The 413: Celebrate your Valentine with love-themed fun in the Berkshires
There are plenty of options in the Berkshires to wine and dine, but here's a fabulous list of Valentine's-themed happenings, from dance parties to partner yoga, clowning to concerts, story slams to a lecture on the sex life of plants. Be the love, feel the love, share the love and have loads of fun.
- Adams Ale House, 8 East Hoosac St., Adams, invites you to a Valentine's Bash, starting at 9 p.m., with DJ Keo Beatz. Whether you're "happily taken" or "single and ready to mingle," the hosts say you should be 21 or older, dress to impress and be ready to dance the night away.
- Love Jam II invites you to "get your swerve on" with a double bill of Misty Blues and the Riverside Bros. (Ed Moran and Stan Pyrzanowski), starting at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of the Berkshire Crowne Plaza, 1 West St., Pittsfield. Special guests include: Tyler Fairbank, Wendy Walz, Matt Berger, Bill Patriquin Sr., Rebecca Mattson, Derrick Rodgers, Diego Mongue, Seven Noel and more. Get tickets, $10 at https://squareup.com/store/misty-blues/item/love-jam-ii-1 or contact a band member.
- The First Baptist Church of North Adams, will host its second annual Valentine's Dinner Dance from 6 to 10 p.m., at the North Adams Eagles No. 310, 515 Curran Highway. Tickets are $35 per couple, $20 per person, and include a catered dinner buffet, deejay and dancing, a photo booth, and fun surprises. Call 413-663-3780 for reservations.
- Resident pianist Kar n Tchougourian will serenade Blantyre's Valentine Dinner patrons throughout the evening at 16 Blantyre Road, Lenox. Call 413-637-3556, for reservations and lodging details for their sweetheart-themed weekend. Dinner is $165 per person, plus 18 percent Household Fee and 7 percent tax.
- Berkcirque, 115 Gas House Lane (just off Main Street), Great Barrington, will host, "A Dozen Red Noses: A Valentine Playdate." From 1 to 5 p.m., participants will learn the "art and mystery of human fumbling" through clowning techniques led by Laura Geilen of Nose to Nose of North America. It's $50 for the workshop, which will surely induce laughter and a love of life. Register at berkcirque.com/store/foolsweare.
- Radiance Yoga, 401 North St., Pittsfield, will host a "Valentine's Partner Yoga & Thai Massage," workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Advance rate is $50 per couple, or $60 per couple the day of, and promises "yoga, massage, relaxation and chocolate," catered by instructor couple Gillian and Karden. Register at http://bit.ly/2kxFgC5.
- The Tavern at the A, 303 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, is teaming up with house favorites License to Groove, to offer a Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance Party, celebrating the band's one-year anniversary. There will be a dinner buffet, photo booth, festive decorations and, of course, music and dancing for $25 per person, or $5 for the dance party only. Doors open at 6 p.m., buffet opens at 7, and dancing starts around 9.
- The Downtown Pub, 1 West St. (below the Crowne Plaza), Pittsfield will host a Valentine's Black and Red-themed party, starting at 9:30 p.m. There will be roses for the first 25 ladies through the door. Black and red attire requested. There will be a photographer on site, with the option to purchase professional photos. There will also be appetizers and a raffle to win a Victoria's Secret gift card. And of course, there will be music, with DJ Mr. 413 at the turntables, mixing reggaeton, Top 40 mashups, and much more. There's a $10 cover for singles, and $14 for couples.
- "As Time Goes By: A Valentine's Cabaret," will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Berkshire Music School's Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Your $20 ticket includes performances by locally based professional vocalists Christine Enderle and Steve Hassmer, with Jacob Fennell at the piano, as well as a glass of wine and something sweet to eat. Reserve your spot at 413-281-6571 or via paypal.me/CEnderle or https://astimegoesby.ticketleap.com/tix. Cash or check payments will also be accepted at the door.
- Bounti-Fare, 200 Howland Ave., Adams, will host a Valentine's Dinner Dance with Phil N The Void, at $25 per person. Appetizers and cocktail hour begin at 6 p.m., a dinner buffet opens at 7, and dancing and music will start around 8:30. Call 413-743-0193 for details.
- Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery will present a "Full Moon Trek & Bonfire," featuring live music and wine tasting. Guide Holly Brouker at 6:30 p.m. will lead the group — must be 21 and older — on an interactive hike, followed by a bonfire and festivities. Be prepared to be outdoors. The cost is $14 per person. Register at hilltoporchards.com/full-moon-hikes.html.
- A Valentine's Tango will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., at The Funk Box Studio, 307 North St., Pittsfield. Tickets range from $14 per person to $22 per couple, available through facebook.com/thefunkboxstudio.
- Known county-wide for their joy of singing and led by conductor Paula Nuss and accompanist Aurora Cooper, the 35-member Berkshire Concert Choir will perform at 3 p.m., a "Valentine's Day: Boy Meets Girl" program at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker St. in Lenox. A cake and coffee reception will follow. The group will sing a range of songs including Three Folk Songs by Brahms, "Estudiantina" by Paul Lacombe, "The Longest Time" and "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel, "You're Just in Love" by Irving Berlin, and many more styles and variations. Tickets are $22 and can be reserved by calling 413-637-3206 or via email@example.com.
- Bring your beloved to The Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, for an early celebration of Valentine's Day for all ages. There will be brunch offerings at 10 a.m. and again at 11:45 a.m.; a cappella music performed by Williams College groups The Ephlats and The Springstreeters at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., A screening of "Rom o et Juliette" from "The Met: Live in HD" series at 1 p.m. (tickets $18-$25); and activities throughout the day such a love letter writing, a scavenger hunt and Goddess of Love photo booth. Get all the details a clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524.
- The Egremont Barn, 17 Main St., South Egremont, is hosting at 5 p.m., a "Show Your Love for the ACLU" Valentine's Dance Party with DJ BFG, featuring a story slam set on "date" stories. There will also be a Lonely Hearts Bake Sale and Berkshire Photobooth. Admission is $10 per person, and all proceeds benefit the ACLU.
- Learn about "The Secret Sex Life of Plants," from 2 to 4 p.m., at Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield. This talk will explore asexual to self-pollinating plants in a fun and lively manner. Cost is $15 general admission. Info: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY: VALENTINE'S DAY
- Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor, will host "Snowshoes, Beer & Chocolate: Oh My!" from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy an early evening, self-guided snowshoe on the trails, followed by a cozy evening in the warmth of the visitor center and a curated tasting of beer and chocolate pairings. Cost is $20 general admission, and reservations are required: 413-628-4485, ext. 3 or email@example.com.
- Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183 in Stockbridge, will host "Norman Rockwell's Odes to Love," at 2 p.m. This Valentine's Day tea and talk with Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett will explore Norman Rockwell's romantic images. Sweet and savory treats will be served. Cost included with museum admission.
- Mission Bar & Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield, at 7 p.m. will celebrate Valentine's Day with The Kyle Murray Trio.
- Shakespeare & Company will present "Lovers' Spat — Shakespeare's Famous Couple's Encounters" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. Directed by Artistic Director Allyn Burrows, performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Tickets are $25 general admission; $10 for students, available at shakespeare.org or 413-637-3353.
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