BITS & BYTES: ‘Berkshire Day’ at Tanglewood; ‘Don Quixote’ at TurnPark Art Space; Isabel Wilkerson at Tanglewood; ‘Fences’ at Shakespeare and Company; ‘Celebrating our Pollinators’ at Robert Frost Stone House Museum; Field lecture at Bee Friendly Williamstown

Tanglewood hosts ‘Berkshire Day’, free for Berkshire residents

Lenox— On Sunday, July 23rd, at 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood hosts “Berkshire Day”. Free shed tickets will be offered in pairs to residents and property owners of Berkshire County for the afternoon Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) concert in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Thomas Wilkins. Image courtesy of Tanglewood.

Thomas Wilkins returns to lead a BSO concert of music reflecting classical, bluegrass, jazz, and swing influences to include Coleridge-Taylor’s “Ballade in A minor”, Ellington’s “Suite from The River”, and Jeff Midkin’s Mandolin’s Concerto, “From the Blue Ridge” featuring Jeff Midkiff on mandolin. This concert is designated as the annual “Berkshire Day” performance, with free admission to residents of Berkshires County.

Thomas Wilkins is the Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony’s Artistic Advisor to Education and Community Engagement, and holds Indiana University’s Henry A. Upper Chair of Orchestral Conducting. He also completed a long and successful tenure as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is on Sunday, July 23rd, at 2:30 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood on West Street in Lenox. If Shed seats sell out, lawn tickets will be offered. Please bring identification to establish Berkshire County residency or property ownership (e.g. a driver’s license, lease, utility bill, or tax bill). Gates open at 12 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found by visiting Tanglewood online.

Other special ticket opportunities include free lawn tickets for visitors under 18, $25 under 40 tickets, lawn passes for Berkshire residents, and discounts for students, military personnel, and members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. More information can be found by visiting Tanglewood online.


TurnPark Art Space presents a reading of ‘Don Quixote’

West Stockbridge— On Saturday, July 22nd at 2 p.m., TurnPark Art Space presents a reading of “Don Quixote” (postponed from July 9th).

Please join us at Nikolai Silis’s “Don Quixote” sculpture by the quarry as Heather Fisch, Joey Chernila, Brendan Bo O’Connor, and Alex Harvey read from Miguel de Cervantes’s seminal novel. The event will also include a talk by TurnPark Art curator Grigori Fateyev and other unique activities connected to the Nikolai Silis “Don Quixote Graphic Series” exhibition in the Gatehouse Gallery.

Nikolai Silis is a Russian artist, draftsman, and sculptor, and an influential voice in twentieth century Russian art. Expressive and emotional in its nature, his work is characterized by recognizable biomorphic forms featuring smooth, fluid lines.

Don Quixote is Silis’s favorite literary character. Through the series of graphic works presented in the current exhibition, Nikolai Silis explores the theme of an idealist persevering in the face of a crushing reality. Included in the exhibit are original drawings and lithographs spanning two decades, as well as a small bronze sculpture. The public sculpture “Don Quixote with Flower”, from the same series, is installed on the grounds of the TurnPark Art Space in the lower meadow overlooking the Quarry Lake. The exhibit is on display through August 14th.

‘Don Quixote with Flower’ by Nikolai Silis.

The reading is on Saturday, July 22nd at 2 p.m. at the TurnPark Art Space on Moscow Road in West Stockbridge. Admission is free, but we welcome donations, on site or online. There will be one-of-a kind Don Quixote prints and t-shirts for sale, popcorn, and other surprises including a live donkey! For more information, visit TurnPark Art Space online. 


Tanglewood presents Isabel Wilkerson, as part of its Spotlight Series

Lenox— On Saturday, July 22nd at 5 p.m., Tanglewood presents Isabel Wilkerson, as part of its Spotlight Series.

Isabel Wilkerson. Image courtesy of Tanglewood.

Pulitzer Prize winner and National Humanities Medal recipient Isabel Wilkerson presents a talk on her New York Times bestseller and critically acclaimed book “Caste”. Beyond race and class lies a powerful caste system influencing lives, behavior, and the nation’s fate. In a powerful talk, the award-winning author spotlights the insidious effects of caste across societies before exploring how America can move away from its destructive power and toward hope in our common humanity.

The talk is on Saturday, July 22nd at 5 p.m. in Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall on West Street in Lenox. Shed tickets are $47 to $71 and lawn tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, visit Tanglewood online. 

Following Isabel Wilkerson’s presentation, Multicultural BRIDGE CEO and Founding Director Gwendolyn VanSant, will co-lead a facilitated discussion for those that want to process the incredible impact of Dr. Wilkerson’s work and discuss critical action steps in our collective community.

The free discussion will take place in the Volpe Family Studio at Tanglewood’s Linde Center for Music and Learning on W. Hawthorne Street in Lenox. All are welcome and attendance is limited. Send RSVP to BRIDGE at to reserve a spot.


Shakespeare and Company presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’

Lenox— From July 22nd through August 27th, Shakespeare and Company presents August Wilson’s “Fences” in the Tina Packer Playhouse. 

A moving study of emotional depth and the human condition, August Wilson’s Fences follows the story of Troy Maxson, a working-class Black man struggling to provide for his family. His past includes the low of a prison sentence and the high of a promising career with the Negro Baseball League, but it’s Troy’s unrealized dream to play for Major League Baseball that fills his days with resentment and regret.

August Wilson’s “Fences”, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 1987, is set in the 1950s and is part of the playwright’s acclaimed American Century Cycle.

Company of August Wilson’s ‘Fences’. Image courtesy of Shakespeare and Company.

The show runs July 22nd through August 27th at the Tina Packer Playhouse on Kemble Street in Lenox. Tickets are $22 to $72, preview performances (July 22nd through July 26th) are $10 less, and student are $22. Tickets and more information can be found by visiting Shakespeare and Company online or by calling the box office at 413-637-3353.


The Robert Frost Stone House Museum of Bennington College hosts ‘Celebrating our Pollinators’ with the Bennington County Beekeepers Club

Bennington— On Sunday, July 23rd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Robert Frost Stone House Museum of Bennington College hosts “Celebrating our Pollinators” with the Bennington County Beekeepers Club.

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will be sharing information about basic beekeeping, pollinator plants, and the honey making process. Come see the museum’s new observation hive, learn about Frost’s history with bees, and peruse bee and honey products in the shop. There will be a pollinator art activity for kids, games, and free honey treats (as well as ones for sale) from Moon Scones.

Image courtesy of Bennington College.

The event is on Sunday, July 23rd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College on College Drive in Bennington. It is open to the public. For more information, visit Bennington College online. 


Bee Friendly Williamstown offers field lecture on pollinators and flowers

Williamstown— On Sunday, July 30th at 4 p.m., Bee Friendly Williamstown invites you to a Field Lecture on Pollinators and Flowers.

Learn how flowers have adapted to the insect species that pollinate them with Williams College Professor of Biology Joan Edwards.

The lecture is on Sunday, July 30th at 4 p.m. at the Spruces Park on Main Street in Williamstown. Park by the picnic tables near the end of the multi-use path. It is wheelchair accessible, unpaved terrain. Children are welcome. Rain cancels. For more information visit Bee Friendly Williamstown online. 


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