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Guthrie Center Free Instrument Lending Program
03:17PM / Tuesday, January 16, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Guthrie Center "Check it Out" musical instrument loan library is designed to serve people of all ages and all instrument experience levels in Berkshire County.   The collection offers a variety of instruments from strings to drums to electric keyboards. People can borrow for up to 30 days free of charge.    "Musical instruments should be played, not displayed," said George Laye, Guthrie Center director of development and founder/director of the instrument loan program. "We are excited to imagine that future Beethovens or Beatles might emerge from our program and not fall through the cracks. Whether a beginner or

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Berkshire Organizations, Schools Awarded Mass Cultural Council Grants
08:53AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mass Cultural Council announced the 299 recipients of the Fiscal Year 2024 STARS Residencies grants.    This $1,502,450 investment will place teaching artists, scientists, and humanists, into schools, bringing cultural enrichment to more than 32,000 Massachusetts students.   "Connecting young people to creativity and a broad range of cultural experiences helps students develop essential skills that set them up for future success," said Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council. "The academic enrichment provided through STARS does exactly that by challenging students in new ways and encouraging them to tap into their

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Berkshire Bach Society Names Artistic Director
11:14PM / Friday, January 12, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Eugene Drucker—violinist, author, educator, composer, and founding member of the  Emerson String Quartet—has been named Artistic Director of The Berkshire Bach Society, the 34-year-old arts organization that presents live performances of Baroque music by world-class musicians in the Berkshires and surrounding areas.   Mr. Drucker is a longtime member of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble and director of the BBS Bach at New Year's concert series. As Artistic Director, he will help spearhead new programming and performance opportunities.   "We are thrilled that Eugene Drucker is stepping into this new position at The Berkshire Bach

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
02:02PM / Friday, January 12, 2024

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 15. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was

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Simon's Rock Food Pantry Accepting Donations
10:45AM / Monday, January 08, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —  Simon's Rock has officially opened an on-campus food pantry, the Rocker Pantry, for students who may be experiencing food insecurity or simply need extra assistance.   However, the Rocker Pantry is open to all students. The Rocker Pantry also provides necessary cold-weather gear, clothing, hygiene products, and various household supplies.   The Rocker Pantry is accepting donations on campus. Local community members can find donation boxes at the Kilpatrick Athletic Center   At the moment, the Rocker Pantry is seeking the following donations: Nonperishable food items  Financial gifts     "Food insecurity on

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Berkshire Waldorf School Waives All General and Financial Aid Application Fees
08:00AM / Sunday, January 07, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School has waived all application and financial aid fees to apply for enrollment in the private secondary school.    "We want to ensure that anyone who wants to be considered for application can do so without worry about cost. Over 80 percent of our students' families receive financial aid. We don't want the application fees to be an impediment for future families to consider enrolling in the high school," said Teresa O'Brient, BWHS Board Chair and owner of Williams & Sons Country Store on Main Street in Stockbridge.   "We value a diverse student population, with teenagers from all

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Berkshire South Regional Community Center New Board Of Trustees
12:32PM / Friday, January 05, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center announced on Jan. 1, 2024, Erica Jaffe is joining the Board of Trustees as the Board Chair.    Jaffe is stepping in for Barbara Manring who has served as the acting Interim Chair for the last two years. Other newly appointed officers include Tony Scott, Second Vice Chair, and Jaclyn Sinay, Clerk. Ethel Patterson is also returning to the BSRCC Board after a two-year hiatus.   Erica Jaffe, a full-time Housatonic resident, brings over 15 years of branding and marketing experience through her work at New York-based creative agencies including BrandFire, 100 Mile Group, and MGX Lab. Most recently, Jaffe

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Stockbridge Grange Community Dinner
03:43PM / Thursday, January 04, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Stockbridge Grange is having a community dinner Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024 featuring baked beans and ham with dessert choices of chocolate cream or lemon meringue pie.     Dinner is $15.00 per person, take out only with 12-1:30 pm pick up at the Stockbridge Grange Hall at 51 Church Street, Stockbridge.  Orders may be made by calling 413-243-1298 or 413-443-4352.     The reservation deadline Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.  

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Carpenter Breaks School Assist Record at Framingham State
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:16AM / Thursday, January 04, 2024
Framingham State senior point guard Gwendolyn Carpenter last month broke the all time assist record at the school.   Her 466th career assist came in a win over Curry College on Dec. 9, breaking a 5-year-old school record.   Carpenter was averaging more than seven assists per game going into Wednesday's home game against Westfield State. She also led the Rams (11-1) in minutes played, averaging 36.8 minutes per contest and had scored 9.4 points per game.   Carpenter is no stranger to breaking records. As a senior at Mount Everett, she set Berkshire County's all-time scoring mark for high school basketball.   Framingham State visits MCLA on Wednesday, Jan.

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BHS Reinstitutes Masking and Updates Visitor Guidelines
05:31PM / Tuesday, January 02, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the wake of a significant increase in the incidence of respiratory illness locally, Berkshire Health Systems has resumed mandatory masking for staff, patients and visitors, and has instituted changes in its visitation policy, effective on Wednesday, Jan. 3.   The updated masking and visitation guidelines impact Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, the North Adams and Hillcrest Campuses of BMC and BMC and Fairview provider practices across the county.   "The new year has brought with it a new wave of respiratory illness. As always, BHS has been monitoring the infection levels in our region so that we can act promptly and effectively to keep

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Great Barrington Community Impact Fund Committee Recommends Awards
10:47AM / Tuesday, January 02, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town Community Impact Fund Committee has recommended the distribution of the following funds to area nonprofits: Railroad Street Youth Project, $162,000 for community work to educate and mentor youth in the community. Rural Recovery Resources, $100,000 to support the addition of a bilingual recovery coach. Volunteers in Medicine, $56,000 to support substance abuse counseling work, which also received CIF funding last year. Great Barrington Police Department, $182,000 over two years to help fund a Co-responder Program, which includes a mental health professional to accompany police to calls when needed. Funds are received annually by the town from

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Happy New Year From iBerkshires.com
iBerkshires Staff,
07:01AM / Monday, January 01, 2024

We are hoping all of our readers have had a happy holiday season. Thank you for making iBerkshires your go-to source for local news. We appreciate your support and will continue to provide you with the relevant information you need in your daily lives as we enter 2024.

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