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Grades 5 through 8 at Gabriel Abbott Memorial School plan the Project 351 event but the entire school has a chance to participate by donating desserts.
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Abbott School Dessert Auction Raises Funds for Charity

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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The pie auction began to include more different desserts a few years ago. This year, there seemed to be more cakes and cookies than pies. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Cakes, cookies, bars and, of course, pies were scooped in spirited bidding on Tuesday at the American Legion hall. 
The annual Oh Be Thankful Pie & Dessert Auction hosted by Gabriel Abbot Memorial School is an annual event that benefits local charities and has become a tradition for many to bring home a dessert for Thanksgiving.
"I think it's wonderful because we have a school of 90 students they run a three-week food drive," said Principal Hiedi Dugal. "Last year, we raised over 1,200 pounds of food and we raised $1,400 in one night." 
Two of each donated dessert is provided: one for sampling and one to be auctioned. Each grade at the town of Florida school provides a dessert and others came from faculty, members of the school community and from Clarksburg School. 
Auctioneer Harry LaGess, who's been auctioning off the desserts for more than a dozen years, swiftly bid up the confectionaries and encouraged a few bidding wars — one between two people sitting next to each other.  
One of the biggest bids prices was $70 for a clay pot filled with gummy worms, chocolate cake and whipped cream. Little was left of the sample as Abbott fifth-grader Emerson Lane scraped pudding from"  the bottom. 
"We had to make the flowers," she said, pointing to the colorful tissue blooms sticking out of the flower pot. Did the dessert taste good? "Yes," she said, nodding her head enthusiastically.
Dugal's baked goods tend to bring high prices, with her chocolate mousse and cupcakes bringing in more than $60.
Margo van Peterson of Florida was determined to get a chocolate and raspberry ganache cake, beating out several other bidders to win it at $60. She also picked up a pie. 
"I wanted to contribute to the cause and there wasn't too much left," she smiled. "I came in late. ... I think I spent more than $100."
There was also a chinese auction with donated products and gift cards. 
Half of the proceeds will go to the Berkshire Humane Society and half to the Al Nelson Friendship Center food pantry. The collected food items will also be split, with any pet food going to BHS and human food the pantry. Two hundred dollars will be set aside to be donated to the American Legion for its annual Christmas dinner. 
"I've been doing this for 15 years, for the last eight it's been Project 351 and I just love Project 351," Dugal said. "I've been education 30 years and I can say 10 years ago, it brought me back to life again. ... The students love it."
Project 351 is a statewide service learning program developed under the Patrick administration that unites eighth-grade service "ambassadors" from every city and town in the commonwealth for an inspirational year of community service. 
Dugal said Abbott School enlists all the students from fifth grade to eighth grade into the program. The dessert auction and food drive is the major program but the students also run a clothing drive in the spring.  
"We start in September and we meet every Monday. The students have been prepping for this right through the spring," she said. "It's a lot of fun. 

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North Adams Happenings: July 24-30

North Adams Happenings July 24 - 30, 2019

AUGUST 6th - National Night Out
4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.Neighborhoods throughout North Berkshire once again join the North Adams Police, Fire, and Emergency Departments to host a variety of special events such as cookouts, games, contests, music and more!
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AUGUST 14th - 23rd Annual Downtown Celebration
JOIN US! The  23rd Annual Downtown Celebration will take over downtown North Adams on Wednesday, August 14 from 5:30 – 9 PM.  
RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 15th
BUSINESSES AND VENDORS: Application still available.
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Wednesday 7/24
10:00 A.M. (FREE, $5 to park), NATURE WALK, Nice 'N' Easy Walk Natural Bridge State Park, McCauley Road More information.  

10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Terrific Tots Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.  

10:30 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Preschool Story Time North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, (413) 662-3133 More information.   

6:30 P.M. ($3-5), SPORTS, SteepleCats V. Keene Joe Wolfe Field, 310 State Street  More information.

6:30 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Concerts at the Lake Presents The Matchstick Architects and Bang on a Can Windsor Lake, 200 Windsor Lake Road, (413) 664-6180 More information.

8:00 P.M. (FREE), GAMES, Trivia Night! Ramunto's, 67 Main Street, (413) 398-5152 More information.

Thursday 7/25
5:00 P.M. (FREE), ART, 2019 DownStreet Art Main Street More information.

5:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, The Chalet: Apocalypstick Redd The Chalet at Courtyard D, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way  More information.

6:00 P.M. (FREE), CONCERT, Party in the Park Presents The Hotshot Hillbillies Noel Field, 310 State Street   More information.
Friday 7/26
7:30 A.M. (FREE), MEET UP, NAMAzing Eagle Street Parklet Coffee Date NAMAzing Eagle Street Parklet, Eagle Street, More information.

10:00 A.M. (FREE), KIDS, Drop-In Playgroup The Family Center, 210 State Street, (413) 664-4821 More information.

11:00 A.M. (FREE, PARKING $5), KIDS, Kidleidoscope New England's Natural Bridge, 1 McCauley Road More information.

6:00 P.M. ($1 and up), GAMES, BINGO! North Adams Elks 487 Lodge, 100 Eagle Street, (413) 664-9039 More information.

6:30 P.M. ($3-5), SPORTS, SteepleCats V. Upper Joe Wolfe Field, 310 State Street  More information.

7:00 P.M. (BY DONATION), CRAFTING, Knitting Nights with Common Folk Common Folk, 73 Main Street More Information.

8:00 P.M. ($66-300), CONCERT, The Prentenders MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way More information.

8:30 P.M. (FREE), MOVIE, Movies Under the Stars at Colegrove Park Colegrove Park Elementary, 24 Church Street More information.

9:00 P.M. (FREE), MUSIC, Karaoke Friday! State Street Tavern, 167 State Street, (413) 664-9152 More information.
Saturday 7/27
9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (FREE), MARKET,  North Adams Farmers Market St. Anthony's Parking Lot at Marshall Street and St. Anthony's Drive (413)664-6180 More information.

12:00 P.M. (FREE), CONCERT, Peace & Rhythm InStore Belltower records, Norad Mill, Suite 301, 60 Roberts Dr More information.

2:00 P.M. ($25), ART, Artist Talk with Chrissie Hynde MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way More information.

4:00 P.M. (FREE), ART, Open Studios at MASS MoCA Assets for Artists, 1320 Mass Moca Way More information.

6:30 P.M. ($3-5), SPORTS, SteepleCats V. New Bedford Joe Wolfe Field, 310 State Street  More information.

8:00 P.M. ($18-44), CONCERT, Adia Victoria MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way More information.
Sunday 7/28
12:00 P.M. (FREE), PICNIC, Annual Summer Picnic Horrigan Road, Clarksburg More information.

3:00 P.M. (FREE), CONCERT, Public Puberty/Carbus/Human Pontiac Belltower records, Norad Mill, Suite 301, 60 Roberts Dr More information.

4:00 P.M. (FREE), FOOD & MUSIC, Racks and Stacks (barbecue and vinyl music) A-oK Berkshire Barbecue, 2601 Mass MoCA Way More information.
Monday 7/29
1:00 P.M. (FREE), KIDS, Crafternoons! North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, (413) 662-3133 More information.

6:00 P.M. (FREE), KIDS, Discovery Mondays- Space Themed North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, (413) 662-3133 More information.
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