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Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Newsletter: Oct. 15
11:55AM / Thursday, October 15, 2020
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October 15, 2020
News from the Chamber
Good Morning,

We have partnered with the Williamstown Board Of Health to distribute "Masks on, Williamstown" window clings.  If you have not yet received one, and would like one, please let me know and I will drop one off at your business.

iBerkshires is developing a new website - Support The Berkshires. It is a Countywide business directory encouraging all of us to shop small, support local.  Business listings are FREE, so create an account and submit your listing NOW.  The site goes live November 1.

Halloween in Williamstown...Yes, there will be trick-or-treating in Williamstown on Saturday, October 31, 5:30-7PM.  Households are asked to set up pre-packaged candy grab-and-go stations.  Trick-or-treaters need to practice social distancing, wear COVID masks (not solely Halloween masks) and stay in their "quaranteam".  Click here a complete list of guidelines.  Please note these plans are contingent on Williamstown remaining low-risk (green or gray) on the MA COVID-19 Community Data Map. If these indicators change, an announcement will be made on Thursday, October 29. There is no rain or storm date.

This week, as most weeks, there is a lot of information packed into this weekly newsletter.  Often the email will be truncated due to the length.  I would encourage you to click on the "[Message clipped]  View entire message" link at the bottom of the page.  There is wonderful information regarding open hours, take-out and curbside information, and travel guidelines, at the very end.  Read on...

Shop Small.  Support Local.  #goberkshires

Susan Briggs
Executive Director
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All of Berkshire County is GREY!!!  
Civic Involvement:
Stay involved with the Williamstown Community.  Zoom links, call-in information, and agendas are available at  
Zoning Board of Appeals, Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm

DIRE CommitteeMonday, October 19, 5:00pm

Agricultural Commission, Wednesday, October 21, 6pm

Conservation Commission, Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm
Local Announcements:
Greylock Federal Credit Union

Shop Small.  Support Local.  
Get Rewarded!  

Use your Greylock credit card locally at small businesses to get rewarded!!

Click here to learn more.
Spoon Cafe
Wednesday – Monday, 9 am – 9 pm

Williams Bookstore, Spring Street
Win This Shed
Tickets on sale thru October 26
Winner will be drawn on October 29

Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is raffling off an 8 x 10 shed to help build the next affordable home. The shed can be seen at 762 Main Street in Williamstown. 
Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the Habitat office at 61 Main Street, North Adams, suite 246 - Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon.

Prices are 1 for $10, 5 for $25, and 10 for $40. 
Cultural District - Artist Connection:
Every two weeks the Williamstown Cultural District will feature a local artist on their FaceBook page.  

This week we say hello to local painter, Tracy Baker-White! The second artist of our new series #ArtistConnection
This Week In Williamstown:

Tuesdays-Sundays, October 6 - 31, 1 pm

This month The Clark hosts a series of campus talks centered around their first outdoor art exhibit Ground/work.  Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced hike to one of the Ground/work.  Walks may involve uneven terrain - please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Participants must register in advance, practice social distancing, and wear face coverings at all times. Register online or call 413-458-0524. Rain cancels this event.

Tuesdays:  Kelly Akashi's A Device to See the World Twice
Thursdays:  Haegue Yang's Migratory DMZ Birds on Asymmetric Lens
Fridays:  Nairy Baghramian's Knee and Elbow
Saturdays:  Analia Saban's Teaching a Cow How to Draw
Sundays:  Eva LeWitt's Resin Towers
Virtual Event: Rebuild My Town
Thursday, October 15, 3pm

@SpectrumReach stands with your community and your business. Register today for their Marketing Speaker Series, where you’ll get advertising advice and inspiration so you can Rebuild. #RebuildMyTown
Outdoor Trivia
Thursday, October 15, 7-9 pm

A safe social distanced night out at The Log by Ramunto's. We will be providing Table Service on Patio/Alley. We encourage limited mixing households and recommend masks when not eating and drinking to ensure the safest environment. We will provide hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant wipes, and Disinfecting Peroxide Spray will be available at all times. It will be No Contact Trivia, Digital answers by email, no contact with host. We will require no more than 6 person teams, and all tables will be set up 10 ft apart. Rule sheets and instructions will be provided at each table. Scoring will be posted on a white board and then announced.
Presidential Election Discussion with James McAllister
Friday, October 16, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

The Faculty Club Board presents a virtual discussion on the 2020 Presidential Election with James McAllister, Fred Greene Third Century Professor of Political Science at Williams College. 
Please join this virtual event via Zoom.
Glow Ball Tournament
Friday, October 16, 6:30 pm

Members cost is $25. Potential members will be $45.
Includes golf balls, golf, prizes and golf cart.
Call the pro shop to enter at 458-8355.
Ever play golf in the dark?  It’s pretty neat!  We’re having a 9 hole glowball Tournament - open to members and potential members. We provide a golf ball, that when hit, it lights up!  We also have glow stix, so you know where the hole is.  Decorate your cart with glow stix!  Not sure what will happen, so, bring your flashlight!! 
Images Online
Images Online is a virtual effort by Images Cinema to continue to introduce the best new films to our community while we are temporarily closed. Films can be watched online on your at-home screens. The cost of each online “ticket” sold will be split between the film distributor and Images Cinema, so each rental will directly help the theater weather these challenging times. 
Friday, 10/9 - Thursday, 10/22

From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.

Friday, 10/16 – Thursday, 10/29

Upon learning that his mother’s cancer is advancing, Chang-rae (Justin Chon) takes a leave of absence from his job in New York and travels to San Francisco to be with his parents. Struggling to contain a deluge of unruly emotions, Chang-rae busies himself with as many nursing tasks as possible, even though his mother (Jackie Chung) insists on maintaining her independence.

Unlocking Visual Art

Session Schedule:
October 17, 11 am – 12 pm
October 24, 11 am – 12 pm
October 31, 11 am – 12 pm
November 7, 11 am – 12 pm
November 14, 11 am – 12 pm
November 21, 11 am – 12 pm

Session Details: 6 sessions over 6 weeks – each session is 1  hour in length.

Registration: $100 – $125

This weekly workshop geared toward teachers will unlock new ways to use existing visual art to inspire new ideas, support storytelling and language, and ignite imagination. From cave paintings to modern art, we will explore the lines, shadows, light, color and movement of hundreds of pieces and apply these techniques to how we communicate inside and outside the classroom.

Saturday, October 17, 7pm
Courtyard D

Tickets:  $25
Our last outdoor event of the season; come say goodbye — for now — to the concert courtyard.

A Berkshire County native and founder of the Berkshire Jazz Collective, Andy Wrba’s become a central fixture of our thriving music community up in the hills. At MASS MoCA he’ll be joined by a who’s who of Berkshire-based musicians including Todd Reynolds, Billy Keane and Tory Hanna of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Benny Kohn, and Conor Meehan.

Online Event | Art-Inspired Yoga with Emily Kamen
Tuesday, October 20, 9 am
Free.  Registration Required.

This class focuses on Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s photograph "Ya Mero" (1968). It explores anticipation, atmosphere, and relationships to the unknown.

Voting Rights, Election 2020, Colleges, Universities, and Us
Tuesday, October 20, 7- 8:30 pm
Free. Zoom Webinar link to follow.

The right to vote is a cornerstone principle for citizens in modern democracies. Historically, however, there have been challenges to this fundamental right. The history of the United States is no exception. While there have been notable advances the last several decades to mobilize voting by citizens, there has also been a marked increase in measures to suppress the votes of younger and older citizens alike. Voter suppression has detrimental ramifications in a democracy. The stakes are acute particularly in an election year.

This webinar features Presidents from four institutions representing distinct structures and student bodies: Berkshire Community College, Howard University, Rutgers University, and Williams College. It is co-hosted by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies at Williams and the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, and it invites the featured speakers to reflect on the implications of voting rights and Election 2020 for the biggest issues facing colleges and universities today. The event will contain both conversations among institutional leaders and the Presidents’ answers to questions posed by students, faculty, and staff at their respective institutions. Our goal is to generate discourses on a pressing topic and continue those discussions in our college and university communities well beyond the fall.

Virtual COVID Q & A Session for Williamstown 
Wednesday, October 21, 6 – 7 pm
FREE: Registration Required

The event will include the latest advice on travel, vaccinations, COVID and flu prevention and an interactive Q & A session with SVHC’s physicians and is one of five planned region-wide throughout the month. Attendees are encouraged to register and submit their questions in advance.

Virtual Woodchuck Wednesdays

We are not able to offer in person programs such as field trips and Woodchuck Wednesdays here at Sheep Hill. Since families enjoy the activities suggested in the spring Woodchuck Wednesdays Wherever column, Kathy Chesney will continue it for five weeks this fall.

This week's theme: exploring leaves.

Looking Ahead:
Friday, October 23, 6:30 PM–7:30 pm

Virtual Event.  Free.  Registration Required.
NONO is a meditation on how we move forward when no path seems to exist. The performance frames the violinist as a displaced wanderer in striking confrontations with surround sound electronics as well as landscape and architecture of the Clark campus. NONO was performed live at the Clark on August 21 and 22, 2020, as part of AMOC's third annual visit to the museum.
Zambezi Marimba Band - livestream
Friday, October 23, 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Nothing stops the Zambezi Marimba Band. Even in a pandemic the group has found a way to play, and a way to share their irresistibly melodious marimba music with you. The Family Weekend performance promises to be another joyous celebration. With flair and copious kinetic energy, Zambezi Marimba Band invites you will tune in and dance!

Music at the Museum presents: (re)Sounding
Saturday, Oct 24, 11am-12:30pm
Museum's Outside Courtyard

Attendees are asked to please bring their own chairs, wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth, and maintain appropriate social distance from other parties. For those who prefer not to attend in person, the performance will be live-streamed on the Museum Facebook page.

Each musical instrument in the Bennington Museum collection has its own unique story, but have remained silent for decades. McCullough, Nussbaum, and Tinkle work with the Museum’s curatorial staff to meet the instruments where they are, using their current state to generate new sounds. The exhibit explores the histories and traditional sounds of the instruments and provides opportunities to hear them brought back to life in new compositions.

Dreaming Black Trans Futures: Danez Smith (Poet) and Dean Steed (SNaP Co) 
Wednesday, October 28, 7 - 8:30 pm
Join via Zoom webinar at this link.

The Fall 2020 BFLS will be a virtual reading, presentation, and panel discussion on the topic of Black trans liberation, with poet Danez Smith and the Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, represented by Communications Lead Dean Steed.

Free and open to the public, live captioning will be provided.

Sunday, November 1, 10 am–5 pm

Admission to the galleries is free all day on the first Sunday of the month, October through May, as part of the First Sundays Free program. As timed ticketing remains in use, please register online for free tickets to attend First Sundays.
Experience the art of figure drawing in the special exhibition Lines from Life , and try your hand at complimentary drawing activities inspired by the exhibition.


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