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Clark Art Institute First Sundays Free Series Begins With Go Green!

Williamstown, Mass. — September 13 — The Clark Art Institute begins its First Sundays Free series on Sunday, October 6, with a day celebrating its commitment to sustainability and the opening of Rivers and Reverence, a special community exhibition of photography presented by the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA). The exhibition will be on view in the Lunder Center’s Hunter Studio October 6 through November 17. Admission to the galleries is free all day; free Go Green! activities will be held 1–4 pm.  

Go Green! activities include:

  • Guided walks of the grounds that showcase the Clark’s sustainability initiatives
  • Creating a piece of recycled art in a special low-waste making space in the Michael Conforti Pavilion
  • Pop-up art—a temporary display of prints, drawings, and photographs exploring water imagery—in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper between 11 am and 3 pm. The display will include works by Winslow Homer, Berthe Morisot, James McNeil Whistler, Joseph Mallord William Turner, and many others.
  • Rivers and Reverence, a community exhibition of photography that explores how the Hoosic River, its tributaries, and its watershed contribute to the sense of home in the Berkshires—shown in partnership with the Clark and the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA)
  • Self-guided exploration of watery images in the Clark’s permanent collection

First Sundays Free continues through May 2020. Upcoming themes:

Sunday, November 3: Play

Sunday, December 1: Hands-On

Sunday, January 5: Exploration

Sunday, February 2: Improv

Sunday, March 1: Wellness

Sunday, April 5: Suffragettes

Sunday, May 3: Taste of Summer

All activities and admission to the galleries are free as part of the First Sundays Free program, which is generously supported by the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.


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 275,000 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, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.

Gedney Farm to Host Columbus Day Weekend Multi-Media Art Fest

New Marlborough, Mass. – On Saturday & Sunday, October 12th & 13th , from 3-6 pm, Gedney Farm will host its second major art show this season with a compelling and varied display of fine, decorative and craft arts by a panel of acclaimed regional artists, including photography & film, painting, sculpture, printmaking and other artistic media.

All works of art are for sale and on display at Gedney Farm for a “Pop Up” sale over the Columbus Day holiday weekend only. The show will be  on display in the grand Event Barn at Gedney Farm on both Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 pm. A preview of the show will be available on Friday evening from 5- pm in conjunction with Gedney Farm’s regular restaurant service on Friday night.

The Argentine Grill will also be on full display during the show on both Saturday & Sunday. Gedney Farm Executive Chef, Ryan McLaughlin and his team will be cooking and serving a variety of foods fresh from the grill so patrons can enjoy a meal or some light fare while taking in the art display. A full array of wines, beers and cocktails will also be available.

The farm itself, steeped in history of the Berkshire’s “Gilded Age” and modeled after the great Normandy barns of nineteenth century France, was built at the turn-of-the-century as a gentleman’s farm to showcase the prized Percheron stallions and Jersey cattle of the day.  Today, Gedney Farm is recognized as one of the Berkshires’ leading new restaurants, and as one of the region’s most sought-after destinations for elegant “barn weddings”, executive retreats, and art related events.

For an upcoming list of wine and food events, as well as reservations for dining reservations during the show call Gedney Farm at (413) 229-3131 or email

Fairview and SBVAS Offer Emergency Training Focused on Lifesaving Skill

Great Barrington, Mass. – In honor of Emergency Preparedness Month, Fairview Hospital will host three sessions of “Stop the Bleed,” offering important life-saving skills for lay persons and health and safety professionals. The training is free and open to the public by pre-registration.

The Stop the Bleed program teaches the basics of recognizing severe bleeding, getting help, and controlling bleeding immediately using simple tools and skills that can be mastered in this class. The skills are valuable for anyone who encounters a construction accident, motor vehicle crash, or any other emergency where someone may suffer a serious injury and is at risk of experiencing life threatening blood loss.

The program dates/times are Tuesday, September 10 from 3pm-4 p.m., Friday, September 20 from 10am-11 a.m., and Tuesday, September 24 from 5pm-6 p.m.  All classes are held in the ground floor conference room at Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave, Gt Barrington, MA 01230

To register, please contact Heather Barbieri at or (413) 854-9656

Fairview Hospital also offers monthly life safety skills and safety courses and programming, for both lay people and health and safety professionals, including CPR, First Aid and AED training through its CPR Plus Program. 

Due to community feedback, Stop the Bleed kits are now available for sale at Fairview Hospital in the Fairview Auxiliary Gift Shop.  For information about programs and dates, call Nanci Race at (413) 528-2663.  

Fairview Commons and HospiceCare of the Berkshires Offer Free “Caring for the Caregiver” presentation and Memories in the Making Art Project

Great Barrington, Mass. – September 3 – Fairview Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in collaboration with HospiceCare of the Berkshires, will host a free presentation called “Caring for the Caregiver” on Saturday, September 28 from 10:30-noon at their 151 Christian Hill Road location in Great Barrington. Join Sarah Miller MSW, LCSW as she addresses the topic of caregiver burnout and shares tips on how to avoid it and promote positive relationships with those you’re caring for. As you participate in this informative presentation your loved one can create a water color masterpiece at our free Memories in the Making® workshop, sponsored by Fairview’s Adult Day Health program.

The presentation is free of charge and light refreshments will be served.  Pre-registration is requested by calling 413-341-1474.

Fairview Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a non-profit organization that has been caring for people in the Great Barrington area for more than 25 years. Fairview Commons provides top quality, personalized short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, restorative care and respite care, all in a warm, homelike setting. Hospice services are available for compassionate end-of-life care. Fairview Commons has been recognized by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) with the Bronze Commitment to Quality award and the Silver Achievement in Quality Award, the first and second steps toward the Gold Excellence in Quality recognition. Fairview Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an organization that integrates additional quality improvement principles into the daily operations with focus on improved resident outcomes. Fairview Commons is owned by Berkshire Healthcare, a leader among nonprofit, post-acute care organizations in Massachusetts, and is managed by an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, the region’s leading provider of comprehensive healthcare services. For more information, visit

From Bedrock to Birds at Bidwell House Museum

On this guided walk, led by Mass Audubon Educational Coordinator Dale Abrams, you will learn to “read” the landscape on a deeper level by making connections between geological features, including bedrock and land form, and habitat characteristics for plants and wildlife along the trails at the Bidwell property. What you learn on this walk will allow you to gain perspectives that will help you interpret the natural history of the Berkshires or any other region.

The Bidwell House Museum is set on 192 mostly forested acres in Monterey and the property has over 4 miles of trails.  Mass Audubon Educational Coordinator Dale Abrams comes to the Museum from the Pleasant Valley Sanctuary in Lenox 

Meet in front of the Museum at 10 am, dress for a walk in the woods and bring water.  This walk will happen rain or shine.

The Bidwell House Museum is open Thursdays to Mondays from 11 am to 4 pm with tours on the hour, Memorial Day to October. The museum grounds—192 acres of woods, fields, historic stonewalls, trails and picnic sites—are open all year free of charge. The program of events can be found on the museum’s website:

BFAIR Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Masquerade Gala

North Adams, Mass. – BFAIR celebrates 25 years of success with a Masquerade Gala at the Proprietor’s Lodge on Friday, October 25th at 5:30 PM, sponsored by Adams Community Bank. 

The fundraiser will include a VIP hour, live auction, music, great food, special guests, and feature handmade masquerade masks crafted by individuals receiving BFAIR services.  The event has a business casual dress code with a black and silver theme (masks are optional).

“We have amazing community partners and supporters, and Adams Community Bank is the underwriter for this event.  We are excited to share what we’ve accomplished over the last 25 years at BFAIR, and what we see ahead of us for the next 25 years.  We hope that folks come to enjoy a great night, to celebrate with us, and continue to support the incredible work that we do every day”, said Rich Weisenflue, CEO.

To register for the event or sponsor visit or call Katrina Cardillo, Director of Marketing at 413.464.7232 ext. 317.


Since 1994, BFAIR providing adult family care (AFC), residential, in-home clinical services, employment and day services for adults and children with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, autism and homecare services for older adults. 

About Adams Community Bank

Adams Community Bank is an independent, community savings bank located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and headquartered in Adams, MA. Adams Community Bank’s savings bank charter was incorporated in 1869 and has eight branch locations in the region. They are in: Adams, Cheshire, Lanesboro, Lee, Lenox, North Adams and Williamstown.  Member FDIC.  Member DIF.  Equal Housing Lender.

Salisbury Bank Grants $5,000 to The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire

Rick Cantele (right), President and CEO of Salisbury Bank, Amanda Goewey, Vice President and Berkshire Regional Branch Manager of Salisbury Bank, and Jim Harwood, CDCSB Board President

Great Barrington, Mass. — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) announced today thatSalisbury Bank has made a $5,000 grant to the CDCSB, funding its work building low-moderate income housing and creating jobs in the Berkshires. This grant will support the organization by growing its general fund to expand staff and further the non-profit’s important work helping families and individuals in the southern Berkshire region.

“There continues to be a need for affordable housing in our local communities and we are pleased to support the work of the CDCSB and similar organizations who are taking steps to meet that need,” said Rick Cantele, President and CEO of Salisbury Bank. “Reinvestment in our communities through contributions, sponsorships and volunteer work has been, and will continue to be, a vital part of who we are as an organization.”

Salisbury Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut and presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury, and Sharon, Connecticut; Great Barrington, Sheffield, and South Egremont, Massachusetts; as well as Dover Plains, Fishkill, Millerton, New Paltz, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, and Red Oaks Mill, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for over 170 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and investment services.

“Access to affordable housing strengthens our economy and has an indelible positive impact on the lives of families that make our communities work,  improving their financial stability, quality of life and providing a safe and stable environment for parents and school children,” said Tim Geller, Executive Director of CDCSB. “We are very grateful to Salisbury Bank for its continued support of our work in creating healthy and sustainable communities.”

The CDCSB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities, promoting economic development, and building low-moderate income housing in south Berkshire County. In collaboration with other like-minded organizations, CDCSB has helped build over 60 affordable housing units and has an additional 114 affordable units in its pipeline. CDCSB has leveraged over $30 million in private and public funding.

As a nonprofit organization, CDCSB actively seeks support for its many ongoing projects and programs. To make a donation or for further information about CDCSB, please visit or call 413-528-7788. Gifts of $1000 or more qualify for Community Investment Tax Credits. Please contact for more information.

BCC Announces New Deans, Directors and Staff Changes

Pittsfield, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is excited to announce the hiring of new deans, directors and staff on campus – as well as new titles for a variety of current staff.

Kevin Bechard is the new Dean of Business and Outreach. Bechard comes to the College from Manchester Community College in Connecticut where he was faculty and Department Chair of Business, Paralegal and Technology. He has his master’s degree in business administration and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford.

Dr. Laurie Gordy is the new Dean of Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences. Gordy was previously faculty and Dean of Academic Affairs (and Interim Chief Academic Officer) at Newbury College.  Just prior, she was Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts at Northern Essex Community College. Gordy received her doctoral and her master’s degree from University of Connecticut and her bachelor’s degree from Washington College.

Frank Schickor remains the Interim Dean of STEM & Allied Health. Frank had stepped into the role after the passing of Charlie Kaminski, who had served as the dean, earlier this year. He had previously held the position of Professor of Environmental & Life Sciences at the College.

Lori Moon has been named the Interim Dean of Nursing. Moon previously worked as a faculty member at the College as an Assistant Professor of Nursing and helped to oversee the Licensed Practical Nursing Program.

Lauren Goodman is the new Dean of Teaching & Learning Innovation. Previously, she was the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Laura Saldarini is the new Director of Academic Operations. Previously, she was the Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Julie Hannum is the new Director of Continuing Education and South County Programs. Previously, she was the Director of Off-Campus Sites.

Daryl Shreve has been hired as the Director of Recreational Services. Shreve previously worked as the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports at Illinois State University. Shreve will oversee Paterson Field House, including the Fitness Center, Soccer Fields, the Gene Dellea Community Turf Field, the Paul E. Raverta Tennis Complex, Swimming Pool, and club sports. Shreve has his master’s degree in higher education from Boston College and his bachelor’s degree from Drake University.

Kelly Robertson is the Recreation Facilities Supervisor at Paterson Field House. Robertson is a graduate of BCC, and has been promoted from her previous position working part-time at Paterson Field House.

Kirsten Wanamaker is now working in Academic Affairs as a Clerk. Previously, she was working for the Workforce Development department.

Liz Puntin is now working in Enrollment Services as a Clerk. Previously, she was working in the Testing department.

Renee Huyghue is now working as an Administrative Assistant in Enrollment Services. Previously, she was working in Student Financial Services.

Norah Beauregard is now working as the Administrative Assistant in Marketing. Previously, she was working as the Administrative Assistant to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at BCC.

Jonah Sykes has been promoted to the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications. Previously, he was the Manager of Marketing and Communications.

About Berkshire Community College

Berkshire Community College (BCC) is a public, fully accredited, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as various other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Visit BCC online at

Crescendo presents “A Due Stromenti,” 17th Century Italian Music with Two Instruments

Christine Gevert and Heideki Yamaya

Crescendo’s opening concert program of its 15th season offers a musical glimpse of the rarely-heard, exquisite repertoire written for theorbo and harpsichord. Performances are 4 p.m., September 7 at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, and 4 p.m., September 8 at Trinity Church in Lakeville. Tickets are $35 general, $60 premium and $10 under 18. Tickets are available now at or at the door.

Theorbo, the largest member of the lute family, is not commonly seen on U.S. concert stages. It was used primarily to accompany small vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles as well as solo vocal music. Its role as a solo instrument was an afterthought, but innovators on theorbo left behind a small repertoire of high quality. Theorbo and its smaller version, a tiorbino, will be played by Heideki Yamaya, who is a specialist in lutes, early guitars and early mandolins. Based in New Haven, born in Tokyo, he is an internationally acclaimed musician who has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Germany and Italy.

Crescendo’s founder and artistic director, Christine Gevert, will play the harpsichord and organ in this concert. While conducting, performing and recording in Europe and South America she led masterclasses and workshops in early music and harpsichord, and taught historic keyboards at the Berlin Church Music School in Germany. Most recently, she was invited to play solo harpsichord recitals at the Early Music Festival in Narol, Poland, the historic Auditorium Wanda Landowska near Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Beat Festival.

The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire Hosts Third Annual “Community At Bat” Charity Softball Game to Support Affordable Housing

Great Barrington, Mass. — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) will host its third annual Community At Bat, a charity softball game to support new low-moderate income housing in the Berkshires. The event will take place on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Memorial Field Park located on Bridge Street in Great Barrington, Mass. The game will begin at 1 pm. Participation in the game is open to the public with pre-registration available at This community event will include a friendly game of softball, free ice cream from SoCo Creamery for the first 25 spectators, and free E-bike demos from Berkshire Bike & Board. The game will be broadcast live on WSBS.

CDCSB is holding a raffle featuring gifts and gift cards from local stores in support of its work. The raffle will be available online from Tuesday, August 27 to Thursday, September 5 and at the game on September 8. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Winners will be selected during the game but do not need to be present to collect the prize. Look for your free clip out raffle ticket in the September 4th issue of The Shopper’s Guide to be redeemed at the game. The day promises to be fun for the entire family.

Easton Combs Architects, Highfield on Main, Lance Vermeulen Real Estate, Inc., and The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank are the Platinum Sponsors for Community at Bat. Additional event sponsors include Allegrone Companies, Barrington Brewery & Restaurant; Campoli, Monteleone, & Mozian; Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook; Fairview Hospital; Great Barrington Land Conservancy; J. Harwood Architect, Lamme and Linscott; Larkin LTD Enterprises; Lee Bank; MountainOne; Toole Insurance; Trinity Church; The Triplex; Berkshire Bike & Board; Berkshire Property Agents, Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home; Greylock Federal Credit Union; NBT Bank; Smith, Watson + Co.; and The Berkshire Edge.

“This is about bringing the community together for a great cause, having fun and raising awareness about the deep need for affordable housing and creating living wage jobs,” said CDCSB Executive Director, Tim Geller. “Community At Bat was a beautiful and fun event the past two years and we are looking forward to another wonderful game.”

The CDCSB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities, promoting economic development, and building low-moderate income housing in south Berkshire County. In collaboration with other like-minded organizations, CDCSB has helped build over 60 affordable housing units, has 114 affordable units in its pipeline, and has leveraged over $30 million in private and public investment in south Berkshire County.

To register to play in the game, to purchased raffle tickets and for more information visit or call 413-528-7788. Please, no pets at the game. As a nonprofit organization, CDCSB actively seeks support for its many ongoing projects and programs. For more information about the CDCSB or to make a charitable contribution, please visit: