Adams Incubator to Host Artist Meetup on July 10

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Incubator will host an artist meet-up from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, allowing local artists to come together to talk and network. 

The event is being organized jointly by Adams Theater, Common Folk Artist Collective, the Rapoza Center for the Arts and the Adams Arts Advisory Board. Robin Rapoza, executive director of the Rapoza Center, said the event should provide an informal space for local artists to get to know each other. 
"We wanted a more social event for people. Especially since the pandemic, not a lot of people have been out," Rapoza said. 
The gathering is open to artists of all mediums and styles. Katherine Haig, the Adams liaison for Common Folk, said she encourages non-traditional artists to stop by the event.  
"There are a lot of artists who don't necessarily think of themselves as artists," she said. 
The group plans to host several meet-ups at the Incubator during the summer. Rapoza said this is the second artist meetup they have attempted, after nearly 30 people came to last month's event. 
"It was more than we expected. That was great to see," Rapoza said. "We keep it casual, and it's a good chance to network. And there's a lot of new people who've moved here in the last few years."
Haig said she hopes for more events and activities in downtown Adams. She said events like the artist meetup could help draw people to the area. 
"I've been [with Common Folk] seven years, so I'm trying to bring some of that energy here ... I'd love to see more down-street events, like the Adams Street Fair, but also down in North Adams, there's First Fridays. I'd like to see that happen here, too." 
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Adams' Valley Street Shed Still Needs Funding

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — Construction of the new shed at Valley Street Field may be delayed due to a lack of funding. 


Mike Benson of the Adams/Cheshire Little League attended Monday's Parks Commission meeting and said the league is still working on obtaining funds for the shed. The town appropriated $3,000 for the shed as part of the fiscal 2023 budget and asked the league to match. 


"I've done a ton of fundraising this year to try to keep the costs low for the kids," Benson said, noting he could probably contribute about half of the $3,000 needed right now.


The league, Benson said, is in the process of ordering a new scoreboard for the field, one similar to the one recently installed at Russell Field. He said financing the scoreboard came first, as it was in the works before planning for the new shed began. 


"We had started the scoreboard thing before we heard anything about the shed," he said. "... We haven't asked the town for anything to do to help with the scoreboard. We're doing it all on our own, it's $3,500." 


Mark Pizani, an equipment operator at DPW, said they would likely be able to get more time out of the old shed if the league needs more time for funding. Benson said he would happily work with the town to clean the shed. 


"We can work it out with what we have. If we need another year out of it, it's really not a big deal," Pizani said. "That's my personal feeling. It would have been nice to have." 


Commission Chair James Fassell agreed the current shed can keep being used and said the group will revisit the issue in the future. 


"I just want to make sure it's for the good of the league and for the good of Adams," he said. 


In other business, Pizani updated the board on a berm near Russell Field, which the group was concerned could overflow onto the field. He said a significant amount of brush and debris was removed from the water since the last meeting, making an overflow less likely. 


"We cleaned that whole river out," he said. "We cleaned it out; it's in good shape. We took truckloads of debris and stuff out of the river." 

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