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City crews decorating the 25-foot spruce installed earlier this week at Park Square.

Pittsfield Sets Virtual Tree Lighting for 2020

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The city putting up holiday lights along North Street on Thursday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield is the latest community to present a virtual tree lighting to avoid the crowds the annual event regularly draws. The gatherings have been limited in size because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
 
In this case, Pittsfield Community Television is teaming up with the city of Pittsfield's Recreation Program for a televise a virtual 2020 holiday tree lighting.
 
"The holiday tree lighting is a special and memorable occasion for our entire community. While we won't be able to gather together this year, the holiday tree stands as a vivid reminder of the many good things that are still around us," said Mayor Linda Tyer. "Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event possible."
 
PCTV will present the "Virtual 2020 Park Square Tree Lighting" at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. The program will air on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301, PCTV Select, Facebook Watch, and YouTube. 
 
Santa and Mrs. Claus will host the show, which will feature the Pittsfield High School band, Kids 4 Harmony, and the Taconic High School chorus. The program will be rerun multiple times during the holiday season and available for viewing on-demand on PittsfieldTV.org.
 
"PCTV is proud to help continue this wonderful tradition for our city," said PCTV Executive Director Shawn Serre. "For nearly three decades, our channels have broadcast this event live from Park Square, for folks who weren't able to attend.  This year, I'm happy to say, everyone will be able to share in the excitement from the safety and comfort of their homes."
 
The tree is a 25-foot tall blue spruce donated by General Electric in cooperation with SABIC. The tree was installed by the Parks and Highway departments and L.P. Adams.

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Berkshire Museum Making Improvements in 2021

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Piles of dirt speak to the exterior work happening last year at the museum in this image from Tuesday's presentation.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wally the stegosaurus will be rejoining the Berkshire Museum this spring after some rest and recuperation.
 
Wally's not the 118-year-old museum's only renovation that Berkshire County residents can look forward to in 2021.
 
The South Street museum is undergoing nearly $20 million in structural improvements and upgrades — both inside and outside — to preserve not only the structure but the treasures it has inside. 
 
"There truly has been accomplishments in the most trying of years," Chief Engagement Officer Hilary Dunn Ferrone said on Tuesday during a web presentation that described the work and planning being done for preservation, protecting the collections, and improving the museum in ways that will enhance the experience.
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