September 29 and 30th:
The annual Fork-to-farm Fondo sets out from Hancock Shaker Village on Sept. 29 and 30 — Bike a loop to Berkshire farms, where chefs will prepare snacks from farm produce. The ride begins with dinner at the 1830s Brick Dwelling and a chance to meet the farmers on the day of HSV’s country fair, with live music in the evening. Start out Sunday morning with fresh coffee and choose one of three bike routes (small, medium and large) to visit the farms. A ramble ride leaves at 10:30, and the day ends with music and barbecue.
The Decemberists perform at MASS MoCA. These world-class rock stars put on a show to remember. Tickets limited.
Trailblazer 5K run/walk at Stone Hill on the Clark Art Museum campus. Art and nature combine to create a great trail run! Explore the natural beauty of the Clark Art Institute’s campus with a run up the summit of Stone Hill and on the trails through meadows and woodlands.
Williams College launched its annual Williamstown Reads program in September with Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, a standout writer of her generation in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. In 2017, she became the first woman and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards. She will give a free talk in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus from 7-9pm on Thursday, October 11.
Hear Thomas Krens give the first in a series of four talks at the Clark. His first lecture is entitled “Art, Money, Oil, and Guns.” As current chairman of the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum and Director Emeritus of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Krens will focus these talks on the importance of art and architecture in shaping the life of cities and changing societies.