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Bits & Bytes: ‘CHOW’ in Hillsdale; Science Night; Dale Chihuly in Stockbridge; Happiness Toolbox summer programs; Behold! New Lebanon tours

At the Berkshire Museum the annual summer night of science, invention, and sensory fun will include activities for children of all ages.

Artist Dale Chihuly to exhibit at Schantz Galleries

Stockbridge — Glass artist Dale Chihuly will exhibit several of his works of art at Schantz Galleries Friday, July 8, through Sunday, August 28. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 8 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

With a background in interior design and architecture, sculptor Dale Chihuly has always been interested in space and light. He is globally renowned for his ambitious, site-specific architectural installations in public spaces and for his work in more than 250 museum collections. The centerpiece of the Schantz Galleries exhibit will be “Sunrise Topaz Chandelier,” a two-tiered chandelier consisting of approximately 430 amber, gold, and clear elements. In addition to blown-glass sculptures, 16 works on paper will also be included.

For more information, call Schantz Galleries at (413)-298-3044.


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‘CHOW’ food art exhibit and cooking demos

Elaine Tin Nyo, “Sour Cherry Pie,” 2015, c-print, dimensions vary.

Hillsdale, N.Y. — LABspace and HGS Home Chef will team up to present “CHOW,” a group art exhibit and food demo series. “CHOW” will open at LABspace on Thursday, July 7, with a reception for the artists to be held on Saturday, July 9, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The exhibition will run through Saturday, August 6.

Many artists are food lovers and, often, creative entertainers and chefs. “CHOW” will include the work of Jennifer Coates, who conflates paint with cooking sauces; Carl D’Alvia’s sculpture from a pasta-making machine; Steve DiBenedetto’s colored pencil drawing of a crouton bag that references ingredients used in the kitchen; Mike Geno’s oil paintings of cheeses; DG Krueger’s chocolate-dipped Polaroids; Tracy Miller’s painted scenes scenes of cake-laden tabletops; documentation of the raising, creating, and sharing of food by Elaine Tin Nyo; Michelle Segre’s bread sculptures; and Mie Yim’s pastel drawings of food on paint chips. Several of the artists will offer cooking demonstrations and/or lectures during the month-long exhibit.

For more information, contact LABspace at (646) 567-9681.


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Berkshire Museum to present Science Night

Imagination Playground
Imagination Playground™

Pittsfield – The Berkshire Museum will present Science Night on Friday, July 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the community.

The annual summer night of science, invention, and sensory fun will include activities for children of all ages. Outdoors on the Museum’s front lawn, families will make giant bubble sculptures, and the highlight of the evening will be the new and improved “mega baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano version 2.0.” Inside the Museum, visitors will test their design skills with an oversized egg drop experiment and lots more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities. The Imagination Playground™, which features custom-designed, oversized foam building components that allow children to engage in unstructured, child-directed play, will also be available for use.

For more information, call the Museum at (413) 443-7171.


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Happiness Toolbox summer programs

Great Barrington — Multicultural BRIDGE will offer its Happiness Toolbox program for youth ages 5 to 13 in two sessions at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire. The first session will take place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on four consecutive Mondays: July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1. The second session will run Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Participants in the Happiness Toolbox program will discuss how happiness levels are affected by day-to-day experiences and learn how to monitor them. Topics covered in the program will include resilience, leadership skills, how to communicate with people from various backgrounds, how to use your voice, how to be prepared for the world, and how to make a difference as well as introductions to French, Spanish, and Judaism and positive psychology techniques.

The cost of the first session is $30 per day and the second session is $150 for the week. Financial assistance is available. For more information, contact the BRIDGE office at (413) 394-4029 or


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Behold! New Lebanon July 9 tours

Wyatt Erchak
Wyatt Erchak.

New Lebanon, N.Y. — Behold! New Lebanon, the living museum of contemporary rural American life, has announced its Rural Guide schedule for Saturday, July 9. The offered programs will include:

Hands To Work, Hearts To GodShaker Museum Coordinator and Educator Wyatt Erchak, invites visitors to meet the Shakers and visit the place they established as their 18th century headquarters.

Corkscrew Choo! Choo! – Take a leisurely stroll along the Wyomanoc Creek following the footprint of the once-famed Rutland Railroad with Corkscrew Rail Trail Association President Joe Ogilvie.

Community Gardening – Learn how Peter Morrill and company founded the community garden next to the Immaculate Conception Church in New Lebanon.

Hops Make the Beer – Tour artist/writer Alex Olchowski’s Spring Hill Hops, the only commercial-scale hops farm in Columbia County.

What’s In A Deer Farm? – Justin Jennings at JB Farms will inform visitors about Stephentown’s very own deer farm.

Stuffed: Make Sausage with Phoebe Young – Phoebe Young will explain what goes into a good sausage while offering a hands-on demonstration of fresh sausage-making.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended for all programs, Tickets are $10 per program with a 50% discount for ages 5-16; ages 4 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Behold! New Lebanon at (518) 720-7265 or



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