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Third Thursday to Feature Touch A Truck Event on August 16

Whiskey Treaty Roadshow Headlines Event with Pop-Up Stage and Wandering Star Beer Garden   

Press Contact: Jen Glockner or Shiobbean Lemme; office: 413-499-9348; cell: 413-449-6411; cultural@pittsfieldch.com


(Pittsfield, Mass.)  Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays returns on Thursday, August 16 with a Touch A Truck event, sponsored by Berkshire Gas.  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 in various locations throughout North Street.

Participants include:

  • Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office
  • County Ambulance
  • Dalton Fire Department
  • Pittsfield Airport
  • Pittsfield Police Department
  • Pittsfield Fire Department
  • Pittsfield Lawn and Tractor
  • Republic Services

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.

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow will be performing a pop-up concert near Palace Park from 5:30-7:30pm. The band features hometown musicians Billy Keane, Tory Hanna, Chris Merenda and more.  The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow unites songwriters of Americana, Rock and Roots-Folk music to share in their love of Western Mass, Music and Brotherhood!  Wandering Star will be hosting a beer garden across from the pop-up concert.

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Zone, near St. Joseph’s Church, features Hood Nation for the headlining 6pm performance.  Hood Nation is a synergy of professional dancers from all around the globe and a worldwide movement, with artist representation from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Undefined by styles, the company brings together dances from Lindy Hop, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, locking, popping, and breaking. The company dedicates themselves to the preservation of hip-hop culture through educational programs, stage performances, and theater productions. Their goal is to bridge the gap for dancers from different backgrounds by bringing together a group of aspiring artists. They strive to teach younger generations the possibility of having a career through dance as well as guide them with knowledge that will be needed to get through their everyday lives.  Regional dance troupes Breffny Irish Dancers and Berkshire Salsa will also be performing in the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Zone.

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.  The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club’s Fun Zone at North and Melville.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will remain open for Sean McCusker’s Dreaming of Light exhibit with an artist talk at 5:30pm.

September’s Third Thursday on September 20 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 20th: Walk-a-Mile.  There will be no 3rd Thursday in October.  Save the date for the Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 13, 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 slemme@pittsfieldch.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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