3rd.Thursdays features four outdoor stages featuring terrific local bands, from bluegrass to blues to Brazilian rhythms. The Corey Zink Band and Berkshier Bateria perform at the Palace Park Stage on North Street near Fenn, young alternative bands Resident Frequency and Modest Me play in front of the Crowne Plaza, and T-Bone Daddy and Barely Blue rock the Spice Dragon stage.
Berkshire Rocks, an organization dedicated to supporting, educating and empowering young musicians, takes over the City Stage this month, located at the corner of Eagle and North Streets. Its musical lineup includes local talents the Constant Change, Highland and the Max Weiner Jazz Group.
Also on the City Stage, get in a baseball mood with the singing of the National Anthem by Kaylene Lemme, classic ballpark organ tunes and the throwing of a ceremonial First Pitch by our own Mayor Daniel Bianchi at 5:45pm. Join in as a Wave flows from Park Square all the way upstreet to encourage Green Mile runners beginning at 6pm.
Free fun baseball-themed games are featured on the Baseball Field of Fun, located on Upper North St. in front of St. Joseph's Church, where you will test your strength by throwing at a radar gun; practice your hitting by swinging through water balloons; try your hand at a bean bag toss; round the bases while hoola hooping with Hoop, Hit & Run and have an opportunity to win plenty of prizes and giveaways, including Pittsfield Suns souvenirs and game tickets! Suns players will be leading the entertainment and activity in uniform, so you will have a chance to meet each one of them. Keep your eyes peeled for the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors roaming the field, playing your favorite ballpark tunes.
There is plenty of great food at 3rd.Thursdays this month, with barbeque sliders and other comfort food by MadJacks BBQ, Mary's Carrot Cake Cafe for locally baked treats, the Lantern Bar & Grill for the county's best burgers, Spice Dragon for sushi and Vietnamese food, or Mission Bar + Tapas for Spanish wine and tapas and craft beer. Enjoy outdoor seating at Patrick's Pub or try North Street's newest culinary hotspot J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille.
All funds raised during the June 20th 3rd.Thursday buy the popular Civitan food booth on Persip Park will go towards the fund to restore the Civil War Memorial on Park Square. Other food vendors at 3rd.Thursdays include For the Love of Pie, Lucia's Latin Kitchen, Zucchini's Restaurant and food trucks How We Roll and Amanda's Kitchen. And be sure and visit the historic Popcorn Wagon, now on North Street at Depot.
More fun can be found indoors with a screening of the 90's romantic baseball comedy Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Surandon, at the Beacon Cinema as part of its monthly Throwback Thursdays series for $5. At 8pm head over to Patrick's Pub for Rakish Paddy's monthly set of Irish music or check out the Picky Bastards at Mission Bar & Tapas, a collective of rotating local folk, rock and Americana musicians hosted by Dave Brown and Chris Merenda. The Arthur Holmes Blues Band will be in the house at MadJack's BBQ from 7pm to 10pm. All are no cover.
Enjoy live theatre at this week's 3rd.Thursdays. The Town Players of Pittsfield offer three performances of the short one act, Barrington Stage presents two performance this 3rd.Thursdays. On the Main Stage, they're featuring their new acclaimed new musical On The Town, for which they are offering 25% off a pair of tickets to any active or retired military personnel for the June 20th performance at 8pm. Just ask for the HERO promotion. And at the St. Germaine Stage on Linden Street, enjoy the world premiere of Muckrakers.
3rd.Thursdays season sponsors include Berkshire Gas, Guardian Life, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Sabic, Berkshire Health Systems and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Upcoming 3rd.Thursdays dates and themes are July 18 Under the Sea, August 15th: Weird Science; September 19th: Festa Italiano; and October 17: Monster Mash. 3rd.Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. For more infomation on 3rd.Thursdays please visit discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays, email email@example.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.
Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield; 413-281-7289; firstname.lastname@example.org