BITS & BYTES: Small Business Saturdays in downtown Pittsfield; Clark Art free entry; Stockbridge Holly Fair; Becket Arts Center Holiday Decorating Class

Image courtesy of downtown Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD – This year’s Small Business Saturday in downtown Pittsfield (Saturday November 27) Includes Live Music, Designer Market & Scavenger Hunt, Surprise Santa Tour, MountainOne Free Thankful 5K, NUarts Studios & Gallery’s Shop Local Event, Center-Wide Specials city, and more. New this year, download the Downtown Pittsfield app to view a directory and map of downtown locations for small shopping.

Thanksgiving 5K will be held in downtown Pittsfield on Saturday at 9 a.m. The event is free; however, participants (and spectators) are encouraged to purchase a $ 25 Thank You Hat with their registration. All proceeds will be donated to Pittsfield Food Pantries. Grateful hats can be purchased at the Berkshire Running Center at 34 Depot St. or on their website. (You do not have to participate or attend the race to purchase a hat.) MountainOne will donate an additional $ 5 for each hat sold. Downtown businesses will be giving specials to those who wear their hat recognizing Small Business Saturdays, including 101 Restaurant & Bar, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, Hot Harry’s, Spot, Marketplace Café and Thrive Diner.

The midnight hymn. Photo courtesy of downtown Pittsfield

The Midnight Anthem will perform live in the parklet outside the Marketplace Cafe at 53 North St. from 9:30 am to 11:30 am NUarts Studios & Gallery, 311 North St., will open their studio and #ArtistsSunday (Sunday November 28), 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admire and shop for works of art of all sizes and styles, including paintings, commissioned works, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, found objects and nature-based sculptures, fountain pens, music and other unique gifts.

Join the Berkshires’ top makers, bakers, curators and designers to get a head start on your vacation shopping at the CozQuest Pop-up Makers Market, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Hotel on North, 297 North St.

Be one of the first 60 to start the CozQuest County-wide Vacation Scavenger Hunt at the North Hotel on the 27th and get a great gift from Blue Q. The hunt begins on Small Business Saturdays and ends. continues until December 31.

Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, 55 North St., will be hosting a big reopening open house from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Visit the studio, meet the instructors and try free sample classes all day. Pre-registration is required for all courses. Register at bydf.punchpass.com.

Also on Saturday, a free Thanksgiving StoryWalk® and craft event will be held at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Radiance Yoga will host Yoga Under the Moon at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Starting at 10:00 am, there will be a Saturday Small Business Brunch at Mission Gastropub, 438 North St. A Holiday Craft Fair at BBE Office Interiors, 1595 East St., with over a dozen vendors. premises, will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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The Clark Art Institute is offering free admission on December 5

One of the rotating works of art in Anne Thompson’s Trail Signs, outside the Clark. Photo courtesy of the museum

WILLIAMSTOWN —The Clark Art Institute’s popular First Sundays Free program continues Sunday 5 December. Entrance to the galleries is free for all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is highly recommended.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the Clark, inside and out, with a special self-guide available at the admissions office. Stop by the Conforti Pavilion to create some souvenirs to give to brighten up your home or someone else’s.

Inside, explore the twentieth-century printmaking movements through a large selection of works from Clark’s collection of Japanese prints in “Competing Currents: Twentieth-Century Japanese Prints,” on display in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery. for works on paper until January 30. 2022. Visit “Erin Shirreff: Remainders”, on view at the Manton Research Center and on the lower level of the Clark Center, until January 2, 2022.

Outside, hike the trails to see “Anne Thompson: Trail Signs,” a rotating installation using the existing infrastructure of trail kiosks on and around the museum campus, on view through December 31. Every two weeks for the duration of the project, the artist will install new sets of posters on the blank surfaces of seven free-standing wooden structures, for a total of 48 unique prints. At 2:30 p.m., join Thompson and curator Robert Wiesenberger for a walk through his outdoor exhibit, culminating with a campfire and goodies on Stone Hill. The event is free but registration is required.

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Stockbridge Holly Fair’s First Congregational Church to be held on December 4th

Photo courtesy of Stockbridge First Congregational Church

STOCK BRIDGE – Stockbridge’s First Congregational Church, located at 4 Main Street, will hold its annual Holly Fair on Saturday December 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Holly Fair features baked goods, crafts, gifts, and Grandma’s granary. All proceeds go to charity.

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Becket Arts Center to Host Two Holiday Decorating Classes

Photo courtesy of Becket Arts Center

BECKET – The Becket Arts Center will offer holiday decorating classes by wreath maker Edie King on Sunday 5 December. She will lead two courses at Washington City Hall in 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Participants must bring mowers, their favorite decorations and the holiday spirit. The cost is $ 20. Space is limited and pre-registration before December 4 is mandatory. For more information and to register, please visit the Becket Arts Center website or call 413-623-6635.

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