Monday, July 22, 2024

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Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Baby Box fundraiser; Guatemala education talk; Phyllis Kornfeld talk; waste oil & paint collection; ‘Henry VI.six’ at Shake & Co.; ‘Welcome Campers;’ Ludwig Olshansky at Ventfort Hall

Newly launched nonprofit Berkshire Baby Box offers a welcome gift for new moms: a box filled with supplies that aid in the care of newborns. The box doubles as a safe sleeping place for the baby.

Berkshire Baby Box to hold fundraiser

Great Barrington — Newly launched nonprofit Berkshire Baby Box offers a welcome gift for new moms: a box filled with supplies that aid in the care of newborns. The box doubles as a safe sleeping place for the baby. South Egremont resident and Berkshire Baby Box founder Hinda Bodinger and her husband, Bill, started Berkshire Baby Box after reading about the 75-year history of the Finnish government’s gift of a Baby Box to each new mother in Finland.

Berkshire Baby Box is partnering with local agencies to distribute the filled boxes during monthly scheduled parenting workshops in Berkshire County. To date workshops have been conducted for 18 moms by the Family Center of Northern Berkshire County in North Adams and by Community Health Programs in Great Barrington. Pittsfield workshops through Child Care of the Berkshires are also being planned.

Berkshire Baby Box will hold a fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at Cove Bowling and Entertainment that will include bowling, prizes, a silent auction, and more. To register one person for $25 or a four-person team for $100, email hinda.bodinger@berkshirebabybox.org.

–E.E.

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Rigoberto Ordoñez to speak on Guatemalan agriculture & education

Housatonic — On Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire (UUMSB) will host Rigoberto Ordoñez will give a talk entitled “Progressive Agriculture and Education in Rural Guatemala: Ending a Legacy of Genocide.”

The residents of Copal AA la Esperanza, a rural Mayan village in Guatemala, have founded a community-run middle school that focuses on indigenous culture, human rights, and sustainable forestry and agriculture. Copal AA is a rural community formed 20 years ago after residents of Mexican refugee camps fled military violence in the early 1980s. The founding principles of the community prohibit the use of chemical pesticides and the practice of “slash and burn” agriculture. Educator Rigoberto Ordoñez will speak through interpreter and former Guatemalan human rights worker Heather Dean.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Keen at (413) 429-5978 or elizabeth@indianlinefarm.com.

–E.E.

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Phyllis Kornfeld to speak on ‘Art in Marginalized Populations’

Phyllis Kornfeld.
Phyllis Kornfeld.

Stockbridge — The Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute will offer “Art in Marginalized Populations,” a presentation by and discussion with Phyllis Kornfeld, author of “Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America,” on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 7 -8:30 p.m. at the Austen Riggs Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Rich in images and insights, the presentation will look at Kornfeld’s experiences during a 34-year career working directly with incarcerated people in all levels of security, from county jails to death row. Kornfeld and Mark Mulherrin, visual arts instructor in the Center’s activities program, and will also discuss the similarities and differences in their experiences working with art in marginalized populations, revealing the potential of art to unleash the creative power inside people for whom language is an insufficient form of expression.

In conjunction with the presentation, the center’s Lavender Door Gallery is hosting a special exhibition of selected drawings and paintings from Kornfeld’s collection of artwork created by some of the people she has worked with over the years. The exhibition runs through Sunday, Sept. 18.

For more information, call (413) 931-5284.

–E.E.

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Waste oil and paint collection scheduled

Great Barrington — On Wednesday, August 24, from 4 – 6:30 p.m., the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a paint and oil collection for the 15 participating towns of Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge. The Center for EcoTechnology will coordinate the collections.

Acceptable materials are oil-based paint, stains, paint thinners, spray paint and turpentine, as well as waste motor oil. No other type of oil or fuel will be accepted. Latex paint will not be accepted at this event. Empty cans can be recycled with scrap metal. Empty cans of oil-based paint, stains and solvents as well as dried-up cans of latex paint can be disposed with the regular trash.

Those interested in participating in the event must register online or contact Coryanne Mansell at Coryanne.Mansell@cetonline.org or (800)-369-3333 x238. Residents from communities that are not participating should call their city or town halls for information about hazardous household product collections.

–E.E.

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Shakespeare & Co. to present ‘Henry VI.six’

Kristin Wold.
Kristin Wold.

Lenox – On Tuesday, Aug. 23, beginning at noon, Shakespeare & Company will present a marathon of work derived from and inspired by Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” plays. Through staged readings and movement pieces, the Company will explore the wars, struggle and influence of “Henry VI” including a love triangle, a popular uprising, plotting and deceit. The event will include free sessions in addition to the six-part reading series.

Company members Kristin Wold, Peter Andersen, Jonathan Croy, Gwendolyn Schwinke and others will use performance, movement and discussion to delve into a thorough exploration Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” parts 1, 2 and 3. With pieces that examine themes of gender, violence, religion, power, and politics, the performers will connect Shakespeare’s plays with our own modern political drama.

Tickets to “Henry VI.six” are $20 per part and $70 for a six-part pass. For tickets and a full schedule of the day’s events, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Shakespeare & Company box office at (413) 637-3353.

–E.E.

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The Wild Honey Pie to present ‘Welcome Campers’

Palehound.
Palehound.

Lee — Brooklyn, New York-based artist collective the Wild Honey Pie will return to Camp Lenox Friday, Aug. 26  through­ Sunday, Aug. 28, with Welcome Campers, its annual summer camp/music festival hybrid.

Now in its fourth year, Welcome Campers brings together 400 music devotees for a weekend of summer camp activities and live sets. The event aims to provide attendees the nostalgia of summer camp while offering an intimate music experience without the hassle of distant stages, heavy crowds and added expenses.

Campers have full access to activities including basketball, kickball, frisbee, relay races, leap frog, capture the flag, softball, tennis, roller hockey, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, yoga, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, campfire building, jam sessions, dance parties, karaoke, tie dying and more. This years musical guests will include Palehound, Calliope Musicals, Buffalo Rodeo, Kid Mountain, Photay, Matt FX, Maybird, YOKE LORE, and Evolfo.

Ticket prices range from $99 – $150. Tickets and registration are available through Monday, Aug. 22. Dogs are welcome. Attendees must be 18 years or older. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact events@thewildhoneypie.com.

–E.E.

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Pianist Ludwig Olshansky to return to Ventfort Hall

Lenox — International pianist Ludwig Olshansky will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Monday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. to play works by Granados, Brahms and Schumann.

Olshansky performed last at Ventfort Hall in 2011 at a memorial concert in honor of his late sister-in-law, Ventfort Hall historian Joan Olshansky. Ludwig Olshansky was a scholarship student at the Juilliard School of Music where he was awarded a Damrosch Scholarship for graduate study and the Loeb Memorial Prize. The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings offers his CD performances of works by Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Beethoven and Schubert.

Tickets to the concert are $20. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations, contact Ventfort Hall at (413) 637-3206 or info@gildedage.org.

–E.E.

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