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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 26-July 2

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Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes and events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at Thank you and be well!

Barrington Stage Company presents the BSC Bash: On with the Show! on Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. The FREE virtual event includes a BSC-style evening of songs, artists, and community leaders, plus a sneak preview of next year's world premiere musical A Crossing. Performers include Jordan Craig, Alan H. Green, Jeff McCarthy, Alexandra Silber, Elizabeth Stanley, and Alysha Umphress, with appearances by Josh Bergasse, Ty Allan Jackson, and John Rando!
Berkshire Natural Resources Council announces the opening of a new trail in Pittsfield! The Mahanna Cobble Trail begins and ends at Bousquet ski area. The entire out-and-back trail is 2.8 miles of strenuous hiking and includes gorgeous vistas. FREE. Open daily from dawn until dusk.
Berkshire Artist Profiles Learn from Home w/Berkshire Theatre Group | Classes w/IS183 Art School | Painting Tutorials w/Berkshire Paint & Sip | Virtual Barrington Stage Classes w/Radiance Yoga | Classes w/Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness Classes w/Antil Fitness | Email for Online Drumming Classes | ONGOING Online Classes w/Berkshire OLLI | FRI Virtual Culture Chat | MON Summer Olympics Germany: 1936 & 1972 | MON WordXWord Poetry: Reality Bites | WED 1Berkshire Virtual Town Hall: Census 2020 | WED+ 4th of July Virtual 5K | THU Lawn Concert w/Paul Green & Benny Kohn

Join 18 Degrees for a Virtual Dance Party on Friday, June 26 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Gather your friends and family and have a dance party at your home, then share it on Facebook. Five families will be sent a surprise in the mail for sharing their videos!

Hotel on North's new outdoor culinary and cocktail experience, "The Backlot," returns with food from Bounti Fare, plus lawn games and a full bar! Reservations are required. Thursday-Saturday 4-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Below are some of the Pittsfield restaurants currently offering takeout, delivery, and/or curbside pickup. Please check their websites for updates. Visit the 1Berkshire website for a list of all current Berkshire County takeout options, including restaurants that now offer outdoor dining options.
Berkshire General Store Berkshire Mountain Bakery Berkshire Organics Braise Worthy | District Kitchen & Bar Dottie's | Flavours of Malaysia | Flo's Diner | Forthill Farm | Guido's Fresh Marketplace | Hangar Pub & Grill | Highland Restaurant | Hot Harry's Fresh Burritos | Hot Tomatoes Pizza | House of India La Fogata The Lantern Bar & Grill The Marketplace Cafe | Mazzeo's Ristorante | New Amazing Pavilion | O'Laughlin's Pub | Otto's Kitchen & Comfort | Pancho's Mexican Restaurant | Papa Joe's Ristorante & Pizzeria | Patrick's Pub | Pittsfield Health Food Centre | Pittsfield Rye Bakery | The Proprietor's Lodge | Seeds Market Cafe | That's a Wrap | Thrive Vegan Diner | Tito's Mexican Grille | Trattoria Rustica | Virtual Pittsfield Farmers Market | Zucco's Family Restaurant 

1Berkshire has compiled a list of online sites where you can find information on a number of topics, including an explanation of our state's reopening plan. You can also visit the City of Pittsfield's COVID-19 webpage for updates and helpful resources.
The city's first ever Drive.Walk.Bike City Art Show will take place on Friday, July 3 from 4-9 p.m. Artists will be displaying their paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fashions, sidewalk art, videos, and more on their porches, trees, lawns, and driveways, in their garages, or projected onto their homesTo participate and get on the map, send your Pittsfield address to by July 2!
Have you dreamed of writing at the same desk at which Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick? Apply to be Arrowhead's newest writer-in-residence! Writers working in all genres, both published and emerging, are encouraged to apply for one of two 8-week residencies.


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Pittsfield School Committee Votes to Change Taconic Mascot

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

The School Committee debates a change in team mascots for the two Pittsfield high schools. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School will no longer be the Braves' House.
The School Committee on Wednesday voted to change 50-year-old team mascot and begin the process of determining a new, more culturally acceptable identity for the vocational school.
"I think this is going to be very divisive and very upsetting for this school," Chairwoman Katherine Yon said. "It is just a very difficult decision to come to and it feels like all of the decisions during this time are difficult."
The issue has come up during public comment over the past few months with callers asking the School Committee to change the name of the Taconic Braves and the Pittsfield High School Generals.
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