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Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust Hears Objections to Summer Street Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Wednesday, April 24, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Neighbors concerned about a proposed subdivision off Summer Street last week raised the specter of a lawsuit against the town and/or Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.   "If I'm not mistaken, I think this is kind of a new thing for Williamstown, an affordable housing subdivision of this size that's plunked down in the middle, or the midst of houses in a mature neighborhood," Summer Street resident Christopher Bolton told the Affordable Housing Trust board, reading from a prepared statement, last Wednesday. "I think all of us, the Trust, Habitat, the community, have a vested interest in giving this project the best chance of

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Clark Art Presents Herblore
08:09AM / Wednesday, April 24, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, April 27 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents Herblore, an ancestral plant storytelling event.    Practicing herbalists Brooke Bridges, Twink Williams Burns, and Rebecca Guanzon share intimate stories about their relationships with the land and their ancestors. The event takes place at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill.   Although Bridges, Burns, and Guanzon come from different backgrounds and grew up across the country, the ancestral homelands of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans and the plants that grow in the Berkshires are key to their herbal journeys and healing pathways. Attendees are invited to gather around a bonfire and sip

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Clark Art Gallery Tour Celebrating Public Library
08:01AM / Tuesday, April 23, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a gallery tour exploring works of art made in 1874.    The first Impressionist exhibition in Paris took place in 1874; that same, significant year, the Williamstown Public Library was founded. Led by art historian Jock Brooks, the gallery tour is presented as part of the Williamstown Public Library's 150th anniversary celebration. The tour meets in the Clark's Museum Pavilion.   Free with gallery admission. Capacity is limited. Visitors may pick up a ticket at the Clark Center Admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Williamstown Housing Trust Commits $80K to Support Cable Mills Phase 3
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:40AM / Tuesday, April 23, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust last week agreed in principle to commit $80,000 more in town funds to support the third phase of the Cable Mills housing development on Water Street.   Developer David Traggorth asked the trustees to make the contribution from its coffers to help unlock an additional $5.4 million in state funds for the planned 54-unit apartment building at the south end of the Cable Mills site.   In 2022, the annual town meeting approved a $400,000 outlay of Community Preservation Act funds to support the third and final phase of the Cable Mills development, which started with the restoration and conversion of the

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Clark Art Presents Book Talk With Poets
08:14AM / Monday, April 22, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, April 27 at 4 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a reading and conversation with poets Jessica Fisher and Mary Ruefle in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.    The free event is presented in celebration of their new books, "Daywork" and "The Book," respectively.   According to a press release:   Fisher's third book of poetry, "Daywork" (Milkweed Editions, 2024), takes its title from the giornata—the fresco painting term for the section of wet plaster that can be painted in a single day. Fisher is an associate professor of English at Williams College. Mary Ruefle is a

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Clark Art Fourth Tuesday Foraging Walk Series
08:19AM / Saturday, April 20, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's popular series of foraging walks returns this April.    On the fourth Tuesday of the month from April through September, naturalist and wild edibles enthusiast Arianna Alexsandra Collins guides visitors across the Clark's 140-acre campus in a one-hour talk. Each walkabout begins on the Fernández Terrace by the Clark's Reflecting Pool.   During each foraging walk, Collins discusses characteristics for proper identification of flora and fungi, as well as meal and medicinal preparation. Trailside nibbling throughout the walkabout is encouraged. Collins is an environmental education professional with twenty

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Clark Art Presents Music At the Manton Concert
04:05PM / Friday, April 19, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute kicks off its three-part Music at the Manton Concert series for the spring season with a performance by Myriam Gendron and P.G. Six on Friday, April 26 at 7 pm.    The performance takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Born in Canada, Myriam Gendron sings in both English and French. After her 2014 critically-acclaimed debut album Not So Deep as a Well, on which she put Dorothy Parker's poetry to music, Myriam Gendron returns with Ma délire – Songs of Love, Lost & Found. The bilingual double album is a modern exploration of

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Clark Art Presents 'Writing Closer: Art and Writing'
08:00AM / Friday, April 19, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, April 26 at 10:30 am, the Clark Art Institute's Manton Study Center for Works on Paper invites writers of all experience and skill levels to find inspiration in thematic selections from the Clark's collection of works on paper.    April's open writing session theme, "Art and Writing," features prints, drawings, and photographs exploring the relationship between images and text. The selection includes works with inscriptions, captions, and hand-written dedications by their artists, as well as illustrations of famous literary scenes. Whether it's poetry or prose, fiction or non-, and a story-in-progress or something

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Williams College Receives Anonymous $25M Gift to Support Projects
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06:00PM / Thursday, April 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has received a $25 million gift commitment in support of three major initiatives currently underway on campus: constructing a new museum building, developing a comprehensive plan for athletics and wellbeing facilities, and endowing the All-Grant financial aid program.    The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, say the gift reflects their desire to not only support Williams but also President Maud S. Mandel's strategic vision and plan for the college.    "This remarkably generous commitment sustains our momentum for WCMA, will be a catalyst for financial aid, and is foundational for athletics and wellness. It will

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Clark Art Presents Classical Music Concert
04:00PM / Thursday, April 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, April 21 at 4 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents a classical music performance.    Acclaimed new music ensemble Yarn/Wire plays the US premiere of "Three Lines of Flight" by composer Patrick Higgins, a multi-movement work of adventurous new classical music written for two pianos and two percussionists, featuring live electronic instruments by the composer.   Yarn/Wire is a new music quartet dedicated to the promotion of creative, meaningful live musical experiences in the US and abroad. Yarn/Wire achieves this by supporting composers and audiences through live performances, educational activities, and large-scale

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Williamstown Select Board Talks Dog Park, Short-Term Rentals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:01PM / Thursday, April 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board could be going back to the drawing board on a proposal to designate an area of the Spruces Park for off-leash dogs.   At last week's meeting, Andrew Hogeland gave his colleagues an update on a topic that has been discussed at length by the board this year.   Hogeland said he had consulted with other stakeholders in the park, specifically the Hoosic River Watershed Association, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and town Conservation Commission.   "I figured they would have some thoughts about what happens in that territory," Hogeland said. "They did. Not entirely in favor, as you might predict."   The

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Clark Art Presents Film Viewing and Discussion
08:01AM / Thursday, April 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, April 25 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents an exclusive event with Warner Friedman, a prominent artist in the Berkshires for over fifty years.    After screening the 2023 short documentary directed by Diane Crespo, "Warner Friedman: A Postmodern Journey" (Run time: 21 minutes), the artist and the filmmaker join in a conversation and Q&A session. The event takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Renowned as a contemporary landscape painter, Friedman is celebrated for his vibrant scenes framed by fences, gates, windows, and doors.

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