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Bidwell House Museum Reopens
08:17AM / Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum announced the reopening of the Bidwell House Museum on July 17.    After keeping the house closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Museum will welcome visitors back to the 18th century manse for guided tours of the architecture and interior.    Originally built in the 1760's for the first Minister of Township #1, Adonijah Bidwell, the house remained in the Bidwell family for close to 100 years. It was then owned by other families until purchased in 1960 by two men, Jack Hargis and David Brush. These men worked for close to 25 years to restore the home and furnish it based on Reverend Bidwell's death

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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax Perform Benefit Show For Greenagers
12:46PM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
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ERGEMONT, Mass. — Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax will present a benefit concert for Greenagers, outdoors under a tent on July 7 at 6 p.m. outdoors under a tent at the April Hill Conservation Center.    An outdoor reception follows for top-tier ticket holders; tickets can be purchased at greenagers.org/tickets.   On learning of Greenagers' outdoor education and job programs for teens and young adults in the Berkshires, Ma and Ax offered to team up for this outdoor event. The evening includes a conversation with the musicians and Greenagers Executive Director, Will Conklin.   Ma and Ax, in a shared statement, commended Greenagers' commitment to

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Clark Art Announces Research And Academic Program Fellowships
10:26AM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program (RAP) announces the appointment of its 2021–2022 class of fellows for the upcoming academic year.   The Clark is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Through RAP, the Clark hosts a residential fellowship program that welcomes top international scholars for periods ranging from two to nine months. To date, the community of Clark Fellows numbers more than 400 individuals hailing from thirty countries, forming a global network of scholars united through the shared

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Berkshire Museum Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions Starting May 29
12:06PM / Thursday, May 27, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This Saturday, May 29, the Berkshire Museum will begin to welcome walk-in visitors and shoppers and allow groups of more than six individuals for the first time since it reopened in August 2020. This move follows Governor Charlie Baker's announcement last week ending state COVID-19 restrictions on May 29.   Starting Saturday, vaccinated guests will not be required to wear masks. However, museum staff will continue to wear face coverings and strongly encourage all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to do the same to create the safest possible environment for all patrons; and especially the museum's many visitors under age 12 who are not yet

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Lee Bank Foundation Awards $56,500 to Berkshire County Organizations
04:38PM / Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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LEE, Mass. — Lee Bank Foundation  awarded a total of $56,500 to 12 Berkshire-based community organizations, in the foundation's first 2021 round of grants.   Recipients were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to support their work on social justice issues, environmental conservation, food and housing security. Included in the awards are a series of Arts Access Grants for arts and culture organizations to expand ticket access for underserved audiences.   Recipients include:   Berkshire Center for Justice Berkshire Community Diaper Project  Berkshire Grown Berkshire Natural Resource Council  Community Access to the

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The Mount's 2021 Season
12:10PM / Friday, May 21, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home  announced its 2021 summer programs and events.    Highlights include a variety of outdoor performances, lectures, and the return of the SculptureNow outdoor sculpture exhibit. Additional details on all programs, including advanced registration, can be found at EdithWharon.org.   "We knew we wanted to do as much outdoors as possible," said Susan Wissler, executive director at The Mount. "We envisioned different locations throughout the estate as unique performance venues and tried to match the performances to the space, making each site-specific. We will be presenting live music on a newly built

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Arrowhead Announces 2021 Season
12:02PM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society (BCHS) at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead is now open for guided tours through October.     Throughout the summer special events and exhibitions will be presented in the newly renovated historic barn and on the grounds.    Tours are available Thursday through Monday beginning at 10 am, with the last tour beginning at 3 pm. Rates for guided tours of Melville’s house are: adults $16.00, seniors $14.00, students $10.00, children 12 and under, free. Members of the BCHS receive free admission. BCHS participates in the Card to Culture program extending free admission to EBT, WIC, and Connector Care

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Ventfort Hall Executive Director Steps Down
11:13AM / Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. —  Beverly N. Rainey retired April 15 as executive director of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, returning to her home in Gaffney, S.C.     In her position at the museum, Rainey reported to the board of directors, headed staff and volunteers, as well as oversaw the museum's operations, restoration projects and community outreach.   Board President Kelly Blau acknowledges Rainey's  successful leadership role: “Beverly brought her business talent and her diplomatic nature to Ventfort Hall just when we needed to begin a new series of restoration projects and public programs, and she's leaving us well-positioned to

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MCLA Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts
03:52PM / Thursday, May 13, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the MCLA Institute for the Dismantling of Racism.    This project will educate and support staff members of historically White art institutions in creating and implementing an anti-racist agenda within the arts, one person at a time. BCRC's project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America, totaling nearly $27 million, that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.    "As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic

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Mass MoCA Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Friday, May 07, 2021
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A conceptual image of the restaurant. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Georgian restaurant out of New York City is planning a pop-up eatery at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer.   The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.   "The operators for this pop-up restaurant are coming to us from Manhattan, where they run two restaurants with Georgian — as in, over-in-Europe Georgian — style food, and they recently, last year pre-COVID, hosted a dinner event for

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