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Whiskey City will open the 15th season of the Live on the Lake concert series at Pittsfield's Onota Lake on Wednesday, July 6.

Bits & Bytes: Live on the Lake; CHP dental clinic; the Capitol Steps at Cranwell; stargazing workshop; ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ preview; Pittsfield Garden Tour

By Friday, Jul 1, 2016 Life In the Berkshires

Live on the Lake concert series

Pittsfield — The Live on the Lake community concert series will kick off its 15th consecutive season on Wednesday, July 6, Concerts will take place every Wednesday through August 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Burbank Park on Onota Lake.

The schedule for 2016 is as follows:

July 6: Whiskey City; July 13: Big Hair Band; July 20: Bandit; July 27: Shyne; August 3: Jill Gallagher Band; August 10: License to Groove; August 17: Rev Tor Band; and August 24: Madison Avenue.

The Pittsfield Police Department would like to remind those who attend that alcohol is not permitted at Burbank Park during these concerts and no parking is allowed on Lakeway Drive Extension (located off Pecks Road). The Pittsfield Police Department will be on patrol during the shows and parking violations will be cited.


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CHP to offer mobile dental clinic

Great Barrington – Community Health Programs’ (CHP) dental care services will offer oral exams for children and adults from its health van parked at 442 Stockbridge Rd. on Tuesday, July 5, noon – 1 p.m.; Thursday, July 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Tuesday, August 2, noon – 1 p.m. CHP dentists Dr. Lina Bermudez and Dr. Minwood Jang will conduct exams and offer fluoride treatments for children up to age 16; those over 16 will receive an oral exam only. Walk-ins will be accepted as they arrive. Patients with insurance will be billed accordingly, and others may qualify for a free exam. All are welcome. For more information, call CHP at (413) 528-8580.


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The Capitol Steps return to Cranwell

Capitol Steps

Left to right: Capitol Steps cast members Jack Rowles as Bernie Sanders. Kevin Corbett as Donald Trump, and Ann Schmitt at Hillary Clinton. Photo courtesy of the Capitol Steps.

Lenox — The award-winning musical satire group the Capitol Steps offers a chance to laugh off some election-year stress with performances at Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort through Friday, September 2. The troupe will be the first to perform on Cranwell’s new Harvest Barn stage, a 220-seat venue.

The Capitol Steps began as a group of congressional staffers who set out to satirize the very people who employed them. Now in its 35th year, the show has evolved to feature 26 actors and five pianists with shows across the country. This year’s show is largely based on songs from the Capitol Steps’ current album, “What To Expect When You’re Electing,” featuring tunes such as “Ain’t No Pipeline, Now It’s Gone,” “Hello, Is it Mitt You’re Looking For?” and “We Warm the World” that give a comedic nod to some of the most pressing political issues

The Capitol Steps’ 90-minute show will be performed nightly, excluding Tuesdays, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (413) 881-1636.


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‘Stories of the Night Sky’ at Lee Library

Lee – On Tuesday, July 5, the Lee Library will offer “Stories of the Night Sky,” a chance to learn about the stars, constellations, and planets in the night sky with Kevin Kopchynski, an educator with a lifelong love of nature and a deep interest in science. The workshop will focus on what is currently visible in the night sky and what to expect the rest of the summer. The program will have two sections: the young adult- and tween-geared program will meet from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. and the adult workshop will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For more information call the Library at (413) 243-0385.


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‘The Pirates of Penzance’ preview at Ventfort Hall

Julianne Boyd head shot

Julianne Boyd.

Lenox — “A Sneak Peak at ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ with Julianne Boyd: Barrington Stage at Ventfort Hall” will sail into Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum when Barrington Stage Company (BSC) Artistic Director Julianne Boyd appears with members of BSC’s Musical Theatre Conservatory on Tuesday, July 5, at 4 p.m. “The Pirates of Penzance” production will open at the BSC theatre in Pittsfield on Friday, July 15, and run through Saturday, August 13. The presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea.

Julianne Boyd and the conservatory members (who understudy the BSC cast) will give their Ventfort Hall audience the background and a preview of the family-pleasing, fun-loving Gilbert and Sullivan classic “The Pirates of Penzance” with its swashbuckling pirates, innocent lovers, bumbling policemen, and a Major-General who sings one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history.

Boyd founded BSC in 1995 after a highly successful theatrical career in New York. Among the many BSC productions she has directed are the world premieres of “Dancing Lessons,” “Dr. Ruth,” “All the Way,” and “The Best of Enemies.” She has also directed critically acclaimed productions of “Man of La Mancha,” “The Crucible,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” and others, as well as BSC’s productions of “Cabaret,” which won six Boston Theatre Critics awards. The BSC Musical Theatre Conservatory is an intensive 10-week pre-professional program that offers theatre students training in the areas of performance, direction, and choreography with top-level New York directors, choreographers, and musical theatre writers.

Tickets for the Tea & Talk are $24 in advance and $29 on the day of the event. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. For more information or reservations, contact Ventfort Hall at (413) 637-3206 or info@gildedage.org.


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Pittsfield Garden Tour announces final year

Pittsfield Garden Tour

A garden from a recent Pittsfield Garden Tour.

Pittsfield — The Pittsfield Garden Tour Committee has announced that this, the 20th year of the Tour, will be the last. The final event, a retrospective tour, will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, and from noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.

Throughout its existence, the Pittsfield Garden Tour has operated entirely on volunteer will and generosity, as well as a vision for the people of Pittsfield and all of the Berkshires to realize the surrounding beauty. Proceeds from the Tour have been donated to art and gardening projects throughout Pittsfield. In the fall of 2013, the Infinite Dance sculpture was unveiled in the Common in Pittsfield, representing over a decade of tours.

Tickets are $16 each before Sunday, July 10, and $20 afterward. For more information, contact (413) 822-6272 or info@pittsfieldgardentour.org.



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