Start A New Tradition This Thanksgiving Weekend
As you’re enjoying time with friends and family over the weekend, you might find yourself wondering what there is to do away from the dining room table. If getting a jump on holiday shopping is in your plans, then this Saturday, Nov. 26 is the perfect time. It’s Small Business Saturday, but you can “shop small” in our region on Friday and Sunday, too (and beyond) at local fairs, festivals and galleries. If you’d like a night out on the town, we’ve compiled a handful of concerts and performances for you. And our Play & Learn events are a fun way for kids and adults to share magical times together.
View & Shop:
Nov. 25 – 27, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Arts Center The Handmade Holiday Craft & Gift Show is a high-end curated sale of jewelry, quilts, cards, toys, scarves, ceramics, handmade books, art, ornaments, wreaths, edibles and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nov. 25 & 26, Kent Champagne Stroll A weekend of shopping, dining and champagne sipping. Sample 30 champagnes and sparkling wines at 30 shops. Special promotions and appetizers will be offered town-wide. 4-8 p.m.
Nov. 25 – 27, Hudson Basilica Farm + Flea This alternative to “Black Friday” will feature quality products from a diverse group of about 125 regional makers, farmers, chefs and vintage collectors. Fridays hours are 2-9 p.m., with a Black Friday Cocktail Soiree from 5–9 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov. 25 – 27, Poughkeepsie Hudson Valley Art Market at Locust Grove. Shop for fine art and hand-crafted, fairly traded gifts created by Hudson Valley makers. Hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. While you’re there, sign up for a holiday house tour of the historic mansion, which will be festively decorated and feature a special exhibit from the museum collection — antique toys and games. Tours are Friday through Sunday beginning at 10:15 a.m., with the last tour leaving at 3:15 p.m.
Nov. 25 – 27+, Gaylordsville The Christmas Shoppe at the Merwinsville Hotel. Stop by the historic 1843 hotel to revel in the holiday decorations and enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate while you shop for holiday gifts created by local artisans. Also available for purchase: baked goods, Christmas trees, wreaths and other items. The shop will also be open Dec. 2–4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays until 7 p.m.
Nov. 25+, Great Barrington L’Atelier Berkshires The Gift is this new gallery’s 1st annual small works exhibition, where you can find unique and handmade art for holiday gift-giving.
Nov. 25+, West Stockbridge Diana Felber Gallery The gallery’s first-ever Holiday Show will feature paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fine woodwork, furniture, jewelry and other work by 25 different artists. Enjoy a 10-percent discount on everything in the store until Christmas. If you’re in town on Saturday night, stop by the gallery for live bossa nova music with Maya and Vitor from 7–9 p.m.
Nov. 25+, Lenox The Richmond-West Stockbridge Artist’s Guild announces its Holiday Fine Art Show, running from Nov. 25 – Dec. 10 at the Lenox Library’s Welles Gallery. The show will feature paintings, sculpture, pottery and other works by local artists, including many smaller paintings and unframed pieces. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and stay open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Attend the opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 2–5 p.m.
Nov. 25+, Washington Depot Washington Art Association The Holiday Gift Show will showcase unique gifts created by local fine artists and craftspeople, in a wide range of prices. Nov. 25 – Dec. 24.
Nov. 26 & 27+, Lagrangeville Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery The Annual Christmas Fair is your chance to shop the monastery’s organic artisanal vinegars which are the only ones produced in the Hudson Valley following an ancient method. There are currently eight vinegar varieties to choose from, including red wine, white wine, rosé, sherry and honey apple cider. Other products available at the fair include jams, tapenade, sauces, chutney, salsas, soups, dried culinary herbs, crèches from all over the world, Christmas cards and more. The fair continues the following weekend, Dec. 3 & 4. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Play & Learn:
Nov. 25, Millerton Black Friday Celebration The fun begins at 10 a.m. with a free screening of the holiday classic Home Alone, plus treats and giveaways, at The Moviehouse. The Farmers Market will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Millerton Methodist Church, offering kids’ activities, crafts and face painting. The Northeast-Millerton Library will be handing out free books at Memorial Park from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. At noon, enjoy free horse & carriage rides through the village. Mayor Martin Markonic will light the tree at 5 p.m., and the Parade of Lights begins at 5:30 p.m. Afterwards, come to the holiday party with Santa at the Firehouse. Stores will be serving cider, hot chocolate, wine and cookies all day.
Nov. 25–27+, North Adams Berkshire Scenic Railway Christmas Themed Family Train Rides: Take a one-hour, round-trip journey on the Tinseliner while enjoying 1950’s holiday music. Santa Claus will join the crew to visit with each family on the ride back. The train will make a stop for anyone wishing to purchase a Christmas tree from the nonprofit PopCares. Train rides will also be offered on Dec. 3 & 4, 10 & 11 and 17 & 18.
Nov. 25+, Kent Kent Gingerbread Festival starts Nov. 25 and continues through December. Maps to find the houses can be picked up at participating businesses in town. A fun scavenger hunt through town leads to a sweet reward.
Nov. 25, Red Hook Pack Walk Red Hook Public Library hosts its first Black Friday Pack Walk, a family-friendly alternative to shopping. Start at the library and travel through the village. The Dutchess SPCA will bring adoptable dogs and accept donations of items needed at the shelter. Participants are invited to bring their four-legged family members and walk with the group. 11 a.m.
Nov. 25 & 26, Pittsfield Herman Melville’s Arrowhead Candlelight and Chocolate Tour: Experience the house as the Melville family lived it, then enjoy a cider and chocolate reception where you can ask questions to your heart’s content. Reservations required. 7 p.m.
Nov. 25–27+, Rhinebeck Wilderstein Holiday House Tours Florists and designers transform the mansion into a magical holiday wonderland. Tours are self-guided, with a docent in each room to share information and answer questions. Enjoy complimentary hot mulled cider and cookies when you visit.
Nov. 25+, Staatsburg Staatsburgh Gilded Age Christmas The mansion re-opens for the holiday season with tours from 12-4 p.m. (Last entry at 3:30 p.m.) Experience Christmas, Gilded Age style, and be sure to stop by the museum shop, which is full of holiday gifts. Nov. 27 Holiday Whodunit This one-hour, interactive “history mystery” for children and families will take you back over 100 years. Interview the guests and servants (costumed interpreters) in order to solve the mystery. 1-4 p.m. (Last entry at 3:30 p.m.)
Nov. 26, Hudson Olana Beesewax Candle Making: Megan Denver from Hudson Valley Bee Supply will demonstrate the art of making rolled and dipped beeswax candles. 10 a.m.
Watch & Listen:
Nov. 25+, Ghent The Turn of the Scrooge The Ghent Playhouse’s traditional British-American holiday Panto is back with all the familiar characters – and maybe a few new ones – as The Pantaloons put a zany spin on A Christmas Carol.
Nov. 25–27, Egremont The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn The Lucky 5 jazz band will get your feet stomping on Friday beginning at 8 p.m. On Saturday at 8 p.m. (the bar opens at 5 p.m.), you can cut loose again with live music from The Corner Store Antiques. On Sunday, yodel your heart out during karaoke night starting at 7 p.m.
Nov. 25, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre Rev Tor Band & Friends will perform The Last Waltz Live, an all-star re-creation of The Band’s classic concert film. They’ll be joined by a full horn section and a dozen local, regional and national artists for this special community event. 8 p.m.
Nov. 26, Great Barrington Berkshire Bach Society presents Frank Nemhauser conducting a Handel’s Messiah Sing with The Berkshire Bach Players. Bring your own score, or borrow one at the door. First Congregational Church at 4 p.m.
Nov. 26, Hudson Club Helsinki A performance by Woodstock soul-rock artist Simi Stone, who plays violin, guitar and percussion, boasts a versatile voice, and commands the stage like a latter-day Tina Turner. 9 p.m.
Nov. 26, Poughkeepsie HUNG With Care The holiday burlesque spectacular returns to the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center. This year’s show pays homage to the 12 Days of Xmas with a dozen festive (and feisty!) interpretations of the classic holiday carol performed by world-class burlesque stars. 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 26, Norfolk Infinity Hall Judy Collins, beloved folksinger, author and humanitarian, will perform songs from her impressive career that has spanned more than 50 years. 8 p.m.
Nov. 27, Hudson Club Helsinki Wally’s Holiday Follies is a holiday-themed variety show featuring an all-star lineup of regional talent, including pianist Tony Kieraldo, country duo Oxbow Road, Helsinki open-mic co-hosts Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley, and singer-comedian Heather Fisch, hosted by 87-year-old Walter V. Hughes. 6 p.m.