BITS & BYTES: Festival of Black Arts and Culture; Mahaiwe Met Opera Tickets On Sale; Family Resource Fair; Summer Intensive Theater Final Project; Jazz workshop concert; Bell Tower Advantage

Black Arts and Culture Festival

HUDSON, NY— Presented by Operation Unite NY, the Hudson Sankofa Black Arts and Cultural Festival examines the past, present and possibilities for the future, through the lens of people of color. The festival will take place at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on August 14-15and will feature music, dancing and a colorful parade!

Photo courtesy of Hudson Hall.

Scheduled event:

Saturday August 14

2:00 p.m. Warren Street Parade featuring families and horse walkers – Ohana Farm

3:15 p.m. Welcome and Sankofa Community Awards

4:00 p.m. Refreshments for parade marchers

Youth Games by the Youth Committee

4:30 p.m. Arm of the Sea Theater

5:30 p.m. Kaisokah Moko Jumbies

6:15 p.m. Mango Sylla and Drummers Guinea

Distribution of school supplies

7:00 p.m. Heard Jazz Band with Zorkie Nelson and Dancers

Sunday August 15

4:00 p.m. Drum Circle led by Olympia Ward Avignone of the High Peak Drummers

5:00 p.m. Annual Gospel Festival and Sunday Service featuring Marlene Merritt and the Rainbow Singers, followed by Minister Gayle Heyward of Willingboro, NJ

For more information, contact [email protected]

For all the latest updates, follow the event’s Facebook page.


Tickets on sale for Met Opera Live at the Mahaiwe

GREAT BARRINGTON— The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present the Metropolitan Opera’s 16th “Live in HD” season starting this fall, October 22 through spring 2023, ending June 10. The broadcast series has been a popular part of Mahaiwe’s programming since 2007.

Ten operas will screen from New York’s Lincoln Center to the Mahaiwe, offering high-definition, multi-camera views of each production from the comfort of the Mahaiwe.

Tickets are $25 each or $10 for ages 21 and under. Tickets are available at and at the Mahaiwe Box Office (413-528-0100) during regular business hours: Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., plus three hours before showtimes. Events are masked and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result will be required upon admission; see for more information on current security guidelines.

Mahaiwe’s Met Opera speaker, Scott Eyerly, will provide lectures relevant to each production.

The following productions will be screened during the 2022-2023 season:

by Cherubini Medea Saturday October 22, 2022 at 1 p.m.

by Verdi La Traviata Saturday November 5, 2022 at 1 p.m.

Kevin puts – Hours Saturday December 10, 2022 at 1 p.m.

by Giordano Felt Saturday January 14, 2023 at 1 p.m.

by Wagner Lohengrin Saturday March 18, 2023 at 12 p.m.

by Verdi Falstaff Saturday April 1, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.

by Strauss The Rider of the Rose Saturday April 15, 2023 at 12 p.m.

Terence Blanchard – Champion Saturday April 29, 2023 at 1 p.m.

by Mozart Don Giovanni Saturday May 20, 2023 at 1 p.m.

by Mozart Die Zauberflote Saturday June 10, 2023 at 1 p.m.


Family Resource Fair

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Great Barrington Family Resource Center will host a Family Resource Fair on Saturday, August 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date for the event is August 27.

The Resource Fair is designed to connect families with support, information and supplies. The fair will also feature games for the whole family, crafts, food and a performance by magician Omer Black at 1 p.m.

Families can use the Resource Fair to connect with local organizations that work to help families thrive. They can also access free backpacks, clothing, school supplies and other gifts. Additionally, attendees can visit the Family Resource Center during the fair.

The following local organizations will be present: Berkshire County Head Start, Berkshire County Kids’ Place, Berkshire Immigrant Center, Better Life Partners, BRIDGE, Commonwealth Collaborative, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Latinas 413, Literacy Network of South Berkshire, Macony Pediatrics, Mildred Elley, Rural Recovery Resources, Southern Berkshire Kids, Volunteers in Medicine and 18 Degrees FRC.

The Family Resource Center is located at 141 West Avenue in Great Barrington, Mass. For more information, call 413-528-0298 or email [email protected]


Summer Intensive Theater Final Project

WILLIAMSTOWN — On August 13the final intensive summer theater project will give two performances, at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The final Summer Intensive Theater Project is a culminating new collaborative work presented by the inaugural cohort of the Summer Intensive Training Program. The seven-week program, co-hosted by the Williamstown Theater Festival and Williams College, brought together 20 young theater makers seeking an opportunity to broaden their learning across disciplines and interests through seminars, workshops and hands-on experience. This new work is a showcase of their exploration throughout the program

Photo by Emilio Madrid.

Designed for current undergraduate students (or learners at an equivalent stage in their education), this program is aimed at a combined cohort of approximately ten Williams College students and approximately 10 participants who apply through the Williamstown Theater Festival.

This program is perfect for learners interested in a holistic or generalist theater training experience and who might identify as “hyphenates,” interested in generating work across multiple theater disciplines (e.g. acting, directing, stage, playwriting, design).

Tickets for performances are free but extremely limited. Book your tickets online at this link!

Hudson Jazz Workshop Concert

HUDSON, NY— The Hudson Jazz Workshop will end with a concert on Sunday August 14 at 4 p.m. at Hudson Hall.

The Hudson Jazz Workshop, now in its 16th year, is a weekend of immersion in jazz improvisation and composition.

Photo by JD Urban.

Pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas, who lead the workshop, will perform alongside pianist, composer, arranger, educator and record producer Michael Abene. Additionally, an international lineup of workshop musicians will perform new original works created during the workshop process.

The event is free, although ticket reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online.

The show will take place in the West Room of Hudson Hall.


Musical event to benefit the historic house of Edna St. Vincent Millay

AUSTERLITZ, NY— An event on Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Steepletop, the historic home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, will feature music, a house tour and wine tasting.

The concert will feature world-renowned Scottish harpist, composer and producer Maeve Gilchrist. Gilchrist will perform the title cut from his latest CD, “The Harpweaver”, which was inspired by one of Millay’s iconic poems. Opening for Gilchrist will be the acclaimed family trio of musicians Liz Queler, Seth Farber and Joey Farber, who will perform selections from their CD, “The Edna Project”, featuring musical interpretations of Millay’s poetry. A reception will follow the concert.

Guests will be invited to stroll through the gardens and fields of Millay, explore the Poetry Trail that leads to the Millay family graves and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. Millay’s house will also be open for tours at an additional cost for a limited number of ticket holders.

Photo courtesy of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society.

The Steepletop grounds will be open to ticketed guests beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets will also be available on site. Between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., guests will visit the gardens and grounds of Millay. A limited number of house tours will also be offered. The concert will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a reception.

Tickets are $95 per person for the concert and cocktail reception or $125 for the concert, cocktail reception and a 45-minute house tour (a limited number of house tours are available).

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

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