"To promote business prosperity and a healthy community by providing
information, services and advocacy for our members."
Southern Berkshire Towns: Alford, Egremont, Great Barrington, Monterey,
Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Sandisfield & Sheffield
*Every month we randomly draw member business names.Those members are then asked if they would like to be featured in the Business Spotlight. Featured members must submit requested information. We hope your business is drawn soon!
There is no bigger compliment
to us than when you refer a New Member! Did you know that when you refer a New Member you will receive a 10% savings on your Membership Renewal? Even better, did you know that you can
As a nation we have perennially conceived of our schools as "in crisis" since
the first compulsory school laws in Massachusetts, continuing through Emancipation, immigration in the late 19th century, Sputnik, and, now, standardized testing and Common Core. Our view of education seems always to be, in part, a projection of our
current fears onto the rising generation we are charged to educate.
Stephen Keith Sagarin, Ph.D.,
is Executive Director, co-founder, and teacher at the Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge.
He is also Associate Professor and former Director of the M.S.Ed. Program in
Waldorf Teacher Education at Sunbridge Institute, NY.
Dr. Sagarin is the former Editor of the Research Bulletin of the
Research Institute for Waldorf Education.
He is the author of "The Story of Waldorf Education in the United States: Past, Present, and Future" and has written dozens of articles.
The May 5, 2018 Annual Town Meeting warrant is now available online: Hard copies will be mailed to all registered voter households next week.
Check out energy efficiency rebates and programs through National Grid, you can make a move that benefits your budget and the environment
2018 Mini-site Collections: Saturday, May 5th, 8:30 - 11am at the Gt Barrington Recycling Center, Saturday, June 2nd at the Lenox Dept of Public Works and Wednesday, June 20th, 4 - 6:30pm at the Gt. Barrington Recycling Center. Acceptable materials: used motor oil, oil based paints, spray paint, turpentine, stains and thinners. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please call Thomas Jakubasz at 800-369-3333 x142 or via email at Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair Yoga, Tuesdays at the Monterey Community Center 9 - 10am.
Cards & Games Club, Tuesdays at 1pm at the Community Center.
Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association wellness clinic at town hall, Thursday, May 10th, 2-3pm, no appointment necessary.
Council on Aging foot care clinic.~ Thursday, May 24th from 9-11:30 am at Town Hall.~ Call the COA at 413-528-1443 x247 for an appointment. Any age is welcome you do not have to be elderly or disabled. The cost is $25.
As always for a full calendar of events and closings please go to
www.montereyma.gov and click on "Meeting Calendar". If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email them to me at
LENOX NOMINATED BY
USA TODAY'S 10BEST FOR
BEST SMALL TOWN
Voting ends Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 11:59am EDT and the
winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, May 18th, 2018
at 12:00pm EDT, and then later on USA TODAY.
Gigi is excited about the new 47 Railroad Street retail and apartment spaces! Looking good!
The MISSION of Rural Health Network is to develop and sustain an
adaptive network of community service providers that works to
improve the health and well-being of individuals and families in the South Berkshire community. The Rural Health Network is creating opportunities to improve provision and coordination of services so everyone in South Berkshire County has access to the resources they need.
A group of providers, including Fairview Hospital, CHP, East Mountain Medical, BCAC, Berkshire South, Berkshire Hills Regional School District, BMC Psychiatric Services, Berkshire VNA, Elder Services, Grace Church, Multicultural Bridge, RSYP and VIM have begun meeting.
We want to make sure all voices are heard and those who are interested have an opportunity to participate.
To that end, we are asking you to take 10 minutes to complete our on-line survey. If you provide us with your email, we will keep you informed of the results of the survey and any activities moving forward.
Did you hear that RSYP's W.E.B. Du Bois Mural Project recently received national attention from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers?
The murals celebrate the life and accomplishments of Great Barrington native W.E.B. Du Bois and are now on display on the south wall of the Triplex Cinema and the west wall of 38 Railroad Alley. They were created by an intergenerational team of youth and adults co-led by Monument Mountain students Zufan Buffano, who spearheaded a deep and rewarding exploration of the life and work of Du Bois to inform the content and features of each mural, and Sophie Shron, the lead artist for the designs.
This month, Sophie's work on the murals was awarded a Silver Medal in Painting from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Since their creation in 1923, these awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of the nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. We are thrilled that Sophie and the Mural Project have been honored.
We're creating a Resource Guide to help you connect to the
resources you need from A to Z.
We can also list the resources YOU provide to other nonprofits such as event, classroom, rehearsal or meeting spaces, training,
custom services such as art parties, products such as notecards,
half-price tickets, special offers, etc.
Simply send an email to email@example.com with a brief description of the product or service you offer and your contact information including organization name, address, phone, email and web site, and we'll list it in our Resource Guide for FREE.
A special thank you to Ward's for donating flowers to our Visitor's Booth on Main Street. Leading gardeners for over 60 years.
Local Farmer Awards Recipients Announced
Last month, the Local Farmer Awards, funded by a group of philanthropic leaders and businesses, gave $135,000 in awards to 59 farmers operating in Western Massachusetts to fund infrastructure improvements on their farms.
Each award winner received up to $2,500 through a competitive application process for projects that will help them expand their businesses, compete in the marketplace, and continue providing the health and environmental benefits of local farming.
For more information and for the list of Berkshire Grown Member winners,
Greetings Friends! The start of the 2018 season is fast approaching! Don't miss our opening event on May 27, a wonderful concert by Diane Taraz followed by a reception to celebrate the end of our successful Capital Projects Campaign. Read on below for all of the details about that, the Be Our Guest promotion for local hospitality staff and a peak at our first History Talk of the season on June 2 with John Demos.
Thank you to all of the new members and recent subscribers to this mailing list-we can't wait to see you this season! If you are interested in becoming a member this year, just follow the links below.
And Save the Date for the our summer garden party, to be held on Saturday August 4. We are planning a party full of art and music - don't miss it!
Thank you for renewing your membership with
The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce:
Egremont Country Club
Stagecoach Tavern/Racebrook Lodge
Town of Monterey
Design + Planning
Kiwanis of Club of Sheffield
Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School
Bard College at Simon's Rock
The Guthrie Center
Gorham & Norton
Town of Otis
Timpane Construction Inc.
Berkshire International Film Festival
Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad Inc.
Riverbrook Residence, Inc.
Aston Magna Foundation
Tomich Landscape Design and Construction
Adam Paul Heller Studio LLC
Cellarbration Wine, Beer & Spirits
Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing
Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires
Community Access to the Arts
Village Mortgage Company
Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites
Berkshire Community Land Trust
Michele's Salon & Day Spa
Berkshire Property Agents
Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, Inc.
Upcoming Events from the Southern Berkshire
Chamber of Commerce...
We'll give you 70+ reasons (and counting) why you,
your family and friends should come to the
2018 Berkshire Business Showcase!
Here's who will be there and the list is growing everyday!
Grab up great deals on theater tickets, spa services, dining certificates and one-of-a-kind experiences in our online auction. Proceeds from 1Berkshire auctions support the Berkshire Marketing Fund, which promotes the region as a destination for all seasons.
The Faux and the Fabulous
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 6PM
MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA
Blessing of the Fields
Those of us who are connected to the earth and are blessed to live in the Sheffield area understand the holy blend of responsibility and blessing that is ours.
On May 12th at 6:30 the greater Sheffield community is invited to gather just west of Twin Rivers Farm on Rannapo Road in Ashley Falls (just follow the signs).
Local gardeners and farm families alike are invited to gather to celebrate the sacred earth and give thanks for the beauty and blessing of this land that feeds us, body and soul. Bring a symbolic sampling of soil, as well as seeds or seed packets to be blessed and returned to their respective field or garden. We shall collectively bless the fertile fields that surround us, and conclude by sharing a light outdoor meal.
Please RSVP at 413-229-8173. A rain date of Sunday, May 13th is planned at the same time and location.
The Old Inn On The Green
Celebrate Mother's Day with a wonderful Spring inspired four-course dinner in the candlelit dining rooms of The Old Inn at $55pp. Serving from 1pm to 8pm. Stay over night for $285 per couple and enjoy dinner on us!
Call 413-229-7924 for reservations.
Telling Your Story
Wednesday, May 16th
10 AM to NOON
at the BCC South County Center
343 Main Street, Great Barrington
MAY 20, 2 PM
Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius; David Calder plays Caesar; and David Morrissey is Mark Antony in an encore performance of Julius Caesar, broadcast from The Bridge Theatre, London.
Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat's popularity, the educated elite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.
IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!!
AND BILL RYAN
Monday, May 21, 2018
5:30 - 8:30
This year tickets may be purchased on line Go to www.constructinc.org click on MayFest RSVP to reserve your ticket
Tickets are $95.00
Tickets On Sale ~ May 1
$20 adults | $10 youth ages 4-18
By phone: (413) 274-6624
In person: Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park St, Housatonic
THE BIFF 2018 TRIBUTE, OPENING, SPECIAL
AND CLOSING NIGHT EVENTS!
2018 Festival Includes
Academy Award winning actor RACHEL WEISZ
Sundance Hits AMERICAN ANIMALS, BAD REPUTATION and WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? Special Staged Reading of MUMBET
All Passes Nearly Sold Out! Single tickets to all films and events on sale NOW!