BITS & BYTES: Store at Five Corners anniversary; Chair Factory gets new foundation; Elvis tribute dinner-dance; “Meltdown” screening and talkback; explore a drawing manuals archive; Jonathan Darman author talk; Michael Arnowitt piano concert - The Berkshire Edge

2023-03-23 16:33:04 By : Ms. Selena wong

The Store at Five Corners Stewardship Association is hosting a community celebration and quilt raffle for their 1 year anniversary.

1-year anniversary of the Store at Five Corners celebrated with quilt raffle

Williamstown— On Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 3 p.m., the Store at Five Corners Stewardship Association will host a community celebration in recognition of the one-year anniversary of purchasing the Store at Five Corners. The celebration will take place at the Store, located at 4 New Ashford Road, Williamstown. Light refreshments will be served. The winning ticket for the beautiful community quilt will be drawn at 4 p.m. The winner will be notified if not present. The hand-crafted quilt is a collaborative project among several local residents, generously facilitated by Karen’s Quilting Corner of Williamstown.

The Store at Five Corners Stewardship Association has been very busy this past year renovating this historic building and selecting an operator to reopen and operate the Store, which had been closed since 2020. Significant improvements have been made inside and out – all thanks to the wonderful support from the community.

Tickets can still be purchased right up until the drawing. Tickets for the quilt are $5 each or $20 for five. They are available at the Store, Karen’s Quilting Corner, or by calling Karen Charbonneau at 413-458-9862.

Watch a 5-story, 15,00 square foot historic building being lowered onto its new foundation

New Lebanon, N.Y. — The Ruins at Sassafras is lowering their historic Shaker Chair Factory onto a new foundation on Friday, March 3 at 1 p.m. The Ruins at Sassafras is located at 194 Darrow Road and is a wedding and event venue. It is the newest Shaker site to be designated a museum by the New York State Board of Regents.

The property was home to the Shaker Second Family who worked and lived here from the 1790’s to 1940. The settlement included a complex of massive and very impressively built stone and wood buildings including the dwelling where 67 Shakers slept, the brethrens’ workshop, the sisters’ workshop, an enormous barn and a 5-story, 15,000 square foot wooden building where they crafted the renowned Shaker chairs.

Owners Carol Reichert and Jerome Shereda hired SJ Hauck to lift the Chair Factory and Jeff Pinkowski to rebuild the foundation this past October. They are inviting members of the community and the media to come witness the lowering of the Chair Factory onto its new foundation.

The Chair Factory renovation is expected to be completed by May, 2023 and open to the public soon after for weddings and events.

Tommy T & Black Velvet to perform Elvis hits

Dalton— Tommy T & Black Velvet, Berkshire County’s premier Elvis tribute group, will be featured when Dalton United Methodist Church, 755 Main St., hosts a dinner-dance on Saturday, March 4 starting at 5:30 p.m. in its Fellowship Hall.

The event will begin with a $20-per-plate dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., consisting of chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, green beans, coffee/tea and dessert. Tommy T & Black Velvet will then perform, providing an opportunity to dance to musical covers of Elvis, Dean Martin and other classic entertainers. Non-dining participants are welcome after 6:30 p.m. and can support the event with a free-will offering.

No reservations required. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the church’s general fund.

The climate gets examined in presentation by Lynn Davis 

Hudson, N.Y. — The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with Basilica Hudson, Hudson Hall, Partners for Climate Action, and Upstate Films, is proud to present a special screening of the 2021 film “Meltdown” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at Hudson Hall. The screening will be followed by a special Q&A with trailblazing Hudson-based photographer Lynn Davis and climate scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D.

“Meltdown” (Fredric Golding, 60 min., 2021) is a timely documentary that merges art and science as it follows acclaimed photographer Lynn Davis and climate scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D. to the town of Illulisat, Greenland, considered the “Ground Zero” of climate change.

Coinciding with this special screening, two of Davis’s large-scale photographs from her travels to Greenland are on view at Olana State Historic Site as part of Olana’s first winter exhibition, Chasing Icebergs: Art and a Disappearing Landscape. Chasing Icebergs, which runs through March 26, traces the 19th century artist Frederic Church’s quest to paint icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Much like Church, Davis’ art is connected to global exploration, and she draws inspiration from remote locations, including the sublime beauty of the arctic landscape.

Tickets cost $14 for General Admission and $10 for members of The Olana Partnership, Hudson Hall, Upstate Films, and Basilica Hudson. A special Q&A with Lynn Davis and Anthony Leiserowitz will follow the film’s screening.

Tickets can be purchased online at

Examine drawing manuals from the Clark Art Library’s special collections 

Williamstown— On Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m., the Clark Art Institute hosts an up-close look at drawing manuals from the Clark library’s special collections. Gain a new perspective on how artists and amateurs learned to draw through time by viewing drawing treatises and tutorials from Albrecht Dürer to the digital age. Lunde Fellow Sarah Grandin and Library Director Andrea Puccio will be on hand to lead the exploration of these manuals. The event takes place in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, located in the Manton Research Center.

Admission to the Clark is free through March 2023. No registration is required. For more information, visit

Author Jonathan Darman to discuss his book “Becoming FDR” 

Spencertown, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center, in collaboration with Chatham Bookstore, presents journalist and historian Jonathan Darman on his new book, “Becoming FDR: The Personal Crisis that Made a President,” on Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m. He will be joined in conversation with political reporter for The New York Times Jeremy W. Peters. Advance reservations are recommended. Tickets ($10) are available at

At age 39, Franklin Roosevelt saw his life upended by a sudden, devastating infection from the polio virus. The catastrophic illness looked like the end of his political career. Instead, it made him into the man who could lead his country through its own darkest hours. An intimate chronicle of FDR’s years of illness, recovery, and return to the heights of power, Becoming FDR is a fresh look at the iconic president, his family, and his rivals. It uncovers the clear and striking connection between his private struggles and his later public triumphs.

As a former national political correspondent for Newsweek, Darman covered the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Mitt Romney and wrote extensively about other major figures in national politics and media. His previous book, Landslide: Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America, told the story of a thousand transformative days in the 1960s through the eyes of two iconic American presidents. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on politics and presidential history on broadcast television, cable news, and public radio. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.

Michael Arnowitt to perform works by Ukrainian composer Victoria Poleva

Bennington, Vt. — Bennington College is hosting pianist Michael Arnowitt in concert in the Deane Carriage Barn on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. Arnowitt will perform his new program “Crossroads,” featuring a selection of highly personal, expressive and emotionally deep pieces old and new, from the classical masters of the past to music of today’s Ukraine.

The major work on the program is Beethoven’s Sonata no. 31 in A-flat major. Written near the end of Beethoven’s life as his health was deteriorating rapidly, this visionary sonata, often considered Beethoven’s most emotional, touches upon themes of gratitude, struggle, healing, and resurrection. Leaving the physical world of the piano’s hammers and strings, Beethoven takes us on inner journeys to sounds Beethoven could not hear in the external world due to his deafness, but could in his own imagination.

Another highlight of the program are three pieces by the present-day Ukrainian composer Victoria Poleva. Just a few weeks before the Russian invasion of Ukraine a year ago, Poleva sent Arnowitt a dozen of her unpublished piano pieces. She is currently a refugee due to the war, living in  Germany. Michael Arnowitt will perform her dramatic 2011 composition “Sonata quasi una fantasia,” her soulful 2019 “Ischia Island,” and her tender “Music that is not yet” from her 2008 set of pieces “Marginalia.” Through his performing of her music in Canada and the United States, Michael Arnowitt is trying to raise appreciation of the absorbing and profound music of this outstanding composer of today’s Ukraine.

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