Annual Lenox Apple Squeeze Slated for Saturday

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LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 42nd Annual Apple Squeeze this Saturday from 10 to 5.
The Apple Squeeze is a one-day fall festival that takes over the town's downtown with more than 75 artisan crafts, food and information vendors at booths lined up and down Main Street's sidewalks.
The Morris Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization will once again offer games for children and hay wagon rides at Lilac Park. There will be live performances by the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers, led by Aimee Galinas, from noon to 2 and Balloon Ben will be making balloon art throughout the day.
Attendees can browse through local handcrafted jewelry, woven baskets, candles, quilts, photography, paintings, woodworks, and more. Everything apple will be featured including pies, cakes, cider doughnuts, apple cider and ice cream. There will also be non-apple products served such as Mazz's Kettle Corn, oversized cake slices from Mary Zabian, corn chowder, food trucks including Biggin's Diggins' and Gunther's Sausage Wagon as well as Mediterranean food from Naji's in front of Nejaime's Wine Cellar.
A beer garden hosted by Antimony Brewing in the 67 Church St. parking lot with Mama Lo's BBQ and more craft and clothing vendors. Live music provided by Berkshire Busk includes the bluegrass group The Juckets from 11 to 1, and classic rock by Happy Together Band from 2 to 4. There will also be street music performances on the Lance Vermuelen patio at 38 Church St. by Kajax at 10 a.m. and Dave Reed at 1:30 p.m..
There will sidewalk sales at local merchants and galleries with clothing, blankets, home goods, toys and even artwork.
Parking is available in the lots behind the Berkshire Bank on Main Street and behind the Lenox Police Station. There will be limited street parking by order of the Lenox Police. Attendees parked illegally on residents' properties will be ticketed.

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CATA Reading at the Mount

LENOX, Mass. — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) and The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home, present a reading celebrating the work of writers with disabilities on Sept. 27 at 5pm. 
The event takes place at the Stable at The Mount, located at 2 Plunkett St. A free reception will follow the reading where attendees can meet and celebrate CATA writers.
Reservations are required for this free event. Register online at or by contacting CATA at (413) 528-5485 or by email at
"We're thrilled to partner with The Mount once again to share the work of CATA writers," said CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller. "CATA writers express their creative voices each week in our workshops. By sharing their writing in this dynamic program, we get to spotlight their talent—and our community gets to see the world from their perspective."
The event will feature guest readers in a program of writing created in the CATA Writers' Workshop—a weekly class where writers with disabilities hone their craft and express their perspectives. CATA faculty artist Janet Reich Elsbach leads the workshop with an inventive curriculum that helps each CATA writer develop their own style in poetry, haiku, autobiography, and short stories.
Some CATA writers work with "scribes" to help them put their ideas on paper. CATA artists also work with guest artists throughout the year, including poet Dante Micheaux who guest-taught two workshops with CATA writers last fall (work created during those workshops will be featured in the reading on Sept. 27).
The CATA Writers' Workshop is one of 28 weekly inclusive arts workshops for people with disabilities taking place at CATA's Great Barrington studios during the 2023-2024 program year. Each workshop is designed as a series, and enrollment is on a rolling basis throughout the year. A current course catalog is available on CATA's website at
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