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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
11:00AM / Friday, April 12, 2024

Monday, April 15, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Senior Golf Series Returns in September
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10:26AM / Friday, April 12, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Fall Senior Golf series returns in September with events on five consecutive Wednesdays starting Sept. 18.   It is the 22nd year of the series, which is a fund-raiser for junior golf in the county, and it is open to players aged 50 and up.   The series will feature two divisions for each event based on the combined ages of the playing partners.   Golfers play from the white tees (or equivalent) with participants 70 and over or who have a handicap of more than 9 able to play from the forward tees.   Gross and net prices will be available in each division.   The cost is $55 per event and includes a round of golf, food and

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Williamstown Charter Proposal Sparks Concern over 'Separation of Powers'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:30AM / Friday, April 12, 2024
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board and Planning Board this week clashed over a proposal that would add to the town charter a mechanism to ensure compliance with the foundation of town government.   The Select Board on Monday night finalized the warrant for the annual town meeting.   Most of the 42 articles on the agenda for the Thursday, May 23, meeting were recommended by the Select Board for passage with little or no comment. The primary exception was Article 32, one of five articles to result from deliberations of the Charter Review Committee.   The review committee spent about a year and a half reviewing the 68-year-old charter, which has not received a

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Clark Art Screens 'Berlin: Symphony of a Great City'
08:16AM / Thursday, April 11, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, April 11, the Clark Art Institute kicks off its three-part film series exploring lyrical depictions of cities in films that resonate with the Paper Cities exhibition.    The Clark shows "Berlin: Symphony of a Great City" at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   This emblematic "city symphony" film is structured to follow the life of Berlin and its inhabitants across the course of a single day, from dawn to dusk, to create “a symphonic film with the thousandfold energies that make up the life of a great city,” as described by the director,

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Clark Art Presents Films From Saodat Ismailova
08:13AM / Thursday, April 11, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, April 18 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute shows two films from director Saodat Ismailova, "ARAL: Fishing in an Invisible Sea" and "The Haunted."   According to a press release:   Journeying across natural, mythological, and sacred spaces, Ismailova's films mark cinematic time through Central Asian songs of everyday survival. The free screenings take place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   Ismailova's first feature-length film, "ARAL: Fishing in an Invisible Sea" (2004, 52 minutes) follows three generations of fishermen living near the Aral Sea, the site of a

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Clark Art Invites People With Dementia and Their Caregivers
08:03AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Monday, April 15 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, please call the Education Department Coordinator at 413 458 0563; accompanying care-partners must also register.    

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Clark Art April School Vacation Week Kids Activities
08:00AM / Wednesday, April 10, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, the Clark Art Institute offers children and families fun activities and opportunities to see great art as part of April School Vacation Week.    Visitors can pick up a set of Looking Carefully Cards, drawing pads, and complimentary colored pencils at the Clark Center Admissions desk to use while exploring the galleries and the grounds. Museumgoers are also encouraged to stop by the Clark's postcard station on the lower level of the Museum Building. Create a unique postcard to send to a friend, drop it in the Clark's post box, and the Clark will stamp and mail it.   Special April School

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Williamstown Board Votes to Remove Town Flag From Meeting Room
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:26PM / Tuesday, April 09, 2024

There are two versions of the town flag; one in Town Hall and the other in the Hall of Flags at the State House. The 1753 House in Field Park is a recreation built for the town's bicentennial in 1965. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board has agreed to remove the town flag a year after town meeting established a bylaw restricting the use of flags on public property.   The town flag has been prominently displayed behind the table in the Select Board meeting room for some time. Its three mountains, the Mount Greylock tower and fall foliage haven't caused any issues — it's the image of the 1753 House sitting in the middle.    The board voted

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African American Genealogy Subject of WCMA Lecture
11:19AM / Tuesday, April 09, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dr. Kendra Field will present a talk titled "The Stories We Tell: Understanding the Long History of African American Genealogy" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Williams College Museum of Art.   The lecture, in conjunction with the current exhibition "Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation," will explore the long history of African American genealogy from the Middle Passage to the present, drawing upon stories and experiences within Field's own family history.    Field will touch upon the diversity of methods employed by historians and genealogists; descendants' often uneven access to the familial

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Community Contra Dance in Williamstown
08:00AM / Tuesday, April 09, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — North Berkshire Community Dance will hold its monthly contra dance on Saturday, April 13, with live music by "Spare Parts", and calling (teaching) by Jonathan Greene.    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 easy and highly collaborative dance form.  All are welcome.  Come alone,

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Mountain Bike Club Wheels Out Vision for Trail Network
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:50AM / Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Bill McEwen, representing mountain biking club Purple Valley explains the plans to the Select Board on Monday night.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local group of mountain bikers is looking to build a trail network within and beyond Williamstown.    Bill McEwen, representing Purple Valley chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, said about 9 to 10 million Americans are involved in the sport and that competitive clubs have sprung up at colleges and high schools.     "We have a club at Williams College, and there's lots of activity in the region," he told the Select Board on Monday. "Over the last few years, there have been

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Lecture on the History of the Williamstown Public Library
10:23AM / Monday, April 08, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The first in a series of lectures celebrating the 150th anniversary of Williamstown's public library will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the Milne Public Library, 1095 Main Street in Williamstown.     Dustin Griffin will give a talk on "The History of the Williamstown Public Library" from its beginnings in a corner of a general store on Water Street in 1874, through a move to the Botsford House on Main Street in 1941, and the complex real estate deal that made it possible to move in 1996 to its present location, where it became known as the Milne Library.   Dustin Griffin is well-known to Williamstown audiences

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