Bits & Bites: Rhubarb festival, Grange dinner planned this week



For lovers of rhubarb and newcomers alike, the 6th Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival offers an opportunity for Lenox to showcase its beauty and history, the culinary skills of its restaurant chefs and a mouth-watering assortment of sweet and savory rhubarb dishes, especially strawberry rhubarb pies, to satisfy the nostalgic cravings of rhubarb fans. The free festival will be held rain or shine. Plenty of parking. More information, visit or call 413-270-5505.


The Stockbridge Grange will serve a stuffed breast of chicken from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday. The cost is adults $ 12, 12 and younger, $6, and younger than 5, free. Takeouts will be available, call 413-298-3185.


Come on over to The Monterey Community Center in June and learn how you can make your own yogurt, as well as how you can preserve the fruits of your harvest in two workshops.

Wendy Jensen will run a yogurt-making demonstration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Fee: Suggested $10 donation to The Monterey Community Center.

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Local author and food-writer Kevin West, will guide you in the concepts and practices of food canning and preserving in his "Saving the Season" workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The Monterey Community Center at 468 Main Road (Route 23) in Monterey.


Former Boston Globe reporter and Pittsfield native Margo Miller will kick off Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum's Summer 2019 series of Tea & Talks on Tuesdays with the subject of her new book, "Chateau Higginson: Social Life in Boston's Back Bay, 1870 - 1920." She will make her visual presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a Victorian tea.

Miller will center on Henry Lee Higginson (1834- 1919), founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1881 and creator of the Hotel Agassiz in 1874, "America's first real apartment building," among other major accomplishments.

Miller has tied Higginson to each chapter in a city that held to its old-guard, close-knit relationships, including chapters on "Entertainment," "Horses" and "Outdoors."

Tickets are $28 with advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call 413-637-3206.


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