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Bits & Bytes: Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Mahaiwe; Mount Washington church fair; ‘UnTapped & UnCorked’; Olga Dunn Dance at Saint James Place

Berkshire South Regional Community Center will host “UnTapped and Uncorked,” a beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser for its financial assistance programs, Friday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Mahaiwe to welcome Sweet Honey in the Rock

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will welcome Sweet Honey in the Rock Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m.

Founded in 1973, the Grammy Award-nominated female a cappella ensemble currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Sweet Honey in the Rock fuses the elastic 360-degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair. They create positive, loving and socially conscious music that matters as it pertains to spiritual fortification, and they consistently take an activist stance toward making the planet a better place for all.

Tickets are $15–$89. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100.

–E.E.

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Sandy and Sandy performing at a recent Mount Washington church fair. Photo courtesy Mount Washington Church of Christ

Mount Washington Church of Christ to hold 75th annual fair

Mount Washington — The Mount Washington Church of Christ, at the corner of East Street and Cross Road, will hold its annual fair Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to crafts and art by local artists, attendees will have access to fresh food from the grill, an extensive salad bar and a table of homemade desserts with mountain-made jams, granolas, cookies and more. Vintage finds will be available at Second Hand Rose clothes and in the white elephant tent, the mother of all tag sales. Native plants and flowers, and fine jewelry will also be sold. Attendees can have family heirlooms appraised for $5 by Lenox gallery owner and antique expert Charles Flint at the fifth annual Mount Washington Antiques Roadshow until 1:30 p.m. Activities for kids and families will include an art table, games, face painting and a scavenger hunt. At the fifth annual silent auction, participants can bid on valuable works of art, local services and other assorted goodies. Tickets for the hospitality raffle will offer a chance to win gift certificates to area best restaurants and inns. Live music will be provided by local musicians Sandy & Sandy. There will also be an emphasis on environmental awareness and how to help create eco-friendly living.

Admission to the fair is free and includes a ticket for door-prize drawings for gift certificates to local retailers and other gifts. All are invited, but please leave pets at home. For more information, contact the Mount Washington Church of Christ at (413) 591-3204.

–E.E.

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‘UnTapped & UnCorked’ to raise money for Berkshire South

Great Barrington — Berkshire South Regional Community Center will host “UnTapped and Uncorked,” a beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser for its financial assistance programs, Friday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will feature music from the Lucky 5 (plus one), food truck delectables for purchase, a photo booth by Studio Route 7 and a mystery wine wall. Participating vendors include Big Elm Brewing; Bear and Bramble Brewing; Bright Ideas Brewing; Cellarbration Wine, Beer & Spirits; Hilltop Orchards; Les Trois Emme Winery and Vineyard; Graham Farmhouse Winery & Apiary; H.R. Zeppelin; Mill River General Store and others. Food will be available for purchase from SoMa Catering‘s new food truck. Silent auction items have been contributed by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, the Old Mill, the Gifted Child, Tree House Brewing Company and more.

“Berkshire South Regional Community Center awards nearly $125,000 annually through our financial assistance programs. We live our mission that all are welcome regardless of ability to pay,” said Berkshire South’s executive director Jenise Lucey. “This year, our financial assistance program applications have already exceeded last year’s total applications. As the community need grows, so do the number of applications. No one qualified has ever been turned away.”

Tickets are $25-$45. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Berkshire South at (413) 528-2810 or info@berkshiresouth.org.

–E.E.

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Olga Dunn Dance Company to perform at Saint James Place

Ava Girard performs a selection from the Olga Dunn Dance Company’s ‘Highlights and Excerpts.’ Photo courtesy Olga Dunn Dance Company

Great Barrington — The Olga Dunn Dance Company will perform Sunday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Saint James Place. Titled “Highlights and Excerpts,” the concert will include the group’s core members Hope St. Jock, Julie Webster, Rosa Barnaba and Ava Girard and will feature some of the group’s favorite new and old pieces.

“For this show, we will be offering highlights of our repertory: past, current and in the process for the future. There will be comedic, theatrical and gospel- accompanied contemporary styles on stage,” stated associate director Julie Webster.

The performance is free and open to the public. A complimentary reception will immediately follow the performance. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, contact the Olga Dunn Dance Company at (413) 528-9674 or info@olgadunndance.org.

–E.E.

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