TurnPark Art Space hosts Boston Symphony Orchestra's Victor Romanul on electric violin as LUNAMOR, Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. with digital projections by Joe Wheaton. Images courtesy TurnPark

Bits & Bytes: LUNAMOR at TurnPark; readings at Dewey Hall; concert at Saint James Place; healthcare decision making; Lime Rock Park Historic Festival

Fairview Hospital will host a panel of healthcare and legal experts to discuss Making Your Healthcare Wishes Known on Thursday, Sept. 2.

TurnPark to host electric violin concert by BSO’s Romanul, projections by Joe Wheaton

WEST STOCKBRIDGETurnPark Art Space will present longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra member Victor Romanul in a performance of music for solo electric violin as LUNAMOR, Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. The program will feature digital projections by Joe Wheaton.

A violinist who has been performing professionally since the age of seven, Romanul has been intrigued by the possibility of amplified playing since his youth, but didn’t realize his dream of owning his own electric violin until two years ago.

Mixing recognizable imagery with abstraction, Joe Wheaton draws inspiration from optical art, Greek antiquities, nature, historic scientific instruments, NASA, and even food. Mixing to LUNAMOR live, Wheaton hopes to reframe the sounds of the electric violin, introducing new realms and providing a context that will add another prism for the viewer to perceive the sound.


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Dewey Hall presents an evening of readings by three authors

Image courtesy Dewey Hall

SHEFFIELD — Dewey Hall will present an evening of readings by authors Laura Didyk, Kristen Hewitt, and Nina Peck on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. The writers will read selected works and answer questions about their process and inspirations. This is the final installment in Dewey’s summer author reading series organized by Kateri Kosek.

About the authors:

Laura Didyk, a self-employed writer, editor, and illustrator, has been living and teaching in the Berkshires for more than a decade. She founded a local chapter of Shut Up & Write, and has been leading virtual writing-practice groups since March 2020. Her work has been published in Diagram, Fence, No Token, Nelle, and The Sun, among others, and she has been a resident at Yaddo, MacDowell, and VCCA.

Kristen Hewitt has an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. Her work has been published in Orion magazine, Terrain.org, Whitefish Review, and Kestrel, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She’s been an editor at Orion and the Maine Review, and is currently an editor for Princeton Architectural Press. She lives in the Berkshires and is the editor of the two collections Vicious Nonsense and Voices of Change.

Nina Pick is the author of a poetry book, “At the Edge of the Dirac Sea”; two chapbooks, “À Luz “and “Leaving the Lecture on Dance”; and a children’s book, “Tall Oak and Small Owl” (forthcoming from Wynstones Press); and is the editor of The Gardener Says. Her poems have appeared in publications including To Learn the Future from the Scottish Poetry Library and various Dark Mountain anthologies. She lives in the Berkshires, is an oral historian with the Yiddish Book Center, and has a private practice in Integrative Spiritual Counseling, focusing on dreamwork, embodiment, and intergenerational healing.


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Cellist Ivan Trabka, pianist Scott Bailey to perform Bach and Beethoven at Saint James Place

GREAT BARRINGTON — Cellist Ivan Trabka and pianist Scott Bailey will perform a concert of Bach and Beethoven at Saint James Place on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. This event is free, but a donation of $15 is requested.

The program will include the music of Paganini, Vieuxtemps, Wienawski, Sauret, Ysaÿe, and Bach. Featured chamber music pieces include Bach Suite No.2 in D minor and Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano Op.69 No.3 in A major.


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Free program on healthcare decision making at Fairview Hospital

Fairview Hospital. Photo courtesy Berkshire Health Systems

GREAT BARRINGTON — Fairview Hospital’s Ethics Committee will host a special panel to address the topic of healthcare decision making. Healthcare and legal experts will discuss Making Your Healthcare Wishes Known on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at Fairview Hospital. The program will take place outdoors under a tent next to the Doctor’s Office Building adjacent to the hospital, at 29 Lewis Ave. in Great Barrington.

Having health care conversations and making healthcare decisions before they are needed help individuals maintain control and have their wishes honored. The discussion will focus on contemplating decision making and helping instill control ahead of time.

Topics included in the program are: Healthcare proxy rules and the importance of advance directives, MOLST and POLST orders, maintaining control at the end of life, obligations of local emergency medical technicians and ambulances when 911 is called, and emergency room and healthcare decision making tips. Panelists participating include: Eric Bush, MD (East Mountain Medical), Paula Almgren, Esq. (Almgren Law Group), Marsha Moquin, LICSW (case manager, Fairview Hospital), Steven Tracy, MD (emergency room, Fairview Hospital), and Meredyth Cooper (Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Quad).

Pre-registration, social distancing, and masks are required. Please contact Jennifer Knysh at 413-854-9638 to reserve. Parking is available in the main parking area at Fairview Hospital.


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Sunday in The Park at Lime Rock to be sponsored by Porsche

Photo courtesy Lime Rock Park

LAKEVILLE, Conn.Lime Rock Park has announced a new partnership with Porsche Cars North America, which has signed on to sponsor the 2021 Sunday in The Park as part of the 39th annual Historic Festival. This year’s festival will run Thursday, Sept. 2–Monday, Sept. 6.

Staged between two days of racing at Lime Rock Park, Sunday in The Park features The Gathering of the Marques, a diverse car show that stretches the length of the entire circuit, as well as a renowned Concours event.

Porsche will have a strong presence through the weekend, including a selection of 911-based Porsche RS models from the Steven Harris collection; examples of Porsche 356, 911, and competition models; and several vintage Porsches that are competing in the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge Program.

Other cornerstones of the event include the Vintage Race Car & Sports Car Parade on Thursday, a 17-mile tour through the local towns and villages; the Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance and Gathering of the Marques, attracting nearly 1,000 vintage and historic cars and motorcycles; a swap meet and concessions all four days; and Friday practice and vintage racing on Saturday and Monday.

Click here to register for the Gathering of the Marques. To apply to participate in any part of Sunday in the Park, click here.

2021 Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 39 schedule of events:

Thursday, Sept. 2
The Vintage Race Car & Sports Car Parade is a 17-mile tour through the local towns including a stop at the Noble Horizons facility and a Housatonic crossing on the Falls Village Bridge before winding back to Lime Rock Park.

Friday, Sept. 3
The Festival kicks off with a full day of practice and qualifying. The concession stand and swap meet will be open.

Saturday, Sept. 4
The first day of racing. The concession stand and swap meet will be open.

Sunday, Sept. 5
Sunday in the Park, the Lime Rock Concours, and Gathering of the Marques brings nearly 1,000 motorcars and motorcycles to the track. Stroll the park and view rare historic and vintage cars. Food trucks and vendors will be on site. Gates open at 7 a.m. Show cars must be in place by 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day)
The final day of authentic vintage car racing. The concession stand and swap meet will be open.