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Bits & Bytes: Construct anniversary; Jewish Festival of Books; Quebe Sisters at Infinity Music Hall; ‘In Plain Site’

The Jewish Festival of Books' opening night event Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. will feature an Egg Cream Eggstravaganza with Barry Joseph, author of “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink.”

Construct to hold 50th anniversary celebration

Great Barrington — Construct Inc. will hold a summer family celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary Saturday, July 20, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Ski Butternut. The nonprofit’s commitment to championing housing for all has played an important role in the community and the lives of area residents.

The event will kick off at 5 p.m. with live music from the Pointed Man Band of Portland, Oregon; the Rob Sanzone Band; the Skeeters; and the Berkshire Bateria. Festivities for children will include a moon bounce, face painting and a slide as well as entertainment by Berkcirque and Roger the Jester. A free raffle will be drawn to give away a variety of prizes, including two tickets to see “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway, a seasonal pass to Ski Butternut and a spa day at Canyon Ranch. Food trucks will be onsite with an assortment of popular menus, beer and wine and ice cream. A giant birthday cake will be rolled out with birthday muffins for all. A fireworks dis play provided by Berkshire Fireworks will close out the evening.

Admission is $20 per car. Proceeds will help address the need for affordable housing in South County. For more information, contact Construct at (413) 528-1985.


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Hevreh to host Jewish Festival of Books

Barry Joseph. Photo courtesy Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

Great Barrington — Hevreh of Southern Berkshire and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present the third annual Jewish Festival of Books Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21, at Hevreh.

The festival will feature free and fee-based author talks, teachings, and readings by nationally and internationally acclaimed writers in genres ranging from adult fiction to children’s literature to cookbooks.

Angela Himsel. Photo courtesy Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

The festival’s opening night event Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. will feature an Egg Cream Eggstravaganza with Barry Joseph, author of “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink.” Attendees will not only be treated to Joseph’s presentation, but also to a real siphon bottle seltzer, milk and Fox’s U-Bet egg cream reception and book signing afterwards. On Friday, July 19, following the 5:45 p.m. Shabbat evening service, Angela Himsel will discuss her memoir “A River Could Be A Tree,” which traces her journey as one of 11 children growing up in an apocalyptic doomsday sect led by a white supremacist to a Modern Orthodox Jewish woman living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. On Saturday, July 20, at noon, best-selling novelist Tova Mirvis will discuss her memoir, “The Book of Separation.” Later in the day, at 4 p.m., Rabbi Leah Rachel Berkowitz will read from her children’s book, “The World Needs Beautiful Things,” a Biblically inspired exploration of creativity and the arts.

For a complete schedule and to register for specific events, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Hevreh at (413) 528-6378 or


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The Quebe Sisters. Photo courtesy Infinity Music Hall

Infinity Music Hall to welcome the Quebe Sisters

Norfolk, Conn. — Infinity Music Hall will welcome the Dallas, Texas-based Quebe Sisters Wednesday, July 17, at 8 p.m.

Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe front an innovative progressive Western swing band of archtop guitar, upright bass, fiddles and sibling harmony. With over 15 years of touring to date, the Quebe Sisters have delivered their triple fiddle and three-part harmony sound to the concert halls and festivals of North America, Europe, and Russia. The sisters’ self-titled fourth album will drop Friday, Sept. 20. Recorded at Texas Treefort Studio in Austin, the album features original compositions for the first time and spotlights individual solos.

Tickets are $25–$35. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Infinity Music Hall at (866-666-6306.


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‘In Plain Site’ tour series to feature Eden Hill

Stockbridge — The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives’ In Plain Site series of history walks will present “Eden Hill: From Mission House to Mercy Sunday” Saturday, July 20, at 4 p.m.

Inhabitants on the hill have ranged from John Sergeant in the 1700s to David Dudley Field in the 1800s. Today, the hill is the home of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy and is also the site of Kampoosa Bog. The tour will start in the Eden Hill parking lot, last approximately one hour, and will be led by a library volunteer, who will explain the neighborhood and talk about the history of the people who lived there.

The cost of the tour is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, contact the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives at (413) 298-5501 or



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