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THE OTHER SIDE: The Supremes

Born to segregated white America, it was no wonder that for so many weaned on 1950s "Father Knows Best" delusions, The Supremes, with the words of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Edward Jr. Holland, offered a far more accurate assessment of what life was really like.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: CATA launches online programs; CDC awarded tax credits; BBG welcomes Turnbull; nonprofit workshops; PPP at Salisbury Bank

Gov. Charlie Baker recently awarded the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire an allotment of the 2020 Community Investment Tax Credit Program in the amount of $150,000.

Business Briefs: Emergency loans for small businesses; Heddinger joins CATA; CHP hires Moro; Bisaccio joins Lee Bank

The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Earth People’; Farm Film Fest; the Irish Comedy Tour at the Colonial; cohousing documentary

Written and directed by John de Graaf in 2019, the film explores the concept of cohousing, an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space.

Community Access to the Arts breaks ground for new facility

Ninety percent of the workshops in the current CATA studio reached capacity, leaving little if any room for new CATA artists, and no space for artists who want to try new art forms.

Bits & Bytes: The Wailers at Infinity Hall; ‘Making Waves’ at Good Purpose Gallery; ‘Modified’ at Mason Library; spaghetti supper concert

'Making Waves' will feature work created by 13 Community Access to the Arts artists from Berkshire County Arc, Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, and Columbia County Arc.

Arts, relationships can rebuild America’s social infrastructure

In a letter to the editor, Anita Walker writes, "The arts and culture are the antidote to what ails us as a nation. In fact, they can both prevent and cure."

Bits & Bytes: OLLI University Day; CATA in North County; ‘Why Do Birds Sing?’; Pittsfield Photo Challenge

Tom Stephenson, author of “The Warbler Guide” and several birding apps, will present an overview of the kinds of vocalizations that birds make, how they are acquired and how the song-learning process unfolds.

Great Barrington prepares to celebrate its new cultural district

When the idea of a cultural council was first floated early this year, town officials emphasized that applying for the designation will cost the town nothing and that anyone whose property is included in a cultural district will face no additional limitations on the use of that property. 

Bits & Bytes: Community at Bat; Dalton Appalachian Trail Community celebration; Michaelmas festival; courthouse art exhibit; CoA luncheon

Dalton will host a celebration of one year as an Appalachian Trail CommunitySaturday, Sept. 29, with guided hikes and a community gathering at the Kay Wood Shelter just off the trail.

Bits & Bytes: Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Mahaiwe; First Fridays Artswalk; ‘Louisa May Alcott and Concord’s Literary Luminaries’; waste oil & paint...

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host Community Access to the Arts’ annual art show, “I Am a Part of Art,” featuring a collection of paintings and drawings by artists with disabilities during the month of July.

‘Below the radar and above the shops’: Great Barrington’s upstairs economy

"We all love living here and want to be able to work downtown, go downstairs and get coffee and go across the street and get food. I like to go next door to buy my clothing." -- Asa Hardcastle, whose Tonic 5 software development company is on the floor above Tom’s Toys on Main Street

Bits & Bytes: Daniel’s Art Party; CATA art book; ‘Battle of the Bartenders’; Voodoo Orchestra at Club Helsinki Hudson; ‘Backdoor Poetry’ art exhibit

The book "You Can't Replace Yourself” draws from 25 years of poems, paintings and drawings created in Community Access to the Arts' weekly arts workshops.

Business Briefs: Restoration grant for Shays’ Rebellion monument; Davis joins Mill Renaissance LLC; Red Lion Inn artist residency; Cultural Facilities Fund grant for CATA;...

Davis will report directly to principal developer Jeffrey N. Cohen on projects including a $70 million revitalization of the historic Eagle Mill in Lee and the revitalization of the Spinning Mill, a 225,000-square-foot mill in Adams.

Bits & Bytes: ‘CATASFACTION’; BBG plant sale; ‘Spelling Bee’ at BCC; BerkChique! benefit sale

Plants-and-Answers will include experts from Berkshire Botanical Garden’s staff and plant professionals who will answer design questions and provide practical advice on growing and caring for plants.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires

Liana Toscanini described the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires as a “chamber of commerce for nonprofits.”
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