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

September 22nd, 2009, 9:34 am by Sara

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:

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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.

2 thoughts on “Hanging Out at Third Thursday, Pittsfield, 9/17/09 (Part 1)”

  1. 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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