Bits & Bytes: House tour to benefit scholarship fund; food security talks; ‘Dear White People’ at Mason Library; college fair at BCC; waste oil & paint collection

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Built in 1766, the Wainwright Inn in Great Barrington will be one of the stops on a house tour presented by the Thursday Morning Club on Saturday, Oct. 7. Photo courtesy Wainwright Inn

Thursday Morning Club to present house tour

Great Barrington — On Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Thursday Morning Club will present a tour of notable houses in Great Barrington and Egremont to benefit its scholarship fund.

The interior of a home to be featured in the Thursday Morning Club’s house tour on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The tour will lead participants through one of the oldest houses in Great Barrington with old window glass, handcrafted doors and timber split studs; to a house that was once the lab of electrical inventor William Stanley; a log cabin that that defies that description with a theater, game room, gym and candy room; an English cottage with spectacular views; and a bed and breakfast dates back to 1790 and has housed many interesting historical personages. Participants will also visit the headquarters of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, located in the completely renovated former Bryant Elementary School. Each stop will include a special surprise such as a food offering, musical performance or craft project.

Tickets are $25 and available from Barnbrook Realty’s Great Barrington office at 271 Main St. or by contacting the Thursday Morning Club at P.O. Box 422, Great Barrington, MA 01230.


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Authors to speak on food security

Andy Fisher. Photo courtesy

Sheffield — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures will present ”A Path Forward: Growing Our Local Food Economy for Regional Food Security,“ featuring authors Andy Fisher and Brian Donahue, on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Dewey Hall.

Both authors are prominent leaders in the national and regional food and farming landscapes. Fisher, author of the newly released book “Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups,” founded the national Community Food Security Coalition and is an adjunct professor of public health at Portland State University

Brian Donahue. Photo courtesy Brandeis University

in Oregon. Donahue, an associate professor of American environmental studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, is the lead author of “A New England Food Vision” and the soon-to-be-released “Wildlands and Woodlands: Broadening the Vision for New England.” The talks will be followed by a book sale, signing and reception.

Tickets are $15 and proceeds will benefit BAV. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact BAV at


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‘Dear White People’ to be screened at Mason Library

Image courtesy Wikipedia

Great Barrington — The Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries’ First Saturday Free Films Series, in association with the Railroad Street Youth Project and Clinton Church Restoration, will present the film “Dear White People,” directed by Justin Simien, on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Mason Library.

“Dear White People” centers around a biracial college student at a traditionally white university who hosts a controversial radio show and the ensuing media frenzy fueled by her election as president of an all-black residential hall. The rated-R film is social satire that explores both racial and individual identity and has been made into a Netflix series of the same name.

The event will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a free wine and cheese social, which will be followed by the 108-minute film. A community discussion and more socializing will follow the film until 10 p.m. The program does not reflect endorsement or advocacy by the library or the town of Great Barrington for any particular point of view. For more information, contact the Mason Library at (413) 528-2403.


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BCC to host college fair

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College will host a New England Association for College Admission Counseling fall college fair on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. at its Paterson Field House. The free event, which will feature more than 115 colleges and universities, is open to BCC and high school students as well as students seeking information about transfer opportunities. For more information, contact BCC at (413) 499-4660.


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Waste oil and paint collection scheduled

Great Barrington — On Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection in Great Barrington for the 15 participating towns Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge. The Center for EcoTechnology will coordinate the collections.

Acceptable materials are oil-based paint, oil-based stains, paint thinners, spray paint and turpentine as well as waste motor oil. No other type of oil or fuel will be accepted, nor will latex paint. Empty cans can be recycled with scrap metal. Dried-up cans of latex paint as well as empty cans of oil-based paints, stains and solvents can be disposed of with the regular trash.

Those wishing to participate in the collection must register online or contact Thomas Jakubasz at CET at (800)-369-3333 x142 or by Friday, Oct. 6. Residents from communities that are not participating should call their city or town halls for information about hazardous household product collections.


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  1. Carole Owens says:

    Thank you for highlighting the house tour this Saturday. In addition to being lots of fun, it will help a very worthy local cause — defraying the costs of our childrens’ college education. See you there!

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