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Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival Set for Saturday

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ADAMS, Mass. — Bowe Field will become a fantasy land this Saturday as the fourth annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival emerges from its magical realm. 
 
The locally organized "Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts" is a family friendly affair featuring artisans, vendors, music and lots of activities for young and old. The day will be packed with new entertainment and the Queen's Quest, plus the popular Faerie Village build. 
 
Attendees are more than welcome to come in fantasy costume but don't worry if you've left your wings behind — you can embellish a new pair at the fair. 
 
Meet the Faerie Queen and her court, participate art activities like painting dragon eggs and making magical slime or listen to original stories by local authors. The Robbins-Zust Marionette Family Theatre will entertain with classic tales and the day will end with a spectacular performance by Ravenbane's FireCraft. 
 
Entertainment for the day includes performances by the raucous pub band Three Pints Shy; mystical soundscapes created by Aura Shards; an ensemble of African and Caribbean drumming led by Aimee Gelinas; Celtic-inspired classical singer-songwriter Misty Posey; and accordion/banjo duo Slow Pony. Fire dancers from Ravenbane's will also have multiple shows throughout the day.
 
Food and beverage vendors will be onsite. The festival is also working with the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste district to make this a "zero waste event."
 
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; parking and main entrance is off Old Columbia Road. Look for the signs on Route 8.
 
The cost is free for children 5 and under, $4 for ages 6-12, and $10 for adults. Look for bookmarks at local libraries for $2 off admission or use the secret word "unicorn" for $1 off.
 
Sponsored by Berkshire Bank, Mountain One, Fox Tail Technologies and Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire and produced by the Adams Arts Advisory Board.

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Solid Waste District Considers Accepting North Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management has entered into conversations with North Adams about rejoining the district.
 
Williamstown representative Tim Kaiser told the commission Thursday that he and program director Linda Cernik have met with city officials about re-entering the district.
 
"At the request of the city we had a meeting ... and they are interested in rejoining the district," Kaiser said. "They expressed that they have the capability of running pretty much all of their operations now but they are weak in areas that they feel we are strong in."
 
Kaiser said the city is specifically interested in the coordinated events, outreach, and educational opportunities the district offers. The waste district had come up at a city Public Services Committee meeting in May about composting and education. He did not see a downside at this point and noted that if North Adams were to join, it would become the district's largest member.
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