This article was updated Thursday.

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The new year in Berkshire County is starting off a bit green.

The first meeting for Green Drinks, a social gathering for people conscious about the environment and how it relates to everyday life, is tonight at 5:15, at Route 7 Grill, 999 S. Main St. It will include the usual socializing, and at 6 p.m., a presentation by Tim Jones, an outdoors columnist for The Eagle. He will speak about how hunting can be good for conservation efforts.

Green Drinks events will be held throughout the year: every first Thursday in Great Barrington, every second Wednesday at Freight Yard Pub in North Adams, every third Tuesday at Mad Jacks BBQ on North St., and every fourth Tuesday at Firefly Restaurant in Lenox.

"They're very casual gatherings for those interested in the environment in some way," said Jane Winn, the executive director for Berkshire Environmental Action Team, who also oversees the Green Drinks events in Lenox and Pittsfield.

The first Green Drinks gatherings started in 2006 in Great Barrington by Orion Magazine. Now combined with Lenox, Pittsfield and North Adams, Berkshire County has the most Green Drinks chapters than any other county in the state.

"It's not just agricultural -- we touch on arts, business and education," said Erik Hoffner, the outreach coordinator for Orion Magazine. "Living in the rural Northeast makes you environmentally minded.


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