Friday, July 1, 2011

Things to do in the area on July 4th weekend

Saturday, July 2th
Williamstown, noon-2 p.m.
Field Farm, Sloan Road. The Trustees of Reservations invite you to explore the place where modern art and architecture meet nature in the pinwheel-shaped house by the beaver pond. Tours offered at noon and 1 p.m. on alternate Saturdays July 2, 16, 30 and ending Sept. 10. Admission is $5 per adult; children, Trustees members and Williamstown residents are admitted free. To learn more, visit, call 413-298-3239, ext. 3003 weekdays

Saturday, July 2th and Sunday, July 3rd
North Adams, 1 and 2 p.m.
Beaver Mill, 189 Beaver St./Route 8. 413-664-9550. Free and open to the public. The tours will be guided by artist Robert Hagy, and will explore various artists’ studios and spaces within the Beaver Mill, including the studios and alternative galleries of Leibman Studios, Keith’s X-tremes Gallery, Rudd Sculpture Space, studio21south, Gravity Press, and others.  Please note, that the galleries have general open hours and can be visited without a tour, but other studios and spaces can only be visited on the tours. Meet at the front (center) door at 1 and 2 p.m. Please note that there are stairs and the studios are not handicapped accessible.

Saturday, July 2th, Sunday, July 3rd and Monday July 4th
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ski Butternut, Route 23. $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students; free for children younger than 10. $13 for weekend pass. Seven artists and artisans from the Berkshires are among the more than 200 juried artists from 22 states and Canada who will be exhibiting their work. Festival includes workshops, demonstrations, performances, activities for children and food. The show will be held, rain or shine, under tents, outdoors, and in the air-conditioned lodge at Ski Butternut. Ample free parking is available. For more information or call 800-834-9437.

Sunday, July 3rd
Pittsfield, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
26th Annual Berkshire Charity Auto Show on Sunday, July 3, 2011, To Benefit Berkshire United Way, on the grounds of the Hillcrest Campus of Berkshire Medical Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. (Rain date is July 10th.) Thirty-seven categories of cars will be represented ranging from antiques and originals by decade beginning with the 1900 Ford Model A up until 1972, with special groups for popular models like Corvettes and Thunderbirds. Show proceeds benefits Berkshire United Way, which supports the event with volunteers. A family-friendly event, admission if $4.00 for adults and free for children under 12 accompanied by a parent. Show car registration is $10 and includes admission for two adults. All registrants have the chance to cast their vote for the best entries in each category. Refreshments will be available and music provided by local DJ Paul Therrien.

Monday, July 4th
BASEBALL AND FIREWORKS (only 15 minutes from the 1896 House Inn)
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
Joe Wolfe Field, 310 State St. (Route 8). The SteepleCats take on the Mystic Schooners at 6:30, with fireworks put on by the City of North Adams following the game. T-shirts will be give to the first 500 fans. More information at