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Bits & Bytes: 5th Annual Rotary Bike ‘N’ Fly; Cannabis research seminar; Berkshire Crafts Fair; ‘I Am Pittsfield’ at Arrowhead; Hebrew poetry talk

Based on actual historical incidents culled from both written and oral history sources, “I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century” explores the struggles and triumphs of immigrants who arrived and settled in Pittsfield between 1840 and 1940.

Cannabis research and patient care seminar

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Shaleen Title

Sheffield — On Saturday, August 29 a cannabis research and patient care seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the barn at Race Brook Lodge. The seminar is a full-day educational event for medical cannabis patients, caregivers, health care providers, and the general public, and will feature medical cannabis industry professionals from across the region.

The seminar will comprise a morning and afternoon panel session, each followed by a question-and-answer session. Panelists will include Shaleen Title, Esq. (THC Staffing, 4Front Advisors), Nial DeMena (Manna Wellness, Manna Molecular Science), Dennis DePaolo (Maine Organic Therapies, Cultivate), Courtney David (VT/RI/CA dispensary operations), Dr. Margrit Mikulis (Living Natural Inc., Temescal Wellness, Kripalu) and Jill Hitchman-Osborn (Parents 4 Pot, pediatric patient advocate).

Tickets to the event are $30 and advance registration is recommended. For event details and to purchase tickets, visit the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (207) 408-1748.


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Berkshire Crafts Fair returns to Monument Mountain High School

Great Barrington — Now in its 42nd year, the Berkshire Crafts Fair will return to Monument Mountain Regional High School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 14 to August 16. The fair will showcase the work of 89 juried artisans. Visitors can expect a wide array of products and prices in each category of craft, from contemporary and traditional jewelry to furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and more.

Admission to the fair is $7, and children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. The Berkshire Crafts Fair is a not-for–profit event that generates funds for scholarships and educational endeavors at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

For more information see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (413) 528-3346.


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Berkshire History Theatre presents ‘I Am Pittsfield’

Kevin Paul Wixsom Dyann Arduini
Kevin Paul Wixsom and Dyann Arduini in ‘I Am Pittsfield.’

Pittsfield — Berkshire History Theatre, in collaboration with Berkshire Historical Society, will present the new play, “I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century,” August 13 – 29 in the Red Barn Theatre at Arrowhead.

Based on actual historical incidents culled from both written and oral history sources, “I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century” explores the struggles and triumphs of immigrants who arrived and settled in Pittsfield between 1840 and 1940. The play is set in Pittsfield locations ranging from the city’s Underground Railroad Network, its mid-nineteenth century woolen and cotton mills, and family homes in ethnic neighborhoods.

“I Am Pittsfield” is an ensemble production, with actors all playing multiple roles. It is directed by Sally Filkins and assistant directed by Kevin Paul Wixsom. Sound and costumes are being done by Jane Bove, and Gianna Rachiele is the production’s flautist.

Performances of “I Am Pittsfield” are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, August 13 – 29 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 – $25. For reservations and information, call Berkshire History Theatre at (413) 442-1928, Arrowhead at (413) 442-1973, or email Reservations are recommended due to limited seating capacity.


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Fifth annual Berkshire Bike ‘N’ Fly

Great Barrington — Great Barrington Airport and the Rotary Club of Great Barrington present the 5th Annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly on August 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the airport. The day will begin with a bike ride for all ages and ability levels. Participants can register online and choose among 20-, 35-, and 52-mile rides that begin and end at the airport. New and old airplanes will be touching down and taking off all day long and visitors can take scenic rides in biplanes, J-3 Cubs, helicopters, and hot air balloons. A demonstration of radio remote-controlled planes and a model airplane show will also take place. Olde Yankee Street Rods will sponsor a classic car show. Musical entertainment will be provided by Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudie, Christina Dellea, Dugway, Casey & the Base Notes, Zydeco Hillbillies, and Sandy & Sandy.

Visitors can enter raffles for prizes that include an hour-long scenic flight. Pilots who fly in will be entered in drawings for a new David Clark Headset and one free oil change at the Great Barrington Airport. All airplanes that fly in will get a reduced fuel price at the end of the day, and the first 100 flyers will receive free gift bags.

The proceeds from the day’s festivities will benefit the Great Barrington Rotary Club & Scholarship Fund. Parking will cost $10 or BerkShares, and admission will be $5 or BerkShares per person. In the case of inclement weather, the Fly-In will be held on Sunday, August 16.


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Avram Horowitz to explore the career of pioneering Hebrew poet

Avram Horowitz
Avram Horowitz.

Pittsfield — On Thursday, August 13, at 10:45 a.m. the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present scholar Avram Horowitz who will talk about the life and word of Lea Goldberg (1911-1970), one of the first female poets in modern times who wrote in Hebrew. The program will take place at Congregation Knesset Israel and is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community series.

Goldberg was a renowned poet as well as a successful children’s author, theater critic, translator, and editor. Her work has been published in 14 languages. Avram D. Horowitz is a lecturer in modern Hebrew literature who studied at the Hebrew University and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he was awarded M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical psychology.

For more information see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360 x10.



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