BITS & BYTES: River Cleansing; Celebrations in Glass opens; Yo-Yo Ma Benefit Concert; Roots to Shoots jazz performance; Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival; "amontillado" at Hillsdale; Healey Appearance – | Candle Made Easy

Help free the west branch of the Housatonic River

Pittsfield – On Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers are invited to help clean up the West Arm of the Housatonic River with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA). Attendees are asked to meet at Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield.

Volunteers will finish cleaning up around noon and then enjoy a complimentary hot lunch at a local restaurant. Volunteers should call in by Thursday, July 21 to reserve their complimentary lunch.

Clean-up teams disperse to nearby locations and collect various trash from the riverbanks and bottom. Canoes are used to transport the garbage. Old clothes, a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or waterproof boots/waders, a full water bottle and sunglasses are recommended. There is no cleaning required in pouring rain or thunderstorms.

For more information or to register as a volunteer, contact BEAT at or call (413)464-9402.

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Leckie Gassman, “Picasso Series”
blown and hand-engraved glass, 23 carat gold

Opening of the exhibition Celebrations in Glass

GREAT BARRINGTON — Lauren Clark Fine Art, in collaboration with glass art curator Mary Childs, presents Celebrations in Glass, featuring the work of three East Coast-based artists: Mariel Bass, Shannon Floyd and Leckie Gassman. The opening reception for Celebrations in Glass is Saturday, July 23, 5-7 p.m at Lauren Clark Fine Art, 684 Main Street, Great Barrington, Mass.

Each artist approaches the medium of glass with a fresh, innovative vision.

Mariel Bass is currently an instructor at MIT Glass Lab and has managed studios in the British Virgin Islands and St. Petersburg, FL and worked with some of the most notable names in glass art.

Shannon Floyd has participated in workshops at the Penland School of Craft and the Pilchuck School and has been a resident artist at the Worcester Center for Craft and Salem State University.

Leckie Gassman has been a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck School and many other institutions and is currently a staff member at the Penland School of Crafts.

For more information email, or call 413.528.0432.

The show runs through August 8, 2022. The Lauren Clark Fine Art Gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm

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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax Photo Credit: Shane McCauley

Yo-Yo Ma Presents Greenagers Benefit Concert

EGREMONT – Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax return to the April Hill Conservation and Education Center to present a benefit concert for Greenagers. on Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m

The event will again take place outdoors under a tent in front of the beautiful views around April Hill. Top ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-concert reception. Tickets can be purchased at

This is the second year these two acclaimed musicians have offered a concert to support Greenagers’ outdoor employment and education programs for teens and young adults in the Berkshires. The evening ends with a chat with the musicians and the Greenagers’ Executive Director, Will Conklin.

Greenagers is based on the April Hill Conservation Property at 62 N. Undermountain Road, Egremont.

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Appearance of Michael Moss

Roots to Shoots jazz performance of two jazz sets

Catskill, New York — Michael Moss and his band ROOTS to SHOOTS will perform Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 8 p.m two jazz sets in the Bridge Street Theatre’s intimate speakeasy space.

Michael Moss (Reeds), Alexis Marcelo (piano), Adam Lane (bass) and Ismael Baiz (drums) – will perform a first lineup of straight forward jazz including gospel, blues, rhythm and blues and jazzy sounds of the Middle East, Brazil and of Spain. Their second set will include the world premiere of composer James Dashow’s new work Quantum Butterfly/Adjacent Possibles. In this immersive electro-acoustic composition, the musicians wander through the audience, improvising from electronic themes blaring from the surrounding speakers.

This performance of “ROOTS to SHOOTS” will be held at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill, NY. General admission is $15, seats are unreserved and tickets can be purchased at the door half an hour before the performance or booked in advance online at

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Patruno’s Place Truck

Big Barrington Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

GREAT BARRINGTON — Head to Ski Butternut for the Great Barrington Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival Saturday 23 July from 12pm to 5pm Over thirty food trucks serve a wide variety of food and craft beers. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the food, beer, live music, and family-friendly games. The event takes place rain or shine. Dogs are not welcome.

Advance tickets can be purchased in advance online for $5 or at the gate for $10 on the day. Special packages are ONLY available online. Entry is free for children under the age of 12. First responders and military are free upon presentation of valid ID at the gate. To purchase tickets and for a full list of vendors visit

Learn More Ski Butternut is located at 380 State Road, Great Barrington, MA 02130.

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Reading of “Amontillado” by Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate

HILLSDALE, New York — “Amontillado” is presented Saturday 23 July Live at 8pm at the Hilltop Barn in Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale, NY by Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate. Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate features the work of Hudson River Valley writers as read by professional actors and broadcast over the airwaves.

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Cask of Amontillado, Hugh Sheehy’s Amontillado is a tale of memory and the all-consuming nature of revenge. Actor Frank Boyd will read the story.

Arrive early for a wine tasting from Copake Wine Works. All seats are available for $25 here:

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey –

Meet Attorney General Maura Healey

PITTSFIELD – On Thursday, July 21 at 5 p.m Massachusetts Attorney General nominee Maura Healey will be at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield. Join Maura Healey as she discusses her run for governor of Massachusetts.

All participants must be vaccinated to participate. Local COVID-19 guidelines are being followed.

Sign up or contribute to Healey’s campaign online at For questions or more information, email

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