image description

North Adams Seeks Volunteers, Sponsors for 125th Birthday Bash

Print Story | Email Story
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its incorporation as a city. 
 
The community is invited to mark this historic milestone, celebrate the city's rich history, and look to the future of North Adams at events planned for April 24-25.
 
The celebration will include several fun, family friendly, and mostly free events. Plans for the 125th anniversary program include a community celebration on Saturday, April 25, along with celebration fundraising dinner to benefit the North Adams Public Library the evening of Friday, April 24. More details about the event and celebration schedule will be released shortly.
 
The 125th celebration planning committee is currently looking for sponsors and donations toward this celebration, volunteers to help plan and assist with the kick-off weekend activities, and information on other events happening in the city between April 17 and 26 that tie into the celebration, incorporating the theme of 125 years of North Adams history into their individual events.
 
Most events will be free to attend and open to the public, including free admission to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for all North Adams residents on Saturday, April 25.
 
Anyone interested in volunteering or becoming a sponsor can contact Suzy Helme, director of community events and tourism, at tourism@northadams-ma.gov, or 413-664-6180.

Tags: anniversary,   

0 Comments
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to info@iberkshires.com.

'Downhill': It's all Relative

By Michael S. GoldbergeriBerkshires Film Critic
"Downhill," an Americanized adaptation of Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's "Force Majeure," a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, doubtlessly lost something in the translation. Indeed, this variation on a comedy-drama about a family on an Alpine ski vacation evokes a smidgen of its Continental DNA. 
 
Yet, in taking its uncertain path to some hoped for humanistic revelation, it seems like it'd be much happier if only it could jump the tracks from classically cerebral comedy to safely domesticized farce.
 
Not to say that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as the marrieds with issues just bursting to unravel don't give it as successful an old college try as the scenario will allow. But to quote a hobo I once met aboard a southbound freight I hopped, describing a French version of Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" he had recently seen in New Orleans, "They just didn't impart that je ne sais quoi."
 
Still, I suspect the plot's central bugaboo, meant to epitomize and hence hold the epiphanic key to the chronic dysfunction every family worth its weight in Sturm und Drang embraces, is as thought provoking in English as it is in Swedish. And, unless you've emanated from the picture-perfect world of the nuclear family as it was depicted in 1950s sitcoms, there are in this film niches of behavior and modes of coping that assure you are not alone in your experience.
View Full Story

More North Adams Stories