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| 'GOLDEN AGE OF CAROUSELS'|
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Berkshire Carousel founder Jim Shulman will introduce his audience to the ageless wonders and delights of "The Golden Age of Carousels, 1880-1930" at a Tea & Talk presented at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. During its Golden Age over 3,000 hand-carved wooden carousels were made in the U.S. Shulman will present an overview of the artistry and craftsmen in creating carousels. More than amusement rides, carousels reflect the artistic styles of master European craftsmen, many of whom came to America to create the ornate interiors of churches and synagogues. Tickets are $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended; call 413-637-3206.
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MASSACHUSETTS-NEW YORK BORDER 'WARS' IN THE 1700S
Tyringham, 10 a.m.
A Bidwell House Museum History Talk at the Tyringham Union Church features Gary Leveille explaining how for decades, starting in the early 1700s, the elusive border between what is now eastern Columbia County, N.Y., and western Berkshire County, Mass., was hotly disputed. Dutch and English settlers on both sides of the line found themselves immersed in a political and economic struggle between the colonies of New York and Massachusetts. In his presentation, Leveille explores this feud, beginning with the puzzling land acquisitions from Mohican Native Americans known as Spoor’s Grant and the Shawenon Purchase. The border dispute worsened as tenant farmers living in New York’s feudal-like system were encouraged by Massachusetts neighbors to declare allegiance with Massachusetts and become free land owners instead of just renters of their property. Admission is $15.
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