In the Berkshires

Saturday May 26, 2012


IUE Retirees Union to meet Tuesday

The IUE Local 255/254 Retirees Union will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Kennedy Hall, 789 Tyler St. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 9:30 a.m.

Bob Bombard, an IUE retiree from Schenectady, will report on the GE stockholders meeting.

All are welcome; bring a non-perishable food item for area food pantries.


Wigwam building at Berkshire Museum

The front lawn of Berk shire Museum will soon be home to an authentic wigwam.

Museum staff is working with two Wamp anoag Ind ians to build an authentic wigwam, which will be used to enhance programming in conjunction with the museum’s upcoming exhibition, "Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum," opening July 7.

Construction begins Sunday and should take three days.

Visitors will be immersed in the construction of an authentic Native American home in the style traditional to the indigenous peoples from the Northeast.

The circular structure will be made with cedar poles and bark, naturally harvested. The acquisition of the poles and bark, and the construction and support of the dome will be managed by David Weeden and Daryl Wixon, owner-operators of Wetu Makers and Wamp anoag tribesmen.

Everyone is invited to come by and see the structure come to life Sunday evening or Monday morning. Weeden and Wixon will be on hand to answer questions while the two construct the wigwam at the museum, located at 39 South St.

Great Barrington:

Software installation to close libraries

C/W MARS library network will install new software for all member libraries on Memorial Day weekend. To best accommodate this change-over and minimize errors, the Great Barrington Libraries will be closed today and will reopen Tuesday at their regular times.

Evergreen, the new "integrated library system," will change how library staff check out materials, process inter-library hold requests, and generally conduct business at the Circulation Desk. It will also change the online catalog, how patrons search for items, place holds, and check their library card record.


Memorial Day events include parade, picnic

The town will hold its traditional Memorial Day commemoration and community picnic on Monday.

Residents and visitors will meet at the former Town Hall on West Main Street at 11 a.m. for a march to the town cemeteries for benedictions, the playing of Taps and a firearms salute to veterans.

The noon parade proceeds down Main Street from Town Offices to the former Town Hall, with stopovers at war monuments for prayers and taps.

At the conclusion of the march, a 12:30 p.m. ceremony features guest speaker Jay Bikofsky, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1962-1968. The local vocal group Quintessential will perform appropriate selections.

Starting at 1 p.m., the potluck community picnic will be held on the Town Green. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided, but those attending are invited to bring their favorite food to share.


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