Participants prepare for a socially distanced hike at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, which will hold a virtual 'Together Apart' gala Thursday, Oct. 29. Photo courtesy Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Bits & Bytes: ‘Together Apart’ gala; Berkshire Earth Expo; ‘Ghosts of the Berkshires’; decluttering workshop

Berkshire South to hold online ‘Together Apart’ gala

Great Barrington — Berkshire South Regional Community Center will host “Together Apart,” a socially distanced gala celebration held via Zoom, Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

“Adults and children throughout our community rely on Berkshire South as a safe and welcoming place where they can thrive – connect with others, participate in our programs, care for their mental and physical health, perhaps enjoy a free weekly hot meal,” said Berkshire South executive director Jenise Lucey. “To finance the important work here, the Center depends heavily on the funds raised at this annual Gala. This year the funding is even more important.”

The celebration will include a live presentation, toast and raffle drawing for a case of wine valued at $400 or more as well as the possibility of winning a door prize. Berkshire South welcomes donations of any amount toward its programs, such as child care even during COVID-19; Nourishing Neighbors (a supplemental meal program that served over 10,000 meals between April and September); free virtual fitness classes so community members can stay healthy at home; the upcoming takeout Community Thanks Supper (a free Thanksgiving meal available to all); and the Shining Star supplemental holiday shopping program for those in need.

The event is free an open to the public. Donations are encouraged and will support Berkshire South’s community programs. For more information and to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact Berkshire South Regional Community Center at (413) 528-2810 or


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Berkshire Earth Expo to go virtual

Pittsfield — This year, because of COVID-19, Living the Change Berkshires will collaborate for the first time with Berkshire Museum to hold the fifth annual Berkshire Earth Expo online from Sunday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 14.

During the event, Berkshire Museum will host a wide variety of exhibits and interactive programs on its website, such as podcasts about Berkshire students’ work to protect nature, poetry readings, several workshops and webinars on climate solutions, and a juried art show called “How Shall We Live? Climate Visions of Berkshire Youth Artists.” The Cooler Communities Action Platform will allow participants from across Berkshire County to browse and learn about the many actions available, create profiles, and pledge one or more actions that are a good fit for them.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and a schedule of activities, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact Uli Nagel at (413) 329-3514 or


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Bidwell House Museum to host talk on ‘Ghosts of the Berkshires’

Image courtesy Arcadia Publishing

Monterey — On Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., the Bidwell House Museum will host a talk with Robert Oakes, author of the new book “Ghosts of the Berkshires.”

Before becoming a haven for arts and culture, the Berkshires were rugged and sparsely populated. Residents and visitors alike have felt fear and awe in these hills, telling tales of shadowy figures, disembodied voices and spectral trains. During his talk, Oakes will share Colonial- and Revolutionary War-era stories from the region and discuss the gravesite of Rev. Adonijah Bidwell.

Oakes is a writer, teacher and singer/songwriter in the Berkshires. He has written for AAA, Canyon Ranch and a number of other publications and organizations, and performs as part of the Berkshire-based folk music duo Oakes and Smith. Since 2010 he has led the ghost tours at the Mount in Lenox, and has represented the museum and its ghosts on SYFY’s “Ghost Hunters,” Jeff Belanger’s “New England Legends” series on PBS, and “The Apple Seed” hosted by Sam Payne on BYUradio. Oakes is currently pursuing his master’s degree in English at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for Bidwell House Museum members. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Bidwell House Museum at


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Lee Library to offer decluttering workshop

Maile Shoul. Photo courtesy Cloud Eleven Organizing

Lee — On Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the Lee Library will offer a virtual workshop on decluttering with Maile Shoul, a certified KonMari Method consultant and owner of Cloud Eleven Organizing in Orange.

The KonMari Method was created by Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo. Millions of people have been drawn to this philosophy because it places importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking. Participants in the 90-minute workshop will learn how to apply the KonMari Method in their homes to get organized for good.

Shoul is a certified KonMari consultant and the owner of Cloud Eleven Organizing. She has taught families to transform their homes and their lives by keeping what serves them and letting go of all the rest.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact the Lee Library at (413) 243-0385 or