BITS & BYTES: Resilient Women Talks; Salisbury Autumn Festival; First Fridays Art Walk; Large red wardrobe; Alford Egremont Grants; Miss Hall Fundraiser

Robbie Bogard, the series’ first host, is a 30-year-old psychotherapist with expertise in trauma recovery, women’s issues, self-compassion and mindfulness. Robbie uses the latest research in neuroscience, attachment styles, and the mind-body connection to help people better understand their behavior patterns and make the changes they want.

Attend 3 Women’s Resilience Conferences

Stockbridge – Walking Our Talk presents Resilient Women: Money, Sex, and Self, a series of three informative talks this fall focused on the remarkable resilience of women, especially during the COVID pandemic. Walking Our Talk is a grassroots non-profit women’s support and innovation organization.

Each 90 minute session will be on the first Thursday of each month October 5 – 6:30 p.m. to December at the Stockbridge Congregational Church.

On October 6, Robbie Bogard will explore the power of self-compassion. On November 3, Melissa Lydon and Jess Bartle of Evoque Investments will help us become aware of our “money story” to better understand how and why we make choices about our money. On December 1, Mary Campbell and Gabrielle Senza will offer suggestions for managing stress and feeling more joy in the face of life’s challenges.

For more information, visit or inquire at [email protected]

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Scarecrow from a past year

The 65th annual Salisbury Autumn Festival offers fun for the whole family

Salisbury — The 65th Salisbury Autumn Festival will span From Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October celebrate autumn in Salisbury and Lakeville. Fun for the whole family includes kids’ fall crafts, the 9th Annual Quilt Show, magic shows, musical performances, a giant book sale at the Scoville Library and opportunities to purchase delicious dishes and local artisan products.

Catch the Martha Graham Dance Show on Saturday, October 8 at 3 p.m. Afterwards, the Graham dancers will teach children of all ages how to express themselves through movement in their own fabric tube. Graham crackers and apple cider will be served.

On Sunday, October 9, the SWASA Annual Brew-Ski Fest samples more than 150 beers and ciders from 38 breweries while eating brats, burgers and dogs starting at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For a detailed schedule of activities and events, visit

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Nicole March, artist

First Fridays Artswalk hosts dozens of Pittsfield artworks

Pittfield — Enjoy a dozen shows and art exhibitions during the First Fridays Art Walk on Friday, October 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Explore art and meet artists at vernissages on the first Friday of the month from 5-8pm, with most artworks on display throughout the month.

Participating venues will host works by artists for the month of October. Sites include TKG Real Estate, The Marketplace Face, Clock Tower, Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, Lee Bank, The Funky Phoenix, Mission Gastropub, The Beacon Cinema and Soma’s Aromas.

There will be drop-in arts activities at ReDefine, 5 Melville Street, during the First Fridays Art Walk on October 7 from 5-8 p.m. and creative activities available.

Download the Downtown Pittsfield app in the App store Or on google play to follow a virtual art walking tour on your mobile phone. For more information on First Fridays Artswalk, visit or call 413-443-6501.

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Free Community Art Supplies in the Big Red Cabinet

Sheffield — The Bushnell-Sage Library has set up a cabinet where anyone can drop off or pick up used art supplies. The Big Red Cabinet is located on the lower level of the Bushnell-Sage Library Art Room.

The new cabinet can hold paper, poster board, crayons, markers, water-based paints, clay, tape, paintbrushes and other materials suitable for classroom and school use. personal craftsmanship. If you would like to donate art supplies to the Big Red Cabinet, go to the library loan counter and give the items to the staff.

Help prevent the waste of useful art supplies while providing the opportunity to create art for everyone.

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Grants available for community projects

Alford / Egremont — The Alford Egremont Cultural Council is accept grant proposals until October 17, 2022 support community projects in the arts, sciences and humanities.

The Council is committed to funding a diverse range of arts, humanities, and environmental activities and programs that have a specific time and place. The Council attempts to distribute funds equally between programs that serve specific populations and those that benefit the local community as a whole. Particular attention is given to projects and programs taking place in Alford and Egremont.

To find out more about Alford Egremont Cultural Council grant opportunities and how to apply, visit

To start your application visit

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Miss Hall’s School

be bold campaign hopes to raise $75 million for girls’ school

Pittfield – Miss Hall School in the Berkshires announced a history be bold $75 million fundraising campaign, marking the 125th anniversary of the independent school for girls. Miss Hall School was founded in 1898 and currently serves 183 girls in grades 9-12.

“The purpose of be bold campaign is to put Miss Hall’s School on the path to success over its next 125 years,” said Miss Hall School Principal Julia Heaton. “This campaign reshapes our campus and program in tangible and inspiring ways, supporting the powerful transformation that happens when a girl has the time and space to discover her voice and the courage to use it.”

The be bold was announced on September 24 in Washington, DC, and has already raised $65 million. The campaign saw the construction of a state-of-the-art STEM facility, Linn Hall, a new residence hall, the NCAA Class 57 football and lacrosse field, and the James K. Ervin Tennis Complex, as well as improvements to pre-existing buildings. Curriculum and curriculum enhancements were made possible, investing in professional development to staff more than 80 courses and establishing a first Dean of Equity and Inclusion.

For more information, visit

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