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Bits & Bytes: Grillsdale 2019; Mumbet Walk to Freedom; BHS horse show; ’30 Years of Sculpture’; West Stockbridge art show

Grillsdale 2019 to highlight culinary bounty of Columbia County, Berkshires Hillsdale, N.Y. — Back for its fourth consecutive year, Grillsdale 2019 will spotlight the culinary talent and bounty of Columbia […]

Grillsdale 2019 to highlight culinary bounty of Columbia County, Berkshires

Hillsdale, N.Y. — Back for its fourth consecutive year, Grillsdale 2019 will spotlight the culinary talent and bounty of Columbia County and the Berkshires Saturday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. in Roeliff Jansen Park. The event will feature original grilled small plates from top restaurants, chefs and purveyors across the region.

Set against the Taconic Ridge to the east and a fabulous sunset to the west, Grillsdale 2019 will include delectable grilled offerings and craft beverages from Jack Peele of Jacüterie, Job Yacubian of the Farmer’s Wife, Bobby Hellen of Otto’s Market, Kevin Chassi, Nicole Craft of Bartlett House, Daniel Sabia of Wood Fire Food, David Wurth of Crossroads Food Shop, Jared Schwartz and Laura Webster of Poor Devil Pepper Company, Kristopher Schram of West Taghkanic Diner, Hillsdale Fire Company No. 1, Christopher Knable of PieconicNY, Monica Byrne of Home/Made Hudson, Kevin Draves of Village Scoop, Ethan Arthur Sumner of Fire King Barbeque, Svendale Brewing, Chatham Brewing, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and the Hemp Division.

Live music will be provided by Boston’s Void Union. Chef Job Yacubian will round out the evening’s entertainment when he takes the stage with his Copake-based garage band Wild Weeeds, featuring Slink Moss on vocals. The evening will be capped with the naming of the People’s Choice Award, to be decided by the attendees.

Tickets to Grillsdale 2019 are $25-$85. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will support the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Joanna Virello at


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The Col. John Ashley House, 117 Cooper Hill Road in Sheffield, where Elizabeth ‘MumBet’ Freeman was enslaved. Photo courtesy Sheffield Historical Society

Mumbet Walk to Freedom to celebrate 10 years

Miniature portrait of Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman, age 67, oil pastel on ivory by Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick, 1811.

Ashley Falls — The Sheffield Historical Society will present the 10th annual Mumbet Walk to Freedom on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Col. John Ashley House. The pledge walk commemorating Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman honors her 1781 walk from Ashley Falls to the house of Theodore Sedgwick, her lawyer in the case that set the stage for the emancipation of all slaves in Massachusetts by 1783.

Beginning in front of the Ashley House, participants will walk the 4 miles to the Theodore Sedgwick House at 126 Main St. in Sheffield. At 11 a.m. in front of the Sedgwick House, Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, will read a proclamation and a Senate citation honoring Mumbet. Afterward, on the Sheffield Historical Society grounds, Tammy Denease will perform her one-woman show about Mumbet and Barbara Dean will perform songs written about Mumbet. Ann-Elizabeth Barnes and Jana Laiz will hold a book signing for their book “A Free Woman on God’s Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, the Slave Who Won Her Freedom.” All book sale proceeds will go to charity. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to charity.

Pledges from the walk will benefit RAICES Texas. For more information or to sign up to join the walk, call (413) 429-6561.


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A horse and rider at a previous Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show. Photo: Mitch Greenwald

Horse show to benefit Berkshire Humane Society

Richmond — The Berkshire Equestrian Center will host the 26th Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m.

This event is recognized by the Western New England Professional Horseman’s Association. Riders participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show offers riders of all ages and skills an opportunity to compete while helping raise funds to support the programs and services of BHS. Divisions to be held include: Short/Long Stirrup, Baby Green Hunter, Low/Adult Hunter, Novice Hunter, Pre-Children’s/Adult Equitation, Junior/Amateur Hunter, Children’s Equitation, Pony Hunter, Children’s Hunter Horse, Modified Junior Equitation, Junior Equitation, and Adult Equitation.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Berkshire Equestrian Center at (413) 698-3200.


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‘Quetzalcoatl’ by Peter Barrett. Photo courtesy Gedney Farm

Peter Barrett to display ’30 Years of Sculpture’ at Gedney Farm

New Marlborough — On Saturday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m., Gedney Farm will host an opening reception to showcase a major retrospective display of sculpture by Great Barrington native Peter Barrett.

Barrett’s sculpture combines his passion for working with steel and found objects with his skill as a welder and blacksmith. On display at Gedney Farm are several large outdoor sculptures, including the grand, signature work, “Quetzalcoatl,” which welcomes visitors as they arrive on the property. The show also includes several smaller pieces installed inside Gedney’s Event Barn, including “Puer,” which was shown publicly for the first time at Gedney Farm in 1993.

All works are for sale. “Peter Barrett: 30 Years of Sculpture” will be on view through Thursday, Oct. 31. The reception will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Gedney Farm executive chef Ryan McLaughlin, with a complimentary wine service and live jazz. For more information, contact Gedney Farm at (413) 229-3131 or


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Guild of Berkshire Artists to hold art show

‘Alstroemeria Vignette’ by Jill Gustavis. Image courtesy Guild of Berkshire Artists

West Stockbridge — The Guild of Berkshire Artists will hold its annual art show and sale at the Old Town Hall, 9 Main St., for two weekends: Thursday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 25; and Thursday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Sept. 1. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The show features the latest works painting, photography, sculpture, ceramic arts and other media by local Guild members. All works will be for sale. Visitors will also be able to view the latest in the West Stockbridge Historical Society’s restoration of the 1854 Old Town Hall, including its new elevator.

For more information, contact the Guild of Berkshire artists at



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