Bits & Bites: Strawberry festivals, supper top week's events

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Strawberry shortcake will star at the 38th annual Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday under tents at Gardner's Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, 15879 NY Route 22 in Stephentown, N.Y.

Strawberries will be served on sponge cake or home-baked biscuits with whipped cream, or with ice cream for sundaes. Strawberry-rhubarb pie a la mode and whole strawberry-rhubarb pies will also be sold. Gardner's is just south of the Stephentown traffic light. For additional information, call 518-733-5170.


Berkshire Hills Council 314 of the Knights of Columbus will conduct a Corpus Christi breakfast from 9 to 11a.m. Sunday at St. Mary's School, 115 Orchard St., Lee.

Ticket prices are $5 per person or $10 per family. Tickets are being sold at all weekend Masses at St. Mary Mother of the Church, Lee; St. Joseph Church, Stockbridge, and St. Mary of the Lakes, Otis. All individuals are welcome to attend. Kathleen Harrington, a reporter from Catholic Communications, will be the principal speaker.


The Pownal United Methodist Church, will serve its annual strawberry shortcake supper on Thursday. The family-style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving.

The menu includes grilled chicken breasts and thighs, baked ham, pineapple sauce, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and jello salad, rolls, coffee, iced tea or lemonade, and homemade strawberry shortcake. Tickets are available at the door: $14 for adults, $7 for children aged 4 to 10, free for children 3 years and younger. Takeouts will be available at south side entrance: $14 for adults, $7 for 1/2 portion dinner. The church is at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, Pownal, Vt.


The Second Congregational Church will hold a strawberry festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The festival will feature homemade strawberry shortcake, lunch, bake sale, tag sale, jewelry table, Chinese auction, crafters, children's games and plant sale.

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The church is on Hancock Road in South Williamstown.


The South Readsboro Community Club at 1359 Bosley Hill Road, Readsboro, Vt., will hold its first meal of the season, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, along with strawberry shortcake, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children, ages 5 to 9.


The Monterey Community Center will host a workshop, "Saving the Season," with local author and food writer Kevin West from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

West will guide participants in the concepts and practices of food canning and preserving.

The Monterey Community Center is at 468 Main Road (Route 23) in Monterey. For information and to register for workshop, go to


Author Richard Ren Silvin returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to present a Tea & Talk on the subject of his latest book, "Normandie, the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner." He will make his visual presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Following the talk will be a Victorian tea, during which the speaker will autograph copies of his book.

Silvin focuses on the French Line's most glorious and glamorous flagship that first set sail from Le Havre on May 29, 1935. Normandie was destroyed by fire at a New York dock on the Hudson River on Feb. 10, 1942, two months after Pearl Harbor and with war ravaging in Europe.

Tickets for the talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservation, call 413-637-3206 or visit The historical mansion is at 104 Walker St., Lenox.


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