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POP UP BISTRO AT THE MOUNT
Lenox, 10 am to 1 pm

The Mount is collaborating with local food trucks for a new dining experience. Menu items will vary weekly and are inspired by seasonal flavors. A selection of craft beers, wine, cider, and specialty cocktails will also be available. Reserve your table at EdithWharton.org.


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PLANTING SEEDS FOR HEALING
Windsor, 11 a.m. - Noon
Free | For all movers and levels Join choreographer and dance artist Danté Brown in a one-hour virtual community movement workshop series entitled Planting Seeds for Healing, and use the power of movement to engage with your creativity and body. Explore how movement, writing, or visual imagery can be a grounding and nourishing force for our bodies in order to find relief, while simultaneously building comfort in our own personal movement exploration. For this workshop, please have paper and a writing utensil available.   Choreographer Danté Brown is collaborating with Pittsfield, MA-based non-profit Roots Rising, whose mission is to empower youth and build community through food and farming. Brown, Artistic Director of Warehouse Dance, is committed to social justice and cultivating community as central to his practice, with a belief that “dance is the closest thing we have to magic.”   Learn more and register here!
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BOREAL FOREST VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAY AT TAMARACK HOLLOW
Windsor, 9 am to 1pm

Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center Sunday Oct. 25 9am-1pm Boreal Forest Volunteer Trail Work Day at Tamarack Hollow. Help clear trails and continue to prep the site of the future nature center. Snacks and cider provided (in accordance with current guidelines). Please bring your own gloves (and lunch if staying for the day). Masks required.  registration info email: aimee@gaiaroots.com. Visit www.tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org


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FUNDRAISING IN THE TIME OF COVID
, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  FUNDRAISING IN THE TIME OF COVID: HOW TO SURVIVE, THEN THRIVE   REGISTER AT THIS LINK   Fundraising during any crisis is an existential challenge; Covid, catastrophic financial disruption,  the AIDs epidemic of the 1980’s, economic collapse in 1929 followed by the Depression-all had institution-altering impact.  Economic, political, and social dislocation have the greatest impact on the most vulnerable: non-profit organizations.   Gifts from individuals, grant support, and, for many the most devastating, the loss of ticket revenue disrupt staffing and program models that, even in the best of times, are delicate balancing acts. Some special events translate to the virtual world, but many do not. Leadership gift prospects may decline consideration of an anticipated gift to a capital campaign.   Of course, some organizations can have a 1-3 year window to adjust their fundamental structure.  Substantial endowments or an uninterrupted grant stream can cushion the impact of the most severe crisis.  Having time to address the New Normal contrasts sharply with most nonprofits that face the twin spectres of immediate staff layoffs and the suspension of all or most programming.   Fundraising in the Time of Covid is a two-session, interactive seminar designed to support and enhance the work of those small to mid-range organizations that are facing immediate challenges precipitated by the Covid crisis.  These 90-minute sessions will examine fundraising fundamentals; facilitating internal coordination and planning, engaging board members and allies, and enhancing donor relations.  Participants will develop their own institution-specific development plan including a timeline and necessary action steps.   The sessions can be taken individually, though participation in both is strongly encouraged.  Ideally organizations would be represented by at least two participants-Executive Director, Director of Development, Board Chair, and/or Development Committee Chair.   Event Details Session 1: Monday, October 26th; 10:30am – 12pm Session 2: Monday, November 2nd; 10:30am – 12pm Format: Zoom (link will be emailed prior to event) Cost: $25 NPC Members; $40 not-yet-members REGISTER AT THIS LINK   About the Presenter Phil Deely grew up in Stockbridge Massachusetts and worked as an educator at Emma Willard School, Ethel Walker School, Simon’s Rock Great Barrington, and New York University. From 1989-1998 Phil served as an associate director for the Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, MA. For the last twelve years Phil has divided his professional time between serving as a consultant to non-profits and heading independents schools on an interim basis. Phil is an active volunteer: former president of an independent school board, foundation donor advisor, and member of many non-profit boards.
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DISCOURSE & PROCESS CHAT WITH RACHEL VARONA COTE
Lenox, 4 pm

Rachel Vorona Cote author of "Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today" joins journalist Julie Scelfo in conversation. Too Much braids cultural criticism, theory and storytelling together to tell the story of how women from the Victorian era to today have learned to draw power from their reservoirs of feeling, all that makes us too much. More information and registration at EdithWharton.org.


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WORD SALADS AND OTHER JUST DESSERTS
Pittsfield, 8 pm

WordXWord challenges poets to put poetry on a diet for a program of short - micro-sized - pieces via Zoom. Register here.


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FREE VIRTUAL VISUAL & DRAWING CLASS
Lenox, 11:00 AM
Whether you enjoy looking at art, aspire to make art, or both, contour exercises draw upon the wondrous visual capacity of our brains. In this FREE virtual class offered through Zoom, visual activities allow the participant to eliminate premature self-judgment and inspire the appreciation of what gives life to art. Be ready with a pad and pencil or charcoal and please register at least 10 minutes in advance. To register for this week's free class @ 11am, click here.  
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1BERKSHIRE: ENTREPRENEURIAL MEETUP
Online, 9 am to 10:30 am

The next Entrepreneurial Meetup will be held Oct. 27.  Click here to register.


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VIRTUAL COFFEE WITH THE GREAT BARRINGTON TOWN MANAGER
Great Barrington, 10 to 11 am
Town Manager Mark Pruhenski will hold his next "Virtual Coffee" on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10:00-11:00 a.m., via Zoom.
 
Town residents, business owners and others in town are welcome to join to ask questions or discuss town issues and concerns.
 
The meeting will be held via Zoom; log-in information can be found here.

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CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER: UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO DEMENTIA RELATED BEHAVIORS
Dalton, 2 pm to 3 pm

Learn to identify, understand and respond to challenging behaviors.

The presentation will be via zoom. Registration is required. Call 800-272-3900. 

The series is hosted by Sugar Hill Assisted Living Community  

 


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NORTH ADAMS PUBLIC LIBRARY DOODLING WORKSHOP SERIES
North Adams, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This five-part workshop, lead by cartoonist Cara Bean, invites participants ages 8-12 to draw and sketch in a relaxed environment and learn the basics of drawing and storytelling through comics. 

Visit http://bit.ly/DoodleFall2020  to register your child and for more details.


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VIRTUAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Online, 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm

The Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) professional development program invites its members and young professionals nationwide to tune into its next Ownership Workshop examining implicit bias.

Viewers will join Dr. Andrea Lein as she dives into the ways in which implicit biases impact decision-making and social interactions in the workplace.

The event is free and open to the public, and registration is limited to 40 participants to ensure interactivity. Links for DLE programming are shared with attendees after they register through Eventbrite.


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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS TOPIC OF ONLINE SEMINAR IN LATE OCTOBER
Online, 7 pm

Berkshire Health Systems will present a free online seminar in late October to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To register for this Breast Cancer Awareness online seminar, visit the Berkshire Medical Center Facebook page.

 


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COLONIAL GHOSTS WITH AUTHOR ROBERT OAKES
Monterey, 7 pm

Bidwell House Museum Online

Colonial Ghosts with local author Robert Oakes. Members: Free. Non-members: $10. Only one registration required per household. Reading will be held via Zoom. 7 pm.

This talk will be done via Zoom and you can register on the Museum website at https://www.bidwellhousemuseum.org/event/ghosts-of-the-berkshires-colonial-spirits/.


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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS ONLINE EVENT
Windsor, 7:00 p.m.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Berkshire Health Systems is hosting an online event to educate our community about breast cancer risks, screening options, and the resources available to patients here in the Berkshires. Please join us for this Zoom webinar event on Wednesday, October 28 from 7:00-8:00pm.  Click here to register today!   We will hear from three members of our Breast Health Team— Dr. Trevor Bayliss, Director of the BMC Cancer Center, specializes in hematology oncology. Dr. Michael DiSiena is a general surgeon who specializes in surgical oncology, with a focus on breast cancer. Dr. Caitlyn Lopez is a diagnostic radiologist specializing in breast imaging. She is the medical director of the Women’s Imaging Center at BMC. Breast cancer can occur in anyone, regardless of age, lifestyle, or family history.  Early detection saves lives!   We will be offering event participants the opportunity to connect with BHS to schedule their screening mammogram following the event. Together, we can work to raise awareness and fight breast cancer in our community.    
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THE MOUNT: CREATIVE READING WORKSHOP SERIES: IMAGINING CREATIVE HEALING
Lenox, 4 pm

Through reading, deep listening, questioning, and personal reflection, participants will explore the theoretical and historical frameworks of Black, indigenous, and queer traditions informing contemporary movements of reclamation and healing. More information and registration at EdithWharton.org.


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DEWEY HALL PRESENTS "KEEP THE LIGHTS ON"
Online, 7 pm

Keep the Lights On virtual concert with the Wanda Houston Band includes a tribute to longtime Dewey Hall board member Priscilla Cote, community testimonials, and a few glimpses into the history of Dewey Hall.

The band was filmed in Dewey Hall in a COVID-safe performance in early October. 

This is a virtual event. It will be available at this link: https://tinyurl.com/keepthelightsondewey


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DAVID RABY PRESENTS “WALKING AMONGST THE SHADOWS”
Lenox, 11 am

Join paranormal investigator and author David Raby when he presents “Walking Amongst the Shadows” as part of Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum Friday Morning Diversion series.

Raby will tell some of his favorite experiences from investigating Ventfort Hall and other historic locations. 

Tickets are $20. The event will be offered via Zoom and at Ventfort Hall. To view on Zoom please visit https://ventfort10302020.eventbrite.com

 


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VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS: LEADERSHIP IN CRISIS
, 12:50 pm
click to register: https://www.austenriggs.org/event/sulkowicz-grand-rounds (Advanced registration will be required; CMEs available for medical staff) Dr. Sulkowicz will be speaking about some of the emotional challenges that leaders face when their organization is in crisis, drawing upon his work advising leaders over the past 25 years, and especially upon his work during the pandemic, as well as his experience as President-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association. The talk will be informal, reflecting on the internal and external dimensions of crisis, and their impact on leaders' ability to maintain followership, adapt organizational strategy and tactics, and respond to the practical and emotional needs of the group, all the while trying to stay true to the organization's mission and values. He will address some of the ways a psychoanalytic perspective can be helpful to leaders during times of crisis, and possible implications for the field. Kerry Sulkowicz, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is President-elect of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the founder and Managing Principal of the Boswell Group, a psychodynamic management consultancy based in New York, and serves as a trusted advisor to leaders, senior teams and boards. Kerry has published numerous articles on the psychology of business and has written about the neglect of leadership in psychoanalysis. Kerry is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, where he received the Distinguished Teacher Award, and received the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award from APsaA. He received an AB from Harvard College and MD from the University of Texas. Kerry is past board chair of Physicians for Human Rights, which shared in the Nobel Peace Prize.  click to register: https://www.austenriggs.org/event/sulkowicz-grand-rounds Lectures are held via Zoom, designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 CE/CME credit (see registration form for more details and zoom link) 
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FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5 pm to 8 pm

For the month of October, First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a variety of outdoor locations perfect for a social distanced walk around the downtown, as well as 4 indoor locations.

All art exhibits are on display in participating venues throughout the month. For more information on First Fridays Artswalk and to view a listing and map of all participating artists and locations, visit www.FirstFridaysArtswalk.com


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VIRTUAL FRIDAY NIGHT GUEST LECTURE
, 6:30 p.m.
Click to register: https://www.austenriggs.org/event/beyond-politics-castration-election-pandemic-and-transformative-strange Virtual Friday Night Guest Lecture with Jill Gentile, PhD  NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and requires advance registration. Friday Night Guest Lectures are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below).  Register Now This talk explores the significance of sexual difference for a psychoanalytic “democratic position” and its potential contributions to radical equality and collective renewal. I will explore Trump’s rhetoric and ideology (such as it is) as a nihilistic/necrophilic response to alterity, in which the seductions of incestuous relations predominate, resulting in a perverse politics of castration. The current election, amidst the persistent effects of the novel coronavirus, functions as a fulcrum for a fundamental decision: between a “return” to stasis, and a transformative turn towards the “strange.” Dr. Gentile suggests that recent signage of the enigmatic, the obscure, and the strange suggests that the motion (or democratic action of) the world, and of the US particularly, is at a juncture where vitalizing and erotic tensions make it impossible to return to some prior order. Thus the forthcoming general election is not only pivotal in the drive to reject an authoritarianism order of the same, but also functions as a genuine truth event, a rupture in the familiar order that opens us to novel dis/order but also to ethical communalism and social transformation. Jill Gentile, PhD is faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and supervising analyst at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. She sits on several editorial boards including Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), Studies in Gender and Sexuality; Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context. She was awarded the 2017 Gradiva Award for her essay, “What is special about speech?” Her book Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, with Michael Macrone (Karnac, 2016) explores psychoanalysis’s relationship to democracy through the lenses of free association, freedom of speech, and the feminine. Dr. Gentile’s public essays have been featured in the Huffington Post, the New School’s Public Seminar, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Philosophical Salon, and she has also served as a consultant to the Emmy nominated film The Tale (HBO, 2018). She maintains a clinical practice in New York, where she sees individuals and couples and leads private study groups. For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.    
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BARRINGTON STAGE: VIRTUAL READING OF TYPHOID MARY
Pittsfield, 7:30 pm

Barrington Stage Company will host a virtual reading of the play "Typhoid Mary" by Mark St. Germain and directed by Matthew Penn.

Tickets can be purchased here.


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ONLINE GHOST TOURS AT THE MOUNT
Lenox, 8 pm to 9 pm

Tour guide Robert Oakes leads tours through the darkened halls of the Mount, sharing tales of the eerie encounters that have been reported over the years.

The live tours will be via zoom 

More information and registration at EdithWharton.org.

 

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TRICK OR EAT IN DOWNTOWN PITTSFIELD!
Pittsfield
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) will present Trick or Eat in downtown Pittsfield over Halloween weekend (Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1). Come dressed in costume (or donning a Halloween-themed COVID mask) and receive a handful of treats with your dine in or take out meal. Purchase of meal required. Participating Restaurants: Berkshire General Store District Kitchen & Bar Dottie’s Coffee Lounge Eat on North Flavours of Malaysia Hot Harry’s Marketplace Café Methuselah Bar & Lounge Mission Bar + Tapas Panchos Mexican Restaurant Patrick’s Pub That’s a Wrap Café Thrive Diner Tito’s Mexican Grill Please check with the restaurant for hours of operation. Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. encourages you to share your costumes with them on social media @downtownpittsfield. Take photos in costume downtown and post with the hashtags #trickoreat, #dinedowntownpittsfield and #heartoftheberkshires. This event is sponsored by Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. with candy sponsors: Big Y, Lee Bank, Market 32, and the Marketplace Café.  
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HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE HALLOWEEN
Hancock, 10 am to 4 pm

The day includes a costume contest for kids, ghost stories, a scavenger hunt, and a good bag (while supplies last). All activities included with admission. 


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DELVING INTO DANCE HISTORY
Windsor, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, October 31-November 1, 2:30-5:30pm Eastern | Re-imagining Early Modern Dance $99 (includes access to Dance Education Laboratory resources and materials)  Join Ann Biddle (Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow) and Felice Santorelli (DEL Facilitator) in this online workshop series highlighting the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive site. Re-envision dance history as embodied inquiry using the extensive video and multimedia resources of the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. In this interactive workshop we will critically examine the work of Ted Shawn and Martha Graham, and look at how contemporary choreographers have re-imagined their work through a socio-cultural 21st-century lens. Special guest artist: (Sat Oct 31) Adam Weinert; (Sun Nov 1) Blakeley White-McGuire  DELving into Dance History is an ongoing series and is designed for K-12 dance educators, and college dance history enthusiasts to enhance remote and in-person teaching. Each course investigates different dance artists through multiple contextual lenses in order to gain an holistic understanding of dance history.  Each course can be taken on its own.
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HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE TRICK OR TREAT
Hancock, 6 to 8:30 pm

Hancock Shaker Village's Trick or Treat encourages grown-ups to dress in costume, visit various stops throughout the Village, and try their hand at simple contests for beer, wine, and spirit giveaways and other prizes. A food truck, fire pit, and music make this a great date night. Tickets are $45 (includes three drink vouchers).


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BARRINGTON STAGE: VIRTUAL READING OF TYPHOID MARY
Pittsfield, 7:30 pm

Barrington Stage Company will host a virtual reading of the play "Typhoid Mary" by Mark St. Germain and directed by Matthew Penn.

Tickets can be purchased here.


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MASS AUDUBON - WATERFOWL ON BERKSHIRE LAKES AND PONDS
, 8 am - 11:30 am

Spend the morning visiting several Berkshire lakes in search of migrating waterfowl that only briefly stopover in the area. Culminating with a stop at Bartlett's Apple Orchard for hot cider and doughnuts. 

Travel by Mass Audubon van or carpool between sites. Minimal hiking involved. Spotting scopes provided.

Registration is required. Bring your own binoculars. Masks and social distancing is required.

Member fee: $12  Nonmembers: $17  

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HALLOWEEN ONLINE GHOST TOUR AT THE MOUNT
Lenox, 8 pm and 10:30 pm

Tour guide Robert Oakes leads tours through the darkened halls of the Mount, sharing tales of the eerie encounters that have been reported over the years.

The live tours will be via zoom 

The Halloween ghost tours include a Stable tour at 8:00 p.m. and a House tour at 10:30 p.m. choose either tour, or sign up for both.

More information and registration at EdithWharton.org.

 

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