Glück at Williams College
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Louise Glück will give a poetry reading at Williams College on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m., in the Paresky Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Glück was appointed the U. S. Poet Laureate from 2003-04, succeeding Billy Collins. Glück won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for her collection, "The Wild Iris." She lives in Cambridge and was previously a senior lecturer in English at Williams College. Glück now teaches at Yale University and in the creative writing program at Boston University. She has also been a member of the faculty of the University of Iowa and has taught at Goddard College in Vermont. For more information: 413-597-4277.
Hopkins Forest Fall Festival
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Hopkins Forest will host its annual Fall Festival from 1 to 4 p. m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. This celebration of the fall season will take place within Hopkins Forest, located at the junction of Northwest Hill Road and Bulkley Street. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. The annual event features music, apple butter and cider production, traditional woodworking demonstrations, a canopy walkway, children’s activities and refreshments. A barnwright will demonstrate the craft of shaving pegs, a process used in traditional barn construction. Other hands-on activities will include cross-cut saw competitions and shake-splitting.
Shorts & Shots
WILLIAMSTOWN - Celebrating its 14th season next month, the Williamstown Film Festival is teaming up with The Purple Pub to offer hit shorts from past WFF seasons (including several Academy Award winners) along with drinks and dinner. The kick off is Sept. 20, and will be held every Thursday night.
"People will get to see two or three terrific shorts every Thursday at 7 p.m., a half-hour’s worth," said WFF executive director Steve Lawson. "We’re grateful the Pub was so open to this idea. Ideally, ‘Shorts & Shots’ will be a nice lead in to the Festival and also a way to attract a new audience which hasn’t experienced WFF yet."
For the first time since 2000, the Williamstown Film Festival will take place over a single week, from Oct. 17-21. Info: williamstownfilm
Mt. Greylock Star Party
ADAMS - View the stars from the summit of Mount Greylock on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The program is free, appropriate for all ages and cancelled only if there is heavy cloud cover or rain. Participants should wear warm clothing for chilly evening temperatures after sunset. A flashlight is recommended for walking the summit paths to the stargazing location. Meet on the summit near the War Memorial Tower. For more info: amherstastronomy.org.
Hike for Mike!
N. ADAMS -- The second annual "Hike 4 Mike!" will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. The hike will start at the Bernard Farm Trail Gate on Notch Road in North Adams. Parking is available at the entrance to the trail. Participants are encouraged to wear hiking boots or sneakers and to bring their own water and a snack.
Mike Grogan, who passed away in 2011, was a co-founder of Mill City Productions and directed and acted in many of the company’s shows. He also taught theater in the North Adams Public School’s After School Program as well as at the Barrington Stage Company.
To register or for more information: millcityproductions.org.
Civil War-era college grads
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The lives of three Civil War-era Williams College graduates will be detailed in a free lecture at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Williamstown Historical Museum.
Local historian Dusty Griffin, who retired in 2009 after 40 years of teaching English literature at the University of California at Berkeley and New York University, will highlight the careers of James A. Garfield, Ranald Slidell Mackenzie and Samuel Chapman Armstrong. All three rose to the rank of general during the Civil War.
Garfield went on to become the 20th president of the United States; Mackenzie acquired a reputation as perhaps the best "Indian fighter" on the western frontier in the 1870s; and Armstrong served as the founding head of what became Hampton University, one of the earliest historically black colleges in the country.
The lecture is the first in the museum’s 2012-13 series. Griffin has previously given talks on subjects including "The History of Flora’s Glen" and "From the Hoosic to the Ohio: The Cincinnati Connection." He is the curator of the museum’s current exhibit, "Williamstown in the Civil War," which closes Sept. 22.
The WHM is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment: 413-458-2160. For more information: williamstownhistory.com.
Cellist tackles three centuries
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music presents cellist Ronald Feldman on Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. This free event is open to the public.
Feldman presents three centuries of cello literature, from the Baroque to the modern and back again, starting with Bach, ending with Franck and covering some very challenging ground in between. Joined by Doris Stevenson on piano, Feldman begins the program with Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027. Originally written for the gamba, a relative of the cello which might have been considered archaic even in the 18th century, the piece has survived splendidly in the modern cello repertoire.
Feldman is the artist in residence in orchestral/instrumental music and coordinator of student string chamber music at Williams College. After a long career in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section starting in 1967 at the age of 19, Feldman has gone on to receive critical acclaim for a wide variety of musical achievements. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive in Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. For more information: music.williams.edu, 413-597-3146 or williams.edu/home/campusmap.