, free, 4 p.m. Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of “American Wife” and “Eligible,” joins Heidi Pitlor for an in-depth conversation on her most recent novel, Rodham, which imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?

NextStage Arts Project

15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt.
802-387-0102, nextstagearts.org

  • Through Aug. 31: Virtual Fables Storytelling — Bethany Kriger-Thies: Nuns with Free Kittens; Virtual Fables Storytelling: Bob Thies — The Silver Bullet; Virtual Fables Storytelling: John Young — Race Day Woes; Cooped Up Kids with Mark Nizer, on YouTube.

Northshire Bookstore

4869 Main St., Manchester Center, Vt.
802-362-2200, northshire.com

One of Bennington County’s best-known retail destinations, the Northshire Bookstore, at the roundabout in Manchester Center, has reopened its shelves to customers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. The store is still offering curbside pickup and phone and online ordering, as well. Face masks are required.

Northshire continues to host its popular author conversations over Zoom. Upcoming events include conversations with Jennifer Weiner, Paul Doiron and Sarah Stewart Taylor and Barbara Bonner

­— Greg Sukiennick


Park-McCullough House

1 Park St., North Bennington, Vt.
802-442-5441, parkmccullough.org

The Second Empire Style estate, built by attorney and entrepreneur Trenor Park and later home to Gov. John G. McCullough, is open on a limited basis for public tours at the beginning of the month. While the mansion’s grounds remain open daily, “The Big House” will be open for self- guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Private tours may be scheduled. Face coverings, handwashing and safe social distancing are required while inside the mansion.

Socially-distance activities, such as yoga on the lawn and a virtual wine tasting group, are ongoing.

­— Greg Sukiennick

  • Sundays: Yoga in the Garden, for all levels, free, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bring your own mat and observe social distancing while on the grounds and while participating in all Park McCullough activities.

Southern Vermont Arts Center

930 SVAC Drive, Manchester, Vt.
802-362-1405, svac.org

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5: Reading Strong Female Artists virtual memoir book group with Megan Mayhew Bergman, free, 5:30 p.m. To register, contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-362-1405.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center

790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.
518-392-3693, spencertownacademy.org

  • Wednesday, July 22: Community Reads event, “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. Registration is required.
  • Sept. 5 – 7: Virtual Festival of Books, schedule to be announced.

Tamarack Hollow Natural and Cultural Center

1515 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor, Mass.
Tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org

  • Saturday, July 11: Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest Flower, Plant, Tree and Wild Edibles Hike with naturalist and Director Aimee Gelinas, 9 a.m. to noon. Learn about the unique fauna and flora of high elevation fields and forest. For registration and fee info email: aimee@gaiaroots.com.
  • Tuesday, July 21: Celebrate National Moth week and Nighttime Pollinators at the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, 8 to 9:30 p.m. or 9 to 10:30 p.m. Nighttime viewing and identification of moths on illuminated screens followed by moth stories and marshmallows around a campfire. Led by moth/insect specialists Betsy Higgins and Jason Crockwell with Tamarack Hollow staff. Family-friendly. Supported by the Berkshire Taconic Foundation Central Berkshire Fund. Limited space, Masks required. For registration and fee info email: aimee@gaiaroots.com. Rain date, July 22.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15: Fern and Woodland Plant walk at the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn woodland ferns and flora with naturalist Aimee Gelinas. Supported by the Berkshire Taconic Foundation Central Berkshire Fund. For registration and fee info email: aimee@gaiaroots.com.
  • Saturday, Sept. 12: Hike to The Boulders, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This round-trip, 3-mile hike led by Aimee Gelinas is free (donations accepted). Supported by the Dalton Cultural Council and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund. For registration and fee info email: aimee@gaiaroots.com.
  • Sunday, Sept. 13: Boreal Forest Ecology Slideshow and Summit Walk, Bascom Lodge and Mount Greylock Summit, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Learn about the ecology of high elevation Boreal Spruce-Fir forests on a short plant/tree ID summit walk concluding with a narrated slideshow with naturalist Aimee Gelinas. Program is free (donations accepted) thanks to support from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation Berkshire Environmental Endowment and Barrett Funds. Stay for dinner after at the Bascom Lodge, visit bascomlodge.net for dinner reservation info. For info email: aimee@gaiaroots.com.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25: Boreal Forest Volunteer Trail Work Day at Tamarack Hollow, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help clear trails and continue to prep the site of the future nature center – come for some of time or the whole time! Snacks and cider provided (in accordance with current guidelines). Please bring your own gloves (and lunch if staying for the day). For registration info email: aimee@gaiaroots.com.

Temple Anshe Amunim

413-442-5910, ansheamunim.org

  • Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Liz: “Aleinu” – It’s On Us, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. With the Aleinu prayer as a jumping-off point, explore social justice, theology, choice, chosenness, and peoplehood in modern Jewish life. This course is open to all; no Hebrew or prayer experience required. Come with curiosity, questions, doubt, faith, and an open mind! Join us via tinyurl.com/taazoom and be sure to check ansheamunim.org for up to date information about the event.
  • Tuesday, July 14: All are welcome for a discussion of “The Book of V.” by author Anna Solomon, hosted by Barbara Viniar. 10:30 a.m. Why does every little girl want to be Esther, but never Vashti, at Purim? How have women’s lives changed, or not changed over thousands of years? We will be discussing the three contemporary characters Solomon created as she sought her own answer to these questions, and perhaps finding answers of our own. Register at tinyurl.com/BookDiscussion-BookofV and be sure to check ansheamunim.org for up to date information about the event.

Trustees of Reservations

thetrustees.org

The Trustees asks that visitors follow social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all. All buildings and inside areas remain closed. The following properties are open during normal hours: Ashintully Gardens, Ashley House, Bartholomew’s Cobble, Field Farm, Mission House, Monument Mountain, Mountain Meadow Preserve, Notchview, Tyringham Cobble, William Cullen Bryant Homestead.

Naumkeag

Grounds open in a controlled manner to limit overcrowding. Buildings closed until further notice. Purchase required entry tickets for time-specific slots at thetrustees.org.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Boyd-Quinson Mainstage,
30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass.
413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

  • Aug. 5 – 16: “Harry Clarke,” by David Cale, starring Mark H. Dold, directed by Julianne Boyd. A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, “Harry Clarke” is the story of a shy midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona. Presented without intermission to maintain social distancing. $25-$65. Performances Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 21 – 23: “South Pacific” in concert. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener, adapted by David Ives, directed by Julianne Boyd and starring Broadway’s Alexandra Silber and Nicholas Rodriguez. Presented without intermission to maintain social distancing. $35-$65. Performances Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., at an outdoor venue to be determined.
  • Saturday, Sept. 5: “Eleanor,” a staged reading of a new play by Mark St. Germain, starring Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris, directed by Henry Stram, $15, 7:30 p.m. “Eleanor” brings to life Eleanor Roosevelt, the most influential First Lady the world has ever seen. From her “Ugly Duckling” upbringing to her unorthodox marriage to Franklin, Eleanor puts her controversial life, loves and passions on the stage. Presented without intermission to maintain social distancing.
  • Sept. 9 – 20: 2020 10×10 New Play Festival. A reprise of the sold-out winter festival of new plays, this year’s witty and hilarious collection is ready for another outing this fall. It’s a whirlwind journey full of laughs and unexpected twists as ten 10-minute plays are performed by a dizzyingly talented cast of six. $20-$49. Wednesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 1 – 18: “The Price,” by Arthur Miller, directed by Julianne Boyd. In the attic of a condemned Manhattan brownstone, two long-estranged brothers meet to dispose of their deceased parents’ property. Victor is a policeman who sacrificed his education to care for their invalid father who never recovered from the Wall Street Crash; Walter is a successful surgeon who turned his back on his family to concentrate on medicine and personal success. The brothers’ confrontation escalates as they negotiate the sale of the family’s belongings with a secondhand furniture dealer. Ultimately, they both come to realize the price that each has paid for the decisions they made decades ago. $20-$49. Performances Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Colonial Theatre,
111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.
413-997-4444,

Check for season updates at berkshiretheatregroup.org.

Berkshire Theatre Group is hosting an active, if abbreviated, late summer through late fall season of theatrical, comedy and music presentations at its Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, and the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Due to continuing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, that schedule is undergoing substantial revision. As of this writing, final plans are not yet in place. Prospective theatergoers are being asked by BTG officials to check the BTG website — berkshiretheatregroup.org — for updates.

— Jeffrey Borak


Double Edge Theatre

948 Conway Road, Ashfield
413-628-0277, doubleedgetheatre.org

  • July 22 – Aug. 9: “6 FEET APART, ALL TOGETHER,” a Summer Spectacle for the time of COVID-19. Visitors will interact with the land, visual installation, and small scenes from the past, as well as a look toward what we are creating together for the future. “6 FEET APART, ALL TOGETHER” will be performed in rounds to allow for less than 10 people per group.

Hubbard Hall

25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.
518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

  • Aug. 4 – 8: “All’s Well that Ends Well,” by William Shakespeare, directed by David Snyder. Limit to 50 audience members per performance with social distancing enforced, masks required. 6:30 p.m., on the Great Lawn, off Main and Washington Streets, Cambridge, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse

Walker Farm, 705 Main St., Weston, Vt.
802-824-8167, westonplayhouse.org

  • Sept. 24 – Oct. 18: “An Iliad,” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s “Iliad.”

Williamstown Theatre Festival

413-458-3200, wtfestival.org

This year, Williamstown Theatre Festival is creating a season in collaboration with Audible, the world’s largest producer and provider of original spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks. The WTF season on Audible will be made available for global Audible listeners to enjoy and experience. Visit wtfestival.org for more information.

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