Bits & Bites: Mealtime talks, Shaker Village CSA announced



Temple Anshe Amunim will host a lunch and learn series, "The God You Don't Believe in Doesn't Exist," with Rabbi Liz Hirsch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, July 10, 17 and 24.

During the three-part series, Jewish perspectives on God from the Bible to present times will be examined, with special emphasis on the role of God in our lives today.

The program is part of Temple Anshe Amunim's "Lunch and Learn" series. Guests are invited to bring their own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. Admission is free for temple members and $5 for not-yet-members.

The temple, at 26 Broad St., Pittsfield, is an accessible building. For more information, contact the Temple Anshe Amunim office at 413-442-5910, email or visit


New York Times bestselling author and historian Simon Winchester will host the next installment of the Food for Thought dinner series at Hancock Shaker Village at 6 p.m. Saturday. He will discuss his latest book, "The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World."

Tickets are $100 ($90 for members) and include a farm-to-table meal with wine, conversation with the author, and a copy of his book. Advance registration is required. To reserve by July 11, visit or call 413-443-0188.

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Over dinner, Winchester will explore how the advances that produced the scientific revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and revolutions that followed owe their success to a single engineering element: precision.


Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop will hold its annual fundraiser, the Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hillsdale Fire Company.

This event benefits the Taconic Hills Elementary School Backpack Program, and C.A.N. (Churches Assisting Neighbors). The Backpack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, especially on weekends. The program provides backpacks filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable, and easily consumed. C.A.N. renders emergency assistance to residents in need.

Guests will enjoy a light "Afternoon Tea" consisting of finger sandwiches, scones and other baked goods, fresh fruit and tea. The highlight of the day is the fashion show, with models showing off outfits from the collection of Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop. The Trad Ensemble of Berkshire Strings will perform at the start of the event while guests mingle and browse through the items to be raffled.

The Hillsdale Fire Company is at 9387 Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y. Advance tickets are $15 when purchased at Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop at 2666 Route 23 ($5 for children younger than 12). At the door, tickets will be $20. For more information, contact Lynne Chmurzynski at 518-325-4000 or


Hancock Shaker Village is expanding its Community Supported Agriculture program with the addition of a meat CSA, beginning in November. The CSA will offer members four monthly pickups of 10 pounds of meat per month, averaging approximately 50 percent beef, 35 percent pork, and 15 percent lamb. Membership is $440.

Pickup dates for the meat CSA are on Fridays, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 17, and Feb. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. Delivery is available for members who live within 20 miles of the Village at $1 per mile, based on round-trip travel. To become a member of the CSA, visit or call 413-443-0188.


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