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BITS & BYTES: Pamyua at Bennington Theater; Center for Peace through Culture exhibition; New Marlborough Meeting House Gallery exhibition; Brandon Patrick George at Tannery Pond; Bidwell Country Fair; Pride at the Springfield Museums; Walter J. Koladza Airport book ; Becket Arts Center ‘Arts & Crafts Marketplace’

Often described as “Inuit Soul Music,” Pamyua’s style derives from traditional melodies reinterpreted with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation.

Bennington Theater presents Pamyua

Bennington, V.T.— On Saturday June 22nd at 7:30 p.m., Bennington Theater presents Pamyua.

Pamyua (pronounced bum-yo-ah) showcases Inuit culture through music and dance performance. The show is a platform to share indigenous knowledge and history. Their style derives from traditional melodies reinterpreted with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation. Often described as “Inuit Soul Music,” Pamyua has discovered their own genre. 

Formed in April 1995 by brothers, Phillip and Stephen Blanchett, who stumbled upon a musical concept to blend Inuit drum/dance melodies with R&B vocal styling and arrangements. The duo immediately began sharing their performance around Alaska and collaborating with like-minded artists. Later that year Ossie Kairaiuak permanently joined the group and in the spring of 1996 Karina Moeller permanently joined. Today the quartet works with world-class musicians from Alaska and Denmark and travels the world sharing their blend of cultural harmony.

Band members are proud to represent Indigenous culture. The group believes unity is possible through music and dance. Together, each member works to interpret Inuit traditions masterfully with joy and sincerity. The response to this message is tremendous as the group is a symbol of pride for Alaska’s indigenous people and to all who see them perform.

The performance is on Saturday June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at Bennington Theater at 331 Main Street in Bennington, V.T. Tickets are $42.50. Tickets and more information can be found online.

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The Center for Peace through Culture opens ‘Unique in Nature’ exhibition

Housatonic— Through July 13th, the Center for Peace through Culture will exhibit “Unique in Nature,” showcasing the artwork of fourteen local and regional artists reflecting the theme “Unique in Nature” as they interpret it. 

Jacquelyn Santelices, ‘Bullish,’ 18 x 12, digital photography.

The artists participating in the show are Alma Baumwoll, Caren Kinne, Dawn Horbal, David Melchor, Falcon Laina, Henry Johnstone, Jacquelyn Santelices, John Lanterman, Joni Carron, Larry Frankel, Laurie May, Leticia Muñoz Marcos, Ruby Avers, and Warwick Willow.

The exhibition runs through July 13th at the Center for Peace through Culture at 137 Front Street in Housatonic. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, July 13th. More information can be found online. 

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New Marlborough Meeting House Gallery to open ‘Small Works’ exhibition 

New Marlborough— From June 21st through July 21st, the New Marlborough Meeting House Gallery will exhibit “Small Works” exhibition

The New Marlborough Meeting House Gallery is reintroducing their beloved small works showcase. Twenty-two artists have received invitations to showcase their artwork, spanning various mediums such as 2D and 3D, including paintings, clay and wood sculptures, photography, and wood prints. From impressionism to realism, artists have been granted full creative freedom to produce works of their choosing.

Jane McWhorter, unnamed.

The exhibit runs from June 21st through July 21st at the New Marlborough Meeting House Gallery at 154 Hartsville New Marlborough Road in New Marlborough. More information can be found online. 

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Capital Region Classical presents Grammy-winning flutist Brandon Patrick George at Tannery Pond 

New Lebanon— On Saturday, June 22nd from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Capital Region Classical presents Grammy-winning flutist Brandon Patrick George for a solo recital at Tannery Pond. 

Brandon Patrick George. Photo by Lauren Desberg.

Brandon Patrick George is a leading flute soloist and Grammy-winning chamber musician whose repertoire extends from the Baroque era to today. He is the flutist of Imani Winds and has appeared as a soloist with many major symphonies, orchestras, and festivals world-wide. 

The concert is on Saturday, June 22nd from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Darrow School’s Shaker Tannery at 110 Darrow Road in New Lebanon. Tickets are $40 and free for students and children. More information can be found online. 

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The Bidwell House Museum hosts the return of the Bidwell Country Fair

Monterey— On Saturday, June 22nd from noon to 5 p.m., The Bidwell House Museum hosts the return of the Bidwell Country Fair. 

There will be activities for the whole family including music by Diane Taraz, Moonshine Holler, and Oakes and Smith; reenactments by Butler’s Rangers and Loyalist Reenactors; artisan including including lace weaver Jill Hawkins, wool felter Lou Meyerdieks, broom maker Dennis Picard, blacksmith Chris Templin, and basket weaver Mary Ann Williams; demonstrations, outdoor self-guided tours, and more. The Monterey Historical Society will also have a table sharing the history of Monterey.

The Bidwell Country Fair.

Younger visitors will have a great time completing a scavenger hunt. Flour Bin Catering and SoCo Ice Cream will provide lunch and snacks for purchase, and there will be free water and lemonade for visitors.

The free event is on Saturday, June 22nd from noon to 5 p.m. More information can be found online. 

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Celebrate Pride at the Springfield Museums

Springfield— On Saturday, June 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Springfield Museums invite you to Family Pride Day, an annual celebration of diversity, equality, and family, featuring a rainbow of activities for all ages.

Attendees can create their own bracelets, buttons, tote bags, and more to show their Pride in embracing who they are. Highlights of the day include a community mural led by artist Amy Reyor and a Pride Storytime hosted by the Springfield Public Library.

Family Pride Day. Courtesy Springfield Museums.

The event is on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Springfield Museums located 21 Edwards Street in Springfield. The Pride activities are free with museum admission. More information can be found online. 

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Walter J. Koladza Airport to host event to mark publication of history book 

Great Barrington— On Saturday, June 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to mark publication of Bernard A. Drew’s “Runway 29: A. History of Walter J. Koladza Airport,” the Walter J. Koladza Airport will hold a fly-in for pilots and guests, and a drive-in for ground visitors.

The history book starts, not with airplanes, but with balloons. A 66-foot-high, 33-foot-diameter balloon, “The Pride of America,” took off from Park Square in Pittsfield on June 14, 1859. After a circuitous journey, it landed in a wooded lot in Great Barrington. The book describes balloonists, skycyclists, barnstormers, fairgrounds entertainers, farm field landers, test pilots, trainers, stuntmen, parachutists, gliders, commercial pilots, women derby flyers, mechanics, and more.

Walt Koladza. Photo by Donald B. Victor. Courtesy Great Barrington Historical Society.

The free event is on Saturday, June 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walter J. Koladza Airport at 70 Egremont Plain Road in Great Barrington. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Copies of the book will be available during and after the fly-in. All proceeds from book sales will benefit a scholarship fund for young student pilots and the Great Barrington Historical Society. The rain date is June 23rd.

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Becket Arts Center ‘Arts & Crafts Marketplace’

Becket— On Saturday, June 22nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Becket Arts Center will hold its Arts & Crafts Marketplace

Becket Arts Center ‘Arts & Crafts Marketplace.’

Visitors to North Becket Village (the Becket Athenaeum, the historic Mullen House, and the Becket Arts Center) will find more than 30 artisans selling jewelry, hand-made soaps, sculptures, wood crafts, textile art, oils, photographs, prints, ceramics, and more. There will be activities for children, live music and a drum circle. There will be donut-making and strawberry shortcake will be served. 

The event is on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Becket Village in Becket. The event is rain or shine. More information can be found online. 

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