BITS & BYTES: Gallery of Local Artists; New realistic stories of real people; Trail Sessions in Olana; Sharon’s Theater Opener Open the studio and chat with the artist-in-residence; Husatonic river cleaning

Local artists showcasing their work in “Landscape Look”

Anne Getzinger, “Zenia Cloud”, oil on linen, 14 x 11

Great Brighton, Massachusetts. Lauren Clark Fine Art is presenting “Landscape Look” from June 25 through July 17. A free reception for artists will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 7 pm

The display includes paintings by Richard Brittle, Anne Getzinger, Karen Ellhart, and Bob Watkins. Whether traditional or abstract, monochromatic or surreal, these four artists paint the intrinsic beauty and wonders of the world around us.

To maximize the spaciousness, the reception will take place both inside and outside the gallery under a tent.

Lauren Clark Fine Art is located at 684 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. For more information, email [email protected] or call 413-528-0432.

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Real people Real stories Local storytellers Clockwise from top left: Alex North, Vinnie Granata, Sarah Kattan and Mert Erogol.

Ancram Opera announces local storytellers for the following true stories of real people

HILLSDALE, NY – The Ancram Opera House is proud to present the summer edition of our local story series, True Stories for Real People, on Saturday, June 25 at 8 pm

Real stories of real people generously sponsored by Copake General Store. The Hierba Buena Mexican Food truck will serve dinner an hour before the show, and Copake Wine Works will sell wine all the time.

The four local storytellers selected for this version of the series are Mert Erogol of Ancram, New York; Vinny Granata of Poughkeepsie, New York; Sarah Cattan of Claverac, New York; and Alex North Beckett, Massachusetts. Erogul is an emergency physician in Brooklyn and part-time resident of Ancram, who will tell the story of working in ER during the harrowing early days of the Covid pandemic. Granata, an actor, singer, director, writer, and recent graduate of the State University of New York, will tell a story about his love and fascination with paleontology over the years. Kattan’s story is about how her deep love for maps has affected her identity as a mother in unexpected ways. North’s story is about a life-changing experience during the height of the AIDS epidemic.

The Hilltop Barn at Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale, New York. It is located at 9140 NY Route 22, Hillsdale, NY, across from Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Tickets $25 are available at or at the door.

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Trail Hike & Concert Sessions in Ulana

Hudson, New York – on me Saturday 25 JuneEnjoy outdoor music during this outing and performance by Murmur with Mary Webster and Melanie Glenn of UPSTATE and Naomi Westwater. A guided hike in Olana’s outdoor landscape will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a concert at 2:30 pm

Registration required at; 5-75 dollar sliding scale. Children 12 and under are free of charge.

Olana Trail Hike & Concert Sessions

A bilingual Spanish picnic can be provided to participants upon request and adjustments can be made to the picnic route to meet mobility needs. Please inform us of any pre-scheduled accommodations prior to the program by emailing [email protected]

Track Sessions is a series of educational and guided concerts on public lands in Colorado and New York. Each summer, Sustain Music and Nature introduces local and national bands to beautiful parks and trust properties by partnering with conservation groups and nonprofits to provide environmental education, so the public learns about nature and music.

Olana State Historic Site is located at 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534.

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Season Opening from Sharon Theater

Sharon Playhouse red carpet tour; Friday 24 June

Sharon, Connecticut. The start of the summer season at Sharon’s Playhouse Theatre June 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The season opener, called the Red Carpet Tour, features rotating performances at three destinations across campus. Enjoy live music, professional singers, great tap dancers and emerging young talents during a free-flowing event that encourages community, creativity and fun!

Casual attire and snacks will be provided. The bar will also be open for drinks.

Tickets $30 available at

The Playhouse is a non-profit regional theater that produces high-quality shows with Broadway-caliber actors as well as talented local community members. Its mission is to entertain the community of Northwest Connecticut and beyond, while also serving as an educational theater to encourage aspiring actors and other theater artists of all ages to develop their craft.

Tickets are now on sale for the summer season of Sharon Play House. Shows include Fanny Fabulous (July 2-8); Men and Dolls (July 29 – August 14); Shear Madness (August 27 – September 11); A raisin in the sun (October 7-16). For tickets and more information:

– SB

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Chesterwood Holds Open Studio and Talks with Artist-in-Residence in the newly renovated artist studio

Stockbridge, Massachusetts. – Come two days of open studio with sculptor and artist-in-residence John Bilardo Saturday, June 25 from 12 noon to 5 pm And the Sunday June 26 from 12 noon to 4 pm Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $15 for military, $10 for students, and free for children under 13 and Chesterwood members. To get tickets, visit:

Free artist chats with Chesterwood CEO Donna Hassler and a light reception begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.

Chesterwood is a site for the National Trust for Historic Preservation

All events will take place in the newly renovated Morris Center Artist’s studio on the Chesterwood property. Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, just off Route 183 in the Glendale section of Stockbridge.

John Belardo’s works range from massive public installations to digital models and design, as well as large-scale ceramic sculpture. Bilardo was educated at the New York Academy of Art, the Newington Cropsey Academy of Art and was an apprentice at Richard McDermott Miller’s studio.

Grounds-Only or Guided Buildings Tour tickets can be booked online or upon arrival. Chesterwood is open to roam Thursday through Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information on special events can be found at

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West Branch to clean the Husatonic River

Pittsfield, Mass. – on me Saturday 25 June from 9 am to 1 pmVolunteers are invited to help clean up the West Branch of the Husatonic River.

Participants are asked to meet at Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield. Wear old clothes, a hat, sunscreen, old sneakers or water-proof boots/shoes, a full water bottle, and sunglasses.

Cleaning teams will spread to nearby sites, collecting assorted rubbish from the banks and downstream of the river. Canoes will be used to transport garbage. The cleaning process will be canceled if it rains or thunders.

Image courtesy of the Berkshire Environmental Working Group (BEAT) and the Husatonic Valley Association (HVA)

Clean-ups make a huge difference to the health of the Husatonic River and the wildlife that depends on it. Over the years, the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) and the Husatonic Valley Association (HVA) have collected a dizzying array of debris – including mattresses, shopping carts, inflatable pools, bikes, televisions, tires, building materials, metal barrels, and all sorts of everyday rubbish. Once, they even found an empty ATM. Since the start of annual cleanups, their efforts have made a noticeable difference, with piles of rubbish getting smaller.

Register to volunteer by contacting BEAT at [email protected]

– SB

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