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July 6 Event Commemorates Home of Troy's Garage Baseball Squad
12:13PM / Tuesday, June 28, 2022
The Troy's Garage team, based in West Stockbridge, was a regional semi-pro baseball power in the 1930s. WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. -- An important piece of Berkshire County baseball history will be honored on Wednesday, July 6, when a plaque is dedicated at the former Keresey Field, home of the famed Depression-era Troy's Garage team.   Kevin Larkin, who published a book about the squad titled "Big Time Baseball in a Small Berkshire County Town," obtained the plaque and the permission of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to install the historic marker.   On July 6 at 5 p.m., local dignitaries, including a member of the Keresey family, will join him

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Bidwell House Museum's Second Summer History Talk
12:00PM / Monday, June 27, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass. —Bidwell House Museum will be having its second history talk of the summer "Murder and Mercy on the Susquehanna: Captain Civility of Conestoga Teaches Pennsylvania Colonists New Principles of Justice" at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Tyringham Union Church with a Zoom option.   Pulitzer Prize winner and New York University Professor Nicole Eustacea will discuss a forgotten murder of a Seneca hunter near Conestoga, Pennsylvania by two white fur traders on the eve of a major treaty between Iroquois leaders and European colonists.   According to the press release, this attack set into motion a series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural

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Jacob's Pillow Selects Hospitality Partner
08:21AM / Monday, June 27, 2022
BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow announced an agreement with Sodexo Live! and joint venture partner Gourmet Caterers of Boston, to enhance the food, beverage and hospitality offerings for patrons.   Menus, infused by inclusion of local ingredients, will complement the venue's historic, artistic space both day-to-day and for large events, including this year's Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.   The festival runs June 22 – August 28 and brings in thousands of guests from the U.S. and around the world. It's a destination for performances from national and international dance companies, expert speaking engagements, free exhibitions, an extensive archival

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The People's Pantry Launches First Fundraiser in 23 Years
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:30AM / Monday, June 27, 2022

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The People's Pantry has launched its first fundraiser in more than 20 years of operating with a goal of raising $300,000. This money will allow it to feed the community for the rest of 2022.

A drastic increase in need coupled with inflation has led the organization to this venture.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the pantry fed around 500 individuals a month and now it feeds more than 2,000.

Expenses have also dramatically risen, with its operating budget increasing by 500 percent between 2018 and 2021.

"The numbers have just skyrocketed," said Rees Shad, a member of the nonprofit's communications committee..

The Help-Fill-The-Bag

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World Premiere of 'The Equality of Night and Day' at Jacob's Pillow
12:14PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
BECKET, Mass. — Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE returns to Jacob's Pillow in Week 2 of the Dance Festival this year from June 29-July 3.    The company will perform several works, including the world premiere of "The Equality of Night and Day," with noted jazz composer Jason Moran playing live for each performance. Also in Week 2, BODYTRAFFIC will perform on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage, and Loni Landon Dance Project featuring Mary Lattimore will perform Solace of Surrender in the Great Lawn Tent on Friday and Saturday.   In addition to live performances, PillowTalks will be offered free of charge in Blake's Barn. Week 2 PillowTalks welcome Festival

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Juvenile Facing Charges in Searles School Fire
04:19PM / Thursday, June 23, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A teenager will face arson-related charges in connection with a fire this past weekend at the vacant Searles School.   The youth, who is not being identified because he is under 17, will be summonsed to appear in Berkshire County Juvenile Court at a later date.   "Every fire has the potential to hurt someone," said Fire Chief Charles Burger. "We're fortunate that this particular incident didn't grow larger and put the community or the firefighters who serve them at risk."   Great Barrington firefighters responded to 79 Bridge St. just after 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, following a 911 call and observed smoke coming

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The 2022 Summer Music Festival Season Begins
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
08:00AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
The summer concert season is upon us, and how lucky are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires, at what can only be described as “Music Heaven!”   With performances easily accessible nearby, a short, pleasant drive, within our contiguous two-state region, concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues grand (Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass) or intimate (Taconic Music in southwestern Vermont and Marlboro Music to the east near Brattleboro).   Scanning the upcoming offerings of these and also several other important venues in the region, it looks to be an especially exciting and brilliant summer season of

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The Bidwell Country Fair
03:15PM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
MONTEREY, Mass. — After a 2-year hiatus, the Bidwell House Museum will bring back the Bidwell Country Fair.   The free community event is on Saturday, June 25 from 12-4 p.m. at the Bidwell House Museum. The event coincides with Monterey celebrating the town's 175th anniversary.    There will be activities for the whole family at the Fair including music, reenactors, artisan demonstrations, crafts, food and more.   On the musical stage, Moonshine Holler and Oakes and Smith will play.   The Butler's Rangers, Loyalist Reenactors, will be at the Museum all afternoon talking about what life was like for those who fought alongside the British during the

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BART Announces Junior Book Awards
11:28AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
ADAMS, Mass — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 17 at an all-school assembly.   The recipients follow:   The Saint Anselm College Book Award goes to a junior who exercises a capacity for academic achievement and qualities in the areas of civic engagement and social responsibility. This award goes to Josiah Hylton.   The RIT Award is given to a junior or juniors who demonstrate high academic promise. The awardee will receive a waived application fee and a $32,000 scholarship ($8,000 annually) if they are accepted for admission to an RIT BS/BFA program, and enroll full-time in the fall

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Renovated Ted Shawn Theatre Reopens
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
08:36AM / Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Trustees Chairman Christopher Jones talks about the efforts that got Jacob's Pillow to this point.  BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival celebrated on Saturday the opening of the newly renovated Ted Shawn Theatre, a five-year project to restore the first theater in the nation dedicated to dance.    Built in 1942 as part of founder Ted Shawn's vision for presenting dance, the 80-year-old structure has been in dire need of upgrades to continue to support the dance community.    Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Jones explained that over the last 80 years, the growth of the Pillow over the Berkshire summers motivated the board to

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Fire Officials Urge Residents to Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
08:03AM / Tuesday, June 14, 2022
STOW, Mass. — Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and State Police Colonel Christopher S. Mason are reminding residents to leave fireworks to the professionals this summer.   Massachusetts fire departments reported more than 900 fires related to illegal fireworks between 2012 and 2021, officials said. In addition to the 43 fire service injuries and $2.1 million in damages attributed to these fires, Massachusetts medical facilities reported 31 severe burn injuries extending to 5 percent or more of the victims' bodies that were caused by illegal fireworks.   "People are injured and property is lost to illegal fireworks every single year in

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Berkshire Natural Resources Council Receives State Conservation Grant
12:00PM / Monday, June 13, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state awarded the Berkshire Natural Resources Council a Landscape Partnership Grant of $1,250,000 grant to conserve 836 acres in Monterey and Tyringham.   The grant will go toward the Mount Hunger Conservation project and the continued forest management of the area, expanding public access for passive recreation, and building climate resilience by adding to a connected conservation corridor of over 14,000 acres.   "Investing in these important projects will make our communities more resilient to climate change, protect critical drinking water supplies, and ensure communities benefit from access to open space," said Gov. Charlie Baker.

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