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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Third Thursday to Feature Eighth Annual Walk a Mile event  

Jacob’s Pillow, Rock On!, Olga Dunn Dance, Salsa Dancing, Youth Alive and more to finish off the season   

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

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(Pittsfield, Mass.)  Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns for the final event of the season, on Thursday, September 20 with the 8th annual Elizabeth Freeman Center Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.  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.

People will once again sport women’s footwear on Thursday in an effort to stamp out sexual assault and gender violence.  The annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” will be the main attraction at September’s Third Thursday festivities. The event steps off at the main stage at Persip Park at the corner of Columbus Avenue and North Street.  Registration begins at 5 pm and following opening remarks, the walk starts at 6 pm. The participants will don women’s shoes, or decorate their own and will take donations before, during and after the event.

Proceeds benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center in Pittsfield, Berkshire County’s domestic violence/rape crisis center.  Pre-registration is encouraged here:  www.elizabethfreemancenter.org/wam.

Sister City Jazz Ambassadors featuring Andy Kelly and company will be rocking the main stage at Persip Park from 5-6pm.  Rock On! will take the main stage at 6pm.   The stage at Palace Park will feature Youth Alive.

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Zone near St. Joseph’s Church will feature Adam H. Weinert in Dance of the Ages.  Following the critically acclaimed premiere of MONUMENT at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2016 and recent performances at The Museum of Modern Art, Adam H. Weinert returns with Dance of The Ages. Coinciding with ongoing exhibits at Jacob’s Pillow and The Williams College Museum of Art, this unique and epic ensemble work was created by Ted Shawn in 1938. Shawn considered Dance of the Ages to be the summit of his achievements as a choreographer. It was the first evening-length modern dance ever presented, and one of the last works he choreographed for The Men Dancers.

This special historic performance will transform the Pillow’s campus to reflect the original experience as first performed in 1938, featuring use of Bakalar Studio and traditional production components, as well as an authentic tea garden reception. The performance will also be adapted to be performed at the final Third Thursday in Downtown Pittsfield on September 20 at 6pm.

Also at the Dance Zone, dancers from the Olga Dunn Dance Co and its studio will be performing a medley or collage of excerpts from the group’s recent work that will reflect how dance can have many different styles. There will be excerpts from contemporary dances, hip hop dances, Afro, and jazz dances.  Berkshire Salsa will be ending the evening there with an interactive salsa demonstration.

Nearly 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 Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club Fun Zone.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts hosts  Art and Sole: An exhibit of IS183 Art School faculty and student designed, altered, and artfully enhanced shoes held in conjunction with the Elizabeth Freeman Center’s Walk a Mile 2018 event.  All proceeds from the show will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center and IS183 Art School’s very own Learning Through Arts Program to help support women and families.

The Colonial Theatre is hosting the opening reception for the Let’s Go Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Event and Art Exhibit from 5:30-7:30pm.  There will be a Proclamation at 6pm, information on 3D mammography, and High Risk Program with Dr. Caitlin Lopez, BMC’s Women’s Imaging Medical Director. The Art Exhibition is on view from September 13th-October 31st. Sponsored by Berkshire Medical Center’s Breast Health Team. For more information contact Kathy Hart at 413-395-7965 or khart@bhs1.org. A portion of each sale benefits the Denise Kaley Fund for Berkshire Women with Cancer and BTG PLAYS!

Once again, in place of a 3rd Thursday in October, the Harvest Festival, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, will take place on Saturday, October 13 11am-1pm, a collaborative event between the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market and the Office of Cultural Development.

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Gas, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America 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 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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