BITS & BYTES: Pollinator Garden; concert by Taraka; Projection of the four winters; Bousquet Mountain Festival; DJ Shaki; We are continuous; talk about Ventfort Hall; Exhibition of historical clothing


New conservation garden for pollinators

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Lenox Garden Club has created a new conservation garden in Stockbridge at the First Congregational Church. The four raised beds will have native perennials that will encourage pollinators such as bees, butterflies, insects and birds. All of these creatures are vital to the environment.

To support the goal of all community gardeners who wish to create their own pollinator gardens or add pollinators to their existing gardens, the church and library gardens are fully accessible to the community and every plant in the gardens is fully identified. . The Lenox Garden Club’s goal is for these projects to encourage and support similar efforts throughout Berkshire County.

This new project is in line with other similar themed projects undertaken by the Lenox Garden Club in recent years. These include Parsons Marsh in Lenox, Muddy Brook School in Great Barrington and Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield.


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Taraka performs a solo album Welcome to paradise lost

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – This Saturday July 30 at 8 p.m. Taraka will perform his new solo album Welcome to paradise lost in the TurnPark amphitheater. A specially curated DJ set will follow by Taraka and Mishmash. Taraka is the former singer of the legendary underground cult duo Prince Rama. A departure from the shimmering dance-pop sound of Prince Rama, Welcome to paradise lost is a primal, electrifying, dirty, and shameless celebration of boredom and disillusionment.

Tickets are available at $15 here. The TurnPark Amphitheater is located at 2 Moscow Road, West Stockbridge.


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Screening of the Holocaust film “Four Winters”

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire International Film Festival presents a screening of Four Winters Tuesday, August 2 at 4 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. After the screening, there will be a discussion with Jewish supporter Michael Stoll and director Julia Mintz.

From deep in the forests of World War II Belarus and Eastern Europe, more than 25,000 Jewish partisans fought back against the Nazis and their collaborators. Despite extraordinary odds, these determined men and women, many barely in their teens, engaged in treacherous rescue missions and acts of sabotage; blow up trains, burn down power stations and attack armed enemy headquarters. Shattering the myth of Jewish passivity, the last surviving partisans tell their stories of resistance in Four Winters, revealing a breathtaking tale of heroism and resilience.

Tickets are $18, $13 for members, available here


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Mountain Day Festival music, pleasure and gastronomy at Bousquet Mountain

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Attend Mountain Day at Bousquet Mountain on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. organized by the Mill Town Foundation. The festival celebrates outdoor sports, live music, family fun and the Berkshires’ outdoor economy.

Activities begin with the Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Summit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with moderate conservations on Berkshire’s outdoor economy, new mountain biking and cycling projects, and new initiatives celebrating recreation outdoors in the county. The Vendor’s Village, with admission ticket, will open at 1 p.m. with food trucks, beer tastings, outdoor clubs and retailers, equipment demonstrations, outdoor crafts and experiences sports training.

Other activities from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. include music by Chris Merenda, Billy Keane, Tory Hana, Greg Smith, ending with Session Americana and the headliner Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.

The festival is rain or shine. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy! A limited number of seats on the terrace will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverage options will be provided by Lift Bistropub for both indoor dining and outdoor snacks, food truck fare by BB’s Hotspot, and special beer tastings by HotPlate Brewing Co and Jack’s Abbey. Each event in the Bousquet Summer Concert Series is family friendly and caters to audiences of all ages. No outside food/drink or pets are allowed. Several free gifts will be distributed throughout the day. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, free for children 12 and under, visit


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DJ Shaki will perform at the Clark Art Institute

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – On Saturday July 30 at 3:30 p.m. the Clark Art Institute will host live music at the Lunder Center in Stone Hill with DJ Shaki. The Afternoon of Music complements Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander and is presented in collaboration with Belltower Records.

After curator Robert Wiesenberger’s keynote lecture for Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander at 2 p.m. in the Clark Auditorium, visitors are invited to stroll to the Lunder Center’s Moltz Terrace and join DJ Shaki (Rick Omonte ) for an afternoon of pan-Latin grooves on the terrace. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Omonte produced the highly acclaimed weekly concert series Shaki Presents at BAR, which ran for eight years and now appears monthly on Bridgeport community radio station WPKN 89.5fm.

Free; no registration is required. Bring your own refreshments and snacks. For more information, visit


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Premiere of We Are Continuous

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — We Are Continuous premiering at the Williamstown Theater Festival From August 2 at 7:30 p.m. to August 14 on the Nikos stage. We Are Continuous is by Harrison David Rivers and directed by Tyler Thomas. Simon and his mother, Ora, have always been close. She was his champion, his defender and his friend. But when a life-changing secret is revealed, can their bond survive?

Schedule, cast, and COVID-19 protocols are subject to change. Tickets are $65 plus a $5 fee per ticket; One must reserve


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Hugh Howard

Hugh Howard will speak at Ventfort Hall

LENOX, Mass. – Hugh Howard, a historian who has written more than a dozen books on American architecture, will speak at Ventfort Hall on Tuesday, August 2 at 4 p.m. A tea will follow his presentation.

Howard shows in Architects of an American Landscape how figures as different as Henry Hobson Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted became close friends and collaborators. In conversation with local historian Cornelia Brooke Gilder, Howard will discuss Olmstedian landscapes and Richardson’s contribution to the built environment. Their speech will be accompanied by images of notable designs by Richardson and Olmsted.

Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 per day; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as places are limited. Walk-ins accommodated according to available space. For reservation call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.


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Display of historic clothing at Ventfort Hall

LENOX, Mass. — On display until late summer at Ventfort Hall, an exhibition of women’s fashion includes 14 vintage dresses, ranging from 1850 to 1960, as well as various accessories. The exhibit was produced largely in conjunction with the Berkshire County Historical Society, located at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead in Pittsfield, MA.

Features in this exhibit include a blue and black dress from the 1890s, a cotton and lace wedding dress from 1900, a black velvet evening dress from 1927 embroidered with white flowers and leaves, a pink evening dress from the 1950, etc

The exhibit is on display throughout the mansion and is included in regular admission to the museum. Visiting hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks, during the presence, are compulsory. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.



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