Hanging Out at Third Thursday, Pittsfield, 9/17/09 (Part 1)

We finally made it to the Pittsfield Third Thursday festivities last week, and we’re kicking ourselves for waiting for so long. Craftspeople, farms stands, food vendors, art, live music, a costume contest and more, all on an easy stroll up and down North Street.

Here’s some of what we saw:

The Taft Farm’s glowing organic raspberries and pumpkins:

The Taft Farm's raspberries and pumpkins

Laurie Coyle’s whimsical fiber sculptures and paintings:


Chris and Woody And Steve under the Capitol marquee, performing the thoroughly unexpected bluegrass version of the “Theme from the Addams Family”:

Chris and Woody and Steve under the Capitol marquee

Novel Idea Book Purses by Lynette Cornwell put a new spin on the words “book bag”:


Postmodern one-man-band Ben Karis-Nix at Palace Park:

Ben Karis-Nix at Palace Park

At ArtOnNo Artist Studios, a co-op of studios housing all manner of artists, we admired Joshua McHugh’s vibrant and sure-handed collage, entitled Pesca:


Jean Fink’s soft and cuddly Woolart, “all manner of woolishness pursued with reckless joy and wild abandon in the Berkshires”:


An escapee from the aquatic costume contest:


Jazz-funk wizards Unfulfilled Desires at Crowne Plaza:

Jazz combo Unfulfilled Desires at Crowne Plaza

Sherry Pease’s charming “Castor Bean” birdbaths:


We stopped at the Mission Tapas Bar to sit down for a bit. Greg had the Gonzo Porter (good but a little heavy) I had the Chimay (a complex Belgian style beer that was very spicy and fruity.) Wow, this photo is a bit blurry, isn’t it? That Chimay packs a wallop.


Colwell (formerly Hector on Stilts) hook-filled rock and pop at Palace Park:

Colwell (formerly Hector on Stilts) performing at Palace Park

There’s one more Third Thursday this year, on October 15, with a theme of “Jazzing Up the Streets” and trick or treating for kids in costume from 4-6pm.

For more info on upcoming events in Pittsfield, check out Cultural Pittsfield and Pittsfield Contemporary.

And check back tomorrow for Part 2 of our Pittsfield sojourn, when we take a look at the artistic jewel of Pittsfield, the Leslie Ferrin Gallery.

  1. Megan Whilden says

    Thanks so much for coming to visit! I can’t believe I missed the bluegrass version of the Adams Family theme! Hope to see you here next month — October 15, for the final 3rd.Thursdays of the year…

  2. Sara says

    Thanks, Megan. We’re glad to see Pittsfield is undergoing a renaissance, and plan to make it a regular stop in our travels.

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