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Lifting The Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires
12:32PM / Friday, August 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "Lifting the Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires" is currently on view at Herman Melville's Arrowhead and explores historic mourning practices, focusing primarily on the nineteenth century.    The exhibition contains objects from Berkshire County Historical Society's (BCHS) collection including an array of mourning attire, an embroidered silk mourning picture, headstones and funerary items, and ephemera. Lifting the Veil is on view through October 2021 and is free and open to the public.   "This exhibition was well into the planning phase in 2020 when COVID-19 caused us to close for the year," said Lesley Herzberg, Executive

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The Weekend Beat: Fort Mass, Anthony Anniversaries
By Gregory Fournier, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:04AM / Friday, August 20, 2021
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Siege of Fort Massachusetts

The biggest anniversary event this weekend is undoubtedly the Susan B. Anthony Celebration in Adams but the oldest is in North Adams on Saturday with the marking of the 275th anniversary of the Siege of Fort Massachusetts. 

The North Adams Historical Society is hosting the annual commemoration at 10 a.m. Saturday at its new museum space on the first floor of the Holiday Inn. The Museum of History and Science reopened in July after being closed much of last year because of the pandemic. 

Fort Massachusetts is believed to have been located on the Hoosic River somewhere near what is now Roberts Drive. Part of a line of forts built by the British to

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Ventfort Hall Presents "The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon"
09:49AM / Monday, August 16, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — "The Gibson Girl:  A Gilded Age Icon" exhibit is now on view at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum with an accompanying event to take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 as part of the ArtWeek program.     Comprehensive signage will allow visitors to view the exhibit at their own leisure.   Charles Dana Gibson, a commercial artist who was active between 1890 and 1920, created the Gibson Girl. One of Gibson's images for satirizing the social scene of the Gilded Age.    A collection of Gibson's illustrations representing some of these and other subjects will be on view.    According to a press release, the

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Pittsfield Mayor's Office To Air New Podcast and Radio Program
04:23PM / Thursday, August 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. The City of Pittsfield's Mayor's Office is pleased to announce the release of its new podcast and radio program, "Backstory – Let's Hear It" scheduled to air on 89.7 WTBR-FM Pittsfield.    The podcast is hosted by Roberta McCulloch- Dews, director of Administrative Services and Public Information Officer.   The first show is scheduled to air at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13. For now, the show will air monthly on the radio. It will also be available for download as a podcast via Apple and Google.   "In this line of work, I am privileged to meet a vast array of interesting individuals who contribute to our community in many

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Art Briefs: Music, Performances on Tap for August
04:16PM / Monday, August 02, 2021
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Barrington Stage Company, as part of its Black Voices Matter initiative, is sponsoring "Celebration of Black Voices," a free five-day festival on Pittsfield's West Side, with free events celebrating the local Black community through artistic engagement.    The festival will take place in an outdoor pavilion at the Polish Community Club, Linden and Center streets, from Wednesday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 8. Seating is limited, and reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made here.    Community involvement is a key element to this weeklong event, and there are ample opportunities for everyone to participate — from talent show to

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Schedule and Policy Changes at the Berkshire Museum
04:27PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Special hours will be in effect next week as the Berkshire Museum prepares for the Aug. 6 grand reopening of its fully-renovated second floor.    The museum will close early at 4 pm on Sunday, Aug. 1, and will remain closed to the public Monday through Thursday, Aug. 2 through 5. The Berkshire Museum reopens Friday, Aug. 6, with an all-new second floor complete with five new exhibitions.   Beginning with Member Preview Days on Aug. 2, all Berkshire Museum visitors ages two and older will once again be required to wear protective face coverings throughout their visit and will not be permitted inside the building without a mask or other suitable face

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County Cultural, Entertainment Venues Get $9M in SBA Grants
02:33PM / Monday, July 26, 2021
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The @SBAgov's SVOG program was a major piece of the #AmericanRescuePlan designed to help economic drivers bounce back. The @Hoophall was one of 33 agencies in CD-1 that received this funding which totaled over $20million. More here: https://t.co/LaWXNVEmBp pic.twitter.com/0yfjyrK560

— Rep. Richard Neal (@RepRichardNeal) July 26, 2021 NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County cultural venues were awarded more than $9 million in U.S. Small Business Administration funding to alleviate the impacts of having to close during the pandemic.   Grants ranged from $2.7 million for Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and $1.5 million for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in

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Venable Theater Renovations to be Completed for MCLA Student Return
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12:06PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Venable Theater renovations at the Massachucetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are slated to be completed before students return for the fall semester.   Students return in-person this fall and will be able to begin working immediately on the College's 2021-2022 Theatre Season.   "The changes to the theater will provide students with the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date lighting technology in the field," said Jeremy Winchester, chair of MCLA's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Since theatre is so reliant on entertainment technology, this will give our students a substantial competitive advantage as they

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Berkshire County Historical Society Annual Hike
07:46AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society will celebrate Herman Melville's birthday Aug. 1 with a hike on Monument Mountain in Great Barrington at 9 am.    The hike takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is appropriate for families. Hikers should meet at the Monument Mountain Reservation Parking lot on Route 7 and should be prepared with their own water, proper footwear, hiking gear and bug repellent.   The hike commemorates the Aug. 5, 1850, first meeting of Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. At the time, Melville was working on his greatest novel, Moby-Dick, while Hawthorne was a literary sensation having just published The Scarlett Letter. The

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Irish American Club Establishes Irish Dance School
11:53AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Irish American Club of Berkshire County, led by President Kevin Cahill, announced the opening of their new Irish dance school, Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc, under the direction of Jennifer Darby.   Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc (skoal RIN-ka BREF-nee o RORK) will offer Irish dance classes to children and adults in Pittsfield. Their mission is to provide high-quality traditional Irish dance instruction in a fun, supportive, and inclusive environment to anyone in Berkshire County.   Jennifer has achieved certification as a teacher of Irish dance with Cumann Rince Naisiunta, an open platform Irish dance organization that is

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