2020 REAL ART PARTY @ Berkshire Museum
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2020 REAL ART PARTY @ Berkshire Museum | Pittsfield | Massachusetts | United States

Berkshire Art Association needs your help! We are seeking donations of 10×10 inch original art for the 10×10 RAP – a fundraiser benefiting Berkshire County art students. The 10×10 RAP will be at the Berkshire Museum during the City of Pittsfield’s 10×10 Festival in February. It’s an art exhibit and a FREE art party.
A $25 ticket purchase guarantees a piece of original art, drawn at random, to take home. “ARTIX” will be sold at the Berkshire Museum front desk during the exhibit and the night of the party.

In 2013, BAA launched the 10×10 RAP (Real Art Party) ­– a fun(d) venture with Storefront Artist Project and the Berkshire Museum to benefit Berkshire art students. Art is donated by artists, shown at the Berkshire Museum, and sold via ARTix at a culminating party during the City of Pittsfield’s 10×10 Festival in February. The $25 ARTtix guarantees the buyer to a work of art to take home the night of the party.

Proceeds from the 10×10 RAP benefit the BAA college fellowships, art field trip grants for Berkshire high schools, and free admission for art students to the Berkshire Museum.

Feb 20, Thursday – 10×10 RAP (FREE ADMISSION)
5pm – Doors open to the 10×10 Real Art Party
6pm – ARTIX drawn: Each $5 ARTIX — 5×5=10 RAP for a piece of art made by children under 10
7pm – ARTIX drawn: Each $25 ARTIX guarantees a piece of original art to take home

Fireworks @ The Common Park
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Fireworks @ The Common Park | Pittsfield | Massachusetts | United States

Greylock Federal Credit Union sponsors this amazing 10 minutes of fireworks as part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Beginning as close to 6pm there will be ten minutes of fireworks to celebrate the festival with a bang! Berkshire United Way will be joining us before the event for a family fun afternoon before the show. Free and open to the public, rain date is Sunday, February 23rd at 6pm

2nd Annual Mardi Gras @ Notre Dame Hall
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2nd Annual Mardi Gras @ Notre Dame Hall | Adams | Massachusetts | United States

A night of Caribbean music, creole chicken, pumpkin soup, fried plantains, bean and rice. Crafts for children. Fun Mardi Gras celebration!

All proceeds will benefit Haiti Plunge, Inc

Adults $12

Seniors and Children $10

Children 5 and under are free

(Either purchase tickets or make a reservation by emailing haitiplungeinc@gmail.com)

Dinner will include Pumpkin (Squash) Soup, Haitian Chicken (not spicy), Rice and Beans, Fried Plantains and piklese (spicy).

Enjoy great food, masks, dancing, and fun for all!

Children’s activities include games and prizes, as well as, indoor S’mores.

Kids Can Cook! Winter Squash Empanadas & Horchata @ Berkshire Food Co-op
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Kids Can Cook! Winter Squash Empanadas & Horchata @ Berkshire Food Co-op | Great Barrington | Massachusetts | United States

Looking for some different recipes to for your stash of winter vegetables? In this workshop we will learn how to make homemade, gluten free empanada dough with a cheesy winter squash filling. To wash it down, we will also learn how to make the popular beverage, horchata.

Intuitive Painting for Creative Expression & Healing @ BMC Cancer Center (Hillcrest Campus of Berkshire Medical Center)
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Intuitive Painting for Creative Expression & Healing @ BMC Cancer Center (Hillcrest Campus of Berkshire Medical Center) | Pittsfield | Massachusetts | United States

Embark on the journey of creative expression! Intuitive Painting is a gentle yet effective way to partner with the Artist and the Healer within and to utilize their wondrous gifts to heal.

This class walks you through a simple three-step process of Connect, Celebrate, and Create to restore emotional balance, relax the mind, and reignite the innate healing power to become fearless, fulfilled, and free.

No artistic experience needed; the journey is what’s important.

  • Explore acrylic paint and various art materials as instruments of self-expression
  • The class offers the opportunity to elevate mood, strengthen trust, and build confidence
  • The safe and empowering environment helps you find peace and quiet within

What Are the Benefits of Intuitive Painting

  • The meditative aspect helps you slow down and quiet your mind so your intuition can guide you in finding peace and joy even in most difficult times.
  • The refreshing aspect stimulates your imagination to form new ideas and different ways to look at life and encourages you to be more spontaneous and flexible.
  • The creative aspect allows you to create something lasting that records meaning while having fun and emerging in the moment.
  • And as a bonus, you may learn new things about yourself.

Please note:

* Registration is required.

* Due to the deep nature of the work, we’ve made only 12 spaces available.

* Intuitive Painting is one of the Integrative Health services offered at the BMC Cancer Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and is a free class for all Berkshire County cancer patients and their caregivers.

* We, too, welcome participants from our community. If you are a non-patient, please consider a donation – the suggested amount is $15. Your donation will go into the Integrative Health Fund to support all of our Integrative Services.

* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

* Cancel your registration if you cannot attend.

About the Facilitator

My name is Viktoria Seavey. I’m a Holistic Wellness Artist. As a health and life coach, I help folks get relief, strength, and energy. What I’m truly passionate about is empowering people to heal and to become fearless, fulfilled, and free.

I’ve developed The Visual Self-Expression Method™ to help those experiencing hopelessness, depression, and frustration, transform their emotions, and elevate their mood so they can have more ease, peace, and happiness.

This signature methodology promotes personal growth, self-expression, and wellness for those seeking creative ways to heal. Expressive art making also stimulates the imagination, that is a magnificent tool to unlock creativity, awaken senses, and bring infinite possibilities and clarity into our lives.

What Participants Experienced

“This experience touched my heart. Intuitive painting reaches deep into one’s soul, allowing them to express what may seem inexpressible. It becomes an act of love flowing through various artistic media. Thank you.” ~Joanna W

“Great – a real eye-opener for me. Made me feel more at ease than I have felt in a long while!” ~Erika M

“The class opened up my inner self from uncertainty to peace and beauty.” ~Michele B

“Painting with paint to connect with my emotions and let go of stress. Positive encouragement can heal from within. Blessings found in color. ~Maureen R-M

Did You Know?

“Imagery and imagination have been recognized forms of complementary therapy that have the capacity to produce positive physical changes in the body, enhance emotional resilience, and cope with life’s difficult moments.” ~ Cathy A. Malchiodi, Ph.D., ATR-BC

“The process of creating art has been proposed to enhance cognitive abilities, increase self-awareness, help cope with symptoms of a physical disorder, and gain relief from emotional distress such as anger, loss, depression, worry and anxiety in certain chronic conditions.”


What can I bring to the event?

Yourself. We provide various art materials, but you may bring the art tools you like.

How much does it cost to participate?

Intuitive Painting is one of the Integrative Health services offered at the BMC Cancer Center in Pittsfield, MA, and is a free class for all Berkshire County cancer patients and their caregivers. We, too welcome participants from our community. Recommended donation for non-patients is $15 that will go into the Integrative Health Fund that supports all of our Integrative Services.

I registered for a class, but I cannot attend. What shall I do?

Who Are You – Tribute to the Who @ HiLo North Adams
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Who Are You - Tribute to the Who @ HiLo North Adams | North Adams | Massachusetts | United States

10th Anniversary Show!

The music of The Who defined a generation, and more, has successfully managed to withstand the test of time. When it comes to pop music, success is measured by longevity, and songs like “My Generation,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” or “Behind Blue Eyes” are just as relevant now as they were when Pete Townshend penned them decades ago.

No one wrote quite like him, as no voice compares to Roger Daltrey’s and no rhythm section quite measures up to the bar set by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. However, Massachusetts-based tribute band, Who Are You, have dedicated themselves to providing the most authentic Who experience they can.

Who Are You, boasts a complete repertoire of Who favorites ranging from the early classics like “I Can’t Explain” and “Magic Bus,” to songs from their more mature years like “Baba O’Riley” and, of course, “Who Are You.” The band also performs the band’s revolutionary album, “Tommy,” which defined the term “rock opera,” in its entirety.

Playing venues throughout the US and Canada, Who Are You brings their audience an exciting multimedia experience that aims to recreate the sheer power that drove The Who to their reputation as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s best live acts.

Someone Special Dance @ PNA
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Someone Special Dance @ PNA | Adams | Massachusetts | United States

In Motion Dance Academy is hosting a “Someone Special Dance” on March 21st, 2020 from 6-9pm at the PNA in Adams. Grab that special someone (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, friend, etc.) and enjoy a night of dancing! We will have refreshments for sale and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door (if available). Advance tickets can be purchased through the studio by calling (413) 652-2412 or emailing inmotiondancena@gmail.com. All proceeds will go directly to In Motion Dance Academy’s Competition Team.

Hike The Boulders in Dalton @ The Boulders
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hike The Boulders in Dalton @ The Boulders | Pittsfield | Massachusetts | United States

Western Mass Hilltown Hikers group hike The Boulders in Dalton
Saturday March 28th at 10:00 am

GPS Location: GPS: 42.469782, -73.196226 (trailhead parking on Dalton Avenue)
Hike Rating: Easy with some slopes Approx. 5 miles total with several loops
The 645 acres of The Boulders provide more than six miles of trails plus the dramatic boulders that give the area its name and offer a vista to the west. There are four blazed trails through hemlock forest, wetlands, large trees and a fern-filled forest floor. An old wood road leads you to the Boulders summit. The bedrock of this property is primarily pelitic rock; a metamorphosed fine-grained sedimentary rock. The large outcrops on the boulders ridge show part of a concentric arcing called a “lunate fracture.” These form as an interaction between ice, pressure, and a very hard rock like the quartzite found here. In 2015 Crane and Company donated The Boulders property to the BNRC. What is amazing is that this property is located within the city limits of Pittsfield, yet when you are on the trails it doesn’t seem that way. The land use history of this property has resulted in diverse forests including large and old trees. This makes for a memorable experience no matter which route you take. Find out more about the Berkshire Natural Resources Council at www.BNRC.org.
The trail is wide in most places and sometimes rocky; an old woods road gently climbs upward on the summit section. Be prepared for ice, snow and mud; bring walking sticks and spikes.
Park at the trailhead parking area at the corner of Dalton Avenue/Hubbard Avenue in Dalton. Meet in the parking lot where the trail begins. For more information email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com. Plan for two hours hike time. We start up the trail at 10am. Full hike details are on Facebook and the website.
Maps and bottled water will be provided. Please be aware that there are no facilities at the trail. Dogs are welcome! No registration required, hike is free, donations are welcome!
Hilltown Hikers is a member of the Hilltown Outdoor Stewardship Alliance Learn more at www.HilltownOSA.com For more hike information email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com or call/text 413-302-0312. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. #westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.

Film: Above the Drowning Sea @ Berkshire Museum
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Film: Above the Drowning Sea @ Berkshire Museum | Pittsfield | Massachusetts | United States

Free film screening and memorial candle lighting in honor of Yom Ha’Shoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day.. On the Eve of World War II, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees are trapped in Nazi-controlled Vienna. This documentary is the epic story of their dramatic escape to Shanghai. AFTER THE FILM: Join us for a candle lighting, prayer and a moment of reflection in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.