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Bits & Bytes: Fine woodwork show; ‘Woodland Light’ at Chesterwood; GBHS antique show; alien balloon twisting

Twenty-five antiques dealers will be spread out on the Great Barrington Historical Society’s lawns, and the expanded Book Nook will be loaded with rare magazine issues, old volumes and lots of cheap books.

Berkshire Woodworkers Guild to present fine woodwork show

Stockbridge — The Berkshire Woodworkers Guild will present a fine woodwork show Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Berkshire Botanical Garden.

The show will feature designs by professional woodworkers from throughout the Berkshires plus neighboring towns in New York and Connecticut. Throughout the weekend there will be demonstrations of various woodworking techniques including turning, sharpening, finials turning, and a sawmill demonstration that highlighting the utility and beauty of native wood. A silent auction will benefit the Berkshire Woodworkers Guild Scholarship Fund, which supports young adults who seek to make woodworking, architecture and related fields their professional goal. Sky View Farm will be onsite with farm-raised pork sausages and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for Garden members. For more information, contact Berkshire Botanical Garden at (413) 298-3926 or


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‘Woodland Light’ photo exhibit to celebrate Chesterwood

‘Chesterwood Fern and Tree.’ Photo: Margaret Moulton

Stockbridge — Chesterwood continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a photography exhibition by artist, photojournalist and educator Margaret Moulton. An opening reception will take place Thursday, July 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Chesterwood’s Woodland Gallery.

Moulton explored the woods at Chesterwood as an artist-in-residence for 12 months. The images for “Woodland Light: Photographs of Chesterwood by Margaret Moulton” were made with a medium format camera on black and white negative film, and printed in Moulton’s own darkroom. Moulton’s photographs are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hudson River Museum and other private collections. Her work was also included in the exhibition, “Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography,” at the Museum of Modern Art.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Oct. 27. For more information, contact Chesterwood at (413) 298-3579 or


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The Book Nook at a recent Great Barrington Historical Society antique show. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Historical Society

Great Barrington Historical Society to hold annual antique show

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Historical Society will host its annual antique show and flea market Saturday, July 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Twenty-five antiques dealers will be spread out on the farmstead’s lawns, and the expanded Book Nook will be loaded with rare magazine issues, old volumes and lots of cheap books. The new Dollar Barn will be filled to the brim with treasures, each only $1. GBHS will also sell coffee and doughnuts, and David LeBeau of Sheffield will appraise attendees’ items (excluding books, coins, stamps and jewelry) for $5 per item or $10 for three items between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A silent auction will be held throughout the day with more than 70 items, including gift certificates from local merchants.

The event is free and open to the public. All appraisal proceeds will benefit GBHS. For more information, contact the Great Barrington Historical Society at (413) 591-8702 or


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Lee Library to offer alien balloon-twisting workshop

Ed the Wizard leads a recent alien balloon-twisting workshop at the Fall River Public Library. Photo courtesy Fall River Public Library

Lee — On Thursday, July 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. as part of its summer reading program, the Lee Library will welcome Ed the Wizard for a workshop in which children will learn how to twist their own balloon aliens.

After many years spent as a toolmaker and woodcarver, Ed the Wizard was introduced to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series in 1998, which led to a fascination with magic. He has been performing full-time at schools, libraries, fairs, day camps, festivals and birthday parties across the Northeast since 2006.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lee Library at (413) 243-0385 or



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