Hershey Felder in 'Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,' which Berkshire Theatre Group will present Sunday, May 10, in a livestream. Photo courtesy Berkshire Theatre Group

Bits & Bytes: Hershey Felder livestream; online Mother’s Day Tea; ‘Wonders of Migration’; Beekeeping 101

Hershey Felder livestream to benefit Berkshire Theatre Group

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group will present “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” livestreamed from Florence, Italy, Sunday, May 10, at 8 p.m. in honor of Mother’s Day. After the performance, audience members will be able to communicate directly with Hershey Felder via text or online in a post-show audience encore.

Named to TIME Magazine’s 2016 Top 10 Plays and Musicals, Felder has played over 5,000 performances of his self-created solo productions at some of the world’s most prestigious theaters. His shows include “George Gershwin Alone,” “Monsieur Chopin,” “Beethoven,” “Maestro: Leonard Bernstein,” “Franz Liszt in Musik,” “Lincoln: An American Story,” “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” and “Our Great Tchaikovsky.” Felder is the adaptor, director and designer for the internationally performed play-with-music “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” with Mona Golabek; producer and designer for the musical “Louis and Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara” directed by Taylor Hackford; and writer and director for “Flying Solo” featuring Nathan Gunn. Felder has operated a full-service production company since 2001. He has been a scholar-in- residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female prime minister of Canada.

Tickets are $50 per household, with 50% of proceeds benefiting BTG. Patrons will be able to stream the program on a smart TV, computer, smartphone or tablet. Viewing will be available for an additional 72 hours after the performance. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Berkshire Theatre Group at (413) 997-4444.


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Norman Rockwell Museum’s Mother’s Day Tea to be held online

‘Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes’ by Norman Rockwell. Image courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

Stockbridge — On Sunday, May 10, at 4 p.m., the Norman Rockwell Museum will present its annual Mother’s Day Tea in a virtual format.

An armchair tour through beloved images of mothers with chief curator Stephanie Plunkett and chief educator Mary Berle, the event will encompass a lively conversation about the many roles and varied emotions communicated about motherhood in America over the last 60 years. Images to be discussed include “I’ll Never Leave You” by Austin Briggs; “Come away … she had diphtheria” by Ben Stahl; and “The Right To Know,” “Hold Out” and “Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes” by Norman Rockwell.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact the Norman Rockwell Museum at (413) 298-4100 or info@nrm.org.


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‘Wonders of Migration’ to explore birds’ seasonal habits

Zach Adams. Photo courtesy Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Stockbridge — On Friday, May 8, at 1 p.m., the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will present the online program “Wonders of Migration” with Zach Adams of Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Participants will learn about the birds that frequent bird feeders, what they eat and how they survive the winter. The program will last approximately 45-60 minutes and includes a slide show and bird artifacts. Adults and families are welcome.

Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Juniata College and has worked as an educator and program leader since the age of 16. Since November 2018, he has been a teacher naturalist at the Berkshire sanctuaries, where he leads programs in birding, hiking, tracking and canoeing.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives at (413) 298-5501 or info@stockbridgelibrary.org.


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Berkshire Botanical Garden to present online beekeeping class

Chris Wellens. Photo courtesy Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Stockbridge — Berkshire Botanical Garden will present the online class Beekeeping 101 Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Led by former BBG director of education Chris Wellens, the program is geared toward first-year beekeepers. Topics will include honeybee biology and health, hive installation, and hive management through the seasons. Suggested supplementary texts include “The Beekeepers Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile, and “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum.

Wellens is an experienced beekeeper, educator and mentor for new beekeepers, and founded BBG’s Berkshire Backyard Beekeepers group. He also teaches on other topics involving the environment, gardening and agriculture.

The class is $35 for the general public and $25 for members. The classes will take place over Zoom. Advance registration is highly recommended. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact Berkshire Botanical Garden at (413) 298-3926 or info@berkshirebotanical.org.