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Friday

Feeling optimistic: Veteran print and broadcast journalist and commentator Michael “Mike” Barnicle will be the 2015 guest speaker at the annual Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture, presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI at BCC), tonight at 6 p.m. The lecture will be held  at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District and is free and open to the public. The subject of his talk will be “Optimism: America’s Most Ignored Asset.” Barnicle plans to, in his words, “focus on various elements of our social media obsession (some of it is invaluable, other aspects not so much) and what it does to diminish the collective, institutional memory of who we really are as a nation, both domestically and globally.”

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Saturday

What's old is new: The Trustees and Friends of the Adams Free Library will hold an Open House and Re-dedication Ceremony from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to mark the completion of renovations to the 116-year-old memorial library building.  Dignitaries providing brief remarks beginning at 11 a.m. will include Massachusetts Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, Massachusetts Board of Libraries Commissioner Mary Kronholm and Massachusetts Library System Executive Board President Margot Malachowski.  Adams Free Library Trustee Board Chairman James Loughman will serve as the Master of Ceremony. Magician Greg McAdams will present a mini magic show three times during the Open House at 10:15, 11:45 & 12:15 p.m. 

Rhubarb rules: The second annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival celebrating local rhubarb (and only rhubarb) will take place in the Lenox Library’s Reading Park at 18 Main St, rain or shine, today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Rhubarb Chili contest, with entries from Lenox restaurants Olde Heritage Tavern, Cranwell and Trattoria Il Vesuvio (previous winner), invites visitors to taste each one and vote their favorite. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. Hand-made strawberry-rhubarb and ginger-rhubarb pies, baked locally by For the Love of Pie & Madeleine's Café in Pittsfield, will be available for sale. Rhubarb juice made from local rhubarb will be provided by Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Scott Harrington of Lenox, horticulturalist and landscape designer, will offer rhubarb plants for sale. “Great Rhubarb Recipes” published locally by Storey Press will be for sale for $5. Information and updates online.

 


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Sunday

Back to the past: The Bidwell House Museum, the Berkshires’ colonial history museum, will open for the season on Memorial Day weekend and will host a concert and reception with singer-songwriter Diane Taraz performing “Tickle Me Fancy!”, a selection of humorous songs from the 17th to the 19th centuries, today at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served to toast the opening of the 25th anniversary season of the house as a museum. There is a suggested donation of $15 (free for members of the museum) for attendance at the concert. The Bidwell House Museum is located at 100 Art School Road. For more information, call 413-528-6888 or go to www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

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