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Bits & Bytes: Independence Day at Shakespeare & Company; Terry a la Berry at Lenox Library; blood drive at Camphill Ghent

Shakespeare & Company artists and special guests from the community including U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield; Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli​, D-Lenox; and Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will read the Declaration of Independence as part of Shakespeare & Company's Fourth of July celebration.

Shakespeare & Company to hold Fourth of July celebration

Lenox — Shakespeare & Company will host its annual Fourth of July community celebration “We Hold These Truths” Wednesday, July 4, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

The event will feature ongoing activities for the whole family including a children’s crafts table, face painting and a photo booth. The Amy Ryan Band will return to perform its unique mix of country, rock and blues. Company artists and special guests from the community including U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield; Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli​, D-Lenox; and Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will read the Declaration of Independence beginning at 3 p.m. Shakespeare & Company artistic director Allyn Burrows will present a rousing reading of the Gettysburg Address. Food will be available for purchase on site from Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine.  For more information, contact Shakespeare & Company at (413) 637-3353.

–E.E.

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Erin Laundry, Terry A La Berry and Tish Merwin. Photo courtesy Terry a La Berry and Friends

Terry A La Berry to promote summer reading

Lenox — Terry A La Berry and Friends will celebrate summer reading by performing each Tuesday at 11 a.m. through Aug. 21 in the Roche Reading Park next to the Lenox Library.

Terry A La Berry has been performing for children for more than 30 years. As the long-time drummer for Arlo Guthrie, he appears on many of Guthrie’s recordings including the Grammy Award-nominated “Grow Big.” He has recorded with numerous other artists including Pete Seeger. He has sung for children and their families at venues including the White House, the Museum of Natural History, the Goodwill Games, the Florida State Fair and several PBS children’s specials.

The summer reading program will end Tuesday, Aug. 21, with an ice cream social to be held after the concert. For more information, contact the Lenox Library at (413) 637-0197.

–E.E.

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Camphill Ghent to host blood drive

Chatham, N.Y. — Camphill Ghent is seeking donors for its first community blood drive to be held Monday, July 2, from 1 to 6 p.m. Prospective donors are asked to contact the American Red Cross directly at (800) 733-2767 to schedule an appointment to donate blood during the drive.

According to Camphill Ghent executive director Onat Sanchez-Schwartz, volunteers are needed to sign people in, help with refreshments and keep the event running smoothly. “It’s going to be a fun day of activity for a great cause and we are hoping for a strong community turnout,” said Sanchez-Schwartz. Volunteers interested in helping out on the day of the blood drive are encouraged to contact Camphill Ghent at (518) 392-2760.

–E.E.

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