Events

Feb
25
Sat
Washington, CT–Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by William Loren Katz @ Institute for American Indian Studies
Feb 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join the conversation on the often overlooked topic of the joint Native and African American struggle for equality.

Included in price of admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $6 Children; IAIS Members free.

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Gt. Barrington, MA–The Met – Live in HD: Dvorák’s Rusalka @ The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm
Lakeville, CT– Christopher Ho ’92. Contemporary installation artist Reception @ The Hotchkiss School--Tremaine Gallery
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Gallery Exhibit from February 25 – April 2

(860) 435 – 4423

Norfolk, CT–Lecture by Jerry Jenkins, author of The Northern Forest Atlas @ Norfolk Library
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Lakeville, CT–Student Choreographed Dance Performance @ The Hotchkiss School--Walker Auditorium
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Performances at–
February 25, 7:30 p.m.  and  February 26, 2:30 p.m.

(860) 435 – 4423

Feb
26
Sun
Gt. Barrington, MA–Winter Snowshoe Walk/Wildlife Tracking/Birding at Housatonic Flats @ Monument Mountain Reservation
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Explore the fields and riparian forest and learn to see and read tracks and other signs of wildlife. What winter birds live here?

HOUSATONIC FLATS

Related imageSPONSORS: Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Image result for otter tracks in snowGreat Barrington Land Conservancy

Leaders: Mike Leavitt (BNRC & Berkshire Wildlife Trackers)

Christine Ward (Great Barrington Land Conservancy)

Greg Ward (Hoffman Bird Club)

Pace: Easy

Terrain: Easy

Description: Housatonic Flats provides important habitat to many Berkshire mammals and birds.  We will guide visitors on where to look and what to look for. If no snow, we’ll skip the snowshoes and go for a winter hike!

Pre-registration is requested: info@gbtrails.org or call 413 528 4061

24-hour advance reservation required for loan of snowshoes.

Lakeville, CT–Hotchkiss Dance Company Performance @ Hotchkiss School--Walker Auditorium
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm

The Hotchkiss Dance Company presents its annual performance February 25 at 7:30 p.m. and February 26 at 2:30 p.m.

New work by Dance Program Director Alice Sarkissian-Wolf will be featured, as well as commissioned works by 2016-17 guest artists, Liliana Candotti and Ann Marie DeAngelo. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Walker Auditorium is situated in the lower level of the main building.

For more information on this and other arts events at The Hotchkiss School visit www.hotchkiss.org/arts

Mar
1
Wed
Lenox, MA–Berkshire Residents Free Admission- 1st Wednesday of the Month @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 – 18 years)

Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. The office and gift shop will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our education programs for all ages.

Mar
18
Sat
Lenox, MA–Bare Naked Beauty: Woody Plants in Winter @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator
Audience: Adult
Members: $12.00 Nonmembers: $16.00

No leaves? No problem! You can learn to recognize the beautiful forms of oaks, maples, and other woodland trees and shrubs sans leaves. We’ll use a combination of branching patterns, bud and bark characteristics, habitat, and other helpful traits to identify woody plants in winter. We’ll start inside looking at samples of twigs and practicing using a pocket guide (fee includes Winter Tree Finder field guides for participants), and then we’ll take a hike to practice our skills on live subjects in the sanctuary woodlands.

Register online at www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors.

Lenox, MA–Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop @ Pleasant Valley Sanctuary
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Instructor: Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator
Audience: All (suitable for children 5 – 12 years)
Members: Adult $20.00, Child free Nonmembers: Adult $25.00, Child free

Provide much-needed nest sites for cavity-nesting birds. Participants in this family-friendly workshop will assemble pre-cut bluebird nesting box kits and take one home. The nest boxes are also suitable nest sites for other small, cavity-nesting species including tree swallow, house wren, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, and white-breasted nuthatch. Workshop participants will also learn where and how to place their boxes in the right habitat. All materials and equipment are included in the program fee.
Register online at www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors.

Norfolk, CT–“Deep Travel: How to Journey Like Henry David Thoreau” lecture by David Leff @ Norfolk Library
Mar 18 @ 4:00 pm
Gt. Barrington, MA–Close Encounters With Music: Beethoven Journey–Early, Middle and Late @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm

Three stops along Ludwig’s journey, from disciple of Haydn to Olympian master and from historical time and place to transcending earthly connections: the early Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, a middle-period Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, and the glorious “Archduke” Trio. Pianist Michael Brown, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been described by The New York Times as a “young piano visionary” and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle.

Michael Brown, piano; Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello
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Mar
22
Wed
Lenox, MA–A discussion with the 2017 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence @ The Mount
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A discussion with the 2017 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence – Christene Barberich, global editor in chief and co-founder of Refinery29, Donna M. Lucey author of Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age, and Vanessa Manko, author of The Invention of Exile – will discuss their past and forthcoming works, their careers, and their experiences writing in the house where Edith Wharton penned many of her most popular works. They will also touch on how Edith Wharton’s literary legacy has shaped and inspired their own works, and how she continues to influence female writers in the 21st century.   (413)-637-3353

 

Apr
5
Wed
Lenox, MA–Spring Birding @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

Pittsfield, MA–Woodcock’s Sky Dance @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Instructors: Jonathan Pierce – Pleasant Valley Caretaker and Hoffman Bird Club Leader; Dale Abrams – Berkshire Sanctuaries Education Coordinator

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $5.00, Child free —Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring. Wet meadows and fields become the American woodcock’s “runway” for a beautiful aerial courtship display. We will visit the meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on its breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. With any luck, male woodcocks will be heard peenting from the tall grass before spiraling hundreds of feet into the night sky. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Dale Abrams is a lifelong birder

Apr
7
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

Apr
12
Wed
Lenox, MA–Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome

Pittsfield, MA–Woodcock’s Sky Dance @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)
Members: Adult $5.00, Child free —–Nonmembers: Adult $7.00, Child free

Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring. Wet meadows and fields become the American woodcock’s “runway” for a beautiful aerial courtship display. We will visit the meadows at dusk and listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on its breeding grounds, just before darkness envelops the sanctuary. With any luck, male woodcocks will be heard peenting from the tall grass before spiraling hundreds of feet into the night sky. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. Dale Abrams is a lifelong birder.

Apr
14
Fri
Pittsfield, MA–Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Apr 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Instructor: Noreen Mole – Sanctuary Volunteer and Hoffmann Bird Club leader
Audience: Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

Jun
3
Sat
Lenox, MA–Cantilena Chamber Choir & Geraldine Brooks, The Life of King David in words and song! @ Trinity Church
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm

 

Join the Cantilena Chamber Choir and Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of People of the Book and March, in a concert featuring texts by and about King David. The concert will based on the book A Secret Chord, a rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David. Ms. Brooks will be on hand to read selections from the novel and the choir will preform works by Tomkins & Eric Whitacre (When David Heard), Schutz (Psalmen David), Handel (Zadok the Priest), and more- with full orchestra.

Now in its thirteenth season, the Cantilena Chamber Choir is the Berkshire region’s leading a cappella group.