Great Barrington Fair

Thursday August 23, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Great Barrington Historical Society has mounted an exhibition from its archives, photos of the Barrington Fair taken over a 50-year span by local photographer Marie Tassone.

The show is free and open to the public on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., at the Society headquarters at the Capt. Truman Wheeler House at 817 South Main St.

The fair was a fixture in the town for more than 150 years, and Tassone's photos capture high-flying acts, agricultural exhibits, horse races, a host of local faces, and more.

Tassone moved to the town in 1936 with her husband, Domenic, also a photographer. Together they ran a studio where they took many local portraits and captured town events. Upon her death, Tassone left the contents of the studio, including thousands of negatives and prints, to the Society.

Historical tours of the Wheeler House and the Tassone exhibitwill continue through Columbus Day. The photos have also been archived on a computer, so that visitors can see them on a large screen.


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