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3rd Thursdays Celebrates Creative Youth with Street performers, dancers, musicians and artists on May 17th   

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 for its twelfth season on Thursday, May 17th with the Youth theme.  For the second year, General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) is sponsoring the youth-themed 3rd Thursday.  The event celebrates youth performers, dancers, musicians, artists 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.

“I’m happy to say that spring has finally made its way to the Berkshires, and the arrival of this gorgeous weather has come just in time for the start of the Third Thursday season in the City of Pittsfield,” says Mayor Linda Tyer. “It kicks off with a creative spotlight on our youth, and will feature amazing dance performances, interactive demonstrations, and powerful presentations throughout the summer. So I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy Third Thursdays in Pittsfield. It’s truly a treat for the whole family.”

The entire half mile of 3rd Thursday will once again be smoke-free.

For the youth-themed 3rd Thursday in May, you’ll see performances from Kids 4 Harmony; Rock On; Reid Middle School String Ensemble and the Pittsfield High School cast of Fame.  Berkshire Theatre Group will be doing an excerpt from Billy Bud and the Breadbox on the Persip Park Main Stage.   

Jacob’s Pillow Dance will be bringing artists from all over the US to perform at all five 3rd Thursdays this season in a new area on upper North Street called the Dance Zone.  The Dance Zone will feature a headline performance hosted by Jacob’s Pillow with performances from regional dance groups before and after.

“We’re thrilled to bring Pillow Pop-Up Performances to every Third Thursday again this summer and collaborate with local dance organizations, says Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow Director.  “We invite you to visit us in the Dance Zone–our regular spot right on North Street–and discover all that dance has to offer.”

The Dance Zone will take place near the corner of Bradford and North Streets in front of St. Joseph Church every month.  In May, Jacob’s Pillow presents the artists of Wild Rhythms, one of New York’s most decorated swing duos, prior to their Inside/Out performance on June 28th.  With nearly 20 years of experience combined, Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook  travel the world regularly, sharing their knowledge and passion of swing, jazz, and vintage-dance entertainment. Wild Rhythms has graced many stages including Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, and The USS Intrepid.  Click here for a full list of Jacob’s Pillow Pop-Up Performances.   Aimee Gelinas and Berkshire Pulse Youth Drummers, the Funk Box Dance Studio and Berkshire Salsa will join in on the fun in the Dance Zone.

Other 3rd Thursday highlights for May include:

  • Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness will be offering a free children’s yoga class at Palace Park at 6pm.
  • Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness free Zumba at Park Square starting at 6:30pm.
  • The Pittsfielder is debuting the 3rd Thursday Courtyard between Columbus Ave and Summer Street.  Stop by the courtyard to rest your feet from walking, enjoy your snack from the vendors, or meet up with your friends and family at the central location.
  • Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at BCC will be doing pop up international folk demos on the street stage at School and North Streets.
  • The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a reception for its annual Art in our Schools show featuring more than 200 works of art by Pittsfield public middle and high school students.
  • Miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad
  • The presenting sponsor for May, General Dynamics Mission Systems, will be doing an interactive engineering demonstration every month all season long near Columbus Avenue and North Street.

The fun continues south with the Berkshire Museum, Peace Train Tees and Café Namaste.  The museum will be open and free for Berkshire County residents, hosting interactive activities outside in conjunction all of the fun inside.   Peace Train Tees is having its grand opening celebration at its new location.  Café Namaste will be open and host an arts and crafts night inside and outside (weather permitting).

Look for these 3rd Thursday season highlights to come: interactive demos from Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness and more in June, along with the return of the Berkshire Bank Green Mile Road Race; Berkshire Bateria in July to celebrate World Culture; a live performance with the Whiskey Treaty Road Show, along with the ever popular Touch-a-Truck event in August; Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in September and much more!

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include:  Berkshire Bank; Berkshire Gas; General Dynamics Mission Systems and Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. 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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