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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Bits & Bytes: Frontline workers video; Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon; Olana Eye skycam

Participants will select bird observation spots such as windows, backyards or green spaces within short walking or biking distance from their homes.

Business Briefs: Toppan Printing to acquire Interprint; Good Vibrations Dinner; the Mount named top historic home; grants for Shake & Co.; Salisbury Bank promotions

The Mount has announced its inclusion in Architectural Digest’s recent feature on “12 of America’s Best Historic Homes to Visit.”

Bits & Bytes: Hudson River Skywalk grand opening; Mariken Palmboom at the Southfield Church; Bread and Roses Strike talk

The new experience connects the homes and studios of major Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church over the Hudson River and across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, offering sweeping views of the Hudson River Valley and the Catskill Mountains.

Business Briefs: Berkshire Trendsetter winners; Moulton joins Berkshire Grown; CHP welcomes Strickler; gift for GB Rotary Club; Arts Integrative Initiative

Berkshire Grown's board of trustees is pleased to announce that Margaret Moulton has assumed the role of executive director.

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show; Barb Jungr at Ancram Opera House; farm to bar fundraiser; ‘The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab’

Based on Barb Jungr and John McDaniel’s 2016 album of the same name, “Come Together: The Songs of the Beatles” is an artful reinvention of songs from the iconic Beatles catalog.

High Peaks Festival moves to Berkshires, explores ‘The French-Russian Connection’

For the ninth year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty during Close Encounters With Music's High Peaks Festival, this year being held at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood’; ‘After Dad’ at the Mahaiwe; Berkshires Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival; Thomas Jayne at the Mount;...

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art is augmenting Olana’s exhibition “Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana” by engaging young contemporary artists of Arab and Islamic descent to lead tours of the main house and exhibition at Olana.

Bits & Bytes: Blind Boys of Alabama at the Mahaiwe; Holiday Shop, Sip & Stroll; Sam Green, Kronos Quartet at MASS MoCA; student mandala...

With something for everyone, the Holiday Stroll is the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce’s largest community event, attracting a crowd of over 3,000.

Bits & Bytes: Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Mahaiwe; Ani Cordero at MASS MoCA; Saskia Laroo at Sandisfield Arts Center; artists’ studios tour;...

Singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist and Latin-American music researcher Ani Cordero cut her teeth as the touring drummer for the Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes.

Bits & Bytes: Independence Day at Shakespeare & Company; Mickalene Thomas book signing; fairy house workshop; firefly talk; new Rainbow Seniors groups; mindful eating...

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County will launch two new monthly meetings of its program serving the social and cultural needs of the county's LGBTQ senior citizens.

Bits & Bytes: ‘In Dulci Jubilo;’ the Nerd Magician; Girls Ensemble auditions; first day hike at Olana

All members of the 2017 Girls Ensemble will be invited to attend the International Schools Theatre Association conference in Atlanta in March at no cost.

Business Briefs: New board members for CHP; BTG receives grant; grant for Olana’s kitchen garden; real estate licensing course; Cross Insurance acquires second Pittsfield...

Under terms of the acquisition, Colt Insurance becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Cross Insurance and will continue to operate under the same name.

Bits & Bytes: FODfest; Naumkeag haunted house; Ian Buruma at Stockbridge Library; OxBow Road at L’Atelier Berkshires; ‘Owleen’ at Olana

Now in its twelfth year, FODfest was started by singer/songwriter and producer Todd Mack started FODfest as a way to honor his friend and bandmate after Pearl was abducted and killed by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002.

Bits & Bytes: Finn Wittrock in ‘Hamlet;’ Pittsfield CityJazz Festival; Berkshire Coaching Weekend; Plein Air event at Olana; college fair at BCC; rain garden...

Most recently Finn Wittrock, who grew up in Shakespeare & Company, was seen in the Oscar-nominated film “The Big Short” opposite Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carell.

Bits & Bytes: Hevreh Ensemble at Simon’s Rock; Ace Frehley at the Colonial; GBFD open house; Julia Ain-Krupa at the Bookstore; geology hike at...

The Great Barrington Fire Department's open house will include a rope rescue demonstration and a fully simulated extrication of a patient from a motor vehicle using the Jaws of Life.

Bits & Bytes: Fabergé lecture at Ventfort Hall; ‘Black and Blue Plus Orange;’ Olana’s Skyscape Series; the Josh needs volunteers; Williams faculty in scientific...

The Josh Billings RunAground crosses five Berkshire County towns with a 27-mile bike ride; a 5-mile canoe, kayak, or paddleboard sprint; and a 6-mile run and is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Sept. 18.
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