Bits & Bytes: ‘Catch the Fever;’ Housatonic paddle trips; BBG plant sale; Young Singers Concert

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By Monday, May 15 Life In the Berkshires
Fabrizio and the Fever will perform at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Friday, May 19.

‘Catch the Fever’ to raise funds for the Richie duPont Award

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group will present “Catch the Fever: An Evening with Fabrizio and the Fever” to raise money for the Richie duPont Award scholarships at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

Musician, songwriter and Berkshire native Michael Fabrizio started Fabrizio and the Fever after moving to Nashville. The band features Mark Lonsway on backing vocals and acoustic guitar, Matt Zehr on electric guitar, Christine Moad on bass and Steve Wolfe on drums. The band has opened for acts such as Sleeper Agent, Trigger Hippy and Robert Randolph and recently completed its sophomore album, “Head Theatre.”

The Richie duPont Award was established in 2005 in memory of a young actor who performed in two of BTG’s Main Stage productions. This fund provides camp scholarships for children to pursue their dreams of being on stage.

Tickets are $25 and $50. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Colonial ticket office at (413) 997-4444.


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HVA to offer paddle trips on the Housatonic River

Pittsfield — On Saturday, May 20, Housatonic Valley Association will offer one-hour paddle trips on the west branch of the Housatonic River at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Trips will access the west branch behind Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah St., at the city’s boat access. HVA will guide participants down and back to the access site. Beginners will learn to safely enter and exit a canoe and try out some basic strokes. Families with children 10 years and older and welcome. Pouring rain, thunder or water that is too low will cancel the trips. For more information, contact HVA at (413) 298-7024 or


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Michael Linden of East Otis and Patricia Perkins of Westfield will offer horticultural advice at Berkshire Botanical Garden's Plants-and-Answers sale.

Michael Linden of East Otis and Patricia Perkins of Westfield will offer horticultural advice at Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Plants-and-Answers sale.

Berkshire Botanical Garden to hold plant sale

Stockbridge — Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Plants-and-Answers plant sale will take place Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20. The annual sale offers gardeners a wide range of regionally appropriate plants handpicked by the BBG’s horticulturists and will begin Friday with an early buying event for BBG members from 9 to 11 a.m. The sale will then open to the public Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plants will be displayed by habitat and the sale will feature more than 180 species/cultivars of native plants. Select vendors will be on site offering a variety of services and products, and food will be provided by Blueberry Hill Café of New Lebanon, New York. A silent auction will include garden-related items and a tag sale organized with the help of the Lenox Garden Club will feature gently used, garden-themed items and books from BBG’s horticulture library. BBG staff and volunteers will be on hand throughout the event to provide advice on plant choices for specific garden locations and needs, growing tips and basic information.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit BBG. For more information, contact BBG at (413) 298-3926.


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Berkshire Lyric to present Young Singers Concert

Stockbridge — Berkshire Lyric will present its annual Young Singers Concert on Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge. The concert, titled “Meeting Mr. Beethoven,” will feature Berkshire Lyric’s two choruses for young people, the Blafield Children’s Chorus and Melodious Accord, singing original music of Beethoven as well as contemporary music inspired by Beethoven. The Berkshire Lyric Choral Scholars, a group of high school vocalists, will perform several Beethoven solo pieces. The program will be led by Berkshire Lyric’s artistic director Jack Brown assisted by Charlotte Hays and accompanist Joe Rose. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Berkshire Lyric at (413) 298-5365.


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