Press Release – For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
413.528.0397
lmarchi@berkshiresouth.org
 

New Marlborough and Stockbridge Cultural Councils Support Berkshire South’s Ukulele Band

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire South Regional Community Center is honored to receive an award of $100 from the New Marlborough and $250 from the Stockbridge cultural councils via the Massachusetts Cultural Council in support of the Center’s popular Berkshire Ukulele Band.

The Berkshire Ukulele Band, a weekly program offered at the Center each Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., has become a community favorite. New Marlborough and Stockbridge join the Alford-Egremont and Great Barrington cultural councils in support of the Band. “We are grateful for this recognition of the value of Berkshire South’s programming to our neighboring towns,” Executive Director Jenise Lucey commented. “We feel this generous endorsement by our local cultural councils underscores the Community Center’s benefit to those we serve County-wide.”

The Berkshire Ukulele Band’s instructor is musician Rob Sanzone, who teaches participants instrument technique, how to read chord charts, chord progressions and songs from many musical genres. The only prerequisite to joining the Band is having an interest in playing the ukulele. Beginners are encouraged to join – reading music is not required. Often called upon to perform during community events, in June 2014, the Berkshire Ukulele Band joined with the Community Center’s Berkshire Sings! chorus for the inaugural Cultural Concert fundraiser at Berkshire South. The sold-out event was a great success and is planned again for the spring of 2015.

The goal of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. In coordination with Local Cultural Councils in communities across the state, MCC supports programs promoting excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please call (413) 528-2810 or go to www.berkshiresouth.org.

Press Release – For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
413.528.0397
development@berkshiresouth.org

 

Salisbury Bank and Trust Sponsor Berkshire South Cultural Concert

 

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire South Regional Community Center is very pleased to announce sponsorship of the “Cultural Concert” by Salisbury Bank and Trust. Reprising their their role from last year, Salisbury Bank and Trust is again bringing this popular event to an eager audience in support of the Community Center’s cultural programs. The performance features the talents of the Berkshire Ukulele Band (BUB) and Berkshire Sings! (Sings!) giving the musicians and vocalists the opportunity to showcase their talent and to engage the audience fully in the evening’s performance.

In 2012, Berkshire South began offering weekly classes of the Berkshire Ukulele Band and Berkshire Sings! and in three short years, both have developed a dedicated following, with some participants involved from the very first class. New recruits continue to join, often attracted through word-of-mouth endorsements by those who attend faithfully. BUB and Sings! have become two of the Center’s most in-demand programs, bringing people to the Community Center from throughout the Berkshires.

During the summer of 2014, the Center presented its inaugural Cultural Concert to showcase the talents of those who enthusiastically embrace learning to play the ukulele or raising their voices in harmony. The concert sold out and was extremely well-received and all proceeds directly supporting the ongoing cultural programs at the Community Center.

“I was moved last year to witness the joyful interaction between the performers and the audience,” said Jenise Lucey, Executive Director. “We are deeply honored to again partner with Salisbury Bank in bringing this much-anticipated concert to the community that so enjoyed it last summer.”

The concert fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, July 29th with beer and wine available for purchase at 6 p.m., seating in the Auditorium at Berkshire South at 6:30, and the performance beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 – 12, with those under 5 attending free.  Beer and wine will again be available for purchase during intermission with complimentary snacks provided.

We look forward to seeing you there to sing along and enjoy the show. Tickets are available at the Berkshire South Front Desk or call (413) 528-2810, Ext. 10. Don’t delay as seating is limited!

The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please call (413) 528-2810 or go to www.berkshiresouth.org.

Drawing Classes with Margaret Buchte
Let your creativity flow in classes that teach art techniques in a relaxed and fun environment. All levels of artists are invited. Margaret will meet you at your skill level and teach techniques to help you improve. Registration required 5 days in advance for each class. Materials provided. FREE!

Wednesdays 2-4 p.m.

Jun 6 182AD75A

Jun 20 182AD75B

Jul 11   182AD75C

Jul 25   182AD75D

 

Berkshire South Writes with Maxene Kupperman-Guinals
Why and how do you live here? What makes you come to Berkshire South? What are your pleasures/hobbies/joys/sorrows? What do you love to eat? How do you work out? Share your story in poetry or prose in this class that helps you put your thoughts to paper. We will provide a book of class work and end with a party. Maxene Kupperman-Guiñals earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine and was an English and Drama teacher for 35 years in NYC. She lives in Sandisfield in a geodesic dome, where she is writing a book of poetry. 182AD76A
Suggested donation $25.
Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.
Jul 10-31

Community Suppers
Mondays Serving 5- 6 p.m.
Join us for a delicious meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Berkshires. Greet your neighbors and meet new friends! Donations are gratefully accepted. We also collect non-perishable food items for local food banks. Please contribute, if you can. If you are interested in cooking a meal or volunteering on Mondays, please contact bbanker@berkshiresouth.org
or call 413-528-2810 x32.
FREE! No reservations required.

Sponsored in part by Greylock Federal Credit Union & Greylock Insurance Agency. and Marshalls

 

Community Garden
Want to grow your own vegetables but lack the space, tools, expertise? Sign up now for your plot in our Community Garden–a limited number are available. Our fenced garden has eight 4’ x 14’ raised beds with access to water. Provide your own seeds, plants and loving care. Call 413-528-2810 ext. 32 for more information. 181CM51

Summer Garden is full.

Cost per plot per WINTER season: Members $25 Guests $30
Payment due by October 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berkshire Ukulele Band
Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.  181CM70
Ages 13 and up. Multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer Rob Sanzone will teach ukulele technique, chord progressions and songs from many musical genres. A limited number of ukuleles are available for loan to participants who do not have an instrument. Beginners are encouraged, reading music is not required. Music and chord charts will be provided. Opportunities to perform at community events will be offered. Registration requested. Drop-ins are encouraged, but call ahead – group occasionally performs off-site during regular class times.
$4 suggested donation. Open to members and guests.

 

Berkshire Sings!
Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m. 181CM71
Ages 13 and up. Sing to your heart’s content under the guidance and accompaniment of musician and teacher Robert Kelly. Songs will include pop, folk, jazz standards and show tunes. Exercises in breathing, relaxation and listening will be incorporated and opportunities to perform at community events will be offered. No auditions, everyone is welcome, no prior training necessary. All you need is the desire to sing. Music will be provided. Registration requested. Drop-ins are encouraged, but call ahead – group occasionally performs off-site during regular class times.
$4 suggested donation. Open to members and guests.

 

Addiction Support for Family and Loved Ones

Third Tuesdays of each month, 6:30-8pm

This supportive group offers connection with others who understand and a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space for discussion and sharing. The program, offered by Honoring the Parents, provides education on addiction, strategies to help yourself and your family member, supportive conversations, and review of differing treatment options and resources.

The group is facilitated by Caroline Wheeler, parent recovery coach, and founder of Compassion Rising and Tanya Beecher, MSW, LISCW specializing in addition and trauma. There is no charge to attend.

 

 
These programs are made possible by individual donors and Massachusetts Cultural Council. For over three years, Berkshire Sings! and Berkshire Ukulele Band have been spreading the joy of music in southern Berkshire County. We are pleased to offer them to the general public for free admission through the generous support of our donors. Tax-deductible contributions to these programs are gladly accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
413.528.0397
lmarchi@berkshiresouth.org

Massachusetts Cultural Council awards Berkshire South Regional Community Center with grant for the Berkshire Ukulele Band

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire South Regional Community Center is honored to receive an award of $250 from the Great Barrington Cultural Council via the Massachusetts Cultural Council in support of the Community Center’s popular Berkshire Ukulele Band.

The Berkshire Ukulele Band is a weekly program offered at the Community Center free of charge. The only requirement for new members to join the group is to have an interest in playing the ukulele. The program teaches participants how to read chord charts, instrument technique, and chord progressions.

Rob Sanzone, the program’s instructor, has been a teacher of music since 2000. Currently he is the Instrumental Music Instructor at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, MA. He teaches private and group music lessons at Berkshire Music School, his home studio Mass Music Lab, as well as atBerkshire South. Rob teaches students of all skill levels and ages to play acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, clarinet and lap steel, as well as the ukulele.

Often called upon to perform at local events, during 2014 the Band performed at Apple Squeeze, Lenox; SummerFest, Bandstand Series, the CHP/WIC Blueberry Festival and at Mason Library, all in Great Barrington; the BUW event at Magic Fluke in Sheffield and at South Egremont Schoolhouse.

The goal of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. In coordination with Local Cultural Councils in communities across the state, MCC supports programs promoting excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

The Berkshire Ukulele Band meets Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Beginners are encouraged to join, reading music is not required. Music and chord charts will be provided and a limited number of instruments are available for loan to participants. Drop-ins are welcome!

The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please call (413) 528-2810 or go to www.berkshiresouth.org.

Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
413.528.0397
lmarchi@berkshiresouth.org

Massachusetts Cultural Council awards Berkshire South Regional Community Center with grant for community singing

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire South Regional Community Center is honored to receive a total of $525 from the local Cultural Councils of Great Barrington, New Marlborough, Sheffield and Alford-Egremont via the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The award is for the Community Center’s choral group, Berkshire Sings! For nearly two years now, Berkshire Sings! has been spreading the joy of music in southern Berkshire County. Because of funding like this, Berkshire Sings! is offered free and open to the public. With instruction by local musician Rob Kelly, participants of all ages and abilities learn folk songs, jazz standards and show tunes. Berkshire Sings! has performed at community events such as the GB Fairgrounds Cleanup Day, Kimball Farms, the Mason Library, the Community Thanks Supper, and the Berkshire South Gala.

In June 2014, Berkshire Sings! joined with Berkshire Ukulele Band for the first-ever Cultural Concert fundraiser at Berkshire South. The event was a sold out performance. The funds raised provide the Community Center the ability for adult and youth cultural enrichment programs to remain available to all.

The goal of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. In coordination with Local Cultural Councils in communities across the state, MCC supports programs promoting excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

As a group, Berkshire Sings! meets every Wednesday evening from 6:45-8:15 p.m. at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. There are no auditions and no prior musical training is required – only the desire to sing. Come out and sing with us!

The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please call (413) 528-2810 or go to www.berkshiresouth.org.

Press Release Contact: Jenise Lucey, Executive Director
413.528.2810 ext. 14
jlucey@berkshiresouth.org

Over 220 Community Members Served at Community Thanks Supper

GREAT BARRINGTON  –  Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC) held its 5th annual Community Thanks Supper on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. The event was free and open to the public. This year was a great success serving a record number of community members from South County and beyond. Over 220 people were served a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. “The event was a beautiful exhibit of what it means to build community”, said Jenise Lucey, Executive Director.

The evening also featured performances by BSRCC’s Berkshire Ukulele Band (led by Rob Sanzone) and Berkshire Sings! (led by Robert Kelly). Both Berkshire Ukulele Band and Berkshire Sings! are free programs open to the public by Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

Local Chef Jeff Schilling from the Berkshire Co-op Market prepared the meal which was generously supported by Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation. Pies were donated by NBT Bank, which also provided volunteers for the event. BSRCC would also like to thank Mahaiwe Tent for their support and the 40 volunteers for their time and efforts.

Berkshire South is a nonprofit community organization located at 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. For more information, log on to www.berkshiresouth.org or call 413-528-2810.

 

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August 2017: Gala honors legacy of Edwin A. Jaffe

July 2015: Sharon Casdin joins the Board of Trustees

May 2015:  Lee Bank Awards $2,000 for Camp Field Trips

December 2015: The Community Gives Thanks at Berkshire South

September 2015: Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation awards $5,000 in support of Berkshire South’s Experiential Internship Program for Individuals with Special Needs

August 2015: The Community Rises to Surpass $25,000 McGraw Matching Gift for Berkshire South!

August 2015: Greylock Donates $11,000 in Support of Free Weekly Community Supper Program 

July 2015: Lee Bank Helps Berkshire South Campers to Learn Through Field Trips

July 2015: Salisbury Bank and Trust Sponsor Berkshire South Cultural Concert

June 2015: Sunday, June 7th Berkshire South and the Kiwanis Club of Sheffield Hold the 21st Annual Fishing Derby

June 2015: Berkshire South Announces Arrival of Emerson Badessa as Youth Development Manager

May 2015:  Lennox Foundation Continues Major Support of Berkshire South’s Youth Intervention/Prevention Curriculum

May 2015:  Berkshire Bank awards $10,000 to fund new Youth Summer Program at Berkshire South Regional Community Center

April 2015: Berkshire South’s Annual 5K Run/Walk & Breakfast Sponsored by Health New England a Great Success

March 2015: Press Release – Executive Director of Berkshire South Joins CNE Advisory Board

February 2015: New Marlborough and Stockbridge Cultural Councils Support Berkshire South’s Ukulele Band

January 2015: Berkshire South Extends Heartfelt Thanks As It Exceeds Year-end Goal

January 2015: Berkshire South is Honored to Announce Barbara Manring’s Return to Its Board

January 2015: The Robbins-de Beaumont Foundation Awards $20,000 to Berkshire South for 2015 STEAM Initiative

January 2015: Berkshire South Regional Community Center Receives $5,000 award from TD Charitable Foundation

Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
413.528.0397
lmarchi@berkshiresouth.org

 

 

 

The Community Empowers Berkshire South to Provide Services to All

(Great Barrington, Mass) November 21, 2014 – Berkshire South Regional Community Center announced the launch of its annual year end fundraising campaign. The nonprofit organization aims to raise $82,500 in support of its vast programs and services. Now in its 13th year, the Community Center has upheld its original commitment to make its resources available to all. To that end, Berkshire South Regional Community Center awards financial assistance for membership and programs, as well as free or discounted community space usage. These include a number of free events such as weekly community suppers, a ukulele band, a community choir, and the Teen Outreach Nutrition Exercise (TONE) program.  Annually, they award over $100,000 in financial assistance stemming from more than 300 applicants.  While membership provides a solid financial base, nearly 40% of the Community Center’s annual funding comes from the generosity of private donors.

With the community’s crucial financial support, Berkshire South is empowered to continue offering recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being programs to the people of the Southern Berkshires, regardless of their ability to pay.  As Executive Director Jenise Lucey observes, “The Community Center is here to benefit everyone in Berkshire County; however, without the community’s support, it would not be possible to accomplish our mission fully.  In truth, it is a mutually beneficial relationship – we help each other.” 

The strong partnership between the Center and the community ultimately empowers both.  The Community Center is able to address the needs of its constituents while the community avails itself of the programs and services offered there – a Win-Win.

The Community Center offers numerous ways to support the annual year end fundraising campaign outside of the usual mass mailing. On December 2, 2014, you may participate in the global social media movement – #GivingTuesday using this link: www.razoo.com/story/Givingtuesdayberkshiresouth. On December 3, 2014, tune in to WSBS AM860 for the annual Radiothon, or visit the Community Center during the first two weeks of December and participate in the community drawing. These efforts are coordinated by community activist, Barbara Manring and volunteer Jenni Hallock.

By donating to Berkshire South Regional Community Center, you will directly change the life of an individual or family. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

To make a direct donation, please visit www.berkshiresouth.org/giving.

Berkshire South’s mission is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South Regional Community Center is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay.