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The Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Sevenars, Taconic Music this Week
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
08:00AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Tanglewood enters its second week, and the glories are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. Here's a listing of the outstanding scheduled performances and related events – all highlights for this weekend and into next week, Friday through Monday, July 8-11.   Be sure to also consider the marvelous and diverse programs listed below at Sevenars Music Festival in Worthington, Mass, and by the Taconic Music Festival in Manchester, Vt.   Tanglewood Four Shed Concerts with the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra     • Friday, July 8, at 8:00 p.m.: Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a

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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
09:06AM / Monday, July 04, 2022

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.


The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
08:01AM / Saturday, July 02, 2022

Festivities marking the nation's 243rd birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Thursday July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are July 3 night practice (no fireworks) and Thursday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops, which begin at 8. This year's event features a flyover, Queen Latifah and Arlo Guthrie. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.


Lenox

Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with

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CHP Rolling Out Vaccines for Young Children
08:00AM / Saturday, July 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) is now offering COVID-19 pediatric vaccines for children between 6 months through age 4.   These vaccines have been clinically tested and approved for use in young children to prevent serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19.    Full information about pediatric vaccines for children of all ages can be found on the CDC's website.   The CHP Mobile Health Unit (MHU) provides free vaccines to all, regardless of whether they are a CHP patient. The MHU travels throughout the Berkshires to various locations with vaccines and community-based health services, and the schedule calendar can be found

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Berkshire Waldorf High School Has Plans for Old Stockbridge Town Hall
02:23PM / Friday, July 01, 2022

Stephen Sagarin, Teresa O'Brient, and Cathy Clark on the steps of the Old Town Hall.   STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School is proposing to turn Procter Hall into its future home.    School officials on Friday announced a multiyear fundraising campaign to begin the first phase of renovation to the two-century-old structure.    "The town of Stockbridge can finally realize its two-decade old dream of finding a permanent use for this 1839 historic structure," said Teresa O'Brient, chair of the school's trustees and owner of the Stockbridge Country Store, in a press release. "We are so excited to finally have the

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
10:55AM / Friday, July 01, 2022

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written by

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Construction Begins in Castle Hill Neighborhood In Great Barrington
12:10PM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Beginning July 5, 2022 contractors for the Town of Great Barrington will be working in the Castle Hill neighborhood, conducting investigative drilling on various streets.   Work will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., for about 10 days. Contractors will be using a drilling rig to bore holes through the pavement and sub-base of the road, at various locations.    This work is a preliminary step in planning for future replacement of much of the sewer and drainage infrastructure in this neighborhood.   Work will occur on Castle Street, Castle Hill Avenue, Hollenbeck Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Sumner Street, and Taconic Avenue. Minor detours

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CHP CEO Stepping Down After Nearly 7 Years
12:00PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) CEO Lia Spiliotes, who has led CHP since 2015, has announced she is stepping down from CHP.    In a statement to staff and colleagues, Spiliotes said she intends to refocus on family health priorities in Boston and New York. She stated she is also turning her professional attention to broader advocacy efforts around public and economic policy related to community health. Her last day is June 30.    "We have accomplished so much by advancing and accelerating CHP's mission and vision," said Spiliotes in a statement. "CHP reaches so many in our community in need, regardless of their ability

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The Classical 'High Season' Bursts Upon the Scene
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
08:00AM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
It's well known that the Berkshires and environs are a mecca for classical music lovers. With the tourist high season – from mid-June through Labor Day – concert activity increases exponentially, offering listeners a cornucopia of musical delights to please every taste.   This week, two magnificent presenter "T"s share the spotlight, offering fabulous musical pleasures: Tanglewood and Taconic Music.   Tanglewood Music Festival Tanglewood in Lenox, among the world's grandest outdoors summer music festivals, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony, and offers outstanding and varied classical performances. Beginning July 8, the Festival will present a

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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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