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Clark Art Presents Thematic Tour on British Art
04:01PM / Wednesday, April 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, April 21 at 11:15 am, the Clark Art Institute presents a free In Focus tour examining how British artists and artists working in nineteenth-century Britain used realism and compelling storytelling in their art.    A Clark educator leads a thematic tour of the permanent collection, exploring how key artists depicted emotions in their figural works. Learn about groundbreaking modes of landscape painting originated by artists such as Joseph Mallord William Turner and John Constable.   Free with gallery admission. Capacity is limited. Visitors may pick up a ticket at the Clark Center Admissions desk, available on a first-come, first-served

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Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Highlights Black, Women's Teams
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08:20AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2024
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires museum this week opens an exhibit focusing on the history of Black baseball and women's baseball teams in Berkshire County.   "Not Your Ordinary Teams: The Unknown Story of Baseball in the Berkshires" opens on Friday, April 19, at the Old Town Hall, 9 Main St.   There will be an exhibit preview on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.   On Friday, the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. will feature a lecture at 6:30.   Larry Moore, the director of Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond, will moderate a discussion with guests Bryan House, a former Pittsfield Cub, and Joe Bateman, a former Minor

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Clark Art Gallery Talk With Emerging Art Historians
08:03AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, April 19, enjoy a new look at old favorites in the Clark's permanent collection.    In Fresh Takes, a Williams College graduate student shares their take on an object (or two) with the perspective of new scholarship.    Tours begin in the Museum Pavilion at noon.   No registration is required. 

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Summer Street Residents Make Case to Williamstown Planning Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:41AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Neighbors of a proposed subdivision off Summer Street last week asked the Planning Board to take a critical look at the project, which the residents say is out of scale to the neighborhood.   Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity was at Town Hall last Tuesday to present to the planners a preliminary plan to build five houses on a 1.75 acre lot currently owned by town's Affordable Housing Trust.   The subdivision includes the construction of a road from Summer Street onto the property to provide access to five new building lots of about a quarter-acre apiece.   Several residents addressed the board from the floor of the meeting to share their

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Remains of Woman Missing Since March Found in NYS
02:33PM / Tuesday, April 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The remains of a woman reported missing in March, Fae Morgana Barbone, have been found off the Taconic Crest Trail in New York State.   Barbone, 40, of Plymouth County, was reported missing just days before her car was found on March 19 at the Mount Berlin trailhead; it had been there for at least a week. Numerous searches were made on the Williamstown and New York sides of the trail by law enforcement — Williamstown's K-9 and drone were utilized — and volunteers including Berkshire Mountain Search & Rescue    The Williamstown Police Department posted the news shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday on the department's Facebook

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Local Runners Compete at Boston Marathon
09:16AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2024
BOSTON, Mass. -- Laura Stephen of Great Barrington finished 26th in the women's 60-64 age group at Monday's Boston Marathon, the top Berkshire County finisher in their division at the 128th running of the event.   Stephen crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 42 minutes, 52 seconds, 12,633rd in the overall field of more than 30,000 runners who made the trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston.   More than a dozen Berkshire County residents are listed among the finishers on the Boston Athletic Association website.   The fastest of that group was Dalton's Alex White, who finished in 2:38:34 to place 358th overall and 291st among men aged 18 to 39.   The

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Clark Art Lecture Examining Race and Idealized Image of the Wilderness
08:13AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program presents a lecture by writer Daegan Miller examining the complex history of race and the idealized image of the wilderness of the nineteenth-century Adirondacks.    The talk takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to the press release:   The wilderness often conjures images of vast, untouched-by-human expanses of forest––an idealized image of how nature should be. Yet humans have always lived in the woods, and this idealized image of nature erases its complex history. This talk returns

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Images Cinema's Inaugural Earth Week Film Festival
08:00AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema presents their inaugural Earth Week Film Festival Friday, April 19 through Thursday, April 25.    An expansion upon the long-standing Fresh Fest: A Food and Farming Film Festival, which usually ran one weekend, the Earth Week Film Festival will run a full week and engage in a variety of topics that range from regenerative agriculture, the plastic pollution, and metal extraction from the ocean floor.    The festival includes 10 films, 13 screenings, 7 with discussions with experts in their field, local farmers, activists, and more. A full list of films follows below, and can also be found at

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Tips for Managing Spring Allergies
12:08AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2024
It's happening—delicate snowdrops nodding in the breeze, maple buckets being hung (and re-hung), and the first pussy willows bursting forth from their winter cocoons.   For most people, these earliest signs of spring are welcome reminders that longer, warmer days are ahead. But, for the 81 million American adults and children with seasonal allergies, those same seasonal heralds are more of a red flag than a thing of beauty.     And, thanks to the particularly mild winter experienced in New England, the season of sneezing may be upon us a bit earlier than usual.   While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, you can take steps NOW to reduce your

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Edgerton Taking Part-Time Role at Mount Greylock
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:28PM / Monday, April 15, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is formalizing a partnership with an area leader in the field of cultural proficiency.   Pittsfield's Shirley Edgerton will join the staff at Mount Greylock Regional School for a half day per week through the end of the school year and for the foreseeable future, Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee on last week.   "We began working with Shirley Edgerton several years ago to address some specific circumstances at Mount Greylock Regional School," McCandless said. "I've known her and respected her and consider her a mentor and someone who helped me take steps forward

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Clark Art Presents Art Making Workshop
04:25PM / Friday, April 12, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As part of April School Vacation Week programming, the Clark Art Institute presents its Sprouting with Seeds Art-Making Workshop on Wednesday, April 17 from 1–3 pm.    The free workshop takes place in the Michael Conforti Pavilion, located in the Clark Center.   According to a press release:   Celebrate spring and the quickly approaching Earth Day by joining Clark educators for an art-making activity that incorporates indigenous pollinator seeds that you can take home and plant. Take care of the Berkshire bees with your seed creations that help support a resilient ecosystem and have fun with family and friends along the

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Clark Art Airs Production of 'La Rondine'
11:52AM / Friday, April 12, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of "La Rondine" airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 20 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:   Puccini's bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in

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