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Join Tyringham’s Tracy Remelius this Friday at Berkshire East in nearby Charlemont to support the Get The Girls Out and SheJumps (shejumps.org) campaigns to connect women with the outdoors and each other.

Get the Girls Out at Berkshire East is a fun night for women to get together to ski, snowboard or take a full moon snowshoe hike led by Remelius.

Registration begins at 6 p.m., with a welcoming event at 6:30, followed by outdoor adventure. There is a suggested $25 donation, and the first 20 women to register will receive a complimentary all-mountain pass for skiing, riding and snowshoeing.

For more information contact Remelius at tracy@shejumps.org or (413) 243-3582. For more event details, visit http://bit.ly/1eQLoJ5. Wharton to Gaga

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s estate in Lenox, will celebrate its context in modern times, from "Downton Abbey" to Lady Gaga.

The three-event series starts at 3 p.m. Saturday with a program called "From The House of Mirth to the House of Crawley ... Downton Abbey Hits The Mount." In the heart of Downton Abbey’s fourth season on PBS, join Vanity Fair editor/writer David Kamp for a lively, lighthearted talk about his experiences with Julian Fellowes and how Fellowes’ work is informed by Wharton’s novels. The event is $10 general admission.

"Society, Scandal and Double Standards: A Reading and Discussion of New Year’s Day" features a special presentation and reading with acclaimed author Francesca Segal, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, the eve of Wharton’s birthday. This event is $5 general admission.

Wharton scholar Emily Orlando will present "Fifty Shades of Lily: Wharton, Art, and Popular Culture," at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, making connections to contemporary culture, art and even Lady Gaga. $10 general admission.

The three events will take place in the Drawing Room of The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. Members get in free. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by visiting EdithWharton.org or calling (413) 551-5100.


The Berkshire Leadership Program of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will host an alumni event from 5 to 7 p.m., next Thursday, Jan. 23, to build scholarship funds for future leaders. BLP has more than 400 alumni to-date.

The event, which takes place at the chamber building located at 66 Allen St., in Pittsfield, will include opportunities to reconnect with BLP classmates, network, sample beer with Wandering Star Craft Brewery and raise scholarship funds for the BLP Class of 2014.

There is a suggested donation of $10. RSVP to blp@berkshirechamber.com.

For more information, call Darci Hess, BLP program coordinator, at (413) 499-4000, ext. 116.


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