The Berkshires Blog

Museums and More After Dark

By Darcie Sosa

Summer might be fading, but the local museums are still going strong with special nightly events all fall and into winter.

One can’t think of fall without thinking of Halloween and with Halloween comes the fun of a few frights. So, get ready because starting Friday, October 20th the Haunted House at Naumkeag is back. This Trustees of Reservations property promises their haunted house will make you “run, scream, and tremble with fright.” The ghost of the Choate’s gardener is back and he has set a harrowing course through the creaking Carriage House at Naumkeag. Scared? Bring your friends and your courage to join the fun.

Do you want a magical treat for the whole family? Come and follow the Naumkeag Pumpkin Trail on Friday, October 13th or Saturday, October 14th from 5-7 PM. Along the pumpkin-lit garden trail, you will meet nocturnal woodland creatures from our local forests who will emerge to share their stories. Learn fun facts about some of your favorite critters. This is a non-scary event for all ages and costumes are welcomed. This event is rain or shine, flashlights are encouraged, and all children get in for free.

Festive decorations in a beautiful setting you won't get anywhere else.

Location: Naumkeag Pumpkin Trail, Photo Credit: Lindsey Schmid

Get the kids and head out all dressed up.

Location: Naumkeag Pumpkin Trail, Photo Credit: Lindsey Schmid

If you love live music then you won’t want to miss MASS MoCA’s night lineup this fall. The Weepies will rock the Hunter Center on Saturday, November 4th at 8 PM. This husband-wife duo emerged from the Boston folk scene in the early 2000’s. Since then they have built a deep catalog of hook-laden, irresistible folk-pop. NPR stated, “a synthesis of husky vocals and springy guitar makes any combination of words and melodies shine like gold.” They will appear at MASS MoCA in a stripped-down setting. Revealing simple, beautiful writing and singing.

One of the newest museums to offer great, night time programming is Hancock Shaker Village. Having had a great barn concert series this past summer, they are continuing into the fall. Enjoy a variety of night time shows and programs, including the clarion-voiced Afro-Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado and her 7-piece band. With intricate African polyrhythms and percussion, as well as call-and-response singing and close harmonies that are almost R&B in feeling, this Afro-Soul Venezuelan band with its spirit-shaking percussion will have you floating on air. Rock the barn at the last concert of the season on Friday, October 6th at 7 PM (doors open at 6).

The monthly Food for Thought series continues at Hancock Shaker Village this fall. Starting on September 30th with noted singer/author Dar Williams, who will perform a few songs at her dinner. Then enjoy an evening with authors Rachel Urquhart on October 14th and Virginia Willis on November 4th. These enchanting evenings include a 3-course seasonal meal prepared by noted regional field-to-table chef Brian Alberg. Bonus, you also get a signed book with dinner and wine.

The Berkshire Museum is hosting a variety of engaging and exciting events this fall including a Flashlight Scavenger Hunt on Saturdays on October 14th, October 21st, and October 28th at 6 PM. Brave visitors can explore the museum’s galleries with only a flashlight in a spooky, after-hours adventure. They will also be featuring the ongoing and popular Pecha Kucha Night. Originally designed in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The next one is set to take place on Thursday, November 16th, at 7 PM. Come and kick back in the Berkshire Museum galleries with light refreshments and a cash bar. Enjoy a series of lightning-fast presentations to the theme “What inspired your current passion or project?” Want to be a part of Pecha Kucha night? Contact [email protected] to present your story!

As the weather turns colder we look for more indoor events and ways to enjoy the lengthening evenings. So remember that many diverse and fun events are happening right here in the Berkshires after dark.

Darcie Sosa is a Berkshire marketing/PR professional, who when isn’t working loves being outside hiking with her dogs, going to live music and theatre shows, networking, trying new restaurants and volunteering for local nonprofits. She is an alum of Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.