Calendar of events

Berkshire events – locations in red
Connecticut River Valley events – locations in green
BEAT sponsored/co-sponsored events in navy

Hoffman Bird Club @ Springtide Park

Wednesday October 7th 8:00am

Meet at the playground parking lot off North Street (Rte 7), Pittsfield. We will look for migrant songbirds and sparrows in a variety of habitats. Leader: Noreen Mole (442-6327,

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Leading Climate Change Scientist to Speak at UMASS Lowell

Expert was adviser to Pope Francis on his environmental platform

Wednesday, Oct. 7

4:30 p.m.

WHAT:  Environmental leader Naomi Oreskes – who advised Pope Francis on the climate-change policy he shared with President Obama and Congress during his U.S. visit last week – will be the featured speaker at UMass Lowell’s annual Climate Change Teach-In, expected to draw more than 500 students, faculty and members of the community.

A science historian and geologist, Oreskes was among the experts who met with the pope in 2014 to discuss the environment. The session laid the groundwork for his climate-change encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home,” a letter delivered to all Roman Catholic bishops. The policy has been hailed as one of the most important papal documents of the last century.

Renowned for her work, Oreskes has provided expert testimony on the environment before the U.S. Senate and is the co-author of “Merchants of Doubt.” The book, which inspired a documentary of the same name, explores how the U.S. scientific community’s knowledge or denial of environmental concerns such as DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain and climate change has shaped the public’s view of these issues over the past 40 years.

Before Oreskes’ program, UMass Lowell faculty, legislators and business professionals will take on roles as United Nations delegates to simulate negotiating a worldwide climate pact. The game, to be played at 2 p.m., was developed by UMass Lowell and other educational institutions as part of the World Climate Project Initiative, recently honored by the White House for its ability to raise awareness about the issue.

The Teach-In is presented by UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative – which brings together faculty, students and local leaders to address ways to improve the environment – and faculty and staff behind the university’s Climate Action Plan. Both the initiative and the plan inspire the UMass Lowell community to take action to achieve carbon neutrality on campus and throughout the region.

WHERE:  Cumnock Hall auditorium, North Campus, 31 University Ave., Lowell. For directions and parking information, contact UMass Lowell media relations.

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Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows

Friday, Oct 09, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA

Audience: Adult

Members:        Free for members        Nonmembers: $3.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Spring and Fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Preregistration is not required.

Instructions and Directions:   Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.Registration not required.

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Activities at Herbert Arboretum

At Springside Park, 874 North Street (RT 7) Pittsfield, MA 01201 ~ Join Friends of the Arboretum for a meaningful stroll on one of our Nature Walks through Springside Park. And join us for our work parties where you can receive hands-on instruction in gardening and the care of trees and shrubs, as well as receive free trees and plants to take home.

Sept 19, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work Party

Oct 3, Saturday, 11 AM – Garden & Tree Care Work Party

Oct 10, Saturday, 1 PM – Nature Walk

Join us for a tour of the splendid colors of Autumn. If you love Springside Park we invite you to join us, The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park for our General Meeting. We’d like to hear from you and how you might like to participate in caring for this Jewel in the Heart of the Berkshires. For Information: Elizabeth Kulas at 413-443-5348 In cooperation with The City of Pittsfield Parks Commission, Department of Community Development/Long Range Park Planning and Springside Park Conservancy, Inc.

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Royalston Celebration, Celebrate Nature

Saturday October 10, 10:00 – 12 p.m. Celebrate Royalston 250th, Celebrate
As part of the town’s 250th celebration, the Royalston Open Space and Recreation Committee and the Athol Bird and Nature Club are cosponsoring Saturday walks this fall to five outdoor gems, each from 10 a.m. to noon. •

To a section of the New England Trail (formerly called the M&M Trail) on October 10, led by Paul Montero, Royalston’s representative to the NET. Aprofessional land surveyor, Montero will also demonstrate compass use. Meet at the Royalston Falls trailhead on Rte. 32 (Newton Cemetery). All the walks are weather permitting. If in doubt, call If in doubt, call Paul Montero at 978-249-5879 by 9 a.m. on any walk morning.

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Activist Folksinger Shares Songs of Justice and Ecology

On Saturday, October 10, from 8pm-10:00p.m., Grosscup will offer a concert for the whole community at The Tavern at The Williams Inn at 1090 Main St. in Williamstown. Admission is free. Grosscup performs songs of struggle and social critique in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs: “I perform contemporary folksongs that speak to the harsh injustices in the world. My goal as a performer is to nurture people’s desire for a freer society and challenge our complacency with the society we’ve got.”

He performs original songs about some of today’s most significant political struggles, including the student debt crisis, the struggle for workers’ rights at Walmart, and environmental racism, Grosscup’s performance on October 10 will address a number of issues particularly relating to the climate crisis, hydraulic fracturing, and industrialized agriculture.  As challenging as such topics can be, Grosscup lightens up his performances with songs that let the audience laugh as well as be reminded of what’s good in the human condition.

Grosscup is also a curator of poignant songs being written by politically conscious artists today. “I want these songwriters to be more widely known, because if more people heard these sorts of songs, I think they’d feel encouraged to challenge authority and get involved with the essential social justice movements of our time.”

Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben Grosscup is the Executive Director of People’s Music Network, a group of activists and musicians, founded in 1981, which uses songs to promote progressive politics and social change. He can be reached at 413-658-5374,

The program is supported in part by a grant from the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. It is sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Williamstown.

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Birding Massachusetts South Shore

Sunday, October 11, 6:30 a.m. Birding Massachusetts South Shore

Join Ernie LeBlanc for this fall birding adventure to the Massachusetts South Shore – ocean and inland areas, including Cumberland Farm fields. meet at 6:30 at the Millers River Environmental Center (100 Main Street Athol) to carpool.

Preregistration required call Ernie at  978-249-4064

This way Ernie can keep in touch if anything comes up

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Hoffman Bird Club @ Stafford Hill

Sunday October 11th

Half day trip to Stafford Hill and neighboring areas in search of sparrows and other migrants. Meet at Allendale Shopping Center on Cheshire Rd. Contact leader Ed Neumuth (884-4961, for details.

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Accessible Birding with Joe

Tuesday, October 13, 8-10 a.m.                               Accessible Birding with Joe 

Join Joe Superchi on the second Tuesday of the month (through November) in a search for birds at local sites. Open to birders of all abilities. Meet at the Center 100 Main Street Athol. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491.

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ABNC Monthly Meeting

>><< Wednesday October 14, ABNC Monthly Meeting 7:00 PM “Deer, Forests and People: Understanding and Managing Socioecological Systems” “Wildlife comebacks in the last half century are to be celebrated.  But, there have been unintended negative consequences.  Deer populations, in particular, have risen to unprecedented levels in many areas, causing all kinds of problems.  This presentation will explore the deer overabundance issue and its many challenges.  We no longer manage wildlife, but rather, “socioecological  systems.” Tom Rawinski Botanist US Forest Service Durham Field Office.

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What is the Future of Energy in Massachusetts

Join Berkshire legislators for a panel discussion

Friday October 16th, 2015
8:00-9:00 am
Ralph Froio Senior Center

330 North Street, Pittsfield 10201(Parking in Rear)Special Guests: Sen. Ben Downing, Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Rep. Paul Mark, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

All are welcome! A light breakfast will be served. RSVP appreciated but not required.

This is a free event sponsored by 350MA

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Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows

Fri, Oct 16, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Location:   Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Audience:   Adult

Members:   Free for members      Nonmembers: $3.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Spring and Fall are the seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Preregistration is not required.

Instructions and Directions:   Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.       Registration not required.

For more information, contact:

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Lenox, MA 01240

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Field Trip to Quabbin Reservoir

Saturday, October 17, 7:00 am Field Trip to Quabbin Reservoir
Join Club president Dave Small for this Naturalists exploration of a section of Quabbin Reservoir. Meet at MREC 7:00 am for carpooling pre-registration required as the number of participants is limited. Contact Dave Small to reserve your place.

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2015 Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference

Saturday, October 17, 2015              9:00 AM to 4:15 PM
(8:30 AM sign-in and concurrent session registration)

$30 per person (registration is now open)

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive)
Westborough, MA 01581

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Cristina Eisenberg

Cristina Eisenberg is the Lead Scientist at Earthwatch Institute.
Her responsibilities include developing a global field research program
and strategic initiatives to explore critical conservation issues
such as climate change and human-wildlife coexistence.

Plus  presentations on a wide variety of wildlife topics.

Check out this year’s agenda on the Northeast Wildlife Trackers website

NEW THIS YEAR!  Concurrent afternoon sessions with “hands-on” and outdoor offerings.

Sign-up for these workshops will take place at registration,
so arrive at 8:30 am to have time to sign up.

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Berkshire Fermentation Festival

October 17th Berkshire Ferments invites you to the first ever, Berkshire Fermentation Festival on October 17th from 10-4pm at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds! There will be cultured food vendors sampling and selling their products, workshops, DIY demos, lectures, music and more! This is a free, family-friendly event, and we hope that people will spend the day tasting, learning and supporting local businesses. We are excited to connect local fermentation educators and businesses with food enthusiasts in a day of education and empowerment! Come participate in workshops and lectures, meet local fermenters, check out what our fermentation vendors have to offer, and participate in the social ferment. Berkshire Ferments is a collective of fermentation enthusiasts and community builders. We are here to help our community reclaim important and ancient food traditions through educating and celebrating the world of fermented foods. We bring together Berkshire foodies, fermentation enthusiasts, bacteria farmers, & fans of lactic acid while educating and reclaiming traditional food practices. We hold potlucks, gatherings, workshops and more all circulating around the idea of education of cultured foods. Are you interested in participating? We are looking for vendors, presenters, sponsors, and volunteers! Contact us to get involved.

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Understanding Vermont in a Warming World with Bill McKibben

October 17th

Free Event!

Free Lunch!

Bennington College, Carriage Barn

9 a.m. Saturday October 17th, 2015

Also Features:

-Marlboro College Pres. Ellen McCulloch-Lovell on the future of the arts

-Vermont Life emeritus editor Tom Slayton on the future of humanitiesMiddlebury College —Professor Grace Spatafora on the future of the sciencesTor register contact Conell Gallagher: (802)-899-3034 or

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Nature Journaling for Children: Hike Up Canaan Mountain

OCTOBER 17, 2015

For our fall session of nature journaling, we’ll climb to the summit of Canaan Mountain on the Iron Trail. We’ll get a spectacular 360 degree view from the top of the mountain. We’ll sketch the view in our journals, then return to the Childs Center to finish up with colored pencils, watercolors, etc., and to write about our adventures. Jean Bronson and Holly Torrant will lead the group. For children ages 8 and up.
If you’ve attended a nature journaling session before, bring your journal along; new participants will get a journal to begin.


200 Canaan Mountain Road


9:00 a.m. to noon



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Wind-Up Fest (Williamstown Film Fest 2.0)



OCTOBER 15 – 18, 2015

www.wind-up.orgWilliamstown, MA –Wind-Up Fest (Williamstown Film Festival 2.0) is proud to announce the 2015 Festival Season, the 17th season for the Festival and the first in its new incarnation as Wind-Up Fest under the artistic direction of Paul Sturtz.  The Festival will kick off on Thursday, October 15th with Olmo and the Seagull, directed by Petra Costa and Lea Glob, followed by an opening night party with Northampton music favorites And The Kids offering up “apocalyptic pop” along with The Sun Parade. Featured on Friday is Very Semi-Serious, presenting a candid look at the New Yorker and the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons. Sunday, October 18th includes, presented by the Gaudino Fund at Williams College, a very special screening of Laurent Bécue-Renard’s Of Men and War, a groundbreaking collection of recovery stories from American Iraq veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Festival will also include filmmaker Luke Meyer (Breaking a Monster), Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction), New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan (BEK), award-winning cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, radio man Scott Carrier (This American Life), dancers Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass, plus dozens of others.

As previously announced, Steve Lawson ended his sixteen-season tenure as Artistic Director earlier this year. The 2015 festival is curated and overseen by new Creative Director Paul Sturtz and Managing Director Sandra Thomas.

“I’ve been blown away by the creative talent within driving distance of the northern Berkshires,” Sturtz said. “It’s a major honor to be able to work with such a high caliber of people across all the nonfiction platforms. This year’s festival will have a unique atmosphere and focus, one that very much seems timely, of-the-moment, and even urgent. There’s an intense interest in nonfiction these days from podcasts to docs to performance.”

“This is not like any festival I’ve ever attended,” states Thomas. “And that’s a good thing! It offers the opportunity to be part of conversations with filmmakers, New Yorker cartoonists, dancers, podcast producers, an artisanal pencil sharpener, ethnomusicologist, cinematographer, and more. It’s going to be an insanely exciting weekend!”

For a full schedule of events, please visit

Film stills available at:

Band photos available at:

Guest speakers/performers available at:


Thursday, October 15th, 2015

’62 Center for Theatre and Dance

5:30 pm | Opening Night Reception

7:00 pm | Olmo and the Seagull

Directed by Petra Costa and Lea Glob

87 minutes; followed by a conversation with director Lea Glob

Goodrich Hall

9:45 pm | Opening Night Party

Featuring music by And The Kids with The Sun Parade

Friday, October 16th, 2015 


2:30 pm | The Wide, Wonderful World of Wind-Up with Abandoned Goods + additional shorts

Variety Show and Film

Abandoned Goods directed by Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson

122 minutes (total); followed by a conversation with Shawn Rosenheim about outsider art

Gramercy Bistro

5:00 pm | Festival Benefit Event


7:30 pm | Very Semi-Serious

Directed by Leah Wolchok

83 minutes; followed by a Show & Tell with cartoonists BEK and Liana Finck and a reception by Lickety Split

North Adams Elks Lodge 487

10:30 pm | Late Night Party

Featuring Secret Lover and Samuel James

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Images Cinema

10:00 am | Short & Sweet

Stories, live and cinematic, with treats

’62 Center for Theatre and Dance

12:00 pm | Radio 1-2-3

3:00 pm | Uncertain

Directed by Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol

82 minutes; followed by a conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert and the directors on nature out of balance

5:30 pm | Song from the Forest

Directed by Michael Obert

96 minutes; followed by a Show & Tell with musicologist and philosopher David Rothenberg

8:15 pm | Breaking a Monster

Directed by Luke Meyer

93 minutes; followed by a Q&A with Luke Meyer

Goodrich Hall

10:30 pm | Dance Party

Featuring Wishbone Zoe and Seratones

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Goodrich Hall

10:00 am | Bloody Mary Brunch 

11:30 am | Show & Tell: Kirsten Johnson on Filmmaking Ethics

’62 Center for Theatre and Dance

1:00 pm | Of Men and War

Directed by Laurent Bécue-Renard

98 minutes; followed by a conversation with Laurent Bécue-Renard and Kirsten Johnson

5:00 pm | Live Documentary: Greetings on Behalf of the People of Our Planet!

With Sam Green and David Cerf

75 minutes


Olmo and the Seagull

A journey through the labyrinth of a woman’s mind, Olmo & The Seagull  tells the story of Olivia, a free-spirited stage actress preparing for a starring role in a theatrical production of Chekhov’s The Seagull. As the play starts to take shape, Olivia and her boyfriend Serge discover she is pregnant. Olmo plunges us deep into the creative process and asks us what is real, what is imagined, and what we celebrate and sacrifice in life.

The Wide, Wonderful World of Wind-Up

A new afternoon tradition: a variety show all based in nonfiction, hosted by humorist David Rees, known for his National Geographic show “Going Deep with David Rees” and his pencil-sharpening prowess. He will teach us how to do things right. Archivist Rich Remsberg presents his “History Jukebox,” an interactive game show that reveals a few of the 20th century’s forgotten flotsam and jetsam. Photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally reveals the  “Upstate Girls” of Troy, New York and musicologist David  Rothenberg accompanies us to hear new songs of the humpback whale.

Abandoned Goods

Between 1946 and 1981, patients at a rural English mental hospital participated in a pioneering art therapy program run by the artist Edward Adamson. Like a time capsule from inside the asylum, Abandoned Goodsmines a rich archive of thousands of works to become a profoundly moving exploration of outsider art. The film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects. Paired as a double-header with the variety show The Wide, Wonderful World of Wind-Up.

Very Semi-Serious

Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel. The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades. Afterwards, veteran humorist BEK (Bruce Eric Kaplan) and upstart Liana Finck converse about how they mine their own lives for material.

Short & Sweet

A one-time-only event that mixes short stories, delivered live and on film, traversing a colorful land inhabited by a quack doctor, a mobile hotel, a persistent landlady, a pilfering Winona Ryder, and a hapless series of foster homes.  It starts with a how-to delivered by know-it-all David Rees (Going Deep with David Rees). Then filmmaker Penny Lane (Our Nixon) delivers the formula “Storytelling =Swindling,” a guided tour of a nonfiction hall of mirrors. A clip from her forthcoming “NUTS!” instigates an ethical/epistemological show & tell, meticulously revealing Penny’s cinematic trickery… In “One Year Lease” (dir. Brian Bolster; 11 min.) we live through the hilarious chronicles of the landlady from hell. In “Hotel 22” (dir. Elizabeth Lo; 8 min.) a late-night bus route is turned into a traveling homeless shelter. Then we hear from guitarist and storyteller Samuel James, whose improbable life has yielded many chapters. “Object” (dir. Paulina Skibińska; 13 min.) offers entrancing abstract images of an underseas dive, leading to an unexpected conclusion. The beautifully constructed essay film “The Blazing World” (dir. Jessica Bardsley,19 min.) reflects on where kleptomania, depression and Winona Ryder meet.

Radio 1-2-3

  1. Scott Carrier: (30 years in my life as a radio man) After quitting his job, Scott Carrier bottomed out, interviewing schizophrenics for some medical researchers and wondering  if he was a schizophrenic himself. Then he was discovered by This American Life and became a stalwart of the show including some of its most celebrated segments including “The Friendly Man” about working for a radio legend. Three decades later, Scott is still as curious as ever and has started a podcast called Home of the Brave. He will be giving us a guided tour through his unlikely career.
  2. Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass on 3 Acts, 2 Dancers & I (Missing) Radio Host

This American Life host Ira Glass collaborated with Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass to invent a show that combines two art forms that – as Glass puts it – “have no business being together – dance and radio.”  Now Barnes and Bass break free at Wind-Up, with Glass’ contribution beamed in through the miracle of audio recording.

  1. Love + Radio (October episode premiere with Nick van der Kolk)

In the last year, the freewheeling, sometimes explicit Love + Radio podcast has had a popular breakthrough, with its listener base skyrocketing.  The show’s director Nick van der Kolk, will unveil the L+R October episode, which centers on a New Mexican cult.


In the haunted, southern gothic town of Uncertain, Texas, hunched on the Louisiana border, desperate men battle their demons. “May I defeat my greatest enemy, myself,” one intones in prayer. The demons take many outward forms: marauding wild boars that ravage the countryside, noxious weeds (Salvinia molesta) that choke Caddo Lake at the center of the region’s economy, drug and alcohol problems that torment them and those around them, and fits of violence that burst forth and ricochet through their lives. This masterful debut feature is highlighted by memorable images—such as a search party on the water using flashlights—that reveal bit by bit, an archaeology of the human spirit. While southern noir is nothing new, this kaleidoscopic portrait of a town feels like a fresh kind of nonfiction. Afterwards, Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction) speaks with the directors about nature out of balance.

Song from the Forest

Western civilization has its discontents, including Louis Sarno, an American who three decades ago went to live with the Bayaka Pygmy clan. Sarno became deeply embedded before recording the celestial yet earthy music of his dreams. First-time director Michael Obert locates Sarno in a remote jungle, then follows him fulfilling a pledge to his son to escort him to New York City. Song From The Forest accentuates the vast gulf between cultures, as we get immersed equally in the strange and exotic ways of the dancing, chanting, hunting Bayaka and the more domesticated Americans, living like caged birds in skyscrapers. This impeccable portrait is gorgeously shot, slyly scored, and sharply edited – showing an engrossing protagonist at a crossroads.  Afterwards, join musicologist and philosopher David Rothenberg, Song of the Forest’s music consultant. In a Show & Tell “Bird Whale Bug: Music With the More-Than-Human World,” David will interact with the soundscape created for the film.

Breaking a Monster

When African American kids just entering adolescence form the band Unlocking the Truth, their Youtube videos go viral, they appear at Coachella and the Colbert Report, with their novelty leading to a mega-deal with Sony. Along for the ride is filmmaker Luke Meyer and his team, who chart the astonishing push-pull between the neophytes and the tone-deaf music industry, including their wildly mismatched manager Alan Sacks.

Of Men and War

Of Men and War situates us in the middle of a Napa Valley–based retreat center for PTSD-afflicted veterans of the Iraq war. Some rage and rail against the world’s indignities, but over time their deep humanity emerges, thanks to the efforts of pioneering therapist Fred Gusman. Deeply grounded in authentic, earthy characters, including wives and children, filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard gains stunning access to these fragile souls and their stories. And he and his collaborator Camille Cottagnoud have an uncannily intuitive way with their cameras, creating a uniquely fluid intimacy. Of Men and War is a big movie about forgiveness, group dynamics, trust, guilt, shame, and the value of counseling and anger management. {Presented by the Gaudino Fund of Williams College}

Live Doc: Greetings on Behalf of the People of our Planet!

For the last five years, Sam Green and his collaborator Dave Cerf have been madly recreating cinema as a live art. Green and Cerf come to Wind-Up to unleash a wide-ranging collection of short works revolving around the archaeology of pay phones, the bawdiness of the private Louis Armstrong, and much more. In these pieces, they investigate a little-visited, exotic territory where journalism, music and performance meet.  “(They) give back the sociability of a movie, by making it as live as a silent movie with an orchestra, a nineteenth-century Chautauqua lecture, a sermon or a party. Take it as an invitation to think about utopia…whatever faint aroma of paradise that might arise in a room where you hope and think and breathe with others.” (Rebecca Solnit)


Individual event prices range from $5-$15; a Fest Pass ($90) gets you access to all film screenings, Show & Tells, live music, and opening night pre-film reception; Fancy Pass ($250) includes access to ALL Fest events, including Friday’s Benefit Party.

Tickets and passes can be purchased online at; by calling the Box Office at 413-458-9700; in person in advance at the Wind-Up office at 49 Main Street, North Adams; and can be purchased at individual events.

The Box office opens a half hour before each event.


Since 1998, the Williamstown Film Festival has brought the finest contemporary films, directors and actors to the pastoral and culturally rich hills of the Berkshires. Each Film Festival season aimed to honor film’s history while concurrently celebrating the present cultural moment.

Wind-Up Fest, Williamstown Film Festival 2.0, shifts the focus to a core of world-class documentary films and their makers, while re-envisioning the festival as a celebration of nonfiction in all of its forms in a truly northern Berkshires experience, incorporating venues across Williamstown and North Adams. It is an enchanted expedition to the fiery core of nonfiction, guided by the world’s most compelling creators of documentaries, podcasts, long-form journalism, live performance and storytelling.

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Fall Botanical Exploration

Sun, Oct 18, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location:   Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W Mountain Rd, Lenox 01240

Audience:   Adult           Members:  $6.00     Nonmembers:  $8.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Fall is the time of transition when some plants and animals are preparing for wintering and yet others are still flowering.  We’ll take a walk looking for late-bloomers as well as learning about adaptations that allow plants to prepare for winter.  Please dress for the weather. Registration is required.

Register online or call 413-637-0320 to register by phone.

For more information, contact:

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 W Mountain Rd
Lenox, MA 01240

Promoting Informed Woodland Owner Decisions through Community Conversations

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


At some point in every landowner’s life, a decision about what to do with their woods arises. Most woodland owners typically don’t sell timber and plan the future of their land often, and therefore don’t know where to turn for advice for these very important decisions. It can be very helpful for landowners to learn about their options in advance, meet local conservation professionals in person, and hear about your neighbor’s experiences.

The Woods Forum will discuss important decisions surrounding woodland ownership and the importance of these woodlands to local communities through:

A presentation by Paul Catanzaro, UMass Extension Assistant Professor.
A discussion forum in which landowners can ask their questions and get answers from neighbors and professionals.
Interaction with local conservation organizations including the Kestrel Land Trust, BroadBrook Coalition and Mass Audubon.
Bringing together local woodland owners and conservation professionals to share information and experiences can create an informal, local network of contacts to help provide information at crucial decision making times.

Contact information and resources will be available for you to take home. Please join us for this important and helpful discussion. Hope to see you there!!!!

Please register at For more information contact:

Jonah Keane at Mass Audubon:, 413.584.3009
Kari Blood at Kestrel Land Trust:, 413.549.1097
Bob Zimmerman at Broad Brook Coalition:

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Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire

Thursday, October 22

The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) will host a FREE wine and cheese event at the Triplex Cinema on Thursday, October 22 from 5:30-6:30 pm. The first 20 Attendees will receive a Free Movie Pass. The CDCSB will make a presentation of the Massachusetts State Tax Credit Program offering donors an opportunity for huge tax benefits and refunds of 50% on donations, while supporting the local community and economy. The CDCSB’s mission is to create affordable housing and jobs in the Berkshires. To RSVP, please email: or call 413-528-7788. Space is limited.

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Protecting our Investment in Wildlife Diversity

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife is sponsoring a conference on wildlife habitat “Protecting Our Investment in Wildlife Diversity” at their impressive new headquarters in Westborough.  More information is attached. To register, visit: . NOTE:  Registration is free, but space is limited!


This is going to be a very high quality program which will include speakers focusing on wildlife on private, town, and state owned land.  There will even be a discussion of the role Keystone plays in encouraging wildlife management.  In short:  if wildlife is your thing, this program is not to be missed.

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Enviro Show at Franklin County Pumpkin Fest

Saturday, October 242 to 9PM

Visit The Enviro Show booth at the Franklin County Pumpkin Fest, Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. See really scary stuff like Kinder Morgan’s proposed fracked gas NED pipeline; the Fracked Gas Bridge to Nowhere; exploding communities; frightening corporados & way more. Free and accessible. Costumes recommended!

Go to:

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BNRC Hikes- October and November


Wed, October 21, 10am – 12pm
When: Wednesday October 21, 2015 10:00 am -12pm
Where: Richmond, MA
Terrain: Mowed woods path, woods roads, moderate elevation changes
Distance: 3 miles
Pace/Time: Easy/ 2 hours
Description: Hollow Fields Reserve One of the best picnic spots in the Berkshires, Hollow Fields Reserve is home to mowed paths and woods roads that take you on a moderate climb to excellent views of Yokun Ridge. Bring plenty of water and a snack. Directions: From intersections of Rt. 20 and 41 in Pittsfield go south on Rt. 41 for 2.5 miles to a right on Perry’s Peak Road. The parking lot is the left side of the road at the last red barn.
Tue, October 27, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
When- Tuesday, October 27th, 7:30 – 9:30
Hike under the Full Hunter’s Moon 3 Mile Hill/ Berkshire South Regional Community Center. The moonlit forest is a very different place, a little eerie and spooky — a wild place to move quietly and listen closely to the forest creatures. Join Mike Leavitt (Berkshire Natural Resources Council) and Christine Ward (Great Barrington Land Conservancy) for night time exploration of the Three Mile Hill Trail. Meet At the Berkshire South Regional Community Center lobby area. Be sure to bring warm clothes and a flashlight. A great hike for adventures ages 8 – Adult.
Pre-registration requested, contact John Parker at 413.528.2810 ext. 10.
Directions: From Pittsfield head South on Rt. 7 into Great Barrington. Just before the stop light, turn left onto Crissey Road. Berkshire South Regional Community Center is at the end of the road. Email with any questions!
Thu, November 5, 10am – 12pm
Distance – 1.5miles
Pace/Time – Easy/2 hours
Description – Come hike the Clam River Loop trail with BNRC. The loop features views of both the Clam and Buck rivers along with beautiful cathedral pines. Bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes.
Directions – From Great Barrington, take Rt. 23 towards Monterey. Take a right onto Rt. 183/Rt. 57. After passing the Old Inn on the Green, stay left on Rt. 57. Follow Rt. 57 into Sandisfield and park at the Sandisfield Town Hall Annex (66 Sandisfield Road). If you get to the intersection of Rt. 8 and 57, you’ve gone too far. Email with any questions!


Sat, November 7, 10am – 1pm
Where: Alford Springs Reserve (map)
When: Saturday, November 7th, 2015 10:00am – 1pm Where: Alford, MA Terrain: Hiking trails and wood roads; gradual elevation gain Distance: 3.6 miles Pace/ Time: moderate/ 3 hours
Description: Alford Springs Reserve. Tour the just-completed logging/habitat project at Alford Springs with BNRC staff. With the goals of opening views, creating young forest-habitat, and improving (long term) timber potential, BNRC removed 25 acres of mature forest. Come learn the whys and hows of this project – and enjoy views of Mount Greylock! We’ll hike 3.6 miles and spend 30 minutes snacking and discussing forestry in the Berkshires.
Directions: From Route 7 in the center of Great Barrington, at the traffic light by the stone St. James church and the tourist info building, take Taconic Ave. (which later turns into Alford Road). After passing Simon’s Rock College, take a left onto Seekonk Road, which turns into Green River Road. Take a right onto Mountain Road, just before the NY/MA state line. Bear hard right past BNRC’s first parking lot and drive to the end of Old Village Road to the trailhead.

2015 MA Trails Conference “Sustainable Trails for a Sustainable Future”

Saturday, November 14, 2015 

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center by Hilton 
Leominster, MA
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board (MARTAB) presents the 2015 Massachusetts Trails Conference, including field trips on Friday, November 13.The conference is funded through the Recreational Trails Program, a grant program which supports trail and trail-related facility construction and enhancement projects across the Commonwealth.To Register for the Conference and field trips, click here: Details: The daylong conference will include workshop sessions, continental breakfast and lunch. The cost is $45. Woody Keen, owner of Trail Wisdom LLC and founder of Trail Dynamics, will be the keynote speaker.  Woody has earned a national reputation for his work on innovative sustainable trail design and construction projects which have addressed the full spectrum of trail use, from hiking and mountain biking to equestrian, off-highway vehicle and accessible trails.  He is a trusted leader internationally and has more recently been working to educate trail professionals and volunteers on the concepts of building sustainable trails and how this is achieved.Who Should Attend: Trail planners, advocates, managers, users, land trusts, conservation commissions, friends groups and volunteers interested in creating, managing and promoting sustainable trails for healthy communities.Table/Display Opportunities: Trail organizations, consultants and other trail-related entities are invited to reserve a 6’ skirted display table to set up informational displays.  Table costs are $25 for non-profits and $50 for private entities. The deadline for reserving a table is Friday, October 30.


Field Trips on November 13

Half-day field trips are $10 and the full-day is $20 with lunch included on the full-day. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the site and back.

Field Trip 1:    Half-Day (9am – 12pm) on Pine Hill Trail at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

Steve Crowe of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Worcester Chapter will demonstrate some of the skilled work that is required to build the impressive Pine Hill Trail natural stone staircase, including a demonstration on splitting rock and discussion of other related rock work.  

Field Trip 2:    Half-Day (1pm – 4pm) at Barret Park in Leominster, MA

Dick O’Brien will lead a group on a hike through the network of trails at the City of Leominster’s 75-acre Barret Park, where recent improvements as a result of receiving a PARC grant have served to provide safe and accessible trail experiences throughout the park.  The Leominster Trail Stewards will join the group on the trails, for an interactive discussion around trail planning, construction, maintenance and other trail-related issues.

Field Trip 1:    Full-Day (9am – 4pm) Bus Tour exploring Lancaster and Clinton Trails

Spend the day exploring Lancaster and Clinton learning about their cultural heritage and singular trails. Town planners and trail stewards will share how they are successfully visioning, implementing, linking, and funding recreational trail systems for diverse users.  Site visit and walking locations will include the Cook Conservation Area along the Nashua River in Lancaster and the Rauscher Farm in Clinton.

2015 State Trail Award: We want you to help us recognize an individual or organization that is a leader in the trail community! The purpose of the award is to recognize someone or some entity that has had a significant impact on the Massachusetts trail scene, either past or present through their dedication, efforts and work on behalf of the Massachusetts trail network.


Details:  Please email your nomination to  Nominations can be brief but must include the individual/group/organization name and a description of the work that has been accomplished for which you are nominating that person or entity.  Photos and other supporting visuals are welcome.  Please submit nominations by Monday, October 6th.  

TO REGISTER: Online registration is available at

Please be prepared with credit card for the conference and field trip registration fee payment. If you are unable to register online, please call the Registration Administrator at 781-799-4406 or email  Conference information and updates can also be seen online at 

*Please contact us ahead of time if you have any special requirements or needs in order to attend the conference.  Our goal is to provide this valuable engagement and learning opportunity for all trail advocates and enthusiasts across Massachusetts.

If you are not on the DCR Greenways and Trails contact list, please contact Amanda Lewis at to be added and receive conference updates and other Massachusetts trail information.

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CCC Meeting

Wednesday, November 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
location TBD (probably Lenox Library)The Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council meetings are a way for the public to learn more about what is happening with the General Electric and US Environmental Protection Agency remediation of the Housatonic River. There is a group of involved people representing organizations, municipalities, and businesses that “have seats at the table”. BEAT is one of those with a seat. But these meetings are open to the public and there is a public comment period at the end (and often questions are accepted during the meeting as well).To get up to speed with what has taken place to date, please visit the EPA’s website:

Picket Berkshire Gas

Picket the Berkshire Gas Office
Every Tuesday from Noon – 1:00 pm

Berkshire Gas Headquarters
115 Cheshire Road
(Rte. 8, just north of Allendale Plaza)
Pittsfield, MA

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Picket Kinder Morgan

Every Friday  from Noon – 1:00 pm

137 North St.near corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St  (off Depot St) Parking Garage behind and west of North St.

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Pittsfield Tree Watch

Pittsfield Tree Watch meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, from 4-5:30 pm. Please come and learn more about what is happening to increase the number of trees in Pittsfield! return to top

Berkshire Conservation District Meeting

The Berkshire Conservation District holds open public meetings every third Tuesday of the month at 4pm at 78 Center Street, Room 206, Conte Federal Building in Pittsfield. In cooperation with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, the district provides technical assistance to landowners in the conservation and management of natural resources throughout the county. The district is a sponsor of the state-wide Massachusetts Envirothon and provides scholarships to Berkshire Community College and UMASS students. The district is governed by seven supervisors who serve for three year terms. The current slate of supervisors are: Robert Lear, Chairman Tony Boyer, Vice-Chair Kevin Zimmer, Treasurer Dave Jurczak, Dennis Mareb Ned Kirchner, Bill Florek The public are welcome to attend monthly meetings. For more information please call the office at (413) 443-1776 or visit the website: return to top

Green Drinks Hudson

Please join us for our inaugural Green Drinks!Green Drinks is a monthly international event for people interested in conservation, sustainability and meeting new people who share a common interest.Columbia Land Conservancy will be hosting this fun event on the third Tuesday of the month at Helsinki Hudson.  Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! Every third Tuesday of the month  Time: 5:30 PM Where: Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY For more information: email Heidi at or go to or return to top

Green Drinks-Great Barrington

The next Great Barrington Green Drinks is Thursday, October 1st from 5:30pm at The Prairie Whale178 Main Street in GB.

This month we’ll hear from Hans Carlson, director of Great Mountain Forest in nearby northwestern CT. He’ll tell us about the significance of this 6,000 acre tract which is the largest conservation easement in southern New England and contains a 40 acre patch of old-growth hemlock, pine and hardwood. More info about GMF at their site, here.
And as usual, there will be free snacks and copies of the current issue of Orion available for your enjoyment.
What’s Green Drinks? It’s a monthly social event hosted by the folks who create Orion magazine for people like you and I interested in everything from environmental education to local agriculture, the arts, green business & design, and the ways all of these intersect.

So grab a friend or two and bring them down to share what you’re working on (green or not) and meet others active in the community.
Please forward this on to your friends & contacts…the more the merrier.

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Don’t miss our monthly Green Night information and networking event on the first Wednesday of the Month in the Clarion Hotel, Northampton.

Welcome back to the Fall season of Green Night! Hope you had a good August. The Western Mass Green Consortium’s monthly Green Night information and networking event resumes on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 pm in the Clarion Hotel, Northampton.

Our topic is “The Affordable Energy Retrofit: the space between MassSave and Deep Energy Retrofits.” Come learn from and discuss with a panel of experts what can be done AFTER you have taken advantage of the MassSave program’s free energy audit, and up to $2,000 in free air sealing and insulation improvements to make your home or business highly energy efficient. While a deep energy retrofit will radically reduce energy consumption, its substantial cost can require decades-long commitment to the property. For those with shorter term commitments and smaller renovation budgets there are many options for achieving substantial energy savings while staying within your budget. Come join the discussion.

Our Presenters:

Adin Maynard, owner of HIS and HERS Energy Efficiency
Prior Business Manager of Cozy Home, home performance company.
Innovated an online behavioral efficiency program.
Consulted in Mass Save Policy changes.
Sean Jeffords, President of Beyond Green Construction
His company specializes in Mass Save incentivized home improvement and all phases of deep energy retrofitting. They have completed several of the first pilot DER’s in this region.
He lead the 2008 retrofit of The Northampton Brewery .
In 2009 he founded the Western Mass Green Consortium and has been a major contributor since.
In 2013 Business West named him one of the “40 Under Forty to Watch” entrepreneurs and he was awarded the (USGBC MA West ) Green Giant Award for Green Building advancement.
Jamie Callan, Building Performance Specialist for Center for EcoTechnology
19 years of experience with Residential Renovation work.
Prior positions as Home Auditor ,Technical Assistant and Quality Insurance inspector for NYSERDA and MassSave.
Currently works as a HERS rater, IECC Code tester and performs consulting and diagnostic evaluations on new and existing buildings.
Our Sponsor: We are pleased to have Energia as our sponsor for this presentation. Based in Holyoke, Energia is an insulation services contractor providing air sealing and insulation to residential and commercial customers, including major energy conservation projects at area colleges.

Bring your news and announcements to share at 5:30 pm!

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Springfield, MA Green Drinks

Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusetts Who We Are Green Drinks Springfield is the local Springfield, MA meetup for citzens, professionals, and public servants interested in sustainability, renewable energy, all things “green,” the environment, and the new Green Movement. Whether a seasoned professional in a green business or just curious to find out what the buzz is about you are welcome! Green Drinks is an agenda-less, non-dues-paying open social event. Come and find out more! Where You Can Find Us Online: Occurs the 1st Thursday of every Month, 5:30-7:30 at Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ in Springfield, Massachusettsreturn to top

North County Green Drinks

Greetings Green Compatriots!

Back by popular demand: GREEN DRINKS!   All enviro-minded people welcome to join us for    Chatting, catching up, scheming and strategizing...first Thursday of the month, 5:30-7, Purple Pub Annex (next door).  Oct 1st!

This is a Casual gathering, but everyone has a chance to introduce themselves and their environmental work & pressing issues, plus, we will feature one person and issue each time, in order to fuel our sense of outrage and reignite our call to action, lest we start to become complacent!

On Oct. 1 Rosemary Wessel, who's deeply involved in the kinderMorgan pipeline battle, will be the featured guest and bring us up to date on this complicated and messy business.

Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Everyone is welcome.

Looking forward to seeing you,

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Pittsfield Green Drinks

– a gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues – all welcome – every 3rd Tuesday of the month – graciously hosted by J Allens Clubhouse Grill 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201Tuesday August 18thstarting at 5:15 pmsponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) Hosted by: J Allens Clubhouse Grill, 41 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 Please join us starting at 5:15 pm for networking and lively conversation on all things “green”. September’s presenter is Berkshire Photovoltaic Service’s (BPVS) Chris Kilfoyle. Chris will talk about “Solar and net Metering”- Valuing solar benefits to Massachusetts.

Pittsfield Green Drinks is a very informal gathering, open to everyone with any environmental interest. The drinks aren’t green, but our conversations are.

What is Green Drinks? Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a beer and snacks at informal sessions. There will be a lively mix of people from Non-profit organizations, academia, government and business.Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. These networking events are very simple and unstructured. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. For more information about Pittsfield Green Drinks, contact Elia Del Molino at BEAT ( or 413-230-7321). return to top

Athol Bird & Nature Club Field Trips & Meetings 2014 Unless otherwise noted, programs meet at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main Street, Athol.If weather is questionable on a field trip day, please call the trip leader at least an hour before the scheduled meeting time. Expanded Center hours: Tuesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and 4:30 to 7:30,  Wednesdays 9:30 to 1:30 and Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30Welcome to our new members and thanks to the over 212 supporters who have already joined or renewed their memberships. If you haven’t already renewed your membership you may use the  Online ABNC membership Form or the printable membership form and make check payable to ABNC and mail to us at 100 Main Street Athol Ma 01331 Dating back to the turn of the century, when some progressive bird lovers suggested counting live birds instead of shooting them as part of a Christmas tradition, National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Counts take place all over our hemisphere. Participants identify and count all birds seen, and data is collected at a wrap-up pot-luck at the end of the day. Helpers at all levels of experience welcome! Contact if you would like to take part on foot, by car, or by counting birds at your birdfeeder. 11 French Drive Boylston, MA http://www.towerhillbg.orgreturn to top

Berkshire Museum Adventures

About the exhibitionAbout the Berkshire Museum Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at 39 South St., the Berkshire Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 adult, $6 child; Museum members and children age 3 and under enjoy free admission. For more information, or call 413.443.7171. In association with the Smithsonian since 2013, Berkshire Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian’s resources with the nation. Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Festival of Trees 2014: On Safariis on view through January 4, 2015. Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection is currently on view. Little Cinema is open year-round. Spark!Lab, Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Worlds in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing. Fridays, 11 a.m. Explore the aquarium plus three more galleries! Each week will feature a different experience: songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Program geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome! Free with Museum admission. Chow Time Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Join our staff in the aquarium for an interactive look at what it takes to feed some of Berkshire Museum’s most interesting residents. With your help we’ll prepare some heaping salads for some of our largest reptiles as we discuss what the aquarium animals eat here in the Museum and what they would find in the wild. Free with Museum admission. return to to

350 Berkshire Node: Monthly Meeting

Please join 350Mass Berkshire Node for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, at the UU Church, 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield.

For additional information, please visit our website:

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