Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) new exhibit: “Building a New Museum” opens Tue-Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., FREE admission.

WCMA is pleased to present SOIL \ WCMA: Building a New Museum, an exhibition that showcases the design process behind WCMA’s new home, projected to open in 2027.  WCMA is open to the public Tue-Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., FREE admission. More INFO: artmuseum.williams.edu.

After years of thoughtful planning, WCMA and Williams College have collaborated with the internationally recognized architecture and design firm SO–IL to create a new, state-of-the-art building as the museum’s first purpose-built home since it opened inside Lawrence Hall in 1926 the college’s former library. The design process for the new building began in June 2022 and has been marked by its highly collaborative journey between the design team, the Museum, and the College.

Organized jointly by the design team and the museum, SOIL \ WCMA: Building a New Museum features plans and renderings of the building design and offers a view into the design team’s work in progress and the fluid and iterative process behind the design that visitors will see illustrated in the galleries. The exhibition will also highlight three of SO–IL’s recent projects that embody the firm’s approach to creating spaces for art including, the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Korea; the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California at Davis; and the Amant Art Campus in Brooklyn, New York.

W’town Fire District ELECTION & Annual Meeting on Tues, May 28 at W’town Elementary School gym.

W’town Fire District election/polls open 4 – 7pm.  Annual Meeting takes place at 7:30pm. There are 11 Articles on the Warrant.   Read Warrant HERE.

Mt. Greylock Regional School Committee nomination papers for 3 open seats/4 yr terms on Nov. 5 election ballot.

45 certified signatures are needed to qualify for candidate names to appear on the Tues., Nov. 5 State Election Ballot.  These 3 seats currently held by: Julia Bowen, W’town; José Constantine, W’town; Urusla Maloy, Lanesborough.   DEADLINES:  5pm, Tues, July 23 – to submit nomination papers to local Town Clerk for certification of signatures (at town hall).

Tues, Aug. 20, 2024, 5pm – to file certified nomination papers with the district clerk at the MGRS District Office, 1781 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267.

Nomination Papers available at Mt. Greylock Regional School & Town Halls.

Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair: 9am-5pm on Sat, May 25 & 9am-4pm on Sun, May26 at Cummington Fairgrounds.

Sheep Show.. Fleece Show.. Fiber workshops (for kids too!).. Shearing & Working Sheep Dog Demos…wagon rides.. petting zoo..  Info & Directions HERE. Food, including local lamb!

Community Contra Dance at First Congregational Church Community Hall on Sat. May 11, 7:30-10:30pm

Admission is pay-as-you-can, $12 to $20 suggested, and barter is also welcome.   For more information, visit www.NorthBerkshireDance.org. The dance will run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Community Hall of the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown.

Contra dancing is a contemporary take on a living tradition. The music is live, the dances are taught, and anyone is welcome, with or without a partner — people change partners fluidly for each dance.  The caller teaches dance moves and skills as needed.