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Bits & Bytes: Music & More; rare books; Great Barrington literary tour; Alford town history; Behold! New Lebanon; BerkCirque

The Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series will host an antiquarian book “road show” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 20.

Music & More’s Harold Lewin Memorial Concert

Violinist Daniel Stepner.

New Marlborough — Music & More’s Harold Lewin Memorial Concert will be held at the New Marlborough Meeting House, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Rd., on Saturday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. Musicians of Aston Magna (Christopher Krueger, baroque flute; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; string ensemble led by Daniel Stepner, baroque violin) will perform an all-Bach program that will include Trio Sonata in G Major (J.S.Bach), Sonata for violin and continuo in E Minor (J.S.Bach), “Sanguineus und Melancholicus” (Sonata in E Minor by C.P.E Bach), and Suite in B minor for Flute and strings (J.S. Bach).

A free pre-concert talk will be given at 3:30 p.m. The concert will be followed by a wine-tasting sponsored by Domaney’s Liquors & Fine Wines.

Tickets are $25. For more information, call the New Marlborough Village Association at (413) 229-2785.

— E.E.

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Lecture, evaluation of rare books by Kenneth Gloss

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Book specialist Kenneth Gloss.

Lenox — The Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series will host an antiquarian book “road show” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. Attendees are encouraged to bring a book that they would like to show Kenneth Gloss, book specialist for “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS and owner of Brattle Book Shop. Mr. Gloss will speak on “What Makes Old Books Valuable?” and will informally appraise items from the audience.

The Brattle Book Shop was founded in 1825 and has been owned by George Gloss and then his son since 1949. It is one of the oldest and largest antiquarian bookshops in the country, with over 250,000 books, maps, prints, postcards and ephemera in all subjects. Ken Gloss is a past president of the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. He also sits on the Associate Board of the Boston Public Library.

Contact the library for more information at (413) 637-2630.


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Literary tour of downtown Great Barrington

Great Barrington — Join author and historian Bernard Drew for a free literary tour in downtown Great Barrington, starting at the Mason Library, 231 Main St., at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 The Library once appeared in a Sesame Street children’s book as the Sesame Street Library. James Weldon Johnson worked on his “God’s Trombones” here. Among other stops is a look at Sumner Block where, in an upstairs auditorium in the 1870s, Josh Billings, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Mark Twain were lecturers.

The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. For more information contact the Great Barrington Historical Society at (413) 591-8702.


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Alford town history presentation

Alford — The Alford Historic District Commission invites Alford residents to become better acquainted with the town’s history and architectural heritage on Saturday, September 19 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alford Town Center. “Inside/Out: Alford Town Center” will feature displays of historical documents from the town archives and video interviews of long-time residents. A presentation at 2:45 p.m. by Sue Kormanik will outline Alford’s early days and, at 3:30 p.m., Michael Lynch will guide a tour of the town’s historic district buildings.

Refreshments will be provided. The rain date is Sunday, September 20. Call Alice Halsted at (413) 528-9997 with questions.


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Rural guide tours at Behold! New Lebanon

Cynthia and one of her girls
Cattle rancher Cynthia Creech. Photo: Uli Rose.

New Lebanon, N.Y. — Behold! New Lebanon, the living museum of contemporary rural American life, has announced its schedule of programs for Saturday, September 19.

The programs include:

Cow Tails – Join Cynthia Creech at Artemis Farm to hear the story of how she single-handedly rescued a herd of Randall cows and transported them from Vermont to Tennessee and ultimately to New Lebanon, and learn about the heritage breed and a cow rancher’s life.

The Printed Word — Sharon Koomer and Jerry Grant will take visitors on a tour complete with a hands-on demonstration of old-time printing presses.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God: to the Meetinghouse — Wyatt Erchak, Shaker Museum Coordinator and Educator, invites visitors to meet the Shakers and visit the place they established as their 18th century headquarters.

From Clay to Vessel — Potter Helen Burton will demonstrate the different methods of transforming clay into functional and beautiful pieces of pottery.

Working Dogs — Visitors to the Johnson Family homestead will learn how herding breeds of farm dogs are trained and worked.

Tickets are $15 and advance ticket purchase is recommended for all programs. Family discounts are available; ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. More information can be found at the Berkshire Edge calendar, by calling (518) 720-7265, or by emailing


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Open house at BerkCirque

Great Barrington — BerkCirque, the Circus School of the Berkshires, will host an open house on Sunday, September 20 from noon until 3 p.m. at its headquarters at 115 Gas House Lane. Meet the instructors; try out a variety of circus arts such as tumbling, balancing, juggling, clowning, unicycling, aerial arts, hooping, acrobatics, and walking a tight wire; and register for fall classes.

For more information, contact BerkCirque director Jill Fleming at



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