In the Berkshires



Kids’ Place to present
forum on child abuse

Berkshire County Kids’ Place will present its third annual conference on child abuse, "Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Strategies for Our Community" from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Pittsfield Country Club.

This will be a full day conference for all community professionals about the identification and strategies to support children that are victims of child abuse and trauma.

Keynote speaker John Kelly of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will present "Internet Predators and Child Pornography: Keeping Our Kids Safe in this Ever Changing World."

The cost is $75 without credits or $95 with credits and includes continental breakfast, lunch and certificate of attendance. For students, the cost is $55.

Attendance is limited. To register, visit or call (413) 499-2800, ext. 14.

Great Barrington:

Historic organ concert
to open symposium

First Congregational Church will present a historic organ concert by award-winning young organist Adam Pajan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, 251 Main St.

Pajan will play the church’s historic three-manual pipe organ built in 1883 by Hilborne L. Roosevelt of New York City. The program will include pieces by J.S. Bach, César Franck, Felix Mendelssohn, and Arthur Foote.

In honor of the bicentennial of the National Anthem, Pajan will conclude his program with 19th century American composer Dudley Buck’s Concert Variations on "The Star-Spangled Banner." The concert is free and open to the public.

Pajan’s program is the opening event of a two day symposium focused on the church’s historic organ.

Information: (413) 528-2740.


Information session
on library renovation

The public is invited to attend an information session about the planned renovation and revitalization of the Stockbridge Library at 6:30 tonight at the library, 46 Main St.

Gary Corey, principal architect and president of Centerline Architects, will present the architectural plans for the library’s renovation and answer questions. He will be joined by Starbuck Smith, head of the library’s building committee, who has been involved in the planning phase of the project for the past three years.

Library Director Katie O’Neil and Curator Barbara Allen will also be present to answer questions about the impact of the renovation on museum and library services and activities.

A second public information session will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, as part of the Stockbridge Library Association’s annual meeting.


Celebration to honor
Williams Inn owners

A community celebration for Carl and Marilyn Faulkner is scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Williams Inn, which the Faulkners have owned and managed for the past 35 years.

The Faulkners will retire from those positions on May 1, having sold the inn to Williams College, which has contracted with Main Street Hospitality of Stockbridge to manage it. Today’s open house is free and open to the public.


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