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Bits & Bytes: Truck Day; Family Cabaret Night at Sandisfield Arts Center; Narrative Film Festival; Polaris Piano Trio at Roe Jan Library

The Polaris Piano Trio performs programs that explore works by women and composers of African descent from the 19th century through the present.

Great Barrington Rotary Club to present Truck Day

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Rotary Club will present Truck Day Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ski Butternut. Truck Day will feature more 40 vehicles for children to look at, climb on, sit in and experience.

The event began 11 years ago as a fundraiser for the former Great Barrington Cooperative Preschool and has grown to include all sorts of vehicles and equipment donated for the day by a variety of community organizations. In addition to Ski Butternut’s PistenBully 400 Snow Groomer, there will be many other vehicles on site including tractor-trailers, dump trucks, cement mixers, cherry pickers, fire engines, ladder trucks, emergency transports, and unique vehicles such as a specialized vehicle for ice fishing and a Zaug vehicle for getting through brush.

There will also be a fire truck pull for adults and kids, a water balloon launcher, a paint-a-car activity, a T-shirt giveaway from WSBS, refreshments, music and more. A silent auction will be filled with summer camp stays, movies passes, tickets to family-oriented events and more.

The cost of the event is $15 per carload of people. Proceeds will be used by Rotary to support and fund community projects.


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Sandisfield Arts Center to host Family Cabaret Night

Anni Crofut performs at a recent Family Cabaret Night at the Sandisfield Arts Center. Photo courtesy Sandisfield Arts Center

Sandisfield — On Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m., the rafters of the Sandisfield Arts Center will rock and roll to a range of performances when the eighth annual Sandisfield Family Cabaret Night hits the boards with a full program of local bands, bossa nova, martial arts, comedy and more.

Eight hilarious sketches led by master of ceremonies Anni Crofut will punctuate an evening of entertainment that will include a performances by bagpiper Nancy Tunnicliffe, cabaret veterans Liv Cummins and Linda Mironti, Richard Stanmeyer’s jazz trio, Ethan Mazursky’s pop band, Sunhwa Reiner’s chorus, Okinawan martial artists Lisken and Robert Dus, and bossa nova singer Vita Kasky.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids aged 14 and under.  Advance reservations are recommended. All cast and crew volunteer their time and talent to benefit the Sandisfield Arts Center. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Sandisfield Arts Center at (413) 258-4100 or


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Darrow School to offer Narrative Film Festival

Image courtesy Darrow School

New Lebanon, N.Y. — On Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m., in its Dairy Barn theater, the Darrow School will host its 2018 Narrative Film Festival—a culmination of films made by Darrow students this semester.

The festival will showcase work from more than 15 Darrow students and will include “Lethal Lesbians” by Max Sidell, Madeleine Nicholson, Simon Herrera and Ewen McManus; “Crasti: 3 features in one movie” by Calvin Kertzman, Dylan Winne and Owen Kerner; “The A Team” by the Darrow News Team; a documentary on the Darrow News process by Mark Mongilio; “Plush,” a Winterm film; and “The Audition” a special guest film made by students from the College Internship Program. The show will run approximately 90 minutes and will include a question-and-answer session with Darrow School filmmakers.

The event is free and open to the public. The material in the showcase is suitable for those ages 13 and up, and will contain some profane language and adult themes. For more information, contact the Darrow School at (518) 794-6000.


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The Polaris Piano Trio. From left, cellist Kenneth Law, violinist Laura Kobayashi, and pianist Stephen Buck. Photo: Maria Grazia Facciola

Roeliff Jansen Community Library to welcome Polaris Piano Trio

Hillsdale, N.Y. — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library will welcome the Polaris Piano Trio Saturday, May 19, at 5 p.m. The program will include works by Franz Schubert, Louise Farrenc, Lili Boulanger and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

The Polaris Piano Trio consists of violinist Laura Kobayashi, cellist Kenneth Law and pianist Stephen Buck. The group performs programs that explore works by women and composers of African descent from the 19th century through the present. Their collective musical collaboration spans more than 20 years. Individually they have performed in venues including the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Gindi Auditorium as well as overseas in the European Union, England, Russia, Panama and Puerto Rico.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Roeliff Jansen Community Library at (518) 325-4101.



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