Bits & Bites: Chef to discuss invasive fish; events for seniors set



Williams College invites the community to attend a discussion with Chef Philippe Parola, a renowned Baton Rouge, La.-based chef who is developing a human consumption market for Asian Carp, also known as Silverfin, an invasive species in the Mississippi River and beyond. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Paresky Auditorium.

Silverfin were brought to the United States in the 1960s and 1970s for use in government agency and academic research, in sewage treatment plants, and as a biological control for algae, plants, and snails in aquaculture. Since then, these non-native fish have entered and spread rampantly through the fresh waterways of the Mississippi River Basin. Now, the Silverfin population is pushing the boundaries of the Great Lakes and entering Louisiana's Gulf Coast, threatening multi-billion-dollar fishing industries. Their destruction continues at an alarming rate, leaving native ecosystems demolished, commercial fisheries in despair, and countless livelihoods crippled.

Featured on CBS News, Chef Philippe Parola founded the Silverfin Group and leads the Eat the Problem! campaign to promote Silverfin as a food source to help manage the growing Silverfin population and protect our rivers.


The 2018 Annual Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon will be held at noon Thursday at Southern Berkshire Regional School District in the Undermountain cafeteria. (Bad weather date, Friday, Dec. 7.) RSVP to Sheffield Senior Center at 413-229-7037.


A museum professional in the field of living history, historian and author Dennis Picard will give a Christmas Tea & Talk on "Crystal Products: Ice Harvesting and New England's Natural Ice Industry," at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Picard will make his visual presentation and demonstration at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12  followed by a Victorian Christmas tea.

Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than 20 years at museums and environmental education centers. He will display at Ventfort Hall some of his antique tools of the trade, and invite audience members to try their hand with such implements as a "pond saw" and the breaker bar.

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Tickets are $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited. For information or reservations, call 413-637-3206. The historical mansion is at 104 Walker St., Lenox.


"A Christmas Carol" Sweets Spectacular will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the third-floor lobby of The Colonial Theatre. There will be festive desserts and beverages to ring in the holiday season while live carolers sing classic holiday tunes.

Also included is an intermission VIP bar, a post-show backstage photo with "A Christmas Carol" performers and a gourmet cake cutting.

Ticket prices are: Adults: $75 and Children: $50. Ticket price includes "A Christmas Carol" opening night ticket. All proceeds go the BTG Year-Round Education Program.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Veronica Bone, fundraising associate, at 413-448-8084 x50 or After you purchase your ticket, a representative from the Fundraising Office will call you and discuss your premium seat location.


The Egremont and Mount Washington Councils on Aging invite all residents of all ages to their holiday party from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Egremont Village Inn, Route 23, South Egremont.

The party will feature complimentary refreshments and a cash wine bar. Entertainment will be supplied by the Mount Washington musical duo Sandy & Sandy.

Reservations are requested; call Will Brinker at Egremont Town Hall, 413-528-0182, ext 17, or email Let him know if you need a ride.


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