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Community Contra Dance in Williamstown
02:38PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The North Berkshire Contra Dance will hold its monthly community contra dance on Saturday, Dec. 9, with all dances taught by Andy Davis to live fiddle music by George Wilson and Selma Kaplan.     The dance will run 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Community Hall of the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. Admission is pay-as-you-can:  $12 - $20 suggested, and barter is also welcome.    According to a press release: Contra dancing is a living tradition in New England.  For hundreds of years, neighbors and friends have made their own social entertainment in this highly collaborative dance form. New dancers and

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Williamstown's Remedy Hall Helps Provide Life's Necessities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:16PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Remedy Hall has walk-in hours Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 at Williamstown's First Congregational Church. Volunteers are also available at other times by cell phone. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A new charitable organization is looking for donations of household items and help making sure those items are ready for a new home.   "This is what dignity is all about to me," Andi Bryant of Remedy Hall said. "When people get into situations where the world is heavy and they need items, but they're getting cracked dishes, or, 'Here, take this. It's missing some things,' or, 'You have to clean it.' To me, that's

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Williamstown Select Board Looks at Property Tax Relief Ideas
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:12AM / Tuesday, December 05, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board last week looked at a number of alternatives that could help the town make its property tax system a little more equitable.   The issue of how property taxes disproportionately impact lower- and moderate-income homeowners came up in the summer, when newly-elected board member Stephanie Boyd suggested using the Residential Tax Exemption to make the town's main source of revenue a less regressive tax.   The RTE, she argued, would shift more of the property tax levy onto owners of higher-valued homes and reduce the tax bills of those whose homes were assessed with a lower value.   At the time, Andrew Hogeland argued that the RTE

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Williamstown Farms Awarded State Grants
08:00AM / Monday, December 04, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fairfield Dairy Farm and Bonnie Lea Farm both received Climate Smart Agriculture Program (CSAP) grants   The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced $1.75 million in CSAP grants to 56 Massachusetts agricultural operations to implement management practices that will help them adapt to changing climate conditions and enhance their contributions to meeting the state's carbon reduction and climate change mitigation goals.    "Our farmers see the devastating impacts of climate change every day. They are seizing this opportunity to adopt cutting edge technology and the latest climate science to help lower emissions and promote

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Williams Men's Basketball Comes Back to Win at Wesleyan
07:04PM / Saturday, December 02, 2023
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Cole Prowitt Smith scored in the paint with 27 seconds left to give the Williams College men's basketball team the lead for good in a 62-60 win over Wesleyan on Saturday.   Williams trailed by 10 points with just less than nine minutes left but went on a 14-4 run to tie it, 54-54, with 3:29 on the clock.   Alex Lee scored 19 points to lead Williams, which got 12 from Nate Karren.   Williams (7-1) hosts SUNY Oneonta on Tuesday.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Arianna Gerig scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Williams to a 70-60 win over Babson.   Mairi Smith and Ellie Tounkara each scored 10 points for Williams

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Clark Art Hosts Williams College Chamber Music Gala
08:00AM / Friday, December 01, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm the Clark Art Institute hosts a concert by the Williams College Music Department.    The Chamber Music Gala presents an afternoon of chamber music. The program of piano, string, and wind chamber music showcases students performing selections from their spring semester chamber music collaborations.    This free concert takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   Free; no registration is required. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 549 0524.

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Clark Art Hosts Morningside Student Poets
04:00PM / Thursday, November 30, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Dec. 2 at noon, the Clark Art Institute hosts student poets from Morningside Community Elementary School, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who will recite their work during a celebratory reception for a student poetry project that is currently installed on the Clark's grounds. The reception is free and open to the public.    The event takes place in the Clark's Michael Conforti Pavilion.   On Nov. 27, fifty-one tree tags embroidered with lines of student poetry were placed on trees along the Clark's trails, near Analia Saban's Teaching A Cow How to Draw (2020) fence that borders the Clark's pasture, and along the trail up

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Williamstown Holiday Walk Weekend Returns Friday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:12PM / Thursday, November 30, 2023

The Holiday Walk features a variety of activities, sales and raffles.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 40th annual Holiday Walk is bigger than ever, with even more opportunities to ring in the season — in and out of Williamstown.   The three-day celebration gets underway on Friday and includes a jam–packed schedule Saturday that begins in the neighboring town of Hancock and ends in the city of North Adams.   "There's a ton going on in the region the next couple of weeks," Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Briggs said this week. "I was just on a call talking about that. Berkshire County likes to celebrate our

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Clark Art Presents 'Lawrence of Arabia'
08:00AM / Thursday, November 30, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Clark Art Institute continues its series of British films honoring the birthplace of Sir Edwin Manton during its Manton Research Center building's fiftieth anniversary.    The Clark shows "Lawrence of Arabia" at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   A colossal epic about the World War I Arab revolt, Lawrence of Arabia centers on a strange and fascinating performance from then-unknown Peter O'Toole as British officer and archaeologist T.E. Lawrence. One stunning set piece follows another: the entrance of Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) through a

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Clark Art Participates in Williamstown's Holiday Walk Weekend
04:03PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute joins in the community-wide celebration of the holidays during Williamstown's 40th Annual Holiday Walk weekend, held the first weekend in December.    The Clark kicks off the festivities on Dec. 1 with a live concert by Johnny Irion and U.S. Elevator. On Dec. 2, the Clark hosts art-making activities and horse-drawn carriage rides. The Institute's popular First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, Dec. 3. Offering free admission to the galleries and special exhibitions from 10 am–5 pm, the day also features a series of light-themed special activities from 1–4 pm, and a special production by Williamstown

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Pine Cobble School to Host Open House
12:00PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pine Cobble School will host an open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, its first such fall event in the post-pandemic era.    Open to all families, this free event gives parents and guardians a chance to tour the school's eighteen-acre, historic campus; learn about the school's curriculum, arts and sports programs, and more; meet with teachers, administrators, and current Pine Cobble families; and get any questions answered about the school. Refreshments will be available.   Pine Cobble School is an all-gender independent day school for children from early childhood through eighth grade. It is an inclusive community that

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Clark Art Lecture on Rerouting Indian Modernism
08:00AM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program presents a lecture by Rakhee Balaram (State University of New York at Albany / Clark Fellow).    In it she questions the historiography concerning Rabindranath Tagore's art to open up new questions about the historical avant-garde and its limits. This lecture looks to South America and Japan to consider the genesis of Tagore's drawings and paintings, which were exhibited in Paris in the wake of the celebrated African and Oceanic exhibition in Paris in 1930.    Balaram draws on scientific, economic and legal discourses, and both cross-cultural

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