County Fare: Help others out and mark MLK day

Wednesday January 16, 2013

Consider Monday -- Martin Luther King Day -- to be, as community organizers across the nation are calling it in an official slogan, "A Day On, Not a Day Off." Locally, the Berkshires will host a number of events to celebrate the life, principles and ideas held by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In North County, the Martin Luther King Day Committee will hold a community celebration at 9 a.m. Monday at MCLA’s Church Street Center with coffee and pastries. From there, participants will fan out to perform various community projects. At 12:30, the annual Peacemaker Award presentation will be held during a free luncheon. To join, contact Kathy Keeser at or (413) 346-7196 or Liz Boland at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588.

Saturday is a National Day of Action commemorating King and also kicking off the 57th Presidential Inauguration weekend. Several events are scheduled locally.

At the Christian Center, 193 Robbins Ave., Pittsfield, folks are wanted to help clean out and organize different areas of the center Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Call (413) 443-2828.

There’s a "Repair Café" at St. Stephen’s Church basement, 67 East St, Pittsfield, from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. You can bring things that need fixing -- computers, bikes, small appliances, etc. -- or volunteer your skills to help fix things for free. If you have fix-it skills, email

Also Saturday at the MCLA Church Street Center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., help weatherize local homes, set up care packages for a military unit that will be deployed to Afghanistan in January, make treats for the Church Street Center’s programs, and/or help clean and organize the center. To sign up, visit


William "Smitty" Pignatelli, the 4th Berkshire District state representative, will be honored today at the Statehouse by youth mentoring advocates across Massachusetts. The Seventh Annual Youth Mentoring Day brings together representatives from more than 35 mentoring programs throughout Massachusetts to celebrate and highlight the impact mentoring has on young people.

The Mass Mentoring Partnership, or MMP, will honor Pignatelli and Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz with Massachusetts Advocates for Mentoring Awards. Pignatelli and Chang-Diaz are longtime mentoring supporters.

The MMP is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across the state. To learn more, visit


Fiori, the restaurant featuring Northern Italian cuisine in Great Barrington, is adding a little music to the menu.

The brothers who started Fiori, Alex and Matthew Feldman, will now be hosting a Candlelight Concert and Dinner from time to time, thanks to their folks, musicians Elizabeth Morse and Ronny Feldman.

Morse and Feldman are both musicians, "so naturally we are helping develop the musical aspect" of the restaurant, Elizabeth Morse told County Fare this week. Morse and Feldman are on the faculty at Williams College. Feldman also conducts the Berkshire Symphony.

The inaugural Candlelight Concert-- Franz Schubert’s C Major Cello Quintet -- is this Sunday at 5. The next will be on March 10. The evening is $55 prix fixe, and reservations are required. For more information, www.


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