Third Thursday Returns This Week

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Third Thursday will return on Thursday, May 19 from 5-8pm on the Common on First Street after a two-year hiatus.  
This month's theme is youth.  The evening will highlight entertainment on the mainstage while activities, food and vendors fill the park.  It is the first of four season events with a more artisan and creative format. 
The presenting sponsor is General Dynamics Mission Systems.  They will be offering an interactive experiment live at the Common. They guide attendees through the process of building their own catapult using a variety of household objects
"Our Third Thursday team, led by Jenna Russ and Drue Davis, is thrilled to once again bring STEAM educational opportunities to the families of Berkshire County. We hope to inspire future engineering and manufacturing professionals to get excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and hope that they will join our team after high school or college," said Paul Dalton, vice president of undersea systems at General Dynamics Mission Systems.
The Flying Cloud Institute and Berkshire Art and Technology Charter School with also be offering interactive STEAM experiments. 
Performances for the evening include:  the Pittsfield High School Jazz Band A Minor Triad; Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc; Kids 4 Harmony and BTG PLAYS! Touring Show: Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS.
Cultural Pittsfield is collaborating with CozQuest and Roots Rising this season to have a wide array of food trucks and vendors and activities with an artisan focus.  Some highlights are:  live screen printing of a custom Pittsfield poster with the Blog Bus; crafts and more with Berkshire Macaroni Kid; pottery wheel demos with Jim Horsford; the Berkshire Athenaeum Book Bike; Thistle & Thorn Floral and the Plant Connector.  Click here for a complete list of vendors and activities
Stay downtown for Third Thursday After Hours and take advantage of the restaurants, theatre and nightly entertainment that are always present in Downtown Pittsfield.   
Upcoming Third Thursdays include: 
  • June – Celebrating Summer with the Whiskey Treaty Road Show sponsored by MountainOne 
  • July – Touch a Truck sponsored by Lenco Armored Vehicles with a special interactive performance hosted by Jacob's Pillow
  • August – Love Pittsfield Showcasing Cultural Organizations sponsored by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

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Goodwill Makes Promotions

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont announced the promotions of Karen Harrington to director of retail operations, northern territory, and Mary Killeen to the position of director of finance.
Harrington is the manager of Goodwill's retail store in Bennington, Vermont, a position she has held since 2015. She oversees operations at Goodwill's store in North Adams and Rutland and is a member of the team working on the July reopening of Goodwill's flagship store in Pittsfield. Prior to joining Goodwill, she was employed at the Bennington Museum for 22 years, including 16 years as administrative assistant to the executive director, followed by six years as manager of the museum's gift shop.
Harrington attended Southern Vermont College and is a Bennington native. She resides there with her husband Tim, 13 chickens, two ducks and a Labrador retriever. She has two grown children, three grown stepchildren, and ten grandchildren.
Killeen, a Pittsfield native and resident, joined Goodwill in 2020 as its senior accountant. With a B.S. in business administration from Stonehill College and many years of accounting experience, she brings expertise in accounting principles and best practices to Goodwill's administrative team. In her new role as director of finance, Killeen will oversee all the day-to-day financial aspects of Goodwill's operations, as well as short- and long-term planning for the nonprofit organization.
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