November 25, 2022

BITS & BYTES: screening of a summer tale; Real stories from real people; Exhibition of marching bands; Concerts at the Village; Holiday Craft Fair; Home cure courses; A lot of noise for nothing

“Deason” by John Thompson (2021) is a screen print on rice paper. It will be among his works of art on display at the Berkshire Botanical Garden “Banding Band” in the Leonhardt Galleries, November 5-27. Image courtesy of the artist and Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Image courtesy of Norfolk Library.

New Wave French Film Series with Diego Ongaro Screens A summer’s tale

Norfolk– On Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Norfolk Library hosts a screening of A summer tale. The film will be introduced by French writer/director/editor Diego Ongaro. Thirty-five years after the birth of the French New Wave, Rohmer, one of the founding members of the movement, continues to use the same cinematic techniques and the same poetry to tell the story of a young man in a seaside town French woman whose heart swings between three potential lovers. A delightful romantic comedy. French wine and cheese will be served. Please register for this program here.

A resident of Norfolk, Ongaro has written and directed four acclaimed short films and two feature films. It was shortlisted for the Someone to Watch award at the 2016 and 2022 Independent Spirit Awards for both feature films. Ongaro’s second film, Down with the king, premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (ACID section). It won the Grand Prix at the Deauville American Film Festival in France and was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide for distribution.

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Image courtesy of Ancram Opera House

Ancram Opera Announces Local Storytellers for Real People Real Stories

Ancram– Ancram Opera House features another real story from real people on Saturday November 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 available here.

This edition features returning storytellers Sarah Katan and Danielle Molinski, as well as new storytellers Paula Kaplan-Reiss and Kitty Kiefer.

  • Sarah Kattan is a local outdoor educator and licensed guide. His company, Whale of a Trail Adventures, is based in Hudson, NY. Sarah’s story tells how her love and need for cards had an unexpected impact on her life.
  • Danielle Molinski is a Grade 7 student at Taconic Hills. She was thrilled to be part of the REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES workshops at Ancram Opera House in grades 5 and 6! Her story is about unique ways to make friends.
  • Paula Kaplan-Reiss is a psychologist who lives with her husband in Canaan, NY. She is a mother of three adult sons, loves the arts and the outdoors. Paula’s story is about her trek up a mountain and the friendliness of strangers.
  • Kitty Kiefer lives in Salisbury, CT with her cat Dale / she works at Artgarage at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. She is a non-practicing lawyer and artist. Kitty’s story is about going beyond waiting for time to pass.

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“Putney” by John Thompson (2019) is intaglio with aquatint. It will be among his works on display at the Berkshire Botanical Garden “Banfare” in the Leonhardt Galleries, November 5-27. Image courtesy of the artist and Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Berkshire Botanical Garden Announces ‘Fanfare’ Art Exhibit

Stockbridge– The Berkshire Botanical Garden presents a new art exhibition, “Fanfare”, with a reception planned for Friday, November 11, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring works by John Thompson, “Fanfare” will be on display at Garden’s Center House Leonhardt Galleries. The exhibition will continue until Sunday, November 27.

Regarding his process, Thompson explains, “[t]he single event – the stray stick dropped against a background of decaying ferns or the pattern of leaves in a stream – can lead to a series of prints or paintings. In creating a work, I start with simple observation, often with a sketch or a small painting. Bringing these fleeting images back to my studio, as the memory fades, the imagination takes over and the images begin to change.

For more information on the Berkshire Botanical Garden, click here.

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Soprano Caroline Dunigan. Image courtesy of Concerts in the Village.

Village concerts begin with Haydn’s Creation

Kinderhook— The 13th Season 2022-2023 of the Concerts au Village (CITV) opens with the magnificent oratorio by Joseph Haydn Creationat Kinderhook Reformed Church, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 13. The Broad Street Orchestra, the Broad Street Chorale and five exceptional soloists – over 70 musicians – will perform this dramatic musical account of the formation of the world from chaos and the ensuing arrival of Adam and Eve. CITV Artistic Director David Smith directs.

Guest soloists include sopranos Caroline Dunigan and Katherine Lerner Lee, tenor Maximillian Jansen, and baritones Nathaniel Sullivan and Jonathan Lawlor. Dunigan, Jansen and Sullivan graduated from Bard’s Vocal Arts Graduate Program, in which Lerner Lee and Lawlor are currently students. Recent Bard graduate Hailey McAvoy will be alto soloist at the end.

Handicapped accessible. Suggested contribution $20, with students and children free. Covid updates at

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Berkshire Waldorf School Hosts 50th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Great Barrington– Berkshire Waldorf School Invites Community to 50th Annual Holiday Craft Fair Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at school, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington.

To kick off the holiday season, the Holiday Craft Fair offers entertainment for all ages, including puppet shows, horse-drawn wagon rides, cozy crafts, jump rope making, candle dipping and other gifts to make and give. Free parking and admission; rain or sun. For more information, visit or call 413-528-4015.

Berkshire Waldorf School Early Years teachers will perform ‘Spindlewood’, a puppet show featuring homemade puppets, with three performances during the day.

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Image courtesy of Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Introduction to home curing with the “Roving Butcher”

Stockbridge– The Berkshire Botanical Garden is hosting an Introductory Home Healing Course by Jake Levin, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 12.

Jake Levin will focus on three techniques and products that we will make: Brined Chicken, Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, and Dry-Cured Salmon. He will speak to students every step of the way; which cuts and types of meat work best for different types of curing techniques, how to think about which ingredients to include when curing and how this changes for each of the three techniques, and will explain frameworks for finding your own recipe when thinking about other classic spice combinations or using recipes from other meat dishes.

Jake Levin lives in the South Berkshires with his wife and daughter on the land where he grew up. He is a whole animal butcher, writer and artist. When Jake isn’t working in his outdoor kitchen, he’s on the road teaching people how to slaughter, butcher and dry meats as a “travelling butcher”.

Registration is required, $55 for members and $65 for non-members.

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See much ado about nothing!

Lenox– Berkshire Waldorf High School and Shakespeare & Company present as part of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing. Performance is Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12 at 7 p.m.. with a morning Saturday November 12 at 2 p.m. at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St, Lenox. Tickets will be available at the door, $10 for students, $20 for adults, $50 for families.

A performance as part of the Shakespeare Autumn Festival is on Thursday, November 17 at 8:30 p.m. at the Tina Packer Playhouse, Lenox. For tickets visit:

Haley Kohler, Class of 2024. Image courtesy of the artist and Berkshire Waldorf High School.