BITS & BYTES: Shakespeare & Co., BTG queues; Rockwell Museum vax policy, holiday hours; Audubon mass programs; Berkshire Humane and Animal DREAMS merge

Shakespeare & Company Announces First Three Events of 45th Season

LENOXShakespeare & Company recently announced the first three titles slated for production in its 45th season, which will begin in June 2022. Two works by Shakespeare and a modern production will open the season, which also marks the New Spruce Theater’s first anniversary – the 500 seats in the Amphitheater Company, built in the summer of 2021 – and the reopening of the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater after it closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. An open-air production at the Théâtre du Jardin Romain and a weekend offer festival in July are also planned. Full details will be announced in January.

Shakespeare & Company’s 2022 season will feature:

“An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, June 3 – July 3, inside the Tina Packer Playhouse. Directed by Jeffrey Mousseau, with MaConnia Chesser. From Robert Fagles’ translation, “An Iliad” transforms Homer’s epic poem into a captivating monologue. Designed around the stories of Achilles and Hector, with a language that is both poetic and conversational, it refreshes a classic and creates a powerful theater that explores the human compulsion towards violence.

“A lot of noise for nothing” by William Shakespeare, July 2 to August 14, outdoors at the New Spruce Theater. Directed by Kelly Galvin. A celebration of true love, friendship and the wit, “Much Ado About Nothing” features some of Shakespeare’s most satisfying languages ​​as it tells the tale of two romantic couples and comedy, deception and of the intrigue that accompany them.

“Measure for measure” by William Shakespeare, from August 19 to September 18, inside the Tina Packer Playhouse. Directed by Alice Reagan. When Angelo is abruptly appointed to rule a chaotic and debauched city, he reestablishes order with repressive laws and an iron fist on licentiousness. The object of his own twisted desire is a young nun, whom he puts in an unthinkable position.

FLEX passes are now on sale at early bird prices in packages of three and five shows. Visit to purchase, or call the box office at 413-637-3353.


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Berkshire Theater Group winter / spring 2022 season lineup announced

Lonestar. Photo courtesy of the group’s Facebook page

PITTSFIELDBerkshire Theater Group (BTG) today announced its Winter and Spring 2022 season at its Colonial Theater in Pittsfield.

National shows will feature four seasoned comedians on The Irish Comedy Tour on March 18 and legendary country-pop crossover band Lonestar on April 1. Concerts will include The Machine Performs Pink Floyd on February 5, The Guthrie Brothers – Scarborough on February 12, Moondance – The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert on March 12, USAF Heritage on March 15 and the 10th Annual Dead of Rev Tor’s Winter Jam with Dead Man’s Waltz and Friends on March 26.

For its 3rd annual spring production, BTG will present “Footloose”, based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford, music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. This production will feature 26 middle and high school students from Berkshire, conducted by Kathy Jo Grover, musical direction by Erin M. White and choreography by Kathy Jo Grover and Avital Asuleen. “Footloose” will take place on Friday February 25 at 7 pm; Saturday February 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday February 27 at 2 p.m.

BTG is offering a 10% discount on tickets for all frontline workers. To purchase tickets, visit BTG website or contact the Colonial ticket office at 413-997-4444. The ticket office is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. or every performance day from 12 p.m. until curtain time. For the month of January 2022, ticketing services are remote only.


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Norman Rockwell Museum sets vaccination policy and vacation hours

A recent visitor to the new Jan Brett exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Photo courtesy of NRM

STOCK BRIDGE – In accordance with the advice of health experts, Norman Rockwell Museum will institute a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to help put visitors at ease, ensure a joyful experience at the Museum, and help reduce the spread of the virus in the community at large.

As of December 26, 2021, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination along with photo identification will be required for all visitors 18 years of age and over for entry to the Museum. Mask requirements will continue for all visitors over 2 years old.

The museum’s opening hours during the holiday season are as follows: weekdays 10 am to 4 pm (closed Wednesdays) and weekends 10 am to 5 pm; closed on December 25 and January 1. The Museum will also be closed for a week after New Years, January 3-7, resuming its regular winter schedule on Saturday January 8. Virtual exhibits, activities and tours will be available online, 24/7, as always. Please visit the NRM website for details and to book tickets in advance, highly recommended during the holiday period to guarantee entry.


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Audubon January 2022 local mass programs include workshops, walks

Photo courtesy of Mass Audubon

BERKSHIRE COUNTYAudubon Mass announced its January 2022 range of in-person programs, which includes events at its Pittsfield and Lenox properties. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Online Programs will also continue.

Tracking workshop: Cats and Canids
Saturday January 8, 2022 10 am-12pm
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield
Members: $ 15, Non-members: $ 20
Look for tracks, droppings and other signs of elusive wild cats and dogs that roam the fields and forests of Canoe Meadows. Focusing on the long-legged creatures, learn how they stealthily walk, gallop and gallop across the landscape and what we can learn from the clues they leave behind. Dress for the weather and prepare for rough terrain. Snowshoes or other traction aids may be required depending on conditions. Pre-registration is required at

Moonlight forest walk
Saturday January 15, 2022 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W Mountain Rd., Lenox
To free
Enjoy a moonlit evening by walking and listening to the sounds of the night. Take a gentle stroll to find out what is happening in the forest at night, with just the light of the moon as a guide.
This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Lenox Cultural Council. Dress for the weather and prepare for rough terrain. Snowshoes or other traction aids may be required depending on conditions. Pre-registration is required.

Ornithology Workshop: Feeding Birds in Winter and the Basics of Bird Watching
Saturday January 22, 2022 10 am-11:30am
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W Mountain Rd., Lenox
Members: $ 10, Non-members: $ 12
Winter is a great time to start birding. Birds often approach our feeders, and hardy winter birds can become familiar friends. Find out how to use shape, size, color, and sounds to learn about different species of birds. These tools, combined with behavioral and habitat clues, will help you get to know our avian neighbors. Spend time in Pleasant Valley viewing feeders, learning how and what to feed birds, and taking a short walk to learn tips to start your birding trip. Dress for the weather and prepare for rough terrain. Snowshoes or other traction aids may be required depending on conditions. Pre-registration is required.

Beavers in winter
Saturday January 29, 2022 10 am-11:30am
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 W Mountain Rd., Lenox
To free
Discover the winter life of busy beavers in Pleasant Valley. Take a short walk on sloping and sometimes wet or rocky trails to explore the beaver ponds and wetlands they have built. This program is free thanks to the support of the Lenox Cultural Council. Dress for the weather. Snowshoes or other traction aids may be required depending on conditions. Pre-registration is required.


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Berkshire Humane Society and Animal DREAMS merge

Bentley is available for adoption at the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield. Photo courtesy of BHS

PITTSFIELDANIMAL DREAMS, once a separate voluntary organization helping feral cats in the county of Berkshire, is now officially part of Berkshire Humanitarian Society (BHS). Although the two nonprofits have teamed up to streamline shared administrative processes, the activities of the local felines will remain unchanged.

Animal DREAMS will continue to focus on the trap, neuter and return (TNR) of feral cats, now under the auspices of BHS as a community cat program. The program will continue to be led by Stacey Carver, the former Executive Director of Animal DREAMS, a completely voluntary organization. According to Carver, this efficiency “will help us focus more on TNR and gain visibility for our activities, such as our working cats program where cats that are not suitable for life at home can help people in control. rodents in barns, warehouses and businesses. “

Tom is available for adoption at the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield. Photo courtesy of BHS

The feline staff at the Berkshire Humane Society will continue to focus on adoptions of friendly stray cats, including kittens born to feral cats. “This merger is the natural culmination of a great relationship between two like-minded organizations and the ultimate beneficiaries of it are our feline friends,” said John Perreault, CEO of BHS.

Founded in 2001 to improve the lives and promote humane care and acceptance of feral cats throughout the county and beyond, Animal DREAMS partnered with BHS in 2014 to seek funding from grant sources for their program. TNR. That year, Animal DREAMS set up the Catty Shack on the grounds of the BHS shelter to temporarily house the feral cats while they wait or recover from spaying or neutering surgery, keeping them separate from the cats in the shelter. In addition, Animal DREAMS has secured an office in the administrative office of the shelter.

Supporters of both organizations were recently informed of the finalization of the merger through letters or newsletters. Checks addressed to Animal DREAMS and donations to Animal DREAMS will continue to be accepted and intended to support TNR through the Community Cat program.