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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Virtual Sourdough Workshop
04:06PM / Friday, February 23, 2024
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Dewey Hall will host a virtual sourdough talk with Richard Bourdon, founder of Berkshire Mountain Bakery.   Bourdon will be joined by Sarah Reynolds North of Found Bread in her kitchen in New Marlborough.   In this pre-filmed 60-minute workshop, Richard and Sarah will show how to mix the dough by hand. That will be followed by a lesson on how to shape proofed dough into a loaf. Along the way, they will offer time-tested tips and tricks for ensuring professional results—with practice.    Questions are welcome via chat and will be answered by Richard and Sarah during a live Q & A time at the end.    The presentation will take

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The Bard Queer Leadership Project to Host Queer Leaders Vision Forum
08:07AM / Friday, February 23, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —The Bard Queer Leadership Project (BQLP), which welcomed its first cohort of students during the fall 2023 semester at Simon's Rock, will host its third Queer Leaders Vision Forum with Dr. Joel Davis Brown (he/him) on February 29 at 7:00 p.m.   Provost John B. Weinstein (he/him) and Director of the Bard Queer Leadership Project, Dr. Carla Stephens (she/her), will be in conversation with Davis Brown.   Joel Davis Brown is an entrepreneur, author, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council. His debut book, The Souls of Queer Folk: How Understanding LGBTQ+ Culture Can Transform Your Leadership Practice, published in 2023. An attorney with a doctorate

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Bard College at Simon's Rock to Screen '20 Days in Mariupol'
12:10PM / Thursday, February 22, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—Bard College at Simon's Rock will screen "20 Days in Mariupol" on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clarke Auditorium in the Fisher Science and Academic Center.   This initiative is made possible by a partnership between PBS | Frontline and Razom for Ukraine and is open to students based at U.S. universities and colleges. For the first time in Ukrainian cinematic history, a Ukraine-made film has secured a sport among the Academy Award Nominees.    According to a press release, the goal of this initiative is to spread the important message of the documentary as well as engage universities, bring agency to the student body to make

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Berkshire Nonprofits See Housing, Recruitment as Critical Needs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:17AM / Thursday, February 22, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Housing has become a critical issue that's affecting all aspects of the Berkshire economy.    It rose to the top during conversations with state lawmakers last week at a virtual legislative town hall hosted by Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.    Lack of affordable housing leads to the nonprofits' other major concern — recruitment and retention issues.    "What we hear from you as far as your biggest concerns around housing and recruitment and retention is the same issues that we hear from the for-profit sector in the county. So these are very common themes that we are facing these challenges together,"

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Applications for Berkshire Art Center's Artist Residency Now Open
08:16AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Art Center is now accepting applications for its 2024 Berkshire Artist Residency Program.    This year, Berkshire-based artists can apply for a summer residency at three local institutions - The Red Lion Inn, Chesterwood, and now, Ventfort Hall. A total of five selected artists will spend three months creating work inspired by the history, landscape, culture, and architecture of those institutions.   Since 2012, Berkshire Art Center has coordinated artist residencies that pair local visual artists with cultural institutions and historic landmarks across the Berkshires. The heart of the Berkshire Artist Residency is to give artists the

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Great Barrington Public Theater Hosts Sit Down With Neil Pepe
03:59PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) invites theater lovers and artists to take part in the company's conversation with Neil Pepe on Monday, Feb. 26 at 6 pm at St Jams Place.

"It will be fun to swap ideas with Jim and the Berkshire theater community," Pepe adds. "Atlantic Theater Company has been built by artists exchanging ideas and diving into conversation about what makes a script, a scene, an actor or play stand out, what makes art, language and technique effective. Dialogue is the nuts and bolts of great theater. Anyone who loves the creativity of theater will get something from our shoptalk," Pepe said.

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CHP Mobile Unit At Richmond Town Hall
01:02PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
RICHMOND, Mass.— The Community Health Programs (CHP) Mobile Health Unit will be parked at Richmond Town Hall on Thursday, Feb.22 from 9 am to noon.   The unit will offer urgent care, flu and COVID vaccines, and sick visits.   Staff will also help residents sign up for SNAP and Mass Health benefits.    

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Youth Baseball Registration Underway for 2024 Season
iBerkshires.com Sports,
10:20AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is underway for the newly restructured Pittsfield Little League for the 2024 season.   In the offseason, the Pittsfield Little League National Division and American Division merged to form a single league.   The youth program is encouraging all returning and new players eligible for the 2024 campaign to register at www.pittsfieldll.com.   Registration for the Adams-Cheshire Little League is available here. Dalton-Hinsdale Little League registration is here. Sign up for the Great Barrington Little League here.   Northern Berkshire NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Baseball League is looking for players aged 7 to 16 to

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Photo Contest for Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Annual Brochure
04:10PM / Monday, February 19, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit an image or images that represent enjoying the Southern Berkshires.   The Chamber is looking for photos that show off the region as a four-season destination. Subjects could include the outdoors, food, arts & culture, shopping, sports, recreation, agriculture and more.   As in past years, a photo entry cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entity.   There is no limit on the number of entries per person.   Winners will be selected via an anonymous vote by our Membership and PR Committee.   The winning

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Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Event Celebration at Bard College at Simon's Rock
01:57PM / Monday, February 19, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock presents the 27th annual W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Event entitled "A Celebration of Soul with Ursula Rucker" on Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. Historically presented as a lecture, this year, the event will be a celebration.    This event is part of the Town of Great Barrington's W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival.    According to a press release:   The community is invited to enjoy an evening of cultural celebration, music, and soul. Poet, recording artist, activist, teacher and revolutionary, Ursula Rucker, is a certified veteran of the global music and poetry scene. A skilled writer and dynamic

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Great Barrington Select Board Member Running for 3rd District Seat
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:48PM / Sunday, February 18, 2024

Leigh Davis says housing is her No. 1 priority having seen personally and professionally how instability in housing affects people, businesses and communities.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Leigh Davis launched her run for the State House from the steps of Town Hall in Friday surrounded by supporters holding campaign signs.   The area deserves someone who will constantly show up and advocate for the community, the vice chair of the Select Board said. She pledged to be that person.    "This has been my mission for the past 15 years since I landed here with my three children from Ireland," Davis said.   "I'm running for this office because I

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Friday, February 16, 2024

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 19.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virginia. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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