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The Town of Williamstown Massachusetts was founded in 1765 and is located in Berkshire County in the northwestern corner of the state.

Williamstown is home of the Sterling and Clark Art Institute which houses one of the worlds largest collections of Renoir as well as other impressionists. The Williams College Museum of Art has fine collections as well. Williamstown Theatre Festival which operates during the summer months brings marvelous Broadway and Hollywood performers to the town.

The town is acknowledged by Norman Crampton in his book The 100 Best Small Town in America which ranked Williamstown as the 18th best American Small Town, the only community in Massachusetts included in the top 100!!

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Insights from a Curator

Walk through the exhibition Imagining the Trojan War with curator Ben Rubin, Assistant Professor of Classics.



When: Jul 15, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15 )
Kate Taylor
Age Limit: All Ages

Kate Taylor



When: Jul 15, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $25.00 (Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20 )
Primate Fiasco
Age Limit: All Ages

Primate Fiasco



When: Jul 14, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16 )
Math/Stat Department Tea

All are welcome.



When: Jul 10, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16 )
Tour WCMA with Williams Students

See the galleries with Williams students as they share their favorite works.



When: Aug 15, 2015 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14 )
Birding Beyond Your Backyard


When: Jul 11, 2015 7 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

(Sat, 11 Jul 2015 07 )
The Clark Summer Concert Series Presents honky tonk women GIRL HOWDY
GiRL HOWDY romps through classic honky-tonk and vintage twang from such legends as Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline, Ray Price and Webb Pierce, as well their own retro-inspired originals. Their CD "Honky Tonk Hair", named after their original song, has enjoyed worldwide radio airplay and great reviews.

When: Jul 7, 2015 12 AM to Jul 7, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE! * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00 )
Summer Drawing Studio at Field Farm


When: Jul 9, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members: TBD; Nonmembers: TBD

(Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09 )
Plein Air Watercolor with IS183 Art School
Plein Air Watercolor with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires Instructor: Marilyn Cromwell Using the Van Gogh and Nature exhibition as the point of inspiration, this class explores watercolor as an ideal medium for painting outdoors and capturing the light and color of landscape. Weather permitting, students work mostly outdoors and cover painting techniques such as graded washes, wet-in-wet, drybrush, and more based on student experience. Students will have the opportunity to try different brushes, papers, and learn elements of color theory which will guide their creative decisions. Clark or IS183 members: $85 Non-members: $110 For more information and to register, visit IS183.org or call 413 298 5252 x100

When: Jul 12, 2015 12 AM to Jul 12, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00 )
Whistler's Mother gallery talk w/ Heather Nolin
Heather Nolin, Arthur Ross Collection Research Associate and Project Manager, Yale University Art Gallery, considers the importance of place in Whistler's work. The exhibition Whistler's Mother: Grey, Black, and White explores works created from many periods in Whistler's career: as student in Paris, absorbing the lessons of his contemporaries and the Old Masters; as an emerging artist in London, forging a name for himself; and as a well-known artist and teacher in Venice. Nolin explores how site affected the artist's approach to serial imagery.

When: Jul 24, 2015 12 AM to Jul 24, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00 )
Opening Lecture: Whistler's Mother
Whistler's Mother is so well-known to American audiences it is hard to imagine it was ever unknown. This lecture, presented by Manton Curator of Prints, Drawing, and Photographs Jay A. Clarke, considers the painting's path from Whistler's London studio in 1871 to its purchase by the French government in 1891. Clarke then explores the event that sealed its fame: the painting's tour in the United States in the 1930s during the Great Depression. The fame of the image has also lent to an endless stream of parodies, from Mad magazine covers to Mr. Bean. Have these parodies served to further the iconic status of the work or turned it into a parody of itself?

When: Jul 5, 2015 12 AM to Jul 5, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00 )
Blooming Bids for Kids
Blooming Bids for Kids is an evening of music, food and libations at Bartlett's Farm's beautiful garden center. Blooming Bids is a silent auction of an incredible collection of beautiful, creative planters, floral arrangements and landscaping offerings donated by the island's landscape and gardening community. That's not all, island businesses and restaurants also donate a wide array of wonderful gifts and gift certificates to be auctioned. Join in, bid and walk away with a one-of-a-kind planter, an original necklace from an island jeweler or a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant. There's something for everyone!!! This year Blooming Bids for Kids is on July 14, 2015.

When: Jul 14, 2015 12 AM to Jul 14, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00 )
Williamstown Theatre Festival: Inge and Warhol in Dialogue

Williamstown Theatre Festival takes over the WCMA galleries. Enjoy a roving, site-specific performance inspired by the work of twentieth-century masters William Inge and Andy Warhol. Enjoy a glass of wine on our patio after the performance.



When: Aug 11, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16 )
Morning Botanicals with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires


When: Aug 15, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members: $110 Nonmembers $125. For drop-in session: $50 each (no member rate)

(Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09 )
Morning Botanicals with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires


When: Aug 8, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members: $110 Nonmembers $125. For drop-in session: $50 each (no member rate)

(Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09 )
Morning Botanicals with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires


When: Aug 22, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members: $110 Nonmembers $125. For drop-in session: $50 each (no member rate)

(Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09 )
Math/Stat Department Tea

All are welcome.



When: Jul 17, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16 )
Guided Nature Walks


When: Jul 13, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

(Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15 )
Insights from a Curator

Walk through Warhol by the Bookwithwith Kathryn Price, Curator of Collections



When: Jul 13, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15 )
Warhol & the 1950s

Nina Schleif, Terra Foundation Senior Fellow, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Blake Gopnik, Warhol biographer and New York Times contributor

Schleif and Gopnik explore Warhols career as a commercial artist in New York in the 1950s. They will highlight recent discoveries made in their research about his experimental early work.

Talk at 4. Drinks and mingling on the patio to follow.



When: Jul 23, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16 )
Warhol & Collecting Books

Andreas Brown, Book dealer and former proprietor of Gotham Book Mart and
Kathryn Price, Curator of Collections at WCMA

Celebrate Warhols birthday with a distinguished bibliophile. Brown and Price consider the legacy of Warhols book work, the lure and collectability of books, the book as art object, and Browns experiences running a bookshop.

Cake and a toast to Warhols birthdayon the patio to follow.



When: Aug 6, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE (Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16 )
Patrick Gray Jr.
Join me while I host OPEN MIC night every Tuesday from 8pm to 11pm covers and originals welcome!

When: Jul 7, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20 )
Insights from a Curator

Walk through the exhibition with curators Max Boersma and Christopher Borschel, Williams Graduate Students in the Art History Program.



When: Aug 1, 2015 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14 )
Balls and Bubbles by Prof. Frank Morgan and the Geometry Group

Mathematics and Statistics Department Colloquium

Abstract: We'll discuss some open problems (1) about optimal packings of balls which are allowed to overlap reluctantly and (2) about least-perimeter enclosures inside convex sets and inside a space with a double Gaussian density.



When: Jul 15, 2015 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13 )
Faculty, Staff and Community Members, Please join us for theFirst Friendly Friday of the Year!

Please join us for our first Friendly Friday of the Year. It is a great way to reconnect with your friends and colleagues. The food is always great too!



When: Sep 11, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16 )
Fred Moten Poetry Reading

Fred Moten's field is black studies, where he works at the intersection of performance, poetry and critical theory. He is author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer Press, 2000), Poems (with Jim Behrle) (Pressed Wafer Press, 2002), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Books, 2007), Hughsons Tavern (Leon Works, 2008) and B Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010).



When: Sep 22, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19 )
2015 Davis Lecture: Dr. Donna Murch '91

Dr. Donna Murch 91 is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University and the former co-director of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis and for the Black Atlantic Lecture Series. Professor Murch teaches the urban history of California and New York; Civil Rights, Black Power, and postwar social movements; history of policing and prisons; and the political economy of drugs. Currently, Professor Murch is researching the postwar history of the Bronx and is completing her new book on youth culture and the underground economy in the 1980s. In 2010 Professor Murch completed her book entitled Living for the City: Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. Prior to teaching at Rutgers, Professor Murch received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at U.C. Berkeley. While an undergraduate at Williams, Professor Murch was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF). Professor Murch has won numerous fellowships and awards including a Teaching Effectiveness Award, a Phillis Wheatley Book Award and a Woodrow Wilson postdoctoral fellowship.

The Davis Lecture is delivered each year by a scholar whose work concentrates on some aspect of race, class, or education in the United States.



When: Oct 22, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19 )
Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket
Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket is happening on 29 Jul 2015 at The Tent at Bartlett's Farm Nantucket, United States Of America. Its a premier event in Antiques & Philately industry.

Book a stall at 10times.com!

When: Jul 29, 2015 12 AM to Aug 3, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00 )
Art & Architecture Tours


When: Jul 11, 2015 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: FREE. Nonmember: $5

(Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00 )
Managing Grazing Land for Increased Health, Productivity and Profit
There are a limited number of registrations available for this workshop, pre-registration well ahead of time is recommended.; For more information, Glenn Oliveira, Education Events Organizer, at glenn@nofamass.org or 774-678-9644.
Description:
Passionate about purveying profitable pastures?; Did you know the answers are right under your feet?; Join in on the "grass whispering" with veteran grass farmer and grazing professional Troy Bishopp as he leads participants through the plant-animal-microbe dynamic of managing grazing land.; Workshop topics will include practical goal-setting; pasture planning and recordkeeping; measuring grass production and fertility; grazing management techniques; reading the soil surface; improving animal and financial performance; infrastructure concerns: and learning to use pasture systems that reduce stress and fun to use. This day-long workshop will be held at Cricket Creek Farm, a grass based dairy farm that is in its second year of using Troy's grazing plan.; This connection between farm and presenter will create a dynamic and effective learning environment for participants. About Instructor Troy Bishopp:
"In grasslands we trust" is a motto Troy Bishopp, aka "The Grass Whisperer lives by.; The Central New York native contract grazes organic dairy heifers and backgrounds beef cattle on the family's 6th generation farm while also serving as the region's grazing specialist with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition.; He is a family man, professional speaker, award-winning photographer and free-lance writer for local, state and national publications. He inspires would-be graziers at www.thegrasswhisperer.com Lunch: Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30pm.; The cost of lunch is included with the registration cost. Refund Policy: Refunds are given up until 10 days prior to the event minus a 15% processing fee. No refunds are provided within 10 days of event. For information on our refund and inclement weather policy, click here. To Join Nofa/Mass goto www.nofamass.org/membership.



When: Oct 5, 2015 9 AM to Oct 5, 2015 5 PMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: 75 - 94 USD (Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09 )
Samantha Farrell LIVE at The Finnegan Barn
Samantha Farrell is a Boston based singer-songwriter who fuses folk, jazz, rhythm and blues with pop sensibilities. Described by Relix Magazine as having "a soulful mix of Van Morrisons country hospitality, Ella Fitzgeralds jazzy range and Fiona Apples modern honesty,"she has developed a distinct and lilting style that's all her own. She twirled onto the music scene a few years ago, when she moved from Los Angeles back to Boston to release her critically acclaimed album, Luminous. Produced by the late, great founding member and saxophonist for The Dave Matthews Band, LeRoi Moore, Luminous, a totally independent effort, soared to #7 on the national iTunes pop charts, while six of its songs scored placements on major cable network shows (CW, CBS, NBC). Her latest release, Softly Swooning World, is described as "an 18-minute love song to the universe and all things cosmic and lush, sweet and aching..." Born and raised in Western Mass, Samantha Farrell is thrilled to return to the Berkshires, backed by her full band and featuring an opening set by duo Spotted Tiger. www.SamanthaFarrell.bandcamp.com Spotted Tiger, led by violist Laurence Scudder and Erik White on guitar, is often rounded out by a malleable all-star combination of Boston area musicians, playing an inspiring variety of original music and hand-picked covers from an array of genres. www.SpottedTigerMusic.com --- BYOB $15 suggesteddonation at the door, 100% goes to the artists We hope to see you there!

When: Jul 24, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19 )
Butterfly Walk at Mountain Meadow


When: Jul 12, 2015 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

(Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00 )
Sonia Nazario: Enrique's Journey

Sonia Nazario '82 has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about large social issues in the U.S. hunger, drug addiction and immigration most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She has won numerous national journalism and book awards. Her story of a Honduran boys struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled Enriques Journey, won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence.
Expanded into a book, Enriques Journey became a national bestseller, won three book awards and became a favorite among educators. It has been required reading for incoming freshman at more than 71 colleges, scores of high schools and a young adult version, published in 2014, has broadened the books use to middle schools.

Enrique's Journey is the Williams Reads selection for this year. Admission is free. For tickets, please contact the box office. Call 413-597-2425, Tues-Sat, 1-5 pm or order online after September 15, 2015. http://62center.williams.edu/box-office/



When: Sep 30, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free and open to the public but tickets are required (Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19 )
Michael Pollan In Conversation

For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. He is the author of the bestsellers In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto and The Omnivores Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, which was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Pollans previous book, The Botany of Desire: A Plants-Eye View of the World, was also a New York Times bestseller, received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best non-fiction work of 2001, and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon.com.

PBS premiered a two-hour special documentary based on The Botany of Desire in fall 2009. His book Food Rules: An Eaters Manual, was an immediate # 1 New York Times bestseller upon publication; an expanded, illustrated edition of Food Rules was published in November 2011. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (April 2013). A revised, young readers edition of Omnivores Dilemma is forthcoming from Penguin in August 2015

Henry Art, Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology, will interview Michael Pollan onstage with audience questions and book signing to follow.

Admission is free. For tickets, please contact the box office. Call 413-597-2425, Tues-Sat, 1-5 pm or order online after September 15, 2015. http://62center.williams.edu/box-office/

Sponsored by The Oakley Center for Humanites and Social Sciences, the Gaudino Fund, the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, the Center for Environmental Studies, the Class of 1963 Sustainability Development Fund, and Dining Services.



When: Oct 20, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Tickets are free but required. (Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20 )
Primes in Additive Combinatorics by Prof. Leo Goldmakher

Mathematics and Statistics Department Colloquium

Abstract: Additive Combinatorics can be viewed as an attempt to characterize sets which mimic the behavior of subspaces of a given nice space (e.g. the integers, a finite field, a vector space, etc). I will explain this in more detail, and discuss some of the big results in the field. I will conclude with a brief description of the project the Additive Combinatorics SMALL group is working on this summer.



When: Jul 8, 2015 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13 )
Whistler's Mother Gallery Talk
Carey Powers, Lunder Special Assistant to the Director, discusses the history of Whistler's Mother starting with its creation in London in 1871. Powers then traces the history of the picture from its purchase by the French state in 1891 to its tour in the United States during the Great Depression and its absorption into American popular culture.

When: Jul 10, 2015 12 AM to Jul 10, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00 )
Warhol & Pop

C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies, Williams College Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, and Associate Provost for the Arts, New York University

Chavoya and Crow discuss the rise of Pop Art and Warhols place at its center. Theyll share views on 1960s counterculture, the folk revival, Woody Guthrie, the Factory, the Velvet Underground, and more.

Talk at 4, drinks and mingling on the patio to follow.



When: Jul 9, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16 )
Tour WCMA with Williams Students

See the galleries with Williams students as they share their favorite works.



When: Jul 25, 2015 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14 )
Whistler's Mother Gallery Talk
Kevin Murphy, Eugenie Prendergast Curator of American Art, Williams College Museum of Art, investigates Whistler's bravura brushwork and delicate use of line, with which he created some of the most beautiful--and most controversial--artwork of the nineteenth century. The artist was known for his radical artistic processes, among them the thin ground used for Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother).

When: Sep 4, 2015 12 AM to Sep 4, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00 )
Tree Lover's Hike
Fridays at 11 am in July and August, starting July 3 In celebration of the exhibition Van Gogh and Nature, explore the Clark's campus and learn about the trees on site. Join in a 45-minute walk through the Clark's hiking trails, learn about the native trees on the campus, and think about Van Gogh's interest in and depiction of plants. Walking shoes recommended. Meet at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. Weather dependent. - See more at: http://www.clarkart.edu/ImportedEvents/541-19506#sthash.CMdKDAra.dpuf

When: Jul 3, 2015 12 AM to Aug 28, 2015 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00 )
Patrick Gray Jr.
Join me while I host OPEN MIC night every Tuesday from 8pm to 11pm covers and originals welcome!

When: Sep 1, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20 )

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