Happening this Week
LIVE ON NORTH: EAVESDROP
September 28th, Friday, 8 - 11PM
Enjoy the sounds of this Pioneer Valley group in the atmospheric lobby of Hotel on North. The band offers a unique blend of soulful vocals, intimate harmonies, warm acoustics and moving rhythm. Stripped down, raw and natural, their music flourishes in this most intimate of spaces. Free.
Hotel on North. 297 North Street. Pittsfield. 413.358.4741
HATE: WHY WE SHOULD RESIST IT WITH FREE SPEECH
September 29th, Saturday, 7 - 9:30PM
Constitutional law scholar and civil liberties activist Professor Nadine Strossen is sitting down with Rabbi Ari Rosenberg of Temple Sholom to practice the principles she encourages in new book, Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship. Strossen, whose father was a Holocaust survivor, has worked closely with many civil rights groups in fighting anti-semitism and other forms of discrimination. Evidence shows that censoring “hate speech” does more harm than good to the qualities that fight against hate: equality, dignity, diversity, inclusivity, societal harmony, mental and physical well-being. Strossen instead advocates instead for “counterspeech" such as education, debate and protest and the ways to carry this message. With too much division and too little constructive dialogue, she and Rabbi Ari Rosenberg will engage in a mutually respectful exchange of ideas, with themselves and with the audience members, about the “hot button” issues that plague society today.
JCC. 9 Route 39 South. Sherman CT. 860.355.8050
HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS: FINAL WEEKEND
September 29th & 30th, Saturday & Sunday, Times Vary
It’s hard to believe that September is coming to an end and with it the final weekend of the incredible events of the Housatonic Heritage Walks. Highlights include a hike at Cobble Brook Vista Preserve and Kent Mountain Preserve that passes through meadows, streams, upland forest and a ridgeline; exploring Cookson State Forest—home to the mysterious East Indies Pond, an isolated natural bowl with no road access or human habitation nearby; and a walk back in time to the Berkshires Gilded Age at Kennedy Park where you’ll find the remains of the Hotel Aspinwall aka “Hotel Beautiful” where the wealthy once played. Free.
Locations Vary. See website for details.
HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE COUNTRY FAIR: A FAMILY (AF)FAIR
September 29th & 30th, Saturday & Sunday, 10AM - 5PM
This weekend fair celebrates the Berkshires’ passion for heritage, artisans, music and authenticity. The line-up includes chicken races, a hot sauce contest, hayrides, a farmers market on-site, craft beer, BBQ, farm animals and even antique tractors. For the kids there will be everything from egg toss races to a huge hay pile. A nod to the craftsmanship that the Shakers and the area at large, will be demonstrations of woodworking, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving. And, of course, there will be live music to further liven up the festive atmosphere.
Hancock Shaker Village. 1843 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield MA. 413.443.0188