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The Great Barrington Bagel Company has been sold. From left: Marvin and Judy Lieberman, founders of the Great Barrington Bagel Company, with new owners, Karen and Bob Climo.

Bits & Bytes: Bagel shop sold; Berkshire South fair; geometer at Lenox Library; final Fairgrounds cleanup

By Friday, Nov 14, 2014 News

GB Bagel under new ownership

Great Barrington — Marvin and Judy Lieberman have sold their Great Barrington Bagel Company, located at 777 South Main Street across from Guido’s, to long-time manager Bob Climo and his wife Karen.

The Liebermans opened the business in 1996 and will remain working on a part-time basis as consultants.

“We are excited to be turning over the reins to Bob and Karen. Bob has worked tirelessly at the bagel store for the last eight years and we are pleased to be selling the business to a member of our GB Bagel family,” Marvin Lieberman said. “It is hard to express in words what this business and the relationships we have created have meant to Judy and to me over the last 18 plus years.”

The Great Barrington Bagel Company is a bagel institution in the Berkshires. The Climos will continue to run the business as a bagel eatery and delicatessen serving bagels, sandwiches, soups, salads, fish and traditional fare as well as providing event catering.

“We are honored to be the new owners of the Great Barrington Bagel Company. We look forward to serving our customers with the same level of attention to detail that they have come to expect and to providing a gathering place for the community,” Bob Climo said.

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Berkshire South Marketplace Menagerie & Craft Fair

Great Barrington — Looking for something for the holidays? Check out the Berkshire County Regional Community Center’s Marketplace Menagerie & Craft Fair, going on tomorrow (Saturday) November 15, from 10 to 4. There will be a wide array of gift items from Berkshire artisans, bakers, crafters and more, just in time for the holidays! Free admission.

And while you’re perusing the booths, be sure to take a look at Sue Fish’s Women’s Peace Collection.

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Rachel Fletcher on ‘Geometric Harmony’ at Lenox Library

Geometer Rachel Fletcher.

Geometer Rachel Fletcher.

Lenox — Here’s something you may not have known about Great Barrington’s Rachel Fletcher, founding director of the Great Barrington Housatonic River Walk and co-chair of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail: Fletcher is also the author of Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art, Architecture, and Nature.

Fletcher will speak at The Lenox Library on Sunday, November 16 at 4 p.m. Her talk is entitled, “Palladian Architecture and the Beauty of Geometry,” and will describe how mathematics figures into the human perception of beauty. With experience teaching all ages and backgrounds, this talk will bring a new understanding to architectural design. The lecture is part of the library’s Distinguished Lecture Series, and is free and open to the public.

Fletcher taught theater design at Tufts University in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She has been a faculty member of the New York School of Interior Design since 1996 and a contributing editor to the Nexus Network Journal since 2005. Her professional work designing theatrical spaces led to an interest in the principles of geometric proportion and harmony as a design system, including time as a geometer and teacher of geometry and proportion at dozens of universities, museums, and institutions in the United States and Europe, creating talks for school-age children and adult professionals. In this capacity, she received an International Center for Jefferson Studies Fellowship Award from the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to study geometric proportions in Jefferson’s architectural works.

Through her activism, Fletcher has made significant contributions to conservation and civic improvements. The Housatonic River Walk was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service in 2009. She received an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, citations from the Garden Club of America, and the National Urban Hometown River Award in Grassroots Activism from American Rivers, among other honors.

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A collection of images from this year's restoration of the Fairgrounds. Collage by Roger Reed.

Images from this year’s restoration of the Fairgrounds. Collage by Roger Reed.

Last Fairgrounds workday, plus sheet mulch workshop

Learn how to Sheet Mulch and help out the Great Barrington Fairgrounds (GBFG) all at once. Sunday, November 16 from 12 to 3 p.m. GBFG volunteers will prepare the first demonstration garden plot in a hotbed exchange of horticultural, agricultural and soil health knowledge.

Learn how to convert compacted lawn into a healthy and robust ecosystem through intensive sheet mulching. Sheet mulching is one of the basics in the ecological gardener’s tool kit. It’s a method of eradicating weeds and building soil that needs no herbicides or tilling, both of which rupture soil ecology. Sheet mulching is a variation on nature’s way of building soil by accumulating and breaking down organic debris from the top down.

This will take a few hours and could get messy, so dress for hard work and potentially hard weather. Also, feel free to bring food to share. Sheet mulching will be taught by volunteer Adam Boshe.

Pre-registration is not required, but if you do plan to participate, please email GBFG at volunteer@gbfg.org

Sunday is also the last workday of the season at GBFG from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Fairgrounds has previously seen Berkshire School, Simon’s Rock and the Generosity Economy Group come to help. The volunteers have tidied up, painted, weeded, cut vines, poison ivy, planted bulbs, mulched, organized materials, picked up trash and so on.

Help GBFG by putting it to bed for the winter and getting it ready for Spring.



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