A Christmas Journey: Yuletide readings with Kevin O’Hara

Kevin O’Hara will read from his collection of Christmas tales "A Christmas Journey" at Arrowhead on December 14.

Pittsfield— On December 14, The Berkshire County Historical Society will host local author Kevin O’Hara for two readings from his collection of Christmas tales A Christmas Journey. This will be a special evening of joyous and heartfelt tales from Kevin’s Pittsfield childhood. Reservations are required for the readings which will take place at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Tickets are $10 BCHS members and $15 non-members, and can be purchased at berkshirehistory.org. This event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

A Christmas Journey includes 16 of O’Hara’s annual Christmas columns published in The Berkshire Eagle. The stories range in subject from tales of his growing up in Pittsfield to poignant tales of his time as a psychiatric nurse at Berkshire Medical Center to his Christmas celebration in an Irish pub at the conclusion of his famous travels in Ireland with Missie the donkey.

O’Hara is also the author of Last Of The Donkey Pilgrims, about his travels with Missie around Ireland; A Lucky Irish Lad, about his boyhood; and Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward, which chronicles O’Hara’s three decades as a nurse in Berkshire Medical Center’s psychiatric ward.

Winter tours at Arrowhead

Through December 17, tours of Arrowhead are available on Saturdays only, at 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour size is limited to twelve; reservations are not accepted.

Between December 18–March 31, Arrowhead is available for private guided tours only. Tours must be scheduled at least one week in advance; phone 413 442 1793 or email melville@berkshirehistory.org.

Holiday shopping

The Berkshire County Historical Society museum shop offers an eclectic selection of books, apparel, gifts, and one-of-a-kind items relating to Melville and other Berkshire County authors. The shop is available online at https://berkshire-county-historical-society.square.site/ or open for in-person shopping by appointment; phone 413 442 1493.