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A picnic spread at Tanglewood by the Elite Picnic Club. Photo courtesy Elite Picnic Club

Bits & Bytes: Elite Picnic Club; ‘Judgment Day’ at the Mahaiwe; youth farming workshop; ‘Movement Without Borders’

By Friday, Jul 5, 2019 Life In the Berkshires

Local club to hold picnics at Tanglewood

Lenox — Looking to expand on the fun of recent summers a local group has formed to host more than a dozen picnic events this summer. The Elite Picnic Club, founded by Berkshire County residents and picnic lovers Nancy Fontana and Anna Shippee, will have events around the county and all year long allowing locals and visitors to come with their best picnic spread and join in.

The first set of events will take place at Tanglewood with other locations and events to be announced later. The Tanglewood events fit into two categories: the Tanglewood Sunday Season and Popular Artist Picnics.

The TSS is the premier series of events hosted by the club. The picnics will take place each Sunday during the Boston Symphony Orchestra season through Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1:30 pm before performances. Each week members and the public will gather along the back walkway of the lawn on the right side of the stage with their picnics in tow. Every week there is a theme that picnic goers will use to create their dishes and decorate their tables.

Each week the participants will all vote for their favorite and the winner will get the trophy, but in the end, the picnics are held to have fun and gather as a community. The events are outside of tickets to the venue, and are free and open to the public.

In all, there will be nine picnics in the TSS, but the group will also host picnics at nine other Tanglewood events including Tanglewood on Parade, Star Wars Film Night, Train and more. The group is also hoping to host a few other events this summer and then to continue the season with a smaller season of fall and even indoor winter picnics.


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Berkshire Playwrights Lab to present ‘Judgement Day’ by Rob Ulin

Rob Ulin. Photo courtesy Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Great Barrington — Berkshire Playwrights Lab will present a staged reading of ‘Judgment Day’ by Rob Ulin Wednesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

In order to avoid eternal damnation, a selfish lawyer seeks help from a Catholic priest who has issues of his own. Together they set out to solve timeless questions of Western philosophy as they drive each other up a wall.

Tickets are $15. For tickets and information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100.


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Greenagers to offer farming workshop for youth

Egremont — Greenagers will host “Ag in the Evening,” a farm education workshop series for youth ages 14–24 on consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 10 and running through Aug. 14. Presented by Jen Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm, the six-week program is designed to immerse participants in connection with nature, practical skills for growing food, and critical thinking about the current food system. Through experiential learning, peer conversation and personal reflection, participants will recognize the empowering potential of making healthy, local food choices. Weekly topics will include Shared Values; Food and Energy; An Exploration of Food Systems; Food Literacy; Sustainability and Stewardship; and Our Food Story.

This series is open and free. Participants are required to commit to the full six-week course. For more information or to register, contact Greenagers at (413) 644-9090 or office@greenagers.org.


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PS21 to host open-level movement classes

Wendy Whelan

Chatham, N.Y. — PS21 will host ‘Movement Without Borders,’ a series of novel 90-minute experiences dedicated to the mind, body and spirit on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon beginning Saturday, July 6, and running through Saturday, Sept. 21. Led by contemporary dance and theater luminaries including Wendy Whelan, Miguel Gutierrez and David Neumann, the series is is pay-what-you-wish, ongoing and informal. All classes will be held on the theater’s stage or in the PS21 Dance Barn and adapted to each individual’s movement level.

All are welcome; space is limited. For more information and a schedule of presenting artists, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact PS21 at (518) 392-6121.


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