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Lectures and Classes

Saturdays & Sundays, Sheffield Bartholomew’s Cobble Housatonic River Guided Canoe Trips: See great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and more. 9–11 a.m.

Aug. 19, Williamstown Clark Art Institute IS183 presents From Gallery to Landscape: Marilyn Orner Cromwell will give a demonstration and basic instruction on painting techniques. Using watercolor and portable materials, students will create outdoors on the museum campus. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Aug. 19, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef Simple and Spectacular Summer Grilling with Alexandra Stafford. 11 a.m.

Aug. 19, Kent Kent Memorial Library Find Your Wellness Within: Learn to tap into the tools that are there to serve you with Mary Ann Van Valkenburg, a wellness coach, reiki practitioner and owner of Inscape Awareness of Kent. 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 19 & 20, Hudson Drop Forge & Tool Make Your Own Dress Immersion Weekend: Cal Patch will teach you how to draft a pattern for a custom shift dress with sleeves, make a muslin to test the fit, alter the pattern, and sew a dress with an invisible zipper.

Aug. 19 & 20, Hyde Park Winnakee Nature Preserve Invasive Species BioBlitz Weekend: participate in bird walks and plant surveys, and view and learn about turtles, raptors and other birds. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Aug. 19 & 20, Stockbridge Chesterwood IS183 presents The Figure in the Landscape with Bill Wright. Photograph figures using classic portrait setups, styling and natural lighting approaches to create distinctly contemporary, posed images which convey timeless physical elements.

Aug. 20, Sharon Audubon Sharon Wild Mushroom Walk: David Paton will lead a walk and show how to identify some of the local fungi, including edibles and medicinal mushrooms, as well as the dangerous poisonous varieties. 10 a.m.

Aug. 20, Washington Conversations on the Green “Trumponomics: Boom or Bust? How Politics Will Affect Your Money,” a conversation with David Stockman, former Reagan budget director, and Jonathan Alter, a historian, columnist and TV analyst. St. John’s Church, 3 p.m.

Aug. 21, Millerton The Moviehouse A screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, followed by a post-screening audience discussion with climate change historian, author and documentary filmmaker Jeremy Brecher. 4:20 p.m.

Aug. 22, Lenox Ventfort Hall Tea & Talk: Historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder will give the talk “Friends and Fireworks: Edith Wharton Enters Berkshire Society,” followed by a Victorian tea. 4 p.m.

Aug. 23, Millerton The Moviehouse A screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, followed by a post-screening audience discussion with Tim Abbot, Regional Land Conservation Director with the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and Director of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative. 4:20 p.m.

Aug. 24, Millerton The Moviehouse A screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, followed by a post-screening audience discussion with Steve Rosenberg, Senior Vice-President of Scenic Hudson & Executive Director of The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, and Nava Tabak, Acting Director of Science, Climate and Stewardship, Scenic Hudson. 7:20 p.m.

Aug. 24, Germantown Germantown Library Forest Ranger H. Knick Staley will offer a presentation about the history the Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck. This is the first in a series of educational talks about the forests of the Hudson Valley. 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 25–27, New Lebanon The Abode of the Message Renowned rabbinic pastor Eve Ilsen will host a weekend retreat entitled “The World of Kabbalah from the Inside,” which will include will include Shabbat celebrations, singing, eating, dancing, storytelling and more.

Aug. 26, Stockbridge Citizens’ Hall IS183 presents Ready, Set, Sew: Your Brand New Bag. Learn the basic techniques and more advanced variations of sewing different styles of bags—from pockets and linings, to straps, zippers and hardware. 10 a.m. –  4 p.m.

Aug. 26, Stockbridge Chesterwood Artists Brian Kane and Michael Oatman will discuss the sometimes hilarious, sometimes frustrating process that led to the creation of “The 8th Wonder” – their inflatable sculpture on display now at Chesterwood. 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 27, Hudson Drop Forge & Tool Carve This: The Fundamentals of Carving a Wooden Spoon: Rowland Butler will teach the basics of wood identification, as well as the layout, carving and finishing of a hardwood spoon. 10 a.m.

Aug. 29, Lenox Ventfort Hall Tea & Talk: Master Restorer Frank MacGruer will discuss “Antique Furniture. Use, Care & Restoration. Surface, Substance & Science.” He will take on the subject with photographs of repair work in progress, before and after restoration work, examples of finish problems and solutions, maintenance products and tools of the trade. 4 p.m.

Sept. 2, Amenia Wethersfield Garden Artist Eileen Murphy will offer an outdoor painting workshop. Open to all levels. 1–5 p.m.

Sept. 5, Lenox Ventfort Hall Tea & Talk: Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ, will give the talk “Elegance and Aspiration: Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age,” followed by a Victorian tea. 4 p.m.

Sept. 8, Stockbridge Citizens’ Hall IS183 Arts Night Out: Make a Beer Stein. Mold a stein from clay, learn how to make and connect a body and handle, then personalize your stein with designs or markings. It’ll be glazed, fired and ready for pickup about a week after the workshop ends. 7–9 p.m.

Sept. 9, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden Fall Hive Management: Join Mass. state beekeeper Ken Warchol for an in-depth program on fall hive management of honeybees. This lecture/demonstration will focus on how to prepare your beehives to survive the winter including hive preparation, feeding and pest control. 10 a.m.

Sept. 9, Stockbridge ChesterwoodArtist Amy Podmore will discuss the development and fabrication processes involved in the making of “WHIPLASH,” her work included in this year’s contemporary sculpture exhibition at Chesterwood. 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 9, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef Seasonal Pie and Tart Baking with Louise Roback. 2 p.m.

Sept. 9 & 10, Hudson Inky Editions Autobiographical Zines: In this 2-day workshop, participants will make a few different kinds of zines that they will collage, draw, stamp, write or print on. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sept. 16, Hudson Drop Forge & Tool Net Bag Workshop: Sarah Pedlow of ThreadWritten Textiles will show how, using a shuttle and paracord, to make the basic knots to make a net bag. 10 a.m.

Sept. 16, Pine Plains Pine Plains Library Women on Wheels Lecture: Professor Ellen Gruber Garvey will discuss how Gilded Age women found freedom through bicycling, fought against people who tried to stop them, and why it matters today. 3 p.m.

Sept. 17, Poughkeepsie Barrett Art Center Tea & Talk with Eleanor Charwat, author of Bootlegging in the Hudson Valley. 1 p.m.

Sept. 17, Adams Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock Writing from the Summit: Seeing Through Eagle Eyes, a writing workshop with Jennifer Browdy. 1 p.m.

Sept. 23 & 24, Hudson Inky Editions Carborundum Aquatint & Multi-plate Color Printing: In this 2-day intensive workshop, participants will work on two 8"x10” plexi plates, using drypoint techniques to incise marks onto the plastic. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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