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HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK
North Adams, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. A Free 4 Week Series for Parents. Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 210 State Street, North Adams. This series, for parents of 1-8 year olds, offers practical, easy to implement strategies that have been proven effective in everyday parenting. Learn simple techniques that really work! Gain your child’s cooperation, set limits and maintain goodwill, use positive discipline, cope with your child’s negative feelings, express your anger without being hurtful, resolve family conflicts peacefully. Each participant will receive a copy of the book How to Talk So Kids will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish.  Light refreshments will be served. Free on-site child care and transportation are available. Call to register or for more information at 664-4821.
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CUPCAKE WARS
Pittsfield, 5:30-8 p.m.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County will hold its fourth annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road. Bakeries from throughout Berkshire County – including Linda’s Pastries; Berkshire Pathways, a Program of Viability; and Simply Sweet – will compete for the best cupcake in the following categories: Best Tasting, Best Presentation, Most Creative Use of Theme and People's Choice. The cost to attend is $35 in advance and $40 at the door and includes an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO and cupcake tasting. At the end of the evening, a dozen full-size cupcakes from each bakery will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. Tickets are available at the NAMI Berkshire County Office, 333 East St, Rm 417, Pittsfield, at Elm Street Hardware, 129 Elm St, Pittsfield or online.

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GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. Harold Ramis directs this hysterical cult classic comedy starring Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors. Click here for more information. Mahaiwe
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JAZZ VESPERS
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Jazz Vespers will be presented by Zion Lutheran Church on First Street. The Jazz Vespers ensemble includes Andy Wrba, bass; Marisa Massery, vocals; Katharine Wiencke, flute; Sturgis Cunningham, drums; and Ben Kohn, piano with additional guest appearances by local musicians. Jazz Vespers and its musicians have been featured in the Berkshire Eagle, the Berkshire Beacon, Berkshire Magazine, and other local news sources. There is never an admission fee or cover charge to attend Jazz Vespers. All free-will donations are used to directly support the Jazz Vespers ministry.

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NEW PARENTS GALLERY TALK
Williamstown, 10:15 a.m.
The Clark Art Institute warmly welcomes new parents and their infants to a New Parents Gallery Talk. The informal guided talk, designed to give parents a break from thinking about “all things baby,” is best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted.

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COMBINE + BUILD = CREATE AFTER-SCHOOL
Stockbridge, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Combine + Build = CREATE After-school, ages 5-12 Tuition: $245 Codes: YA01W18 / NCYA02W18   Want to spend some serious time sculpting, sketching, painting, printing and molding with art materials' Together we will explore the ways materials can be combined and used, from the typical to the unique. Activities will include drawing and sketching games, designing and printing out own stamps, mixing materials to make art tools, making constructions out of clay (with out visiting artist!), and building with unexpected materials. All of our activity will encourage you to try new things, assemble in different ways, and test the boundaries of your art adventure!    February 2 to April 13 (no class February 23 or March 30), 9 Meetings Fridays, 3:30-5:00PM Location: Citizen's Hall, Stockbridge Instructor: Brielle Rizzotti Visiting Artist: Jared Gelormino   February 5 to April 9 (no class February 19), 9 Meetings Mondays, 3:30-5:00PM Location: MCLA's Design Lab, North Adams Instructor: Zoey Hart Visiting Artist: Jared Gelormino
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SUNSET HIKE TO SUNSET ROCK ON THE HOOSAC RANGE
North Adams, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Take in the sunset from Sunset Rock on the Hoosac Range while sipping on hot apple cider! Friday, February 2, 4:00pm-6:00pm Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Description: Join BNRC staff to watch the sun set with hot apple cider over the city of North Adams.  1.5-mile roundtrip hike with moderate climbs to the overlook.  Bring a flashlight or headlamp for the hike down. BNRC will provide hot apple cider, but feel free to bring snacks and your choice warm drink! Please bring water, wear sturdy footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes) and bring appropriate clothing.  Directions: From Pittsfield, take Rt. 8 North.  At the Cumberland Farms, take a right onto Rt. 8A.  Take a right onto Rt. 2.  After climbing the hairpin turns, the BNRC parking lot will be on the right, immediately following the Wigwam Cabins.  Email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
The February First Fridays Artswalk will encompass almost a dozen art shows featuring more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District. Venues will reach as far south as the Berkshire Museum and as far North as Berkshire Medical Center. The Artswalk will kick off with opening receptions and artists present throughout the walk. There will be a free guided walking tour lead by Artswalk co-founder Mary McGinnis beginning at 5 p.m at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

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FORKLIFT DANCEWORKS WITH WILLIAMS COLLEGE DINING SERVICES STAFF: SERVED
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Inspired by the movement of everyday life, Forklift Danceworks creates civic spectacles with unlikely performers. Throughout the academic year, Forklift will lead the creation of Served—a dance for and by Williams College Dining Services Staff, illuminating the nearly non-stop movement of campus dining halls. Co-authored with participating staff and students, Served aims to address equity and build connection through a community-based dancemaking process. Since 2001, Forklift Danceworks has pursued its mission of engaging diverse communities through choreography, using movements from daily life and casting community members as primary performers. Through its projects, Artistic Director Allison Orr and Associate Choreographer Krissie Marty have earned critical acclaim and a host of awards, including Best Choreographer of 2016 by The Austin Chronicle and Most Outstanding Choreographer of 2013 by the Austin Critics’ Table. 62 Center
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOW
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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“SPIRITUALITY AND ROMANTICISM” - WILLIAMS CHAMBER PLAYERS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams Chamber Players present “Spirituality and Romanticism.”Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” and his work “Fratres,” as well as two works by J.S. Bach:  “Zerfliesse mein Herz”, from St John Passion, BWV 245, and “Hier in meines Vaters Stätte.” After the intermission they present Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 32.   http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12587 Free Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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BONNIE AND MARK OF AFTER OURS DUO
North Adams, 10 - 1 pm
N. Adams Farmers Market, 85 Main St, N. Adams, MA
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'DRAWING AND EXPERIMENTATION'
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute, presents “Drawing and Experimentation from Van Gogh to Pollock,” the opening lecture for the special exhibit "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection" in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. The talk is free. Clarke addresses the liberation of drawing between the 1880s and the 1950s as the medium’s function shifted from preparatory to independent.

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SUPER BOWL OF CHILI
Stockbridge, 3-6 p.m.
IS183 is bringing back the Super Bowl of Chili, a benefit for the ceramics studio, featuring donated handmade bowls filled with delicious chili or soup, at Citizens' Hall, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires’ home base. Bowls can be purchased online in advance for $20 for a student artist bowl, $40 a faculty artist bowl or $200 for a matching set of four bowl designed by a faculty artist. All tickets include a bowl of chili. There will also be entertainment and a juried sale of local ceramic artists work.

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ORGANIST PETER SYKES IN A RECITAL OF BACH
Great Barrington, 4 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 1089 Main St, Housatonic, MA. THE PROGRAM (presented on the Historic Johnson Tracker Organ--the type of mechanical action organ that Bach knew): JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537, Chorale prelude “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele”, BWV 654. FELIX MENDELSSOHN, Prelude and Fugue in G major, op. 37, no. 2, Sonata op. 65, no. 6. NIELS GADE, Drei Orgelstücke op. 22. JOHANNES BRAHMS, Prelude and Fugue in G minor WoO 6, Selections from Op. 122 collection of chorale preludes. For Program Notes visit http://berkshirebach.org/'page_id=5724
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'CLIMATE CHANGE AND YOU'
New York, 7 p.m.
“Climate Change and You” will be presented by Fred Marguiles at Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y., across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House. A potluck will precede the talk at 6 p.m. Margulies will summarize where we are in the climate change era, and will address all aspects from extreme weather events around the globe, to the short and long term effects that include loss of wildlife, changes in diversity and plant life, food security issues, and habitat and population displacement. For more information call 518-766-2992.

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FORKLIFT DANCEWORKS WITH WILLIAMS COLLEGE DINING SERVICES STAFF: SERVED
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Inspired by the movement of everyday life, Forklift Danceworks creates civic spectacles with unlikely performers. Throughout the academic year, Forklift will lead the creation of Served—a dance for and by Williams College Dining Services Staff, illuminating the nearly non-stop movement of campus dining halls. Co-authored with participating staff and students, Served aims to address equity and build connection through a community-based dancemaking process. Since 2001, Forklift Danceworks has pursued its mission of engaging diverse communities through choreography, using movements from daily life and casting community members as primary performers. Through its projects, Artistic Director Allison Orr and Associate Choreographer Krissie Marty have earned critical acclaim and a host of awards, including Best Choreographer of 2016 by The Austin Chronicle and Most Outstanding Choreographer of 2013 by the Austin Critics’ Table. 62 Center
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WILDLIFE CSI: UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL TRACKS & SIGNS
Pittsfield, 9-11 a.m.
Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks and signs! A Canoe Meadows naturalist will lead a two-hour adventure in search of tracks, scat, and other signs of animals that stay active through the winter. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children; register online.

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ALISA DWORSKY: INVERSION
North Adams
In Alisa Dworsky’s work, the visual follows from the tactile. With a cross-disciplinary practice that includes drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installations, her work in one medium influences her approach to another. The ease with which she moves among diverse media is counter to the over-arching sense of flux and movement in the world of contemporary art-making. Dworsky has found a clear voice and well-defined area of inquiry for her forms, regardless of whether they manifest in two dimensions or three.  This clarity of vision is rare, and the artist’s ability to preserve a sense of spontaneity and vibrancy within the realms of both works on paper and site-based volumetric works even rarer. In the current exhibition, the primary installation is made from a series of tetrahedrons-–regular polyhedrons made of four connected triangular planes. Inspired by tent and kite construction, Dworsky makes the tetrahedrons of tensile fabric panels assembled with lightweight connectors. The triangle and the tetrahedron, forms that are the basis of the visionary work of the engineer and designer, Buckminster Fuller, are remarkably efficient and strong. The free interplay among the geometric forms in Dworsky’s large scale installation suggest shelter and vessel, sail and tent, wing and kite, origami and architecture. For her works on paper, Dworsky employs a graphite frottage method, e.g., applying pressure to transfer the qualities of an object to the surface of the page. Embedded in the two-dimensional drawings are qualities of three-dimensional volume: they are representational and abstract, static and dynamic. In the Entangle and Fold series, she shifts lengths of ribbon beneath the page, recording each impression, and thus allowing the composition to unfold organically. With a nod to John Cage, rules define the parameters of the series, Follow the Nut: a steel nut is placed in the center of the paper and hammered successively until it jumps off the page. Graphite powder describes the path of the nut on a thin layer of transfer paper. Dworsky’s intuitive process is evidence of her respect for serendipity – relying on the moment of surprise to open up the next moment of inquiry.  Dworsky’s architectural training, however, is her anchor, providing a strong framework and rigor for her inquiries in both her two and three dimensional work. Her intense respect for materials is able to shine through all the more as a result. Dworsky exhibits nationally and has created site specific art installations for the Brattleboro Museum, Burlington City Arts, the Bennington Museum, the Fleming Museum, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, 516 Arts (Albuquerque, NM), Artspace (New Haven CT), and the Lexington Art League (Lexington, KY). Dworsky was awarded a Yaddo residency fellowship in 2015 and a Ragdale residency on 2016.  She has received six grants from the Vermont Arts Council, four grants from the Vermont Community Foundation, and grants from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She earned a Masters in Architecture from Yale and a BA from Stanford, in both Studio Art and International Relations. She is cofounder of the architectural design firm, DS Architects (formerly Terra Firma Inc.), with her husband Danny Sagan. Dworsky currently teaches an architectural design studio at Norwich University and has taught architecture and art at Norwich University, Stanford University, The Yale Graduate School of Architecture, Ball State University and the Yestermorrow Design-Build School over the last twenty years. She lives and works in Montpelier Vermont.
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TALK ON HISTORY OF BANJO
New York, 2 p.m.
Glenn Hankle will bring the “History of the Banjo with Music” to the Stephentown Historical Society meeting at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, N.Y. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible.  For directions, call 518-733-0010. He will tell the history of the banjo and how it developed over the years into the peak years of the 1920s when it was a show piece on the stage.

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BASICS OF DEVELOPMENT
Great Barrington, 2-5pm

Abbie von Schlegell, CFRE, Principal, a. von schlegell & co presents a workshop series for nonprofit organizations.

 

Basics of Development, offered twice (also February 20), is for staff, board and volunteers new in development or who just want a refresher.

 

February 6 , the workshop is held at Berkshire Community College, South County Center, 343 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

 

Review basics

- Learn where money is given in the US

- Explore the many sources of funding for which your organization might be qualified

- Discuss the roles of the board, the staff, the volunteers

- Address specific concerns of the participants

 

Fee: $40 per person

Check in: 30 minutes prior

Registration Link

 

 Other planned workshops in the series:

  • Governance

  • Volunteers

  • Annual Fund

  • Major Gifts

  • Foundations & Corporations


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END OF LIFE PLANNING WORKSHOPS
Lenox, 2 p.m.
Kimball Farms Life Care in Lenox will host two workshops on end of life planning in January and February. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by calling 413-637-7043. The events are free. The first workshop, “Getting Your Affairs in Order,” will be presented Thursday, Jan. 11. HospiceCare in The Berkshires TITLE June Green will discuss the details of establishing a health care proxy, the MOLST form, living wills and other considerations. Hospice Chaplain Rich Hayes will present “What I’ve Learned from My Conversations with Those Who Are Dying” on Thursday, Feb. 8 at Kimball Farms.

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MAUHS PERFORMS TONY AWARD WINNING PLAY
Vermont, 7 p.m.
 Bennington VT - Fresh off their wildly successful performance of Tony Award winning 'Into the Woods', the talented students of the MAUHS Drama Club are performing another Tony Award winning play, 'Peter and the Starcatcher', February 8,9. and 10th. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 'Peter and the Starcatcher' tells the back story of the beloved characters Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Mrs Darling and Captain Hook in this thrilling adventure featuring marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, unwilling comrades, and unlikely heroes.  So bring the kids, your friends, and family for a magical night in Never-never Land while supporting our community's young theatre students. Tickets are $8 and go on sale Jan 29th at the high school office or at the door. You'll want to get your tickets up early, as these always popular shows often sell out. For more information call (802) 447-7511.  
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PAINT & SIP TO BENEFIT BCC ALUMNI
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Always a beautiful new project to support the BCC Alumni! Join us on Fri, Feb 9th, 2018 6-8pm for a Paint & SIp fundraiser to benefit BCC Alumni. You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of "Echinacea Flower" on a serving tray made from reclaimed wood. Various sizes and style will be available. At Berkshire Paint and Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA. All painting materials, light snack and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats atwww.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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MAUHS DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS TONY AWARD WINNING PLAY
Vermont, 7 p.m.
 Bennington VT - Fresh off their wildly successful performance of Tony Award winning 'Into the Woods', the talented students of the MAUHS Drama Club are performing another Tony Award winning play, 'Peter and the Starcatcher', February 8,9. and 10th. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 'Peter and the Starcatcher' tells the back story of the beloved characters Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Mrs Darling and Captain Hook in this thrilling adventure featuring marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, unwilling comrades, and unlikely heroes.  So bring the kids, your friends, and family for a magical night in Never-never Land while supporting our community's young theatre students.  Tickets are $8 and go on sale Jan 29th at the high school office or at the door. You'll want to get your tickets up early, as these always popular shows often sell out. For more information call (802) 447-7511.
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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOW
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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MAUHS DRAMA CLUB PERFORMS TONY AWARD WINNING PLAY
Vermont, 2 and 7 p.m.
 Bennington VT - Fresh off their wildly successful performance of Tony Award winning 'Into the Woods', the talented students of the MAUHS Drama Club are performing another Tony Award winning play, 'Peter and the Starcatcher'. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 'Peter and the Starcatcher' tells the back story of the beloved characters Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Mrs Darling and Captain Hook in this thrilling adventure featuring marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, unwilling comrades, and unlikely heroes.  So bring the kids, your friends, and family for a magical night in Never-never Land while supporting our community's young theatre students. Tickets are $8 and go on sale Jan 29th at the high school office or at the door. You'll want to get your tickets up early, as these always popular shows often sell out. For more information call (802) 447-7511.
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NIGHT HIKE AT ALFORD SPRINGS
Alford, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy the views of the open sky on the Father Loop at Alford Springs. Saturday, February 10, 5:00pm – 8:00pm Difficulty: 2 miles total. Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) Note: Night conditions may make this moderate hike harder depending on your comfort level. Description: We will hike 1 mile on the Father Loop to the early successional, open habitat to take in the view of the night sky and enjoy hot apple cider before returning to the trailhead. Please bring water, wear sturdy footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes) and bring appropriate clothing.  Directions: From Great Barrington: Take Taconic Avenue, which becomes Alford Road.  Drive past Simon’s Rock to a left on Seekonk Road; follow Seekonk Road for 3.6 miles. Turn right on to Mountain Road (if you come to the New York State line, you’ve gone too far). Follow Mountain Road for 0.8 miles, bearing left at the first “Y” and left again at the sharp right turn at 0.8 miles. Email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 with any questions.  
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VALENTINE DINNER DANCE
North Adams, 7 p.m.
Sons of The American Legion Annual Valentine"s Day dinner dance. Post 125 North Adams ,Ma. Boston Seafood Catering Good Time Entertainment Tickets $50 per couple  $25 Single Many raffle prizes donated from our sponsors Excepting any donations for our raffle or monetary gifts to help support all that we stand for. I can be reached at 413-329-6081 Warm regards, Joseph A. Poplaski, Squadron 125 Adjutant
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PS I LOVE YOU WITH BERKSHIRE BEATLESQUE
Dalton, 7 p.m.
"PS I love you" is a special Valentines Day event Saturday night February 10th at the Stationery Factory in Dalton Ma. The event will be featuring the areas premier Beatles musical Tribute group, Berkshire Beatlesque in the newest state-of-the-art concert venue in Berkshire County, the Stationery Factory. $50 VIP tickets include a chef prepared dinner from Zucchini's restaurant, preferred seating and meet and greet. Starting at 5:00 pm $25 concert seating for concert only starting at 7:00 pm Tickets available online at: https://psiloveu.brownpapertickets.com Also at Wood Brothers Music and Zucchini's restaurant   Peace Train Tees sales and 50/50 raffle to benefit Moments House charity  
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