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Kids' Cooking Class at the Clark
08:00AM / Friday, December 22, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Dec. 29 at 11 am, the Clark's kids' cooking class Kids Can Cook! returns.    Little chefs will learn cooking techniques as they whip up things from around the world, including empanadas, lasagna, and a dessert.    This event takes place in the Clark's Café 7.   This program gives children the chance to improve their skills in the kitchen and make a meal to share. A take-home goodie bag is included.   Tickets are $30 ($28 members). Early sign-ups are encouraged as this class sells out fast. For more information and to register, visit clarkart.edu/events.

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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's
01:02PM / Thursday, December 21, 2023

You once could be fined for celebrating Christmas in Massachusetts. (Massachusetts State Library)

Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's. Christmas falls on Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, and New Year's Day on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. 

Christmas is now a state holiday but it wasn't always. The General Court under the control of the Puritans outlawed the holiday in 1659.

There was too much eating, drinking, wassailing and other festiveness for the colony's righteous rulers. Even after the ban was lifted, Christmas was treated as a regular day until its popularization during the Victorian era.

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Clark Art Airs Production of 'The Magic Flute'
08:00AM / Thursday, December 21, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast production of The Magic Flute airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 12:55 pm in the latest installment of the 2023–24 season of The Met: Live in HD.    The award-winning series of live, high-definition cinema simulcasts features the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary. The Clark broadcasts the opera in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   The Met's family-friendly production of Mozart's dazzling fairy tale returns. Patrick Furrer and Gareth Morrell share conducting duties, leading a

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Williamstown's Kapiloff Purchases Waubeeka Golf Links
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:37AM / Thursday, December 21, 2023

Chris Kapiloff holds a reproduction of the 1883 deed from his family's purchase of the land where Waubeeka Golf Links now sits.    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new owner of Waubeeka Golf Links has a connection to the course that goes back decades.   Not only did Chris Kapiloff learn the game of golf at the South Williamstown facility. He also started learning the business skills that enabled him to purchase the course.   "As you may know, I grew up as a neighbor to Waubeeka Golf Links," Kapiloff said this week. "Our back yard touched the second green.   "My brother and I spent countless hours collecting golf balls from the river

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Clark Art Free For Three Program
03:42PM / Wednesday, December 20, 2023

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute will offer free admission for all visitors from January through March 2024.

In its second year, the "Free for Three" program is part of the Institute's ongoing effort to expand awareness of its programming and to welcome new visitors.  

"We want everyone in our community to feel welcome at the Clark and hope that they will take advantage of our free admission months to explore our galleries, wander our grounds, and get to know the Clark better," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. "By offering three months of free admission, our visitors will be able to discover our permanent

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Clark Art Free Gallery Yours for Parents and Infants
08:14AM / Wednesday, December 20, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Jan 5 at 10:15 am, the Clark Art Institute hosts a tour of its permanent collection galleries for new parents/caregivers and infants.    The event is free. Participants should meet at the Clark’s main Admissions desk.    In this special program, new parents and caregivers bring their infants into the galleries for a guided visit and the opportunity to socialize with other community members in a casual environment. The informal tour includes a unique look at the Clark's permanent collection, featuring an array of works by a variety of artists. Each month offers a different selection of artworks. Best suited for adults with

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Recall Provision Among Changes Contemplated for Williamstown Charter
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Tuesday, December 19, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Charter Review Committee is considering a number of proposals for changes to the existing town charter.   At its December meeting, no proposal garnered more discussion than one that, even if ultimately adopted, is likely to be rarely implemented.   "Not a lot of communities have adopted the recall," Patricia Lloyd of the Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts at Boston told the committee on Dec. 7. "This is a newer trend. We probably don't have as much information on what the exact [thresholds are]. There are very few recalls that have gone to the election in the state. There are maybe a handful at

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Berkshires Awarded Fair Share Amendment Grants
10:37AM / Monday, December 18, 2023
Berkshires Awarded Fair Share Amendment Grants    BOSTON - The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced that it is delivering a total of $100 million to the state's 351 cities and towns to support local infrastructure.    The awards come from revenue generated by the Fair Share Amendment.     In Berkshire County:   Adams: $164,272  Becket: $152,417  Cheshire: $122,439  Clarksburg: $44,745  Dalton: $120,797 Egremont: $97,200   Florida: $106,215 Great Barrington: $229,932 Hancock: $41,765  Hinsdale: $97,435 Lanesborough: $132,353 Lee: $162,458  Lenox: $154,189 Monterey: $128,942  Mount Washington

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Williamstown Library Director Retires With Laurels
By Kim McMann, iBerkshires correspondent
07:14AM / Sunday, December 17, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It won't be easy for the next director of the David & Joyce Milne Public Library to write the sequel to Pat MacLeod's tenure.    MacLeod, leaving after 25 years, has accomplished much during her tenure, having brought the library online, completed multiple phases of building remodeling, adjusting library services and collections to meet changing needs and compensating library staff with salaries that were woefully out of line with the rest of the town's.   "It was like a forgotten stepchild," she said of the library when she came on in 1998. "There were 6-inch shelving units handed down from other libraries and the

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Annual 1753 House Carol Sing
04:37PM / Saturday, December 16, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 1753 House Committee invites the community to the annual 1753 House Carol Sing at 7 pm on Thursday, Dec. 21.   The Carol Sing is a free, ecumenical event for all ages   Deborah Burns will lead the a cappella singing beside a roaring blaze in the fireplace. Hot mulled cider, donated by Provisions, and carol books will be provided. There is no heat or electricity in the 1753 House, so dress warmly and bring a light (flashlight or cell phone) to see by.   The 1753 House is a historical replica of a regulation settler's home first constructed in 1953 in celebration of Williamstown's Bicentennial by local volunteers. It's located on

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Vandalism Calls for Violence Against Israelis at Williams College
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02:14PM / Friday, December 15, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is investigating the defacement of posters calling attention to Israelis being held hostage by the Hamas terrorist group.   In a letter to the campus community on Thursday evening Williams President Maud Mandel said the graffiti was found Wednesday night at the Paresky student center and included language that, "supported violence against Israelis."   "Any defacement of posters is disrespectful, but the call for violence in this case is a breach of both college values and Williams policies," Mandel wrote. "We have removed the defaced posters and are seeking information about the individuals

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Berkshire Farms Awarded Disaster Relief Grants
08:03AM / Wednesday, December 13, 2023
BOSTON —The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced $20 million to farms impacted by several severe weather events this year.    The Natural Disaster Recovery (NDR) Program for Agriculture provides immediate assistance to 347 farmers in Western and Central Massachusetts who experienced significant crop losses due to a deep February freeze, a late May frost event, and catastrophic flooding in July.    "After seeing the devastating damage and listening to farmers who lost their livelihoods over the summer, we knew we had to do something to support the agricultural industry. That's what this funding demonstrates – it provides direct aid to farms,"

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