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North Adams Happenings: May 23-29
12:42PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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North Adams Happenings:
May 23 - 29
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

Save the Date

May 31st
ROOTS Teen Center Info Session & Leadership Workshop
North Adams Public Library
for more information

Wanna learn more about ROOTS Teen Center? Join us for an info session AND Leadership Workshop. Participants will learn more about what kind of leader they are!
June 1st
Shut The Folk Up: Pinedrop & Forks of Buffalo
North Adams, location released with RSVP
$10 | $8 with a snack to share
for more information

RSVP for this private event at

Pinedrop's fresh Americana sound skillfully intertwines folk and bluegrass. This four-piece band from Brattleboro, Vermont features Derek Sensale’s mesmerizing songwriting and vocals, Dan Bisson on upright bass, Nick Paar on mandolin and Charlie Peckar on fiddle. Pinedrop has played venues and festivals near and far, including MASS MoCA's acclaimed FreshGrass Festival, and was hailed as "fun, fast-pickin’, folky/bluegrassy band...the kind of stuff that will pull people into a local music scene" by Digital Wheat Paste.
Watch this video (thanks to Great Sky Media)

Forks of Buffalo is a local renaissance man. His enchanting vibe will warm your mind and put a smile on your face. 

Doors at 6:30
No Entry after 7:30
Show: 7:40
$10 (Cash or Card)
$8 If you bring a snack to share!
Location released when you RSVP. 
You gotta be on the list to get in.
June 4th
Free on the 4s
All day
for more information

MASS MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 4th of the month through June 2018.

Bring an official ID (or utility bill) to show you’re a resident of the 01247 and MASS MoCA’s galleries are yours for the day.
June 9th
Opening Day! North Adams Farmer's Market!
St. Anthony’s Parking Lot (St. Anthony Dr. & Marshall St.) or 413-664-6180
9 AM – 1 PM
for more information

Mark your calendars! Join us for the 1st outdoor market of the 2018 season, as we return to our home in St. Anthony's Municipal Parking Lot, at the corner of Marshall Street and St. Anthony Drive!  
More info coming soon!

Wednesday May 23rd

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.
Teen Writing Workshop Showcase
Design Lab, 49 Main St.
5:30 – 7 PM

Teen Writing Workshop Showcase Wednesday, May 23 5:30 to 7:00pm MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main Street, North Adams Local teens will read powerful, original works that they have crafted throughout this year’s 20-week Teen Writing Workshop. All are welcome. Free of charge. nbCC feels strongly that Teen Writing Workshop participants should deliver unfiltered, unchanged works. For this reason, some material may not be suitable for children under the age of 14.


Trivia Night
Ramuntos, 67 Main Street
8:00 PM
For more information


Thursday May 24th

Opening Reception
Gerald Sheffield, pride
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
for more information

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
The Value of a Dollar: Teaching Your Kids About Money
Brayton Elementary School
6 PM

The Value of a Dollar: Teaching your kids about money. Thursday May 24 at 6:00 p.m. At Brayton Elementary School Welcome Center in North Adams. Join us for this FREE workshop presented by Greylock Federal Credit Union. A workshop for parents of children in kindergarten to 8th grade. Learn how to teach your kids the value of a dollar and about savings! FREE transportation, pizza dinner & childcare! Children will get to watch a Disney movie & have pizza! Call the Family Center to register at 413-664-4821.  Collaboration between The Family Center of Northern Berkshire, The Family Place and the North Adams Public School Welcome Center.
Lego Group
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
6 - 7 PM
for more information

The Family Center will hold Lego Groups in North Adams and Adams beginning in September. Enjoy building Lego creations at the Library. Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old. Evening Lego Group at The North Adams Public Library, 75 Church Street third floor.  It will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
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 25th

"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.
Rainbow of Hope Relay for Life Paint and Sip Fundraiser
Greylock Community Club, 548 Sate Rd
6 – 8 PM
Pls. Call for pricing

How can you resist wanting to paint this "Home Sweet Home" sign' Join us on FRI 5/25/18 6-8pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Rainbow of Hope Relay for Life Team. You'll learn to paint “Home Sweet Home” on a hand-made reclaimed wood sign with mason jar attached - various sizes available. Paint your family name on the mason jar. Mason jar can be filled with flowers as shown, with a solar light, or anything else you can think of (flowers not included in ticket price). At Greylock Community Club, 548 Sate Rd, North Adams, MA. All painting materials, instruction, and donation included. Cash Bar. Reserve your seats at or call (413) 205-8346.
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 26th

MASS MoCA Members Opening Reception 
Taryn Simon and Etel Adnan
RSVP to 413.664.4481 x8112
5:30 – 7 PM
Free for members, $20/not-yet-members
for more information

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

In an ambitious exhibition featuring two new installation-based commissions, artist Taryn Simon activates the rituals of applause and the cold water plunge, examining individuals’ campaigns for public admiration, the status of physical community spaces in the digital age, and our persistent desire for a quick fix.

Children learn to seek applause from an early age — an ambition for approval that continues to shape public performances. Clapping transmits contagiously: individuals clap to signal consensus, out of love, to join the crowd.

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Annual Hoosac Harvest Seedling Swap
On sidewalk in front of 87 Main St.
10 AM – 1PM
Free, Donations welcome
for more information

Join us for the 7th annual Seedling Swap on Saturday, May 26 from 10am-1pm outside at 85 Main Street, North Adams. All gardeners are invited to bring their extra seedlings to the event to exchange, but it is not required to bring a seedling to get a seedling. In addition to gardeners, farmers and garden centers donate seedlings to the event. Everyone is welcome to exchange or take seedlings that others donate. There is also an opportunity to make a donation of any size to support Hoosac Harvest's work of subsidizing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for families with limited incomes. To make a donation (seedlings or other) or for more information, contact Darlene Ellis at (413) 346-8097 or Thank you Storey Publishing and all of the seedling donors for your support of this event!
Kidspace Family Day with Wes Sam-Bruce and Sara Auster
11 AM – 2 PM
for more information

Hang out with artist and play-master Wes Sam-Bruce (whose whimsical work is now on view at Kidspace) to create a fantastical outdoor sculpture beneath the upside-down trees, immerse yourself in a sound bath, and enjoy hands-on art-making during this celebration of creativity, family, and fun.
North Adams Truth Project
Kidspace @ MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
1 – 3 PM
for more information

North Adams Truth Project: “What’s Your Truth?”

The North Adams Truth Project is a community project investigating authority, voice, and truth organized by MASS MoCA and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC), inspired by the works of Jenny Holzer on view in MASS MoCA’s Building 6.

Community members are invited to two “What’s Your Truth?” open sessions at MASS MoCA from 1-3pm on 4/28 and 5/26 to explore what stories get told about our hometown, who has the power to tell these stories, and ways in which we can add to, complicate, or reject some of those stories. Through any process of editing, removing, and adding information to a series of documents with varying ‘truths’ about North Adams, participants will be able to offer their more personal, nuanced visions of the city. The goal, in short, is to flip the narratives from needs-based descriptions of North Adams as a struggling community to asset-based stories of triumph and more honest acknowledgments of complexity and gray areas.

The North Adams redaction stories will ultimately be printed on posters and hung around the downtown area in conjunction with DownStreet Art in Summer 2018.
Sam Adams & Truly Tasting
Steeple City Liquors, 76 Main St.
(413) 663-2860
4 – 6 PM
for more information

Come and try Samuel Adams' Sam 76 and Truly!


Aluna Performs, The Soundscape of Energy
Eclipse Mill gallery , 243 Union St.
(413) 664-9101
7 – 8:30 PM
for more information

An improvised musical performance by Aluna, The Interplanetary Music Ensemble, in dialog with Rick Harlow's painting exhibition, "The Landscape of Energy"
Drury Alumni Band Concert
Drury Auditorium,  1130 Church St.
7 PM

Come join many decades of Drury Alumni as they get together for a concert open to the public to celebrate the band's 95th anniversary! 7:00 at the Drury Auditorium!
The Soul Rebels
8 - 11 PM
for more information

This may be New Orleans’ biggest, brashest, and best brass ensemble. The Soul Rebels bring what the Village Voice called “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong” to North Adams for an evening of horns and hip-hop. Famous for adventurous covers ranging from Daft Punk to the Eurythmics to Bruno Mars, the Rebels’ high-energy, genre-hopping sound is an inevitable dance party. Come early to see Taryn Simon’s new exhibition in the galleries. What to Expect We’ll be outside for this one. Plan for dinner in downtown North Adams or here on campus at Bright Ideas Brewing, Lickety Split, or Gramercy Bistro. Then fill your cup with Bright Ideas Brewing beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits at the show. For Tickets:
World War II 75th Anniversary Series:The Dambusters
Western Gateway Heritage State Park Visitors Museum, 115 State Street - #4
3 PM

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Visitors Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park will present as part of the World War II 75th Anniversary Series an illustrated lecture The Dambusters on Saturday May 26th at 3pm. This 75th Anniversary WWII illustrated program will relive the incredible story about the WWII British raid on German dams with a new innovation - “bouncing” bombs. Western Gateway Heritage State Park is located south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8 in North Adams. The Visitors Museum is in building #4. Information: 413-663-6312.

Sunday May 27th

Wish List Campaign: Board Game Day Benefit for Soldier On
Clarksburg Elementary School, 777 W. Cross Rd.
11 AM – 3 PM
Kindly Donate one or more of the items on the wish lists below
for more information

Admission: Kindly Donate one or more of the items on the wish lists below. All donations got to local homeless veterans in Berkshire County.
Women's Wish List Items
Gift cards to local stores of $20 or less
Brand New women's clothing size S-2XL
Brand New women's sneakers sizes 7-10
Brand New pillows and pillow protectors
Brand New twin sheets and comforters
Men's Wish List Items
Gift cards to local stores of $20 or less
Brand New pillows
Brand New twin size sheets & blankets
Shampoo, Deodorant, Shave Cream
Brand New T-Shirts (All Sizes)
Tooth Brushes, Covers/Cases
Insulated Cups and Mugs
Call 413-663-8735 for more information.



Monday May 28th

Happy Memorial Day!
North Adams Memorial Day Parade 

All parade participants are requested to be at the American Legion by 9am. The parade starts at 9:30am. Coffee and donuts will be served at the American Legion beginning at 8:30am. Parade to marthc down American Legion Dr. to Main St., up Main to Eagle St., and ending at the Veterans Memorial where the ceremony will take place. In the event of rain, ceremonies will take place at the American Legion. Listen to WMNB/WNAW for any changes.
Mechanical River, Luke Tobin
50 Ashland St.
7 – 10 PM
for more information

$5-10 . doors at: 6:30 p.m. music starts: 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.: Luke Tobin (North Adams, Massachusetts) is a local singer-songwriter.

8:00 p.m.: Mechanical River (Charleston, South Carolina) is the sonic child of Joel Hamilton (previously of The Working Title, Universal Records) and was recently signed to Electric Lady Records, the recording studio built by (!) Jimi Hendrix.

Hamilton has toured the world, shared stages with the likes of Daniel Johnston and Rufus Wainwright, backpacked across continents, and on one occasion survived a wild animal attack (it was a bear)—all the while writing and recording music.
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!

Tuesday May 29th

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.
Dad & Family Bowling Time
Valley Park Bowling, Route 8, Curran Highway
4:30-5:30 PM

Join us for family fun with Dads and kids together! Dads and their families are invited to join us for a fun filled early evening of bowling and pizza!  FREE for families with children 8 year old and under. For Dads, Grandfathers and other male caregivers and their kids! Call to register, 413-664-4821. Spots are limited!

From Our Neighbors

Friday 5/25

The Addams Family Musical
BART Charter Public School , 1 Commercial St., Adams
for more information

The BART Charter Public School Theatre Department will be presenting The Addams Family, a musical comedy that showcasing the students from Ms. Trainor's the Musical Theatre Production class.  Directed by Ms.Trainor, with musical direction by BART's music teacher Mr. Bergin and choreography by Natalie Celebi (Class of 2019), performances will be at the school on Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $3 for BART students. BART is located at 1 Commercial Street in Adams.
Sunday 5/27

Food Truck Feastival
Wahconah Park, Pittsfield
11 AM – 7 PM
for more information

Saturday May 26th, 2018 at Wahconah Park in Pitssfield, MA 11am to 7pm Come hungry to Wahconah Park for a day of cold beer, pony rides, live music, craft vendors, and mouth watering food trucks from all the area!  Join us at historic Wahconah Park for the 2nd Annual Pittsfield Suns Food Truck Feastival. This is a great community event designed to provide family fun. This event is FREE to the public and will include food-trucks, activities, and more! We are currently looking for a wide range of vendors. If you are interested in becoming a vendor contact Brian: , (413)445-7867
Saturday 5/26

1360 River Road, Clarksburg
9 AM – 1 PM
for more information

Over 30 varieties of heirloom and cherry tomato plants available, produced with high quality seed, organic potting soil, and tended with care to give your garden tomatoes a great jump start!
Sunday 5/27

1360 River Road, Clarksburg
9 AM – 1 PM
for more information

Over 30 varieties of heirloom and cherry tomato plants available, produced with high quality seed, organic potting soil, and tended with care to give your garden tomatoes a great jump start!


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