Things to do this week Puppets, magic and snowshoeing
"Cartooning and Animation with Illustrator Scott Lincoln," will continue to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. daily, through Friday, at the Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road (Route 183) in Stockbridge. Lincoln will be on hand to help you develop your own characters and story lines during this week of drop-in art activities inspired by the exhibition "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning." This program is free for museum members, or included with museum admission ($6-$18). Info: 413-931-2221 or nrm.org.
Have a good idea? Want to get that idea or project funded? Applications are due Jan. 8, for the next 1Berkshire Pitch Competition. The competition itself will take place on Feb. 15, at The Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., in Dalton. 1Berkshire will also hold a Pitch Camp on Jan. 18 to coach entrepreneurs in pitching their ideas to investors. To apply for the competition and learn more, visit 1berkshire.com/innovate/berkshire-starts/pitch-competitions.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker St., in Lenox, will offer two special events this week.
On Wednesday and Friday, at 3:30 p.m., puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to charm all ages with the classic fairytale, "Jack and the Beanstalk." Holiday refreshments will follow. Admission to the show is $15 per person, $7 for children 4 to 12, free for ages 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults.
Then on Thursday and Saturday, at 3 p.m., patrons can step back in time to Christmas, 1894, with Mrs. George Morgan, also known as Sarah (portrayed by Anne Undeland). She will host a holiday tea and enlighten guests about the grand manse, the staff, its families, the Victorian era and Gilded Age. Tickets for "Christmas Tea with Mrs. Morgan" are $35 per person.
Reservations must be made for both events, by calling 413-637-3206. Learn more at gildedage.org.
Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., in Pittsfield has lots of offerings this week.
"Holiday Electronics Camp," runs from 9 a.m. to noon today and again on Wednesday. Campers will learn how to wire and assemble their own colorful LED light-up decorations. Space is limited to 10 campers in grades 3 to 6, who should register by calling 413-443-7171, ext. 360. Camp cost is $30 general admission.
Berkshire Children's Theater presents "Madagascar - A Musical Adventure" at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, based on the DreamWorks animated film. General admission tickets are $15 per adult, $8 per child.
The week concludes with "New Year's Eve Magic Show: The Nerd Magician," at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Learn more about the pop culture-filled act at facebook.com/nerdmagician. General admission tickets are $15 per adult, $8 per child.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., in Williamstown, will host a variety of activities this week.
From 1 to 4 p.m., daily, now through Friday, stop by to learn to snowshoe and warm up with a mug of hot cocoa. Explore the galleries with the help of complimentary drawing pads and Looking Closely cards. Visit the open studio to make a snow globe and decorate a traditional Japanese Daruma doll to help you set goals for the New Year. All activities are free; complimentary admission is provided to one adult per child participating in the activities.
On Friday at 11 a.m., "Kids Can Cook!" will be offered with STARR Executive Chef Dan Hardy. Kids will make their own pasta for a spaghetti lunch. Recommended for ages 5-10. Cost is $35, and includes class, lunch, and a take-home goodie bag. Reservations are required via clarkart.edu or calling 413-458-0524.
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