In the Berkshires

Sunday May 6, 2012


4-H announces
planning meeting

The next meeting of the Berkshire County 4-H Fair Association will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. This teen leadership group meets once a month to plan all aspects of the annual Berkshire County Youth Fair.

Those interested in attending the meeting may call the 4-H office at (413) 448-8285 for the location.

For Berkshire County 4-H updates, visit the Facebook page at "Berkshire County 4-H" or contact the office.

North Adams:

Romanian artist
to speak at gallery

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Gallery 51 and DownStreet Art will present an artist talk by visiting Romanian artist Matei Bejenaru at 5 p.m. on Monday in MCLA Gallery 51.

Bejenaru, whose work will be featured in a solo show in August in one of the DownStreet Art galleries after a short residency in North Adams, will speak about his socially engaged art practice in works from the 1990s to the present.

His mixed-media installations, documentary photographs, and video and public performances examine the multi-layered impact of globalization on local communities.

North Adams:

UNITY teen writers
to read works May 9

Young writers participating in UNITY’s 2011-2012 Teen Writing Workshop will give a public reading at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Gallery 51 on Main Street.

Students will perform work that they have created during this year’s program, which met weekly from October to April. A reception with refreshments will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.

The team of writers, ages 14 to 19, are co-led by Robin Lehleitner, a local writer and former English teacher, and Jake Snow, a TWW alum and award-winning slam poet. The diverse group includes students from Mount Greylock, Drury, BArT, McCann, home-schooled youth, and out-of-school youth.

Information: Kate Merrigan, UNITY program coordinator, at (413) 663-7588 or


Litigator to address
reproductive rights

The League of Women Voters will hold a public talk, "You’ve Come a Short Way Baby: Defending Reproductive Rights in 2012," by Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Paresky Center Auditorium, Williams College. The public is invited.

Attorney Camp will discuss state litigation aimed at undermining established reproductive rights. The talk is part of the Williamstown League’s efforts to highlight inaccuracies in the current debate over women’s rights.

For more information, email


Historical Society
to host jazz singer

Boston-based singer Shepley Metcalf will be at the Worthington Historical Society at 4 p.m. today with her pianist, Ron Roy.

Metcalf will narrate and sing her journey from nonprofit public relations girl to acc laimed jazz chanteuse. She and Roy will put their spin on jazz standards, lesser known gems, and bluesy ballads.

This concert is sponsored by Arts Alive in the Hilltowns and is free. Donations are appreciated.


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