Berkshire County Historical Society Holiday Tea

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Celebrate the season at Herman Melville's historic Arrowhead with holiday-inspired readings by local author Kevin O'Hara and a traditional Holiday Tea provided by caterer Kate Baldwin. 
 
The event takes place on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 pm. Use the BOOK NOW button at berkshirehistory.org to reserve your tickets; $25 for BCHS members, $30 for non-members.  
 
This event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
 
About Kevin O'Hara
 
O'Hara is the author of "Last of The Donkey Pilgrims," about his travels with Missie the donkey around Ireland; "A Lucky Irish Lad," about his boyhood; "Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward," which chronicles O'Hara's three decades as a nurse in Berkshire Medical Center's psychiatric ward; and "A Christmas Journey" which includes sixteen of his annual Christmas columns published in The Berkshire Eagle. 
 
In addition to an assortment of teas, the menu includes traditional egg salad and cucumber and dill tea sandwiches; buttery scones with clotted cream served with preserves and marmalade; and Cherry Bakewell tarts.

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Marchetti Announces Jazz Art Contest Winners

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Brooklyn Duck is this year's winner of the contest and her work will be used for the Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School has 75 jazzy artworks in City Hall, one of which was chosen to represent the 2024 Pittsfield City Jazz Festival.

Mayor Peter Marchetti on Thursday congratulated the winners of the annual Berkshires Jazz Student Art Contest. PHS junior Brooklyn Duck won first place followed by senior Nye Stedman and sophomore Karalin Melendez.

Duck's artwork features a colorful array of musical instruments and musicians with piano keys winding down the center.  She said that she was inspired by her teacher Lisa Ostellino and of course, jazz music.

"It's always good to invite people in the city hall and it's actually really great to be walking outside of my office and seeing the artwork," Marchetti said.

The festival runs April 18 to 28 with various events in Downtown Pittsfield.

Judges remained anonymous but it was revealed that they thought Duck's figures were well done and worked well with the curving piano keys. They felt that Stedman's piece featuring cats was fun with plenty of attention-grabbing aspects and a good concept. The judges liked Melendez's use of strong bold colors and graphics.

President and founder of Berkshires Jazz Edward Bride said Jazz Appreciation Month is a "big deal," officially recognized by the Smithsonian Institution and Congress.

"And we're making it a big deal with our student art contest," he added. "We want to thank Mayor Marchetti for allowing us to hang this wonderful work in the City Hall quarters and for being here to make the announcement of who the winners are."

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