Bits & Bites: Dinners, picnic for senior on tap this week



Gedney Farm will host a Beer Dinner with Great Falls Brewing Company of Canaan, Conn., beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 34 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough.

Showcasing a menu prepared by Gedney Farm Executive Chef, Ryan McLaughlin, diners will enjoy fresh, locally sourced foods, cooked "al fresco" on the farm's outdoor grill and wood-fired oven. The five-course menu will match a different beer with each course, including brewery favorite and critically acclaimed Lazy Hazy Housy NEIPA.

Tickets for the event, which include the full menu and beer pairings, are available by reservation. Seating is limited. Tickets are $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

The Beer Dinner is part of Gedney Farm's popular "Sommelier Series," which presents dinner events hosted by an international selection of boutique wineries, craft brewers and artisanal distillers curated by Gedney's Sommelier Peter Miscikoski.

For an upcoming list of wine and food events, as well as reservations for the Great Falls Beer Dinner, call 413-229-3131 or email


The First Congregational Church of Becket will hold a tavern ham dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Guild Hall on YMCA Road in Becket.

In addition to the ham, the dinner will feature homemade potato salad and baked beans, green bean and pea salad, with strawberry shortcake and real whipped cream for dessert.

For information or to-go dinners, call 413-623-8300 the afternoon of the dinner. Funds will be used to install an ADA handicapped ramp at the church.

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A spaghetti dinner to benefit The Shayley Estes Foundation Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, North Adams.

There will also be a Chinese auction, featuring many donated items, baskets and gift cards to many local businesses; a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale to benefit two animal shelters.

Tickets at the door cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

The Shayley Estes Foundation Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships each year to Drury High School seniors who exemplify Estes' spirit in education and community involvement.


The Egremont and Mount Washington Councils on Aging invite seniors to a free brown bag picnic Wednesday, June 5, at French Park, 65 Prospect Lake Road, Egremont. In addition to the picnic, a one-mile walk is planned, as well as a speaker who will give away free plants.

To reserve seats, call Will Brinker at Egremont's Town Hall, 413-528-0182 ext 17, or email him at Be sure to let him know if you have a food sensitivity. Reservations are requested by Monday, June 3, at the latest.

Sign-ups for the walk start at 11 a.m. with the walk starting at 11:15 a.m. The plan is to finish in time to start the picnic at noon. Everyone who completes the walk will receive a free Be Seen, Be Safe vest. While it is hoped that everyone will want to take the walk, attendees are welcome to attend only the lunch.

Guest speaker Elizabeth Keen of Indian Line Farm, Egremont, will talk about gardening, farming and community supported agriculture. She'll answer gardening questions. Keen will also bring a variety of plants for attendees to choose from and take home free.


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