FREE EVENT

Community Day

Join us for our first-ever, FREE Community Day!

Enjoy the beauty of our 33-acre Lenox campus as we celebrate and showcase nonprofit organizations from across Berkshire County, including Ventfort Hall, Lenox Library, Drag Story Hour Berkshires, and more. From resources to games, food trucks to live music, there’ll be something for everyone.

View our Campus Map and Schedule of Events!

 

FOOD TRUCKS
La Chalupa y la Enchilada, BB’s Hotspot, Charlie’s Bistro Bus, & Krispy Kone


Events Include

TINA PACKER PLAYHOUSE PROMENADE

Greeting table, Shakespeare & Company information,

“Spill the Tea like it’s 1893” with Ventfort Hall,

Volunteer Table

* in case of bad weather, this will be inside the lobby

TINA PACKER PLAYHOUSE (INSIDE)

Lobby: Box Office, Gift Shop, Concessions, Restrooms

Theater:

1:00pm: Speak What We Feel Documentary showing

1:30pm: Speak What We Feel Documentary showing

with Q&A afterward

1:45pm: Costume dress-up party & photo booth

ROMAN GARDEN THEATRE

11:00am: Field Day games

12:00pm: Air Broadsword class and demonstration

(for all ages)!

2:30pm: Field Day games

* in case of bad weather, Broadswords will be in the TPP theater

ARTHUR S. WALDSTEIN AMPHITHEATRE

11:00am: Behind the Curtain talk with Ann Berman

and Govane Lohbauer

1:00pm: Eagles Band Trombone Ensemble

2:00pm: Behind the Curtain talk with Ann Berman

and James Warwick

3:00pm: The Warblers

* in case of bad weather, events will be under the TPP tent

ROSE FOOTPRINT THEATRE

11:00am: Face Painting

11:00am-1:30pm: Arts & Crafts – “Lions & Roses”

S&CO FIELD

Bouncy House (parental supervision required), dunk

tank, and booths showcasing local and regional nonprofit

organizations & community members!

CHP Mobile Health Unit

Attending Nonprofits

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides tax assistance to anyone, free of charge, with a focus on taxpayers who are over 50 and have low to moderate income. Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Our volunteers are IRS-certified every year, so they understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. As an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer, you’ll receive training and support, learn new skills, and connect with people in your community while helping others. We're looking for volunteers for a variety of roles. You can have fun and feel good knowing you're making a positive impact with a team of volunteers.

Berkshire Center for Justice
Berkshire Center for Justice

Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc., a nonprofit, charitable, public interest organization was founded in 2006 by Attorney, Eve Schatz. As of mid-2017, we’ve served over 3,200 clients and their families, in a wide variety of legal and social issues. Her vision to create a legal/ social/community program that was user-friendly and never turned anyone away was clear and made her a pioneer in the field. When BCJ was founded, social service organizations didn’t address legal issues. Lawyers didn’t address social and community needs. Recognizing that legal, social, and community issues are inseparable, the Berkshire Center for Justice was designed with this in mind. Bridging and addressing this trinity of issues together profoundly benefits clients while strengthening the community. BCJ helps Berkshire County residents who are experiencing very real barriers to accessing the civil legal counsel they need and deserve by holding weekly free legal clinics, providing sliding-scale direct legal services, teaching clients how to self-advocate where appropriate in the legal system, offering community education programs, conducting interviews, and speaking publicly about the ways law and social issues interface. By networking intimately throughout the community and listening closely to client needs, BCJ is positioned to collaborate with existing health, educational, housing, domestic violence, and women’s organizations to identify gaps in services and help fill those needs without duplicating services. These collaborations allow those with expertise on various legal and social issues to work together, all in greater service to the community. We have 24 attorneys, two accountants, and two mediators, who volunteer pro bono and reduced-fee professional services to BCJ clients. We’ve helped people across a range of issues, including single mothers avoiding eviction, elders recovering money from insurance companies, and entrepreneurs getting the legal and zoning support they need to develop their new businesses.

Berkshire Pride
Berkshire Pride

Berkshire Pride's mission is to provide safe spaces and events where LGBTQIA+ community members can live and thrive as their authentic selves, not only during Pride Month but also throughout the year. Berkshire Pride Fest is the Berkshires' annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Festival & Parade. Started in 2017, Berkshire Pride welcomes over 1,000 members of the LGBTQIA+ community in The Berkshires and beyond. Every June, with our community partners, we come together to show our pride, celebrate our successes, and stand in solidarity with the marginalized.

CHP Berkshires
CHP Berkshires

CHP Berkshires spans Berkshire County with nine practice locations in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, Adams, and North Adams, providing medical, dental, and nutrition services. Our CHP Mobile Health team carries on our long and effective practice of taking health care on the road, to find people where they are and where they need care. Each year, we care for more than 30,000 Berkshire area residents, and we promise care to everyone who enters our practices, regardless of insurance status.

Drag Story Hour Berkshires
Drag Story Hour Berkshires

Storytellers use the art of drag to read books to kids in libraries, schools, bookstores, and beyond. DSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids can see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where everyone can be their authentic selves!  ​Drag Story Hour (DSH) was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions, under the leadership of Julián Delgado Lopera and Virgie Tovar, in San Francisco in 2015. It started out as drag queens reading stories to children in libraries and grew into a global phenomenon! DSH now offers literary and creative programming for kids and teens of all ages led by drag queens, kings, and all other royal beings!  DSH is a national 501 c 3 non-profit with a global network of local organizations, each of which is independently managed and funded.

Eagles Band Trombone Ensemble
Eagles Band Trombone Ensemble

The Eagles Trombone Ensemble was formed in 2012 as an outreach of the Eagles Community Band located in Pittsfield and has grown from 5 members to 20. At present the group consists of 16 trombonists, 2 tubas, 1 French horn, and a percussionist. The group performs mainly pop tunes from the 40’s through the 90’s and also has an extensive Christmas repertoire performing often during the holiday season. In addition to many performances in the Berkshires, the Trombone Ensemble has performed on NPR radio and was the first group to be invited to perform twice at the Linde Center on the Tanglewood Campus.

Elder Services of Berkshire County
Elder Services of Berkshire County

The mission of Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. is to provide Berkshire elders, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live with dignity, independence, and self-determination, and to achieve the highest possible quality of life. Elder Services practices nondiscrimination in employment practices and service delivery. Embracing diversity, our in-home and community-based services are available to all without regard to race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or lifestyle.

Heart & Soil Collective
Heart & Soil Collective

Heart & Soil Collective’s mission is to connect people to the land where their food grows, making healthy food and hands-on nature experiences accessible to all.

Lenox Library
Lenox Library

The mission of the Lenox Library is to connect our community to resources and programs that encourage lifelong learning and celebrate our collective history and culture. The Lenox Library strives to enhance the quality of life in our community by: - Offering a wide array of engaging, high-quality programs for all ages - Maintaining collections and resources that support life-long learning in the community - Improving access to and promotion of the Local History Collection - Providing a welcoming and comfortable community space where individuals can connect with one another and to the resources they need and enjoy

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Inc.
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Inc.

The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to preserving the Birthplace and raising public awareness of the wide-ranging legacy of the great social reformer, Susan B. Anthony, who was a pioneering feminist and suffragist as well as a noteworthy figure in the abolitionist, opposition to Restellism (opposition to abortion), and temperance movements of the 19th century. As part of its mission, the Museum will highlight the familial and regional influences that shaped Ms. Anthony’s early life, by displaying the textiles and furnishings of that period, as well as the literature and other memorabilia associated with her ​later career.

The Love of T Foundation
The Love of T Foundation

Love Of T’s mission is to promote access to and address gaps in behavioral healthcare services while building relationships and fostering community conversations on how to promote systemic change.

UCP of Western Massachusetts
UCP of Western Massachusetts

UCP of Western Massachusetts — an affiliate of the United Cerebral Palsy Association — was established in 1961. UCP of Western Massachusetts offers service navigation, direct programming, assistive technology, and advocacy for any individual, regardless of disability, to pursue a fulfilling, self-determined, high-quality community life — a life without limits.

Ventfort Hall
Ventfort Hall

Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed by the architects Rotch & Tilden, it is located in Lenox, Massachusetts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and declared an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Millennium program of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ventfort Hall is the home of The Museum of the Gilded Age. Ventfort Hall was one of the approximately seventy-five so-called “Cottages” built in Lenox in the late 19th century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. Located on spacious grounds in the heart of the village, we are continuing its restoration, with the first floor completely open to the public along with many of the rooms on the second floor. Through lectures, exhibits, theatrical performances and other events, The Museum of the Gilded Age interprets the great changes that occurred in American life, industry, and society during the Nineteenth Century, a fascinating period of American history.

Shakespeare Volunteer Company
Shakespeare Volunteer Company

Whatever your fancy – gardening, ushering, oral history, and more – you’ll make a difference doing it with Shakespeare & Volunteer Company! We have over 200 diverse, passionate volunteers using their skills, knowledge, and life experience to enrich thousands of lives, from audiences to youth groups to actors-in-training. If you enjoy theater and have a love of community, this is your chance to meet friends, fascinating artists, and unforgettable theater performances. Email the Volunteer Office at volunteers@shakespeare.org to learn more!

Key details

Dates

Saturday, May 25, 11 – 4

Location

Shakespeare & Company

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