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Bits & Bytes: ‘Love Letters’ at Barrington Stage; Concert Across America; ‘What’s in Our Water?’; fall festival & 5K; Victor Borge talk; Stockbridge Planning Board meeting

The 'What’s in Our Water?' forum will explore current challenges to the environment, the effects and potential risks to human health, and ways in which information is disseminated.

Barrington Stage Company to present ‘Love Letters’

Mark H. Dold.
Mark H. Dold.

Pittsfield — Barrington Stage Company (BSC) will present a special limited engagement of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” directed by Julianne Boyd and starring BSC favorites Mark H. Dold (“Freud’s Last Session,” “Breaking the Code”) and Debra Jo Rupp (“Kimberly Akimbo,” “Dr. Ruth,” “All the Way”). Performances will begin on Thursday, Sept. 22, and run through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Pulitzer Prize finalist A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” has been performed all over the country and is the story of a 50-year old correspondence between two childhood friends whose relationship weathers time and distance. Gurney, also the author of “The Dining Room,” “The Cocktail Hour,” and “Sylvia,” lives in Connecticut and New York City.

Debra Jo Rupp.
Debra Jo Rupp.

Mark H. Dold has spent 12 seasons with BSC, also working in television and film, on and off Broadway, and in regional theaters from coast to coast. He is graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a member of the Actor’s Center.

In addition to her BSC performances, Debra Jo Rupp has appeared on Broadway in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof “with Kathleen Turner, and off Broadway in “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” “A Girl’s Guide to Chaos,” “Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune,” and “The Butcher of Baraboo.” Her film credits include “Big,” “Clockwatchers,” and “Sgt. Bilko,” and she has made more than 200 television appearances. Rupp most recently shot a TV pilot with Candice Bergen.

Tickets to “Love Letters” are $25 – $46. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the BSC box office at (413) 236-8888.

–E.E.

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Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

David Grover.
David Grover.

Great Barrington — The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence/Berkshires will take place at the First Congregational Church of Great Barrington, 251 Main St., from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. September 25 was designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for gun violence victims and the Great Barrington event is one of 350 nationwide concerts being staged as part of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Berkshires concert performances are being donated by Massachusetts musical artists including Grammy nominee Seth Glier, Bobby Sweet, David Reed, Terry a la Berry, David Grover, the Beeline Ramblers and the Matchstick Architects.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth under age 18. All proceeds will benefit Stop Handgun Violence, a nonprofit organization that works with law enforcement to educate, advocate and end gun violence. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.

–E.E.

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Four Freedoms Forum: ‘What’s in Our Water?’

Lee Hauge.
Lee Hauge.

Stockbridge — The Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum, a series of Town Hall conversations inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” paintings, will returns on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. with the topic

The featured speakers will include Berkshire Environmental Action Team Executive Director Jane Winn, Friends of Pontoosuc Lake President Lee Hauge, and Housatonic River Initiative Founder Tim Gray. The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Museum at (413) 298-4100.

–E.E.

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Boys & Girls Club to hold fall festival and ‘Run for Success’

Richmond — The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires will hold its 16th annual Chili Chowder Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1 – 6 p.m. at Camp Russell. The second annual 5K “Run/Walk for Success” will proceed the Festival at 11:30 a.m. The day’s activities will include free hourly giveaways, music, lawn games, and children’s activities with hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water, beer and wine available for purchase.

Admission to the Festival is $20 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under and includes chili and chowder prepared by area restaurants and two tokens for grill food. The cost of participating in the 5K is $25 per person and $60 for family of four. Run participants will receive $5 off entry to the Chili Chowder Festival. Online registration for the 5K is available. For more information, call the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires at (413) 448-8258.

–E.E.

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Frederikke Borge to speak on father Victor Borge

Frederikke Borge.
Frederikke Borge.

Pittsfield — On Thursday, Sept. 22 at 10:45 a.m., the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will welcome Frederikke Borge, daughter of acclaimed pianist and comedian Victor Borge, who will reminisce about her famous father and screen some rare footage in a free program at Congregation Knesset Israel.

Victor Borge was born in Denmark and came to the United States in 1940 not knowing English and with only $20 in his pocket. He adapted his routines for American audiences and became one of the most popular radio, television, and concert performers from the late 1940s onward. He continued to tour until his last days, performing up to 60 times per year when he was 90 years old.

Frederikke Borge is the youngest of the five children of Victor Borge and his wife, Sanna. She spent school vacations on tour, selling programs at her father’s shows all over the U.S. and Europe. Borge lives in southern Berkshire County where she has been a resident for more than 40 years.

For more information, call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360 x10.

–E.E.

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Stockbridge Planning Board to hold meeting

Stockbridge — The Stockbridge Planning Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St. The Board requests the input of Stockbridge residents as it begins to discuss a review of zoning and land use, the Visioning Committee report, and an update to the Town’s master plan. All interested Stockbridge residents are welcome to attend and are asked to RSVP to stockbridgeplans@gmail.com. Reservations are not required, but are helpful for space-planning purposes.

–E.E.

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