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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
10:06AM / Saturday, July 04, 2015

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.


The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
10:01PM / Friday, July 03, 2015

Festivities marking the nation's 239th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Saturday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Friday night (no fireworks) and Saturday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA running free after the Saturday's concert. More information here.


Lenox

Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual celebration featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.   The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. with a cookout (a la

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
10:01PM / Friday, July 03, 2015
Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Left, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Saturday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written by a

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Clark Unveils 'Whistler's Mother' on Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

'Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother)' by James McNeill Whistler is seen in this image courtesy of the Clark Art Institute.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- For his last show as director of the Clark Art Institute, Michael Conforti did not get what he wanted.   He got something better.   The retitring director on Thursday morning met with the media to talk about "Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black, and White," which opens at the Clark on Saturday, July 4.   The show is centered on James McNeill Whistler's "Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother)," as the

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'Tragic' Director Stages 'Comedy' at Shakespeare & Company
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

Taibi Magar, right, directs the cast of 'A Comedy of Errors' at Shakespeare & Company.

LENOX, Mass. -- In terms an Elizabethan would understand, the gauntlet has been thrown down - by the Bard of Avon himself.   Taibi Magar, somewhat to her own surprise, came to Shakespeare & Company to pick it up.   "He sets up a big challenge for a director," Magar said during a recent pre-rehearsal interview at the Tina Packer Playhouse. "He puts 'Comedy' in the title. It's like, 'A Comedy of Errors.' No hiding.   "It's really scary, actually. If you don't make the audience laugh, you have failed

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Opinion: Crossfit Offended Diabetics Everywhere
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:30PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Crossfit offended diabetics around the world with offensive tweets linking drinking Coke to getting diabetes. But for those diabetics who are insulin-dependent, a Coke can actually save their lives when their blood sugar goes low.

I have seen first-hand the war that diabetes rages on the body.

I have an uncle who is blind. An aunt who is on dialysis. A daughter who battles highs and lows every day.

It's a disease that wreaks havoc on your life 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no vacations from diabetes. No time off. Not even so much as a coffee break.

This is what diabetes of both kinds - type one and type two - does to a person. It's not a

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The Classical Beat: All Systems Go At Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:34PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

After celebrating July 4th in Boston, Keith Lockhart brings the Boston Pops back to Tanglewood on Sunday for opening weekend.

Tanglewood, the nation’s largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 75th classical festival season.

Here’s a rundown of the concerts that will take center stage during the coming week. Why go? Read below for all the stellar music making, with superstar performers interpreting great music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites by audiences worldwide.

• Thursday July 2, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo’s Fire will present a

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Village Ambulance Adds Vans With Wheelchair Lifts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:24AM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Village Ambulance Service conducts a training session for the use of a wheelchair lift in one of its non-emergency medical transport vans.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Starting today, Village Ambulance Service will start transporting mobility-impaired clients as part of a new non-emergency medical transport service.   NEMT/wheelchair transportation is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is available for medical and non-medical travel.   "There certainly are other services out there," said Erwin Steubner, the president of the VAS Board of Directors. "We'd like to keep it local, home grown. It's not going to be a huge

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Bennington Tops Lanesborough 11-year-olds
11:39PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2015
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Panayoitis Constantopoulos drove in three three runs, but the Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-and-under baseball team dropped a 10-3 decision to the Bennington 12-and-under All-Stars on Tuesday night.   Constantopoulos gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, but Bennington did all its damage one inning later with a 10-run outburst to put the game out of reach.   Roberto Barron went three innings on the mound for Lanesborough, striking out five. Constantopoulos and Landen Jamula each pitched in relief.   The Bulldogs (2-3) play Great Barrington's 12-and-under all-stars on Sunday afternoon in Great Barrington.

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Curtain Rises on Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:30AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Williamstown Theatre Festival kicks off another season this week.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Regional theater companies are always a good place to discover new work.

Usually, those works do not come from one of America's best known playwrights, much less one who has been dead for more than 40 years.

But this week the Williamstown Theatre Festival offers the world premiere of "Off the Main Road," a previously lost play by Pulitzer Prize winner William Inge.   Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick headlines Director Evan Cabnet's production, with previews Tuesday and Wednesday leading to Thursday's opening night on the Main

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Local Trumpet Player To Play With The Eagles Band
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:04AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Drury grad Steven Felix will join the Eagles Band for two concerts.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams native and Drury High School graduate Steven Felix will join the Eagles Band as a featured soloist for performances in early July.

With Felix, the Eagles Band will play Carl Hahne’s “Slavonic Fantasy” at Windsor Lake on Wednesday, July 1, and at the Veterans Home Park in Bennington, Vt., on Wednesday, July 8.

Both concerts are free and they begin at 6:30.

Felix graduated from Drury in 2007 and received his bachelor's degree in trumpet performance and music education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

He received his master's

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Williamstown Prudential Committee Thankful for College Contributions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:41PM / Monday, June 29, 2015
Prudential Committee Chairman John Notsley, left, and Fire Chief Craig Pedercini participate in last week's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — While some residents may have a love-hate relationship with the town's biggest landowner, the committee that governs the Fire District had nothing but praise for Williams College at its most recent meeting.   The Prudential Committee last Wednesday detailed how the college helps support fire protection in the Village Beautiful through monetary contributions and otherwise.   "The college has been very generous over the years letting guys serve," Prudential Committee Chairman John Notsley said, referring to the

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