Gather-in marks 46th year with family-friendly favorites

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Berkshire County's longest running neighborhood festival celebrates 46 years of live music and dance, a basketball tournament, children's activities, barbecue and more this Saturday in Pittsfield's Durant Park.

Free and open to all, the Gather-in festival is organized by the Berkshire County branch of the NAACP, and the lead sponsor of the festival is Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Dennis Powell, the President of the Berkshire County branch of the NAACP, has been involved in the Gather-in since it first began 46 years ago in 1973.

"For over 40 years, the Westside community has invited the Berkshires to join them to celebrate family, creativity, community and equality together. The NAACP is proud to have started this vibrant annual festival, and to continue it today."

The main stage will feature local youth talent, singer Wanda Houston, drum circle leader Otha Day, a preview from Williamstown Theatre Festival, renowned folksingers Reggie and Kim Harris, the Soul Steps dance troupe from New Jersey, Youth Alive, the Soul Gospel Singer of Rhode Island and more. Family-friendly activities for children will be featured, and a wide variety of food vendors and community organizations will have a presence at the Gather-In. The annual Gather-in basketball tournament also will be held.

The Gather-in will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. at Rosemary and Willard Durant Park in Pittsfield, located near Columbus and Dewey avenues. For more information, visit www.naacpberkshires.org or call 413-464-7898.

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