Happening this Week
Moving forward beckons a reverence for what came before. Happening This Week are events honoring and preserving the legacy of historical architecture, American folk tradition and literary legends.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION OF MASSACHUSETTS: OPEN FORUM
August 2nd, Wednesday 10AM – 12PM
This summer Preservation Massachusetts is “Cruising the Commonwealth” to hear directly from individuals, organizations and businesses across the state. The sessions are a forum to communicate issues, needs, thoughts, challenges and ideas pertaining to historic preservation. Make your voice count to preserve the historical locations and memorialize significant accomplishments indicative of the American spirit. Free.
The Frio Senior Center. 330 North Street. Pittsfield, MA. 413.499.9346
AVI JACOB: EAST COAST FOLK
August 3rd, Thursday 8-11PM
Avi Jacobs is a remarkable lyricist and singer whose vocals and songs are candid, relatable and poignant. At once enchanting folk melody—harking back to the Americana folk tradition—and raw emotion. Avi carries the audience along on a heartfelt, self-effacing journey. Performing his new album Surrender in this intimate setting, This is a journey you will not want to miss. Free.
The Dream Away Lodge. 1342 County Rd. Becket, MA. 413.623.8725
CONSTELLATION: TWILIGHT ON THE HUDSON
August 5th, Saturday 7:15PM
Constellation is a public art program designed by Artist Melissa MGill to illuminate the history of Bannerman Island and articulate its position in relation to the stars. This boat tour, led by McGill herself, offers a unique perspective on the Hudson River Valley, its place in history, its influence on American artists and the lively stars above. Revel in the remarkable scenery cruising down the Hudson along with a brief guided walk on Bannerman Island before watching the stars as they emerge over a 15 minute span. Wear comfortable shoes for walk and arrive 30 minutes early! Purchase tickets online. $55 Adults, $50 Children.
Beacon Waterfront. Red Flynn Road. Beacon NY. 347.244.3044
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MELVILLE AND HAWTHORNE:
HIKING MONUMENT MOUNTAIN
August 6th, Sunday 9-11:30AM
In August of 1850 Herman Melville met Nathaniel Hawthorne at Monument Mountain where they fortuitously bonded during an unexpected thunderstorm. Their brief yet impactful relationship offered emotional and intellectual support, and even after the dissolution of their friendship Melville continued to follow Hawthorne’s work (even if it was to criticize it.) This annual celebration commemorates that occasion with a guided hike, 'champagne' toast and a reading of Monument Mountain by William Cullen Bryant. Meet in the Monument Mountain parking lot on Route 7. Free.
Monument Mountain. Route 7. Great Barrington, MA. 413.442.1793
While in Great Barrington discover our favorite things!
I AM ZELDA: WELL BEHAVED WOMEN RARELY MAKE HISTORY
August 8th, Tuesday 7-8PM
In literature and life Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald has been both vilified and glorified with her irreverence to societal 'norms' and the eccentric behavior that landed her in the hall of fame of polarizing women. More famous for being F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife and muse, she was a published author, exhibited artist and accomplished ballet dancer in her own right. Illuminating Zelda through her struggles with schizophrenia, author and star Rita Parisi successfully humanizes Zelda, explaining her erratic behavior as a reflection of illness rather than simple irreverence. Free.
Oliver Wolcott Library. 160 South Street. Litchfield CT. 860.567.8030