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North Adams Happenings: May 16-22
11:13PM / Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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North Adams Happenings:
May 16 - 22
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date

May 24th
Opening Reception
Gerald Sheffield, pride

MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
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Please join us for an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. (artist talk 5p.m. - 6p.m.) at Gallery 51.

At a time in our history when war images are omnipresent in our culture, many artists are using their work and artistic voice to bring new perspectives and attention to all aspects and issues of war. In this exhibition Gerald’s work explores, comments on and questions multitude perspectives on race, power, culture and human conflict in relationship to war. His work not only brings a new strong important voice to the discussion but is captivating, imposing and well crafted at the same time. With a masterful use of imagery and color Gerald leads the viewer through his first hand experiences with war. - Arthur De Bow, Curator MCLA’s Gallery 51

Gerald Sheffield’s work is shown courtesy of, and in collaboration with Gallery 6/67 Santa Ana, Ca. and 36 Chase & Barns Artist Residency. MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The gallery is open Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to
Sat, May 26th
MASS MoCA Members Opening Reception 
Taryn Simon and Etel Adnan

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Join us for the opening of two exhibitions: Taryn Simon’s ASSEMBLED AUDIENCE + A COLD HOLE and Etel Adnan’s A yellow sun A green sun a yellow sun A red sun a blue sun. RSVP to 413.664.4481 x8112 or
Mon, May 28th
North Adams Memorial Day Parade 
Ceremony details TBA. 

Participants are asked to meet at the American Legion at 9AM. Parade starts at 9:30 AM from the American Legion and will conclude at the Veterans Honor Roll for the Ceremony.

Wednesday May 16th

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

Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the 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.
Cooking Matters Course - What's for Dinner? We Can Help!
All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St.
(413) 447-2114, ext. 6361
3:30 – 5:30 PM
Free – Please register

All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer Street, North Adams You want the best for your family, but time, money, and picky eaters can make it hard! nbCC's The Family Place joins WIC to offer a 6-week Cooking Matters course. Receive a free bag of groceries each week to practice your skills at home. Registration is required. Call Michelle at (413) 447-2114, ext. 6361. Transportation in North County is available upon request.
Trivia Night
Ramuntos, 67 Main Street
8:00 PM
For more information


Thursday May 17th

Pushing the Limits
Gravity Gallery, 44 Eagle St.
(603) 354-3529
4 - 6 PM
for more information

Please join us for the opening reception of John Rasimus -Pushing the Limits
1st Annual Spirit of Caring Awards & Celebration
MCLA Church St. Center
5 - 8 PM
for more information

The 1st Annual Spirit of Caring Awards & Celebration honors three individuals that have dedicated their time and talents to our community and the Northern Berkshire United Way network. This year, we will be honoring Al Nelson, Dick Alcombright and Christine Hoyt. Formal invitations and registration information to follow. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, MountainOne.
Common Folk Member Meet Up
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
5 – 7 PM
for more information

We need to take a new group photo! 2. Come have a beer/root beer/grab some food at Bright Ideas and network with other Common Folk Members! Us folk will be hanging out. 3. Not a member? Come hang out and find a current member and ask them about all the new benefits of joining our fabulous little community. 4. There is no facilitated activity other than building friendship :) 5. Bright Ideas Brewing probably wouldn't be mad if you brought a guitar and jammed around.
Mom's Night Out: Wreath Making
Family Center, 210 State St.
5:30 – 7 PM
for more information

Thursday, May 17, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Family Center, 210 State Street in North Adams. Come craft with us! We will supply the materials to make a springtime wreath. Enjoy a light meal and a fun night out with other Moms. Call 413-664-4821 to register. Child care and transportation available upon request.
MCP Presents "The Odd Couple" (Staged Reading) North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
6 – 7:30 PM
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Join us at the NA Public Library for the next installment of our spring play-reading series, Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" (Female Version). Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit in 1980s NYC. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same. The cast features Penny Bucky, Marissa Carlson, Lyndsay DeManbey, Kim DiLego, Judith Fairweather, Melody Fisher, Jerry Greene, and Brooke Mead, and is directed by Jackie DeGiorgis, assisted by Gabby West. The performance is free, and light refreshments will be served. Due to isolated incidents of strong language, The Odd Couple is not recommended for audience members younger than 12.
Knitting Night
Makers’ Mill, 73 Main St.
(413) 749-2073
7 – 9 PM
for more information

Bring your needles & yarn! Knitting night. 7-9 PM tonight. This a great chance to meet other knitters and get a project going— free & open to the public @northadamsmakersmill
Musical Bingo at Mingo's
Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill , 41 Roberts Road
(413) 346-4067
7:30 – 9:30 PM
for more information

If you love music, than you'll love Musical Bingo. Similar to Bingo but instead of numbers being called out DJ Bizz will play 45 seconds of a song and you need to cross it off your card...that's if you have it!!! And don't worry if you don't know the song, you can always ask your friend. Free to play and lots of great prizes to win.

Friday May 18th

Bike to Work Day
for more information and to register your place of work

Join cyclists across the country in celebrating Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18th. Celebrate biking as a fun, healthy, and safe way to travel to work by opting to bike to work on May 18th.

Employees of MassRIDES partner companies registered for Bike to Work Day who log their bike trips in Bay State Commute on May 18th will be automatically entered to win great bike-themed giveaways, including Kryptonite Bike U-Locks, bike fenders, REI gift cards, and more.

If you’re a commuter interested in having your company participate, please reach out to your Employer Transportation Coordinator or Human Resources department to enroll your company as a MassRIDES partner.

Happy cycling!  
Teen Jam, Poetry Slam & Art Show The Green, 87 Main St.
5 – 8 PM
$5-10 suggested donation
for more information

Join us in celebrating and advocating for Arts In Recovery, a local suicide prevention program for young people. The event will include an open mic featuring local and regional young talent! Come early to sign up! Munchies, popcorn machine & more! $5-$10 suggested donation at the door.
Marafanyi hosts Master Drummer/Dancer M'Bemba Bangoura!
Design Lab, 49 Main St.
6:30 – 10:00 PM
$25- $40
for more information

We are psyched to host our dear teachers, mentors & friends - Master Artists, M'Bemba Bangoura & Michael Markus (owner & proprietor of Wula Drum), as part of their 2nd "Djembe Fever Tour" #returnoftheslap - there is no cure but to join us haha! Wula drums available for purchase :) * 6:30 - 8 PM DRUM WORKSHOP $25 per person, $5 drum rentals. Technique, traditional rhythms for the djembe drum. * Space is limited and available by registration only. * 8:15 - 9:45 PM DOUNDOUN DANCE WORKSHOP $25 per person, $5 drum rentals. Unique, fun style of African Dance from Guinea integrating stick drums. * COMBO DRUM & DOUNDOUN DANCE $40 per person, $5 drum rental * Space is limited and available by registration only. Drum Rentals available with advance registration only. REGISTER VIA WULA DRUM:
"Crafternoon" Fridays at the UNO Community Center
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
413-663-7588 or
12 – 4 PM 
email for more information

Drop into the community center during our regular hours on Fridays from 12pm-4pm to work on your own projects alongside other creative individuals. If you don't currently have a project that you are working on, come participate in ongoing arts and crafts projects at UNO, or just stop in for good conversation, coffee/tea and snacks. All skill levels are encouraged to attend, from beginners to those more experienced. Those who are experienced are encouraged to help teach others a new craft. Call or email Glenda for more information.
DPAC Presents
NBC’s “The Voice” Season 8 winner, Sawyer Fredericks

DPAC, 1130 Church St.
7:00pm – 9:00pm
$5 students, $10 general Admission 
for tickets and more information

The Drury Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the appearance of NBC’s “The Voice” Season 8 winner, Sawyer Fredericks on Friday, May 18th at 7pm for their annual spring gymnasium show. Sawyer is an 18 year old authentic, original, Americana artist/singer/songwriter from Connecticut. His original music, melodies, and moving performances have helped attract his growing fanbase, selling out shows across the US. Starting his singing career in New York at farmers markets and open mics, Sawyer’s fame kicked off when he won Season 8 of NBC's “The Voice” in 2015. After winning, he later signed with a record label and released his major debut, A Good Storm, which was written almost entirely himself. After touring and performing at numerous concerts and events, in 2017, Sawyer had once again gone independent and has now been busy crafting more music.
Karaoke Friday!
State Street Tavern, 167 State Street 413-664-9151
9 PM – 1 AM
for more information

Karaoke! Every Friday night from 9pm – 1am.



Saturday May 19th

First Congregational Church Annual Plant Sale 
First Congregational Church, 134 Main St.
9AM – 2PM

The North Adams First Congregational Church, 134 Main Street will hold its Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 9 to 2 on the church lawn. A wide variety of perennials, small shrubs, herbs, houseplants, and gardening accessories will be available . This annual event offers a great opportunity to fill your garden and support the work of the church’s Women’s Fellowship.
Hoosac Range Hike
Hoosac Range Trail, 2441 Mohawk Trail
9 AM – 1:30 PM
call for information

Search for spring ephemerals and enjoy the views of the Hoosac Range. Saturday, May 19, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (moderate pace, moderate to difficult elevation change) Description: Join BNRC for a hike out to Spruce Hill along the Hoosac Range Trail. A great out and back ridgeline hike with views of the Hoosac Valley and Mount Greylock. Please wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack or lunch. Directions: From Pittsfield: Take Route 8 North, at the Cumberland Farms in North Adams, take a right onto 8A. Then take a right, heading east on Route 2. The trailhead parking is on the right after the Wigwam Cabins. Email Mariah at or call 413-499-0596 with any questions
Intro to Creative Career Design with Chris Faroe
Location TBA
10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
for more information

Intro to Creative Career Design: A Workshop for Artists, Musicians, and Creative Humans Design your career to be more sustainable and in line with how you actually like spending your days on this planet. Almost every musician or artist I’ve ever met deals with so much frustration in the struggle towards connecting people with what they create. Despite all their hard work even the most talented artists I know are rarely given the appreciation they deserve.

In this day-long workshop you will get an overview of the two most powerful career design tools that I've found so far in my journey towards radically sustainable artistic practice. Holistic Life Context is a decision making structure that balances quality of life with career goals. It's like the compass that helps you make sure you're always heading in the direction you actually want to go. Creative Resource Exchange Mapping is a project-mapping system that uses permaculture techniques to sustainably redesign your project, practice, or career. It's the map that allows you to chart your course through whatever landscape you're currently in. The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm and will include lunch. The cost is $45. Also, we need AT LEAST 8 people enrolled in order to facilitate this workshops so please RSVP by booking your spot at: If you have any questions, Chris would be happy to have a conversation with you. Post in the comments or email
BikeFest 2018
Eagle Street between
Main St. & Center St.
11 AM – 2PM
for more information

Eagle Street will be open to bicyclists and pedestrians only, to celebrate all things biking! Bring your bikes, your friends and your family and come ride through a bike rodeo, a small bike pump track, practice sharing the road, decorate your bike and enjoy being on your bike. There will be bike give aways, food and music! This will Kick Off the Downtown Bike Around Season. BikeFest 2018 will be in collaboration with the 2018 North Adams Mayor’s Fitness Challenge Kick Off, please participate in both and sign up for the 2018 Challenge!

Visit the North Adams Mayor’s Fitness Challenge Facebook page for updates, information and resources, now and during the Challenge.
Mayor's Fitness Challenge Kick-Off!
Eagle Street between Main St. & Center St.
11 AM – 2PM
for more information

The 2018 North Adams Mayor’s Fitness Challenge will Kick Off on Main 19th. Eagle Street will be closed to traffic during the event and open to bicyclists and pedestrians. There will be health and wellness partners lining the street. There will be music and food! For physical activity this year there will be yoga demos, bicycle riding and more. This event will be in collaboration with BikeFest 2018, be sure to bring your bike to ride all around the street, there will be a bike rode, a small bike pump track, bike decorating, bike education and safety and bike giveaways!

Visit to register

Visit the North Adams Mayor’s Fitness Challenge Facebook page for updates, information and resources, now and during the Challenge.
"Duck on a Bike" Storywalk
Eagle Street between Main St. & Center St.
413-662-3133, ext. 14
11:00 AM

In conjunction with the North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge Kick-Off and BikeFest, the North Adams Public Library and The Family Center is unveiling "Duck on a Bike" Storywalk on Saturday, May 19th. "Duck on a Bike" Storytime is at 11:30 a.m. during the Fitness Challenge Kick-Off event on Eagle St. in North Adams from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Also, stop by our table for a make and take activity, a Bike Safety Tip packet, and to pick up a Storywalk Map (with scavenger hunt). The Storywalk will run from May 19th to May 24th. The pages will be displayed in the windows of businesses on Main and Eagle Streets in downtown North Adams. Call Sara Russell-Scholl at 413-662-3133, ext. 14 or Sandra King at 413-664-4821 for more information.


Willard Boepple: Artist Reception
1315, Mass MoCA Way
5 - 7 PM
for more information

An exhibition of new work by Willard Boepple, Built and Printed, opens at CYNTHIA-REEVES on May 19th at the gallery’s 1315 MASS MoCA Way location in the Berkshires with an artist reception from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The exhibition features Boepple’s impeccable monoprints, and his three-dimensional forms, both large and small scale. The works are on view through June 23rd.



Sunday May 20th

Mother's Day Breakfast 
Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St.
(413) 664-9039
8:30 – 10:30 AM
for more information

Come on down and celebrate Mother’s Day with the North Adams Elks!! Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, and beverage. $9 per plate. 10:40am-11am Mother’s Day service for all mother’s in attendance Sign up will be at the North Adams Elks downstairs in the grille room or contact me for and other info or payment



Monday May 21st

Figure Drawing Collective
Makers' Mill 73 Main Street
(413) 749-2073
7 pm – 9 pm
$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!
The Language of Music:
Music Theory Workshop

50 Ashland St.
6 – 7:30 PM
for more information

This one and a half hour class is intended to provide beginner music theory to attendees. By the end of the class, participants will have the basic knowledge required to identify and construct chords. All skill levels welcome.

Tuesday May 22nd

Toddler Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 am
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.
After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 663-7588 Ext. 22
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities.
Every Child Ready to Read
The Family Center, 210 State Street
1 – 2 PM
Free (Please call to register)

Tuesdays May 15, 22, and June 5, 12 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the playroom at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. 4 weeks of fun for parents (or grandparents) and children together. For families with children 2-5 years old. Hands-on activities that will help your child on the journey to reading. Each family who attends the series will receive a “Ready to Read” drawstring backpack filled with surprises for reading fun at home! Please call 413-664-4821 to register. NOTE: There will be no Preschool Pals this month-instead join us for this fun preschool activity.

From Our Neighbors

Friday 5/18 & Saturday 5/19

MT. Greylock Drama Presents "OUR TOWN"
188 Summer St., Lanesborough
7 PM
call for more information

Mt. Greylock drama presents "Our Town" on Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th. Performances will be held at Lanesborough Elementary School at 188 Summer Street, Lanesborough. Curtain time is 7:00 pm. Tickets available for purchase at the door.
Sunday 5/20

Pat Jordan as Carrie Chapman Catt
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace, 67 East Road, Adams
3 PM
for more information

Come see actress Patricia Jordan perform as Carrie Chapman Catt... the woman who continued Susan B Anthony's work on getting the 19th Amendment. This lively performance will take the audience back to the days of the Era of Reform, hear about this icon of women's history life and journey. This event is free and open to the public. 
Saturday 5/19

WES Children's Clothing Sale
Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St., WIlliamstown
8:30 AM – 2:30PM

for more information

"Berkshire Family Favorite" award-winning fundraising sale, now in its 11th year of amazing deals! Gently-used baby, kids and teen clothing, sportswear, bedding, costumes, holiday, and winter gear- plus maternity! Come early for best deals!
Saturday 5/19

Camp Kitchykinky Gala
Eisner Camp, 53 Brookside Rd.,Great Barrington
413-298-5252 x100
6 PM
$35 and up for various levels of support

for more information

This silent auction, dinner, and dance party benefit for the Berkshires’ school for the visual arts will inspire you to mash-up your favorite summer CAMP and John Waters' KITCHYKINKY with…. Cry Baby

6pm - Dinner & Auction Divine Dinner curated by Brian Alberg our Troop Leader of the canteen at Main Street Hospitality with ingredients straight out of the Berkshires... But save room for dessert to discover how Chef Alberg incorporates Marshmallows and Tears into sweet treats! Campers will uncover the "Silent Auction” with one-of-a-kind experiences offered to the highest bidders.

8pm - Dance Party IS183’s annual galas have evolved into ephemeral, large-scale participatory art events, as scores of volunteers contribute time and creativity to construct a one-night-only multimedia installation. Projections by Joseph Wheaton will flow around dancers burning up the dance floor until 1am. 


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