Bits & Bytes: Holiday Shop, Sip & Stroll; Lenox Library’s Pajama Night; ‘Magnificat’ in Stockbridge; ‘Tartuffe’ at BCC

At the Lenox Library Holiday Pajama Night children can enjoy an evening of storytelling by community celebrities and music performed by David Grover.

Shop, Sip & Stroll in downtown Great Barrington

Great Barrington The seventh annual Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Holiday Shop, Sip & Stroll will take place Saturday, December 12 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Great Barrington. With something for everyone, the Holiday Stroll is the Chamber’s largest community event with a crowd of over 3,000.

The family celebration will feature store specials, refreshments, a new store-to-store raffle with prizes donated by local merchants, kid’s crafts, North Pole Lane, music, caroling, performance, face painting, a food court, Rudolph’s Way, live window displays, a character parade, a Light the Night Tree Walk, Letters to Santa, photo cut-outs, hayrides, a bonfire with Berkshire Bateria, and gifts for children from Santa Claus. A story hour for young children at Berkshire Community College’s South County Center will begin at 3 p.m. with all other activities beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks will cap off the evening at 7:20 p.m.

For more information call the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce at (413) 528-4284.

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Pajama Night at the Lenox Library

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David Grover.

Lenox On Friday December 11 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., the Town of Lenox will sponsor a Holiday Pajama Night at the Lenox Library.

Children are invited to dress in their pajamas and enjoy an evening of storytelling by community celebrities followed by a concert of holiday music performed by David Grover. Refreshments will be served. The storytellers will be Morris Elementary School principal Carolyn Boyce, Lenox Public Schools superintendent Timothy Lee, Lenox Community Center Youth Services Coordinator Jenny Lemberg, State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, Lenox Library’s Judy Conklin Peters Youth Librarian Pauline Spinrad, and The Bookstore proprietor Matt Tannenbaum.

Call the library for more information at (413) 637-0197.

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Stockbridge Festival Chorus to present Rutter’s ‘Magnificat’

Stockbridge The Stockbridge Festival Chorus will be give its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 12 at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The 50-voice choir, conducted by Tracy Wilson, will present John Rutter’s “Magnificat” with soprano soloist Felicia Coppola-Durso accompanied by Rev. Timothy Weisman on organ, Lee Dixon on piano, and Bailey Forfa on timpani. The choir will also sing several other anthems by John Rutter and William Mathias.

Tickets to the concert may be purchased at the door. The admission is a recommended donation of $15 for adults, $10 for members of other Berkshire community choirs, and free for children. A reception with the artists will follow the concert. For more information contact Tracy Wilson at (413) 243-6076 or the church at (413) 298-3137.

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BCC Players to present Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’

tartuffe_posterPittsfield — The BCC Players will present Moliere’s “Tartuffe” on the main campus of Berkshire Community College (BCC) Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13.

The classic play, directed by Kevin McGerigle, tells of a family that must band together to overcome the father’s follies and celebrate the true meaning of family. Alzie Mercado and Stella Schwartz provided design.

The production will go up at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 13. General admission is $15 and $10 students and seniors. Seating is extremely limited due to the show’s theatre-in-the-round staging. See the Berkshire Edge calendar for tickets and more information or call the BCC box office at (413) 499-0886.

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Petticoat Hill hike

Williamsburg Naturalist and director of the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Aimee Gelinas, M.Ed, will lead an early winter tree identification hike at Petticoat Hill on Sunday December 13 from10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Participants will visit a beech tree stand to observe signs of black bears and learn about the beech tree bark disease threatening the American beech in the Northeast. The hike is free and donations for Tamarack Hollow will be accepted. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com for more information or to register.

–E.E.