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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

3RD THURSDAY TO CELEBRATE HEALTH FOR JUNE  

June 15th 3rd Thursdays Celebrates Health with Green Mile Road Race, Yoga, Pilates, Hip Hop and Dancing with DJ BFG    

Press Contact: Jen Glockner 413-499-9348; cultural@pittsfieldch.com

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(Pittsfield, Mass.)  Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns, on Thursday, June 15th with the Health theme.  The event celebrates health with a massive dance party with DJ BFG; a road race; free yoga classes for families; Zumba; hip hop and more.   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 Berkshire Running Center Green Mile Road Race, sponsored by Berkshire Bank, starts at 5:30pm at Park Square (no race day registration).   Race proceeds will benefit Morningside Up, community-led initiative to use food as a creative platform to revitalize the Morningside neighborhood.

The main stage at Persip Park will feature a dance party with DJ BFG and interactive demos and a performance from Berkshire Theatre Group’s The Music Man at 6:30pm.  You’ll also see demos, classes and performances from Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness (click here for the full schedule) at Palace Park; Rock On at the Street Stage at School and North and a Berkshire Rhythm Keeper drum classes concert at St. Joseph’s Lawn.  Also new this year, the lawn of St. Joseph’s Church will feature the Carr Hardware Bounce House.

3rd Thursday welcomes back the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Pop-Up performance series.  This month features the Throwdown Dance Collective.  Founded in 2008, Toronto based Throwdown Collective is a contemporary dance company that supports the collaborative creative pursuits of founders Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson. The collective will perform two site-specific works: Boxset (2011) and 1981FM (2013); both of which went on to tour with the festival and beyond, throughout Ontario, to Trois-Rivières, Quebec; & Vancouver, British Columbia.  Click here for an excerpt of 1981FM.  Jacob’s Pillow Dance will be bringing artists from all over the US to perform at all five Third Thursdays this season.

Click here for the full June 3rd Thursday performance schedule.

Big Elm Brewing will host a beer garden at the space next to Hot Harry’s with $1 off to each Green Mile Road Racer (just show your race bib for the discount).

General Dynamics Mission Systems, will be doing an interactive engineering demonstration every month all season long.

The Pittsfield Police Department Community Outreach Program will be back with the #HoopsNotCrime basketball contest near St. Joseph’s.

The Berkshire Museum will be hosting a photo booth at the Persip Park Main Stage in conjunction with its Guitar: the Instrument that Rocked the World Exhibit.

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 for the third year in a row with bean bag toss, arts and crafts and more.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will remain open for its Face Them  exhibit.  The exhibit features several artists with different mediums facing topics such as animal cruelty; global warming and gun control.  Multicultural Bridge will also be hosting a viewing of Not in Our Town, which is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.

Highlights coming in July include:  the unveiling of the Pittsfield Paintbox Project; outdoor chef demos during the food-themed event; the unveiling of the Pittsfield Paintbox Project; the opening night of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s Twelfth Night and Jacob’s Pillow Pop-Up performance of Eiko Otake: A Body in Pittsfield, the newest installment of Eiko’s A Body in Places series.

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Gas, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Upcoming 3rd Thursday dates and themes are:  July 20 – Food; August 17 – Touch-a-Truck event; 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 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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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 

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Performance Schedule for June 15th

Street Stage (corner of School and North Streets)

5-8pm              Rock On

Park Square

5-6pm            Berkshire Bank’s Green Mile Road Race

NEW!! All racers get $1 off a beer at the Big Elm Brewing Beer Garden next to Hot Harry’s

Palace Park  hosted by Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness

5-5:30pm- Family Yoga

5- 6pm – Pilates

6-6:30pm – Nia: Non Impact Aerobics, Mindful Movement

6:30-7pm – Hip Hop

7-7:30pm – Zumba (instead off Park Square)

Persip Park

5-8pm             DJ BFG Dance Party

5-6:30pm         Pittsfield’s Hoopla

St Joseph’s Lawn

4:30-5:30pm    St Joseph’s Band

5:30-5:45pm   Jacob’s Pillow Pop Up Dance Performances continue with Throwdown Dance Collective

5:45-6pm         Berkshire Rhythm Keepers Drum Class led by Aimee Gelinas

6-6:15pm         Jacob’s Pillow Pop Up Dance Performances continue with Throwdown Dance Collective

6:15-                 Berkshire Rhythm Keepers Drum Class led by Aimee Gelinas

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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.

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Click here for photos from 3rd Thursday in August from the Berkshire Eagle.

Click here for the Berkshire Eagle article.

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Thank you to those who joined us for the celebration on July 21 with a food theme.  And a special thanks to Mikey T’s, Studious Baker and Mary’s Carrot Cake for supplying the FREE cupcakes.

Third Thursday teamed up with the Ethnic Fair for July with food vendors throughout the half-mile stretch and Ethnic Fair performances on the stage near Park Square.

Click here for Berkshire Eagle photos of the Third Thursday in July.

Click here for the Berkshire Eagle article.

Click here for the iBerkshires article.

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Click here for the Berkshire Eagle photos from the Third Thursday in June.

Click here for the Berkshire Eagle article from the Third Thursday in June.

Click here for the Berkshire Eagle photos from the Third Thursday in May.

Click here for the Berkshire Eagle article from the Third Thursday in May.

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Click here for the Press Release for the June 16 Third Thursday.

Click here for a list of vendors coming to Third Thursday.

The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as is the Community Art Tent and Outdoor Chalk Art Gallery.  The Carr Hardware Bounce House returns again this year.  The Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club will host its Fun Zone for the third year in a row with bean bag toss, arts and crafts and more.

2016 themes:

  • MAY 19th                     YOUTH               
  • JUNE 16th                    HEALTH
  • JULY 21st                     FOOD + 10th Anniversary Party        
  • AUGUST 18th              EMERGENCY      
  • SEPTEMBER 15th       SHOES

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3rd Thursdays season sponsors include: Berkshire Bank; Berkshire Gas; Berkshire Health 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 slemme@pittsfieldch.com 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.

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Click here for the Berkshire Eagle photo gallery from the 2015 October 3rd Thursday.

Click here for the Berkshire Eagle story about the 2015 October 3rd Thursday.

Click here for the story in the Berkshire Eagle about the 2015 September 3rd Thursday.

Click here for photos of the 2015 September 3rd Thursday from the Berkshire Eagle.

Click here for the photos from 2015 September from iBerkshires.

Click here for the story in the Berkshire Eagle about the 2015 July 3rd Thursday.

Click here for photos of the 2015 July 3rd Thursday from the Berkshire Eagle.

Click here for photos from the May 3rd Thursday.

Click here for photos from the Berkshire Eagle photo booth at the Lichtenstein.

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