Construct Presents Annual Cold Weather Benefit Variety Show
Great Barrington, Mass. – January 14 – Construct presents Warm up the Winter, an annual benefit Variety Show to raise money for Fuel Assistance. The show is co-hosted by the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, and will take place on Monday, February 10th, 2020.
are delighted with the talent that has stepped forward for this years’ show, in
addition to returning acts, there are two exciting dance sets and some new
bands. We are planning a fun and fast paced event”, stated Construct’s board
president, Elizabeth Rosenberg.
annual show is a highlight of the local winter season and features well known
Berkshire Artists. The Sunday Strummers ukulele band will play pre-show in the
lobby as people gather. Construct board member Barney Stein will emcee, and the
song “Warm up the Winter” written and composed by Joe Rose will open the event.
This year’s show will include Youth Alive (drum and dance band from
Pittsfield), Alan Chartock & the Berkshire Ramblers (Chartock’s roots
band), Tumo Kohrs, a well-known duo, The Spartones from Monument Mountain
Regional High School, the Olga Dunn Dance Company. The Wanda Houston Band will
close the evening.
Mission is to “Change and save lives through housing options and a continuum of
related services”. According to Jane Ralph, Construct’s Executive Director, “Warm
up the Winter provides funds for the challenges that colder weather
presents for people who have higher barriers to safety and sustainability. In
addition to helping with increased fuel costs, the funds help with cold weather
emergencies such as burst pipes or dead batteries which can have a huge impact
on a household.”
purchase tickets contact the Mahaiwe at: www.mahaiwe.org or call
Co-Sponsors of the event are: Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Berkshire United Way, CHP, Fairview Hospital, Railroad Street Youth Project, and VIM.
The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire and Berkshire Housing Development Corporation Close Financing for Bentley Apartments Affordable Housing / 100 Bridge Street, Great Barrington Construction Beginning January 2020
Great Barrington, MA — January 14 — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB), and Co-sponsor / developer Berkshire Housing Development Corporation, announce the closing on all financing for its Bentley Apartments affordable housing development at 100 Bridge Street, Great Barrington. The project provides 45 new affordable apartments for families with incomes of up to approximately $53,000, in the core of downtown on the Housatonic River. Construction has commenced with the site work for the initial building. Apartments will be available by late spring 2021.
The closing signifies
the completion of the complex funding process from 14 separate local, state,
federal and private funding sources including: Massachusetts Department of
Housing and Community Development, MassHousing / Affordable Housing Trust Fund,
Great Barrington Community Preservation Funds, Berkshire Bank, Federal Home
Loan Bank Boston, Redstone Equity Partners, TD Bank, Dorfman Capital, and the
Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. “This was a very
complicated closing, given the challenges of the site,” said Timothy Geller,
CDCSB Executive Director. “We are especially grateful to Mass. DHCD for their
commitment and support through this process.”
Bentley Apartments is
meeting the growing challenge of affordable housing that faces 40% of the
working families in the southern Berkshires, and helps address our slowing
regional economic growth. The 45 apartments include twelve
1-bedroom units, twenty-two 2-bedroom units, and eleven 3-bedroom units, with
universal wheelchair access. The project also includes a 1-acre restored
Riverfront walk along the Housatonic River.
exemplifies community-centered, low-carbon-footprint development,” said Timothy
Geller, CDCSB Executive Director. “It provides high quality, extremely energy
efficient units with walkable access to jobs, services, shopping, cultural
amenities, Berkshire Community College, parks, houses of worship and Town
The Bentley project
team includes: CDCSB, co-sponsor/developer and management agent Berkshire
Housing Development Corporation, MBL Housing and Development, Dietz &
Company Architects, Foresight Land Services, Furrow Engineering, Stockman and
Associates, Saloomey Construction, site contractor DR Billings and the legal
team of Nolan Sheehan Patten, LLP of Boston.
The CDCSB is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities, promoting
economic development, and building low-moderate income housing in the southern
Berkshires. In collaboration with other local organizations, CDCSB has helped
build over 60 affordable housing units, leveraged over $36 million in private
and public funding for south Berkshire County and has a current development
pipeline of 114 new affordable housing units.
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 cdcsb.org or call 413-528-7788.
Berkshire Housing Development Corporation brings to this project its successful, 45+ year history of creating and improving the quality of life for the people of Berkshire County, through the creation of affordable housing, property management, and community development. Berkshire Housing has created over 950 units of quality affordable rental units across the county, constructed and sold 110 homes for first-time homebuyers and renovated over 1,000 homes for low-income homeowners throughout the county and southern Vermont. BHDC also administers rental and housing assistance programs for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Through its subsidiary Berkshire Housing Services Inc, it manages over 815 homes and apartments.
Clark Art Institute to Broadcast London National Theatre’s “Present Laughter”
Williamstown, Mass. — Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter, starring Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag), airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, January 25, at 1 pm.
As star actor Garry
Essendine prepares to embark on an overseas tour, his colorful life is in
danger of spiraling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis
as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few
remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic, and soul
With a slew of five-star reviews, this updated
production of Noël Coward’s classic play presents a giddy and modern reflection
on fame, desire, and loneliness. This HD broadcast of Present Laughter was
captured live from The Old Vic in London, with Matthew Warchus directing.
Tickets are $18 ($16 for Clark members) and can be purchased at clarkart.edu or
by phoning 413 458 0524. All ticket sales are nonrefundable.
Theatre Live broadcast is All About Eve, starring Lily James and Gillian
Anderson, and airing on Saturday, February 8, at 1 pm.
ABOUT 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.
Berkshire Grown’s Winter Farmers Market in Great Barrington
features the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including
fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods, plus the yummiest
grilled sausages and egg sandwiches. These popular community markets take place
on Saturdays in winter all the way through April at the Monument Valley
Regional Middle School. Each market runs from 10 am to 2 pm and shoppers can find
their favorite farmers, food producers, and crafters among the more than 60
vendors. Join us for food, friends, farmers, and loads of fun on January 18,
February 15, March 21, and April 18.
The winter markets feature fun activities for kids, food for
lunch, and live music. Admission is free and SNAP/EBT is accepted at all
markets. Thanks to our market sponsors, SNAP dollars will doubled at all of the
Berkshire Grown Winter Market! Berkshire Grown’s indoor farmers markets
showcase the array of seasonal bounty of apples, potatoes, carrots, beets,
winter squash, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and a variety of winter greens — all
grown on local farms. Plus there will be the freshest eggs, chicken, lamb,
grass fed pork and beef, cheeses, jams, pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, honey, and
delicious baked goods.
“Every dollar shoppers spend at a farmers market grows the
local food economy, puts money directly into a farmer’s pocket, and keeps those
farmers farming,” says Margaret Moulton, Berkshire Grown’s executive director.
Major sponsors of the Winter Farmers Markets include Jane
Iredale Skincare Makeup, Lee Bank, Storey Pubishing, and the Zilkha Center for
Environmental Initiatives at Williams College.
In addition, Berkshire Grown is grateful for generous support
from the Ed Herrington Inc., Berkshire Property Agents, Guido’s Fresh
Marketplace, Rolling Rock Salt, the Center for Environmental Studies at
Williams College, Mountain One, and the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.
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 berkshiregrown.org or call 413.528.0041.
BCC to host Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service Event
Pittsfield, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) plans to honor one of America’s greatest heroes by giving back to the community at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service event – taking place in the Connector building at BCC’s main campus on Monday, January 20.
National Day of Service event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registrations and a
light breakfast. Then, from 9:00-9:45 a.m. there will be welcome remarks by
President Ellen Kennedy and a keynote address by Dr. Eden-Reneé Hayes, Dean of
Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Psychology at Bard College at
will be then sent out into the community to build with Central Berkshire
Habitat for Humanity, play Bingo with veterans at Soldier On, create
Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly and write thank you letters to active
service members at the First United Methodist Church, play with children at the
Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center or join the family feud fun at the Boys
and Girls Club of the Berkshires.
event will conclude at 12:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Fenn
Street in Pittsfield with a community lunch hosted by Harvest Table in the
Berkshires, shared by all volunteers and fellow community members.
credit is available for BCC students for attending the keynote and the
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 www.berkshirecc.edu.
Berkshire Waldorf School Announces January Open House and “Meet the First Grade Teachers” Event
Great Barrington, Mass. – January 13 – Berkshire Waldorf School (formerly Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School) announces January events for prospective parents including a classroom tour and open house Thursday, January 16, from 9-11am, at the school, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. This free community event includes a peek into classes in progress for students from PreK (2s and 3s) through eighth grade.
The school will also host a special “Meet the First Grade
Teachers” event Saturday, January 18 from 10am to 12pm on the school
campus. Current and prospective families and interested community members are
invited to meet 2020-21 first grade class teacher Safina Alessandra and first
grade subject teachers in music, language, biodynamic farming, movement and
handwork, to learn more about how first grade at Berkshire Waldorf meets
children’s curiosity, imagination and active learning. Students are ready for
Berkshire Waldorf School first grade in Fall 2020 if they turn 6 by June 1.
Families can register for free childcare during the meeting by contacting
Admissions Director Robyn Coe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-528-4015 x.106.
Berkshire Waldorf School, as in most Waldorf schools worldwide, grade school
class teachers practice “looping,” moving through the grade school curriculum
with their classes, and building strong, long-term relationships, for up to
eight years. Berkshire Waldorf School is now accepting student applications for
the 2020-21 school year. Application deadline is February 1.
BWS’s Waldorf curriculum integrates academic excellence with movement, music, outdoor learning and the arts. The school has been preparing students to achieve their full potential for almost 50 years, earning BWS “Best School in the Berkshires” accolades for the past seven consecutive years. Berkshire Waldorf School is one of over 1,000 international Waldorf schools, part of the fastest-growing independent school movement in the world, and offers sliding scale tuition and generous scholarships for students based on need.
Berkshire Bach Presents The Organ Masters: Bach, Louprette and Stauffer
The Berkshire Bach Society presents acclaimed organist Renée
Anne Louprette in a recital of music by J.S. Bach in its annual Organ Masters
series at 2pm on Saturday, February 8th at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting
House in Housatonic. This year’s concert comes with a bonus: Louprette’s
husband, distinguished musicologist and Bach specialist George B. Stauffer,
shares the spotlight and provides insight into Bach’s organ music, introducing
the individual works on the program and tracing the development of Bach’s
style. The concert promises to be a special experience, both auditory and
intellectual, and showcases the beautiful 1893 Johnson and Son organ that is
truly a hidden gem of the Berkshires.
Louprette has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of
New York’s finest organists,” and has an active international performance and
recording career. Her program includes four of the Great Eighteen Chorale
Preludes, BWV 651–668 that she recorded on the Metzler Organ, Trinity College,
Cambridge, in 2014. The recording was named a classical music Critic’s Choice
by The New York Times. Other works on the program include the rarely-heard
Pastorella, BWV 590, the Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 549a, the Fantasia
and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537, and the Allegro from the Concerto in C Major
(“Il grosso mogul”), BWV 594, that Bach transcribed from the original Concerto
for Violin in D Major, RV 208 by Antonio Vivaldi.
Stauffer is the author of several well-regarded books
including J.S. Bach: The Mass in B Minor and The World of Baroque Music, and is
currently at work on a book analyzing Bach’s organ music. He is the rare
scholar who has also had a performance career, studying organ at Juilliard and
serving as university organist and chapel music director at Columbia
University. Thus, he knows whereof he speaks—and our audience is the
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Louprette and
Stauffer at the UU Meeting House. Tickets are $25, and $20 for Berkshire Bach
Society members, online and at the door. Admission is free for children under
18 and students with ID. A reception follows the concert. Call ahead to reserve
handicapped parking. For more information, visit www.berkshirebach.org.
The Berkshire Bach Society’s season-long media sponsors are WMHT and NEPR/New England News Network.
CHP Names Karen Johnson as HR Director
Great Barrington, Mass. – Community Health Programs has named Karen Johnson as director of human resources for the countywide healthcare network.
Johnson has more than 20 years of leadership experience in
human resources, primarily in the healthcare sector, most recently at First
Choice Health Centers in East Hartford, Conn. She previously held human
resources positions at JGS Lifecare Corp. and with CIGNA insurance company’s
health care division.
Johnson has expertise in employee development, engagement
and retention, workplace inclusivity and employee coaching.
Johnson is certified as a Senior Professional in Human
Resources (SPHR), and she also holds certification in Culture of Safety from
She earned her MBA at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, and resides in North Granby, Conn.
BFAIR Celebrates Selection as a Stop & Shop Community Bag Program Beneficiary
North Adams, Mass. – December 26 – BFAIR has been selected as a beneficiary of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program for the month of January. The Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. BFAIR was selected as the January beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Stop & Shop located at 876 State Road, North Adams, MA.
will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is
purchased at this location during January, unless otherwise directed by the
customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag. “We are excited to
participate in this program. It’s a win-win for BFAIR and the community;
supporting BFAIR programs and services and helping the environment by
supporting the reusable bag initiative”, said Rich Weisenflue, BFAIR’s CEO.
more information on the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, visit
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.
History Talk Replay: “Coming to Terms with Colonial America: Another Look at Natives and Other Early Americans”
The Bidwell House Museum, in
collaboration with the Monterey Community Center, is excited to again present
the off-season program “History Talk Replay”. Join friends and neighbors
at the Monterey Community Center on one Sunday afternoon in January, February
and March to view a broadcast of one of our popular summer History Talks.
First up on Sunday January 12 at 1pm is a talk from 2019 titled Coming to
Terms with Colonial America: Another Look at Natives and Other Early Americans.
The History Talk Replay series is free, but donations are welcome.
Scholarly study of Native
Americans before ca. 1800 has flourished recently, extending our knowledge of
Indian peoples during that era well beyond Squanto and Pocahontas. Nonetheless,
to a surprising degree, when talking about the continent’s first peoples we
still use language that would be familiar to William Bradford and Capt. John
Smith. Is thinking about our loaded vocabulary an exercise in “political
correctness”? Or is it simply “correctness”?
Born and raised in Minnesota,
James Merrell is the Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of American history at
Vassar College. Recipient of several fellowships, including from the Guggenheim
Foundation and the NEH, he is the author of The Indians’ New World:
Catawbas and their Neighbors From European Contact Through the Era of
Removal and Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the
Pennsylvania Frontier. Both books won the Bancroft Prize; Into
the American Woods was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The Bidwell House Museum is located at 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA. The Museum is closed for the season but will re-open on May 25, 2020. The gardens and grounds are open for free, year round. For more information, please call 413-528-6888 or go to www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.