1Berkshire Announces New Director of Member Services

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —1Berkshire has hired Christine Hoyt as its new director of Member Services.

In her role, Hoyt will manage all 1Berkshire events and the Berkshire Leadership Program as well as recruit and retain members. She also serves as an integral part of the organization's leadership team. She started working as a consultant for the organization this past summer and 1Berkshire was happy to bring her on board full time in November.

"Already familiar with our organization, Christine Hoyt has been able to make an immediate impact," said 1Berkshire's President & CEO Jonathan Butler. "We’re fortunate to be able to utilize her impressive combination of skills and relationships with the community. At 1Berkshire we value a passion for the region above all else, and Christine brings a great deal of that to an already strong team."

Prior to her employment with 1Berkshire, Hoyt worked in the office of Community Engagement, Education and Workforce Development at Berkshire Community College. She previously served as the director of Programs and Events for the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and executive assistant to the President at MCLA. Hoyt is also the 2018 recipient of the Northern Berkshire United Way's Spirit of the Future Award and a 2017 Berkshire County 40 Under Forty honoree.

Originally from central New York, Hoyt and her husband moved to the Berkshires in 2005, where she became involved in her local community. She currently serves as a member of the Select Board in the town of Adams, where she resides. She is a 2008 graduate of the Berkshire Leadership Program, where she gained a deeper appreciation for the Berkshires and the economic development opportunities and challenges in the County.  

Hoyt earned a B.S. degree in corporate communication from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.


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The Zombie Pig, and Other Tales of Cabbage Stalk Night

By Joe DurwinSpecial to iBerkshires

A North Adams Transcript headline from 1901
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's a variant of a tradition known by other names around the country — Devil's Night, Mischief Night, Corn Night — practiced in select areas around the eastern United States, and particularly  concentrated in a thin slice of rural New England: cabbage night, cabbage stump night, or cabbage stalk night.  
This last variation of the name appears to be distinct to the Berkshires, North County in particular. Originally dating back to the before the mid-1800s, in a time when almost everyone grew some produce on their property, youths would run amok pulling up cabbages and hurling them at doors, in combination with various pranks and petty vandalisms. 
"The 'young American' way of celebrating Hallowe'en is to devote the night to robbing gardens of cabbages, unhinging gates, and making a disturbance generally," opined the Berkshire County Eagle in 1873, noting that five young men had found themselves up on charges after being "especially offensive at Henry Wergler's where they dashed cabbage stalks through the windows and were very riotous." 
"Stumps and leaves of this fragrant vegetable were plenty on sidewalks and dooryards," the Eagle noted following another robust cabbage night in Pittsfield three years later and, in 1892 explained, "All the pent up devilry, accumulated in a year's time, in the minds of a hundred boys, breaks forth on cabbage night in Dalton, and persons admiring safety stay in doors."
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