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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Third Thursday to Feature Ninth Annual Walk a Mile event  

Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Jacob’s Pillow, Salsa Dancing 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 19 with the 9th annual Elizabeth Freeman Center Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.  The presenting sponsor is Greylock Federal Credit Union.   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.  The Hoping Machine will be performing at Persip Park following the start of the walk at 6pm.

Whiskey Treaty Roadshow takes the City Stage!  The City Stage will be anchored on North Street near Park Square featuring hometown favorite The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.  WTRS is a collaborative band that brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters in the vein of Americana, Rock and Roots-Folk music.   The performance is 5:45-7:15pm.

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Zone near St. Joseph’s Church will feature the
Barkha Dance Company (BDC).  The BDC creates works to forge links between contemporary themes and traditional Indian Kathak dance, and to help guide audiences to a better understanding of Indian culture and art form. Artistic Director, Barkha Patel has presented her solos at Jacob’s Pillow and the NJPAC. Recently, Pangea Dance Series commissioned BDC to create a 15-minute production exploring immigrant experiences. BDC continues to focus on aesthetic and cultural access through production pieces that open audiences’ eyes to new stories, art, and experiences.

For Third Thursday, Patel performs a solo of pure Kathak dance accompanied with live music by Mike Lukshis on Tabla, the main percussion instrument of Kathak, and Rohan Prabhudesai on harmonium.

Willing Third Thursday audience members of all ages and dance abilities will be guided in learning the 2019 National Dance Day routine by special guest community artists. This fun and easy-to-learn dance will be filmed by Jacob’s Pillow and featured in its social media celebration on Saturday, September 21. You can preview the routine on the America Dance Movement website.

Also at the Dance Zone, Berkshire Salsa will be doing interactive salsa demonstrations.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Zone Full Schedule

6pm: Performance by Barkha Dance Company
6:30pm: National Dance Day lesson & video shoot
7pm: Latin Dance with Berkshire Salsa

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.

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include Berkshire Bank, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Greylock Federal Credit Union, 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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