Christmas Trees Delivered to Carr Hardware

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Carr Hardware received its first truckload of Christmas trees Thursday morning, truly ringing in the beginning of the holiday season.
 
"It is fun because so many people come in," Assistant Manager Claudia Randall said. "There are a lot of kids with their parents."
 
The trees hail from New Hampshire and are Douglas firs.
 
Randall said they will display the trees outside in two sections: sizes 5 feet to 7 feet and those even bigger for those looking to fill out higher ceilings.
 
"We set them up so people can see them," Randall said. "We will display a few of them out front."
 
Randall said staff will select one tree to decorate 
 
"We will use it on display and at the end of the year we will sell it real cheap to a family," she said. "It is here and those are the people at the last minute who are looking for anything."
 
The trees are currently on sale for those who want to get one thing out of the way before the holiday season starts in earnest.

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Drury Graduate to Direct Horror Film in North Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Drury High School graduate is hoping to bring his dream — or, more appropriately, his nightmare — to film life. 

The horror film "The Uncredited," written by Nick Burchard, will be filmed in North Adams this spring, pending fundraising and the COVID-19 pandemic. Burchard's Tiny Viking Productions is making the film in conjunction with Sancha Spiller and Kasey Rae of Skylah Productions of New York City.

"I grew up in the area, and I've always appreciated the historical places, in particular the Hoosac Tunnel, Mohawk Theater, and the old mills," Burchard said. "I think North Adams has a very unique setting, with the mountains surrounding the city and of course, all the steeples.

"The Uncredited" follows a young woman who appears in an independent film. While watching it, her friends notice something disturbing in the background of her scene. This leads to rumors and distrust in even the closest group of friends.
 
"My goal is to make great characters, and even though it's a spooky thriller the characters in it are just friends sitting down to watch a movie together," Burchard said. "They crack jokes, roast each other, and are all collectively trying to have a good time … but that juxtaposed with the realization that one of them might be hiding something is what creates the thriller edge to this. I think it's really fun."
 
Spiller added that the film does not rely on horror tropes such as jump scares. She said the screenplay is character-driven.
 
"It showcases our greatest fear of not knowing the people around us as well as we think," she said. "It makes us second guess who we trust and remember that just being in the wrong place at the wrong time can have horrifying consequences."
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