Member Press Releases

Race Brook Lodge Welcomes Visiting Chef, Andrea Soldini, to The Stagecoach Tavern

Chef Andrea Soldini

Sheffield, Mass. – Race Brook Lodge is delighted to announce, Chef Andrea Soldini will be the next cuisinier to grace our kitchen as part of our Visiting Chef Series at The Stagecoach Tavern. The Visiting Chef Series is a collaborative effort between Race Brook Lodge and NYC peer-to-peer referral service, Candidate Collective.  It is our hope at Race Brook Lodge to highlight a diverse array of culinary talents, contributing to the rustic, fine dining experience at The Stagecoach Tavern. For reservations and more information, visit rblodge.com/thestagecoachtavern or call (413) 229-8585.

Chef Andrea Soldini is an Italian Chef from Tuscany, with a passion for creating exquisite cuisine ever since he was a child, making culinary magic with his mother and grandmother. For the past 18 years, Chef Soldini has worked as a professional chef in a variety of Michelin Star restaurants in Arezzo, Italy and London, UK. In 2010, Chef Soldini moved to New York City to work the likes of Daniel Boulud, Tomas Keller, and Charlie Palmer, as well as to open his own restaurant. He will be leading the team in The Stagecoach Tavern kitchen for dinner Thursday-Sunday, lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday from October 31th – November 10th.

The Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge dates back to the early 17th century. The candlelit Tavern boasts hand-hewn beams and wide-plank floors spanning multiple levels. It has been a warm and convivial gathering spot for friends, families, and lovers for almost 200 years. Cozy up by our roaring fire in winter months or in the summer relax with a drink under the stars in our courtyard.

Race Brook Lodge is a hidden gem in The Berkshires, at the foot of Mt. Race and a short hike from the Appalachian Trail.  A truly unique destination for relaxation, hiking, live events, workshops, weddings, and more, steeped in hundreds of years of New England history. 

Clark Art Institute First Sundays Free Series Continues With Play

Williamstown, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute continues its “First Sundays Free” series on Sunday, November 3, with a day celebrating free expression and creative play. Admission to the galleries is free all day; free themed activities will be held from 1–4 pm.  

Play activities include:

  • Enjoy ping pong, hopscotch, and hula hoop or try out a new board game in the Michael Conforti Pavilion
  • Create a travel-sized game set to take home
  • Grab a gallery guide and play a round of Wall Games—a special gallery experience that will help you loosen up and get you thinking about the Clark’s art in new ways.

First Sundays Free continues through May 2020. Upcoming themes are Hands-On, December 1; New Horizons, January 5; Improv, February 2; and Wellness, March 1.


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.

Abouth the Clark

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 clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Fourth Annual Arts and Crafts Festival at Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Great Barrington, Mass. – Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC) will host its 4th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, November 2, 2019 in its Jaffe Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Festival is a pre-holiday market featuring contemporary artisans, crafters and food producers. From pottery and jewelry to handmade glassworks, fiber arts, leather arts, and locally forged art, it is one-stop holiday shopping in the Berkshires. Showcasing locally and regionally handmade goods, shoppers are given the opportunity to meet and support the makers of their gifts and keep their holiday spending local!  Some of this year’s vendor’s include: Knox Trail Forge, Kent Glass Works, Only in My Dreams, Olsen Farms, Leather Zone, Penelope’s Voice of Reason, Sunmeadow Alpaca, Kent Glass Work, N Hookt, Pippa Lea by the Sea, The Dolphin Studio, Janet Reich Elsbach with her book Extra Helping, From the Forest Floor, and many more! From 10 – 11:30 a.m. kids up to age 12 can Bounce and Play for FREE in Berkshire South’s NEW bounce house!

For more information visit Berkshire South’s Facebook page, https://berkshiresouth.org/arts-and-crafts/, email galexander@berkshiresouth.org, or call 413.528.2810, ext. 32.

Great Barrington Daytime Parking Limit Suspended on Weekends Through December

Great Barrington, Mass.  Oct. 25 – During Saturdays and Sundays from now through December, the town is suspending the daytime parking limit on downtown streets to allow visitors to stay in town longer during the upcoming holiday season.

By suspending daytime parking time limits on weekend days, “the Selectboard is encouraging town residents and visitors to dine, shop, and visit our cultural attractions for a more leisurely time period,” said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. “There’s a lot to do here, and two hours isn’t enough for everyone.”

The parking limits will remain in place on weekdays, and the town’s ban on overnight street parking remains in effect from Nov. 1-March 31, 1 am.-6 a.m.

Time limits will be suspended through Dec. 31.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Brings “Pang!” To Campus

North Adams, Mass. — The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is pleased to announce that Dan Froot and Company will bring “Pang!” to the College Sunday, Oct. 27–Friday, Nov 1.

“Pang!” is an adventurous, 90-minute triptych of live radio plays, performed for theater audiences, and based on oral histories of three families from around the country who are facing the challenges of contemporary life in America — hunger, gun violence, foreclosure, and anti-immigrant bias — with love, humor, and intelligence. The piece aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living below the poverty line.

The plays are produced, written, and directed by Dan Froot, in collaboration with the ensemble — Natalie Camunas, Donna Simone Johnson, and Christopher Rivas — and dramaturge Bobby Gordon. Dan Froot and Company will be on campus and out in the community during their stay.

The main event, held on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the CSC Auditorium, is a full performance of “Pang! Unplugged.” This version is staged in a stripped-down, low-tech, intimate, and interactive manner. The performers break the “fourth wall,” engaging audience members directly in lively dialogue. The evening is part performance, part podcast listening party, and part community dialogue. An opening reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will feature student artworks created in reaction to their experiences working with “Pang!,” MCLA Associate Professor of Art Melanie Mowinski, and the Berkshire Food Project throughout the week. It is free and open to the public. 

About MCLA

At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with young, creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.

Berkshire Waldorf School Announces “Looking Ahead to Elementary School,” “Looking Ahead to Middle School” and Upcoming Open Houses

Great Barrington, Mass. — October 21 — Berkshire Waldorf School (BWS) announces open houses for prospective parents starting October 24. Held on the school campus at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, weekday open houses will take place on select Thursdays from 9a to 11a on October 24, November 14, and January 16. Starting with coffee in the BWS library–a classic Berkshires timber frame barn at the heart of the school–visitors will discover Waldorf philosophy, visit classes in progress, tour art studios and venture into gardens and grounds, with plenty of time to ask questions and learn more about Waldorf education in the Berkshires. Free.

In addition, the school will offer two special classroom tours for parents “on the verge.” Looking Ahead to Elementary School (for early childhood and kindergarten parents) on Tuesday, November 26, and Looking Ahead to Middle School (for parents and guardians of rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders) on Thursday, February 13. These events will focus on the transition, curriculum, social and developmental aspects of “moving up.” The school will also host a Family Open School on Saturday, March 28, with open classrooms and a puppet play for the whole family.

For more information and to register, contact BWS Admissions Director Robyn Coe at admissions@berkshirewaldorfschool.org or 413-528-4015 x.106.

Berkshire Waldorf 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 48 years, and has earned BWS “Best School in the Berkshires” accolades for 6 consecutive years. The school is now welcoming applications for Fall 2020 at berkshirewaldorfschool.org.

Race Brook Lodge Presents The 2019 Race Mountain Autumn Banquet

Sheffield, Mass. – On Sunday, October 27th, join us for a one-night-only evening of rustic fine dining, featuring Chefs Laurel Barkan, Maren Casorio & Elena Dowling, paired with beverages from Rafa Russ-Catalan, Beverage Director at The Stagecoach Tavern. The event will also feature live entertainment and vibrant community in the magical setting of Race Brook Lodge’s Barnspace. Autumn is a particularly special time of year for a banquet because it is harvest time, as well as an opportunity to appreciate the abundance of our locally sourced food. All-inclusive dinner tickets are $70/person for this five-course harvest dinner menu, $20/person optional beverage pairing.  Autumn Banquet overnight packages are also available on our website. For tickets and more information, visit: https://rblodge.com/events

Highlights from our farm-to-table menu, include Vietnamese shrimp taquitos with a cape gooseberry salsa fresca, mushroom larb with puffed amaranth, and braised brisket tamal.  Experience the relaxed atmosphere at Race Brook Lodge’s Barnspace with an exquisite culinary spread and even better company.  

Click the link below to see the beauty of our community in action with a short video from last year’s Race Mountain Autumn Banquet. https://youtu.be/oFtaUn2TuYE

Race Brook Lodge is a hidden gem in The Berkshires, at the foot of Mt. Race and a short hike from the Appalachian Trail.  A truly unique destination for relaxation, hiking, live events, workshops, weddings, and more, steeped in hundreds of years of New England history. 

Great Barrington Historical Society to Present final “Rebels with a Cause” Lecture at Saint James Place

The Great Barrington Historical Society in collaboration with Saint James Place, presents the final program in its Saturday afternoon lecture series “Rebels with a Cause: A Provocative Lecture Series” on November 2nd at 2 PM at Saint James Place  on Main Street in Great Barrington. “Laura Ingersoll Secord: Rebel for the Wrong Cause? It Depends on which Side of the Border you’re on!” features two guest speakers, both descendants of Laura Secord. It will answer the question of why a historical marker for Laura Secord was placed on grounds of the Mason Library,and explore the political aspect of how history is passed down.

Caroline McCormick, President of the Friends of Laura Secord, will provide the Canadian perspective on Secord’s role in the War of 1812. Karen Kiaer, Chapter Historian of the Shelter Island chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will focus on genealogy methods and resources.

“Rebels with a Cause,” the theme of this 2019 series, has been examining how historians’ research and interpretation of historical events impacts the recorded version of events. The story of Laura Ingersoll Secord offers an excellent example of how the reporting of Secord’s role in the War of 1812 has changed over time and varied across international borders.

Caroline McCormick is President and founder of the Friends of Laura Secord, organized in 2010 to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Canadian heroine Laura Secord. Since its inception, Friends of Laura Secord has established Laura Secord Legacy Trail (roughly 20 miles), commissioned the construction of the 60 foot “Bridge at Laura’s Crossing,”and organized events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Laura Secord’s courageous walk.The group was also instrumental in the minting of a new coin and stamp honoring Laura Secord. Ms. McCormick states, “Laura Secord remains a timeless metaphor for courage, determination, perseverance, and fortitude. “Caroline is a proud direct descendant of Great Barrington-born Laura Ingersoll Secord.

Karen Kiaer, Chapter Historian for the Shelter Island chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution(DAR), has written a detailed account of the Ingersoll family in her book “Ancestors Through My Eyes: The Story of An American Family –The Ingersolls of Massachusetts, New York and Michigan: 1620 –1920.”

According to Ms. Kiaer, “I wrote the book to provide a simple genealogy model of how to follow the story of one ancestor over ten generations.” Her presentation will focus on the methods and resources available to those that want to research their own families. Kiaer has received a preservation award from the Long Island DAR for her restoration work on gravestones and monuments in the Colonial Burying Ground on Shelter Island, NY. She is also a descendant of Laura Ingersoll Secord.

In preparing for this lecture, McCormick and Kiaer discovered they are 7th cousins once removed. Their most recent common ancestors were Thomas Ingersoll (1668-1732) and Sarah Ashley (1673-1705).

In addition to the lecture, the program offers a guided tour of the Saint James Place Sanctuary and Parish House and refreshments,including Laura Secord chocolates.Saint James Place is handicap accessible.

The program will take place in the Great Hall of Saint James Place at 352 Main Street in Great Barrington. This former Episcopal Church, built in 1857, was completely renovated and opened to the public in 2017. Saint James Place is a state-of-the-art performing arts center and home to non-profit arts organizations and the People’s Pantry. Free parking is available across the street at Berkshire Community College South. 

For tickets ($20),please call 413-591-8702. Tickets may also be purchased at Eventbrite.com, www.gbhistory.org, or by mailing a check payable to Great Barrington Historical Society with “Rebels with a Cause” in memo line to: Great Barrington Historical Society P.O.Box 1106 Great Barrington,MA 01230.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20 but seating is limited.

The Great Barrington Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and promoting the history and culture of Great Barrington for the benefit of its residents and visitors. The Society seeks to advance an appreciation of historical events, and of residents who played major roles in national, international, and Town history.

Journal of Antiques & Collectibles to Host the Antique Collectibles Show New Year’s Day 2020

Sturbridge, Mass. – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles—a national monthly magazine for dealers, collectors, and enthusiasts of antique collectibles—will be hosting The Antique Collectibles Show in Sturbridge, MA at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Convention Center, New Year’s Day 2020. Managed by Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publisher of Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, the Show will feature over 60 hand-selected local and regional dealers covering 11,000 square feet with authentic, quality antiques and antique collectibles. This new Show replaces the now defunct Central Mass Antique Show at Sturbridge, which ran from 2014 until 2018 over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at The Host.

“This New Year’s Day show provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase some of the best and most knowledgeable local and regional dealers of antique collectibles,” says Maxine Carter-Lome, President of Weathervane Enterprises, Inc. and Publisher of the Journal of Antiques and Collectibles. “It’s the perfect way to spend the day as these dealers will create spaces adorned with special finds that are sure to spark memories and inquiry.”

The Exhibit Hall will be open on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 from 10am to 5pm, offering guests ample time to walk the floor and meet the dealers while enjoying special treats throughout the day in celebration of the New Year. In addition, The Host will offer a Concession Cafe outside the Exhibit Hall with breakfast and lunch options, and a Hospitality Table will provide great take-home information on future shows and antique publications.

This Show is sponsored in part by the Sturbridge Tourist Association and Sturbridge Antique Shops.

$10 Admission, $8 online. Tickets are now on sale at www.theantiquecollectiblesshow.com. For more information visit theantiquecollectiblesshow.com, Follow Us on Facebook @ AntiqueCollectiblesShow, or contact Maxine Carter-Lome directly at 508-347-1960 x402 and at weathervanepublishing@gmail.com.

2019 Fairview Hospital Monster Dash to Fight Hunger in the Community

Great Barrington, Mass. – Fairview Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary and Outpatient Rehabilitation team will host the 2019 Monster Dash, a fun 5k run/walk and a 1-mile walk on Saturday, October 26th starting at 9:30 a.m. at 10 Maple Avenue in Great Barrington, the site of Fairview’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Services.  All ages and abilities are welcome to run and walk and people are encouraged to wear a costume.

Monster Dashers

Race day registration takes place from 8:00- 9:20 a.m. in the Rehabilitation Department.  The pre-registration entry fee to run is $20.00 by October 23rd, $25.00 the day of the event. The fee for the 1-mile fun walk will be $7.00 per person with a maximum of $20.00 per family. Registration is available online at www.berkshirerunningcenter.com .

Prizes will be awarded for the top racers including top 5k Male and Female finishers, and the first three male and female finishers in the 5k run in the following age groups: 19 and under,20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.  Several prizes will also be awarded for costumes.

Proceeds from the race will be directed to a local food pantry.

The event is sponsored by Fairview Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Outpatient Rehabilitation Departments and Fairview Hospital’s Recreation Association.  For more information, contact Sophia Veinoglou at Fairview Cardiopulmonary Department at (413) 854-9739 or visit www.berkshirerunningcenter.com