Adult Programs

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives presents various programs of interest throughout the year. Check the Calendar for specific topics and events. All are welcome!

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Friday, September 22 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by the Sherman Investment Group.  The first concert will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited.  Tickets are $15 each; $10 for students with valid student ID; or $40 for tickets to all three concerts in the series.  Call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Suite for Cello and Harp – Lou Harrison (1949)
Elizabeth Morse, harp
Ronald Feldman, cello

Passacaglia for Violin and Viola – Handel/arranged Halvorsen (1893; original theme c. 1720)
Robyn Quinnett, violin
Charlotte Malin, viola

Terzetto in C, Op. 74 for 2 Violins and Viola – Dvorak (1887)

  1. Introduzione: Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Larghetto
  3. Scherzo: Vivace; trio: Poco meno mosso
  4. Tema con variazioni

Natalie Kress and Robyn Quinnett, violins
Charlotte Malin, viola


Fantaisie for Violin and Harp – Saint-Saens (1907)
Natalie Kress, violin
Elizabeth Morse, harp

String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 “American Quartet” – Dvorak (1893)

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Lento
  3. Molto vivace
  4. Finale: Vivace ma non troppo

Natalie Kress and Robyn Quinnett, violins
Charlotte Malin, viola
Ronald Feldman, cello

Twice winner of the American Symphony League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, Ronald Feldman has achieved critical acclaim for his work as conductor and cellist. He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the Quebec Symphony, as well as many regional orchestras including the Pro Arte Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the Amarillo Symphony. In August of 2016 Mr. Feldman recorded three albums of music by Kevin Kaska with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

After successful appearances as guest conductor for three consecutive seasons at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home, composer and Conductor John Williams appointed Mr. Feldman Assistant Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He served as assistant to John Williams from 1989-1993.

In 2001 Mr. Feldman left the Boston Symphony Orchestra to pursue other musical interests. He currently directs the Berkshire Symphony, a regional orchestra in residence at Williams College. He was formerly the conductor and Music Director of the New England Philharmonic and the Worcester Orchestra. He is on the faculties of Williams College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Boston Conservatory of Music. 2012 marked the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston’s medical community.


Praised by The New York Times for her “splendid playing,” 27-year-old Natalie Kress has already begun a successful career as a violinist, highlights of which include performing at the Kennedy Center Honors with Yo Yo Ma in 2016; winning the 2012 Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center; and performing in Carnegie Hall in 2010. Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology and Master in Music from Stony Brook University (where she studied with Soovin Kim) and is Co-Artistic Director of Three Village Chamber Players, which performs free chamber music and outreach concerts throughout Long Island and New York State. Also a baroque violinist, Natalie has performed with members of Handel and Haydn Society and The Sebastians, and has studied with Beth Wenstrom, Aisslinn Nosky, and Robert Mealy.

Charlotte Malin is in the final semester of her master’s degree at New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Northwestern University. In 2013, during the final year of her undergraduate study with Almita Vamos, she fell in love with the viola. As a violist, she recently won a position with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She also has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (2014-16), won a fellowship with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, played with the New World Symphony, and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a violinist, she has appeared as a soloist with both the Northwestern Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. In addition to music, Charlotte loves yoga, cooking, reading, and being outside, and plans to pursue her yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute this summer.

Elizabeth Morse, principal harpist with the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and formerly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is Artist Associate of harp at Williams College. She is a member of the Williams College Chamber Players and the West Stockbridge Chamber Music Society. She gave her Boston debut at Jordon Hall with Gunther Schuller conducting the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto. The New York Musicians’ Club presented her in her New York debut at Lincoln Center Library. Representing the American Harp Society, Ms. Morse performed the world premier of the Concertino for Harp by Ernst von Dohnanyi at the 1973 Music Educators’ National Conference, followed by repeat appearances with Oscar Schumsky conducting, and at the Goldovsky Music Festival. Other solo appearances have been with the Boston Symphony Orchestrated Events, New England Philharmonic, MIT Chamber Players, the International Music Festival of Las Vegas, and Albany Pro Musica. Chamber music collaborations have included Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, Musicorda Festival, Greylock Trio, Extensionworks, and JohnWilliams and Friends at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall. Ms. Morse has also performed frequently on National Public Radio.

Born on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, Robyn Quinnett began playing violin at eight years old. She has won several competitions including the National Mariam Hayes, Ruth Kern Competitions, and the Concerto Competition of the Colorado College Music Festival.

Robyn earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Naoko Tanaka and the late Stephen Clapp. Robyn will complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2017 at Stony Brook University as a student of Hagai Shaham. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, and been concertmaster at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Robyn is dedicated to community engagement and pedagogy. She founded the Montserrat Music Festival, a summer teaching and performing festival, bringing music education and live chamber music to the island of Montserrat. She is the violin instructor at The Chapin School, teaching artist at Opus 118, and maintains a joint private teaching studio with Chihiro Fukuda in NYC.

Robyn’s violin is generously sponsored by Darnton and Hersh Violin Shop in Chicago.

Music Coordinator John Perkel has spent the past 35 years as an orchestra librarian for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, during summers, John served as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Librarian where he had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and wonderful young musicians from all over the world. After the 2016 Tanglewood season, John retired from the Boston Symphony and moved with his wife, Barbara, back to the Berkshires. Prior to his employment in the orchestra world, John was a music teacher at the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and also was employed as a psychiatric worker at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge.

The next two concerts will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018 and Friday, April 6, 2018, both at 6:00 p.m.

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, the Sherman Investment Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals. Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.

Saturday, September 23 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Brendan Mathews, Author of The World of Tomorrow

We are pleased to welcome author Brendan Mathews for a book reading and signing for his debut novel, The World of Tomorrow, on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called the book “a remarkably fast and exhilarating read, reminiscent of Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  This one grabs the reader from the beginning to its suspenseful climax….A masterful debut novel.”

June 1939.  Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother, Michael, are on an ocean liner from Ireland headed for their brother Martin’s home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA.  During the week that follows, their lives collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mobster, and the ghosts of their own family’s revolutionary past.

But when Tom Cronin, a one-time assassin forced into one last job, tracks the brothers down, their lives begin to fracture: Francis must capitulate to blackmail, or have his family suffer fatal consequences.  Michael, wandering alone, turns to the heartsick artist Lilly Bloch to recover his lost memory.  And Francis and his wife Rosemary try to salvage a marriage, a wedding, and ultimately the lives of the other Dempseys.

From the smoky jazz joints of Harlem to the Plaza Hotel, from the garrets of artists in the Bowery to the shadowy warehouses of mobsters in Hell’s Kitchen, Brendan Mathews brings prewar New York to vivid, pulsing life, while the sweeping and intricate storytelling of this remarkable debut reveals an America that blithely hoped it could avoid another catastrophic war by focusing instead on the promise of the World’s Fair: a peaceful, prosperous “World of Tomorrow.”

Photo by Tricia McCormack

About the author: Brendan Mathews is the author of The World of Tomorrow, coming in September 2017 from Little, Brown & Co.  A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, his fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK.  He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council,  Sustainable Arts Foundation, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the University of Virginia, where he received his MFA.  He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm

Heritage Walk: The Gravediggers’ Tour

The Stockbridge Cemetery has been part of town life since 1750, and grave-digging has been a vital job since then.  On Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., come learn about the gravediggers: their lives, work and relationships, and how the job changed over time.  They did more than dig graves, as we’ll discover.  The tour ends with a surprise!  The walk will be led by Trustee Karen Marshall of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.

The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102, Stockbridge), and takes an hour. Parking is available at the old Town Hall, across from the gate, or on the street.

This Heritage Walk is being offered in collaboration with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.

Tuesday, October 3 at 5:00 pm

Fall Films at Five: A Spielberg Sampler

The Library is pleased to offer another monthly film series, beginning September 5, 2017.  Four fabulous films from Director Steven Spielberg will be shown – one each month – at 5:00 p.m. in the Morris Stockbridge Room.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

This month’s featured film will be The Color Purple (1985), starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey.  The movie is based on the novel by Alice Walker, in which a black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.  The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and Whoopi Goldberg won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role in the film.

Coming up:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Bridge of Spies (2015)

Thursday, October 5 at 12:00 pm

Cookbook Club

Do you like to cook?  Would you like a reason to learn to cook or try new recipes?  Do you just want something fun and different to do at lunchtime?  Then join our cookbook club!

On the first Thursday of the month, we invite you to gather together with fellow cooks and friends for lunch, while exploring different cuisines and cookbooks from the Library’s collection.

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  This month’s featured title will be Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can’t Wait to Make by Melissa Clark.

Here’s how it will work:
1. Check the information in our enewsletter or on our website for the date of the next lunchtime meeting. You’ll also see which cookbook is going to be the source for our upcoming exploration. Typically, we’ll choose cookbooks that have interesting things to make but do not require elaborate preparations or impossible-to-find ingredients.
2. Stop in at the Library and ask for the month’s featured cookbook at the front desk. You won’t take it out; just browse at your leisure and have a look at the recipes.
3. From your browsing, choose a recipe that you’ll prepare and bring to the next Cookbook Club meeting. Copy the recipe and put a post-it on that recipe with your name (that way we won’t end up with duplicates).
Tip: choose something you’ll enjoy making—of course—but also keep in mind that the Library does not have a full kitchen, just a microwave and refrigerator. Things that can be served easily in small portions and that don’t require last minute prep will work best.
4. On the designated day, please bring your finished dish to the library with any needed serving utensils. If it is easier with your schedule, you’re welcome to drop your dish off in the meeting room, using the refrigerator if necessary.
5. If possible, also bring some plastic containers for those who may want to bring leftovers home (assuming we have leftovers!).
6. At each meeting, we’ll enjoy the shared food while also chatting about the featured cookbook and your experiences with the recipes. What would you recommend? What surprises, challenges, or need for creative adaptations did you encounter?
7. The Library will provide plates, utensils, etc. Clean-up assistance is always welcomed.
8. At the end of the meeting, we’ll survey the group for their future cookbook interests and any other suggestions.

Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Saturday, October 14 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Jonathan Dee, author of The Locals

We are pleased to welcome Pulitzer finalist Jonathan Dee to our speaker series on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to discuss his new, critically-acclaimed novel The Locals, which is set in the southern Berkshires.

In the nervous months after 9/11, a rural working-class New England town elects as its mayor a New York hedge fund millionaire, where he has the unchecked power to do everything from gutting the town’s tax base to personally installing security cameras on Main Street.  The Locals follows the residents of this formerly idyllic Berkshires community as they grow ever more disillusioned with civic duty and one another.  A broad-reaching novel with a large and cleverly drawn cast in the tradition of Jonathan Franzen, Tom Perrotta, and Jennifer Egan, The Locals brilliantly captures the dramas of the post-9/11 era—working class decline, fears of terrorism, and the rise of authoritarian government—culminating in one violent, irreversible event that will change the town forever.

Praise for The Locals:

“Engrossing… His blue-collar characters, each of them pursuing the American Dream, are vividly developed, and his insights into how they think about the government (ineffective and corrupt) and their rights as citizens (ignored, trampled) are timely…. Dee…handles the plot with admirable skill, finding empathy for his bewildered characters.  He creates tension as a reckoning day arrives, and strikes the perfect ending note.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Good old social novels are hard to come by these days, great ones harder still.  Leave it to [Jonathan] Dee to fill the void with a book that’s not only great but so frighteningly timely that the reader will be forced to wonder how he managed to compose it before the last election cycle….”
Booklist (Starred Review)

“The residents of a small town in the Berkshires have their world overturned by a billionaire in their midst.  This is a novel with political motives, so much so that it recalls The Fountainhead, except [Jonathan] Dee is a better writer than Ayn Rand by several orders of magnitude, and his point seems to be virtually the opposite of hers…. Plays both as political allegory and kaleidoscopic character study.  An absorbing panorama of small-town life and a study of democracy in miniature.”
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)


Photo by Jessica Marx

About the Author: Jonathan Dee is the author of seven novels, most recently A Thousand Pardons.  His novel The Privileges was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize.  A former contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a senior editor of The Paris Review, and a National Magazine Award–nominated literary critic for Harper’s, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.  He lives in Syracuse, New York.


Saturday, October 14 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  This month, we’ll discuss two different titles in two different formats.

The featured book will be Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell, which explores those first moments of thought/reaction that tell us more than we realize.  We’ll combine that with an audiobook by Taylor Mali called The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip-Hop and the Poetry of a New Generation.  Slam poetry is a form of competition with poetry, touching on current topics and identities.  Listen to all or some of the poetry.  At our meeting, we will compare the outside-the-box thinking in Blink with the outside-the-standard-poetry of Taylor Mali.  Copies of both titles will be available at the front desk.

The book club generally meets at 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  New members always welcome – even if you haven’t read the book!

Sunday, October 22 at 9:00 am

Family Fun 5K

The Stockbridge Library Association will host its second annual Family Fun 5K (walk or run) at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2017!

Runners and walkers will assemble at the Stockbridge Library at the corner of Main and Elm Streets, and follow a route that traverses Church Street, North Church Street, Old Meeting House Road, Vine Street, Main Street, ending at the Stockbridge Town Offices Parking Lot. There will be ongoing supervised activities for children in the Park adjacent to the Town Offices.  All ages are welcome!

Cash prizes will be given to the top man and top woman runners.  A special prize pack will go to the family with the lowest average time.  The children’s 100-yard dash winner also will receive a prize.

Race Information:
LOCATION: Stockbridge, MA
DISTANCE: 5 Kilometers (3.1 miles), mostly flat, 2 hills, 1 water station. Professional, chip-timed course. 5K Route Map & Rules
DATE: October 22, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
START: Stockbridge Library, Main & Elm Streets
FEE:   $25 ($30 on race day)
$50 for a family
$10 for youth ages 12-17
$5 for kids (3-11) for 100-yard dash

PRE-REGISTER online (click on link) or by downloading a paper form.  Day-of-race registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
TECH T-SHIRTS provided to the first 100 who register (available in adult sizes only).
Restrooms and parking available at Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main Street.
Refreshments will be provided for all participating runners and walkers.

All proceeds benefit the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.




Berkshire Bank
TD Bank


Allegrone Companies
Centerline Architects


Alarms of Berkshire County
Austen Riggs Center
Blue Q
Café Adam
Connecticut Business Systems
Edwards, Krol & Nasarov Family Dentistry
Lee Bank
New View Tours
October Mountain Financial Advisors
Rouge Restaurant & Bistro
Seven Arts Gift Shop
Sherman Investment Group
Stockbridge Coffee & Tea
Stockbridge Police Association
Tune Street
Wheeler & Taylor Insurance
Windy Hill Farm


Guido’s Fresh Markeplace
The Kilpatrick Athletic Center at Simon’s Rock
No. Six Depot
Price Chopper
The Red Lion Inn

Friday, October 27 at 6:00 pm

7th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About

Pumpkin walkingJoin us on Friday, October 27, 2017 for the Library’s 7th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About, following the Stockbridge Halloween Parade & Party!


Here’s How it Works:

  • Drop off your Jack O’Lantern at the Library between 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. (we’ll light it for you)
  • After the parade, take a walk-about outside the Library & see the lighted pumpkins carved by local businesses, your neighbors & you!
  • Listen to spooky stories & receive a Halloween treat (or trick?!)
  • Take your pumpkin home at the end of the evening

Tuesday, November 7 at 5:00 pm

Fall Films at Five: A Spielberg Sampler

The Library is pleased to offer another monthly film series, beginning September 5, 2017.  Four fabulous films from Director Steven Spielberg will be shown – one each month – at 5:00 p.m. in the Morris Stockbridge Room.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

This month’s featured film is Catch Me If You Can (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Christopher Walken.  The movie tells the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him.  Catch Me If You Can was nominated for two Oscars and Christopher Walken won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA Award for his performance in a supporting role.

Coming up:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Bridge of Spies (2015)

Tuesday, December 5 at 5:00 pm

Fall Films at Five: A Spielberg Sampler

The Library is pleased to offer another monthly film series, beginning September 5, 2017.  Four fabulous films from Director Steven Spielberg will be shown – one each month – at 5:00 p.m. in the Morris Stockbridge Room.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The final film in our fall series will be Bridge of Spies (2015), starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda.  During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.  Mark Rylance won an Oscar for his Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.