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Bits & Bytes: ‘Fantasy on Ice’; ‘The Sound of Music’ at HVRHS; swing dancing at Dewey Hall; Maplefest at Williams

Maplefest attendees will be able to visit a working sugar house, observe the finishing and bottling of the final product, gather sap, and taste homemade syrup on pancakes and “sugar on snow.”

‘Fantasy on Ice’ to feature international ice-skating champions

Editor’s note: As of March 12, this event has been postponed to a new date yet to be determined.

Pittsfield — Pittsfield Figure Skating Club will present “Fantasy on Ice: Once Upon a Skate” Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires. The show will feature skaters ages 4 through adult, plus guest skaters Roni Zilberberg and Elizabeth Bernardini.

Zilberberg is a three-time Israeli national champion in ice dance. He represented Israel in the 2018 Winter Olympics, as well as in more than a dozen international competitions, including world figure skating championships. Bernardini started her single, freestyle skating at the age of 3. Zilberberg and Bernardini began a partnership in the fall of 2019 to pursue competitive ice dance as a new team at the international level. They are coached by Elizabeth Commerford and Sergei Sakhnovskiy.

Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, contact Tracy at


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Left to right: Alex Phillip, Aidan McCarthy, Charlotte Clulow, Simon Savoye, Lauren Sorrell, Melody Matsudaira, Dominik Valcin, Tallulah Petkov in the Housatonic Valley Regional High School production of ‘The Sound of Music.’ Photo courtesy Housatonic Musical Theatre Society

Housatonic Musical Theatre Society to present ‘The Sound of Music’

Falls Village, Conn. — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

Produced and associate-directed by Lori Belter with direction and music direction by Michael Berkeley, choreography by Amber Cameron, and drama coaching by Betsy Howie, this year’s production includes 25 students from HVRHS and the Region One elementary schools accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra.

Said Berkeley: “’The Sound of Music’ is often remembered for its extraordinary score with favorites like ‘Do-Re-Mi,’ ‘My Favorite Things’ and ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ but the underlying story is a powerful reminder of the importance of standing up for what is right. The show also provides a great history lesson, since the book is based on the true story of the von Trapp family in Austria just before the rise of Nazism.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors. Special $5 balcony tickets will be available at the door on Friday night. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society at (860) 294-4687 or


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The Lucky 5. Photo: Kip Beacco

Dewey Hall to host swing dancing with the Lucky 5

Editor’s Note: As of Thursday, March 12, this event has been cancelled.

Sheffield — Dewey Hall will host a night of swing dancing Saturday, March 14, beginning with a lesson with Emily Vail at 7:30 p.m. Dancing to live music from the Lucky 5 will begin at 8:30 p.m.

The Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions and old jazz standards, and includes Kip Beacco on guitar, Matt Downing on upright bass, Carolyn Dufraine on trombone, Jonathan Talbott on fiddle and Emily Herder on clarinet.

The cost is a sliding fee of $10–$20. Beginners are welcome, partners are not necessary and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact (413) 429-1176


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Williams College to host annual Maplefest

Editor’s note: This event has been cancelled.

Williamstown — Williams College’s Hopkins Memorial Forest, at the junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road, will host its annual Maplefest celebration Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to observe and take part in the process of producing maple syrup.

Maplefest attendees will be able to visit a working sugar house, observe the finishing and bottling of the final product, gather sap, and taste homemade syrup on pancakes and “sugar on snow.” In addition there will be demonstrations of tree tapping; old-time evaporating methods, a taste test and more.

The event is free to the public, appropriate for people of all ages and will be held regardless of the weather. For building locations on the Williams campus, consult the online map or call the Williams College Office of Communications at (413) 597-4277.



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