Morning Briefing -- Friday


Friday, May 16

Art exhibit opening reception

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents "heliotropes," an exhibition by Williams College senior art majors, on view from May 16 through June 8. The show features the work of 10 artists: Jamie Baik, Teal Baskerville, Tim Cannon, Ilana Ellis, Isabel Greer, Julie Le, Jacqueline Lusardi, Kelsey McDermott, Phillip Sull, and Denise Waite.

The senior studio exhibition celebrates the culmination of each artist's senior project and will open with a free, public reception on Friday, May 16, at the museum, beginning at 7 p.m.

Bennington Dance community gathering

BENNINGTON -- Come dance at Nataraja, a new monthly gathering for the local dance community on the third Friday of each month. The next gathering will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place.

The forming of Nataraja came out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression. Talking is kept to a minimum. Bring your water bottle and there will be no alcohol or mind-altering substances. Each person is asked for a $5 donation, with the proceeds to be donated to The Greater Bennington Interfaith Council's food pantry, The Kitchen Cupboard, or the homeless shelter.

Music is eclectic and will vary each month. All dancers welcomed to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. Call 720-298-7910 or more information.

Play at Oldcastle

BENNINGTON -- Oldcastle Theatre Company presents a new farce by John Morogiello, the same playwright who wrote "Engaging Shaw." Here, it is the parents who are naughty in this mix up of friends, love, enemies, and passion. Two actors play six distinctly different parents (including a British professor, a politician, and Mrs. Perfect Mom) as they plot and scheme to get a one up on each other while their children play in the next room. As it all falls apart, will they realize what the really important things in life are? Come find out, May 16 through May 25. Showings are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $37 for adults, $10 for students. For tickets call 802-447-1267 or visit for our new online ticketing option.

Williams College Wind Ensemble performs

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music will present a concert with the Williams College Wind Ensemble in Chapin Hall at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public. The wind ensemble presents a program that includes traditional and new works.

Bird walks in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join Leslie Reed-Evans on Friday mornings, starting May 16, at 7:45, to learn more about the birds and preserved lands of Williamstown. Each walk will take place on a preserved property and will also feature wildflower identification and general ecology. Walks are free and open to the public, and are appropriate for all skill levels including children. Heavy rain cancels.

Meet at the end of Hopper Road in the parking area for the Mount Greylock trails (turn east from Route 43 at Mount Hope Park onto Hopper Road.) Where there is a fork in the road stay left on a gravel road (there is a sign for Mountß Greylock trails) and drive to the end.

Cambridge Historical Society plant sale

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Come for the largest variety and number of plants on Friday, May 16, from noon until dark and Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Cambridge Historical Society and Museum's annual plant sale.

There will be flats of flowering annuals, hanging baskets, large potted plants, individual perennials, vegetables, and much more. The sale will be held on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Route 22 and Main Street -- rain or shine. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Cambridge Historical Society and Museum.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will have sculpture from 9 to 11 a.m., painting from 9 a.m. to noon, and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Talk with Representative of BMC at May Interfaith meeting

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Friday, May 16, meeting of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative will feature information and the chance to ask questions of at least one representative of Berkshire Medical Center, which has taken the lead in providing medical services to Northern Berkshire since the closing of the hospital in North Adams.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of North Adams, 131 Main St. at Monument Square. Please use Eagle Street entrance. All are welcome.

We will begin with our customary period of introductions, announcements, silent prayer and faith sharing. For more information, see the latest post at

White Chapel Society tag sale

BENNINGTON -- The Annual Spring food and tag sale will be May 16, 17 and 18 at White Chapel Church on Chapel Road.


SVRTSD Strategic Planning Committee

CDC Conference Room at noon

Agenda: 1. Reorganization: Election of Chair 2. Discussion with Michael Harrington, Chair of the Bennington Economic Development Committee 3. Other.


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