Railroad St. playing host to fast cars on Thursday

Wednesday May 2, 2012

Great Barrington's Railroad Street is often seen as a place to take a leisurely stroll of the shops and eateries that line the street, but there will be plenty of speed represented there on Thursday.

Lime Rock Park, a Lakeville, Conn., track that hosts NASCAR Busch, Professional SportsCar and SCCA Pro Racing organization events, will have a small car show on Railroad Street starting at 5 p.m., with 20 parking spaces being reserved for race cars, sports cars, GTs and custom hot rods until 9 p.m.

"There's a whole bunch of cool cars coming up," said Rick Roso, a Lime Rock spokesman. He said the display would include popular classic cars like a Foose Ford hot rod and a De Tomaso Pantera.

According to Lime Rock, some of the street's merchants are getting in on the act as well. SoCo Creamery will be selling a Key Lime Rock ice cream and Allium Bar and Restaurant will be offering a special racing-inspired menu and drinks. Allium also will be showing the film "Speedracer."

Roso said the involvement of the merchants was important to the car show.

"That was key," said Roso. "We didn't want to do this if it was just us. We thought it was best and cool if the other businesses got involved."

The chorus at Nessacus Middle School in Dalton recently performed for WGBY's "Together in Song" semifinal competition and music festival at the Paramount Theater in Springfield.

Their three-song performance was broadcast live on April 22 by the television station. The middle school students also performed in the finale, singing "America the Beautiful" along with five other choral groups -- with only a 10-minute rehearsal -- under the direction of the Springfield Symphony director and conductor Kevin Rhodes.

The Nessacus group practices under the direction of Ann-Marie Desautelle.

While the group didn't win the competition, the singers were said to have had an amazing time doing it.

Other Berkshire County groups who performed on WGBY's program's second season included the Allegrettos from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams and the Cantilena Chamber Choir, directed by Andrea Goodman, from Lenox. The MCLA Allegrettos made it to the semifinal round for the second year in a row.

To watch videos of performances by these groups, visit http://togeth erinsong.wgby.org and click on the "All Performers" link under the "Season 2" heading.

Collin Avery of Adams, a senior at Montana State University, spent several days in London last weekend after being named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Google Photography Prize.

The contest included more than 20,000 student photographers from more than 145 countries around the world.

Avery's photographs were displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in London. They will be there for about two more months, according to a spokeswoman from the contest.

This is not the first prize Avery has accrued. He has had photo exhibitions in New York City and Rochester, N.Y. His work has been featured in two prestigious online photography galleries, lenscratch.com and Flakphoto.com.

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