Indoors Out! Music on North will take place in Downtown Pittsfield on Friday, Sept. 17 from 8-9:30 p.m. Images courtesy Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Clockwise from left: Garrin Benfield (photo: Dave Vann), Railroad Street Dreamers, The Midnight Anthem

BITS & BYTES: Indoors Out! concerts; ‘Ice Glen’ staged reading; From Earth to Sea clambake; new LitNet episode, anniversary celebration; BMM donates to suicide prevention

New Marlborough Meeting House will host a staged reading of Joan Ackermann’s “Ice Glen,” with performers from Shakespeare & Company, on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Downtown Pittsfield announces free Indoors Out! Music on North concerts

PITTSFIELDDowntown Pittsfield, Inc. will present Indoors Out! Music on North, on Friday, Sept. 17 from 8-9:30 p.m., at Sotille Park, Persip Park, and the parklet at The Marketplace Cafe. The three downtown locations will feature free outdoor performances by local musicians who have also played with Berkshire Busk! The performances will immediately follow the Community Concert with Whiskey Treaty Roadshow at The Common, and everyone is welcome downtown after the show to enjoy food, drink, and more live music.

At Sotille Park, the Railroad Street Dreamers will play favorites The Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and more. The Railroad Street Dreamers are Stephen Patterson (bass and vocals), Danny Lipson (guitar and vocals), Pete Rock (guitar and vocals), Dave Wiley (drums and vocals), and Jeff Caminiti (percussion and vocals).

At Persip Park, Garrin Benfield will present freestyle acoustic rock. His music is a blend of moody, guitar-driven rock and polyrhythmic groove, run through the filter of a serious singer-songwriter. Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses, and house concerts.

The Marketplace Cafe’s parklet, at 53 North Street, will feature The Midnight Anthem, a musical trio made up of Catherine, Sophia, and Grace — cousins by birth, but sisters at heart. The group has a knack for creating music that is both fun to listen to and touches the soul, offering an entertaining blend of original songs and popular tunes with a country flair.

The rain date for Indoors Out! is Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. The event is presented in partnership with Berkshire Busk! and ArtWeek Berkshires.


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New Marlborough Meeting House to host staged reading September 11

Joan Ackerman
Playwright Joan Ackerman. Photo courtesy New Marlborough Meeting House

NEW MARLBOROUGHNew Marlborough Meeting House will host a staged reading of Joan Ackermann’s “Ice Glen,” with performers from Shakespeare & Company, on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m.

“Ice Glen” was written by New Marlborough playwright Joan Ackermann for Shakespeare & Company, where it was performed during the 2008–09 season, directed by Tina Packer. It has since been seen at numerous regional theaters across the country.

In this touching period comedy, Sarah, a fiery poet, dwells in idyllic obscurity in a crumbling Berkshire “cottage” with a band of unlikely cohorts, including a blunt Irish cook, a lovesick butler, and a young widow. When neighbor Edith Wharton passes Sarah’s poems on to a Boston publisher, editor Peter Woodburn comes calling. Sparks fly when this pair faces off, and all get caught in the crossfire.

Ice Glen is the name of a protected parcel of land near the center of Stockbridge. It is so named because there are places where — even at the height of summer — patches of ice can be encountered.


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From Earth to Sea clambake to be held at Institute for American Indian Studies

Photo courtesy The Institute for American Indian Studies

WASHINGTON DEPOT, Conn. — Every September, the Institute for American Indian Studies hosts an al fresco traditional clambake, called From Earth to Sea. This year, the clambake will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion on 11a School Street in Washington Depot. Socially distanced tables will be set under a large open-air pavilion in a park setting.

This annual event honors the founders of the museum and celebrates Connecticut’s Indigenous people and the bounty harvested from its fields and waterways. A new highlight this year is the silent auction consisting of gift certificates from local restaurants and shops, and Native-made jewelry, baskets, and more.

In addition to a lobster dinner served with corn, clams, and potatoes, guests can enjoy a performance by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. The dance troupe was founded in 1963 and is the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. Their mission is to preserve dances, songs, and traditions that might have otherwise been lost. They have toured across the U.S., and internationally in Japan, Canada, and Israel. The troupe will share stories, dances, traditional drumming, singing, and colorful regalia that celebrate the diversity of Native American culture in the United States.

Tickets are limited and pre-registration is required by September 9. To register, click here. The cost of the clambake dinner, including the performance, is $50 for Institute members and $55 for non-members. Children and non-seafood eaters can pay $10 for a meal of hot dogs, chips, and lemonade. Proceeds from this event will go toward the education department to support schools’ Indigenous curriculum through the Institute’s programs.


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LitNet announces new episode, 30th anniversary celebration

LEE — The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) announces Episode 7 of “The Literacy Network of South Berkshire Presents…,” monthly TV show on local Spectrum channel 1302, CTSB TV. This episode, called “Transforming Lives for 30 Years,” will focus on LitNet’s upcoming 30th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12 at Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge. The episode, hosted by LitNet Executive Director Leigh Doherty, features LitNet Board President Merle Kailas, board member Leslie Shatz, Stockbridge-based photographer Julie McCarthy, and development and communication associate Amanda Giracca.

The episode will discuss the ways the organization has evolved since its founding in 1991. Doherty will discuss details of the anniversary event and how the public can attend or sponsor it. McCarthy will discuss her work in photographing LitNet learners for the event’s portrait exhibit, “Transforming Lives for 30 Years,” to be unveiled at the celebration.

Each episode of “Literacy Network of South Berkshire Presents…” delves into LitNet’s past, present, and future by featuring learners, tutors, individuals significant to the organization’s history and development, community leaders, educational professionals, and more. The show’s goal is to spread awareness of the work the organization does, to delve into topics surrounding adult- and ESOL-education, and to inform the community how they might become involved with LitNet. Past episodes can be found on LitNet’s YouTube channel.

Episodes air Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., and re-air Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Viewers can watch on Spectrum Cable Channel 1302 and the CTSB website, or via LitNet’s YouTube channel.


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Berkshire Money Management donates to Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention

DALTON — In the wake of the Dalton Zoning Board of Appeals’ (ZBA) rejection of the major “Purgatory Road” fundraiser for Teen Suicide Prevention, Berkshire Money Management (BMM) has donated $10,001 to the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention. The annual fundraiser, which has been running for nearly a decade, was slated to be held at BMM’s offices at the Model Farm on Main Street in Dalton for four days in October. Unfortunately, it was not approved by the town’s ZBA in a meeting on August 31.

“The impact of COVID-19 on suicide rates has been unforgiving and the coalition needs this support more than ever,” said BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris. The yearly event usually sells out and has garnered nearly $175,000 since its founding in 2012. Berkshire Money Management is strongly encouraging the local community and beyond to join it in donating to the coalition to make up for these lost funds.

If you would like to donate to the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, click here. To donate by check or money order, please make checks payable to: Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (or BCSP) and mail to BCSP, PO Box 472, Pittsfield, MA 01202-472.