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!

Do you have a suggestion for a program that you’d like to see at the Library?  Please share your ideas with us by emailing them to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Thursday, August 16 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, The Receptionist by Janet Groth.  Copies are available at the main desk.

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

Saturday, August 18 at 4:00 pm

On the Town: Whatever Happened to Curtisville?

This summer, the Museum & Archives will present On the Town, a series of monthly programs in five different parts of Stockbridge.  Each month, a volunteer from the Museum & Archives will lead a one-hour tour, explaining the buildings at the site and talking about some of the people who lived there.  All programs will be held on the third Saturday of the month at 4:00 p.m.  $5.00 suggested donation.

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., the tour will focus on Interlaken, which used to be an industrial area, then a separate community.  A walk along Willard Hill Road will explain the changes that took place over time.  Look for signs showing where to park near IS 183 Art School.  Click here for directions from the Stockbridge Library

Thursday, September 6 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, September 6, 2018 at 12:00 p.m..  This month’s featured title will be Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg.

Here’s how it works:
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, September 15 at 4:00 pm

On the Town: The Back Door of Tanglewood

This summer, the Museum & Archives will present On the Town, a series of monthly programs in five different parts of Stockbridge.  Each month, a volunteer from the Museum & Archives will lead a one-hour tour, explaining the buildings at the site and talking about some of the people who lived there.  All programs will be held on the third Saturday of the month at 4:00 p.m.  $5.00 suggested donation.

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., the tour will focus on the area around Tanglewood.  Starting at the Lion’s Gate (on Hawthorne Road), we will look at the properties around it and discover some of the Stockbridge residents that made Tanglewood what it is.  Look for signs showing where to park.

Saturday, September 22 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Amanda Stern, Author of Little Panic

Please join us on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. when we welcome Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life, to our Speaker Series.

The ordinary world never made sense to Amanda— how can she trust time will keep flowing, the sun will rise, and her mother won’t vanish into thin air?  Shuttled between divorced parents, from a barefoot bohemian existence in Greenwich Village to a sanitized, stricter world uptown, this smart, sensitive little girl experiences life through the distorting lens of an undiagnosed panic disorder— convinced her worries protect her family from danger.  When, one morning in 1979, Etan Patz disappears near her MacDougal Street home, Amanda knows that all her worst fears are about to come true.  Candid, tender, funny, and gorgeously immersive, Little Panic is at once a love letter to 1970s- and ’80s-era New York City and a brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor’s edge of panic.

Praise for Little Panic:

“Brave, fiercely funny. A brilliant read that offers hope for anyone burdened by anxiety.” – People Magazine

“Frank and funny. It will have chronic worrywarts laugh-crying with recognition, especially those who think clocks exist only to remind them that time’s running out.” – O Magazine

“Moving. Vivid and illuminating.” – BBC

“Honest and deeply felt, Stern’s story delivers a raw window into the terrifying world of panic disorders.”  –Publishers’ Weekly  Starred Review 

“Riveting. Stern is such a skilled stylist—and such an unforgiving judge of herself—that the memoir radiates a morbid fascination.” – Kirkus


Photo by Jon Pack

About the author: Amanda Stern’s work has appeared in the New York Times; the New York Times Magazine;  the New York Times Book Review; FilmmakerThe BelieverSalon.comBlackbookSt. Ann’s ReviewPost Road,  and, among others.  Her personal essays have been included in several anthologies: Love is a Four Letter Word The Marijuana ChroniclesWomen in Clothes , and her Believer interview with Laurie Anderson was included in Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews, 2014.

She has published twelve novels, nine for children (the Frankly, Frannie, series for Penguin under the name, A.J. Stern), two for young adults (You’re So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah and its sequel, under the name, Fiona Rosenbloom) and one novel of literary fiction, The Long Haul, under her real name. Her most recent book is a memoir called Little Panic.  She’s held several fellowships at both The MacDowell Colony (once as the Philip Morris Company Fellow) and at Yaddo.  In 2012 she was a NYFA fiction fellow.  She lives in Brooklyn.


Friday, September 28 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by the The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The first concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Ronald Feldman, cello
Natalie Kress, violin
Charlotte Malin, viola
Robyn Quinnett, violin


Duo No. 1 in G for violin and viola, K. 423 (1783)
Rondeau: Allegro

Adagio from String Quartet, Op. 11 (1936)

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122 (1966)
Introduction: Andantino
Scherzo: Allegretto
Recitative: Adagio
Etude: Allegro
Humoresque: Allegro
Elegy: Adagio
Finale: Moderato – Meno mosso – Moderato


Oblivion (arr. Matteo Del Soldà) (1984)

String Quartet in F, Op. 18, No. 1 (1798-1800)
Allegro con brio
Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
Allegro molto


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,” 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 has recently completed a 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 became Principal Viola of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and also plays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.  Charlotte has played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony in Miami.  She was invited three times to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, won a fellowship with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and was a member of NEC’s top ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra.  Charlotte has a passion for chamber music and has been an artist at the Newport Music Festival and Fest’Inventio, a chamber series in Paris.  As a violinist, she appeared as a soloist with both the Northwestern Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Charlotte is an ardent yoga practitioner and intends to share her insights into the connections of mind, body, and spirit with the broader music community as her career unfolds.  She currently lives in a cabin in the woods in Chatham, NY, where she makes a daily practice of seeking beauty and truth.

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.


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Saturday, October 13 at 4:00 pm

On the Town: It Once Was New and Different

This summer, the Museum & Archives will present On the Town, a series of monthly programs in five different parts of Stockbridge.  Each month, a volunteer from the Museum & Archives will lead a one-hour tour, explaining the buildings at the site and talking about some of the people who lived there.  $5.00 suggested donation.

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., join us in the Stockbridge Cemetery on Main Street (Route 102) and meet several innovators who will share their formerly new ideas.  Meet in the parking lot across from the Cemetery.

Friday, October 26 at 6:00 pm

8th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About

Pumpkin walkingJoin us on Friday, October 26, 2018 for the Library’s 8th 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

Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Andrea Barnet, Author of Visionary Women

Please join us on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. when we welcome Andrea Barnet, author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, to our Speaker Series.

Change is sometimes sparked by unexpected characters—outsiders whose clarity of vision and strength of purpose can catalyze a revolution.  Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World is the story of four renegades who profoundly shaped the world we live in today.  Together these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do.  Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.

With a keen eye for detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how the work of these visionaries collectively changed the course of history.  While they came from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties.  At a time of enormous societal upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950’s corporate culture and its war on nature.  Consummate outsiders, they each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.

All told their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it.

About the author: Andrea Barnet is the author of the recently published Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, and a previous book, All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, which was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary Awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, where she wrote primarily on the arts and culture, with a special concentration on biographies of early twentieth century literary figures. Her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Mirabella and Working Mother, among other venues. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City, where she lives with her husband, the painter Kit White.

Friday, November 2 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

Details to follow.