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:
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”:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
Tags: ArtonNo, Ben Karis-Nix, Chris and Woody and Steve, Colwell, Jean Fink, Joshua McHugh, Laurie Coyle, Lynette Cornwell, Mission Tapas Bar, Pittsfield, Sherry Pease, Taft Farm, Third Thursday, Unfulfilled Desires