City of North Adams seeks donation of Christmas Trees
The City of North Adams is looking for two large Christmas Trees, 25 feet to 30 feet in height, to decorate the downtown area for the holiday season.
Trees will be sought from the Northern Berkshire area from now until the first week of November.
Anyone wishing to donate trees is asked to contact the North Adams Fire Department at 662-3103.
If calling after hours, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Autumn Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village
Autumn Weekend celebrates culture, tradition, artistry, and nature with over 20 artisans and food purveyors in a historic setting.
The weekend includes family activities such as an egg toss competition and a scavenger hunt.
Visit the barnyard animals, tour a selection of 20 historic buildings displaying some of the museum’s 22,000-piece collection, visit the farm stand, and check out an unusual vegetable display.
In the afternoon there will be live music by local artists.
On Saturday, Lanoue Evans performs at 12 pm and The Kashmir Souls at 3 pm.
On Sunday, Lanoue Evans returns at 12 pm and Misty Blues takes the stage at 3 pm.
The entrance fee is the cost of admission ($20 adults, $8 youth ages 13-17, and free for kids 12 and under).
Purchasing advanced admission is encouraged. With limited capacity, there may be a wait time for those without advance tickets.
Click here to purchase Saturday tickets and here for Sunday.
The 11th annual Berkshire Drum Fest
This Berkshire Drum Fest returns to Windsor Town Park on Peru Road to support the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center Saturday, Sept. 26.
The drum fest is an annual community experience to gather and celebrate in the spirit of the drum. Classes will be led by master drummer and "Djembe Fola" Namory Keita from Sangbarala, Guinea West Africa, Namory Keita, the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers led by Aimee Gelinas and members of Gaia Roots.
10:30 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 2:30 pm: Intergenerational drum classes in person and on ZOOM with Namory Keita. Registration is required. Class fees are $30 per class or $50 for both.
3 pm: Intergenerational Concert in person and on ZOOM with Namory Keita, Berkshire Rhythm Keepers led by Aimee Gelinas and members of Gaia Roots. Registration is required. The suggested donation is $10 to $20.
The event will also include a world marketplace and refreshments. Masks are required for classes and concerts. No walk-ins and registration required.
Email Director Aimee Gelinas at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for drum classes and concert or RSVP on Facebook.
Fest proceeds will support the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center's year round environmental education for all ages, the “Raise the Roof” fund to build a sustainable nature and cultural education center and to continue to conserve 32 acres of highland boreal forest in Windsor.
Dewey Hall Outdoors: Alchemy in Concert
Dewey Hall and the Sheffield Contra Committee will host two outdoor concerts on Saturday, Sept. 26
The dance band Alchemy is made of Karen Axelrod, Eric Martin, and Rachel Bell. Alchemy plays traditional English Country Dance and Contra music and has toured across North America.
Tickets for the 2 pm show can be reserved here. Tickets for the 4 pm show can be reserved here.
Kathleen Maher Will Present P. T. Barnum, An American Icon
Kathleen Maher, executive director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Conn., will give a visual presentation at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on "P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon."
Her lecture will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 4:00 pm and is part of Ventfort Hall's summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.
According to Maher, "The Barnum name alone conjures up ideas and imagination, preconceived notions of a man and philosophy. Known to most of the world as the ‘Great American Showman' for more than 170 years, the weight of the Barnum name has forced associations of humbug and merriment, provoked thought, and invited controversy, welcomed the cynical and engaged and challenged the skeptic."
Maher has been the executive director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport for over 20 years. She has implemented numerous award-winning exhibitions and programs that explore a variety of 19th-century social themes and historical events.
Tickets for the Maher presentation either at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom are $20 per person. Reservations are required in either case. To view on Zoom register at here.
Seating with six-foot spacing at Ventfort Hall will be limited. For reservations to attend at Ventfort Hall call us at 413-637-3206. The museum's traditional Victorian Teas cannot be served until further notice also due to COVID-19.
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SBA Seeks Nominations for Committee On Veterans Business Affairs
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administrationseeks member nominations from veteran-owned small businesses and veterans service organizations to serve on the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA).
Public Law 106-50, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999, established the ACVBA to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the SBA Administrator, the Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, Congress, the President, and other U.S. policymakers.
Committee members meet quarterly to address the current state of veteran-owned small businesses and inform the public on progress made toward advancing veteran entrepreneurship opportunities.
The SBA Administrator will appoint individuals to serve on the ACVBA for a period of three years. Additional information about the ACVBA is located here. The next Committee meeting is Dec. 3, 2020, and is open to the public. Details will be shared with the public in advance of the meeting.
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