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BITS & BYTES: Hillsdale annual flea market; Great Barrington Historical Society ‘Barn & Book Sale’; Zion Lutheran Church Plant Sale; Lee Chamber 100th birthday; New Lebanon Summer Camp seeks donations; No bus service on Memorial Day

“As in years past, the flea market will offer bargains as well as unusual finds.”

Hillsdale annual Memorial Day weekend flea market

Hillsdale, N.Y.— On Saturday, May 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hillsdale’s popular flea market returns with more than 45 vendors. The goods to be on sale include kitchenware, furniture, toys, garden items, clothing, hand-made items, antiques, and collectibles.

“As in years past, the flea market will offer bargains as well as unusual finds,” said Tim Stookesberry, a co-organizer of the event.

Hillsdale flea market, 2011.

The market is on Saturday, May 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hillsdale Hamlet Park located just southwest of the traffic light at the intersection of N.Y. Routes 22 and 23.

The market will open at 9 a.m. for early-bird shoppers, with a suggested donation of $10 for the Hillsdale Fire Company #1. The fire department will also be raising funds by serving breakfast sandwiches and coffee. 

More information can be found online. 

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Great Barrington Historical Society ‘Barn & Book Sale’

Great Barrington— On Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Great Barrington Historical Society hosts its annual ‘Barn & Book Sale.’

You’ll find crafts, vintage and antique items, collectibles, jewelry, man cave stuff, art, prints, toys, tables, bottles, postcards, tools, furniture, signs, country, and so much more. 

Great Barrington Historical Society ‘Barn & Book Sale’.

The old red barn is overflowing with all kinds of stuff at low prices to keep you coming back — no reasonable offer will be refused. Another barn is jam-packed full of items priced at only one dollar each. A third barn is filled with books neatly organized in every category, most of which are priced at only one dollar. 

The sale is at the Great Barrington Historical Society Headquarters on South Main Street (Route 7) across from the VFW. All proceeds go to support the Great Barrington Historical Society.

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Zion Lutheran Church 16th Annual Plant Sale

Pittsfield— On Saturday, May 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Zion Lutheran Church will host its 16th annual plant sale.

Zion Lutheran Church 16th Annual Plant Sale.

Perennials, herbs, house plants, and a gardener’s raffle basket will be available as part of the sale. 

The event is on Saturday, May 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church at 74 First Street in Pittsfield. More information can be found online. 

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Lee Chamber of Commerce 100th birthday

Lee— On Memorial Day, May 27th immediately following the parade, the Lee Chamber of Commerce, with Soules Fitness and Yoga Lee, invites you to an afternoon of fun and games in the Town Park to celebrate its 100th Birthday.

Lee Chamber of Commerce 100th birthday.

Games include a dunk tank, corn bag toss, tug of war, relays, a scavenger hunt, and more. There will be also outdoor fitness classes throughout the day. Food will be available from Brewberry, The Snack Attack, and The Locker Room. The Lee Library will have a display case dedicated to the Lee Chamber and all that it has meant to the town of Lee over the years.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., American Idol contestant and former Lee resident Katherine Winston and Michael Aaron will be performing. 

More information can be found online.

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New Lebanon Summer Camp seeks donations

New Lebanon— When schools are out of session, the New Lebanon’s Summer Camp provides children with healthy and stimulating programming and allows parents to continue to work and pursue activities during the summer season.

Lebanon Valley Community Corporation.

The Lebanon Valley Community Corporation (LVCC) is launching a campaign to raise money to support children in need who want to attend the eight-week summer youth program at Shatford Park, but whose families cannot afford it. 

Eligible applicants will prove financial need by showing proof that they receive SNAP benefits. Depending upon money raised, the LVCC will support all or part of each applicant’s summer youth program fees. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. All donations are tax deductible.

Donate online, or you may send a check made out to the Lebanon Valley Community Corporation, P.O. Box 74, New Lebanon, NY 12125. Please make sure to write “NL Summer Camp Tuition” in the memo. For more information, contact Monte Wasch at monte@fairpoint.net or 518-781-0195.

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No BRTA bus service on Memorial Day

Berkshire— On Monday, May 27th, all Berkshire Regional Transit Authority administrative offices will be closed, and regular bus service will not be provided in observance of Memorial Day.

Regularly scheduled service will resume on Tuesday, May 28th at 5:45 a.m., with the administrative offices reopening at 8 a.m.  

Specific schedule and/or route information may be obtained by calling the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA ext. 1 or visiting BRTA online.

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