To welcome spring and raise funds to support rowing, the Berkshire Rowing and Sculling Society (BRASS) will sponsor Sip & Swirl, a beer and wine tasting event, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Lichtenstein Center, 28 Renne Ave.

Kelly's Package Store in Dalton will provide beverages. A valid ID is required.

Tickets, $25 in advance or $30 at the door, are available at or by calling 413-442-7769.

Various restaurants have offered special deals with admission tickets. Raffle prize winners will be notified if not present. The snow date is March 12.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the role of the rowing club and to maintain the boathouse.

The group teaches a youth rowing program in Pittsfield, supports rowing by teen mothers, and offers lessons for all ages during the summer at its boathouse on Onota Lake.

A demo day, offering the public a free chance to try rowing in the sculling shells, is slated Saturday, June 4.