BITS & BYTES: Thank you 5K; decorating pumpkins; Sing in community; The little reds play at reading; Holiday Flea Market; Pamela Berkeley Art Exhibition

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Photo by Anna Victoria. Image courtesy of Basilica Farm & Flea.

Image courtesy of Love Pittsfield.

MountainOne recognizing 5K

Pittfield— The MountainOne Thankful 5K will take place on Thursday, November 24 at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come walk, run or volunteer. The course will start and end at 34 Depot St in downtown Pittsfield.

Bib and hat collection will be at the BRC at Allendale 5 Cheshire Road Shopping Center on Wednesday 23rd from 10am to 6pm.

Registered runners are requested to bring one or more non-perishable food items to the start of the race. The Berkshire Running Center and several downtown merchants will also be collecting food at any time during the month of November.

Another way to support pantries is to purchase a “Thankful” hat. Every penny collected will go directly to the pantries.

Registration for the race is $25. The race is free for students 18 and under.

For more information visit: https://berkshirerunningcenter.com/mountainone-thankful-5k/

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Image courtesy of Stockbridge Library.

Pumpkin decorating at Stockbridge Library

Stockbridge— The Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives are hosting a pumpkin decorating event on Friday, November 25 at 3 p.m.

The library invites the public to decorate a small pumpkin with tissue paper to take home. This event is for children of all ages.

Email [email protected] or call (413) 298-5501 to register.

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Gabi Messiah Sing. Image courtesy of the Berkshire Bach Society.

Berkshire Bach Society Messiah Community Sings

Great Barrington— The Berkshire Bach Society announces a free community Messiah Sing! on Saturday November 26 at 4 p.m. This event will take place at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington.

Choral director James Bagwell invites all singers with a passion for baroque choral music to raise their voices in popular choirs from Handel’s Messiah oratorio, including Hallelujah!, accompanied by The Berkshire Bach Players. Bring your own sheet music, buy one or borrow one and start the festive season off with a joyful event that’s a Great Barrington tradition.

This is the first time this event has taken place in three years, since before the start of the pandemic.

Non-singers are encouraged to listen to the show and cheer on the singers.

Proof of vaccination and wearing a mask on site is required.

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“Little Reds” Play Reading at BCT

benington– Bennington Community Theater monthly reading series features “Little Reds” on November 29 at 7 p.m. Little Reds was written by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm and directed by HK Goldstein.

In “Little Reds,” Daff struggles to juggle responsibilities to her sick mother, her younger brother, and the drug dealer who may be in love with her – while making plans to escape her small town.
This event will take place at the Bennington Performing Arts Center in downtown Bennington. This is a free event with donations accepted at the door. Masks are highly recommended. This game includes adult language and content.

More information is available here: https://benningtonperformingartscenter.org/event/little-reds/

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Basilica Farm & Brocante Holiday Market

Hudson– Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market returns for its 10th anniversary Thanksgiving weekend from From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday November 26 and Sunday November 27.

By focusing on local artisans representing the best independent businesses in the
region, this year’s participants demonstrate the vast bounty that upstate New York has to offer
in a wide range of categories, including handmade and vintage clothing, home goods, art,
furniture, food, etc. On-site activities, food, drink and fun for the kids make this a
unmissable event for the whole family.

With the Hudson Valley’s most spectacular season well underway, Basilica Farm and Flea is
the perfect way to jump into the holiday season to find an extraordinary range of local, vintage produce
and handmade gifts, representing the abundance and splendor of the Hudson Valley.

$5 day and $8 weekend passes are available online and cash will be accepted at the door. Children under 12 enter for free. This event takes place at the Hudson Basilica, 110 S. Front St, Hudson.

Over 80 participating vendors, including 30 new vendors, will have a range of products to purchase. Click here for the full list of providers.

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The Serenade by Pamela Berkeley, 30″x36″, Oil on linen, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and Blue Mountain Gallery.

Pamela Berkeley “From the Hollow”

Sheffield– Blue Mountain Gallery presents local artist Pamela Berkeley’s new solo exhibition “From the Hollow”, November 29 – December 24. A vernissage will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The twenty-five paintings and drawings include recent work as well as a selection of the artist’s work spanning five decades. Berkeley’s works are created in oil and pastel on canvas or linen, and range in size from eight by eight inches to six by eight feet. Along with landscapes and interiors of Maine, Michigan, New York and New England, she painted a series of actor and artist friends, set in eerie surroundings.

Pamela Berkeley moved to Sheffield in the early 2000s and has been an active member of the community ever since.

Blue Mountain Gallery is located at 547 West 27th Street, Suite 200, New York.

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