Monument Mountain and Lake Mansfield are two of the destinations in 'The Great 8,' a series of hiking adventures in Great Barrington. Photos courtesy @GBLabs

Bits & Bytes: ‘The Great 8’; ‘From Bach to Bachianas’; Weekend in Norfolk

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and Close Encounters With Music will present the virtual recital “From Bach to Bachianas” with guitarist Eliot Fisk, and cellist and CEWM artistic director Yehuda Hanani Sunday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m.

‘The Great 8’ engages residents in area hiking adventures

Great Barrington — @GBLabs, the Town of Great Barrington’s research and marketing division, has announced “The Great 8,” a list of hikes and park visits to help residents re-engage with new and familiar outdoor locations around town.

To complete “The Great 8,” participants must visit/hike all eight of the challenge locations, take a picture at each of them, and tag @GBLabs on Instagram or email the picture to atgblabs@gmail.com. Participants who complete all eight hikes and all eight bonus objectives will be entered to win winning limited edition Great 8 merchandise, including apparel, bags and phone cases.

For more information, contact atgblabs@gmail.com.

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Close Encounters With Music to present online cello, guitar recital

Guitarist Eliot Fisk and cellist Yehuda Hanani. Photo courtesy Close Encounters With Music

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and Close Encounters With Music will present the virtual recital “From Bach to Bachianas” with guitarist Eliot Fisk, and cellist and CEWM artistic director Yehuda Hanani Sunday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. The program includes works by Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Lecuona, Cesar Cui, J. S. Bach and Vittorio Monti’s Gypsy Czardas. All are original arrangements by the two performers.

The guitar, the most prominent instrument of the Renaissance, and the cello, which had its flowering in the 19th century, will blend sonorities of plucked and bowed strings. Fisk and Hanani have appeared together for over a decade across the U.S. (Phoenix, Chicago, Aspen, the Frick Collection in New York City), bringing together their combined mastery of musicianship and strong musical profiles as well as their embrace of many styles, composers and periods to enrich possibilities for their respective instruments.

The performance is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live from the stage to the Mahaiwe’s Facebook page. For more information, contact Close Encounters With Music at (800) 843-0778 or cewmusic@aol.com.

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Town-wide Weekend in Norfolk celebration to go virtual

Upcycled flowers made from soda cans. Photo courtesy Weekend in Norfolk

Norfolk, Conn. — The town of Norfolk will present its fifth annual three-day summer festival Weekend in Norfolk Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2. This year, WIN will take place completely online.

The virtual activities include a tour of the Tiffany stained glass windows at the Battell Chapel, a watercolor painting demonstration, a puppet show for children, an upcycled metal flower workshop and a concert from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

“We believe that our online WIN series of events and videos show the resilience of the citizens of Norfolk. Our goal is to be a bright spot in people’s lives at this uncertain time. We’re striving to entertain and educate all our WIN fans with the variety of videos that we are developing,” said event co-founder Sue Frisch.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and a schedule of activities, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Weekend in Norfolk at (860) 542-5829 or info@weekendinnorfolk.org.

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