BITS & BYTES: Overnight Farm Experience; Visit and sale of pottery; Pittsfield Photo Contest; conference on lace; the dance of Jonas Bokaer; Fremonts performance; Graham Nash Live

Seed & Spoon and Mike’s Organic welcome guests for an overnight experience

NORFOLK, Conn. – Seed & Spoon has teamed up with Mike’s Organic for a special one night event on From July 23 to July 24. Mike Geller of Mike’s Organic will host a special dinner where he will share his thoughts on his favorite ingredients and prepare a pairing dinner with Seed & Spoon’s fresh produce.

Book your night online for $1,000 here https://seedandspoon.com/book-now/special-guest-mike-geller-of-mikes-organics/

The itinerary includes a farm experience and harvest with Farm Manager Adam Buggy, an amazing dinner using farm ingredients and Mike’s Organic, prepared by Mike and Culinary Manager Tracy Hayhurst, S’mores around the corner bonfire and Sunday champagne brunch.

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Courtesy of Christy Knox, potter

The 16th Annual Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour and Sale

WESTERN MASS. – The Hilltown Potters will open their studios to the public for the 16th Annual Hilltown Pottery Tour and Sale 6 on July 23 and 24. Visitors will meet the potters and their guest artists. There will be educational demonstrations and hands-on activities: watch a potter turn a piece of clay into a pot, step inside a giant wood-fired oven, see how a ceramist creates a pot that looks like a freshly mined stone of the earth . The Hilltown 6 will donate a portion of its proceeds to local elementary schools for art supplies.

The visit is free and open to all. Visit www.hilltown6.com to download a map of all studios.

Hilltown 6 is a group of well known potters based in 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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Downtown Pittsfield ‘Heart of the Berkshires’ Photo Contest

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”. Entrants are encouraged to take photos that showcase the beauty and character of downtown Pittsfield, keeping the ‘Heart of the Berkshires’ theme in mind. Creativity is encouraged.

The first place winner, as determined by a panel of local judges, will have their photo featured in Pittsfield’s 2023 Downtown Guide and a Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. social marketing campaign. First and second place winners will win a set of prizes donated by local downtown businesses.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will be accepting photo submissions until July 30, 2022. Winners will be notified by August 30, 2022. One image submission will be accepted per person and the image must be taken in downtown Pittsfield. Entrants must complete this Google form and email their photo to Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Full contest rules and entry information are available at downtownpittsfield.com.

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Conference on the history of lace

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – On Tuesday July 26 at 5 p.m. lace specialist Beverly Wolov will explore the history of lace in the conference Lace in American material culture: wealth, refinement, sex. This free lecture is presented by the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Rd. Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Beverly E. Wolov holds an MA in Decorative Arts History from the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art and Design. She has a background 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 visit: https://berkshirehistory.org/event/lace-in-american-culture/

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

Jonah Bokaer will play Fallen Angel

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – On Saturday July 23 at 3 p.m. the Clark Art Institute will host a performance by Jacob’s Pillow alumnus Jonah Bokaer. The performance is inspired by the sculpture of Auguste Rodin Fallen Angelpresented as part of Clark’s current exhibition, Rodin in the United States: Facing the Modern.

Bokaer began his career as a professional dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and theater artist Robert Wilson. He brings his own perspective on the intersection of dance and visual arts to Clark with this bespoke performance.

The performance will take 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 12 and under). To reserve tickets, visit: https://www.clarkart.edu/event/detail/2057-89614

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Stephanie Dodd and Justin Badger

The Fremont present The Failure Cabaret

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

Stephanie Dodd and Justin Badger are residents of Great Barrington and perform as 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, Vocal/Accordion) and Justin Badger of Fremont, Calif. (Hair on Broadway, Shakespeare Theater Company, Vocal/Guitar) use original music to tell their story of meeting in New York, performing on Broadway, accidentally moving to a pretentious mountain town to do everything in their power to stay sane and married at the same time.

Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door). Doors open at 6 p.m. Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-failure-cabaret-tickets-294738118647

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Photo by Ralf Louis

Graham Nash will perform live at the Mahaiwe

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – On Saturday July 23 at 8 p.m. attend an evening with Graham Nash at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $41 to $86 and $15 for ages 30 and under, available here: https://mahaiwe.org/event/an-evening-with-graham-nash/

Legendary artist Graham Nash, as a founding member of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which has seen rock history unfold. A Grammy Award-winning renaissance artist extraordinaire, Nash has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame twice, 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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Laura J. Boyer