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Lifting The Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires
12:32PM / Friday, August 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "Lifting the Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires" is currently on view at Herman Melville's Arrowhead and explores historic mourning practices, focusing primarily on the nineteenth century.    The exhibition contains objects from Berkshire County Historical Society's (BCHS) collection including an array of mourning attire, an embroidered silk mourning picture, headstones and funerary items, and ephemera. Lifting the Veil is on view through October 2021 and is free and open to the public.   "This exhibition was well into the planning phase in 2020 when COVID-19 caused us to close for the year," said Lesley Herzberg, Executive

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The Weekend Beat: Fort Mass, Anthony Anniversaries
By Gregory Fournier, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:04AM / Friday, August 20, 2021
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Siege of Fort Massachusetts

The biggest anniversary event this weekend is undoubtedly the Susan B. Anthony Celebration in Adams but the oldest is in North Adams on Saturday with the marking of the 275th anniversary of the Siege of Fort Massachusetts. 

The North Adams Historical Society is hosting the annual commemoration at 10 a.m. Saturday at its new museum space on the first floor of the Holiday Inn. The Museum of History and Science reopened in July after being closed much of last year because of the pandemic. 

Fort Massachusetts is believed to have been located on the Hoosic River somewhere near what is now Roberts Drive. Part of a line of forts built by the British to

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Dewey Hall Summer Photography Walk
10:49AM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — On Saturday Aug. 21 from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. join local professional photographer Thad Kubis and walk the town while learning to compose and design images of some of our town's landmarks and buildings.   The outdoor event starts at Dewey Hall. Participants will move from Depot Square, the railroad tracks, Sheffield Green, Bushnell Sage Library, and Center cemetery (off Berkshire School Road).   Bring whichever camera system you are most comfortable with; smartphone, tablets, DSLR's or film based systems. Kubis will be available to help you understand your system and expand your creative eye.   After the creative walk through town participants

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Ventfort Hall: The Concorde: Technology Meets Glamour
08:55AM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — Frequent flyer and author Rene Silvin will relay his experiences with "The Concorde: Technology Meets Glamour."    His presentation will be available on Zoom only on Tuesday, August 24 at 4 pm. Silvin's program is part of the museum's Tuesday Talks.   The speaker flew on this technologically advanced plane 160 times and will present the history of this marvel of technology from an in-depth, personal point of view. As one of Air France's best customers, he was treated to a very early non-stop flight originating and ending in Paris.  It was akin to a 3½ - hour test flight over the Atlantic. He will also introduce us to the

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Summer Garden Party Fundraiser at the Bidwell House Museum
10:06AM / Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum is holding its annual summer garden party on Friday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the  gardens on the grounds of the Museum.    To celebrate 30 seasons of this historic mansion, the Museum is honoring the founders of the Museum Jack Hargis and David Brush and two of the founding Board Members, Bill Brockman and Jack Jefferson. The theme this year is "Hats Off" and attendees are encouraged to wear their best hats. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Bidwell House Museum.   Music will be provided by The Lucky 5 and hors d'oeuvres will be served by Kate Baldwin. There will be a silent

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Dewey Hall Invites South County Neighbors to Ice Cream Social
01:42PM / Monday, August 16, 2021
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Dewey Hall will hold an "ice cream social" in its back yard to greet South Berkshire neighbors, new and old, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31.   The event is free, and ice cream will be provided by sponsor High Lawn Farm.    There will also be lawn games, a coloring table, door prizes, and live music from the Michael Junkins and Dan Broad Jazz Duo.    The first 50 families to attend will receive screen printed canvas tote bags filled with swag and information from Sheffield related businesses and organizations. The bags have the original Sheffield Friendly Union missions  statement " . . . to increase kindly feelings

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Ventfort Hall Presents "The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon"
09:49AM / Monday, August 16, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — "The Gibson Girl:  A Gilded Age Icon" exhibit is now on view at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum with an accompanying event to take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 as part of the ArtWeek program.     Comprehensive signage will allow visitors to view the exhibit at their own leisure.   Charles Dana Gibson, a commercial artist who was active between 1890 and 1920, created the Gibson Girl. One of Gibson's images for satirizing the social scene of the Gilded Age.    A collection of Gibson's illustrations representing some of these and other subjects will be on view.    According to a press release, the

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New Board Members at Ventfort Ha
01:57PM / Monday, August 09, 2021
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LENOX, Mass.— Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors.    They are Govane Lohbauer of Lee and Natalie Johnsonius Neubert of Lenox.   Lohbauer has been for more than twenty years costume director at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, designing three to seven shows per year and overseeing the maintenance and organization of 60,000-piece costume stock.  She taught costume and prop design and was the costume designer in the Theater Department at Simon's Rock of Bard College. For the Berkshire Public Theater and the Berkshire Lyric Theater she designed and executed costumes.   In

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Art Briefs: Music, Performances on Tap for August
04:16PM / Monday, August 02, 2021
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Barrington Stage Company, as part of its Black Voices Matter initiative, is sponsoring "Celebration of Black Voices," a free five-day festival on Pittsfield's West Side, with free events celebrating the local Black community through artistic engagement.    The festival will take place in an outdoor pavilion at the Polish Community Club, Linden and Center streets, from Wednesday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 8. Seating is limited, and reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made here.    Community involvement is a key element to this weeklong event, and there are ample opportunities for everyone to participate — from talent show to

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Schedule and Policy Changes at the Berkshire Museum
04:27PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Special hours will be in effect next week as the Berkshire Museum prepares for the Aug. 6 grand reopening of its fully-renovated second floor.    The museum will close early at 4 pm on Sunday, Aug. 1, and will remain closed to the public Monday through Thursday, Aug. 2 through 5. The Berkshire Museum reopens Friday, Aug. 6, with an all-new second floor complete with five new exhibitions.   Beginning with Member Preview Days on Aug. 2, all Berkshire Museum visitors ages two and older will once again be required to wear protective face coverings throughout their visit and will not be permitted inside the building without a mask or other suitable face

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