"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 during the Business After Hours. 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
Don't forget to like our page on Facebook "Town of Monterey Town Hall"
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, March 8th, 2-3pm, no appointment necessary.
UPDATED SCHEDULE Council on Aging foot care clinic with Jane Kelley, R.N.:
Gt. Barrington 528-1881, 2nd Monday and Friday of every month
Sheffield 2297022, 1st Thursday of every month
Otis 269-9199 x107 1st Wednesday of every month
(except January and February)
Sandisfield 258-4215, 1st Tuesday in April, August & December
Monterey 528-1443 x247 for an appointment. 3rd Thursday in January,
May & September
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
Feeling adrift? Not sure which direction to take your business in? Join the Chamber for support and an exchange of ideas among 360+ members who own/work for local businesses.
Each summer the Museum offers high school students with an interest in history--particularly local Berkshire colonial history--the opportunity to become a Young History Scholar Intern. Eight to ten students will get an inside view of the historic house and the operations of a non-profit.
High school interns spend two weeks at the Museum: in week one the intern learns about colonial Berkshire history, the Bidwell family, the house, the property and the collection, and how docents give tours; in week two each intern chooses a research topic and begins to give tours of the museum as a junior docent. Students gain valuable skills in research, public speaking, and working in a professional environment. It is a great skill builder for students looking to continue education in this field.
Each student receives a $500 stipend at the end of their two-week internship.
The application deadline is April 30. Applications can be found on the Bidwell House Museum Website HERE.
On January 18, as part of the month-long celebration of the
150th Birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois, RSYP unveiled the W.E.B. Du Bois Mural, which was created by an intergenerational team of youth and community members led by local youth Zufan Bazzano and Sophie Shron.
This is the first of many events planned to celebrate W.E.B. Du Bois this year. Download the complete calendar here.
Once again the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will publish its annual "Enjoy the Southern Berkshires!" Guide to Chamber Members.
This annual go-to resource provides residents, second homeowners, businesses and the thousands of visitors that come through the Berkshires each year with a listing of
Chamber businesses and service providers, as well as information on where to stay, dine, shop and play.
We print 10,000 copies of "Enjoy the Southern Berkshires!" and make it available all year long at the Chamber Visitors Center and Member shops and businesses throughout the Berkshires. These guides are snapped up by visitors and residents alike, and referenced throughout the year.
All (and only) Chamber Members will be equally represented in "Enjoy the Southern Berkshires 2018-2019" with a free business listing under your primary Business Category, to include Business Name,Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email, Website, and a brief business description.
Please check and update your listing on the Southern Berkshire Chamber website, southernberkshirechamber.com, by February 23rd so we can be sure to publish your most updated contact information and business description. You can update your listing by clicking on "Member Log-In." If you need assistance logging on, please call the Chamber Office at (413) 528-4284 and ask for Laurie Knowles.
Although your member listing is free, a colorful ad will make you stand out from the crowd, and helps make this important community resource possible. Information about advertising is attached. We offer various sizes to meet the needs of all size budgets. The deadline for reserving ad space in "Enjoy the Southern Berkshires 2018-2019" is Friday, March 16th. New this year - you can also list your business in more than one category for $50 per additional category, in black type only. Please let the Chamber know
if this is of interest to you.
For more information and to secure your ad space, please contact Maxine Carter-Lome at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Betsy or Laurie in the Chamber Office at (413) 528-4284. We hope we can count on your support again this year! If we don't hear from you by February 19th we will give you a call.
Maxine Carter-Lome Member, Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
Part of The City of Pittsfield's
10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, Le Patin Libre brings their work Vertical Influences
-which draws influence from hip-hop, b-boying, dance theater, and ice-skating-to the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield. Join us for a night you'll never forget! | Tickets $25; $10 Youth; On Sale Now
The first 50 visitors to the market who bring along a first-time
shopper will receive $10 to spend at the market! These market
bucks help support local food and farms by increasing sales
and introducing farmers to new customers.
Stop by the Berkshire Grown table on the day of
the market for more information.
The BIFF and Beacon Cinema will onceagain partner with other
Berkshire arts organizations and the Pittsfield Cultural Development Office for the fun "10X10 arts festival" February 15-25, 2018. The BIFF and the Beacon Cinema will present "THE BEST OF FEST SHORTS," celebrating some of the best shorts from our 13th Annual Festival. The shorts include:
Fish Story - Charlie Lyne My Fathers Tools - Heather Condo Balcony - Toby Fell-Holden Running Through Life - Helene Moltke Leth (2017 Berkshire Bank "Next Great Filmmaker" Award winner) 5 Films About Technology - Peter Huang Wig Shop - Kat Coiro Refuge - Matthew Firpo
Widely considered Britain's most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris, and beyond. Featuring in-depth interviews with the artist, this film focuses on blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a modern master of creativity. Click here for tickets.
Join the Bidwell House Museum and the
Monterey Community Center to hear Bernard A. Drew as he describes his research up mountaintops and around slopes, into basements, archives and newspaper files to pull together stories about East Mountain and environs in Great Barrington for his most recent 216-page book, East Rock Is Falling. Great Barrington's East Rock was never in danger of falling, despite a joshing Boston Post reporter's sensational article in 1906. The town's eastern hills do, however, brim with dozens of true, if forgotten, stories; stories of geologist James Dwight Dana's quartzite-schist discovery; George H. Kirchhoff's prize Holstein Friesians; Jason Cooley's faithful horse and Almira Cooley's tasty baking; Henry F. Walling's tripod signal tower for the area's first USGS topographic map; counterfeiter Gill Belcher's secret cave; H.F. Keith's proposed observation tower; John Devanny's firestone quarry; Eugene E. Peirce's Bung Hill triangulation point for town boundary surveys; G-Bar-S Ranch skiers; and Civilian Conservation Corps trailblazers.
Film Festival Event
On Saturday, March 10th from 9am-12:30pm, Greenagers, the Great Barrington Land Conservancy, the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire, and Wild and Scenic Westfield River will be bringing a FREE film festival to the Triplex in downtown
Great Barrington. The festival is a celebration of all things river, in particular the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
The films are inspiring celebrations of environmental leaders, concepts, and design. A full listing of the films will be available shortly. Until then, check out the
JULY 9 - 30 - SUMMER JAMMS - Pittsfield / New Lebanon, NY
While we are still ironing out the location details, the dates are firm and we couldn't be more elated to be offering this program this year! Summer JAMMS will bring together a diverse group of youth from throughout the region to participate in a JAMMS workshop and learn a set of songs written by youth in other JAMMS programs. Summer JAMMS concludes with a concert performance of the songs. Click here for more information and to apply.