Bits & Bytes: Renewable energy fair; ‘The Government Inspector;’ Will Evans, Whiskey Treaty Roadshow at the Colonial; Fairview’s Monster Dash; Mill Pond School open house

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By Tuesday, Oct 25 Life In the Berkshires
Singer/songwriter and Barefoot Truth frontman Will Evans will perform with his band, the Rising Tide, and the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Thursday, Oct. 27 (see item below).

Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline to present renewable energy fair

An anti-fossil fuel rally at the Albany, New York, state capitol building in January.

An anti-fossil fuel rally at the Albany, New York, State Capitol building in January.

Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y. — Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline will present a renewable energy fair on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maple Hill High School. The fair, which will be the largest indoor/outdoor renewable energy fair ever held in New York’s capital region, aims to educate residents about solar, wind and geothermal energy, insulation and other ways to make homes and work places more efficient and environmentally friendly. It will feature presentations, exhibitors, children’s activities, and food. Admission and parking are free.

The fair will offer a series of 15-minute workshop presentations on many different topics having to do with saving energy and reducing waste. Presentations will include information on geothermal heat, home insulation, solar energy, wind turbines, electric vehicles, composting, and alternative fuel choices.

More than 40 exhibitors will be on hand to provide more information, tips, and products related to renewable energy and will include Capital District EV Drivers, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, Green Mountain Energy, Honest Weight Food Co-op, Hudson Solar, Hudson Valley Wind & Solar LLC, New York Solar Energy Society, People of Albany United for Safe Energy, Sierra Club, Solar Sal, Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, and Sustainable Wealth Advisors.

For more information and a complete list of activities and exhibitors, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Becky Meier at (518) 781-4686 or becky@stopnypipeline.org.

–E.E.

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Simon’s Rock to stage ‘The Government Inspector’

James Warwick. Photo courtesy of Chester Theatre Company.

James Warwick. Photo courtesy of Chester Theatre Company.

Great Barrington — Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s theatre program will present Nikolai Gogol’s “The Government Inspector” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27; Friday, Oct. 28; and Saturday, Oct. 29, with an additional performance on Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Daniel Arts Center’s McConnell Theater.

Veteran actor/director James Warwick will direct the production. Oscar-nominated set designer Carl Sprague and internationally renowned costume designer Arthur Oliver will join Warwick, along with Simon’s Rock students, faculty and staff, to create the world of the play.

James Warwick began his career in London’s West End. His credits include Brad in the original stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as BBC television, Broadway, and American television and film. He has served as associate artistic director at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Chester Theatre Company, as well as artistic director of the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. He was interim president of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles in 2007–08 and, in 2009, was appointed president of Theatre of Arts College for the Contemporary Actor in Hollywood, California.

The performances are free ad open to the public. For more information, call (413) 528-7400.

–E.E.

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Will Evans, Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to perform at the Colonial Theatre

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group will welcome Will Evans and Rising Tide along with the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to the Colonial Theatre at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, as part of its On the Stage Series.

Will Evans has spent the last decade as the primary songwriter, drummer, and frontman for the roots rock band Barefoot Truth. Evans recorded four full-length albums and several EPs of his original music with the band. The band’s most recent release, “Carry Us On,” debuted at No. 10 on the iTunes rock chart. The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is an Americana rock-and-roots band featuring Massachusetts singer/songwriters Tory Hanna, Billy Keane, David Tanklefsky, Greg Smith and Chris Merenda. The concert will include canned food drive for St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.

Tickets to Will Evans and Rising Tide and the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow are $25. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Colonial ticket office at (413) 997-4444.

–E.E.

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Fairview Hospital to hold Monster Dash

Fairview Hospital Chief Operating Officer Doreen Hutchinson and her granddaughter, Enara O’Connell, at the 2014 Monster Dash.

Fairview Hospital Chief Operating Officer Doreen Hutchinson and her granddaughter, Enara O’Connell, at the 2014 Monster Dash.

Great Barrington — Fairview Hospital will hold its 12th annual Monster Dash, a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile walk, on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m. at Fairview’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, 10 Maple Ave. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate and encouraged to wear a costume.

Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. Runners and walkers will receive free Halloween safety lights and enjoy snacks provided by local businesses. Prizes will be awarded for the top 5K male and female finishers, and the first three male and female finishers in the 5k 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.

The pre-registration entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. The fee for the 1-mile fun walk is $7 per person with a maximum of $20 per family. Proceeds from the race will be donated to the People’s Pantry. For more information, contact Vicki Coons at Fairview Outpatient Rehabilitation at (413) 854-9740.

–E.E.

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New Children’s Study Home Berkshire campus to hold open house

The classroom building at the Children's Study Home's Mill Pond Berkshire campus.

The classroom building at the Children’s Study Home’s Mill Pond Berkshire campus.

Great Barrington — The Children’s Study Home will celebrate the opening of its Berkshire campus at 446 Monterey Rd., the site of the former Eagleton School, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29, with festivities beginning at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend.

Games, a bounce house, food, face painting, and campus tours will be offered from 3 to 4 :30 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The Children’s Study Home’s recently opened Berkshire campus is home to a growing number of programs for children and families. The Mill Pond School and Monterey Girls’ Academy provide therapeutic and educational programming for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, call (413) 372-2530.

–E.E.


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