BITS & BYTES: Whiskey Treaty Roadshow cover album; the winners of the Berkie Prize; Distinguished Conference on US-China Relations; Lenox Garden Club grant deadline; BCC virtual information sessions

Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to release cover album on November 26

BERKSHIRE COUNTY – Massachusetts-based songwriting collaboration The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to release “Recovered,” a fully mastered version of the group’s live-broadcast benefit concert that raised over $ 13,000 for service workers in the Berkshires.

“Recovered” recording session. Photo courtesy of the group

The album, featuring covers of classic songs from The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Arcade Fire and more, will be released, digitally and streaming, worldwide on Friday November 26. The group will perform the same evening at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow features Massachusetts songwriters Tory Hanna, Billy Keane, Chris Merenda, Greg Daniel Smith and David Tanklefsky. The group wowed regional and national audiences with their live electric shows, earning them seats at acclaimed festivals including Green River Fest, FreshGrass, The Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, The Rock Boat and Strange Creek.

Produced by acclaimed Berkshire County musical pillar Johnny Irion, the band’s debut studio album “Band Together” features Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, Wilco bassist Pat Sansone and folk legend Arlo Guthrie. The album was acclaimed by Rolling Stone, No Depression and American Songwriter.


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Berkshire Theater Critics Association Announces 2021 ‘Berkie’ Award Winners

Image courtesy of BTCA

PITTSFIELD – The Fifth ‘Berkie’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts for productions in the greater Berkshire region, from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2021, were presented by the Berkshire Theater Critics Association (BTCA) on Monday evening November 15 at Zion Lutheran Church in downtown Pittsfield. J. Peter Bergman and Macey Levin hosted the event.

The big winners of the evening were “A Crossing: A Dance Musical,” presented by Barrington Stage Company, which won the Sally and Robert Sugarman Award for the World Premiere of a New Work, as well as numerous Acting and design, and “Nina Simone: Four Women”, presented by the Berkshire Theater Group.

A special award was presented by the BTCA Board of Trustees to Charlie Siedenberg, longtime Barrington Stage press director, for his outstanding support of arts journalism in the Berkshires.

Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage, and Kate Maguire, Artistic Director and CEO of Berkshire Theater Group, shared the Larry Murray Award for Community Service for reviving live theater in the Berkshires during the pandemic through their negotiations with Actors Equity.

  1. Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play: Sasha Hutchings for Sephronia in “Nina Simone: Four Women”, Berkshire Theater Group
  2. Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play: James Barry as the # 1 Letter Writer in “Tiny Beautiful Things”, Chester Theater Company
  3. Outstanding Stage Design: Beowulf Boritt for “A Crossing: A Dance Musical”, Barrington Stage Company
  4. Exceptional choreography: Josuha Bergasse and Alberto Lopez for “A Crossing: A Dance Musical”, Barrington Stage Company
  5. Best Musical Direction: Joshua Bergasse for A Crossing: A Dance Musical – Barrington Stage Company
  6. Outstanding Costume Design: (Tie) Hunter Kaczorowski for “The Importance of Being Serious”, Berkshire Theater Group and Brittney Belz for “Mr. Fullerton”, Great Barrington Public Theater
  7. Outstanding Solo Performance: (Tie) Harriet Harris for “Eleanor”, Barrington Stage Company and Steven Patterson for “Miss Gulch Returns!” at the Bridge Street Theater
  8. Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Darlesia Cearcy for Aunt Sarah in “Nina Simone: Four Women”, Berkshire Theater Group
  9. Outstanding Lighting Design: Peter Kaczoroswki for “Chester Bailey”, Barrington Stage Company
  10. Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical: Omar Nievas for Coyote in “A Crossing: A Dance Musical”, Barrington Stage Company
  11. Best Director of a Play: Ron Lagomarsino for “Chester Bailey”, Barrington Stage Company
  12. Outstanding Sound Design: Leon Rothenberg for “A Crossing: A Dance Musical”, Barrington Stage Company
  13. Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Felicia Curry as Nina in “Nina Simone: Four Women”, Berkshire Theater Group
  14. Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: Alan H. Green in “Who Could Ask For Anything More: The Songs of George Gershwin”, Barrington Stage Company
  15. Special Prize: Charlie Siedenberg for his exceptional support for artistic journalism in the Berkshires
  16. Outstanding Ensemble Performance: “A Crossing: A Dance Musical”, Barrington Stage Company
  17. Exceptional production of less than six performances: “Falstaff”, Berkshire Opera Festival
  18. Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play: Ephraim Birney as Chester in “Chester Bailey”, Barrington Stage Company
  19. Sally and Robert Sugarman Award for the World Premiere of a New Work: Mark St. Germain, Book, Zoe Sarnak, Songs for “A Crossing: A Dance Musical”, Barrington Stage Company
  20. Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Stage Play: (Tie) Debra Jo Rupp for Susie and Iris in “Boca”, Barrington Stage Company and Kathleen Carey for Margie in “Good People”, The Theater Barn
  21. The Larry Murray Award for Community Service: Julianne Boyd and Kate Maguire for reviving live theater in the Berkshires during the pandemic through negotiations with the Actors Equity Association
  22. Exceptional production of a musical: “A Crossing: A Dance Musical”, Barrington Stage Company
  23. Exceptional production of a play: “Chester Bailey”, Barrington Stage Company


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Update: Lenox Library’s next eminent lecture will focus on the history of US-China relations

Dr Eugenio Menegon. Photo courtesy of Boston University

LENOX – The 15th annual Lenox Library Distinguished Lecture Series will continue on Sunday November 21 at 4 p.m., when Dr. Eugenio Menegon, associate professor of history at Boston University, discusses the history of US-China relations from 1776 to the present day.

In order to understand today’s complex relationship between the two countries, we need to know the deep roots of the relationship between them. This conference will explore how the two sides viewed each other and how people (leaders and citizens), religions, education and medical systems, economies and the military, have interacted with each other over the past three centuries. The conference will also explain, from a historical perspective, why the China-US relationship is important to the world today, even though it is often fraught with misunderstandings and competition.

Professor Menegon has published extensively on the history of Sino-Western relations and is the author of two books: “One Single Sky: Geography, Art, Science, and Religion in Europe and China” and “Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China ”, which in 2011 received the Joseph Levenson Book Prize in Chinese Studies. Dr Menegon has been a researcher in Chinese studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Junior and Senior Fellow at the BU Humanities Foundation and An Wang Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. He has held visiting scholar positions at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, at the Ricci Institute of the University of San Francisco, at the “L’Orientale” University. »Of Naples, at the University of Padua, and the Cini Foundation, Venice. He was director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia from 2012 to 2015, and was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, as well as the recipient of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation scholarship.

Due to recent COVID guidelines, this event will take place via Zoom.


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Berkshire Community College to host four virtual admissions information sessions

The Pittsfield campus of Berkshire Community College. Photo courtesy of BCC

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Community College (BCC) will be offering four free virtual general information sessions until the end of the year: Thursday November 18 at 12 noon; Wednesday December 1 at 4 p.m. Monday December 13 at 6 p.m. and Thursday December 16 at 12 p.m.

The 30-minute briefings, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.

Participants in the virtual general information session can:

  • Ask questions about the admissions process: how to apply, register and choose courses
  • Learn more about BCC’s affordability and financial aid options
  • Listen to staff talk about quality programs and student support services
  • Find out how courses will transfer to hundreds of schools or prepare graduates for immediate careers

To register for an information session, visit for a list of registration links. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 413-236-1636.


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Lenox Garden Club announces December 31 grant deadline

LENOX – The Lenox Garden Club recently announced that grant applications for project funding in 2022 will be owed by December 31, 2021. The grants will be awarded in spring 2022.

The Garden Club Grants are awarded to public or private non-profit organizations undertaking specific projects in and around Berkshire County. The project should focus on gardens, civic beautification, environmental restoration, conservation or education.

Last year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting food insecurity issues, the Club shifted focus and awarded a $ 5,000 grant to Berkshire Bounty in Great Barrington. In 2019, he awarded two grants for civic / plantation beautification projects: $ 3,570 to Pittsfield Beautiful, Inc. to restore two public garden spaces; and $ 2,500 to Berkshire Gateway Preservation to complete the installation of thyme-edged marble pavers surrounding a restored Daniel Chester French-designed marble fountain, located in the City Park at the entrance to downtown Lee.

If your organization is interested in applying for funds, grant application guidelines are available on the Lenox Garden Club website or by contacting Lenore Sundberg, Chair of the Lenox Garden Club Project Review Committee, by email at plsundberg @ roadrunner .com or by letter to PO Box 684, Stockbridge, MA 01262.


Kenneth T. Shippee