The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn.

American Mural Project, 90 Whiting St., Winsted, Conn. 

Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram, N.Y. 

Aston Magna Music Festival, 

Bantam Cinema & Arts Center, 115 Bantam Lake Rd. Bantam, Conn. 

Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass. 

Barrington Stage Company, 122 North St., Pittsfield, Mass. 

Berkshire Bach Society, Great Barrington, Mass. 
BACH AT NEW YEAR’S: A VERY BAROQUE CELEBRATION (at the Mahaiwe), Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass. 

Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Pittsfield, Mass. 

Berkshire Museum, 39 South St. (Route 7), Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Concert Choir, Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m.

Berkshire Theatre Group,

Be Well Community Yoga, 91 Main St., Canaan, Conn. 

Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road, Monterey, Mass. 

Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St., Sheffield, Mass. 

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, N.Y. 

The Center on Main, 103 Main St., Falls Village, Conn. 
Twelve Moons Coffee House, first Saturdays of the month, 7 p.m.

Christ Church Episcopal, 9 South Main St., Sharon, Conn.

Christ Trinity Church, 180 Main St., Sheffield, Mass. 


The Clark Art Museum, 225 South St., Williamstown, Mass.
Music at the Manton: Aaron Dilloway, Dec. 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Claverack Free Library, 629 NY-23B, Claverack, N.Y.

Close Encounters With Music, Great Barrington, Mass.

Club Getaway, 59 South Kent Road, Kent, Conn. 

Colonial Theatre, 27 Railroad St., Canaan, Conn.

The Congregational Church of Salisbury, 30 Main St., Salisbury, Conn. 

Copake Grange, 628 Empire Road, Copake, N.Y.

Cornwall Historical Society, 7 Pine St., Cornwall, Conn.

Crescendo, Lakeville, Conn.
Crescendo Holiday Concerts: Carols for the Earth, Dec. 16 at St. Paul's Church in Stockbridge, Mass., 4 p.m., Dec. 17 at Trinity Church in Lakeville, Conn., 4 p.m.

The Egremont Barn, 17 Main St., South Egremont, Mass. 
Open Mic Wednesday, Wednesdays, 6 to 10 p.m.

Karaoke, Sundays, 7 to 10 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Sheffield, 125 Main St., Sheffield, Mass. 

Fisher Center at Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

The Four Nations Ensemble, Hudson, N.Y. 

Great Barrington Libraries, Great Barrington, Mass. 

Great Falls Brewing Company, 1 Railroad Plaza, Canaan, Conn. 

The Guthrie Center, 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, Mass. 

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass. 

The Harp Guitar Gathering, 22 Old Route 7, West Cornwall, Conn. 

Hotchkiss Arts, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, Conn. 

Hudson Hall, 327 Warren St, Hudson, N.Y. 
Hudson Community Choir, Thursdays Oct. 5 to Dec. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, Conn. 

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, 20 Greenwoods Road West, Norfolk, Conn. 

Innisfree Garden, 362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, N.Y. 

Jams in the Hamlet, Hillsdale Park, Hillsdale, N.Y. 

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, Pittsfield, Mass. 

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, 1 Green Hill Road, Washington, Conn. 
Hootenanny!, second Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, 120 Broadway, Tivoli, N.Y. 
Holidelic, Dec. 8 to 16.

Kent Barns, Kent, Conn. 

The Kent Singers, Kent, Conn. 

Litchfield County Choral 

Litchfield Jazz Fest, Litchfield, Conn. 

Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 NY-203, Chatham, N.Y. 

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.

MASS MoCA, 1320 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.

Millbrook Arts Group, Millbrook, N.Y. 

Millbrook Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook, N.Y. 

Millerton Methodist Church, 6 Dutchess Ave., Millerton, N.Y. 

The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass.

The Moviehouse, 48 Main St., Millerton, N.Y. 

Music Cellar Millerton, 14 Main St., Millerton, N.Y.
Toddler Jam, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. 

Charlie Keil hosts Drum Circle, Sundays, 3 p.m.

Brass Band, Sundays, 4 p.m.

The Music Lab, 97 B Main St., North Canaan, Conn. 
ACOUSTIC NITE LIVE, every Thursday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE: SALES, MUSIC & MORE, second Saturday of every month.

Music Mountain, 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, Conn. 

New Marlborough Meeting House, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough, Mass. 

Noble Horizons, 17 Cobble Road, Salisbury, Conn. 

Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East, Norfolk, Conn. 

NorthEast-Millerton Library, 75 Main St., Millerton N.Y. 

Pawling Concert Series, Pawling, N.Y. 

PS21 Chatham, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.
Solstices (in complete darkness), Dec. 21, 4:26 p.m.

Race Brook Lodge, 864 Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Mass. 

Roeliff Jansen Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y. 

Salisbury Association, Salisbury, Conn.

St. Andrew's Parish, ​1 North Main St., Kent, Conn. ​

Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Main St., Salisbury, Conn. 

Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass.

Sharon Playhouse, 49 Amenia Road, Sharon, Conn. 

Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Sherman, Conn. 

The Smithfield Church, 656 Smithfield Valley Road, Amenia, N.Y. 

Spencertown Academy Arts, 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.

Stanford Free Library, 6035 Route 82, Stanfordville, N.Y. 

The Stissing Center, 2950 Church St., Pine Plains, N.Y.

Torrington Symphony Orchestra, Torrington, Conn. 

Town of Norfolk,

Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, N.Y. and Saugerties, N.Y. 

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Guilded Age Museum, 104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass. 

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford, Conn.
Music in the Galleries with Katie Kennedy, Dec. 16, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Warner Theatre, 68 Main St., Torrington, Conn.

West Stockbridge Historical Society, West Stockbridge, Mass. 

Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, 28 Tinker St., Woodstock, N.Y. 

The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Road, Wassaic, N.Y. 

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