County Fare: Athenaeum becomes golf course

Wednesday February 13, 2013

The Berkshire Athenaeum as miniature golf course? Believe it.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, one can putt through the stacks during the Berkshire Gas Links for Literacy Mini Golf Classic, which turns the Pittsfield library into a family-friendly 18-hole mini-golf course. Proceeds support Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, which serves upward of 70 people annually who seek help learning to read or learn English.

The golf holes are spread over all levels of the Athenaeum. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. One round of golf is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.

Last year’s Links for Literacy Mini Golf Classic drew close to 300 participants. The event is family-oriented.


Canine contributions: The organizer’s of Sunday’s Not Your Average Dog Show at Berkshire Community College say they netted just over $4,000 in the event that benefits the Berkshire Community College Foundation, the college’s philanthropic arm.

Dozens of canines competed in nine categories. Organizers have confirmed the category winners and their owners: Mystery Mutt, Frankie (owner, Mara Wooley); Best Trick, Tom-Boy (Liz Marino); Most Beautiful Eyes, Oliver (Lindsay Crampton); Looks Like Owner, Skipper (Aidan Tiechert); Fastest Tail Wagger, Coco (Riley Andersen); Best Hair, Sherman T. (Buffy Lord); Best Dressed, Troy (Joan Tierney); Best Smile, Lola (Elena Kelsey); and "Ear"resistible Ears, Penny (Noelle Furi).


Works of art: The Norman Rockwell Museum’s opening for the 27th annual Berkshire County High School Art Show has been rescheduled for this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Last weekend’s winter storm forced the original event to be rescheduled.

This year, the show showcases more than 100 works of art by students from 14 different schools in Berkshire County. The students’ original works are in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. The young artists learn how to prepare their work for a gallery show, acquire a personal understanding of the exhibition process, and have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional museum setting.

Admission to the High School Art Show and the opening is free and open to the public.


Voice comes full circle: Actress, singer and TV voiceover artist Deborah Grausman, a part-time Stockbridge resident, has not only won the plum role of the vocal student in the spring production of Terrence McNally’s play "The Master Class" at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, she’s also singing at a benefit concert for the Lenox arts camp she attended, Belvoir Terrace, which marks its 60th anniversary this summer.

The program features songs performed by widely honored Broadway and film composer Alan Menken ("Little Shop of Horrors," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid").

The event, at the Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28, benefits the camp’s scholarship fund.

"This camp is near and dear to my heart and the reason I am pursuing a career as an actor and singer," Grausman wrote in an email message. "I had my first voice lesson at Belvoir when I was 10 years old."

Tax-deductible ticket prices range from $100 to $1,000. Information: email

County Fare is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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