Bits & Bytes: Parade of Lights; ‘Messiah’ sing-in; ‘A Day in the Life of a Girl and Boy’ family day; ‘The Little Mermaid;’ Monica Rizzio at the Egremont Barn

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By Monday, Nov 20 Arts & Entertainment
Olivia Markonic
A decorated float the the town of Millerton's 2015 Parade of Lights. This year's parade will take place Friday, Nov. 24.

Millerton Fire Company to present annual Parade of Lights

Millerton, N.Y. — The Millerton Fire Company‘s annual Parade of Lights, featuring brightly decorated fire trucks and community floats from around the area, will set off at 5:30 p.m.

Beginning at Arnoff Storage, 5979 N. Elm Ave., the parade will proceed up Main Street, turning onto North Maple Avenue and then ending on Century Boulevard at the firehouse. The parade will stop at the big tree at the intersection of routes 44 and 22 where Millerton’s Mayor Debbie Middlebrook will welcome in the holidays and light the tree. Santa will then lead the way back to the fire house where he will meet children and give gifts to all at a party with a delicious spread donated by local restaurants and members of the fire department.

Village-wide festivities including giveaways, prizes, cookies and treats from Hathaway Young, and a screening of “Elf” at the Moviehouse will precede the parade.

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Berkshire Bach Society to offer ‘Messiah’ sing-in

A page of the score of Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ Photo: Paul Johansen

Great Barrington — The Berkshire Bach Society will present its annual sing-in of Handel’s “Messiah” Saturday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., with Frank Nemhauser conducting the Berkshire Bach Players.

The Berkshire Bach Players are a seasoned instrumental ensemble of professional musicians that includes Lucy Bardo on cello and trumpet player Allan Dean along with Miriam Shapiro and Cindy Olgunick on violin, Eric Martin on viola, and Anne Voglewede Green on piano.

The event is free but donations are appreciated. Participants may bring their own scores or borrow or buy one (G. Schirmer version) from the Berkshire Bach Society for $15. For those who wish to practice in advance, online videos of the parts are available. For more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Berkshire Bach Society at (413) 528-9555 or info@berkshirebach.org.

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Norman Rockwell Museum to hold ‘A Day in the Life of a Girl and Boy’ family day

Image courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

Stockbridge — The Norman Rockwell Museum will present a Thanksgiving weekend family day Saturday, Nov. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in celebration of two new books for young readers, “Norman Rockwell’s A Day in the Life of a Girl” and “Norman Rockwell’s A Day in the Life of a Boy” by Will Lach. Lach will hold a reading and talk about the books, which are based on original Rockwell paintings, and will have a conversation with model Mary Whalen Leonard, who posed for several of Rockwell’s most beloved paintings, including “Girl at Mirror,” “Girl with Black Eye” and “A Day in the Life of a Girl.” A book signing will follow, and families will have a chance to create artworks illustrating a day in their lives.

“I have loved Norman Rockwell since I was a kid,” said Lach. “With these books, I was motivated to make great artworks accessible to children. The sequential style of each painting, originally created for the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, served as a wonderful inspiration for the stories.”

The family day is included with regular admission, and is free for Norman Rockwell Museum members and youth ages 18 and under. For more information, contact the Norman Rockwell Museum at (413) 298-4100.

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Sam Reilly and Cathy Lee-Visscher in ‘The Little Mermaid.’ Photo: Kelly Mackerer

‘The Little Mermaid’ to feature in Ghent Playhouse’s holiday panto

Ghent, N.Y. — The Ghent Playhouse will present its annual holiday panto, “The Little Mermaid: Beyond the Sea,” a zany twist on the popular fairytale, Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 10.

Written by the Pantoloons and directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher, the cast will feature Sam Reilly as Ariel, Emily Spateholts as Sebastian, Joanne Maurer as Flounder and Nana, Mark Wilson as King Triton, Meaghan Rogers as Prince Eric, Sally McCarthy as Grimsby, Monk Shane-Lydon as Ursula and Lee-Visscher as Aunt Ethel.

Tickets are $22 for the general public, $17 for Ghent Playhouse members and $10 for students with ID. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact 1 (800) 838-3006.

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The Egremont Barn to welcome Monica Rizzio

Monica Rizzio. Photo: Shaunte Dittmar

South Egremont — The Barn at the Egremont Village Inn will welcome singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio Friday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m.

Former Tripping Lily frontwoman Rizzio has left behind the acoustic, condenser-mic style and brought her East Texas roots up north to settle on Cape Cod. After leaving the band in 2013, Rizzio purchased a 1956 Martin O-18 and, for the next few years, played with a bunch of accomplished Cape Cod musicians who helped bring back the cowgirl attitude and inspired her to write about her journey from Texas, love and heartache.

Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Egremont Barn at (413) 528-9580.

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