Triplex Celebrates 80th Anniversary of D-Day

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Triplex Cinema commemorates the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion with free screenings of William Wyler's classic 1946 film "The Best Years of Our Lives" and Steven Spielberg's iconic D-Day film "Saving Private Ryan." on June 6.
"The Best Years of Our Lives" will be shown at 1 p.m. and tells the story of three United States servicemen and their re-adjustment to societal changes and civilian life after coming home from World War II. It is one of the earliest films to address issues encountered by returning veterans in the post-World War II era and is widely considered to be a masterpiece.
Immediately following this showing there will be a talkback by Tom Beasley, the director of veteran services for Southern Berkshire County. Beasley, a veteran of the Gulf War, will be sharing information on resources and programs that will help improve access to the Veterans Administration and Massachusetts veteran services. 
Beasley hopes that besides veterans, that their families, friends, and the community will attend the talkback. 
"Each year the information changes that can help local Veterans, both on the federal and state levels. The more that everyone is aware of those changes the more we can be of help to any veterans who might need assistance, whether it be for medical, psychological, financial or housing reasons," he said.
The talkback will begin at 4 p.m. One does not have to attend the film beforehand to attend the talkback.
"Saving Private Ryan" will then screen at 6 p.m. Set in France, beginning with the D-Day invasion in 1944 and directed by Steven Spielberg, "Saving Private Ryan" follows a group of soldiers in World War II on their mission to locate Private James Ryan and bring him home safely after his three brothers are killed in action. 
In the Triplex lobby, Bill Wright's large, celebrated photographic portraits of veterans will be on display, from June 6 to June 13 from 1 pm to closing. 
"Even if you can't get to the films or the talkback, be sure you come to the Triplex to see Bill's brilliant work," Nicki Wilson, the president of the board of directors said. "We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to have these photographs at our theater."
This special D-Day event is underwritten by Harringtons, family owned and operated since 1865. Tickets can be reserved at and tickets can be reserved for both or either of the films. 
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Thousands Flock to Designer Showcase Fundraiser at Cassilis Farm

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — More than a thousand visitors toured the decked-out halls of Cassilis Farm last month in support of the affordable housing development.

Construct Inc. held its first Designer Showcase exhibition in the Gilded Age estate throughout June, showcasing over a dozen creatives' work through temporary room transformations themed to "Nature in the Berkshires."  The event supported the nonprofit's effort to convert the property into 11 affordable housing units.

"Part of our real interest in doing this is it really gives folks a chance to have a different picture of what affordable housing can be," Construct's Executive Director Jane Ralph said.

"The stereotypes we all have in our minds are not what it ever really is and this is clearly something very different so it's a great opportunity to restore a house that means so much to so many in this community, and many of those folks have come, for another purpose that's really somewhat in line with some of the things it's been used for in the past."

"It can be done, and done well," Project Manager Nichole Dupont commented.  She was repeatedly told that this was the highlight of the Berkshire summer and said that involved so many people from so many different sectors.

"The designers were exceptional to work with. They fully embraced the theme "Nature in the Berkshires" and brought their creative vision and so much hard work to the showhouse. As the rooms began to take shape in early April, I was floored by the detail, research, and vendor engagement that each brought to the table. The same can be said for the landscape artists and the local artists who displayed their work in the gallery space," she reported.  

"Everyone's feedback throughout the process was invaluable, and they shared resources and elbow grease to put it together beautifully."

More than 100 volunteers helped the showcase come to fruition, and "the whole while, through the cold weather, the seemingly endless pivots, they never lost sight of what the showhouse was about and that Cassilis Farm would eventually be home to Berkshire workers and families."

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