BITS & BYTES: Overnight Farm Experience; Pottery tour and sale; Pittsfield Photo Contest; Top Lecture; Jonah Bokaer dance; The Fremonts’ performance; Graham Nash live – | Candle Made Easy

Seed & Spoon and Mike’s Organic welcome guests to the sleepover experience

NORFOLK, Conn. — Seed & Spoon has teamed up with Mike’s Organic for a special overnight event July 23 to July 24. Mike Geller of Mike’s Organic will host a special dinner event where he will share insights into his favorite ingredients and cook up a dinner to match using fresh Seed & Spoon produce.

Book your night online for $1,000 here

Itinerary includes Farm Experiences and Harvests with Farm Manager Adam Buggy, an incredible Farm Locally Sourced Dinner and Mike’s Organic prepared by Mike and Culinary Director Tracy Hayhurst, S’mores by the Firepit and Sunday Champagne Brunch.

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Courtesy of Christy Knox, potter

The 16th Annual Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour and Sale

WESTERN MASS. – Hilltown potters will open their studios to the public for the 16th annual Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour and Sale July 23rd and 24th. Visitors meet the potters and their guest artists. There will be educational demonstrations and hands-on activities: watch a potter transform a lump of clay into a pot, climb into a giant wood-fired oven, watch a ceramic artist create a pot that looks like a stone freshly pulled from the earth looks . The Hilltown 6 will donate a portion of its proceeds to local elementary schools for art supplies.

The tour is free and open to everyone. Visit to download a map of all studios.

Hilltown 6 is a group of well-known potters from the hilltowns of western Massachusetts: Robbie Heidinger, Christy Knox, Maya Machin, Michael McCarthy, Hiroshi Nakayama, Mark Shapiro, Eric Smith, Constance Talbot and Sam Taylor. 2022 guests include: Hayne Bayless, Ben Eberle, David Eichelberger, Justine and Grant Figura, Annette Gates, Ellen Grenadier, Jamie Guggina, Janel Jacobson, Naysan McIlhargey, Mathew Meunier, Will Swanson, Sam Staas (intern), Ikuzi Teraki, Jeanne Bisson, Sumiyo Toribe, Jerilyn Virden, Tom White and Dallas Wooten.

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Heart of the Berkshires Photo Contest in downtown Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. is hosting a photo challenge to find the photo that best captures why Downtown Pittsfield is the “Heart of the Berkshires.” Participants are encouraged to take photos that showcase the beauty and personality of downtown Pittsfield while keeping the Heart of the Berkshires theme in mind. Creativity is encouraged.

The photo of the first place winner, as determined by a panel of local judges, will appear in the 2023 Pittsfield Downtown Guide and in a Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. social marketing campaign. First and second place winners will take home a prize package donated by local downtown businesses.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. accepting photo submissions until July 30, 2022. Winners will be notified by August 30, 2022. One picture will be submitted per person and the picture must be taken in downtown Pittsfield. Entrants must fill out this Google form and email their photo to Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Visit for complete contest rules and entry information.

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Lecture history of lace

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – On Tuesday, July 26 at 5 p.m In her lecture, lace specialist Beverly Wolov will go into the history of lace Apex in American Material Culture: Wealth, Refinement, Sex. This free lecture is being given by the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Rd. Pittsfield, Mass.

Beverly E. Wolov holds an MA in History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her background is in fashion history, specializing in lace and material culture. Ms. Wolov photographs and identifies lace for museums and has worked extensively with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Mount Vernon, among others.

For more information see:

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Image Credit: Jonah Bokaer © Julie Spillane
Courtesy of Jonah Bokaer Choreography

Jonah Bokaer performing Fallen Angel

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – On Saturday, July 23 at 3 p.m The Clark Art Institute hosts a performance by Jacob’s Pillow alumnus Jonah Bokaer. The performance is inspired by Auguste Rodin’s sculpture Fallen Angelpresented in conjunction with Clark’s current exhibition Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern.

Bokaer began his professional dance career with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and theater artist Robert Wilson. With this tailor-made performance, he brings his own perspective on the intersection of dance and visual arts to Clark.

The performance takes place in the auditorium of the Clark Art Institute in the Manton Research Center building. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members, $7 for students, $5 for children under 12). To reserve tickets, visit:

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Stephanie Dodd and Justin Badger

The Fremonts present The Failure Cabaret

WEST STOCK BRIDGE, Mass. – On Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July at 7pm see The Failure Cabaret by The Fremonts at The Foundry in West Stockbridge.

Stephanie Dodd and Justin Badger are locals from Great Barrington and perform under the moniker The Fremonts. Now the Fremonts have been married for ten years and they have the therapy bills to prove it. In this dark comedy cabaret, Stephanie Dodd of Fremont, Nebraska (Shakespeare & Company, 59E59, vocals/accordion) and Justin Badger of Fremont, California (Hair on Broadway, Shakespeare Theater Company, vocals/guitar) use original music to tell their story talk about meeting in New York, performing on Broadway, accidentally moving to a swanky mountain town to do everything in their power to stay sane and married at the same time.

Tickets are $20 ($25 at the box office). Entry is at 6 p.m. Tickets are available here:

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Photo by Ralph Louis

Graham Nash performs live at the Mahaiwe

GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS. – On Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m Catch an evening with Graham Nash at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $41-$86 and $15 for children under 30 and are available here:

Twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, legendary artist Graham Nash, founding member of Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, has seen rock history unfold. An exceptional Grammy Award-winning Renaissance artist, Nash has been twice inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, for his work with CSN and his work as a solo artist, beginning with two of his albums, Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales.

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