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Triple Helix will perform at Trinity Church in Lenox on Wednesday, July 2 as part of a free Boston University recital series. The Boston University at Tanglewood Institute is collaborating with the church to present the series of free concerts. Triple Helix - Bayla Keyes on violin, Rhonda Rider on cello, and Lois Shapiro on piano - will perform works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Brahms. The series has also tapped BUTI's faculty quartet-in-residence, the T'ang String Quartet, to perform. Maria Clodes Jaguaribe, BUTI School of Music faculty member and director of the institute's Young Artists Piano Program, will perform Aug. 7. Boston University has administered the BUTI summer program for musically gifted high school students for 35 years, along with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. All the BUTI faculty concerts are free and open to the public. For a concert schedule, call Trinity Church at 637-1430. Celebrate the 4th of July with Shakespeare & Company at its annual, community-wide reading of the Declaration of Independence, Friday at 2 p.m. Fifty-eight speakers from the company and the community will read the entire document that created America, 227 years ago. The 58 parts honor the 58 original signers of the declaration. The Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes will open their 2003 summer season with Winnie the Pooh July 8, in the air-conditioned puppet theater at the Lenox House Shops. Jack and the Beanstalk follows July 10, Snow White July 15, Little Red Riding Hood July 17, Beauty and the Beast July 22, Aladdin July 28. . . . The shows will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, from July 8 to Aug. 28, and Mondays, from July 28 to Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lenox Garden Club House and Garden Tour will hit Williamstown this year on July 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 298-3089 for more information. Ventfort Hall will be opening its second summer theater season in cooperation with Shakespeare & Company with Fanny Kemble's Lenox Address, by Milwaukee playwright John Gardner. Shakespeare & Company actress Elizabeth Raetz plays Fanny Kemble. The play is directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie. It runs through Aug. 31. The play portrays a celebrated, 19th-century British actress and citizen of Lenox. Fanny Kemble was considered to be the most accomplished actress of a famous English theatrical family. She took America by storm when she appeared on stage there in 1833, at the age of 24. She is said to have changed the course of American history. Kemble married Pierce Butler, a Philadelphia lawyer, who shortly inherited vast rice and cotton plantations in Georgia. Kemble was stunned to witness for the first time the treatment the slaves endured, and she became an uncompromising abolitionist. She wrote Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation, a powerful antislavery tract, during the Civil War. The book was published in England and was instrumental in reversing the British government's plans to support the Confederacy. Butler treated her royally during their engagement, but after their wedding, she charged that he became rude and bitter and expected her to take on an attitude of gentle submission. Kemble was an early believer in women's rights. She eventually left her husband to return to the stage. She came to Lenox in 1849 and bought The Perch, a Gothic-revival cottage on what was then East Street. In 1893, just before she died, the town renamed it Kemble Street in her honor. In 1859, George Temple Strong praised her reading of The Tempest: "Very admirable performance. Vocal resources wonderful. She has a half a dozen voices in her ... produced a deep, sullen, brute roar and snarl of Caliban that seemed an impossibility from any feminine windpipe. Prospero's tone was grand and nothing could be more tender and gentle than her Miranda ... No on-stage performance could be more satisfactory or bring out the beauties of the play." At the beginning of the play, the time is May 28, 1849. The place is The Perch. And Kemble is in the midst of her scandalous divorce. 637-3206. Lenox Library The library's board received four new members this spring. Bruce Finn, general manager of the Red Lion Inn, is the son of Hilbert (Huck) Finn, a former library president. Bruce has been involved in fund raising for local causes. Chris Raymond, a resident of Stockbridge, is the president of the Stockbridge Bowl Association and serves on the board. She volunteers for the South Berkshire Literacy program at the Lee Library. She edited the Norman Rockwell quarterly magazine for 11 years, until she retired last April. Ann Brown, the owner of Blantyre and a resident of Stockbridge, has supported the library for many years and advised in the creation of the library store. Joan Messenger, a former nursery school teacher who divides her time between Lenox and Harrison, N.Y., is interested in children's programs. The library will be moving back to Main Street in July and will be closed during the move. It has a full calendar planned for August, though. Through Aug. 1, the library is selling tickets for "A Novel Idea - A Raffle for the Restoration Revels." Win one of four prizes. "An Extravagant Reading Experience" offers a leather chair and ottoman; fine wine and Baccarat crystal glasses resting on a hand-painted tray, on an antique drop-leaf table; a brass reading lamp, a lap robe and an Oriental rug; an antique magnifying glass for reading fine print; and a trip to Boston for two nights at a premier hotel, a private tour of the Boston Athenaeum and dinner at Boston's most interesting restaurants. "Island Idyll" offers a one-week stay in a three-bedroom house on Gasparilla Island, a few steps from the gulf beach and the historic town of Boca Grande. "Seventeen Mile Drive" allows a one-week stay close to Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay near Carmel. The house sleeps eight or more and overlooks the Pacific. Lastly "Ski Vail" offers a one-week stay in a three-bedroom condo in the skiing utopia of the United States. Stop by or call the library for tickets, at 637-2630. The library will hold the raffle drawing Aug. 1 as part of Restoration Revels. The library will not be open yet, except to celebrate the completion of the renovation with dinner and entertainment. A community open house on Aug. 3 will welcome the community for tours and games. On Aug. 22 through Aug. 24, Ilse Browner's Lenox Library Book Sale will return to Main Street: Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To drop off books or to arrange for pick up, call Browner at 637-1624. On Saturday, Sept. 20, during Apple Squeeze, the library will host "Brushes for Books," a cocktail party, art show and art sale. Lenox galleries The season is upon us! The DeVries Fine Art Gallery, at 17 Franklin Street, has opened for its first full season. The gallery originally opened its doors July 26, 2002. Seven days a week, the gallery will display Andrew DeVries' bronzes, watercolors, drawings and pastels. This year, DeVries will also display his work at Chesterwood, the Vose Gallery in Boston, and the Biennale of Florence, Italy. At the gallery July 5, Vincent Dowling - an internationally known actor, a former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre, and founder of the Miniature Theatre of Chester - will present readings from the works of great artists, including Rodin, Dellini and W.C. Fields. Juggler Henry Lappen will perform July 26. DeVries will demonstrate clay modeling Aug. 2, and harpist Teresa Mango will perform on Aug. 23. The Hoadley Gallery, at 21 Church Street, will display the works of Lucy MacGillis through July 13. MacGillis, a Berkshire native, now lives in Monte Castello di Vibio, which is in central Umbria, Italy; she paints still lifes, interiors and landscapes in oils. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours in July and August. Information: 637-2814. The Ferrin Gallery, Sienna Gallery and Ute Stebich Gallery have coordinated their gallery schedules for this summer. Throughout the season, many of the gallery receptions will coincide, and the galleries will share a series of informal talks. June 26 through June 29, the galleries offered the first Berkshire Art Weekend, with guided tours, artist talks, demonstrations, studio visits with artists the galleries represent, and trips to local cultural attractions. Studio potter Mark Shapiro, jeweler Jamie Bennett, and ceramic sculptors Phillip Mayberry, Michael Sherrill and Lia Zulalian participated. The Ferrin Gallery, at 56 Housatonic Street, focuses on contemporary ceramic art, studio pottery and mixed media narrative sculpture and jewelry. The gallery will be open through October, It will exhibit works by Lia Zulalian - The Otherness Series and Mixed Media Figural Sculpture - and Michael Simon - Utility as Departure and Studio Pottery - through July 13. The Sienna Gallery, at 80 Main Street, specializes in traditional and nontraditional jewelry. The gallery exhibits the work of up to 30 different artists in a yearly series of solo and small group exhibitions. It will display All That Glitters Isn't Gold , a group exhibition of 10 international jewelers working with nontraditional materials, through July 8 and will display Johan Van Aswegen's Enameled Jewelry, from July 10 to Aug. 5. Van Aswegen will attend a reception July 19 and will give a talk July 20. The Ute Stebich Gallery, at 69 Church Street, exhibits international folk and contemporary art, ceramic sculpture and paintings in the Berkshire landscape school. It will show Daniel Kohn's and Joan Barber's paintings and Phillip Mayberry's ceramics through July 31.
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