The Mount Announces Creative Healing Workshop Series

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LENOX, Mass. — The Mount to offer a new series of workshops as part of our continued ARTISTS AT WORK(AAW) project.
"Reclaim Your Liberation," a joint project of The Mount, artist Lia Russell-Self and Raei Bridges, founder and lead guide of The Rusty Anvil. Beginning Oct. 15, two series of free weekly workshops will be held online and onsite at The Mount.
 The first series, Creative Writing: Healing Through Nature, is intended for queer people of color to explore questions of healing, nature, time, community, and liberation in search of a healing creative practice. Each session will feature time for writing, optional sharing and reflection in nature. Beginning Oct. 15, alternating weekly sessions will be held in person at The Mount, and online over Zoom. This series will be facilitated by Lia Russell-Self with additional support from Raei Bridges. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all sessions.
The second series, Creative Reading: Imagining Reclamation and Healing, is intended for individuals without a lived experience of racism and explores the theoretical frameworks of Black, indigenous, and queer traditions informing contemporary movements of reclamation and healing. Facilitated by The Mount's Public Programs Director Michelle Daly, each session will introduce core concepts, including a discussion, and time for personal reflection. Readings will be provided in advance as well as recommendations for further learning and actions.
Visit for more information or to register. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

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Lenox Couple Donates to Local Veterans Organization

LENOX, Mass. — The Matthew & Hannah Keator Family Foundation recently donated $25,000 to the Lenox VFW Conklin-Lane-Coakley Post 12079 in memory of Matthew's lifelong friend Army Sgt. Paul Kastrinakis.
"Sarge was one of my oldest friends and I made a promise to his family to do what we can to keep his memory alive and honor his service and patriotism to our country," Matthew said. "We hope that these funds help in some small way to offset expenses to our local military families."
Kastrinakis passed away on Feb. 7, 2019. The Keators, through working with their foundation and the Lenox VFW Post, have established a scholarship fund to be given out each year to members of the community with ties to the military.
Kastrinakis served for more than 20 years as a State Police trooper as well as a decorated Green Beret who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 
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