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Bits & Bytes: Behold! New Lebanon tours; ‘Generation Block Party;’ Berkshire Children’s Chorus anniversary concert; Stockbridge cemetery walk; John Kamitsuka at Camphill Ghent

Participants in the cemetery walk will explore the lives of Stockbridge people who changed history through the legal system.

Behold! New Lebanon June 11 tours

Bonner McAllister. Photo: Uli Rose.

New Lebanon, N.Y. — Behold! New Lebanon, the living museum of contemporary rural American life, has announced its Rural Guide schedule for Saturday, June 11. The June 11 programs will include:

Nature Walk at Hand Hollow – Visitors will amble through the Columbia Land Conservancy’s Hand Hollow property with naturalist Bonner McAllister.

Reptile Rescue – Reptile rescuers Rhonda Leavitt will bring her animals for participants to learn to love –and maybe even handle, too.

Pushing Ink into Paper: Traditional Letterpress – Jerry Grant and Sharon Koomler will share the history of letterpress printing and open their Victorian-style print shop for tours.

Rescuing and Restoring an Historic House – What does the skeleton of an old building have to tell us about its own history? How does one start to rehabilitate an old home?

Foraging walk at Wyomanock Center – Ecologist David Hunt will give visitors the opportunity to forage and learn to identify varied habitats under his guidance.

Stuffed: Make Sausage with Phoebe – What goes into a good sausage? Phoebe Young will explain while offering a hands-on demonstration of fresh sausage-making.

Tickets are $18 with discounts for multiple programs and families; children ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Advance ticket purchase is recommended for all programs. For more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Behold! New Lebanon at (518) 720-7265 or


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RSYP to present Generation Block Party

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Kiana Estine, State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, and Jacob Robbins at Railroad Street Youth Project’s 2015 Generational Block Party.

Great Barrington — Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) will present its second annual Generation Block Party on Sunday, June 12, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event is an intergenerational celebration of the successes of young people from across all of RSYP’s programs.

From 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., a pop-up art gallery and the RSYP Youth Awards Ceremony recognizing youth accomplishments will take place in the alley by Rubiner’s Cheesemongers & Grocers. Community members are invited to attend and offer their input on potential designs for a new collaborative mural among Carr Hardware, RSYP, and local youth artists celebrating the life and work of W.E.B. Dubois. From 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., the skate park behind RSYP’s offices will feature live music, an intergenerational basketball tournament starting at 3 p.m., and a skate jam at 6 p.m. A cookout with hot dogs, burgers, salads, watermelon, and root beer floats will take place from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. for the price of $5 for youth and $10 for adults.

For more information, call the RSYP office at (413) 528-2475.


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Berkshire Children’s Chorus 25th anniversary concert

Lee — The Berkshire Children’s Chorus will present its 25th anniversary concert on Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m. at the Lee Congregational Church. Artistic Director Julie Bickford will be joined by Junior Choir Director Karen Sovak, founding Artistic Director Nancy Loder, and many local guest artists.

The concert will feature works by Bach, Mozart, and Fauré as well as folk music from around the world and songs in seven different languages. Founding Artistic Director Nancy Loder will return for the event and will act as guest conductor for a special selection that will include alumni, the current chorus, and guest musicians.

Admission to the concert is free but donations will be gladly accepted. For more information, contact (413) 229-2465 or


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Stockbridge cemetery walk

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The Stockbridge cemetery.

Stockbridge — On Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m., volunteers from the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will present “Courageous Crusaders: Women’s Rights, Freedom from Slavery, and Modernizing the Law,” the first cemetery walk of the 2016 season.

Participants will explore the lives of Stockbridge people who changed history through the legal system by learning about a slave who sued for her freedom, trailblazing lawyers who fought unfair labor laws, and a judge who reformed the entire legal system.

The walk will begin at the cemetery gate on Main Street. Parking is available at the old Town Hall across from the gate. A $5 donation is requested. For more information, contact (413) 298-5501 or


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John Kamitsuka to perform at Camphill Ghent

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John Kamitsuka. Photo: Annie Schlecter.

Chatham, N.Y. — Pianist John Kamitsuka will return to Camphill Ghent on Saturday, June 11, at 3 p.m. for a performance in the Culture Hall. The program will include “Reverie” by Andrew Rindfleisch and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations BWV 988. A reception will follow the performance.

Kamitsuka began formal piano studies at the age of five and, by age 12, had performed in solo recitals and as a soloist with symphony orchestras. He has played at prominent New York City venues including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall ‘s Weill Recital Hall. He made his debut in China with solo and concerto appearances in Beijing and Tianjin in 2003. Kamitsuka’s orchestral solo appearances of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms concertos include performances with the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Bard Music Festival Ensemble, the Sao Paulo Symphony, Ensemble Musique Hamamatsu, and the China Philharmonic.

There is a suggested donation of $15. For more information, call (518) 392-2760.



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