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Berkshire Bach Society’s Annual Messiah Sing with Frank Nemhauser and the Berkshire Bach Players

A memorable tradition, Berkshire Bach Society’s annual Messiah Sing, always held on Saturday afternoon at 4pm on Thanksgiving weekend, is the Society’s offering to the community and heralds the beginning of the holiday season and the coming New Year. For over 50 years now, communities both large and small across the U.S. have organized Messiah Sings based on George Frideric Handel’s English language oratorio composed in 1741. Sometimes called a Messiah “sing-in” or Messiah “sing-along”, these sings have become increasingly popular and are a fun and spirited way to usher in the holiday season.

Often accompanied by piano or organ, Berkshire Bach’s Messiah Sing stands out in that the singers are led by a professional choral director, the ever-popular Frank Nemhauser, and are accompanied by the Berkshire Bach Players, a seasoned instrumental ensemble of professional musicians, including Lucy Bardo, one of America’s first and finest viola da gamba players (playing cello), and legendary trumpet player, Allan Dean, along with Miriam Shapiro and Cindy Olgunick on violins, Eric Martin on viola, and Anne Voglewede Green on piano.

Choral conductor Frank Nemhauser has been for many years the Music Director of both the Westchester Choral Society and the Berkshire Choral International (BCI, formerly Berkshire Choral Festival), as well as Director of Vocal Studies and Associate Professor at Mannes College of Music in New York.

And who are the singers and soloists? You are! You get to sing the solos! And as one, the audience becomes the chorus and raises its voice in the majestic Hallelujahs!

Bring your own score, or borrow one at the door. The Society uses the G. Schirmer version. The setting is informal. Whether you are an experienced choral singer, an avid listener, or the occasional Messiah enthusiast, here’s your chance to join your friends and neighbors in song.

Be part of a tradition that sees some 2800 participants in the New York Messiah Sing at Lincoln Center, and nearly 4000 singers at the Albert Hall in London. Too shy to sing? Come and listen. Either way, you’ll have a blast.

The Berkshire Bach Society offers this annual Messiah Sing as a gift to the community, and is free to all. Generous donations are most welcome, however, as Berkshire Bach insists on paying their amazing and loyal musicians!

The event is held on Saturday, November 25 at 4pm at the First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA.


Williamstown, Massachusetts—Art historian Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator, Emerita at the Williams College Museum of Art, presents the free lecture “Mary Cassatt’s Prints: Experiments in Understanding” on Sunday, December 3 at 3 pm at the Clark Art Institute. The lecture will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the Clark’s exhibition The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, on view through January 7, 2018. It also coincides with the Clark’s First Sundays Free program, which provides free admission to the galleries on the first Sunday of the month through May.

Mathews explores how Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt worked with preliminary states (stages in the development of a print), which the esteemed print scholar William Ivins called “experiments in understanding.” Looking at similar prints by Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Félix Bracquemond from about the same time (1880), Mathews explores the artists’ efforts to arrive at a new, Impressionist definition of “linear thinking.”


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. 

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.


Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute announces its participation in Museum Store Sunday, a new international shopping and cultural campaign launched by the Museum Store Association (MSA), on Sunday, November 26 from 10 am–5 pm. Visitors receive twenty percent off all purchases made in the Clark’s Museum Store—including jewelry, home decor, gifts, and fine art books—and can enter to win a family/dual membership valued at $100. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing.

In ​partnership ​with ​the ​United ​Kingdom’s ​Association ​for ​Cultural ​Enterprises ​and ​the Museum ​Shops ​Association ​of ​Australia ​and ​New ​Zealand, ​MSA’s Museum ​Store ​Sunday promotes ​shopping ​conscientiously ​and ​supporting ​museum stores ​and ​their ​missions ​worldwide.

“The ​general ​public ​already ​loves ​shopping ​in ​museum ​stores, ​because ​they ​know ​they ​can find ​something ​different,” ​says ​Julie ​Steiner, ​president ​of ​the ​MSA ​Board ​of ​Directors ​and director ​of ​retail ​operations ​at ​the ​Barnes ​Foundation. “Museum ​Store ​Sunday ​gives ​people a ​chance ​to ​support ​local ​businesses, ​give ​back ​to ​the ​community ​through ​local ​non-profit museum, ​support ​good ​causes, ​find ​unique ​holiday ​gifts, ​and ​enjoy ​an ​entertaining ​and educational ​experience ​at ​favorite ​museums, ​all ​at ​the ​same ​time.”

More ​than ​300 ​museums from ​three ​continents, ​five ​countries, ​and ​forty-seven ​states are ​slated to ​partake ​in Museum ​Store ​Sunday ​with ​special ​events ​and ​promotions. ​For ​a ​complete ​list of ​participating ​museums ​and ​institutions, ​visit

“Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi” opens November 11 at Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum presents Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi, an exhibition of works by the acclaimed illustrator/writer that will be on view at the Museum from November 11, 2017, through May 28, 2018. Known for his successful book series The Spiderwick Chronicles, DiTerlizzi is widely celebrated for his images of such fantasy creatures as fairies, trolls, sprites, and goblins.

Never Abandon Imagination, which has been organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, will showcase over 150 original paintings and drawings, from the games Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, to his many fantasy and children’s books, in addition to artworks from his childhood and college years. The exhibition will highlight the artist’s influences and artistic process.

Just as his early work on video games is treasured by devoted fans of the genre, DiTerlizzi’s award-winning books—including The Spiderwick Chronicles; Ted; The Spider and the Fly; The Story of Diva and Flea;  and The WondLa Trilogy—have inspired a new generation of young readers.

DiTerlizzi has influenced fans and fellow creators alike. “Tony’s work has a distinct flair, a love for monsters if you will,” notes celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. “His creatures have the charm of Henson or Rackham but they carry with them hints of their own ecosystem. He stands alone as a creator of worlds and a weaver of tales.”

With a style heavily influenced by Norman Rockwell, Arthur Rackham, Brian Froud, and others, DiTerlizzi has paid homage to those illustrators, capturing their essence in his magical tales.

“Having a retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum is an incredible milestone,” says DiTerlizzi. “I grew up copying his drawings and wishing I could be an illustrator like him.  It’s very meaningful to me to be able to have my work hanging alongside these paintings that are now iconic.”

Tony DiTerlizzi began playing Dungeons & Dragons as a child, and the exhibition presents several early drawings, including handmade trading cards, of the young artist’s favorite characters. The artist went on to work as a professional illustrator for D&D during the 1990s, and the exhibition features character designs from 1993’s AD&D Monstrous Manual and 1996’s AD&D Planescape, where DiTerlizzi was the first artist in the company’s history to serve as the sole illustrator for an entire book.

Through the lessons he learned creating characters, designing worlds, and capturing the attention of his audience, the artist transitioned seamlessly into writing and illustrating children’s books. Highlights from this section include original artwork, reference materials, and props from such acclaimed children book series as The Spiderwick Chronicles and The WondLa Trilogy. The exhibition also includes original artwork from Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-This World Moonpie Adventure (2000), his first book for children; Kenny & The Dragon (2008), a retelling of Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 book The Reluctant Dragon; and the Paris-inspired The Story of Diva and Flea (2015), created with fellow author/illustrator Mo Willems. Other works showcase the impact of other illustrators on his art, including the Charles Addams and Edward Gorey-influenced book The Spider and the Fly.

Never Abandon Imagination will also feature a number of digital interactive displays, delving further into DiTerlizzi’s artistic influences and the process behind The Wondla Trilogy. Other highlights include a 23-stop audio tour personally narrated by the artist, a video interview, animations and soundscapes complementing the works on view.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by The Keator Group, LLC and The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. Additional support provided by Simon & Schuster, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Gotham Group, The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, and The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Media sponsor: WGBY Public Television.

Exhibition Opening Weekend Events

Saturday, November 11

Exhibition Opening Reception

6 to 8 p.m.

Celebrate the power of imagination with artist Tony DiTerlizzi. Artist and curator commentary will begin at 6:30 p.m., with festive refreshments served. Fantastical dress is encouraged (please omit antennae and facial coverings for safety and security reasons). Pre-signed books will be available in the Museum Store. Free for Museum members, or $20 for not-yet members. Reserve tickets online at, call 413.931.2265, or email

Sunday, November 12

Bonus! An Afternoon with Tony DiTerlizzi

1 p.m.

Learn about the exhibition from the artist himself. A book and print signing will follow. Free for Museum members, or included with admission.


Inside the Spiderwick Chronicles

Saturday, December 30 

1 to 4 p.m.

Jump into The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black to learn about Simon, Jared, and Mallory Grace and the magical world of fairies that they discovered on the Spiderwick Estate. A talk, drawing demonstration, and booksigning by the authors are sure to inspire.


Distant Lands: Literary Fiction in the Classroom

Saturday, January 27

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore creative approaches to bringing literary fiction into the classroom for elementary and middle-grade students during this inspiring day of lectures, workshops, and readings. A wide range of curriculum-ready resources will be available. $35, $25 members.

Gaming days, fantasy movie screenings, December and February School vacation week art programs, and additional family programming will explore the use of imagination in narrative art. For more details, visit the Museum’s website:

About Tony DiTerlizzi

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi has been creating books for nearly two decades. From his fanciful picture-books like The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and the WondLa trilogy, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a successful feature film, and translated into more than 30 languages. Recently, he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy as a picture book, and collaborated with Mo Willems on the bestselling chapter book The Story of Diva & Flea.

DiTerlizzi is also the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World MoonPie Adventure, as well as the Zena Sutherland Award winning Ted. His brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt’s classic The Spider and The Fly earned the artist his second Zena Sutherland Award before receiving his Caldecott Honor in 2003. DiTerlizzi’s art has graced the book covers of such well-known fantasy writers as J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, and Jane Yolen. He made his illustration debut contributing to Wizard of the Coast’s iconic games Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.

Believing in the healing power of stories, DiTerlizzi has held author events for children in hospitals all over the world. In 2011 he was honored with the title of Global Ambassador by the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and has been featured in Time magazine, USA Today, CNN, PBS, the BBC and The Today Show.

Berkshire Children’s Chorus Holiday Concert Press Release

Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols

& other songs of the season

December 9th, 7:45 PM: St. James Place, Great Barrington

December 10th, 4:00 PM: Old Parish Church, Sheffield

On December 9th and 10th, the Berkshire Children’s Chorus will present their annual Holiday Concerts. The performances will feature the organization’s three choirs: the Junior Choir under the direction of Karen Sovak and the Senior Choir and Coda conducted by Artistic Director, Julie Bickford. Lee Dixon and Anne Voglewede Green will accompany the choirs on piano. The group will be joined by the Rosamund Trio: Miriam Shapiro, violin, Eric Martin, violin, and Lucy Bardo, cello.

The performance on Saturday, December 9th will take place at the historic and newly renovated St. James Place promptly after the Holiday Stroll in downtown Great Barrington. This concert will feature the Senior Choir and Coda ensembles performing the entire Ceremony of Carols as well as some other seasonal favorites.

The Junior Choir will join the two older ensembles for the December 10th performance. The groups will present their full program that will delight listeners and fill hearts will holiday joy.

Both concerts are presented free of charge.

Berkshire Grown Produces Winter Farmers Markets

Berkshire Grown announces six Holiday Farmers Markets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, November 18, December 16, January 13, and February 17 at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington and on Sundays, November 19 and December 17 at Williams College Towne Field House. These festive events feature the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods, and grilled sausages during months when farmers markets are rarely open in the region. Admission is free and SNAP/EBT and HIP accepted at all markets.

“What’s wonderful is that every dollar we spend at a farmers market grows the local food economy, puts money directly into a farmer’s pocket, and keeps the Berkshires the pastoral place we love.” said Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown.

The markets will feature fun activities for kids, food for lunch, and music. Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the six Holiday Farmers Markets, generating more than $181,000 in sales to the vendors. New this year is the availability of the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Berkshire Grown is one of the 40 nonprofits in the Commonwealth participating in HIP – an important initiative increasing access to healthy locally grown food. HIP matches SNAP purchases of fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSAs – providing SNAP customers with extra dollars to spend every month. This means additional customers and sales for local farmers and more fresh, healthy, local food for hundreds of thousands of families receiving SNAP benefits.

Berkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers Markets showcase the Berkshire bounty of apples, potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and a variety of greens including kale, brussels sprouts, and micro greens. Plus there will be the freshest eggs, chicken, lamb, grass fed pork and beef, over a dozen different kinds of locally produced cheeses, jams, pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, honey, and delicious baked goods.

Major sponsors of the Winter Farmers Markets include Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and Williams College. For more information on the college’s ongoing commitment to sustainable food, visit

In addition, Berkshire Grown is grateful for generous support from the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Ed Herrington Inc., Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Berkshire Co-op Market, Berkshire Property Agents, CMC Berkshires, Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Lee Bank, Rolling Rock Salt, Storey Publishing, Sweet Brook Farm, and the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College.

Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape; its mission is to “Keep farmers farming!” Through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food, Berkshire Grown helps to create a thriving local food economy. For more information, go to or call 413.528.0041.

Award-winning Berkshire Baby Box Announces Dessert Auction; Area Residents Are Invited to Sign Up to Participate

The award-winning nonprofit Berkshire Baby Box announced their inaugural Mother’s Day weekend fundraiser Sweet Berkshire, which is a dessert auction and community event. The event will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Country Club of Pittsfield, located at 639 South Street.  It will include live entertainment, light brunch fare, and abundant good cheer!

Sweet Berkshire promises to be a unique event, and residents from the Berkshire community are now invited to sign up to participate as an exhibitor.  Exhibitors will be folks who want to honor a beloved family member or dear friend with an exhibit, which includes a biographical display, a dessert to auction off and the recipe for that dessert which will become part of a keepsake cookbook.  The cookbook will feature dessert recipes, as well as biographies and photographs of honored loved ones and will become part of our collective history.

For a fee of $30, exhibitors will have a space to display their dessert while sharing their loved ones’ history with photos and biographical memorabilia. Exhibitors needn’t be expert bakers; if desired, they can (or event hosts will) designate a guest baker to prepare the dessert to be auctioned off in support of Berkshire Baby Box, a free county-wide program that promotes mother and infant well-being for all new Berkshire families.

Event guests will have the opportunity to visit with and learn about their neighbors and bid on (and hopefully win!) a special dessert to bring home in time for Mother’s Day.  Guest entrance fee on May 12th will be $5.00.

Berkshire Baby Box Board President Hinda Bodinger expressed great enthusiasm for the event, saying, “My goal and expectation are that Sweet Berkshire will become an anticipated annual tradition, with opportunities to recognize people who are part of the fabric of Berkshire County.”

Inspired by the successful program in Finland that began 80 years ago, Berkshire Baby Box was founded here in early 2016. Since its introduction, over 1,000 baby boxes have been given out and every family in the county who is expecting a newborn is eligible. Each box, with its firm mattress and fitted sheet, provides the baby with a safe sleeping space and is filled with essentials for newborns and moms.

In recognition of the significant impact the new non-profit has made, Berkshire Baby Box received the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s 2017 Excellence Award in the Small Nonprofit Category. Hinda Bodinger was named one of Berkshire Magazine’s “Berkshire 25 – Most Dedicated, Most Creative, Most Influential” in 2017.

The primary mission of Berkshire Baby Box is to celebrate new families in the Berkshires, and the boxes are given out at workshops where parents receive education, support and vital connections to one another and to area resources as they transition into parenthood.

Also, you may want to visit the Sweet Berkshire Dessert Tree at the Berkshire Museum’s annual Festival of Trees in Pittsfield, beginning November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

To exhibit at Sweet Berkshire or for additional information, please contact Jessica Provenz, Secretary, Berkshire Baby Box via email at or call Berkshire Baby Box Office:  413-591-8029   Sweet Berkshire forms and information will also be found on

Berkshire Bank Announces Exciting Assists Program

Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce that its Foundation, in partnership with New England Sports Network (NESN), is sponsoring the Berkshire Bank Exciting Assists grant program in which it will award grants to three select  501©3 non-profit organizations throughout the season.

The Exciting Assists promotion will run from October 15, 2017 to March 31, 2018 and be divided into three sections, the first running from October 15– December 15, 2017, the second from December 16, 2017 – February 9, 2018 and the final from February 10, – March 31, 2018. The Foundation will provide $100 per Boston Bruins assist to the initiative with the total funds raised during the 2017 – 2018 regular-season games being shared between the three organizations. For the purpose of this promotion, an assist is defined as a Boston Bruins player who shot, passed or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, or touched it in any other way which enabled the goal, meaning that they were “assisting” in the goal.

The three nonprofits chosen to receive donations are as follows:

  • The Jimmy Fund – Founded in 1948, The Jimmy Fund’s sole purpose is to support Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. The Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events since its inception.  Promotion Period:  (October 15 – December 15)
  • Bridge Over Trouble Waters – Provides life-changing services for homeless and high-risk youth ages 14 to 24 because every kid deserves a chance for a healthy, productive, independent life. After more than forty years, Bridge Over Troubled Waters remains a national model for youth development services.  Promotion Period:  (December 16 – February 9)
  • Boston Cares – As the largest volunteer agency in New England and member of the national HandsOn Network, Boston Cares mobilizes and trains individual and corporate volunteers filling more than 20,000 volunteer spots annually in support of more than 165 Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies. Promotion Period:  (February 10 – March 31)

This is the second consecutive year that Berkshire Bank and NESN has teamed up to offer the Exciting Assists promotion in connection with NESN’s broadcast of the Boston Bruins.  Last year more than $32,000 was raised and shared between Soldier On, Cradles to Crayons and Birthday Wishes.


Artist RJ Rosegarten to exhibit at The Warren Family Gallery at Berkshire School November 3-December 16

“RJ Rosegarten: Lost and Found” will debut at The Warren Family Gallery at Berkshire School (Sheffield, MA) with a reception on Friday November 3, 2017, from 6-8 PM. Rosegarten creates his works in his Copake NY studio, where he and his wife, author Doreen Rappaport, have resided for 18 years. His exhibit of mixed media compositions will be open from November 3 through December 16.

Like many area residents, he also spends time in New York City but Copake is where the art creation and construction takes place, amidst a colorful gallery of his own works and a carefully curated collection of political campaign memorabilia.

Mixed media compositions are exactly that: complex, tall structures that invite you to explore every side; shadow boxes layered with intricate details; 3D art made of jutting pieces and carefully placed objects, all made from things that Rosegarten has found or tracked down. “I have an ability to use things that have been tossed away and have them come back and serve another purpose. I’m not interested in what is sold in a dollar store but things that have age, patina, character,” he explains.

Rosegarten did not begin seriously exploring his artistic side until after a Manhattan advertising career followed by a long run as Mayor of Great Neck Plaza, NY. Self-taught, he began with painting then became intrigued with the concept of “Lost and Found” creations. Around 2000, he went to an antique show and found unusual items: wooden patterns, which were used to make metal parts in the early 1900s. “I bought 20 of them – they were inexpensive – I didn’t know what I would do with them. I washed them off. . . that’s when I started.”

It fit into his overarching philosophy of reuse, repurpose, and renewal. He began scouring flea markets, garage and barn sales. “One day I might find a rusted scythe with a broken wooden handle; the next day a box of glass dolls’ eyes or a red View-Master. I put the material in labeled boxes and store them to be rediscovered.”

After viewing Rosegarten’s exhibit at the Gold Coast Arts Center earlier this year, Karen Rubin of wrote: “[Rosegarten] is an artist in the fullest sense of the word. Not only are his technical skills the very best; but his thoughts, ideas and vision are on display, inviting the viewer to enter his carefully constructed world; challenging the viewer to understand his point of view, to embrace it or to disagree. A lifetime of thinking and living, of humor and wit, of deep, serious emotion and also of playfulness; the full range of the human experience in a construction of wood and found objects.”

Art students at The Berkshire School will have an opportunity to learn more about Rosegarten’s unique approach to artistic expression, during a gallery talk with the artist. In addition, plans are being made for a hands-on session in which students will create a “junk drawer’,  one of Rosegarten’s signature pieces. Both of these events fit in with The Berkshire School’s thoughtful approach to education.

More can be learned of Rosegarten and his work at, as well as his active Facebook page, RJ Rosegarten Found Object Art.

The Warren Family Gallery is located at Berkshire School on 245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Massachusetts. The gallery hours will be 8AM to 5PM from Monday through Saturday, with a break for Thanksgiving from November 19 to December 26. Appointments for additional dates and times may be arranged by contacting Art Department Chair Paul Banevicius at 413-229-1265 or by email

Founded in 1907, Berkshire School is a co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for 400 ninth-12th graders and post-graduates, offering a forward-thinking curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities on a 400-acre campus in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Berkshire’s signature programs—such as Advanced Math/Science Research, Advanced Humanities Research, and the Sabin Entrepreneurial Prize—coexist with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines. These programs are designed to expand the minds, provide real-world experiences, and help distinguish their students in an increasingly competitive college process. With a range of artistic and athletic offerings and national recognition for their efforts in sustainability, Berkshire is an extraordinary setting in which students are encouraged to learn in the words of the School motto: Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus, “Learning—not just for school but for life.”

2nd Annual 1Berkshire/MCLA Business Bootcamp Announced

BERKSHIRE COUNTY, MA – August 21, 2017 – 1Berkshire, as part of its Berkshire Starts program and in collaboration with MCLA, is proud to announce the return of its annual Business Bootcamp. The Business Bootcamp, which  began as an idea in 2016, is now a fully formed program aimed at fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Berkshires. The objective of the program is to provide participants with a basic understanding of the essential elements involved in successfully starting and growing a business venture in the Berkshires.

We’re very excited to partner again with MCLA to offer this important educational resource for entrepreneurs. As the scope and breadth of small business ownership continues to evolve in the Berkshires, programs like these are critical to supporting the changing needs of those leading those businesses.” – Jonathan Butler, President & CEO, 1Berkshire

Last year, we accepted thirteen entrepreneurs into the program, we are looking to grow this number twofold and also looking to expand the program in general. The Business Bootcamp will provide 12 workshops, covering, the Lean Canvas Business Plan model, Legal Structure & IP, Funding, Marketing and Pitching Investors, with extra focus in Business Accounting and Design thinking. The 3-hour workshops will be co-presented by MCLA faculty paired with experienced business practitioners who serve as mentors in 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Starts program.

The Business Bootcamp is a free program open to students, entrepreneurs, and early-stage business owners. The workshops will begin on March 6th and run through April 12th, Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Pittsfield. The deadline to apply is November 15th and space is limited. Applications and more information can be found at

About 1Berkshire Berkshire Starts

Berkshire Starts is a series of programs and resources that assist entrepreneurs and small business owners initiate and grow their ventures. Berkshire Starts provides business consulting, planning and evaluation assistance, connects owners and entrepreneurs with skilled professionals, incentive programs, funding sources, mentors and more. Along with the Business Bootcamp program, we also host Entrepreneurial Meetups and educational seminars, all aimed at helping the Innovation and Entrepreneurship community thrive in the Berkshires. To learn more about Berkshire Starts, contact us at or call (413) 499-1600.

About 1Berkshire

1Berkshire is a county-wide organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region as a preferred place to visit, to live, and to grow a business. It provides programs that connect businesses with each other and with potential customers, as well works to develop future leaders and support entrepreneurs. For more information, visit