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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 9-15
11:22AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017
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North Adams Happenings:
August 9th through 15th 
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events
 

Save the Date

 
7/10-8/18
UNO Summer Playground Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
Monday through Friday, July 10th through August 18th
9am-12pm
Free!
for more information

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and the Northern Berkshire YMCA have partnered to offer a free summer playground program this summer. Children ages 8 and up can drop by for outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and other fun games under the supervision of experienced staff. Children will have access to the community center, and playground and park on Houghton Street. For more information, please contact Geoff Pawlowski at (413) 663-7588, ext. 22. Registration is not required and children under the age of 8 are welcome to attend with adult supervision.

 
8/16 
21st Annual Downtown Celebration
Downtown North Adams
413-664-6180 or tourism@northadams-ma.gov
5:30 - 9 pm
Free
for more information

2017 marks the 21st year of North Adams’ Annual Downtown Celebration!
Performances by JP Murphy Band, Terry A La Berry and Friends, and Trio Candela! Magicians, balloon animals, hula hoops, games, give-aways and more!

Rain Date: Thursday, August 17th

This annual downtown event is part community expo and part festival reflecting all aspects of our city. Enjoy walking around the downtown which is closed to pedestrian traffic only during the event.

Between the many downtown restaurants and food trucks that join us just for this event you won’t have to walk more than a few steps to find something delicious to eat. The downtown shops stays open late for you to enjoy some after work shopping, plus there are plenty of local crafers and artisans with booths set up for you to explore, mixed among the many Main, Eagle, Holden and the northern portion of Ashland Street will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic.

Groups, businesses and organizations distribute information, hold contests and giveaways, while bands play and groups perform throughout the downtown.  Delicious aromas fill the air as our local restaurants and vendors provide all kinds of wonderful food. This all-ages street fair is sure to please.
8/26-27
Motorama
Downtown North Adams
413-664-6180 or tourism@northadams-ma.gov
8/26 9 am - 8/27 3 pm
Free!
for more information

Join us downtown for the 7th Annual Motorama event! Last year’s event brought over 500 vehicles to downtown North Adams and we expect even MORE this year!

Join us the day before the big show for the swap meet and stay the evening for a drive-in movie starting at dusk.

The main car show is Sunday, Aug. 27th, but various events are planned for the weekend, including a Swap Meet in starting Saturday, August 26th and running through to the big car show on Sunday. The Swap Meet will offer dozens of vendors, food, and a car corral and will be located in the Center Street parking lot behind the MountainOne building.

On Sunday, Main, Holden and Eagle Streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more! Anything with a motor is welcome!

To register for the show contact Joe Dean: deansqualityauto@aol.com or visit https://www.northadamsmotorama.com/
 

Wednesday August 9th

 
Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
Free!
for more information

Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.
 
Concerts at the Lake with JP Murphy
Windsor Lake, 200 Windsor Lake Road
413-664-6180
6:30pm
Free!
for more information

These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available for purchase at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is free during these concerts, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake. All cancellations will be called by 3PM on the day of the concert. Rain Dates tbd.

 
 

Thursday August 10th

 
Cohen Kick-off Party
Freightyard Pub, 1 Furnace St.
5 – 7 PM
Free!
for more information

Please join us for an evening of appetizers and cocktails at Freight Yard Pub, celebrating the kick off of Rebbecca Cohen's run for City Council!

Enjoy a signature drink made by Rebbecca as she guest bar tends for her local favorites during cocktail hour, live music compliments of Jessica Gregory, followed by a meet and greet! There will time to ask questions, get to know her story, her cause, and why she would a great addition to our City Council. 

All cocktail proceeds will aid in the funding for her campaign. Additionally, donation and volunteer opportunities will be available. Donations optional, but company is always welcome! 

Come and celebrate! We look forward to seeing you!
Party in the Park: Shyne
Noel Field, 310 State Street
6 – 8 PM
Free!
for more information

Join WUPE FM in Noel Field every Thursdays in July & August for the Party in the Park FREE concert series! July 20 - Snake House, July 27 - Critical Mass, Aug. 3 - Whiskey City, Aug. 10 – Shyne, Aug. 17 - The Brave Brothers, Aug. 24 - Mismatched

 

Downtown Bike Around
Main Street
achilson@nbccoalition.org
6:30 pm
Free!

Downtown Bike Around! Every Thursday in July at 6:30pm. Meet at St. Anthony's Parking Lot, North Adams. Help shift bicycle culture in North Adams for drivers and people on bikes by joining in on a casual and group ride. For all ages! There is safety in numbers as we take to the streets to create a safer environment for sharing our roads! For more information contact: Amanda Chilson, achilson@nbccoalition.org.
The Chalet Presents: The Dirty Birds & Francesca Shanks
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
8pm
Free!
for more information

Raise a glass with us every Thursday night this summer at The Chalet, artist Dean Baldwin’s riverside beer garden. Enjoy balmy Berkshire nights with lively music, good conversation with visiting artists, and delicious drinks. The bar opens at 5:30pm; events begin around 8pm.

The Chalet is always free. Bring cash for the bar!
 
Degree Completion Program Live Information Session
Online
(413) 662-5000
12 - 1 pm
Free
for more information

Interested in finishing your degree? Spend your lunch with MCLA and find out more about our Degree Completion options. On Aug. 10 at noon, head to MCLA's Facebook page, where we'll conduct a live information session. You'll be able to ask Admission staff and degree completion participants all about the program, get a general overview, and find out how to learn more.

mcla.edu/degreecompletion

Our program brochure: http://mcla.edu/Assets/MCLA-Files/Academics/Continuing-Education/Degree-Completion/Degree%20Completion%20Brochure%20LR.pdf

 

 

Saturday August 12th

 
North Adams Farmer's Market
St Anthony Drive & Marshall Street
413-664-6180
9am-1pm
Free!
for more information

The North Adams Farmers Market provides its customers with fresh, quality, locally grown produce and products in a safe and fun environment featuring dozens of local farmers, food producers, artisan and weekly musicians. The market is located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Rte. 8 (Marshall St.) and St. Anthony Drive.

We proudly accept SNAP/EBT, credit cards, debit cards, WIC & Senior Coupons. The North Adams Farmers Market believes that eating healthy is a cornerstone of a healthy community and healthy local food should be accessible to everyone. Our SNAPx2 Program provides matching funds to double every SNAP/EBT benefits spent at the market. In 2015, the SNAPx2 Program resulted in over $10,000 worth of fresh local food in the homes of low income families in our community.

The Farmers Market is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Health Systems, Adams Community Bank, MountainOne, Mass in Motion, the City of North Adams, and the Farmers Market Coalition.

Patrons of the market can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers, and meat. People can also enjoy music, entertainment, and info booths, all of which change week to week.

All of the food at the market is grown or made by the farmers themselves. This year’s market includes vendors reaching from Berlin, New York and Southern VT all the way to Washington, Mass. Farmers include:  Morin Gardens, Jaeschke’s Orchard, Many Forks Farm, Mark Smigel, Square Roots Farm, Mountain Girl Farm, Clarksburg Bread Co., North Yeast Bakery, Gray Raven Farm and more. Other farmers will join the market with specialty items at different points throughout the growing season.
Sounds & Tones Presents: Mamma's Marmalade at Colegrove Park
Colegrove Park
413-664-6180 or tourism@northadams-ma.gov
2 pm
Free
for more information

Sounds & Tones Records and the City of North Adams present Mamma's Marmalade with openers, Pinedrop! Come stomp your feet to the bluegrass tunes and enjoy the summer sun. Both acts are returning to MASS MoCA's Freshgrass Festival stage this year, so this is a great opportunity to catch them before the fall! FREE and family-friendly. We are blessed to count MCLA as a sponsor of this event. Bright Ideas Brewing will provide some beverage accompaniment unless moved to rain location (which won't happen!)

About:
Mamma's Marmalade is a Western MA-based quintet exploring bluegrass, folk, and Old Time. With a unique combination of that old tone of wooden instruments and a little contemporary groove, Mamma's Marmalade brings new ideas to an old tradition.

Pinedrop - Pinedrop is an acoustic folk trio from Brattleboro, VT featuring Derek Sensale on guitar and vocals, Charlie Peckar on violin and Dan Bisson on bass.
Berkshire Scenic Railway Hoosac Valley Train Rides
98 Crowley Ave
www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com
11:00, 1:30pm & 3:00pm
$12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/children 4-12
for more information

Welcome coach located at 98 Crowley Ave. Trains will depart North Adams Station at 11:00am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Ticket Fares: Adult $12.00/Senior (65+) $10.00/Child (4-12)$8.00. Tickets are available for reservation and pre-purchase at hoosacvalleytrainride.com page or walk-up at the North Adams Welcome Coach. Cabaret Train Getaways at 7PM, July 15 & 29; August 12 & 26 and Sept.9 & 23.
The Church Crawl
Downtown
7-9pm
FREE! 
for more information

First Congregational, First Baptist, and All Saints Churches | Every Saturday 7 – 9PM. 

In coordination with Luftwerk steeple project, Cloudland, the First Baptist, First Congregational, and All Saints churches open their doors to visitors from 7 – 9PM every Saturday. “Come and see our churches from the inside and out. Learn about our history and our beautiful architecture, marvelous windows and more! ” The First Baptist Church is located 131 Main Street. The First Congregational Church is located at 134 Church Street. The All Saints Church is located at 59 Summer Street.
Saturday Night Cabaret Train
Hoosac Valley Train Ride, 98 Crowley Avenue
hoosacvalleytrainrides.com
6 - 8 pm
$20
for more information

Berkshire Scenic Railway is excited to announce the return of local entertainers Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay for this season's Cabaret Trains! Enjoy live Broadway hits, classic standards and contemporary/ popular tunes performed by the musical duo while sitting back and enjoying your favorite adult beverage and mid-evening snack during an hour-long rail cruise through the beautiful Hoosac Valley. We hope you can join us and make it a fun night out with family, friends, or just that special someone. Trains will depart North Adams Station at 98 Crowley Avenue, North Adams, MA at 7:00PM on Saturdays, July 15th & 29th, August 12th & 26th and, September 9th & 23rd. Tickets are $20.00 and walk-ups are welcome but capacity is limited so online reservations at www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com are highly recommended. All trains are bring-your-own for food and beverages and beer, wine, cocktails are welcome!

For more information about Talora & Ramsay, please visit www.samandron.com. All aboard!
My Morning Jacket with The Districts
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 662-2111
7:30 - 11:30 pm
$46 GA, $56 day of event
for more information

"My Morning Jacket…The new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock…" — The New York Times

My Morning Jacket has built a reputation as a group who consistently challenges the paradigms in which they are placed. From psychedelic to soul to classic rock and roll, My Morning Jacket's range remains steadfast throughout the band’s sixteen years. The Louisville quintet released the first of 7 albums in 1999 with its last three, 2008's "Evil Urges," 2011's "Circuital," and 2015’s "The Waterfall," each receiving Grammy nominations — the latter debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. "The Waterfall," recorded at northern California’s Stinson Beach, is steeped in the spirit of where it was crafted. The band features Jim James (singer/songwriter, guitar), Tom Blankenship (bass), Patrick Hallahan (drums), Carl Broemel (guitar, pedal steel, saxophone, vox), and Bo Koster (keyboards, vox). Known as one of the most engaging, eclectic, and electric bands, in no small part due to Jim James' otherworldly vocals, they've become legendary for their live performances.
 

Sunday August 13th

 
Berkshire Scenic Railway Hoosac Valley Train Rides
98 Crowley Ave
www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com
11:00, 1:30pm & 3:00pm
$12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/children 4-12
for more information

Welcome coach located at 98 Crowley Ave. Trains will depart North Adams Station at 11:00am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Ticket Fares: Adult $12.00/Senior (65+) $10.00/Child (4-12)$8.00. Tickets are available for reservation and pre-purchase at hoosacvalleytrainride.com page or walk-up at the North Adams Welcome Coach. Cabaret Train Getaways at 7PM, July 15 & 29; August 12 & 26 and Sept.9 & 23.
Free Community Yoga
Colegrove Park, North Church Street
413-664-6180
3-4pm
Free!
for more information

This weekly All Levels Yoga class with Devin Kibbe of North Adams Yoga lets anyone join in traditional and inspired yoga poses, whether you have been practicing for decades or this is your first yoga class ever! Explore both strengthening poses and mobility exercises surrounded in the green grass of Colegrove Park in downtown North Adams. This class is best suited for ages 14+. Please dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat. Free.
 
 

Monday August 14th

 
Monument Youth Photography Residency
with Artist Jamie Diamond
MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main St.
Free!
email for more information

Combining street photography with public sculpture, join photographer Jamie Diamond in a workshop designed to explore the everyday people and places of North Adams. For this DownStreet Art sponsored project, Jamie will work with up to 20 students (aged 8-14) who are interested in exploring North Adams through a fresh set of eyes. No experience needed. Disposal cameras will be provided.

About the Artist:
Jamie Diamond is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Diamond is a recipient of the Artist in Residence program at Mass Moca & Skidmore College (2016), the NYFA Fellowship Award in Photography (2014), Artist in Residence at The Bronx Museum (2014), Artist in Residence at the Mana Residencies program at Mana Contemporary (2014), LMCC Swing Space residency (2013), LMCC Work Space residency (2008-2009) and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award (2008). Diamond's work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Last Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Vanity Fair, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, Dummy Magazine, Barron's Magazine, Phaidon and PBS Online Series among others. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, some of which include Galerie Frank Pages (Geneva), AJL Art (Berlin), Mass MoCA (North Adams), The Bronx Museum (New York) and Catherine Edelman (Chicago). 
Figure Drawing Collective
Makers' Mill 73 Main Street
413-749-2073
7pm-9pm
$5 members, $10 drop in
for more information

Be part of a new figure drawing collective starting up at Makers’ Mill. Sessions will run every Monday and will focus on long poses, and include a warm up consisting of several short poses. We’ll be bringing in local models and a local, figure drawing instructor who will drop-in as available. Get in at the ground level to shape the direction this collective takes. Bring your own lap board, paper, pencils, and creative energy!

 

 

Tuesday August 15th

Toddler Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
Free!
for more information

Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome.  One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.
 
North Adams Meet & Greet
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 Mass Moca Way
(413) 346-4460
6 - 8 pm
Free
for more information

Mayor Setti Warren is running for governor because it's time for a new generation of leaders to take on economic inequality in Massachusetts. Join us in North Adams at Bright Ideas Brewing on August 15th to meet Mayor Warren and hear him discuss how to achieve positive outcomes for every region of Massachusetts.

RSVP HERE:

 

 

From Our Neighbors

 
Wednesday 8/9

Pajama Story Time
Milne Public Library Williamstown, 1095 Main St
(413) 458-5369
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Free
for more information

Come to the library for a special evening story time. Wear your pajamas if you wish - and we'll have some fun stories for winding down on a summer night.

Friday 8/11

Lego Club
Milne Public Library Williamstown, 1095 Main St, Williamstown
(413) 458-5369
2:30 - 4 pm
Free
for more information

Come play with LEGO blocks and build some exciting new creations. Optional challenges will be available. All ages. Part of the Milne Public Library's Summer Reading program Build a Better World.

 

Sunday 8/13

Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Works
Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1000 Main St, Williamstown
(413) 458-3200
7 - 10 pm
Free
for more information

COMMUNITY WORKS is WTF’s initiative that brings together local residents and professional theatre artists to make plays for and about the Berkshires. In Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires, three kids ask their grandmother to tell them about a time long ago. She speaks of a world made of water, of star-crossed lovers, and of banshees. The stories come to life — warriors and magical creatures flood the stage as the tales unfold with original music and floor-pounding dance. Directed by WTF Associate Artistic Director Laura Savia, this world premiere play by Obie Award winner Lucy Thurber asks what it really means to be a hero.

Free Admission. Reservations Required.
Saturday 8/12

Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival Day
358 George Carter Rd, Becket, Massachusetts 01223
(413)243-0745
11am - 2 pm
FREE and ticketed events
for more information

Jacob’s Pillow Dance in partnership with the Lift Ev’ry Voice community invites you to spend a day and enjoy all that the Pillow has to offer. The day’s activities include free and ticketed performances, tour of the historic grounds, the opportunity to observe classes, picnic*, and more.

*Bring your own picnic lunch and eat on the pillow grounds.

All are welcome to enjoy | FREE and ticketed events.

11am | Meet at the Welcome Center
11:30am | African American History Tour led by Director of Preservation Norton Owen
12:30pm | Picnic lunch on the Pillow grounds
1:30pm | Pre-show Talk about BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, Sommerspace
2pm | BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play by Camille A. Brown & Dancers | Ticketed Event*

*Call the Box Office at 413.243.0745 to purchase tickets. Mention Lift Ev’ry Voice for special ticket discounts to this matinee performance only.

 

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