Bits & Bites: Rotary Club kicks off food drive, Tea &Talk set at Ventfort


The Rotary Club of Pittsfield's annual food drive will kick off Thursday. The first collection will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at WalMart. Additional dates and locations include Nov. 4 and 11 at Stop & Shop, Merrill Road and Nov. 18 at Walmart. Additionally, Rotarians will work with Pittsfield elementary schools and the Berkshire Athenaeum, which organize in-house collections of non-perishable food items.

Last year, the club distributed grants for food programs and pantries at St. Mark's, First United Methodist Church, Berkshire Community College, the Christian Center, St. Stephen's Table, Christian Assembly Church, Reigning Love Church, Stop Hunger Now (through Lenox/Pittsfield Soccer Booster Clubs), St. Agnes in Dalton, Salvation Army, South Congregational Church, St. Joseph's, as well as the Turkey Angels Program. Rotarians also participate in the Feed The Sheep program four times a year providing the meal for the community attendees.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Pittsfield, visit


The South Williamstown Community Association will host a breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road, Williamstown.

There will be coffee, tea, muffins, scones, egg dishes, fruit and other good things to eat. The breakfast is free, but donations will be accepted for the Williamstown Food Pantry.

The South Williamstown Community Association is a not-for-profit organization devoted to historic preservation, building community and providing a neighborhood voice for the residents of South Williamstown.


The St. Agnes Parish Fundraising Committee will hold its annual spaghetti supper at 5 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall, 30 Carson Ave., Dalton. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling Carol Hanford, 413-358-2258.


Award-winning author James McGrath Morris will introduce his latest book, "The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos and Friendship Made and Lost in War," at a Tea & Talk at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker St., Lenox. A Victorian tea will follow.

On a summer day in 1924, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos sat in a Paris caf sharing literary aspirations. The two writers first met on the European battlefields of WW I while volunteering as ambulance drivers. Eight years later, the war was still on their minds as they discussed the inadequacy of old writing styles to describe the conflicts that had shaped their generation. At that Paris caf , the two plotted a literary revolution.

From the corpse-filled Italian trenches to the tropical waters of Key West, Morris follows the turbulent friendship of two authors who, after being marked by the same war, reached very different conclusions. While Hemingway believed that literature should be a perfect representation of an imperfect world, Dos Passos wanted his writing to change the world. Both became voices of the Lost Generation.

Tickets for the Morris Tea & Talk are $26 per person by reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are recommended. For information or reservations, call 413-637-3206 or visit


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