GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Boxing Club, which began nearly three years ago as a "floating" boxing program, has a permanent home at 72 Stockbridge Road (the former Gans Bedding).
The brick and mortar space will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, April 17. There will be a grand opening party on Friday, May 17 May 24, at the gym, from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to see live exhibition sparring. Everyone is welcome.
Berkshire Boxing Club offers a training program for beginners as well as seasoned boxers who are hoping to compete. Genève Brossard, Berkshire Boxing Club's head coach and founder, has been running a grassroots boxing program here in the Berkshires for nearly three years in a variety of locations, training boxers for everything from non-contact fitness to competition.
Prior to teaching in the Berkshires, Brossard (who began boxing training at Gleason's gym in 1999) was a New York Golden Gloves and State Empire Games Champion. She was an athlete on the USA Elite Women's Boxing team in 2006 and represented the United States at the Pan American Games. She also was the first woman to represent the London-based Lynn Boxing Club, fighting the European elite amateur circuit for two years and finishing her boxing career as a London Amateur Boxing Association tournament finalist in 2010.
"Boxing for me has always meant freedom. Through boxing I've experienced choice, the choice to train, to step into the ring, and choosing to be disciplined and devoted," Brossard said in a press release on the gym's opening. "That kind of devotion is reflected in the people who have been drawn to the Berkshire Boxing Club: teens, professional people, people looking to get in shape, older people. They've come in with very different intentions, and yet there is a real care and community here. They are supporting each other in their training. It's the kind of sport that engages everyone."
In addition to boxing classes — novice, youth Olympic-style, intermediate, competitive — the club will offer strength and mobility training, functional fitness, athlete recovery yoga, sparring, one-on-one sessions, guest seminars, exhibition fights, and other unique events.
"Boxing is an equalizer. Anyone can come in and work hard and get good and be acknowledged, which is so important," Brossard said. "Just come as you are. Everyone is welcome."
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Trustees Rename Monument Mountain Trails to Honor Indigenous Peoples
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — An organization known for preserving exceptional Berkshires — and beyond — destinations is taking steps toward preserving and honoring the history of indigenous peoples in the county.
On Thursday, The Trustees of Reservations announced that it has officially changed the names of its two Monument Mountain trails as a result of working with indigenous descendants of the Mohican Tribe who first settled in the Southern Berkshires nearly 300 years ago.
"We have worked for a long time with them, and have a relationship going pretty far back," Director of Southern Berkshires Properties Brian Cruey said in regard to the collaboration. "They're making sure that what we are saying is accurate, having language approved when we put in materials and also working on giving some of the objects we do have on our collection back to the tribe."
The former Indian Monument Trail has been renamed "Mohican Monument Trail" and Squaw Peak is now called "Peeskawso Peak," which means virtuous woman in the Mohican language. The name changes were carefully deliberated and approved by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans.
Last week, the organization announced plans for Festival 2021, an $8 million Ted Shawn Theatre renovation, an intent to rebuild the Doris Duke Theatre, and a "Dance We Must" campaign to fund the completion of a five-year plan.
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Bard College at Simon's Rock was on lockdown Thursday after an anonymous bomb threat was emailed to the campus.
The all-clear was given at 1:30 p.m. after the grounds were searched by local first responders and the state police bomb squad.
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The destruction caused by the fire at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival last fall was so severe the cause cannot be determined. Officials pointed to failures with the alarm and sprinkler system as factors in the fire damage. click for more