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Clark Art Invites People With Dementia and their Caregivers
08:00AM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Monday, May 20 at 1 pm in the permanent collection galleries, the Clark Art Institute presents Meet Me at the Clark.    This free gallery talk program is designed specifically for people living with dementia and their care-partners.   On select Mondays, when the museum is closed to the general public, specially trained educators guide open-ended conversations about art and how it celebrates our shared humanity   Free. Advance registration required; capacity is limited. To register, call the Education Department Coordinator at 413 458 0563; accompanying care-partners must also register.  

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Williamstown Officials Mull ARPA Funds to Address School Race Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:38AM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday will consider considered dedicating some of the town's remaining ARPA funds to address an emergency situation in the local public schools.   Randal Fippinger brought the idea to the board in response to detailed testimony on racist incidents at Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional School that were raised both to the town's diversity committee and the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.   Last week, the School Committee was asked to form a task force to address the issue and to bring in an outside consultant to advise the district on how to properly train its staff and, going forward,

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No One Reported Injured After Car Strikes House in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:21PM / Wednesday, May 15, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — No injuries were reported Wednesday after a car drove into a house at 1033 Simonds Road (Route 7).   Williamstown Police and Fire and Northern Berkshire EMS were at the scene at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday cleaning up and waiting for a wrecker to remove the vehicle.   The lone occupant of the car, the driver, had been evaluated and refused transport to the hospital, officials said.   Wednesday's rain may have contributed to the accident.   Tire tracks were visible on the property to the south leading up to the car, a light gray sedan that hit the structure directly below a "No Trespassing" sign.   Williamstown Police are

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With No Races to Decide, a Light Turnout in Williamstown Town Election
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Wednesday, May 15, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — All four candidates on the town election ballot easily won election on Tuesday in a light day of polling at the elementary school.   In a town with about 5,000 registered voters, 438 ballots were cast in an election with no contested races, a turnout rate of about 8.6 percent.   Incumbent Select Board member Jeffrey Johnson received 408 votes for a second three-year term on the body.   Anna Halpin-Healy was returned to the library board of trustees for another three years with 419 votes.   Laila Boucher was re-elected for another three years as one of the town's two representatives on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School

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Clark Art Concert By Zarabanda Variations
08:01AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, May 19 at 4 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents a performance by visionary classical group Zarabanda Variations and the American Modern Opera Company.    The concert takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Led by violinist Keir GoGwilt, Zarabanda Variations is a group of composers, improvisers, and performers inspired by the musical histories of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century New Spain. The?zarabanda?is a dance with possibly Spanish, American, and Arab origins, which eventually transformed into a courtly European Baroque dance.?This performance?sounds

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Clark Art, Mass MoCA Partner with NBCC for Summer Art Club
04:00PM / Tuesday, May 14, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In partnership with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the Clark Art Institute and MASS MoCA offer a free weekly artmaking club on Tuesdays from May 7 through Aug. 27, 2024 at the UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, North Adams.   The drop-in art club sessions take place from 3:30–4:30 pm.   Designed for children ages 8-19, Art Club was created by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) in 2022. The Art Club is designed to provide children with free after-school and summertime activities.   Snacks and supplies are provided. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Program facilitators are not responsible for

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Mount Greylock Regional School presents 'Lights Off'
03:41PM / Tuesday, May 14, 2024

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Mount Greylock Regional School presents "Lights Off" in the school’s auditorium at 1781 Cold Spring Road in Williamstown.

Performances are May 16–18 at 7 p.m.

According to a press release:

When stately Phipps Manor, in the sleepy backwater of Phippsfordshire, is rocked by scandal and murder, the local constabulary must rise to the occasion. But can they match the genius of the resident celebrity detective? A sendup of Agatha Christie–style mysteries, this original whodunit features a parade of characters sure to please mystery lovers: a wealthy patriarch, suspect family members, colorful servant staff and insufferably cocksure detectives. A

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CIAO Berkshire County Hall of Fame Inducts 10
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08:59AM / Monday, May 13, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. –  The CIAO Soccer Hall of Fame induction and scholarship banquet and presentations were held on Thursday, May 9, at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.   The 2024 inductees were honored and 21 scholarships of $1,000 each were presented.   Committee Chairmen Al Belanger and Patrick West introduced inductees and scholarship winners at the event. The nomination committee included, in addition to Belanger and West, Chris Dumas and Richard Asher. Sheila Lussier led the banquet committee.   The inductees are Katie Bradley (Pittsfield High), Sam Dils (Mount Greylock), Tom Hazen (Wahconah), Peter Larkin (St. Joseph), Harry Rich (Pittsfield),

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'The Roof is Caving In;' Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Details of Bias Incidents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:40AM / Monday, May 13, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Several parents in the Mount Greylock Regional School District on Thursday detailed disturbing racist incidents in the schools at a meeting of the School Committee.   And they had clear demands for how the body can take steps to address the problem.   "My ask is that an emergency task force be assembled," Williamstown Elementary School parent Bonney Hartley told the body. "I'm stating my willingness to serve on such a task force. The task force can guide the second ask, relating to staffing a qualified DEIB consultant not affiliated with the district to review existing policies and make implementation recommendations, including

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Clark Art Exhibit Explores Imperialism, Lost History of South America
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Sunday, May 12, 2024

A close-up of Kathia St. Hilaire's 'Mamita Yunai,' the aftermath of the massacre of striking United Fruit Co. workers by Colombian soldiers. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's newest exhibition "Invisible Empires" will run through Sept. 22 in the galleries of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill.    Artist Kathia St. Hilaire uses mixed mediums, including printmaking, painting, collage, and weaving, to explore the lost Haitian history and culture she has heard as tales told by her parents and investigates how imperialism persists today in subtler forms.    In her work, St. Hilaire uses various materials, including

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Clark Art: Call For Community Artists
08:50AM / Sunday, May 12, 2024

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute seeks local emerging artists to facilitate a collaborative mural activity as part of its summer art-making program, Guided by Glass: Weekly Drop-In Art-Making.

Artists have the opportunity to develop mural designs and facilitate collective mural-making with the public. On Thursdays in July and August between 1 and 4 pm, museum visitors are invited to join the artist to create temporary murals on the Clark's Fernandez Terrace in celebration of summer exhibition, Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum.

According to a press release:

On view July 4 through October 27 in the Clark's Michael Conforti Pavilion and drawn

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Hoffmann Bird Club Field Trips: South Stream Road
11:15AM / Friday, May 10, 2024
POWNAL, Vt. — On Wednesday May 15, join the Hoffmann Bird Club at South Stream Road.    The walk starts at 6:45 am.   Scope out waterfowl and bullfrogs at South Stream Pond.  Stroll wooded paths  searching for warblers and flycatchers.     This trip is a great warbler tune-up before  the Century Run trip.     The birding takes place along a possibly muddy and grassy road that skirts the pond, surrounded by deciduous trees.    Meet at the Williamstown  Public Library, 1095 Main Street at the intersection of Routes 2 and 7.   There will be a carpool or caravan to the site from the

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