Holiday Downtown Pittsfield Passport

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) will be facilitating a Holiday Downtown Pittsfield Passport giving shoppers a chance to win one of three prize packages made up of donations from the 40 participating local businesses. 
The grand prize value will be over $500. The promotion will run Friday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 3 and will encompass Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and DPI’s Festive Frolic (Dec. 1-3). 
A person can collect one sticker from every business/location where they make a purchase* or attend an event (free or not), and the more stickers they collect, the greater their chance of winning the Downtown Pittsfield Prize Package. 46 stickers are available. Each sticker equals one entry to win the prize packages.  
The Downtown Pittsfield Passport will be available at participating businesses and locations starting Friday, Nov. 24. (Event locations may only have them available during their event.) 
Completed Passports must be turned in to a participating location by Sunday, Dec. 3. 
Participating Businesses include: 
101 Restaurant & Bar, 1 West Street 
Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street 
Berkshire Fitness and Wellness Center, 137 North Street 
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street 
Berkshire Theatre Group, 111 South Street 
Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, 55 North Street, Suite 201 
Bottomless Bricks, 163 South Street, Suite 4 
Budhaus, 239 West Street 
Carr Hardware, 547 North Street 
Clark Vintage Lighting, 342 North Street 
Deidre's Special Day, 2 South Street 
Dory & Ginger, 299 North Street 
Elegant Stitches, 237 First Street 
Hot Harry's, 37 North Street 
Hot Plate Brewing Co., 1 School Street 
Kidding Around Consignment, 700 North Street 
LuLu's Tiny Grocery, 137 North Street 
Mana Crypt Gaming Center, 139 West Housatonic Street 
Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street 
Methuselah Bar and Lounge, 391 North Street 
Miller Supply Company, 205 West Street 
Museum Outlets, 31 South Street 
Otto's Kitchen & Comfort, 95 East Street 
Patrick's Pub, 26 Bank Row 
Paul Rich & Sons, 242 North Street  
Peace Train Tees, 2 South Street 
Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema, 57 North Street 
Plaine's Bike Ski Snowboard, 55 West Housatonic Street 
Schilling TV, 215 Fourth Street 
Soma's Aromas, 81 East Street 
Steven Valenti's Clothing, 157 North Street 
The Recovery Room, 32 Bank Row 
This & That Sports, 128 Fenn Street 
Thistle & Mirth, 46 West Street 
Tito's Mexican Bar & Grill, 34 Depot Street 
Witch Slapped, 78 North Street 
Bonus Passport Stickers can be obtained by making a purchase at the following locations: 
413Shirts, 1595 East Street, Pittsfield 
Berkshire Mountain Distillers, 356 South Main Street, Sheffield 
Berkshire Roots, 501A Dalton Avenue, Pittsfield 
Shaker Mercantile at Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield 
Or by paying the entry fee at Roots Rising’s Handmade Holiday Festival on Nov. 25 and 26 at The Stationery Factory 
There is also an opportunity to attend downtown events to receive Passport Stickers: 
1) Wreath Art Auction to benefit the South Community Food Pantry on Friday, December 1, 5 to 7 pm 
2) Pittsfield Farmers Market at the Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 2, 9 am to 1 pm 
3) Free Kids’ Paint & Sip at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 2, 12 to 3 pm 
4) Photos with Santa at The Beacon Cinema on Saturday, December 2, 12 to 3 pm 
5) Festive Frolic Holiday Market featuring a Krampus Beer Garden on Sunday, December 3, 12 to 4 pm

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Pittsfield Historical Commission Plans Wahconah Park Project Support

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Historical Commission will draft a letter in support of revitalization efforts at Wahconah Park.

While the proposed project raises and rebuilds the historical grandstand, commissioners recognize it is necessary due to existing conditions.  One member of the panel has expressed a wish to see more historical materials used on the exterior.

"I think that we should be careful here for two reasons. Number one, because we're going to be supporting tearing down a structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and so to me, that means that our letter should be fairly specific about what we're supporting," Matthew Herzberg said.

"And I think I join most of you, and probably all of you, in supporting this project and thinking that this project is a really great thing for the city."

At the last meeting, Herzberg criticized the exterior brick on the $26.3 million design, as it does not match the current aesthetic, and the community "doesn't necessarily have a strong brick-making tradition."

He read aloud historical documentation that describes the circa 1950 Wahconah Park grandstand as a simple structure consisting of mostly steel.  It states that "the spare utilitarian lines mirror its New England heritage, a functional building set in a beautiful set in beautiful surroundings of mountains, lakes, rivers, and wooded expanses, all of which are in scale with the humankind who lives there."

"I think that the issues with the proposed design for me really highlight the kind of contradiction between what is being proposed and what this was," Herzberg said, explaining that the current structure comes out of the tradition of lighter buildings with wood and metal rather than brick and metal.

Chair John Dickson agreed to draft a letter of support for the commission to vote on at a later date.

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