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Bits & Bytes: GBFD rescues hiker; ‘Dancin’ in the District;’ Felber Gallery art show; IS183 open house; Behold! New Lebanon tours, Holiday Shindy applications

At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, August 5, members of the fire department's technical rescue team responded to Monument Mountain for reports of a 22-year-old woman with an injured ankle.

GBFD rescues hiker from Monument Mountain

Great Barrington — Chief Charles Burger reports that the Great Barrington Fire Department (GBFD) rescued an injured hiker on Monument Mountain. At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, August 5, members of the fire department’s technical rescue team responded to Monument Mountain for reports of a 22-year-old woman with an injured ankle.

Upon arrival, rescuers determined that the hiker was stuck on a steep hill, and the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, along with the Sheffield Fire Department‘s ATV and rescue sled, were called to assist. Rescuers hiked for approximately 45 minutes to reach the victim, carrying extensive medical and rescue equipment. The victim, who had slipped while hiking with her dog, was found in stable condition but in severe pain due to a broken ankle. Medics from Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad treated her injuries.

Firefighters rigged rope systems to lower the victim in a Stokes basket (rescue stretcher) down a steep, rocky section of trail. She was then carried half a mile to a Sheffield Fire Department ATV specifically designed to carry the rescue stretcher. Firefighters and rescue officials completed the rescue around 1:30 p.m. The hiker was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for further evaluation.

–E.E.

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‘Dancin’ in the District’

Alford – The Alford Historic District Commission will present “Dancin’ in the District,” an evening of dinner and square dancing, on Saturday, September 10, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Town Hall, 5 Alford Center Rd. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Alice Halsted at ebhalsted@yahoo.com or Shirley Mueller at shirleymueller@gmail.com by Monday, August 15, as well as to declare any willingness to help with decorations, food preparation, food service, and parking.

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Diana Felber Gallery art show

"Free Floating" by Ellen Kaiden.
“Free Floating” by Ellen Kaiden.

West Stockbridge – The Diana Felber Gallery presents its third summer exhibition through Sunday, September 11. The Gallery will hold an opening reception on Saturday, August 13, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn, New York- based singer/songwriter Maya Solovey will perform at 8 p.m. The exhibition features botanicals by Bessie Boris, paintings by Warner Friedman, seaside drawings by Lorna Ritz; watercolors by Terri Moore, glass roundels by Nina Evans, abstract oil paintings by Meryl Joseph, sculptures by David Bryce, watercolors by Ellen Kaiden, collages by Lorraine Klagsbrun, and drawings and photos by Naomi Grossman. For more information, call the Gallery at (413) 232-7007.

–E.E.

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IS183 to host art show and open house

Stockbridge — IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will host a summer art show and open house on Saturday, August 13, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature demonstrations from faculty artists including Thaddeus B. Kubis (photography), Angel Heffernan (fiber), and Adam Gudeon (author and illustrator). A reception will celebrate the work of the adult students exhibiting in the show as well as the IS183’s 25th anniversary. For more information, call IS183 at (413) 298-5252 x100.

–E.E.

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Behold! New Lebanon August 13 tours

Fiona Lally and Joe Ogilvie at Elm Tree Mill. Photo: Uli Rose.
Fiona Lally and Joe Ogilvie at Elm Tree Mill. Photo: Uli Rose.

New Lebanon, New York — Behold! New Lebanon, the living museum of contemporary rural American life, has announced its schedule for Saturday, August 13. The programs will include:

Herb Walk at the Abode – Regina Walther and Cari Naftali will assist participants in discovering how the Shakers and Native Americans used herbs both nutritionally and medicinally.

Hops Makes the Beer – Tour artist/writer Alex Olchowski’s Spring Hill Hops, the only commercial-scale hops farm in Columbia County.

Auctioneering 101 – New Lebanon’s veteran auctioneer Dolores Meissner will talk about her personal journey, how she learned the auction business, and the rise of her auction house.

Waste Not, Want Not – Craig Westcott will explain the ins and outs of the Living Machine water conservation technology at Darrow School.

A Jam for All Seasons – Chef Deborah Gordon will demonstrate how to turn seasonal produce into a delicious treat.

Elm Tree Mill – A tour conducted by Fiona Lally and Joe Ogilvie will offer the unprecedented opportunity to see how the Mill helped make New Lebanon famous.

Tickets are $10 per program for adults, $5 for youth ages 5 – 16, and free for children ages 4 and under when accompanied by an adult. Advance ticket purchase is recommended for all programs. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Behold! New Lebanon at (518) 720-7265 or info@beholdnewlebanon.org.

–E.E.

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Holiday Shindy accepting crafter applications

Pittsfield — Shire City Sanctuary is accepting applications for crafters who’d like to participate in its 10th annual Holiday Shindy to be held Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. Previous Holiday Shindy crafters include woodworkers, toymakers, printers, jewelers, ceramicists, apothecaries, clothing designers, upcyclers and farmers. The cost of a booth is $250 for a 9-foot by 9-foot space and $300 for a corner booth. Applications can be submitted online and are due by Thursday, September 1. Notification of acceptance will be given on Monday, September 5. For more information, call Shire City Sanctuary at (413) 236-9600.

–E.E.

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