Press Releases from Our Members

Berkshire Bike N Fly Festival Aug 19


July 24, 2017

Contact:  Richard Stanley

Phone: (413) 446-2001

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GREAT BARRINGTON – Great Barrington Rotary and Airport present the 7th Annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly Festival on Saturday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Great Barrington Airport on 70 Egremont Plain Road in Great Barrington.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with bike rides of varying lengths through the scenic Berkshires. Pre-registration for the bike ride is required.

A full day of activities features scenic airplane, bi-plane & helicopter rides as well as balloon rides.  Enjoy demonstrations of paragliding, parachute jumping and model plans or try out the flight simulator.  There will be new and old airplanes on the ground and in the air, food and other vendors, live music featuring local performers, face painting, bouncy castle, raffle prizes, a dunk tank for local celebrities & more.

Two new attractions are featured this year – The Cow Plop game where contestants place their tickets on one or more of 20 squares marked on the ground.  If the cow comes to rest on your square, you take the prize.   Another main attraction is a mountain bike demonstration featuring world record holder Jeff Lenowsky.  People of all ages can learn mountain bike skills from a world class professional, participate in the show, and get Jeff’s autograph.

Admission is $15 per car load.  Proceeds from the event help fund scholarships and community projects. For more information, visit

Norman Rockwell Museum Announces 1st Retrospective Exhibition of Legendary Comic Book Artist Frank Miller


Norman Rockwell Museum Announces First Retrospective Exhibition of Legendary Comic Book Artist Frank Miller

Out of the Darkness: The Art of Frank Miller

On View Summer/Fall 2019


Out of the Darkness: The Art of Frank Miller is the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to renowned comic book artist Frank Miller, whose award-winning work helped to transform the comic book industry and redefine the look and feel of today’s superhero films. The exhibition will examine Miller’s distinctive style, with examples from throughout his prolific forty-year career. These will include his designs for specific characters, such as Wolverine, Daredevil, Elektra, and an aging, vengeful Batman who battles Superman, and his creation of entire comic books, graphic novels, and films, including, Sin City, 300, and Ronin, among others. A video, specially produced by the Norman Rockwell Museum, will feature commentary from comic book artists influenced by Miller.


June through October 2019


Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262


Jesse Kowalski, Curator of Exhibitions, Norman Rockwell Museum


The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by comic book and pop culture historians, as well as Mr. Kowalski.


Frank Miller (born 1957) is among the most influential comic book artists of his generation. Recognized for his dramatic storytelling and gritty noir aesthetic across genres, including comics, graphic novels, and film, Miller is best known for such works as Ronin; Daredevil; The Dark Knight Returns; Sin City; and 300, among others. His recent work includes DC’s best-selling comic series, “Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” a nine-issue second sequel to “The Dark Knight Returns,” which he wrote in collaboration with Brian Azzarello.

Miller made his feature-film directorial debut in 2005 with the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, which he co-directed with Robert Rodriguez. The critically acclaimed film was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and for the Czech Lion, and won the Austin Film Critics Award. In 2015 Miller and Rodriguez returned as co-directors of a sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

The Sin City books have garnered numerous awards, including two Harvey awards for Best Graphic Album of Original Work in 1998 and for Best Continuing Series in 1996; and six Eisner Awards, including those for Best Writer/Artist, Best Graphic Novel Reprint, Best Cartoonist, Best Cover Artist, Best Limited Series, and Best Short Story. In 2015, Miller was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards Hall of Fame for his lifetime of contributions to the industry.

About the Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to Rockwell’s life and work, while also preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting a growing collection of art by other American illustrators throughout history. Through onsite and traveling exhibitions, as well as publications, arts and humanities programs, and comprehensive online resources the Museum engages diverse audiences as it explores the impact of illustrated images and their role in shaping and reflecting our world.

The recently established Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies supports sustained scholarship in American illustration. The first program of its kind in the nation, the Rockwell Center places the Museum in the vanguard of the preservation and interpretation of published imagery, a critically important but understudied aspect of American visual culture.

The Norman Rockwell Museum advances social good through the civic values of learning, respect, and inclusion, and is committed to upholding the rights and dignity of all people through the universal messages of humanity and kindness portrayed by Norman Rockwell.

Visit the Museum online at

Press contact:

Norman Rockwell Museum

Jeremy Clowe

Manager of Media Services; 413.931.2290

BerkShares, Inc. Announces BerkShares Ambassadors Program

For immediate release: July 5, 2017

Contact: Rachel Moriarty, or (413) 528-1737

GREAT BARRINGTON – BerkShares, Inc. has received a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund of Newmarket, NH to launch a new initiative called BerkShares Ambassadors. The 10-month-long program will engage young people from around Berkshire County in a local economy learning experience that will generate both personal and community benefits. These BerkShares Ambassadors will become spokespeople for the local currency program, harnessing their local knowledge and connections to catalyze BerkShares activity and to help create a more self-reliant Berkshire economy.

Executive Director Alice Maggio and Program Assistant Rachel Moriarty have shaped this new program with assistance from Michael Tesoro, member of the board of BerkShares, Inc. and co-owner of local marinara sauce company Ooma Tesoro’s. Moriarty emphasizes the dual purposes of the BerkShares Ambassadors program: “This is an opportunity for young people to experience both personal and professional growth while also serving their community.”

Maggio points out that BerkShares Ambassadors will build on the momentum created by Entry to Entrepreneurship, BerkShares Inc.’s locally focused business planning program for young people. “This is an exciting new initiative where we can apply a lot of what we have learned over the past three years of Entry to Entrepreneurship, while also exploring new territory.”

The BerkShares Ambassadors program will include a dynamic mix of economics, history, organizing skills, and professional development. Participants will play an active role in each workshop, helping to provide local context, inform content, and initiate activities. BerkShares Ambassadors will grow into “community economists” who can expand awareness and usage of BerkShares and who are empowered to build relationships with their peers, community leaders, community banks and more than four hundred local businesses that participate in BerkShares.

The ideal BerkShares Ambassadors candidate is between 16 and 30 years old, open to collaboration, enthusiastic about engaging with their community, and interested in learning more about our local economy.

BerkShares, Inc. is accepting applications through August 11. Monthly workshops will begin in September. BerkShares, Inc. encourages community members to nominate outstanding young people who could benefit from this program by visiting Young people may also apply directly through the form found at Candidates must have access to a vehicle.

BerkShares Inc. will be hosting information sessions regarding BerkShares Ambassadors throughout the application period on the following dates from 4 to 6pm: Wednesday, July 12 @ Mason Library in Great Barrington, Wednesday, July 26 @ Dottie’s Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield, Thursday, August 3 @ North Adams Public Library. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, or for more information please contact (413) 528-1737 or

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About BerkShares, Inc. – BerkShares, Inc. is a membership-directed non-profit organization focused on responsible economic development in the Berkshire region.  BerkShares, Inc. has worked in partnership with local businesses and community banks to issue BerkShares, a local currency for the Berkshire Region. BerkShares help to build regional identity, raise awareness about the importance of local ownership, and empower community-based economic decision-making. Learn more at

About the New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund’s core grantmaking program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to initiatives by better than 1,700 community groups covering more than 60 percent of New England’s cities and towns.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund awards help solve the problems and realize the promises in addressing climate change and energy action, local food, environmental health and justice, land and water and local economies.

For more information, please visit or call 603-905-9915.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces Sixth Grade Teacher Jennifer Green

Over 45 Years of Waldorf Education in the Berkshires

Contact: Robyn Coe
413.528.4015 x.106

(Great Barrington, MA) June 13, 2017—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) welcomes Jennifer Green as sixth grade class teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Green was selected from a pool of applicants after a national search. She earned her Master of Education degree from Bank Street School of Education (New York, NY). She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the State University of New York (Plattsburgh, NY). Ms. Green brings sixteen years of teaching experience to her new position, including teaching at every grade level. The GBRSS Board of Trustees and Council of Teachers approve the hiring of Ms. Green to lead the class of 2020 through middle school, a period of exceptional human growth.

“We are so happy to welcome Jennifer Green as teacher for the Class of 2020,” said the Steiner School’s Faculty Administrator, or head of school, Michael Junkins. “After many years of teaching, she has chosen to pursue Waldorf education, and brings strong management skills into the classroom for sixth grade and beyond. With her love of international arts and culture, specialty in test and academic preparation for high school and wide experience in diverse learning styles, she is well prepared to meet individual student’s needs as they move into the accelerated, symposium-style classes of middle school at Steiner, and to provide effective exceptional readiness for the most rigorous high schools.”

Prior to her current teaching position at Berkshire Country Day School, Ms. Green collaborated with a team of educators, board members and parents to plan and implement the opening of the Gateway Middle School in New York, where she taught core academic subjects including math, English, writing and history to children ages 7-15 with learning differences. She brings a broad cultural emphasis to her teaching, having developed a cross-curricular Spanish language and culture program, and created the middle school ceramics program, with a focus on sculpture and hand-building, glazing and kiln firing. While at the school, Ms. Green served as teacher support for new staff of the Gateway School of Mumbai, India, for which she organized and led professional development workshops for new teachers. Additionally, Ms. Green has worked individually with students to meet their educational needs and goals in English, math, writing, history, science and Spanish, and helped students prepare for high school entrance exams, create organizational systems and transition into high school.

In addition to her wealth of classroom experience, this summer Ms. Green will augment her training with sixth grade Waldorf curriculum preparation at Sunbridge Institute (Chestnut Ridge, NY), and will continue studies with mentor Stephen Bloomquist, master teacher from the Waldorf School of Lexington (MA), member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) Leadership Council and professor emeritus at Antioch University (Keene, NH). Ms. Green will continue under Mr. Bloomquist’s direct mentorship, along with a core group of Steiner School master teachers, throughout the school year.

“I am so happy to be back in the GBRSS community, both as a teacher and as a parent,” Jennifer Green commented. “Middle school is a wonderful journey, and I am looking forward to working with and supporting the sixth grade through these years, as well as getting to know the families. I feel blessed and inspired to combine what I have learned throughout my career with the ideas and values of the entire Steiner community.”

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s curriculum of academic excellence activated with movement, music, outdoor learning and the arts has been preparing students to achieve their full potential for 45 years, and earned Steiner “Best School in the Berkshires” accolades for five consecutive years, including 2016. The school offers rolling admissions and sliding scale tuition, and is now welcoming new applications.

ExtraSpecialTeas Founder One of the Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroes of 2017

Cherri Sanes


Contact: Dawn Stanyon (802) 355-7939

Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Award for Cherri Sanes

ExtraSpecialTeas founder and executive director, Cherri Sanes, has been selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroines of 2017. The Unsung Heroine honors go to incredible women who have been nominated by legislators from their districts and selected for their contributions to their community and the Commonwealth. The event will be held on June 21, 2017 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Massachusetts State House Great Hall.

Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference in their communities, businesses, or volunteer endeavors. Cherri Sanes was selected because she is a woman who, without fanfare or recognition, uses her time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of the special needs adult community in the Berkshires.

ExtraSpecialTeas opened in April 2016 as the first ever nonprofit tea house operated by special needs adults. Cherri’s son, Jache, challenged with autism, aged out of public school when he turned 22 years old in May of 2014 and inspired this project. The CDC estimates that each year 50,000 special needs young adults age out of public education throughout the country and the majority have nowhere to turn. Cherri wanted Jache, and young adults with similar challenges, to be included, not excluded from the community. With her mantra that “The future belongs to everyone belonging,” she put all of her passion and energy into creating a tea house filled with purpose, possibility and joy as a haven for special needs adults to work and interact with the community of Great Barrington, just steps from Main Street.

Cherri says, “I’m so honored by this nomination. There are so many amazing non-profits in the Berkshires run by dedicated and talented women…and men! But the true unsung heroes are our ExtraSpecial Servers who are now able to contribute to their community by talking to customers, serving tea, stamping tea cozies, making crafts. They make a difference every day.”

ExtraSpecialTeas is located a 2 Elm Street, Great Barrington. It’s hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; and Friday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Follow ExtraSpecialTeas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Give reviews on Yelp.