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Bits & Bytes: ‘Warm up the Winter;’ ‘Ghost Hunters’ at The Mount; TEDxBerkshires; Berkshire Rainbow Seniors potluck; Susan Dworkin on memoir

All proceeds from the Warm Up the Winter concert November 19 at the Mahaiwe will go to the heating assistance programs of Construct, Inc., to support Berkshire County residents in need.

‘Warm Up the Winter’ concert for fuel assistance

Deborah Zecher
Deborah Zecher.

Great Barrington — After a year’s hiatus, the annual “Warm Up the Winter” concert will return to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m. This year’s event will feature cabaret singer Deborah Zecher with pianist Joe Rose, alt-rockers Jordan Weller and the Feathers, the men’s a cappella group Quintessential, and rhythm and blues artists the Wanda Houston Band. All proceeds from the concert will go to the heating assistance programs of Construct, Inc., to support Berkshire County residents in need.

Tickets are $25 for adults. Children under 16 are admitted free. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100.


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SyFy’s ‘Ghost Hunters’ return to The Mount for season finale

Julie Williamson, Bathroom Window
A figure, left, in a bathroom window at the Mount. Close-up at right. Photo: Julie Williamson.

Lenox — SyFy’s hit show “Ghost Hunters” will conclude its current season with a trip back to The Mount to investigate reports of increased paranormal activity. The episode, entitled “1st Edition Apparition,” will air on the SyFy channel on Wednesday, November 18 at 9 p.m.

According to The Mount’s communications director Rebecka McDougall, the “Ghost Hunters” team contacted her last November to film a follow-up to their previous investigation, at which time the Ghost Hunters felt that the evidence they gathered was inconclusive. The team returned to The Mount for three days in December, 2014.

“The findings from their investigation are confidential; the only person who knows what they found is Robert Oakes, a tour guide who worked directly with the team while they were here,” said McDougall.

“It was fantastic to welcome Jason, Steve, Tango, and the rest of the “Ghost Hunters” team back to The Mount,” said Robert Oakes. “There have been so many reports of strange activity at the estate since their last visit that it isn’t surprising they wanted to return.”

The Mount has been offering ghost tours on the property since 2009. Hot spots for paranormal activity include the second floor of the stable, Wharton’s bathroom on the second floor of the main house, and recently Teddy Wharton’s den on the first floor. Tour participants have reported footsteps, strange sensations, and the distinct scents of floral perfume and cigar smoke.


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TedxBerkshires talks to be given at Kripalu

Coby Kozlowski
Coby Kozlowski.
Matthew Dicks
Matthew Dicks.

Stockbridge — The next installment of TedxBerkshires will take place at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health on Thursday, November 19, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The featured speakers will include Dr. Jennifer Michaels, who will discuss how to train the brain with simple techniques for quieting the innate negative bias and maximize wellbeing and happiness; poet, surfer, artist, triathlete, fire spinner, flying trapeze artist, and DJ Coby Kozlowski, who will share some of what has helped propel her on her journey; Danielle Valenti, who has twice had to confront mortality; 19-time Moth StorySLAM champion Matthew Dicks, who has stumbled on a technique for slowing down time; economist Dan Neilson; parkour/freerunning champion Cory DeMeyers; farmer Jen Salinetti; Margaret Keller of Community Access to the Arts; and s few surprise guests.

Tickets to the event are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. See the Berkshire Edge calendar for tickets and more information.


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Berkshire Rainbow Seniors November potluck

Williamstown — On November 17 from noon – 2 p.m., Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County will host a potluck lunch at the First Congregational Church. The events will also include a reading by Lance Ringel from his new World War I-themed historical novel “Flower of Iowa” and Chuck Muckle performing songs from the same era.

Participants should bring a dish to share. For more information contact Ed at (413) 441-6006 or Confidentiality will be respected.


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Susan Dworkin to discuss memoir and collaboration

Susan Dworkin
Susan Dworkin.

Great Barrington — On Friday, November 20, Knosh & Knowledge will host author Susan Dworkin who will deliver a talk entitled “Becoming Your Subject: The Magical Journey of a Collaborating Writer,” about the collaborative process of telling someone else’s story. This Jewish Federation of the Berkshires program will take place at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire at 10:45 a.m. and will be followed by a buffet lunch.

Dworkin will convey some of the quasi-mystical connections she has experienced as a writer working with people who have extraordinary stories to tell, among them Edith Hahn Beer in Dworkin’s “The Nazi Officer’s Wife.”

For ten years, Dworkin was a contributing editor at Ms. magazine, interviewing celebrities like Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Burnett, Danny Glover, and Roseanne Barr. Her film study, “Making Tootsie,” investigates how Dustin Hoffman, Sydney Pollack, and Jessica Lange made the great comedy of a man who must live for a while as a woman. Dworkin’s definitive biography of beauty queen/public servant Bess Myerson, “Miss America 1945,” provides a catwalk-view of post-war America.

The program is open to the public. Admission is $11 and includes the lunch. Participants may attend the program only for $5. Advance reservations are required. To make the required advance reservations, call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360 x10 or email



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