Mission Statement:

"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

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*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!




Welcome New Chamber Members:
Alander Construction

A-1 Security Inc.

FRONTLINE Training & Consulting

Renaissance Investment Group

Berkshire Financial Strategies, LLC











 

 

 

 

DON'T FORGET TO LOOK FOR 
GIGI & MILLIE IN EACH NEWSLETTER!






Ramsdell LITE Sunday, 
Feb. 18, 1:00-4:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, Housatonic
(next door to Ramsdell)


 
Laptops, WiFi, Sunday papers, snacks and programs!

You can return books, take home a free book from the Friends of the GB Libraries, use the library laptops and WiFi.
This week: How to bake gluten free soft pretzels and other treats.
FREE and open to the public.

Thank you to the Friends of the GB Libraries and the UU Church for making this happen. 










































































































































 

 
Thank you for renewing your membership with
The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce:

Berkshire Corporation

Foresight Land Services

Lee Bank

The Triplex Cinema

Quality Printing Company

The Berkshire Record

Sandisfield Arts Center

MacAnnex

Berkshire Community College

Berkshire County Antique Dealers Association

Susan Silver Antiques

Wainwright Inn

1Berkshire

Volunteers In Medicine

Tom's Toys

Blue Rider Stables

Formel Motor Company

Town of Great Barrington

Only In My Dreams Events LLC

Cohne Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP

Carr Hardware

Taxico

Berkshire Pulse

Berkshire Gas Company


Upcoming Events from the Southern Berkshire 
Chamber of Commerce...

Have you seen our new Sponsorship Bundles?





February 2018

Dear Fellow Chamber Member,

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 maxineconsults@aol.com 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.

Sincerely,



Maxine Carter-Lome
Member, Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce








SAVE THE DATE!



News and Events from our Members!


 



A NIGHT ON ICE

Feb 16 at 8pm | Pillow Pop-Up: Le Patin Libre

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 


  • Dates Tuesday, Feb 20th evening at 7pm and 
  • Sunday, Feb 25th matinee at 2:30pm
  • Time Runtime 70 minutes
  • Cost FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC









 

Wednesday, February 21 
from 10 a.m. to noon
at the BCC South County Center
343 Main Street, Great Barrington


 


EXHIBITION ON SCREEN:
 DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 3 PM

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 .

Image: David Hockney painting Winter Timber in Bridlington, July 2009 © David Hockney. Photo: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima






FREE garden classes at Ward's start
Sat. March 3
 
All are taught by experienced gardeners who know New England's garden challenges. Each of our experts will speak for at least an 
hour plus have additional 
time for questions.

CLASSES WILL FILL TO CAPACITY- DON'T MISS OUT!




History Talk 
with Bernard A. Drew 
March 3, 10am 
at the 


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 
film festival's teaser trailer:






SAVE THE DATE









CHANGE OF DATE FOR OUR 2ND ANNUAL 
"FILLY FROLIC"

Date change to
March 22, 2018!
Please mark your calendars!
 


Coming Up from Music In Common


APRIL 16 - 20 - Sheffield & Springfield
Produced in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts, Bing Arts Center, and Dewey Hall, this program brings together American-born youth from the southern Berkshires with refugee youth from Springfield. The program takes place during the school spring break. No prior musical or multimedia training needed and there is no cost to participate.  Click here for more information and to register.
 
APRIL  28 & 29, MAY 5 & 12, 
JUNE 24 - Pittsfield
Produced in partnership with the Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, this program brings together American-born and immigrant youth from the Berkshires. No prior musical or multimedia training needed and there is no cost to participate.  Click here for more information and to register.

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.
 
AUGUST 13 - 17 - 
North Adams & Springfield
Produced in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Western MassachusettsBing Arts Center, and Roots Teen Center, this program brings together American-born youth from the northern Berkshires with refugee youth from Springfield. No prior musical or multimedia training needed and there is no cost to participate. More information and registration details to be announced soon.





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