Bits & Bytes: the second floor of the Berkshire Museum will reopen; Catamount summer concerts; visit to a medicinal herb farm; the deadlines for grants for the arts; Rolling Grocer News 19
The second floor of the Berkshire Museum reopens August 6 with five new exhibits
PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Museum announced that, from Friday August 6, museum visitors will enjoy five original exhibits, two new learning spaces and hands-on amenities on On the second floor. Museum members are invited to explore the new spaces during special sessions Member preview days August 2-5.
Three exhibitions and two gallery exhibits that bring the museum’s collections to life, feature local artists, raise the voices of the early residents of the Berkshires and explore what it is like to be human will make the most of new walls, floors, state-of-the-art lighting and display cases installed in the last seven months:
“Muh-he-con-ne-ok: the people of the waters who are never still” presented in partnership with the Stockbridge – Munsee community, tells the story of the Indigenous nation from ancient history to modern culture and beyond, from their own perspective. In addition to the 2,500 square foot exhibit, the exhibit will expand beyond the museum to collaborative venues across the county.
“Objects and their stories” delves deep into the Berkshire Museum’s collection of more than 40,000 art, science and history to reveal stories of how humanity has shaped and has been shaped by the world around it. This semi-permanent exhibition will evolve over time to show more of the collection.
“The land of the thunder dragon: Bhutan through the lens of Mead Eagle photography” presents a collection of portraits, landscapes and scenes created during a series of visits to the mountainous Asian nation of Bhutan from 1999 to 2011 by acclaimed local photographers Sally Eagle and Dan Mead.
A collection of works by Alexandre calder will be the first to grace gallery 201’s all-new furnishings, including the artist’s iconic toys and more.
Across the front staircase, “Flooded River Rose Dawn”, a large-scale painting by the artist Stephen hannock recently donated to the museum by an anonymous donor, will debut with a selection of other works from the museum’s collection in the redeveloped gallery 209.
In addition to new exhibits, the second-floor renovation adds two flexible learning spaces – a studio and a science lab – to accommodate interactive, educational, and even messy programming. Children enrolled in the museum’s summer camps will be the first to use these new spaces.
The renovations also add comfort and convenience to the second floor with new amenities for visitors. Two family toilets and a quiet lounge area will create a space to rest and recharge. The seating area will feature a modern water fountain for refilling bottles and a view of South Street through an original window that overlooks the museum facade.
All new experiences on the second floor will be included in regular museum admission starting August 6: $ 15 for adult, $ 8 for child, free for Berkshire Museum members, EBT cardholders and children 3 years old and under. Tickets are on sale on the Berkshire Museum website Friday July 9. Reservations for Member Preview Days will also be available from July 9.
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Catamount Mountain Resort announces summer concert series
HILLSDALE, NY – Catamount mountain station announces the first two events of its summer concert series. All concerts will be outdoor acoustic events. Please bring a blanket or lawn chair. No outside alcohol is allowed, but food and drink will be available for purchase. These concerts are rain or shine.
Saturday July 3 at noon: KT Tunstall, the Kat Wright and The Clams trio
Saturday July 17 at noon: Marc Roberge of OAR, Adam Gardner of Guster and Pete Kilpatrick of Pete Kilpatrick Band, all solo / acoustic
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Visiting a Herbal Farm for Walking Our Talk
SHEFFIELD – Walk our speech will host a visit to Krysia Kurzyca’s Sheffield Medicinal Farm, Medicine Buddha Gardens, Sunday July 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Stroll through the gardens, learn about the plants and their healthy qualities, and support Walking Our Talk, a local nonprofit supporting and empowering women. The suggested donation is $ 10 to $ 25, but no one will be refused for lack of funds.
Learn about the healthy qualities of tulsi, valerian, rose scented bee balm, yarrow, calendula, astragalus, figwort, comfrey, l hawthorn, elderberry and rosa rugosa. Discover surprising medicinal uses for the cosmos, zinnias and marigolds. And learn one of Krysia’s recipes for a facial astringent using zinnia flowers from your garden.
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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announces deadlines for arts grants
SHEFFIELD – Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announces summer deadlines for grants to artists and arts organizations in Berkshire, Columbia, northeast Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties, and around New England.
the Martha Boschen Porter Fund supports artists residing in the counties of Berkshire, Columbia, North East Dutchess and North West Litchfield who are emerging in their field or experiencing a significant change of direction in their work. Artists working in all media, such as painters, sculptors, musicians, performers, writers and photographers, are eligible for grants of up to $ 5,000. Applications are due on July 15.
the Artistic Resources Trust Fund (ART) offers grants to support the creative work of mid-career visual artists aged 35 and over. Grants are available in the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and mixed media for artists in financial need in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, as well as Columbia and northeastern Dutchess counties in New York. Non-profit organizations wishing to show, commission or purchase works by these artists can also apply. Grants go up to $ 10,000. Applications are due August 15.
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Rolling Grocer 19 announces new schedules and new leadership
HUDSON, New York State – Grocery on wheels 19 (RG19), which features an innovative tier-price grocery store in the town of Hudson, will reopen July 19 with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week.
The company – which was successfully incubated by Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA) employees and volunteers, and seeded by the Fresh and Healthy Food for All initiative in Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation – takes a new step in its mission to circulate food to the community, for the community, through the community. RG19 will become a fully independent store and will focus on bringing food directly to the doorstep of communities in need.
History of RG19: In 2016, HVA, working with other organizations including Long Table Harvest, launched a multi-year research and development effort to address food insecurity in the county with a grant from the Fresh and Healthy Food Initiative for All. The Hudson River Trust Foundation joined as a multi-year funder for the resulting project, a Columbia County Mobile Marketplace (aka RG19).
The mobile market arose out of discussions with the Hudson Core Group, which was formed in fall 2017 as a community action group to create opportunities for change in the local food system. More than 80 local community members involved in food-related industries across the county – including farms, pantries, distributors, food retailers, community organizations and public agencies – contributed to the development of the project.
From September to December 2018, RG19 sold food at locations across Hudson five days a week. With the mobile unit facing challenges during the colder months, opening a storefront in Hudson became a priority. In February 2019, a multi-year lease was signed for the current location of 2nd Street.
RG19 will move to a fully independent status and Hawthorne Valley will continue to provide essential logistical support and access to food purchases through their existing relationships.
In a statement from one of the key stakeholders, Selha “Ce-Ce” Graham, “Keeping the right food moving for families who live / work in Columbia County is paramount. So much about Hudson will change if people with limited mobility cannot access good food at reasonable prices for their children.