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Pittsfield's tree-lighting ceremony will be virtual again this year. PCTV will be hosting the show.

Pittsfield & PCTV Team Up for Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television has teamed up with Pittsfield's Recreation Program to air a Virtual 2021 Holiday Tree Lighting.
 
"The holiday tree lighting is one of our most beloved and memorable occasions in the city of Pittsfield. Traditionally, it's the time of the year when we all gather today and reflect on the beauty of the season. Though I'm disappointed that we won't be able to gather this year, the tree stands as a reminder of the many good things that are still around us.  It's my hope that each of us will find a way to recognize and cherish those special things in our lives," said Mayor Linda Tyer. "Thank you to all who dedicated their time, energy, and talents to make this an amazing event for our community."
 
PCTV will present the tree lighting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. The program will air on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301, PCTV Select, and the Pittsfield Community Television Facebook page. The program will also be simulcast on Lanesborough Community Television, Dalton Community Television, and Community Television of the Southern Berkshires. 
 
The show will feature the Berkshire Hills Chorus, Kids 4 Harmony, and the Eagles Band Brass Ensemble. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance.
 
The program will be rerun multiple times during the holiday season and available for viewing on-demand on PCTV's website, 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,' he said.
 
This year, the tree is a 25-foot-tall white spruce donated by Bonnie and Lou Cummings of Pittsfield. The tree was installed by the city of Pittsfield's Parks and Highway Department.

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'RUNWAY' Painting Exhibition to Open at BCC

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) presents "RUNWAY," an exhibition of original paintings by local artist Grier Horner, on view in Koussevitzky Gallery Monday, Jan. 24 through Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. 
 
The gallery is open Monday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.
 
Horner was born in New York City in 1935 and lived in and around New York until enrolling at Brown University in 1953. After graduating, he worked a short stint in the mailroom of a Manhattan ad agency, followed by reporting jobs at The St. Albans Messenger in Vermont and at The North Adams Transcript, until landing at the Berkshire Eagle. There, he spent 32 years, first as the City Hall reporter and then as the associate editor, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a series of stories on child abuse. He retired in 1997 and took up painting and photography, honing his skills by taking classes at BCC.
 
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