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Weekend Outlook: Snakes, Festivals, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:06PM / Thursday, February 23, 2023
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Start your weekend early with snakes brought by circus and sideshow performer Opal Raven Cirque from 5 to 7 p.m. at Witch Slapped.

Berkshire County is having a variety of events this weekend including festivals, concerts, and more. 


Hissing Booth Bash
Witch Slapped, Pittsfield 
Start your weekend early with snakes brought by circus and sideshow performer Opal Raven Cirque from 5 to 7 p.m. at Witch Slapped at 78 North St.
Participants between the age of 10 and 18 can learn about snakes and spells using snakeskin with this hands-on educational experience. 
Registration is required. Tickets are $15 and can be found here.  


Kids Terrariums Workshop
North Adams Public Library 
Join local plant experts from the Plant Connector starting at 2 p.m. to make a library-themed terrarium. 
This free event is for kids ages 8 and up but supplies are limited so registration is required. 
Sign up here or by calling 413-662-3133, Ext. 14. More information here
Art of Adventure
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Conclude school vacation with a family event starting at 11 a.m. featuring self-guided exhibition tours of "Eloise and More: The Life and Art of Hilary Knight," artmaking inspired by the adventures of Eloise, and storytimes. 
The free festivities are included in museum admission. More information here
Plein Air Impressionism
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield
There will be a plein air impressionism exhibition artist Gary Lecuyer in the Koussevitzky Gallery from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Admission is free. More information here
An Evening with Ben Cosgrove
Dewey Hall, Sheffield
Traveling composer-performer Ben Cosgrove will be performing starting at 7 p.m. His instrumental music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door the day of, additional donations welcomed. 
More information or purchase tickets here
'80s Rock & Roll Experience
The Stationery Factory, Dalton
Mullett tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30. Tickets cost $27. 
More information here


Third Annual Stockbridge Ice Festival
Stockbridge Library
There will be an ice festival from 10 until 2 on the front lawn of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. 
This free event features ice sculptures, crafts, an exhibition on historical ice harvesting tools, and a lecture on the history and process of ice harvesting for commercial trade by ice harvesting expert, Dennis Picard. 
More information here
Young at Heart: Music with Mr. Willy
Dewey Hall, Sheffield
Family friendly writer and performer Willy Welch will be sharing his songs and stories from 11 to noon
Tickets are free. More information here.
Family Friendly Outdoor Adventure 
Mount Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesborough 
There will be a Family Friendly Outdoor Adventures event from 1 until 2:30 p.m. 
Join the center for an afternoon of winter activities including snow tubing a snowshoe demonstration, and a guided hike along the Bradley Farm Trail from 
This program is free and open to all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center.
For more information or for weather related updates call the Visitor Center at (413) 499-4262. More information here.
10X10: Ten Minutes of Fireworks
The Common, Pittsfield 
The annual 10X10 Festival starts its wrap up of events with fireworks starting at 6 p.m. on First Street. 
They will be launched at The Common so the park will be closed during this time. Viewing areas will be available in the First Street Municipal Lot.
In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be postponed to Sunday, Feb. 26. More information here.
Contra Dance
Dewey Hall, Sheffield
There will be a dance from 6 until 9 p.m. featuring music by Aldo Lavaggi and Max Carmichael. 
The evening will be guided by local caller Ted Randolph. Tickets range from $8 to $35. More information here


Family Forest Walk
Mount Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesborough
Certified Kripalu mindfulness outdoor guide, life coach and therapeutic touch practitioner Sandy Wilson will lead a forest walk at 1 p.m. 
Wilson will attempt to guide participants on a free slow intentional journey to de-stress and connect with nature. 
Dress in accordance to weather by dressing warmly for outdoor hiking in early Spring trail conditions. 
This two-hour hike is open to all ages but children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The trail may be icy or muddy so sturdy boots with traction devices are recommended. 
More information here
Pancake Breakfast
St. Mary's Church, Cheshire
Support the Cheshire Fire Department by enjoying a pancake breakfast. Runs from 8 until 11:30 p.m. 
More information here
Domingo Brunch 
Dottie's Coffee Lounge, Pittsfield
Enjoy bunch while listening to music by performing and teaching musician Robin O'Herin will be performing from 10 until noon.
O'Herin specializes in traditional Delta bottleneck blues and fingerstyle guitar, ukulele, singing, and songwriting. 
More information here
The Harlem Chamber Players Concert 
Simon’s Rock at Bard College, Great Barrington
New York based ensemble The Harlem Chamber Players will perform from 3 until 4:30 p.m. 
They are an "ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond," their website said. 
Admission to this concert is free and open to the public. More information here
Early Bird Spotting Hike for Families
Join Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Berkshire Family Hikes at Thomas & Palmer Brook at 10:30 a.m. to search for signs of the coming spring.
Explore the area and look out for returning birds. At the end of the hike participants will receive a take-home kit to attract birds to their own backyards. 
This hike is free but they only have enough take home kits for 15 participants. More information here

Multiple Days

10X10 Festival 
Various Locations, Pittsfield
The 10 X 10 festival will be concluding Sunday, Feb. 26, with its last sprint of events happening all weekend. During the festival residents had the opportunity to choose from more than 50 events to celebrate the winter season.
This weekend festival is bringing back local favorites including Fireworks at The Common, live music, art parties, curling lessons, and many more events. 
Check out our article for details about the festival. Event line up can also be found here
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