Berkshire Olde Tyme Review returns this weekend to present its Berkshire Country Jamboree to benefit underfunded programs for children and adults served by United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County.
Shows will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Robert Boland Theatre at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., in Pittsfield. Refreshments will be offered as well as a gift basket and 50/50 raffles.
Berkshire Country Jamboree will feature country music, old and new, by the likes of like Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and more. The local volunteer cast includes: Heather Austin, Bob Bottume, Bonnie Callaghan, Shawn Callaghan, Ted Concepcion, Malcolm Frazer, Cherri Cahalan, Jim Halse, Sylvie Hastings, Lori Southard Johnson, David LaPlante, Dawn LaPlante, Mary Beth Larrow, Melissa Levesque, Luc Levesque, Will Losaw, Nancy Pirzl, Ed Poette, Chuck Poulton, Dan Rickert, Donna Vidoli, Mark Bowie, Rushelle Bowie, Brittney Dorwin, Larry Haywood, Young Losaw, Sharon Toporowski, Bob Williamson and the Berkshire County Line Dancers.
Beyond this big production, group members also perform for area nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and for other charitable events.
General admission tickets for this event are $20 per person, or two for $30, and can be purchased at UCP of Berkshire County's Pittsfield and North Adams offices; LaPlante Appliance in Williamstown; Wood Bros. Music and Alliance Appliance in Pittsfield.
For more information visit ucpberkshire.org or call LaPlante Appliance at 413-458-3443.
Learning via baseball
Though not able to be displayed in the "Baseball in the Berkshires" exhibit at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, fifth-grade students from Stearns Elementary School had their own showcase on Tuesday, featuring their research, essays and drawings on 40 Minor and Major League Baseball players, as part of the school's "Framing Your Thoughts" writing program.
Fifth-grade teacher Andrew Mickle and Larry Moore, a Berkshire-based educational consultant for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, have collaborated to develop an interdisciplinary initiative called, "Sliding Baseball Across the Curriculum," which uses baseball to promote the learning of a variety of topics, from history to literature to mathematics.
This year's fifth-graders were able to present their work to guest speaker Dan Carubia, a lifelong baseball enthusiast and photographer who, at age 9, jumped on the field at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, N.Y., to meet and have his photo taken with Jackie Robinson.
Carubia also helped Mickle, Moore and the Norman Rockwell Museum's curator of education, Tom Daly, to curate the "Baseball in the Berkshires" exhibit at Arrowhead.
As the spring and baseball season continues, Mickle said his students will be able to take a field trip to see the Arrowhead exhibit — on view through May 2 — will study the life and times of Jackie Robinson, and learn and sing a song about Robinson with their music teachers.
The class has also participated in this year's Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" national essay writing contest by Scholastic.
NFL official featured
NFL line judge Kevin Codey, a physical education teacher at Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield, and a Class of 1997 alumnus of Western New England University, served as the 25th speaker in the university's Center for International Sport Business program series, "For the Love of the Games." Codey's April 5 talk was titled, "Playing by the Rules."
Codey, a management studies major who played basketball and baseball for the Golden Bears, started officiating as a junior in high school, calling his first junior varsity football game in Berkshire County in 1992, before moving up the ranks of area high schools and subsequently Division III and Division I-AA colleges. He is a 1993 graduate of Taconic High School.
In 2006, Codey began officiating in the Big East Conference, before moving to the American Athletic Conference in 2012. In 2014, Codey entered the NFL Officiating Development Program and upon graduation was appointed as one of nine first-year NFL officials, completing his rookie season in 2015.
He is the only official to come out of the American Athletic Conference, and is the first-ever Berkshire County native to become an NFL official.
County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.