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Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show; Barb Jungr at Ancram Opera House; farm to bar fundraiser; ‘The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab’

Based on Barb Jungr and John McDaniel’s 2016 album of the same name, “Come Together: The Songs of the Beatles” is an artful reinvention of songs from the iconic Beatles catalog.

Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show to showcase more than 80 crafters

Stockbridge — The 27thannual Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the town offices and Bidwell Park at 50 Main St. More than 80 jury-selected artists and crafters will display work including paintings, ceramics, fiberwear and glass-blowing.

Returning artisans will include photographer H. David Stern of Larchmont, New York; Carol and Carlton Taylor of New Hartford, Connecticut, who create hand-colored original etchings and collages using unique papers, beads and metallic thread; feltmaker Sue McFarland of Conway; jeweler Robin Marie Sills of Richmond; Matthew Johnson of Easthampton, maker of iron and wood furniture and sculpture; and Linda Barbadoro of Stockbridge, who crafts dark bamboo flutes and walking sticks. New this year, the show will feature food tents. Tony Carlotto of Rolling Rock Salt will serve up various wraps and signature dishes; and Patience Thomas from Great Cape Baking Company will have hand-cut cider donuts, gourmet breads and more. There will also be a variety of specialty food tents with seasoning salts and peppers, vinegars, oils, jams, fruit shrubs and honey.

Admission is free. For more information, contact the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce at (413) 298-5200 or


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Ancram Opera House to welcome cabaret artist Barb Jungr

Barb Jungr and John McDaniel. Photo: Rick Stockwell

Ancram, N.Y. — Building on the runaway success of her celebrated show “Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen,” cabaret artist Barb Jungr will return to the Ancram Opera House Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8:30 p.m., accompanied by arranger and vocalist John McDaniel, for “Come Together: The Songs of the Beatles.”

Based on Jungr and McDaniel’s 2016 album of the same name, “Come Together” is an artful reinvention of songs from the iconic Beatles catalog. It was shortlisted as one of the Best Duo Shows of 2015 by Broadway World, and Jungr and McDaniel were shortlisted as the best Vocal Duo or Group by the MAC Awards in 2016.

Barb Jungr is a jazz and cabaret singer who has become best known for her work with, or interpretations of, the songs of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, the Beatles and Sting. McDaniel is a pianist, singer, arranger and partner in banter who has accompanied Betty Buckley, Tyne Daly, Brooke Shields and Patti LuPone, among others.

Tickets are $30. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Ancram Opera House at (518) 329-0114 or


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The Gallery at Chatham’s June 2 opening reception. Photo: Pat D’Antonio

The Gallery at Chatham to host farm-to-bar fundraiser

Chatham, N.Y. — The Gallery at Chatham will host a farm-to-bar fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m.

Against a backdrop of music by Sandy McKnight’s Pop-Clique, the event will include libations from Hudson-Chatham Winery, Yankee Distillers, Suarez Family Brewery, Tousey Winery, Hudson Valley Distillery, Chatham Brewing and Sloop Brewing as well as artisanal food items from Tierra Farm, Chatham Berry Farm, Simon’s Catering, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Four Fat Fowl and Coach Farm. 

Tickets are $30. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit gallery’s arts, performance and public service programming. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Gallery at Chatham at (518) 392-2560 or


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Olana launches ‘The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab’ exhibit by author Keri Smith

Author Keri Smith inside her exhibit, ‘The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab,’ at Olana State historic Site. Photo: Leor Miller

Hudson, N.Y. — New York Times bestselling author and conceptual artist Keri Smith has installed the art exhibit “The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab” in the landscape at Olana State Historic Site.

Keri Smith is a conceptual artist and the bestselling author of “Wreck This Journal” and “The Wander Society.” With the support of the Olana Partnership, Smith has created “The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab,” a literal and conceptual art installation on the location of Frederic Church’s original painting studio. Inside a canvas tent on a cedar platform, her creative ideas emerge off the written page and into Church’s landscape. This tent is also informed by Church’s camping packing lists, books about camping life in his library, and Isabel Church’s journal entries about caravan tenting in the Middle East. The more a visitor looks around the tented exhibition, the more layers appear: Jars of natural specimens, inspirational books, handpicked quotes, chairs and tables, various machines, and art scatter the interior.

The exhibit will be on display through December. For more information, contact Olana’s education department at



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