Recess in the Berkshires



Gallery talk with designer: On Thursday at 5 p.m., Bard College at Simon's Rock will host a gallery talk and reception with New Paltz, N.Y.-based clothing designer/artist Kate Hamilton about her exhibition, "Off the Rack: Seeing Through Clothes." It is on display now through Oct. 20 in the Hillman-Jackson Gallery at the Daniel Arts Center located on campus, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Hamilton's work focuses on the architectural details and the very human experience of clothing. This collection of her work will transform the gallery into a dream environment of familiar clothing shapes translated into crumpled wax paper and translucent sailcloth. These garment pieces range in scale from human to room-size.

She is currently designing a garment set for "La Voix Humaine," a telephonic opera, to be staged in Zurich and New York. Learn more about the artist at For more information about the exhibit and Simon's Rock, visit http:// Think

Adult Learning Center registration: The Pittsfield Public Schools Adult Learning Center at 141 North St. has announced its registration schedule for the 2013-14 school year.

New and returning students may register at the center today, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. New students should allow two hours to complete the registration process.

The center offers a variety of programs for adults including GED preparation, adult diploma, and English as a second language. Classes include instruction in math, reading, English and self-improvement. All classes will begin Monday, Sept. 9. Classes are offered morning, afternoon and evening. There are no fees for any of the center's programs.

For additional registration information after the above dates, call (413) 499-9530.


Family Day at Chesterwood: On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chesterwood will open its doors to Berkshire County residents free of charge. The estate and gardens of sculptor Daniel Chester French is located at 4 Williamsville Road in Stockbridge, just off Route 183 in the Glendale section of town. Families are encouraged to relax in the garden, explore the woodland walks, and simply enjoy the stunning views of Monument Mountain after touring the annual Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood exhibition. There will be children's hands-on art activities, including a scavenger hunt. Picnics are welcome.

For more information, visit Chester or call (413) 298-3579, Ext. 25216.


'HillcrestFest': Hillcrest Educational Centers Inc. will host its third annual HillcrestFest for children and families on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at its administrative offices, located at 788 South St. in Pittsfield. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, the event will feature, renowned musician David Grover, Bowey the Clown, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, spin and balloon art, raffle, and a digital photo booth. Ice cream is also free with hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages available for purchase for $1.

For more information, contact Sheila Mason, director of development and community outreach, at or (413) 499-7924, Ext. 133.


Dance studio open house: The Olga Dunn Dance Company will host its Open House and Registration Day event for its dance school on Friday between 3 and 6 p.m. Classes for the 2013-14 season will begin Wednesday, Sept. 11. The studio provides recreational and professional level dance classes to students from ages 3 to teen and adult. Modern jazz, musical theater, African-style, swing; classical ballet including pointe, hip-hop, pre-ballet and introduction to dance instruction is offered.

The Dunn studios are located at 321 Main St., Great Barrington. To learn more about these programs, take a tour or to register, call (413) 528-9674. View class information and more at

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