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Third Thursday to Feature Touch A Truck Event on August 17
Misty Blues Headlines Persip Park Main Stage
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(Pittsfield, Mass.) Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays returns on Thursday, August 17 with a Touch A Truck event, sponsored by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. The event will feature more than a dozen vehicles from police and fire to construction. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.
The entire half mile of 3rd Thursday will once again be smoke-free.
The Touch A Truck event will take place from Bradford to Linden Streets.
- Action Ambulance
- Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office
- Dalton Fire Department
- Pittsfield Police Department
- Pittsfield Fire Department
- Pittsfield Lawn and Tractor
- Village Truck Sales
Touch A Truck offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types and to meet the people who build, protect and serve the Pittsfield community. Trucks on display include construction trucks, emergency vehicles, vintage trucks, and more. Children of all ages are invited to creatively explore the trucks with guidance from the respective professionals who explain the equipment and discuss the work they perform with such machinery.
Misty Blues will be rocking the main stage at Persip Park all night long from 5pm-8pm. Misty Blues plays blues, blues infused folk, gospel, classic rock and funk. The stage at Palace Park will host the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Pillow Pop-Up performance featuring Stilo Dance. Founded in 2007 by David Olarte, Stilo dance company is a multi-faceted group that exists as both a performance team and as a community-centered, research-based educational entity. Stilo’s roots lie in Latin social dance, but they pride themselves on breaking the rules and blurring the lines between Afro-Cuban Folklorico, contemporary/modern, and traditional Latin styles. This holistic approach places the most value on connection, listening, and finding authentic movement in social dance. The audience will be invited to dance after the performance. Berkshire Salsa will also be hosting an interactive performance at Palace Park. And, Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) will be performing a humorous short 15 minute play. Rock On! will be playing at the Street Stage at the corner of North and School Streets. The Eagles Trombone Ensemble and the Eagles Brass Ensemble will be performing on the lawn of St. Joseph’s Church beginning at 5pm. Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness takes over Park Square to offer free Zumba at 6:30pm.
100+ vendors will be lining the half-mile stretch. Jim Horsford will be back with demos on the pottery wheel. The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as is the Community Art Tent and Outdoor Chalk Art Gallery. The Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club will host its Fun Zone with a bean bag toss, arts and crafts and more.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will remain open for Karen Chase’s locoMOTION exhibit. Berkshire Concert Choir will also be performing a concert at the Lichtenstein.
The performances continue inside with Barrington Stage’s Company at the Boyd Quinson Mainstage and This at the Blatt Center. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes is at the Colonial Theatre with a 8pm performance that night. And, head over to Mission (no cover) and check out the Picky B’s, a collective gathering of rotating local folk, rock and Americana musicians.
September’s Third Thursday on September 21 will once again feature the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.
3rd Thursdays season sponsors include Berkshire Gas, Berkshire Health Systems, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Upcoming 3rd Thursday dates and themes are: September 21st: Walk-a-Mile. There will be no 3rd Thursday in October. Save the date for the Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14, a collaborative event between the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market and the Office of Cultural Development.
3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays, email email@example.com or call 413-499-9348. 3rd Thursdays are held 5pm-8pm, rain or shine, and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.
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Here are this year’s themes:
- MAY 18th YOUTH SPONSORED BY GENERAL DYNAMICS MISSION SYSTEMS
- JUNE 15th HEALTH FEATURING THE BERKSHIRE BANK GREEN MILE ROAD RACE
- JULY 20th FOOD SPONSORED BY BERKSHIRE GAS
- AUGUST 17th TOUCH A TRUCK SPONSORED BY GUARDIAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA
- SEPTEMBER 21st WALK A MILE
There will be no 3rd Thursday in October this year. Instead, we are once again collaborating with the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market for the Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Common.
3rd Thursdays season sponsors include: Berkshire Bank; Berkshire Gas; General Dynamics Mission Systems; Greylock Federal Credit Union; Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; the Berkshire Eagle and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-499-9348. 3rd Thursdays are held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.