BITS & BYTES: scary stories; pumpkin festival; Timeless projection; World Mental Health Day; Grace Kelly Jazz; learn to brew

Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival 2021, courtesy of Toby Butterfield.

Bidwell House Museum in Autumn

Scary Stories Around the Fire Celebrates Scary Season

Monterey – On Saturday 8 October, at 7 p.m. the Bidwell House Museum presents Scary Stories Around The Fire.

Visitors will sit around the fire with Robert Oakes, author of the book Ghosts of the Berkshires, and listen as he shares readings about Berkshire’s colonial-era history and ghost lore and tells the story of “The Ghost of Green River”. After the outdoor fireside presentation, Robert will lead a candlelit ghost walk through the house.

This event will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 with a rain date from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 9. There will be spooky elements, so the program is most suitable for ages 12 and up. Part of this program takes place outdoors, so dress for the weather. Cider and donuts will be available after the outdoor portion of the program.

Admission is $15-$20: reserve tickets here. The entertainment program can be viewed on the museum’s website:

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Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival 2021, courtesy of Toby Butterfield.

12th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Hillsdale – The Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival returns this fall on Saturday October 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.bringing music, food, children’s events, an unusual scarecrow contest and other activities to the city.

The festival will include a concert by the acclaimed Ghent Band and other live musical artists in Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park. Meanwhile, the Roe Jan Community Library, located one mile south of the hamlet on Route 22, will host the children’s pumpkin painting from 1-2 p.m. – register by email at [email protected]. Hillsdale businesses are expected to join in the festivities while the Hillsdale Fire Department will serve a chicken barbecue dinner.

Also featured will be the annual Scarecrow Gathering competition, in which residents and businesses design creative scarecrows for display. The theme for this year’s Scarecrow Contest is “Rockstars and Sports Legends”.

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‘Timeless’ makes its US debut

Williamstown – On Saturday October 8 at 6 p.m.the screens of the Clark Art Institute Timeless, a new film by poetic research unit Shanzhai Lyric, filmmaker Solveig Qu Suess and artist Yi Xin Tong. It explores “shanzhai”, the Chinese term for counterfeit, which also means “mountain hamlet”. The film traces insurgent movements, considering locations ranging from the reclusive scholars of Mount Lu in China to the contraband markets of Canal Street in New York.

On the occasion of the exhibition Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander, which talks about the perception of the oscillating flows of matter and energy that surround us. The filmmakers join Meander exhibition curator Robert Wiesenberger in a conversation after the screening.

Free; no registration is required. For more information, visit

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Live Well Lenox: Making mental well-being a priority

Lenox – Join the Lenox Library on Saturday October 8 for a day dedicated to mental well-being in honor of World Mental Health Day. All events are free and open to the public.

Programming begins with Mindful Moments Storytime at 10:30 a.m. for a special storytime that incorporates mindful moments. In addition to stories and songs, children will learn a few different breathing and yoga exercises. For children of preschool and primary school age.

11:30 a.m. Yoga for Mental Wellness with Aimee Marshall of Berkshire Fitness and Wellness outside Roche Reading Park (weather permitting). Please bring a yoga mat or towel.

Crafting Calm for tweens and teens will take place at 2:30 p.m. We’ll make mindfulness jars, cover newspapers with washi tape, and concoct scented anti-stress putty. For students in grades 5 and up.

All day, receive a free self-care kit (while supplies last); explore book displays and receive lists of resources that support mental health; and meet the folks at NAMI County Berkshire, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy; as well as the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to providing suicide prevention resources, loss and healing programs, skills training, advocacy efforts, and hope to our local community.

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Grace Kelly

“An Evening of Big Band Jazz”

Dalton – On October 9 at 7 p.m. Alto saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly will perform as a guest artist with the University of Connecticut Jazz Ensemble at The Stationery Factory.

“An Evening of Big Band Jazz” features a wide variety of selections from the UConn band as well as several big band arrangements of Kelly’s original vocal and instrumental compositions.

Kelly’s honors include multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Song of the Year, and she was named nine consecutive years in Downbeat magazine’s annual critics’ poll, “Rising Star Alto Saxophone “. She was the youngest ever named in Downbeat Critics’ poll in 2009.

There are two levels for sitting; Premium at $55 (which includes a cocktail table) and general admission ($35). Bar service will be available. Tickets are available here.

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Learn to brew during the day!

richmond – On October 8 at Hilltop Orchards from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re interested in how to brew beer or how to make hard cider, join the Berkshire Homebrew Association and Hilltop Orchards as they fill a day with expert beer-brewing demonstrations. You will learn the basics of making beer or hard cider, such as sanitation, ingredients, fermentation, and carbonation.

Expect fresh cider donuts, wine and cider tasting, and the soft launch of the new collaborative project from “Hopped Ciderhouse.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

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