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2019 KidsAct! Jr Fall
Welcome to the Jungle!
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00AM
Barrington Stage Company
122 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Join Barrington Stage Company for an exciting theatre program for young people ages 4-6! This six-week theatre workshop series entitled “Welcome to the Jungle!” will focus on building acting, singing, and storytelling skills through fun theatre games and creative play, as well as the sharing of an original story with music for parents and friends on the final day of the program! We’ll explore our wildest animal selves and create a world in which lions and monkeys meet, parrots and snakes sing and dance, and everybody has a roooooaring fun time! This class will meet on six, consecutive Saturdays from 11-11:50AM at the Wolfson Center in downtown Pittsfield starting on Saturday, October 19th! Our final sharing will be on Saturday, November 23rd. KidsAct! Jr. is an amazing place for young folks to be their full selves! Come join in the fun!
Join us for a twilight tour of the Pittsfield Cemetery and learn about the famous people of Pittsfield buried there. Meet at the cemetery at 203 Wahconah Street. Please call ahead to reserve a spot.
Thursdays, October 17 and 24, 5 p.m. Please call 413-442-1793
$15 Members, $20 Not yet members
Witches, ghosts, and goblins roam the Village. Trick-or-treat in costume and learn how Shakers celebrated Halloween. Get spooked with ghost stories and fortune-telling, bob for doughnuts, hop on a “flying” Shaker broom, and meet Valerian the Garden Witch. All ages welcome.
Sample the best regional beers and hard ciders and enjoy live music on an autumn afternoon. Old-world and Shaker-style sausage, made with regionally sourced meats, and additional beverages will be available for purchase. Come early and enjoy the grounds — tickets include admission.
The evening will begin with a special performance by Miss Berkshire 2019 Jai Mason Miranda Moirai, who will lead us into Halloween Trivia. Grab your team and bring your thinking caps as you do not want to miss out on cash prizes, free classes at IS183, free VIP Tickets to the Only In My Dreams Events 2020 Dance party at the Colonial, and more! Wait the night is not over yet! Close the evening by participating in the costume contest for a chance to win even more goodies!
Buckle up and hold on tight as Rev Tor & Friends host the first annual Berkshire Mountain Guitar Summit! The concert will showcase 10 of Berkshire County’s very own guitar heroes, playing and singing iconic hits backed by Rev Tor & Friends. Selected by an anonymous committee of Berkshire County music industry professionals and fans, this year’s line-up includes: Jason Ennis, Jay Fruet, Garrett Lechowski, Robin O’Herin, Fabrizio Perotti, Dave Reed, Rob Sanzone, Bobby Sweet, Jack Waldheim and more. These incredible musicians will be playing the timeless hits of: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Joe Walsh, Santana, Deep Purple and beyond!
There will also be a special appearance by The BTG Youth Chorus backed by the Berkshire Music School Kids Rock Ensemble.
• Pre-show Entertainment by Randy Cormier
• Free Luthier’s Expo, with local and regional guitar builders showcasing their work. Luthier’s include: Steve Sauve’ (Sauve’ Guitars), Nick Lenski (Berkshire Stringed Instruments), and Michael Sherman (Michael Sherman Guitars)
The Eagles Band was founded in 1936 and is the oldest continuing performance ensemble in the Berkshires. The band was originally sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #358, but traces its roots to the 390th Field Artillery Band (1918). The 390th disbanded in the late 1920’s (there was no longer a need for a Field Artillery in the Berkshires…) and many of its members formed the Pittsfield American Legion Band, which begat a “renegade” group that started rehearsing at the Eagles hall in 1936.
The FOE sponsorship ended when the Pittsfield Aerie folded in 1982. For 10 years, the band
rehearsed without an official sponsor, moving from rehearsal space to rehearsal space and
seeking co-sponsors for Music Performance Trust Fund money, as the band was a Musicians’
Union organization. Funding the band, attracting new members, and finding rehearsal and
storage space became increasingly difficult with each passing year.
The early activities of the band included: performing at Williams College (which the Legion
group did in 1935, then the Eagles took over in 1936, though not under the Eagles name
until 1939), many state FOE band and parade competitions (in which the band took several first prizes), and concerts at all kinds of parks and events throughout the Berkshires–only during the summer seasons, though, until 1993.
Also, many of the band’s musicians played send-offs and welcomes for our WWII soldiers at Union Station. When the end of the war seemed imminent, our musicians would bring their axes to work with them, waiting for the official announcement. When victory (E & J) came, our guys played and partied in the streets with the rest of the city.
In 1993, the Eagles Band reorganized and made a decision to become a non-profit community
band, in which performers donated their time for the love of playing, which opened up new
possibilities for funding the band. Mayor Reilly proclaimed the Eagles Band “the official band of the City of Pittsfield,” and the band fundraised for new uniforms, new music and equipment such as music stands and percussion. The summer “Concerts in the Park” series was resurrected and has been taking place at Springside Park since 1994. Conductors Lyndon Moors, Dana Swanson and Neil Freebern provided musical direction which increased the band’s popularity with audiences, and increased the membership from 12 musicians to over 50.
Take your barbecue love affair to new heights with butcher and charcuterie expert Jake Levin, author of The Smokehouse Handbook. Levin, a native of the Berkshires, will demonstrate mouthwatering smoking and curing methods and discuss the importance of buying local, pasture-raised animals—and how this decision impacts the environment and builds community connections. A farm-to-table dinner follows. Tickets include dinner, wine, and a copy of the book.
Sponsored by October Mountain Financial Advisors