County Fare: Spooky shows, BerkShares and rock 'n' roll


Last October's "New England Legends" episode, "The Spooky Berkshires," was nominated for a 2014 New England Emmy Award, right alongside iconic New England shows like "Chronicle" and "The Phantom Gourmet."

This year, director and executive producer Tony Dunne and host and executive producer Jeff Belanger have created an all-new episode of "New England Legends" set to air at 10 p.m. Thursday on local PBS affiliate WGBY.

"Maritime Mysteries" looks at stories along New England's south coast. Immediately following the broadcast, at 10:30 p.m., will be an encore presentation of Emmy-nominated "The Spooky Berkshires." Learn more about this series at

Watch a promo for the latest episode of "New England Legends" here.

The Berkshire County Board of Realtors' REACT Committee held its third annual REACT Chili Cook Off, on Friday, Oct. 17 at Berkshire Hills Country Club, to benefit Berkshire County Kids' Place.

This morning at the Pittsfield Country Club, the group will be passing along a check to Kids' Place in the amount of $1,800.

The contest, which had more than a dozen contenders, also yielded three local businesses the bragging rights for best chili. Naturally Catering & Takeout took first-place, with Frankie's Ristorante Italiano coming in second, and Samel's Deli & Catering placing third.

The Realtors group holds a number of community events and workshops throughout the year. Learn more at

Hillcrest Educational Centers has announced its 2014 Fall Golf Classic was a hole in one. The benefit raised more than $60,000 through combined tournament sponsorships and silent auction and raffle sales. The event was held on Friday, Sept. 26, at Wahconah Country Club in Dalton.

The date for the 2015 Fall Classic has been set for Friday, Sept. 25.

Hillcrest will hold its next community event from 1 to 6 p.m. Its 15th annual Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at its Lenox campus, 349 Old Stockbridge Road. This event is open to Hillcrest staff, friends, families and the community at large. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling Colleen MacDonald at (413) 499-7924.

All donated blood goes to the regional Red Cross Blood Bank. Everyone who participates will be treated to snacks, ice cream sundaes, and tickets to a raffle. Learn more at

Earlier this month, The History Channel show "10 Things You Don't Know About" aired a segment featuring BerkShares. The show is hosted by former Black Flag punk rocker Henry Rollins, who bought a Dinosaur Jr. record at Tune Street in Great Barrington with the Berkshires' local currency. BerkShares shows up about 25 minutes into the 44-minute episode. Learn more about BerkShares at, and follow their Facebook and Twitter links to see photos from the show's filming.

Learn more about the show at:

Saturday is the deadline to apply for a grant through the Wassermann-Streit Y'DIYAH Memorial Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

The fund supports projects and programs that encourage people to learn about Judaism with an aim to dispel religious prejudice, bias and intolerance. Individuals, schools, libraries and other nonprofit organizations in Berkshire County, Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, N.Y. and northwest Litchfield County, Conn. are encouraged to apply.

The Y'DIYAH fund, which means "learning" in Hebrew, was established in 1999. Over the years, it has funded the purchase of multimedia materials for schools and libraries, lectures, high school and college student concerts, research and more.

To learn more and apply, visit

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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