If you had fun during DownStreet Art ON ICE and the opening of 99 cents show at MCLA Gallery 51, don’t miss the upcoming Hometown Holiday event on DECEMBER 15!

 North Adams Events
Thursday, December 15 – 5-8pm



Third Hometown Holidays Celebration
Downtown North Adams
5- 8pm
Come enjoy store specials, music, and holiday fun! Visitors to downtown can enjoy free parking and opportunities to win big by shopping locally. Bring receipts showing at least $50 of purchases made at stores in North Adams and enter to win a giant gift basket filled with goodies and gift certificates from local establishments. The raffle will be held at MCLA’s Gallery 51 on 51 Main Street. Emporium & Antiques at 59 Main Street will also give people a change to win by entering customers into a gift basket raffle with every purchase. Enjoy the musical stylings of accomplished accordionist Erik K. Auld, as he plays holiday favorites for shoppers downtown. There will be a homeade cookie swap at Shima Boutique on 65 Main Street and Holiday face painting for children


An Evening of Favorite Poems
North Adams Public Library
74 Church Street
6- 7:30pm
This evening’s focus is on poems that changed your life. Please bring a poem to read aloud or speak from memory at a gathering on poetry’s power to transform or feel free to come and listen! Inspired by Kim Rosen’s book “Saved by a Poem” and Robert Pinksy’s “The Favorite Poem Project”. The only rule is that the poems are not to be a reader’s poem or written by friends or relatives, but poems that readers have read, perhaps many times, or feel attached to.


“Get Your Pet’s Photo Taken with Santa” Fundraiser
Bark N’ Cat
28 Holden Street
6- 8pm
Bring your beloved pet to take a photo with Santa! This fundraising event is for the Sonsini Animal Shelter hosted by Bark N’ Cat. 15% of sales for the evening will be donated to the animal shelter. People are welcome to take their own photos of their pets, or Nothing Fades Photography will be on-site, taking professional pet photos that can be purchased and printed while you wait! Nothing Fades will donate 40% of the photo proceeds to the shelter. 


The PRESS Poetry Series
PRESS Gallery
107 Main Street
7:30- 10:30pm
FREE, must RSVP at letterpress105@gmail.com
Click here for the Facebook invite. 
Come join the second reading from the PRESS Poetry Series which is free and open to the public. Aside from poetry, there will be a new twist with a little bit of flash fiction by Jill Gillbreth who teaches creative writing, literature and composition at MCLA. Poets will share their work, including Mark Miller (professor and chairperson of the MCLA English Dept.), Jeff McRae (professor of literature and poetry at MCLA), and Michelle Gillett who has been an op-ed columnist for the Berkshire Eagle for twenty years and a contributing editor to the Women’s Times as Cottage, which won the Ledge 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition. The reading will be followed by a short reception where the current exhibit, “Patterns and Pressure” wil be on display. Refreshments will be served. Spaces are limited, please RSVP! 


Gypsy Layne Burlesque
PUBLIC eat+drink
34 Holden Street
(413)664-4444, reservations recommended
$15, cash at the door 
Click here for more info.  
Gypsy Layne, Berkshire County’s first home-grown burlesque troupe, will perform a cabaret at PUBLIC eat+drink. The multi-platform performance will include provacative dance numbers, musical performances, and festive holiday numbers. Tickets to the performance can be purchased at the door the night of the event; full dinner service will be available before, during, and after the show. Reservations are recommended and can be made through PUBLIC by calling.  


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