An American story
PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield native and St. Joe grad, Dr. Peter Drennan will appear at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., for a book talk and signing, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. His book, "Sixteen: An American Story," describes a boy’s encounter with the great game of hockey.
The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum invite the public to meet the author, greet an old friend, or celebrate growing up an athlete in America at this free event. For info: 413-499-9480.
Worster at NLL
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Berkshire musician Linda Worster will perform at the New Lebanon Library on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome and the event is free, although donations for the performer are welcome.
Singer/songwriter Worster has toured as a solo musician throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey, performing in many coffeehouses, colleges, churches, healing centers, cafés, and clubs.
She has opened for many well-known artists including Livingston Taylor, Harry Chapin, Paul Stookey, Leo Kotke, David Bromberg, Bill Staines, Dave Mallett, Jonathan Edwards, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal.
Her blend of folk covers and uplifting original music proclaim the joy of living and explore the struggle of inner discovery.
The New Lebanon Library is located at 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., just north of the yellow blinking light.
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Great Barrington Historical Society members will offer home-baked cookies for sale, along with 2013 calendars featuring historic photos, at the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce’s downtown Holiday Stroll Saturday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Members are asked to drop off contributed cookies on Dec. 6 and 7 at Housatonic Water, 80 Maple Ave. where they will be arranged and wrapped. Volunteers are needed to help sell the cookies on Saturday, at the GBHS table in front of the Red Door, 3 Railroad St.
This year’s calendar features photos of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds taken by Marie Tassone throughout her 50-year career as local photographer. The calendar is $20, or $23 if it is to be mailed.
For more info: gbhistory.org, 413-528-1780.
‘Seven Joys of Christmas’
STOCKBRIDGE -- The Stockbridge Festival Chorus will present its annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge. The centerpiece of the performance is Kirke Mechem’s "Seven Joys of Christmas," composed in 1964, which is a sequence of carols from around the world. Other selections in the concert include carols and anthems by John Rutter, Peter Cornelius, Howard Helvey, Herbert Howells, John Gardner and Tom Fettke.
The 60-voice choir is conducted by Tracy Wilson. The concert will be accompanied by Lee Dixon, rehearsal accompanist, on piano, with Rev. Tim Weisman on organ. Soloists from within the choir are Paula Nuss, alto, and Fran Stone, baritone. Special guest soprano is 13-year-old Noah Pott.
Admission to the concert is $15 for adults; children are free. There is a reception following the concert to greet the singers. The church is located at 4 Main St., and is handicapped accessible. For more info: 413-298-3137.
PITTSFIELD -- The Town Players of Pittsfield will hold auditions for the play, "Mass Appeal" written by Bill Davis, a playwright originally from the Berkshires. This comedy-drama, directed by Melanie Rivers, is a two-character play that focuses on the conflict of a complacent Roman Catholic priest and an eager and idealistic young deacon who is assigned to his parish.
The cast requires two men, one in his 50s or 60s and a younger man about 20 to 30 years old.
The auditions will be held at Morningside Community School on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Performance dates are Jan. 25, 26, 27 and Feb. 1 and 2.
Arrowhead winter hours
PITTSFIELD -- Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, the site where Moby-Dick was written, will be open to the public for tours on weekends from now through Jan. 13, 2013.
The hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with tours on the hour at 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
The gift shop has been moved into the house for the winter season and has wonderful stocking stuffers and gifts available. Arrowhead is at 780 Holmes Road. For info: mobydick.org, 413-442-1793x10.
Rev Tor at NLL
NEW LEBANON -- Berkshire musician Tor Krautter will perform at the New Lebanon Library Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. With the use of a looping unit, Rev Tor creates tasty yet infectious grooves and performs a large repertoire of well crafted original tunes and classic rock/folk covers.
Krautter (a.k.a. Rev Tor) is best known as front man for the popular Rev Tor Band. Since the early ‘90s he has been a powerful presence on the east coast club and festival circuit, performing in venues from Maine to Florida. Rev Tor has worked with members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Allman Brothers, and New Riders Of The Purple Sage and has performed at concerts with The Jerry Garcia Band, Los Lobos, and Leon Russell, and has toured regularly with Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten.
This event is free and open to the public. The New Lebanon Library is located at 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., just north of the yellow blinking light. For more info: 518-794-8844.