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Bits & Bytes: ‘Woodstock to the Moon’; Berkshire Lyric at Ozawa Hall; ‘Businesses in Barrington: Part II’; Matthew Noble Day

Guest speakers for “Businesses in Barrington: Gone but Not Forgotten, Part II” will be local historian and Edge columnist Gary Leveille along with Mike Fitzpatrick and Jane Green.

Norman Rockwell Museum to open ‘Woodstock to the Moon’ exhibit

Stockbridge — As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Woodstock to the Moon: 1969 Illustrated” opening Saturday, June 8. Featuring works by more than 40 artists, the exhibition illuminates how Rockwell and other illustrators reflected popular culture during the final year of the tumultuous decade.

Seminal works in the exhibition include Rockwell’s iconic depictions of the first moonwalk and of key events in the civil rights movement, presidential portraits, images of the war on poverty and the war in Vietnam, and his first rock album cover. Works by contemporaneous illustrators and designers will include the famous Woodstock concert poster by Arnold Skolnick, and examples of the inventive psychedelic art created that year for album covers, magazines and posters.

Among the highlights of the exhibition is Rockwell’s “The Final Impossibility: Man’s Tracks on the Moon (Two Men on the Moon),” a story illustration for the Dec. 30, 1969, issue of Look magazine, on special loan from the collection of the National Air and Space Museum. On view for the first time ever will be Basil Gogos’ original painting of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, painted for Famous Monsters of Filmland.

The exhibit will be on view through Sunday, Oct. 27. For more information, contact the Norman Rockwell Museum at (413) 298-4100.


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Berkshire Lyric in a recent performance at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall. Photo courtesy Berkshire Lyric

Berkshire Lyric to perform concert at Ozawa Hall

Lenox — Berkshire Lyric will present its annual Masterworks Concert Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall. The concert will feature Morten Lauridsen’s masterpiece “Lux Aeterna” along with the Schubert Mass in G. The program will begin with additional short choral selections with piano by Schubert and Lauridsen.

The 80voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus, accompanied by a full orchestra, will be joined by several soloists including soprano Erin Nafziger of Williamstown, mezzo-soprano Marjorie Dix of Richmond, tenor Brendan P. Buckley of Boston and bass John Demler of Pittsfield. In addition, the Taconic High School Honors Chorus will join in singing the Schubert Mass in G. Berkshire Lyric’s two choruses for young singers, the Blafield Children’s Chorus and Melodious Accord, will be singing Schubert to start the program.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for students. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Berkshire Lyric at (413) 499-0258 or


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Snyder & Race in Housatonic, circa 1912. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Historical Society

Great Barrington Historical Society to offer lecture on area business history

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Historical Society will offer the program “Businesses in Barrington: Gone but Not Forgotten, Part II” Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at the Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 South Main St.

Guest speakers for the program will be local historian and Edge columnist Gary Leveille along with Mike Fitzpatrick and Jane Green. They will focus on the history of bygone area businesses that live on in collective memory. All merchants who owned an establishment in Great Barrington or Housatonic at one time are invited to attend and share their stories.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Great Barrington Historical Society at (413) 591-8702 or


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Sheffield Historical Society to celebrate Matthew Noble Day

Sheffield — The Sheffield Historical Society will host Matthew Noble Day Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Named for the first non-native settler of Sheffield, the day will include complimentary barbecue, ice cream and drinks for participants as they play games of yore and learn about Sheffield history through activities and tours of the historic buildings and museums. Kids of all ages will be challenged to fill out a “history passport” as they visit each game and educational station. A completed passport will be rewarded with an ice cream sundae.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Sheffield Historical Society at (413) 229-2694 or



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