Free Festivals: Bring the Kids!
This weekend, two venerable cultural institutions—the 80-year Berkshire Theatre Festival and the 78-year Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival—are hosting free, family-oriented open houses to engage and encourage the support of future generations.
On Friday August 15, from 11 AM to 3 PM, for Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge is offering a performance of Around the World in 80 Days (above) at 11 AM and a musical preview of Oliver! at 1 PM for its free Community Festival Day. There will also be a Costume Shop Tag Sale, a child-friendly auction, and the de rigueur face painting, popcorn and balloons as well as a barbecue lunch provide by Route 7 Grill.
On Saturday August 16, from 11 AM to 4 PM, for its 3rd annual Free Family Festival, the Music Mountain campus in Falls Village will abound with musicians, dancers, mimes, storytellers and puppets, including marionettes and the life-size creations of Mortal Beasts & Deities (above.) There will be continuous performances in historic Gordon Hall, including the Bergonzi String Quartet at 2 PM, which will play their unique interpretation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics and blankets. There will also hamburgers and hot dogs for sale by the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department.