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BITS & BYTES: Terry Walters discusses her new book; “Detroit” staged reading; Jernard Wells cookbook author talk; Memoir writing workshop; gallery talk for people with dementia; Hot Plate Brewing Co. events

The Bennington Performing Arts Center and Interloper Rep announces a staged reading of Lisa D'Amour's “Detroit" on March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
“NOURISH” by Terry Walters. Image courtesy of the Norfolk Library.

Terry Walters discusses her new book “NOURISH” at the Norfolk Library

Norfolk, Conn.On Monday, March 20 at 6 p.m. author Terry Walters will speak at the Norfolk Library. March is National Nutrition Month, and best-selling cookbook author Terry Walters will be here to introduce her cookbook “NOURISH: Plant-based Recipes to Feed Body Mind and Soul.” “NOURISH” features 200 vegan and gluten-free seasonal recipes, abundant information on healthy cooking techniques, tools, and tips. There is photography throughout, original artwork, and Terry’s own poetry. Readers will love how the book lays flat with no pages flipping while you’re cooking. “NOURISH” is the cookbook you’ve been waiting for, full of delicious inspiration to empower healthy home cooking. To find out more and to register, please visit here.

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“Detroit” poster. Image courtesy of BPAC.

BPAC presents Lisa D’Amour’s “Detroit”

Bennington, V.t. — The Bennington Performing Arts Center and Interloper Rep is thrilled to announce Lisa D’Amour’s “Detroit,” directed by the talented Shoshona Currier, will be showing on Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. This staged reading of “Detroit” features actors Grace Phipps, Drew Dughi, Jenny Taher, Thomas Vaethroeder, and Marc Weitz, with live music by Harry Zuker.

In “Detroit,” written by Lisa D’Amour, two couples enjoy a backyard barbeque while discussion suburban angst related to upward mobility, spousal relationships and economic anxiety

Join the Bennington Performing Arts Center for a night of thought-provoking theater and support the arts with a suggested donation of only $5. Your contribution will help ensure the continuation of innovative productions like this one. RSVP on

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“Southern Inspired” by Jernard A. Wells. Image courtesy of the Lenox Library.

Southern Inspired: Author talk with celebrity chef Jernard A. Wells

LenoxOn Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. the Lenox Library presents an author talk with celebrity chef Jernard A. Wells about his newest cookbook “Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours.”

Delicious and inventive recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of Southern food and celebrate African-American culinary contributions to tables worldwide—from the host of CLEO TV’s New Soul Kitchen. After growing up in Mississippi, Jernard Wells brought the familiar dishes and bold flavors of the South along his culinary journey to become a chef, restaurateur, and TV host. With Southern Inspired, Jernard continues his journey—retracing the steps of generations of African American cooks whose creations have contributed to global kitchen tables since slavery. Southern food defines American food at large, and Chef Jernard takes it to a whole new level while still honoring its roots. Chef Jernard also brings in flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, always with his signature Southern flair. This cookbook shares 100 recipes that are approachable for both beginners and more experienced cooks.

About the Author: Jernard Wells is an Award Winning TV Host/Celebrity Chef/Bestselling Cookbook Author. He is the host of “New Soul Kitchen” & “New Soul Kitchen Remix” on CLEO TV and is well-known for appearing on numerous cooking shows on Food Network & Cooking Channel over the last decade. Wells has worked with Tyler Perry, NBA Allstar Brandon Ingram, Lady Antebellum, Tom Joyner, New Edition & BBD.  He has been featured on “Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, PEOPLE, “Steve Harvey Morning Show”, “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”, ESSENCE, “Daily Blast Live”, USA Today, Lifetime, Oprah Winfrey Network to name a few. The James Beard House Honored Chef is affectionately called “The Family Chef” because he loves using food to promote positive family images. He and his wife of 25 years have 9 children and live in the Atlanta area.

Register for this event here.

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Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. Image courtesy of OLLI at Berkshire Community College.

“The Art and Craft of Purpuseful Memoir: Finding the Keys to Unlock Your Memoir’s Purpose”

Pittsfield— Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. presents a memoir-writing workshop on March 20 at 1 p.m. online via the Berkshire OLLI.

In this lively, hands-on writing workshop, award-winning memoirist and writing teacher Jennifer Browdy will guide you through the early steps of envisioning and crafting your memoir.

Our lives are so rich and complex, it can be hard to figure out what to focus on when you sit down to write memoir. Which stories to tell? Which people to include? What aspects of your experience are important to share, and who are you trying to reach?

This two-hour online workshop will provide key organizational strategies and techniques that will help you find your way to the heart of the story that only you can tell.

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. is a professor of literature, writing and media arts at Bard College/Simon’s Rock and the online global Bard Open Society University Network, with a special focus on purposeful memoir and media arts for social and environmental justice.

Her latest book, “Purposeful Memoir as a Quest for a Thriving Future,” was a 2022 Nautilus Gold Award winner and a 2022 Gold Award winner in the Independent Press Awards. Her writer’s guide, “The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir,” won a 2017 Nautilus Silver Award. Her memoir, “What I Forgot …And Why I Remembered,” was a finalist for the 2018 International Book Awards.

This workshop is $15. To register visit

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The Clark Art Institute invites people with dementia and their caregivers for gallery talk

Williamstown— “Meet Me at the Clark,” a free gallery talk program designed specifically for people living with dementia and their care-partners, will be held on Monday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Art Institute.

On select Mondays, when the museum is closed to the public, specially trained educators guide open-ended conversations about art and how it celebrates our shared humanity.

Free, but advance registration is required. To register, call the Education Department Coordinator at 413 458 0563; accompanying care-partners must also register.

For more information, visit

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Sarah Real and Mike Dell'Aquila of Hot Plate Brewing Company
Sarah Real and Mike Dell’Aquila of Hot Plate Brewing Company with the hot plate that started it all. Photo Courtesy of Hot Plate Brewing Company.

Mission-driven Hot Plate Brewing Co. hosts a week of community activities

Pittsfield— Hot Plate Brewing Co., a Latina-owned business based in Downtown Pittsfield, launched with a focus on craft, community, and conservation, and they have been focusing on making a tangible positive impact on the community through a variety of fundraisers.

On Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Hot Plate Brewing Co. is hosting a Trivia Night with Double Entendre. This special event will be raising awareness and funds for the Public Defender’s Office, which will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Decision on Gideon v. Wainwright, which established a citizen’s right to a public defender.

On Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Hot Plate Brewing Co. hosts Bingo Night. In celebration of Hot Plate’s latest beer—The Fighting Parson, which was named in honor of the infamous Thomas Allen, who was the first pastor of the Pittsfield First Congregational Church—Reverend Jennifer Gregg and Pastor Joel Bergeland will be hosting a charity Bingo Night where all proceeds will be donated to the Cathedral of the Beloved’s free meals they administer for economically disadvantaged members of the community every Sunday.

On Tuesday, March 28 Hot Plate Brewing Co. is facilitating a fundraiser. Students from the local Irish dance school Scoil Rince Briefne O Ruairc will be performing in our taproom and raising money for their upcoming trip to Ireland this summer.


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