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BITS & BYTES: Antje Duvekot at The Guthrie Center; Q-MoB wellness activities for Pride; Donna Kaz at Spencertown Academy; Chris Ferrero at Egremont Garden Club; Camp Halfmoon community day; Dalton Church chicken dinner; Housatonic town-wide tag-sale

Antje Duvekot is the winner of the three of the top prizes for singer-songwriters including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.

The Guthrie Center presents an Evening with Antje Duvekot

Great Barrington— On Saturday, June 15th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Guthrie Center presents an Evening with Antje Duvekot. 

Antje Duvekot is the winner of the three of the top prizes for singer-songwriters including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious Kerrville “Best New Folk Award,” and the Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Folk Act.”

She has extensive touring experience, crossing the United States and Europe many times over. She is a compelling live performer and has been invited to play some of the top festivals including The Newport Folk Festival as well as the Mountain Stage, Philadelphia and Kerrville Festivals. Internationally, she’s headlined at The Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.

The concert is on Saturday, June 15th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Guthrie Center at 2 Van Deusenville Road in Great Barrington. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Beer, wine and lite fare will be available for purchase. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

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Q-MoB collaborates with multiple organizations to offer LGBTQ+ recreation and wellness activities for Pride month

Pittsfield— In response to rapidly changing demographic, economic, political, and health challenges the LGBTQ+ community is facing in Berkshire County, Q-MoB, in collaboration with Mass Audubon, Housatonic Valley Association, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Elder Services of Berkshire County, and Berkshire Health Systems is offering a range of June LGBTQ+ recreation and wellness activities for Pride month.

Q-MoB.

Saturday, June 15th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the 1st Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Bike Ride on Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Adams. Dust off the cobwebs on your bike, show up early to let a volunteer bike mechanic help you lube your chain or adjust your brakes, and then set off on this easy, beautiful ride on a paved trail through wetlands, forest, and lakes. Stop for delicious sandwiches at a farm store at the halfway point. Registration and more information can be found online. 

Sunday, June 16th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is the 2nd Annual LGBTQ Pride Hike at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Refuge in Lenox. This easy and ecologically diverse hike is hosted by naturalists from Q-MoB, Mass Audubon, and Housatonic Valley Association,  showcasing forests, streams, beaver ponds, and mountain views. Registration and more information can be found online. 

Sunday, June 23rd from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the 2nd Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Paddle in Lenox. Naturalist-led easy canoe trip for all-level members of the LGBTQ+ community and their family members ages 10 and up. Enjoy exploring and learning about this easy stretch of the Housatonic watershed. Co-sponsored by Q-MoB, Mass Audubon, and Housatonic Valley Association, experienced kayakers and canoers are being sought to serve as mentors and shepherds for the two groups of beginning canoers. Trained staff will be on hand to assure proper training, safety, and fun for beginners. Registration and more information can be found online.

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Spencertown Academy presents ‘Nature Writing,’ a poetry and prose workshop with Donna Kaz 

Spencertown, N.Y.— On Saturday, June 15th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spencertown Academy presents ‘Nature Writing,’ a poetry and prose workshop with Donna Kaz.

Participants will explore the unique landscape of summer and will be guided through examples of how poets like Mary Oliver and Robert Frost use their environment to inspire their writing styles. The class will take a stroll through the great outdoors of a nearby Columbia Land Conservancy site and return to the Academy for lunch (bring-your-own) and writing exercises.

Donna Kaz. Courtesy Spencertown Academy.

“Nature is full of inspiration and can easily serve as a muse for writers,” says Kaz, director of the Academy’s All Write Columbia Writers Conference, activist, and author of “The Sweetgum Trilogy,” a cycle of plays that explores the invisible thread between humans and the natural world. “Bring paper and pen and leave with a short journal entry, prose piece, or poem about how you connect to the landscape around you. No writing experience is necessary — only a love of reading and writing about the beauty and wonder of nature.”

The workshop is on Saturday, June 15th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spencertown Academy Arts Center at 790 N.Y. Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y. Tuition is $35 and $30 for members. Registration and more information can be found online. 

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The Egremont Garden Club presents ‘Building a Backyard Wildlife Habitat,” a free lecture presented by Chris Ferrero

Egremont— On Thursday, June 13th at 1 p.m., The Egremont Garden Club presents ‘Building a Backyard Wildlife Habitat,” a free lecture presented by Cornell Master Gardener Chris Ferrero.

Chris Ferrero. Courtesy Egremont Garden Club.

You can attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to make your yard more enjoyable, while also doing your part to restore natural habitat. It all starts with what you plant. This program will help you qualify your yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The free lecture is on Thursday, June 13th at 1 p.m. at the Bushnell-Sage Library at 48 Main Street in Sheffield. Register by emailing amickiewicz25@aol.com.

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Free community day at Camp Halfmoon

Monterey— On Saturday, June 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Camp Halfmoon is hosting a free community day.

Open to families and children of all ages, this fun-filled day is designed to bring the community together and offer a preview of the exciting experiences that Camp Halfmoon has to offer. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, and Camp Halfmoon will provide drinks, snacks, and a variety of unlimited camp activities for everyone to enjoy.

Courtesy Camp Halfmoon.

The free event is on Saturday, June 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Camp Halfmoon at  9 Camp Half-Moon Road in Monterey. Registration and more information can be found online. 

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Dalton United Methodist Church chicken parmesan dinner

Dalton— On Saturday, June 15th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dalton United Methodist Church at 755 Main Street is hosting a chicken parmesan dinner. 

Chicken parmesan. Photo from Wiki Commons.

The $20 dinner is dine-in or take-out and includes chicken parmesan with pasta, appetizer, beverage, and dessert. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the church’s general fund. For more information, call 413-684-0521.

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Second annual ‘Biggest Housatonic Tag Sale Ever!’

Housatonic— On Saturday, June 15th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the second annual “Biggest Housatonic Tag Sale Ever!” Over 30 Housatonic families will hold tag sales at their homes for a fun way to get to know neighbors and re-home useful and beautiful items.

The event is more than just a Tag Sale. Leah Gabriel explained, “My family has lived in Housatonic for decades. We all love the community and connection within Housy, and I decided to join to meet more people around Housy as well as share the experience!! I’m super excited.”

Longtime Housatonic resident Julina Spallholz shared, “My son and I have lived in our house on Oak Street in Housatonic for 10 years. Participating in this summer’s tag sale will be part of our 10-year house-iversary! In addition to a lot of books, we will be selling a beautiful set of white iron chairs, an antique pram, and a full drum set. Hope to see you in Housy!”

A map of participating homes is available online.

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