By Gail Burns
October starts off with the Fall Foliage Festivities and 60th Fall Foliage Parade in North Adams September 30-October 4 and continues with excellent adventures outdoors and in to celebrate the most beautiful season in the Berkshires.
Explore Stone Hill: The Williamstown Conservation Commission hosts a ceremony and half hour hike at 2 pm on October 3 to officially open the new Carl H. Reidel trail. The trail provides a new route connecting Stone Hill Road near the Lunder Center of the Clark Art Institute (where parking is available) to other trails, and traverses forests that have remained uncut for over a century. Then on October 4 from 1-4 pm The Clark hosts a Family Day event at Thomas Schütte’s Crystal sculpture on Stone Hill.
Blazing New Trails: The Mahican-Mohawk Recreation Trail system, which travels through the Hoosic River Watershed while historically linking the Hudson and Connecticut Rivers, is holding two fundraisers this month. On October 3 join old-growth forest expert Bob Leverett on a tour in the Mohawk Trail State Forest (meet at the Headquarters building, just off Rt. 2) in Charlemont for an Interpretive Big Tree Walk from 10 am-12:30 pm. Then on October 4 Leverett will present a slideshow and discussion on the Vision for the M–M Trail at 7 pm, and then at 8 pm followed by a musical presentation by concert pianist Monica Jakuc Leverett with tenor Peter W. Shea at the Plainfield Congregational Church (356 West Main Street/Rt. 116.)
More Outdoor Opportunities: Starting at 9:45 am on October 4 the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) has organized a fall foliage recreational bicycle tour along the river in Vermont and eastern New York state led by Julie Mackaman and Rico Dovey. The ride is just shy of 40 miles, with about 2,000 feet elevation gain. Meet at the former Mack Molding parking lot off of Rt. 346 in Pownal, VT. The Hoosic River Revival invites you to meet in the MASS MoCA parking lot on October 10 at 11 am for an hour long stroll along the banks of the river in North Adams. Meet at the southern Mountain Meadow Reservation parking lot at the end of Mason Hill Road in Williamstown at 10 am on October 24 to take a hike through that beautiful property with Karen Landry and HooRWA.
Fall Theatre: Four major Berkshire County theatre companies are teaming up to offer the Berk4 Discount. See the play running at each theatre for a $5 discount. See them all and save! Shakespeare & Company is presenting “An Iliad” starring Michael F. Toomey in the Bernstein Theatre October 3-November 1. The Berkshire Theatre Group is mounting Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” at the Unicorn Theatre October 1-24. Barrington Stage Company has “Veils” on their Union Street MainStage October 1-18. And WAM Theatre presents “Holy Laughter” at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center—St.Germain Stage, October 29-November 22.
With the academic year underway there are plenty of college theatre productions on offer. WilliamsTheatre presents Spanish poet Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece Blood Wedding October 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm and October 17 at 2:30 & 7:30 pm on the CenterStage in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance for just $3 a ticket. In the CenterStage Lobby on October 20-22 at 6 pm the Off Center Series presents artist Marie-Caroline Hominal in “The Triumph of Fame.” And the annual Frosh Revue takes the MainStage October 23 & 24. At MCLA “Dog Sees God” opens October 14 at the Venable Theater; and MCLA Presents! The Discovery Project on October 16 at 7:30 pm in the Church Street Center. Students at Bennington College present “Grimly Handsome” October 9 & 10 at 8 pm in the VAPA Margot Tenney Theater.
Open Studios: Readsboro Glassworks will be welcoming visitors to their studio at 6954 Main Street (Rt. 100) October 3 & 4, from 10 am-5 pm, during the 5th Annual Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend. The resident artists at the Eclipse Mill (243 Union Street/Rt. 2) in North Adams hold their annual Open Studios event October 17 & 18 from 10 am-5 pm.