Holiday events, large and small, happening all over Berkshire area

Christmas will be here in less than two weeks, and in the Berkshire area that means many different kinds of seasonal performances taking place.

Berkshire Theatre Group’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Colonial in Pittsfield

Last night at the Colonial Theatre, A Christmas Carol opened, and continues until December 22. Here you can revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/on-our-stages/theatre/640-a-christmas-carol-3

“A Christmas Carol” in Chatham and Hudson

A Christmas Carol is also being performed in Chatham, NY, by the Walking the dog Theater on December 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm in Culture Hall. Performed by David Anderson, and directed by Ted Pugh at Camphill Ghent’s Culture Hall located at 2542 Rt. 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Door admission is $15.

Four additional performances of this one-man A Christmas Carol take place on December 21, 22, 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm and December 24, 2016 at 3:00 pmtake place at Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534. These have free admission. David Anderson, who performs the piece solo (moving fluidly from character to character) says of the project, “A Christmas Carol has become an annual tradition in many communities, and it is the best way I know to become inspired by the season.” Walking the dog Theater, Inc. is a professional not-for-profit theater company based in Columbia County, NY. To learn more about Walking the dog Theater’s Free Culture Initiative and to get involved, visit http://www.wtdtheater.org or call (518) 610-0909. Walking the dog Theater is an initiative of the Hawthorne Valley Association.

The Panto has finished its run in Ghent

We love the many ways to journey back to Victorian England and experience entertainments with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season. Primary among these was today’s final performance of the PantoLoons at the Ghent Playhouse who wrapped up their annual Panto, The Turn of the Scrooge.

The Bolshoi’s “Nutcracker” in HD in Great Barrington

At the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, you can watch the Bolshoi Ballet in HD as they perform the sumptuous classic The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 22nd at 1pm. http://www.mahaiwe.org/BolshoiNutcracker

The glittery Mass MoCA is thanks to Nick Cave, Until, 2016 in this photo by  Douglas Mason.

The glittery Mass MoCA is thanks to Nick Cave, Until, 2016 in this photo by Douglas Mason.


Mass MoCA’s gift to the Berkshire Community

At the monumental Mass MoCA in North Adams, the holiday season come early this year. From December 1 through 21, MASS MoCA opened its doors and waives admission to all Berkshire County residents (that’s everyone residing within a zip code beginning with “012”). Bring an official ID (or utility bill) to show you’re a county resident and check out MASS MoCA’s galleries for free. The galleries are open 11am-5pm every day except Tuesday. The glittering work of Nick Cave is worth a special trip. http://massmoca.org

“It’s a Wonderful Life” gets a fun twist in Lenox at Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company brings back the popular show It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, a beloved holiday classic adapted from the original 1946 film. Directed by Jenna Ware and featuring Company actors Jonathan Croy, Jennie M. Jadow, David Joseph, Sarah Jeanette Taylor, and Ryan Winkles, the production runs from December 15 – 18, 2016 in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. http://www.shakespeare.org

Ron and Sam bring their holiday spirit to Pittsfield

Elsewhere in the region, there are other happenings aplenty. Ron Ramsay and Samantha Talora, for example, celebrate this festive season with an evening of favorite holiday songs, blended with some not-so-familiar gems that are sure to enliven the holiday spirit. Joined by violinist, Eileen Markland, this promises to be a lovely evening of song on Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm. It takes place on at the American Legion, Post 68 located at 41 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield. Tickets are $20.00 which includes post-show sweets. A special ticket price of $10.00 is offered for veterans and active military members. Doors open at 6:45pm and a full bar will be available for drink purchases. Reservations can be made by calling 413-212-4459 or e-mailing info@samandron.com. For more information about Talora & Ramsay, please visit www.samandron.com.

Candlelight Carol Sing in Williamstown

Finally, the 1753 House Committee of Williamstown invites the community to the 43rd annual 1753 House Carol Sing at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 21. (Rain/snow date is Thursday, December 22.) The Carol Sing is a free, ecumenical event for all ages.

Deborah Burns will lead the a cappella singing beside a roaring blaze in the fireplace. Carol books and hot mulled cider are provided. There is no heat or electricity in the 1753 House, so dress warmly and bring a candle to see by.

The 1753 House is an historical replica of a regulation settler’s home first constructed in 1953 in celebration of Williamstown’s Bicentennial by local volunteers. It’s located on Field Park in between the Williams Inn and the Milne Public Library at the northern intersection of Routes 2 and 7. Parking is available at the Inn and the Library.

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