Thursday, May 23, 2024

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BITS & BYTES: Taz Ramos at Race Brook Lodge; Springtoberfest at Bousquet; ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at The Mahaiwe; BART presents ‘The Addams Family’; Berkshire Botanical Garden plant sale; Stockbridge Grange community dinner; Jewish Federation food drive

Musician Taz Ramos is also a homesteader and survivalist, appearing as a contestant on the latest season of the History Channel’s “Alone,” where he put his bushcraft creativity and hunting skills to the test.

Race Brook Lodge presents Tarcisio (Taz) Ramos for a unique musical journey

Sheffield— Tonight, Thursday, May 9 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Race Brook Lodge presents “Melidies of a Treehouse, a unique musical journey with Tarcisio (Taz) Ramos.

Taz Ramos. Courtesy Race Brook Lodge.

Taz will explore improvisation on the Handpan drum and the Brazilian berimbau, sharing original songs in both Portuguese and English. He’ll also weave in his favorite American folk tunes, reflecting his life living in a treehouse and in the Berkshires.

A member of Berkshire Bateria and founder of Quarteto de Samba, Taz is a music educator promoting musical diversity in colleges and schools across Western Massachusetts. Not only is Taz a musician, he is also a homesteader and survivalist, appearing as a contestant on the latest season of the History Channel’s “Alone,” where he put his bushcraft creativity and hunting skills to the test.

The performance is tonight, Thursday, May 9 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Down County Social Club at Race Brook Lodge at 864 South Undermountain Road in Sheffield. Tickets are $10. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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Springtoberfest at Bousquet

Pittsfield— On Saturday, May 18th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrate Springtoberfest with beer, cornhole, and community at Bousquet. 

Springtoberfest. Courtesy Love Pittsfield.

Sip on suds from a bunch of Berkshire breweries and take part in the 1st Annual “Bags at Bousquet” Cornhole Tournament. Take a stroll along a condensed Berkshire Beer Trail as more than a few Berkshires brewers and a handful of breweries from just beyond the Berkshires will be on hand. Local food favorites Momma Lo’s BBQ, La Chalupa y Enchilada, and Charlie’s Bistro Bus will be available. There will be live music by Jack Waldheim and Rounders Revival.

Up to 80 teams of two are expected for the tournament. Prizes will be given for first, second, and third place. Tickets are $10. In advance and $15 on the day of the event. Cornhole tournament registration is $65 in advance and $80 on the day of the event. A portion of all entry fees will go to ovarian cancer research. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center to presents a showing of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

Great Barrington— On Friday, May 17th at 7 p.m., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present a showing of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (1964 | G | 1 hour, 27 minutes.)

The Fab Four take a trip to London in this comedic romp from the height of Beatlemania. The Los Angeles Times said “From the opening chords of the title song played over the group bemusedly fleeing from their fans, A Hard Day’s Night creates pure, infectious joy.”

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (1964.) Courtesy Mahaiwe.

The showing is on Friday, May 17th at 7 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Castle Street in Great Barrington. Tickets are $8 and $5 for youth ages 12 and under; Card To Culture accepted. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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BART Charter School presents ‘The Addams Family’ at the Adams Theater

Adams— On Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 18th at 4 p.m., BART Charter School presents ‘The Addams Family’ at the Adams Theater. 

‘The Addams Family’. Courtesy BART.

It’s every father’s nightmare! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before–keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. “The Addams Family” is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family.

The performances are Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 18th at 4 p.m. at the Adams Theater at 27 Park Street in Adams. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 47th annual ‘Plants-and-Answers’ plant sale

Stockbridge— On Friday, May 10th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 11th from 9 a.m to 4 p.m., Berkshire Botanical Garden’s will host its 47th annual ‘Plants-and-Answers’ plant sale. 

Curated by BBG’s horticulture staff, this year’s plant sale features hundreds of perennials, annuals, and vegetables with a focus on diversity and nature-based landscaping, a trend toward gardens that are exuberant, alive, comfortable, and welcoming to birds, bees, and butterflies. As always, the popular “Ask Me” staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide expert advice. 

‘Plants-and-Answers’ plant sale. Courtesy BBG.

Traditionally held on Mother’s Day weekend, the “Plants-and-Answers” plant sale began in 1977 as BBG’s harbinger of spring for gardeners in the Berkshires and beyond. This year’s sale carries on the tradition of supplying the very best robust plants for landscape and container gardens, along with a wide selection of organic vegetable and herb plants. Plants that attract bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, and other pollinators are especially featured. 

The sale is Friday, May 10th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 11th from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at Berkshire Botanical Garden on West Stockbridge Road in Stockbridge. Parking is free. All proceeds support the Garden’s horticulture and education programs. More information can be found online. 

Members receive early buying privileges and a discount on BBG plant purchases. Early buying for members only will be Friday, May 10th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Learn more about membership online.

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Stockbridge Grange community dinner

Stockbridge— On Sunday, May 19th, Stockbridge Grange is having a community dinner featuring roast pork, mashed potato, and vegetable with dessert choices of chocolate cream or lemon meringue pie.

Lemon Meringue Pie. Photo by Renee Comet.

Dinner is $15 per person, take out only with a noon to 1:30 p.m. pick up at the Stockbridge Grange Hall at 51 Church Street in Stockbridge.  Orders may be made by calling 413-243-1298 or 413-443-4352.

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Countywide Jewish Federation ‘Rice & Pasta’ food drive

Berkshire— Jewish Federation of the Berkshires has mobilized the community to help alleviate the growing food crisis in the Berkshires.

Through May 31st, you can help feed your neighbors by participating in the Jewish Federation ‘Rice & Pasta’ food drive. Community members are encouraged to drop off packaged pasta and rice at the following locations:

  • The Berkshire Food Co-op at 34 Bridge Street in Great Barrington
  • Hevreh of Southern Berkshire at 270 State Road in Great Barrington
  • Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at 196 South Street in Pittsfield
  • Congregation Beth Israel at 53 Lois Street in North Adams

For more information, contact Molly at mmeador@jewishberkshires.org.

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