Baseball in the Berkshires' 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' exhibit at the Stationery Factory in Dalton contains, among other other memorabilia, a section on the first baseball game ever played in Berkshire County. Photo courtesy Baseball in the Berkshires

Bits & Bytes: ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame;’ COVID Collecting Project; Berkshire Bounty food drive; Owen Lewis poetry reading

The Berkshire COVID Collecting Project aims to document this period in history and the many ways in which the global health crisis has impacted the region.

‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ exhibit chronicles history of Berkshires baseball

Dalton — Baseball in the Berkshires has opened its newest exhibit, “Take Me Out To the Ballgame,” in the gallery at the Stationery Factory.

The exhibit has new displays, artifacts and photos that assist in telling the stories of the history of baseball in the Berkshires. The exhibit covers such subjects as the Pittsfield bylaw outlawing baseball being played within 200 yards of the newly built Town Hall to the first college game played in the Berkshires in 1859. According to Baseball in the Berkshires, 162 minor leaguers were born or raised in the Berkshires, along with 38 major leaguers and more than 72 non-player-professional baseball personnel.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and on view through Friday, Sept. 18. Visitors are reminded that masks are required to be worn. For more information, contact Larry Moore at (413) 822-6738 or


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Berkshire COVID Collecting Project documents pandemic

Pittsfield — Berkshire residents now have the opportunity to add their own experiences to the historical record as a new partnership among Berkshire Athenaeum, Berkshire County Historical Society and Berkshire Museum seeks to collect artworks, songs, videos, photographs, letters, stories and artifacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Berkshire COVID Collecting Project aims to document this period in history and the many ways in which the global health crisis has impacted the region.

For now, all submissions will be collected digitally to protect the health of the community. Accepted file formats include .jpg, .tif, .png and .gif images; .mp3 and .wav audio; .mp4 and .wmv video; and .pdf, .txt, .doc, and .docx text files. The project plans to gather original artifacts when it becomes safe to accept physical materials in person.

Every submission will be archived as part of the Berkshire Museum’s collection and shared with the Berkshire Athenaeum and Berkshire County Historical Society. Participants will be asked to share their names and addresses to be archived with their submissions; however, all donors have the option to appear as anonymous when their materials are used for programmatic and research purposes including future exhibitions or publications.

At launch, the Berkshire COVID Collecting Project has no end date. Collaborators on the project intend to continue gathering submissions for as long as this period of history lasts.


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Berkshire Bounty preparing for monthly food drive

Great Barrington — Berkshire Bounty is preparing for its monthly mobile food drive, which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, and for which Berkshire Bounty will collect canned and/or packaged goods to be delivered to the People’s Pantry in order to help the growing population of food insecure people in South County.

During the drives, Berkshire Bounty volunteers visit donors’ homes to pick up packaged food donations at their doorsteps. Food donors may also drop their food donation at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire or at the People’s Pantry. Anyone who would like to participate by donating canned and/or packaged food or by volunteering as a driver is asked to contact Berkshire Bounty at and include their street address, email address and best contact telephone number. Further instructions will be provided to those who volunteer.

Berkshire Bounty’s July food drive resulted in over 1,000 pounds of donated food for the People’s Pantry.


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Poet Owen Lewis to read from new collection ‘Field Light’

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Owen Lewis. Photo courtesy

Stockbridge — On Saturday, July 25, at 4 p.m., Chesterwood will welcome poet Owen Lewis, who will read from his new collection “Field Light.” A book signing will follow the reading.

Lewis is the author of two other collections of poetry, “Marriage Map” (2017) and “Sometimes Full of Daylight” (2013), as well as the chapbook “Best Man” (2015), which received the New England Poetry Club’s 2016 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. Lewis was a finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Award, the first-prize winner the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine and the second-prize winner of the 2016 Paumantok Award. His poetry has appeared in publications such as Nimrod, the Mississippi Review, Southword and the Four Way Review. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University where he teaches narrative medicine in the medical humanities and ethics department.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and visitors must reserve parking passes for entry onto the grounds. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Chesterwood at (413) 298-3579 or