Berkshire South's Shining Star Program Accepting Gifts

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Shining Star, Berkshire South Regional Community Center's holiday supplemental program for families in need, is now accepting both gifts and applications. 
 
Enrollment for this program is open through Nov. 20, and all enrollment information is confidential. Gifts or donations for families should be dropped off at Berkshire South no later than Dec. 4. 
 
"I am so proud of our region this year. We continue to come together in creative ways to help others," Jenise Lucey, executive director of Berkshire South said. "Your neighbors need your help more than ever, and if your family or business is able to give even a small amount those small gifts compound upon one another."
 
The Center currently has 80 families registered for the program this year.
 
Participants can also give a monetary donation. This will allow participants to stay safe at home while others shop for them.
 
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Naumkeag Announces Third Annual Winterlights Event

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

STOCKBIRDGE, Mass. — Winterlights, an immersive holiday light display, will be returning for its third year at properties of the Trustees of Reservations beginning Thanksgiving weekend.

This event has attracted tens of thousands of people and is a tradition for many.

Winterlights will be held at two of the Trustees' beloved properties:Naumkeag in Stockbridge and the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton.

Naumkeag, the former mansion and gardens of Mabel Choate, is also celebrating their 60th anniversary as a museum this year.

The displays will run Tuesdays through Sundays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Friday, Nov. 27, through Saturday, Jan. 2, at both locations. Naumkeag will be hosting two additional Mondays -- Dec. 21 and 28 -- from 4:40 to 8:30 p.m.

Brian Cruey, director for the eight Southern Berkshire properties of the Trustees of Reservations, said that the Trustees feel responsible to provide this festive event during COVID-19 times because they have beautiful outdoor properties that can safely accommodate people.

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