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The winning design in Berkshire Botanical Garden's Center House entry garden design competition, submitted by a team of students from the University of Tennessee Knoxville School of Landscape Architecture. Image courtesy Berkshire Botanical Garden

BRIEFS: BBG landscape design winners; Great Barrington Arts Market; Larkin records complete Jane Austen novels; Instacart enters Berkshires; ‘Tri-County Mixer’

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By Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 Life In the Berkshires 1

Berkshire Botanical Garden announces landscape design competition winners

Stockbridge — Berkshire Botanical Garden has announced the winners of its Center House entry-garden design competition, which was open to individuals and teams consisting of students enrolled in accredited landscape architecture schools and judged by a five-member jury made up of independent designers, horticulturalists and landscape architects.

The winners were announced Dec. 1 at the Center House grand opening celebration. The winning design was submitted by the team of Daniel Rose, Sarah Newton, Alexa Macri, and Fern Turpin from the University of Tennessee Knoxville School of Landscape Architecture. Second place was awarded to Harry Wan Fung Lee, Adam Kai Chi Ng and Anson Ting Fung Wong of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; third place went to Dylan Anslow, Colin Chadderton, Kira Clingen and Jonathan Kuhr, also of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and an honorable mention was awarded to Zichen Liu and Jingyi (Jessy) Qiu of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

BBG launched the competition in March 2017 to seek innovative proposals that would complement the design of its newly restored and expanded Center House and surrounding established garden areas. The approximately 4,000-square-foot entry garden is expected to be unveiled May 6, 2018, at BBG’s season opening.


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Shoppers peruse a recent holiday-themed Great Barrington Arts Market event. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Arts Market

Great Barrington Arts Market (GBAM) to hold Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Arts Market will hold its Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saint James Place. A preview party for the event will take place Friday, Dec. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Lucky 5 performing at a recent holiday-themed Great Barrington Arts Market. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Arts Market

The Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market is a holiday sale that will feature handmade and delicious giftable treats from Berkshire-area artisans and producers. The preview party will include live music from the Lucky 5, drinks and light hors d’oeuvres, and shoppers can enjoy a first look at handmade gifts such as ceramics, textiles, jewelry, woodwork and paper products, and first tastes of locally crafted treats including handmade chocolates, local wines and cordials, shrubs, coffee, salts and sweets. To encourage shoppers to make a night of it, Great Barrington restaurants including Allium Restaurant and Bar, Bizen, Baba Louie’s, 20 Railroad Public House and Prairie Whale will offer a 10 percent discount to groups with preview party tickets.

Admission to the market is free and tickets to the preview party are $10 at the door. For a list of participating crafters, see the Berkshire Edge calendar. For more information or to reserve preview party tickets contact gbartsmarket@gmail.com.


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Alison Larkin records ‘The Complete Novels of Jane Austen’

Alison Larkin. Photo: Sabine Vollmer von Falken

Stockbridge — The first-ever audiobook of “The Complete Novels of Jane Austen” has been read and recorded by award-winning narrator and Berkshire resident Alison Larkin. Recorded in her studio over a period of four years, all 81 hours are now available for purchase via download or CD.

‘The Compete Novels of Jane Austen” brings together Larkin’s critically acclaimed narrations of Austen’s six completed novels in the very first single-narrator recording. On Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., Larkin will join Austen’s great-niece, Caroline Jane Knight, live on Facebook for a Jane Austen birthday tea to chat about all things Austen, including Knight’s audiobook “Jane and Me: My Austen Heritage,” also narrated by Larkin. Over celebratory tea for which a worldwide audience is expected, book teasers will be shared, backstories revealed and chances given to win an Austen Heritage gift basket full of “money can’t buy” goodies from Austen’s family.

For every download of any Austen title purchased directly from alisonlarkinpresents.com, $5 will be donated to the Literacy Network of South Berkshire via the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation for which Larkin serves as U.S. ambassador.


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Instacart grocery service to expand to Berkshires

Springfield — Instacart grocery delivery service will now give Berkshire residents access to same-day grocery delivery. Instacart is the nation’s largest on-demand grocery delivery service and will launch in the Berkshires via local stores such as Price Chopper/Market 32, Big Y, Price Rite, CVS and Petco.

The delivery area will cover over 39,000 households by expanding income-earning opportunities with plans to bring on more than 100 new shoppers. New areas of service include the towns of Pittsfield, Lanesborough, Washington, Richmond, Hancock, Lenox, Stockbridge, Lee, Adams, Cheshire, Peru, Middlefield, Hinsdale, Dalton, New Ashford, West Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Monterey, Alford, New Marlborough, Egremont, Sandisfield, Mount Washington, Sheffield, Becket, Tyringham and Otis.


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Area chambers of commerce to hold ‘Tri-County Mixer’

Catskill, N.Y. — The Greene County, Columbia County, Rhinebeck Area and Red Hook chambers of Commerce will partner with Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts to bring members of all four organizations together for a first-ever Tri-County Mixer Monday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

According to Lumberyard executive and artistic director Adrienne Willis, “The Tri-County Mixer will also give leaders in the business community the opportunity to see firsthand the transformative vision we have to site a world-class performing arts center here in Catskill, and learn more about the investments that are already being made in the community.”

The event will include a tour of Lumberyard’s new facility followed by hors d’oeuvres, beverages and mingling. The cost is $35 for the general public and free for members of the aforementioned chambers of commerce. Registration is required. For more information, contact Lumberyard at (212) 587-3003.


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