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Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Clean Air Challenge; grant-writing workshop; Berkshire Grown’s Harvest Supper; Touchstones series at the Mount; Groundswell at Olana

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By Monday, Sep 14, 2015 Life In the Berkshires

Berkshire Clean Air Challenge

Pittsfield — Berkshire County residents and visitors are invited to join the Berkshire County Clean Air Challenge from September 17 to 27. Held in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s statewide Clean Air Challenge, the Berkshire County Clean Air Challenge is an opportunity for residents to explore commuting options, learn about alternative transportation, save money, and improve air quality. 

Events are planned for North, Central, and South County, highlighting the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus system, active transportation options such as biking and walking, and transportation services targeted to seniors. The events include a free bike safety and repair presentation in Adams on September 20, Ride the Bus Day on September 22, Free Fare Day for seniors on September 22 and 24, and a Clean Air Hike in South Egremont on September 25.

The complete schedule of events is available online.


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Pittsfield Cultural Council’s grant-writing workshop

Pittsfield — The Pittsfield Cultural Council will host a grant-writing workshop to assist anyone interested in applying for funds for the 2016 grant cycle on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hotel on North.

The workshop will be followed by a reception, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in honor of the Pittsfield Cultural Council’s 2015 grant award recipients. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar. Both the workshop and the reception are free and open to all.

This year, the Pittsfield Cultural Council funded 52 grants totaling more than $30,000. The Pittsfield Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall for the 2016 grant cycle, for which it has received $24,800 in grant funding. Information and forms are available online and applications are due October 15.


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Berkshire Grown’s Harvest Supper

Great Barrington — Berkshire Grown’s 17th annual Harvest Supper will put local food at the center of the celebration on Monday, September 21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Ski Butternut.

The Harvest Supper is returning for a third year to the Upper Lodge at Ski Butternut, where the event has plenty of space for guests — including seating areas — and room for an expanded lineup of chefs and beverage producers. Nearly three dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be on hand with a wide selection of tastings, all featuring fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening will also include a silent auction.

The dinner is by reservation only. Tickets are $75 for Berkshire Grown members and $85 for non-members. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Grown, supporting its Buy Local campaign as well as its Share the Bounty project, which buys shares in local farms and distributes the fresh food to food pantries.

More information, including tickets and a list of participating food producers, is available from the Berkshire Edge calendar.


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Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount series continues

Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick.

Lenox — “Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount” returns with a new line-up of celebrated writers discussing modern cultural issues. Touchstones kicks off on Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. and continues consecutive Thursdays through October 8. The series is hosted by journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick.

This year’s line-up will feature conversations with Darryl Pinckney, editor of James Baldwin: Later Novels; Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion; Jenny Nordberg, author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan; and Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls.

Tickets for each event are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and include a book signing. More information is available from the Berkshire Edge Calendar and by calling the Mount (413) 551-5111.


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Groundswell 2015 at Olana

Hudson, N.Y. — The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM are pleased to co-present a third iteration of their award-winning exhibition event Groundswell. On Saturday September 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Olana State Historic Site will feature site-specific performance and works and in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement.

The 2015 participating artists who reflect on and react to Olana and its integral viewshed as an ambitious and early environmental work are John Cage Trust with Seth Chrisman, John Cleater, Brian Dewan, Gambletron, Tyson Hauf, Bernd Klug, LoVid, Douglas Irving Repetto, and Quintron.

Groundswell installations and performances will be sited along Olana’s historic Ridge Road. While passing through native woodlands and recently restored meadows, participants will interact with the artists and Olana’s artist-designed landscape and its iconic viewshed, which is largely intact due to ongoing protection efforts. Since it was saved from destruction in 1966, Frederic Church’s Olana has evolved to represent a particularly American mix of preservation, art, and environmentalism. 

Food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 on the day of the event, $10 for students, and free for children 12 and under. See the Berkshire Edge calendar for tickets and more information.


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