Bits & Bytes: Spring for Sound; GBHS art exhibit; RSYP to honor Manring; Roger Salloom at Diana Felber Gallery; ‘Hopped Up for Health’

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By Tuesday, Jun 6 Life In the Berkshires
The former Searles High School in Great Barrington as depicted by artist Frank Packlick. The Great Barrington Historical Society will host an opening reception for its exhibit 'Frank Packlick - A Man and His Passion' on Saturday, June 10 (see item below). Image courtesy Great Barrington Historical Society

GBHS to showcase art of Frank Packlick

Drawing by Frank Packlick

Drawing by Frank Packlick

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Historical Society will hold an opening reception for its newest exhibit “Frank Packlick — A Man and His Passion” on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Wheeler Farmstead museum, 817 South Main St. The exhibit will be on display through Monday, July 31.

Packlick was an award-winning artist born in Housatonic to Polish immigrants. He served in World War II in the Pacific and many of his early sketches of the war will be included in the display. His work includes pen-and-ink drawings and prints ranging from local historic buildings and pastoral scenes to famous people and animals. His work is part of the permanent collections of the LBJ Presidential Library, conductor Seiji Ozawa, Brown University’s War Library and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Packlick was a long-standing member of the Sheffield Art League and was encouraged to donate prints from his vast collection to the GBHS.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit is the largest-ever showing of Packlick’s work and is coordinated by his longtime friend and neighbor Nancy-Fay Hecker of Apple Hill Design. For more information, contact GBHS at (413) 591-8702 or info@gbhistory.org.

–E.E.

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Spring for Sound music festival

NeeNee Rushie of the Big Takeover

NeeNee Rushie of the Big Takeover

Millerton, N.Y. — The seventh annual Spring for Sound music festival will take place rain or shine on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to midnight throughout the village of Millerton. At least 50 bands and solo artists will perform on five stages throughout the town, including the Big Takeover, lespecial, the Nice Ones, the Lucky 5, the Hayrollers, Buddha da Great, Dreamaholic, Take One Car, and the Kyles. New this year, Spring for Sound will present artists selected by the Kinship Circles Latina women’s group, including a mariachi band and dancers performing flamenco and salsa.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and free for children age 12 and under. All proceeds will benefit the North East Community Center. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.

–E.E.

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Railroad Street Youth Project to honor Barbara Manring

Barbara Manring

Barbara Manring

Great Barrington — Railroad Street Youth Project will present a special event to honor its former board president Barbara Manring for her outstanding leadership and dedication to youth. The event will take place on Sunday, June 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the home of Abby Schroeder.

For many years, Manring taught English as a Second Language to students of all ages. She taught English for the British Council to pre-university and university students in Colombo, Sri Lanka, who were bound for study in the U.K., as well as to Government of Sri Lanka personnel. She developed, organized and led the USDA’s first program of daily English language classes for Saudi Arabian women; and taught English language skills, ESL teaching methods and American culture in an intensive summer program for Korean high school teachers of English. Most recently, she was a personal trainer for clients with a wide range of ages and physical conditions at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

At RSYP, Barbara served as a board member and president, is an active member of the development committee, and continues to be an enthusiastic ambassador for the organization. In addition to her work with RSYP, she also served as president and board member for the Great Barrington Rotary Club and was a board member and vice president at Construct Inc. She currently serves on Berkshire South’s board of trustees and she is also a member of its fund development committee.

Tickets to the event are $90 each and include elegant hors d’oeuvres prepared by Brian Alberg, executive chef at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. The event is generously hosted by Abby Schroeder at her home, where guests will have the opportunity to explore three centuries of history through the Schroeders’ world-class collection of antique toys. For tickets and more information, contact RSYP development associate Maeve Dillon at (413) 528-2475 or maeve@rsyp.org. All proceeds will support RSYP’s youth development programs and activities.

–E.E.

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Singer-songwriter Roger Salloom to perform at Diana Felber Gallery

Roger Salloom

Roger Salloom

West Stockbridge — The Diana Felber Gallery will present singer-songwriter Roger Salloom on Saturday, June 10, at 8 p.m.

The subject of the 2006 Grammy Award-balloted documentary film “So Glad I Made It: The Saga of Roger Salloom, America’s Best Unknown Songwriter, Northampton-based Salloom was at the center of the 1960s psychedelic scene in San Francisco, playing the Fillmore with Santana, Van Morrison, B.B. King and Procol Harum. In the 1970s he moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting, then disappeared for 20 years to raise a family as a single parent and draw a syndicated comic strip. Salloom performs across New England and will soon release his first album in six years.

Tickets are $20. For tickets and more information, contact the gallery at (413) 232-7007 or diana@dianafelbergallery.com.

–E.E.

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‘Hopped Up for Health’ running event

Sheffield — Big Elm Brewing will host “Hopped Up for Health” on Saturday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m. The event is open to walkers and runners alike. The course will traverse beautiful country roads includes a 12K hill challenge loop and a 5K run or walk. Official race times will be recorded through Berkshire Running Center.

Entry fees are $40–$45 for the 12K, $25–$30 for the 5K, and $15 for a children’s 5K.

Runners and walkers can register online. Proceeds will benefit Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires. For more information, contact (413) 229-2348 or bigelmbrewing@gmail.com.

–E.E.


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