Bits & Bytes: Citizenship naturalization ceremony; Baseball Day at Berkshire Mall; Woofstock; GBLC Hullabaloo; BNRC community celebration

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By Thursday, Sep 7 Life In the Berkshires
A family at a recent U.S. citizenship naturalization ceremonty at Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Photo courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

Norman Rockwell Museum to host U.S. citizenship naturalization ceremony

Stockbridge — In partnership with Berkshire Immigrant Center, Norman Rockwell Museum will host a naturalization ceremony inside its galleries on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the U.S. from around the world will be sworn in as new naturalized citizens against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Four Freedoms” paintings. The ceremony will be presided over by the Honorable Joan M. McMenemy, first justice of Berkshire County Juvenile Court. Remarks will be provided by NRM director and CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt and BIC director Brooke Mead. Following the ceremony, pianist Karèn Tchougourian will offer music for the new citizens and their families. For more information, contact NRM at (413) 298-4100.


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Baseball Day at the Berkshire Mall

Steve Krasner. Photo courtesy

Lanesborough — On Saturday, Sept. 9, from noon to 4 p.m., Baseball in the Berkshires will present Baseball Day at the Berkshire Mall. The day’s events will begin at noon with a meet and greet with North Adams resident Peter Greenbush, a former minor leaguer with the Colorado Rockies. At 1:30 p.m., sports writer and educator Steve Krasner will present a creative writing workshop titled “Nudging the Imagination.” At 3 p.m., Krasner will be joined by former Pawtucket Red Sox player Russ Quetti for a discussion of a 1981 game between the PawSox and the Rochester Red Wings that featured Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr., lasted for 33 innings and became the subject of Krasner’s book “The Longest Game.” All of the day’s activities are free and open to the public. For ore information, contact Baseball in the Berkshire at (413) 822-6738.


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Woofstock returns to the Common

A participant at a recent Berkshire Humane Society Woofstock event. Photo courtesy Berkshire Humane Society

Pittsfield — Woofstock, Berkshire Humane Society’s annual fundraising dog walk, will take place at the First Street Common on Sunday, Sept. 10, with registration at 10 a.m. and the walk to follow at 11 a.m. Senior greyhound and adoption alumna Gabby will serve as the grand marshal. BHS will host activities for families and canines on the lawn after the walk. Food vendors will also be present.

Woofstock invites participants to raise money on behalf of BHS’ shelter animals and register to walk a loop around downtown with or without their dogs. Prizes are available for increasing levels of fundraising. Those who are unable to attend the event may participate virtually by signing up online, raising money and walking in their own time. Participants are encouraged to register online.

For more information, call BHS at (413) 477-7878 x131.


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Great Barrington Land Conservancy Hullabaloo

Great Barrington Land Conservancy board member and Lake Mansfield Alliance chair Christine Ward addresses guests at the 2016 Hullabaloo. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Land Conservancy

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Land Conservancy will celebrate its 25th anniversary year with its second annual Hullabaloo on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 405 Stockbridge Rd. alongside the Housatonic River. The event will celebrate GBLC’s members, sponsors and volunteers with light fare from Naji’s Mediterranean Cuisine, a cash bar, live music from Rob Sanzone and Chris Merenda, a display of the winning photographs from GBLC’s first annual photo contest, raffle prizes and more. Admission is $30 with complimentary tickets for GBLC members and supporters. Reservations are encouraged. For more information or to RSVP, contact GBLC at (413) 528-4061 or


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BNRC to mark 50th anniversary with community celebration

Dalton — In honor of its 50th anniversary year in 2017, Berkshire Natural Resources Council will offer a free community celebration Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holiday Brook Farm. The celebration is open to all ages and will feature hayrides, live music, a birds of prey demonstration and guided walks as well as archery and fishing lessons. Local food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event. BNRC will present its history in milestones and offer its trail maps and property information in a special display. For more information and a full schedule of events, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact BNRC at (413) 499-0596 or


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