Saturday, July 13, 2024

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Bits & Bytes: Ballet at the Berkshire Museum; Pittsfield Repair Café; Behold! New Lebanon; Phishing cyberthreat; Tanglewood lectures

Bring one or two damaged but repairable items to be fixed for free by neighborhood volunteers: Clothing, cushions, bags, chairs, small tables and other wood items, lamps, vacuums and other electrical items, bicycles, and more.

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents FLUX: ChoreoLab at the Berkshire Museum

PittsfieldPioneer Valley Ballet will present “FLUX: ChoreoLab” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 in the Crane Room at the Berkshire Museum.

In taking dance out of the traditional theatrical venue, Pioneer Valley Ballet’s “FLUX: ChoreoLab” places the audience directly in relationship to the performance space and asks them to reimagine their place within it. Choreographers Tom Vacanti and Maryanne Kodzis will collaborate with ten dancers from Boston, New York City, and the Pioneer Valley in their work “EIGHTsongs/SIXdances.” Also on the program, choreographer Anna Wotring will present her work “Into It,” and choreographer Leslie Frye Maietta will be premiering a new work ‘Breed.’

The performance will be included with regular museum admission. For more information call the museum at (413) 443-7171.


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Repair Café on Saturday

Pittsfield – The next Pittsfield Repair Café, which offers free repairs for household items, will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church.

Bring one or two damaged but repairable items to be fixed for free by neighborhood volunteers: Clothing, cushions, bags, chairs, small tables and other wood items, lamps, vacuums and other electrical items, bicycles, knives and blades for sharpening, crockery, toys, some electronics, and more. Everything is free: Repairs, refreshments in the Café Corner, musical entertainment, and freebies in the Giveaway Corner.

All are welcome. See the Pittsfield Repair Café’s Facebook page for more information.


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July 18 tours at Behold! New Lebanon

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Behold! New Lebanon rural guide Peter Watson.

New Lebanon, N.Y.Behold! New Lebanon, the living museum-without-walls of contemporary rural American life, has announced its Rural Guide schedule for Saturday, July 18. The program will include:

Corkscrew Choo! Choo!, 10 a.m.: Take a leisurely stroll along the Wyomanoc Creek following the footprint of the once famed Rutland Railroad with Joe Ogilvie, Vice President of the Corkscrew Rail Trail Association. Learn about this important rail line and the plans to develop a trail from New Lebanon to Stephentown.

Homestead Living: Making Farmer’s Cheese, 10:30 am.: Paul Rix and Anna Duhon invite you to join them as they make their weekly batch of farmer’s cheese from their goats’ milk. Meet the goats, explore life on a homestead, and experience making a simple cheese.

Coffee Talk, 1:30 p.m.: Fred Cashmere started Liquid Assets Coffee Tea & Spice Co. 25 years ago. Hear Fred’s “farm to cup” philosophy and learn where he gets the best beans, and how to roast and brew the perfect cup!

Building for the Divine, 2 p.m.; Join preservationist and Shaker Museum trustee Peter Watson in the circa-1860 North Family Shaker Great Stone Barn. Peter will share the story of the barn as it was and will be and introduce you to other odes to the divine created by the Shakers through their architecture, furniture, invention, and social action.

A Jam for All Seasons, 4 p.m.: What do you do when all your fruit ripens at one time? Make jam! In this workshop, chef Deborah Gordon will show how to turn seasonal produce into a delicious treat to enjoy for months after harvesting.

Tour shuttle buses depart from the new Behold! Station and General Store. More information is available by calling the museum at (518) 720-7265 or by emailing


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Phishing still a cyberthreat

Lakeville, Conn. – Salisbury Bank and Trust Company would like to remind the public that the cybercrime known as phishing is still a major threat. Salisbury Bank has published an online article about how to recognize phishing scams and protect against them.


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Pre-Tanglewood lectures at the Lenox Library

LenoxDr. Jeremy Yudkin, Professor of Music and Associate Faculty of the Department of African American Studies at Boston University and Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University, will share his music knowledge at the Lenox Library with his Tanglewood pre-concert lectures, Fridays and Saturdays through August 15. The lectures take place from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the library, allowing plenty of time to get to Tanglewood that evening.

Whether planning to attend the Tanglewood concerts or not, the public will gain insights into the music and lives of the great composers as Dr. Yudkin expounds on the upcoming program. Dr. Yudkin will also play audio excerpts of the works being discussed and give hints on what to listen for.

Each lecture is different, and participants may attend as many lectures as they like. The cost is $10 per lecture. For more information contact the library at (413) 637-0197.



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