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'Freedom of Speech' by Norman Rockwell. Image courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

Bits & Bytes: ‘Four Freedoms’ talk at Norman Rockwell Museum; ‘Living Younger Longer’ at Fairview; Ghent Playhouse seeks directors

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By Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 Life In the Berkshires

Norman Rockwell Museum to celebrate 75th anniversary of ‘Four Freedoms’

Stockbridge — On Saturday, Jan. 6, at 1:30 p.m., the Norman Rockwell Museum will present a talk commemorating the 75th anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” paintings.

On Jan. 6, 1941, in his annual address to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt argued that freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear should be accepted as human rights not only in the United States, but across the world. On the 75th anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” paintings, which were published by the Saturday Evening Post in February and March 1943, NRM’s curator of education Tom Daly will explore the transformation of the four freedoms from abstract words into concrete images, and from an optimistic rhetorical concept into a living statement of human rights and dignity.

The talk is included with museum admission and free for NRM members. Festive refreshments will be served. For more information, contact NRM at (413) 298-4100.


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Fairview Hospital to offer ‘Living Younger Longer’ program

Great Barrington — Fairview Hospital will host the community education program “Living Younger Longer: Discover Your Journey to Wellness in 2018” Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. in the conference room. The program will be presented by Richard Berry, R.N., B.S., integrative health core leader of the Fairview Hospital Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program.

Richard Berry, third from left, and other members of Fairview Hospital’s Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program. Photo courtesy Berkshire Health Systems

Program participants will learn how physical and mental abilities can remain high into the later years of life, the causes of aging and how they are measured, tips on how to stay young and healthy, and practical ways to reverse or slow aging. Participants will also have the opportunity to identify their own personal health priorities in the coming year.

The program is free and open to the public. Those who are planning to attend are asked to call Fairview’s community relations office at (413) 854-9609 to register. Walk-in attendees will be welcome.


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Ghent Playhouse seeks directors for its 2018–2019 season

Ghent, N.Y. — The Ghent Playhouse is accepting proposals from directors interested in submitting productions for its 2018–2019 theater season. Those interested may submit up to three shows for consideration in all genres. In addition to its annual panto presented by the Pantoloons, there are four productions each season: in October, February, March/April and May/June.

Those submitting are asked to provide their names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, the titles and playwrights of the preferred shows, and a brief resume. The requested information may be emailed to info@ghentplayhouse.org, noting 2018-2019 Theater Season” in the subject line. Scripts can be mailed to artistic director Cathy Lee-Visscher, c/o the Ghent Playhouse, P.O. Box 64, Ghent, New York 12075. If unable to mail, submitters may send email requesting alternate arrangements.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb. 10. For more information, contact the Ghent Playhouse at (518) 392-6264.


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