Williamstown Harvest Supper Cancelled

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Second Congregational Church in Williamstown Harvest Supper Cancelled


Second Congregational Church in Williamstown will not be holding its annual Harvest Supper this year. The mid-October event is the latest activity the congregation has been forced to cancel because of the pandemic, including the strawberry festival and the church auction and pot-luck supper fundraiser. The church has, however, resumed worship services outside, weather permitting, and indoors if necessary.


North Adams Public Library Storywalk

The Dot Storywalk will be on display on the grounds of the North Adams Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.  


StoryWalk is an interactive way for people to enjoy reading while being outside at the same time. Participants follow a designated path around the library where laminated 2-spread pages from the children's book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds will be displayed in intervals. 


Children who participate in the Storywalk will receive a bag of books and an opportunity to sign up for a library card.  Families interested in registering for a library card are asked to please bring a photo ID and a piece of mail with a current address.


Registration is required as space is limited. Call 413-662-3133 or email naplyouth@northadams-ma.gov with questions.


October First Fridays Artswalk

The First Friday Artwalk continues through October with a mural unveiling Oct. 2 ay 5 pm.  


Pittsfield’s Artscape will unveil the mural "THE SUN WILL RISE" at 443 North Street. "THE SUN WILL RISE" is a 20 x 16 foot mural created by Jesse Tobin McCauley along with Jay Tobin and Stephanie Quetti.


The Artswalk starts at 2 pm and ends at 5 pm.


Be sure to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other individuals and wear your mask.


Click here for a map of all indoor and outdoor locations, including hours for the indoor shows.


Sharing Stories: The Importance of Oral Histories and Listening in These Unprecedented Times

Join the Berkshire Museum online on Friday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 pm for a live panel discussion to open an updated, virtual version of the 2019 exhibition Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP.

Judith Monachina will lead a conversation about the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center as featured in the exhibit and the ways oral histories and sharing and listening to each other can help communities meet the unique challenges of today including the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing fight for social justice.


Panelists for the evening will include community activist, educator, and Founder of the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program, Shirley Edgerton, and NAACP Berkshires President, Dennis Powell.

Learn more and register at explore.berkshiremuseum.org.


Andrew Erdman To Lecture For Ventfort Hall On "Eva Tanguay, The I Don’t Care Girl."

Historian and author Andrew Erdman will present for Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum a visual presentation via Zoom on "Eva Tanguay, the I Don’t Care Girl or Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age." He will give his talk from his home in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 pm.  He originally gave this talk before an audience at the museum on July 28 without Zoom.  

Erdman’s latest book "Queen of Vaudeville:  The Story of Eva Tanguay," is the first-ever biography of the performer. Showbiz circles of her day nicknamed her the "I Don’t Care Girl" after her trademark song "I Don’t Care," which she first introduced as part of a vaudeville act in 1905. 


Erdman served as a staff reporter at Fortune magazine where he wrote a weekly human-interest column and profiles of the world’s billionaires. He also has written for National Lampoon, Diversions, Women.com and LifetimeTV.com.

Tickets for the Erdman lecture are $20 per person. To view him on Zoom register at https://ventfort10032020.eventbrite.com

Reservations for viewing him at Ventfort Hall on Zoom are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call us at (413) 637-3206. Tea cannot be served until further notice due to the coronavirus.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic Violence Community Action Plan


While the responsibility for domestic violence lies with the perpetrators of these crimes, we all play a role in creating a culture of respect and preventing violence. 


Help us raise awareness about domestic violence this month. Commit to action for National Domestic Violence Awareness MonthBelow are some steps you can take. 


1. Add a Facebook Frame to your profile picture:

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2. Stand Out Against Domestic Violence with MICinc


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 5:00PM to 6:30PM

North Adams City Hall

Join Men Initiating Change in North County (MICinc) and Elizabeth Freeman Center as we stand out (or show up) for domestic violence as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Social distancing and masks are required. Bring a sign or use one of ours!

Check out the Facebook event for more info!

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3. Purple Challenge 


Thursday, October 22, 2020 is National Wear Purple Day

Wearing purple is a simple, yet meaningful way to raise awareness about domestic violence. Get your friends, family members and coworkers to join you in wearing purple.


Snap a selfie! Or take a group shot of your friends/family/co-workers all wearing purple.


Post it on social media with #PurpleChallenge and #DVAM. Don't forget to tag us!

  • Facebook: @ElizabethFreemanCenter
  • Instagram: @Elizabeth_Freeman_Center

4. Call Your Representatives


Advocating for budget priorities and legislative changes can better protect the rights of victims and improve access to services, resources, and justice for survivors. Call your representatives and let them know where you stand on the issues below.


Elizabeth Freeman Center Budget Priorities 

We understand the impact of COVID-19 on our state's revenue has been significant. That said, the complex needs of survivors are only increased by the isolation of this pandemic. EFC is urging the legislature to prioritize the needs of survivors and challenge any cuts to these line items. 


DPH Line Item 4513-1130: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention and Treatment Services 

Total Funding Request: $45,233,631 ($5.38 million increase over H2)

There is a resounding need for programs to increase their advocacy and outreach in order to meet the needs of survivors especially now during the  COVID-19 crisis. Any cuts to sexual and domestic violence service providers would be devastating to the safety and wellbeing of all residents of the Commonwealth.


DPH Line Item 4513-1131: Healthy Relationships Grant Program

Total Funding Request: $1,000,000 (level funding with H2)

Maintain violence prevention education programming to youth across the Commonwealth with an emphasis on programming for marginalized identities, including EFC’s new program with Taconic High School and 18 Degree’s Live Out Loud Youth Project.

State Legislators


Senator Adam Hinds

Phone: (413)344-4561 or (413)768-2373

Email: adam.hinds@masenate.gov

100 North Street, Suite 410

Pittsfield, MA 01201


Rep. John Barrett, III

Phone: (413)743-8300

Email: john.barrett@mahouse.gov

8 Park Street

Adams, MA 01220


Rep. Paul Mark

Phone: (413)464-5635

Email: paul.mark@mahouse.gov

PO Box 114

Dalton, MA 01227


Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

Phone: (413)637-0631

Email: rep.smitty@mahouse.gov

PO Box 2228

Lenox, MA 01240


Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Phone: (413)442-4300

Email: tricia.farley-bouvier@mahouse.gov

PO Box 3798

Pittsfield, MA 01202

Legislative Priorities


An Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access (ROE Act) (S1209/H3320)

Survivors access to all reproductive health options is critical.


An Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses (H4418)
Legislation to address policy, prevention and services to student experiencing sexual assault at institutions of higher education.


Act Relative to Healthy Youth (S263/H410
Ensure that sexuality education, when taught, is age appropriate and medically accurate.

An Act to Lift Kids out of Deep Poverty (S36/H102)
Set a floor on cash assistance at 50% of the federal poverty level.

Rights and Safety of All MA Residents (Safe Communities Act) (S1401/H3573) 
Preserve and restore community trust in police by separating law enforcement and immigration, making it safer for survivors to come forward to seek support and services.


5. Like & Share 


Keep up to date with Elizabeth Freeman Center and help us continue to raise awareness by following us on Instagram and Facebook and sharing our posts.

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Elizabeth Freeman Center Statement on Racial Justice

Why Our Anti-Violence Work Is and Must Be Anti-Racist


Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) stands in solidarity with local, state and national movements, including Black Lives Matter, in demanding civil rights, justice and liberation for our Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.


As the domestic and sexual violence response center for Berkshire County, we at EFC see daily how individual violence and systemic racism are intertwined. Black, Brown and Indigenous people endure more violence, face disbelief or blame when they talk about it, and are often punished by the systems ostensibly there to help, including the police, courts, and state agencies.  Our anti-violence work is – and must be – rooted in anti-racism to combat these realities.  We will continue to fight until the lives, stories, and safety of survivors of color are valued.


Read the full statement here.

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The world changed, but the violence continued.

These are dangerous and unprecedented times. The very necessary steps we take to stop the spread of Coronavirus also create the very conditions that result in increased domestic and sexual violence. And we are seeing it. 


Elizabeth Freeman Center is OPEN! Our hotline is answered 24/7. Our offices are open to help with emergencies, receive walk-ins, provide basic assistance, i.e. food, shelter, safe phones and transportation, and help with forms and protection orders. In addition, our shelter is open and we continue to motel survivors fleeing danger when our shelter is full. 

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