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Immigrants find work and hope in The Berkshires



Jana Laiz stands with some of her many students here in the Berkshires.

Photo Provided by Jana Laiz

››I am a refugee of Reaganomics. At the age of 17, I began volunteering through the International Rescue Committee to help Vietnamese boat people in New York City. At 24, I was hired as a refugee-resettlement caseworker to work with Cambodian, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Laotian refugees. I went to the airport to welcome families who had been living in camps for months, years. Each time, it was profoundly moving. I found them housing, taught them English, searched for jobs, got them healthcare—anything to make their transition easier. And then in 1986, in one sweeping move, Ronald Reagan slashed the nonprofit budget. Last hired, I was first to leave. It was devastating, and my impassioned letters to the board to keep my job made no difference. There wasn’t a cent left.

Fluent in Chinese, I began working as a guide for Americans touring in China, but it was unfulfilling. Since I could no longer work in my field, New York City held no attraction for me. So I moved to the Berkshires, where a more rural life was found—and a new calling.

The Berkshires of 1986 was starkly different from the Berkshires of today. One did not see much diversity on the streets of Great Barrington, and when I was asked to start an ESL (English as a Second Language) program through the Southern Berkshire Educational Collaborative (SBEC), I wondered who would come to my classes. But in the first year, nearly 60 immigrants from Mexico, China, Burma, Congo, Russia, Japan, and Colombia, showed up to learn English. 

I often asked my students: Why the Berkshires? New York is much more diverse. Their answers often surprised me. One of my students, a vibrant woman from Venezuela, told me she could live an entire lifetime in New York City and never need to learn English. She wanted something different for her children. She moved to the Berkshires because she said it would force her to learn English and fully immerse herself in American life. She studied hard and is now fluent in English. She owns her home in southern Berkshire County and has her own thriving business. One of her sons is now an immigration lawyer, and her other son is a Spanish teacher at a private school near Boston. 

Another student revealed that she had escaped child slavery in her native Mexico to come here. She has excelled in English and is now a teacher at Kripalu after becoming a certified yoga instructor; she hopes to take yoga and meditation back to her community.

Pittsfield, with open arms, accepted Russian Jewish refugees in the early 1980s. Later, it welcomed refugees from Liberia, orphans from Kazakhstan and Ethiopia, immigrants from Haiti. I had the privilege to teach some of those individuals. One family from Liberia consisted of only a father and three small children. The mother was left behind in a camp, and the girl was so traumatized she refused to speak. Months of nurturing finally brought her around, and now she is a successful high school student.

With our small population of refugees and immigrants, teachers are able to give their students the time they need to learn our complex language and culture. In fact, the Berkshires has become an international hub of sorts. Jobs are plentiful as are opportunities to learn English. Immigrants tell family members and friends, and they come. 

Public schools are not only mandated to teach English, but embrace diverse populations of children, and there are many adult-education programs, some publicly funded, some run by volunteers. LitNet is made up of volunteers, individuals wanting to make a difference in the lives of immigrants. Berkshire Community College (BCC) has replaced SBEC and offers free ESL for adults in both northern and southern Berkshire County. From that program, a path to college opens. The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington sets up tutoring opportunities for those in need. We are lucky to have the Berkshire Immigrant Center and the Pittsfield Adult Learning Center in our community. The North Berkshire Adult Basic Education also offers free day and evening ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes. 

Immigrants here come from every walk of life. Some have escaped poverty, others political hotbeds. I have taught engineers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, fishermen, chefs, artists, farmers, all working to make a difference in the lives of their families. Soon, if all goes as planned, the Berkshires will open its arms once more to accept refugee families from Syria and Iraq, who have been sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts. And with that will come more opportunities for volunteers to help.

Lately, I’ve begun to thank Reagan. He forced me to develop new ways to continue the work I was doing in New York while allowing me the space to write Weeping Under This Same Moon, a novel chronicling my experience as a teenage refugee volunteer. The book is required reading at many high schools and colleges. BCC students are reading it this year, and the community is invited to read along.

This is all connected to a $16,000 grant BCC received from Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for a pilot project, Berkshire Immigrant Stories, which will pave the way for a Public Humanities Center at BCC. It is one of only three colleges in the Commonwealth to pilot this groundbreaking initiative to collect and share stories of recent local immigrants, their children and grandchildren through an online exhibit and archive called “Your Story, Our Story,” developed by Manhattan’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum. 

As BCC’s librarian Karen Carreras Hubbard told me, “The more people talk about immigrant stories, the less inclined we will be as a country to go down the narrow path of exclusion.”  Let’s keep talking.


Telling Our Story

Berkshire Community College (BCC) and partners are offering hands-on help with photographing objects and writing stories of our local immigrants for the “Your Story, Our Story” online archive. The free workshops are at the Berkshire Athenaeum on March 2, 6 p.m., and at BCC’s Jonathan Edwards Library on April 6, 12:15 p.m., both in Pittsfield.

BCC also is hosting literary events around the theme of immigration, including a presentation by author/poet Martin Espada from noon-1:30 p.m., April 21.

Writer Jana Laiz will hold a series of open book discussions on her Weeping Under This Same Moon at BCC from 2:30-3:30 p.m., April 6, 13, 20, and 27. berkshirecc.edu

 

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Explore the earliest history of Pequot Library, the opening of its doors in 1894 as a public library, "free as air to all," and the founding efforts of Virginia Marquand Monroe and Elbert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext. 15
Contact Name: Front Desk
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The Washington Art Association & Gallery is pleased to encourage and showcase work by determined and committed visionaries in their exhibition curated by Zeb Mayer, “Do Not Pass Go: A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Telephone: (860) 868-2878
Website »

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Through Our Eyes V A 5th Annual New Canaan High School Exhibition at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. On view from March 10th to April 1st 2017.  Opening reception is on March 10th, 5...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carriage Barn Arts Center
681 South Ave
Waveny Park
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Website »

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Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection February 11 – June 11, 2017 On February 11, 2017, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, opens its newest...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 student, member and under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06878
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203 869 0376
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The Cooper & Smith Gallery presents Skyward by New York artist Sheila Kramer. Sheila’s paintings are informed by her worldly travels, the landscapes and atmospheres observed from the...

Cost: free

Where:
Cooper & Smith Gallery
10 Main Street
Essex, CT  06426
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Sponsor: Cooper & Smith Gallery
Telephone: 860-581-8526
Contact Name: Pamela St. Clair
Website »

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The 2017 Westchester Jewish Film Festival opens on March 16 and runs through April 2 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. this year's festival features 38 films, both documentary...

Cost: varies

Where:
Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY  10570
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Sponsor: AJC Westchester/Fairfield and others
Telephone: 914-773-7663424
Contact Name: Abby Popper
Website »

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Imagine a mobile state-of-the-art performance space for one actor and one audience member. Now imagine the power of that experience affecting you in less than ten minutes.  Embracing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Regina A. Quick Center for the Performing Arts
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT
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Telephone: 203-254-4010
Website »

More information

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master at the Bruce Museum from January 21, 2017 - May 21, 2017 The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence,...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 student, member and under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum and Culturespaces
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Website »

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Marcey Hladik is a native of Litchfield who started painting as an adult, taking her first lessons in oil painting from her mother-in-law, Edith Hladik, an accomplished artist and teacher. Since...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
Website »

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The Loft Gallery will host a collection of works by watercolorist, Mary Jane Magoon of Sherman, CT, and oil paintings by Tom Pearsall of Washington CT. This exhibit will be on view from February...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
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Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan
Website »

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Mark Devlin’s “Studies” Opens February 25 in Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery Reception February 25, 12pm-2pm Born in Salem, Ma. in 1961, Mark first started...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
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This year we feature 38 engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining films—a robust mix of documentaries and narratives, along with all eight episodes of False Flag, one of the latest...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY
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Website »

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Art that represents music, tones paired with visions of grandeur, will be on exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery this spring. The exhibit, entitled “Chromatic,” features art that...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of Dinosaurs November 19, 2016 - July 16, 2017 Image: Cast skull of Postosuchus, one of the largest carnivorous reptiles during the late Triassic, 200...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 Senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06878
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Website »

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Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes, featuring a group of evocative and awe-inspiring paintings.   This the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

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Explore the earliest history of Pequot Library, the opening of its doors in 1894 as a public library, "free as air to all," and the founding efforts of Virginia Marquand Monroe and Elbert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext. 15
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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Mark Devlin’s “Studies” Opens February 25 in Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery Reception February 25, 12pm-2pm Born in Salem, Ma. in 1961, Mark first started...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
Website »

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The Washington Art Association & Gallery is pleased to encourage and showcase work by determined and committed visionaries in their exhibition curated by Zeb Mayer, “Do Not Pass Go: A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Telephone: (860) 868-2878
Website »

More information

The Loft Gallery will host a collection of works by watercolorist, Mary Jane Magoon of Sherman, CT, and oil paintings by Tom Pearsall of Washington CT. This exhibit will be on view from February...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
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Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan
Website »

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Be inspired by Beth Campbell’s combination of writing and drawing, exploring what might happen in her life, and design your own mind map. Think about what you want to be when you grow up,...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
Website »

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Through Our Eyes V A 5th Annual New Canaan High School Exhibition at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. On view from March 10th to April 1st 2017.  Opening reception is on March 10th, 5...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carriage Barn Arts Center
681 South Ave
Waveny Park
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Website »

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International folk dance is a genre of dance where in selected folk dances from multiple ethnic groups are done by the same dancers, typically as part of a regular recreational group. The dances...

Cost: $5-$10 individual and $10-$15 family

Where:
Mettabee Farm
551 Harlemville Rd.
Hillsdale, NY  12529
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This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the...

Cost: Free/donations accepted

Where:
White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road
Litchfield, CT
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Telephone: 860-567-0857
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Award winning young musicians, Camden Archambau, cello and Rachel Li, piano play Jewish works by Ernest Bloch. The service is honoring the memory of Cantor Kerry Ben David who served Jewish Family...

Cost: no charge

Where:
Congregation Shir Shalom
46 Peaceable St.
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Cantor's Music Fund
Telephone: 203-438-6589
Contact Name: Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray
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Coming to the Main Stage at the Warner Theatre... ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CLOCK In support of their 3rd Public Television Special, UNDER THE STREETLAMP goes back to the music that has...

Cost: $54.

Where:
Main Stage - Warner Theatre
68 Main St
Torrington, CT  06790
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Telephone: (860) 489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
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Two Bands! A great night of Rock, Bluegrass, Folk and Americana. The Stash! Band and Brother Brothers

Cost: $15

Where:
The Barn at Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA  01258
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Sponsor: The Barn
Contact Name: Jenny Rubin
Website »

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This year we feature 38 engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining films—a robust mix of documentaries and narratives, along with all eight episodes of False Flag, one of the latest...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY
View map »


Website »

More information

In what is believed to be a first for Westchester theatre, this is a festival celebrating women playwrights and directors with eight original one-act plays. Glass Ceiling Breakers offers a...

Cost: $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students

Where:
Axial Theatre at St. John’s Episcopal Church
8 Sunnyside Avenue
Pleasantville, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914 286-7680
Website »

More information

Art that represents music, tones paired with visions of grandeur, will be on exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery this spring. The exhibit, entitled “Chromatic,” features art that...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
Website »

More information

Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of Dinosaurs November 19, 2016 - July 16, 2017 Image: Cast skull of Postosuchus, one of the largest carnivorous reptiles during the late Triassic, 200...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 Senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06878
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Website »

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Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection February 11 – June 11, 2017 On February 11, 2017, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, opens its newest...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 student, member and under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06878
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203 869 0376
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes, featuring a group of evocative and awe-inspiring paintings.   This the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

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The Cooper & Smith Gallery presents Skyward by New York artist Sheila Kramer. Sheila’s paintings are informed by her worldly travels, the landscapes and atmospheres observed from the...

Cost: free

Where:
Cooper & Smith Gallery
10 Main Street
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Sponsor: Cooper & Smith Gallery
Telephone: 860-581-8526
Contact Name: Pamela St. Clair
Website »

More information

The 2017 Westchester Jewish Film Festival opens on March 16 and runs through April 2 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. this year's festival features 38 films, both documentary...

Cost: varies

Where:
Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY  10570
View map »


Sponsor: AJC Westchester/Fairfield and others
Telephone: 914-773-7663424
Contact Name: Abby Popper
Website »

More information

Imagine a mobile state-of-the-art performance space for one actor and one audience member. Now imagine the power of that experience affecting you in less than ten minutes.  Embracing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Regina A. Quick Center for the Performing Arts
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT
View map »


Telephone: 203-254-4010
Website »

More information

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master at the Bruce Museum from January 21, 2017 - May 21, 2017 The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence,...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 student, member and under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum and Culturespaces
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Website »

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Marcey Hladik is a native of Litchfield who started painting as an adult, taking her first lessons in oil painting from her mother-in-law, Edith Hladik, an accomplished artist and teacher. Since...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
Website »

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      Clay Art Center One-Time Cladies Night for Adults Interested in Learning to Use the Potter’s Wheel   Looking for something relaxing, creative and...

Cost: 50

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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Telephone: 914-937-2047
Contact Name: Nancy Yates
Website »

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Explore the earliest history of Pequot Library, the opening of its doors in 1894 as a public library, "free as air to all," and the founding efforts of Virginia Marquand Monroe and Elbert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext. 15
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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This is a day of non-stop drawing, open to the pubic. This is an opportunity for continuous, intensive figure drawing with a model or models in sustained poses and still life set-ups. Participants...

Cost: $15/ 1/2 day or $30 for full day

Where:
Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT
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Telephone: 203-966-9700
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Join us for an open house and orientation to learn more about our Garden Co-Op starting in early April. Along with a weekly share, there will be community event days, workshops and more....

Cost: FREE

Where:
SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine
501 Guard Hill Road
Bedford , NY  10506
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Sponsor: Slow Medicine
Telephone: 914-218-3113
Contact Name: Tanya Neiman
Website »

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Mark Devlin’s “Studies” Opens February 25 in Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery Reception February 25, 12pm-2pm Born in Salem, Ma. in 1961, Mark first started...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
Website »

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The Not Official Chess Tournament is a fun and stress free chess tournament for those who just want to practice their skills and have a great time playing chess. Event is on Saturday, March 25th...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

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Join curators, Museum staff, and art experts in a take-over of the galleries, exploring their “top picks” of the new series of exhibitions. Experience the art through a variety of...

Cost: Free for members and with Museum admission

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
Website »

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The Pequot Library and Fairfield Museum are honored to partner with the Connecticut State Library to host two public programs developed in conjunction with the State...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
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Idomeneo (Mozart)  FIRST TIME IN HD March 25, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET Conductor: James Levine Production: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Set and Costume Designer: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Lighting...

Cost: $27.

Where:
Nancy Marine Studio Theatre - Warner Theatre
82 Main St
Torrington, CT  06790
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Telephone: (860) 489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

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The Loft Gallery will host a collection of works by watercolorist, Mary Jane Magoon of Sherman, CT, and oil paintings by Tom Pearsall of Washington CT. This exhibit will be on view from February...

Cost: free

Where:
Loft Gallery @ The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan
Website »

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James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production, which has its first Met revival in over...

Cost: $25 / $18 students

Where:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 413.528.0100
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

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A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless musical set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of...

Cost: Tickets: $75

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Website »

More information

The Washington Art Association & Gallery is pleased to encourage and showcase work by determined and committed visionaries in their exhibition curated by Zeb Mayer, “Do Not Pass Go: A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Telephone: (860) 868-2878
Website »

More information

Art Around the Box” Gala Features Wine, Mystery and Steampunk   The Friends and Board of Trustees of the Morris Public Library will host their 6th Annual Art Around the Box Gala...

Cost: $15

Where:
The White Barm at South Farms
21 Higbie Road
Morris, CT  06763
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Sponsor: Morris Public Library
Telephone: 860-567-7440
Contact Name: Tracy Martin
Website »

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Over 300 craft beers, local breweries and micro brews! Live music by Shilelagh Law!!! Come out and enjoy the end of St. Patrick's Day season! Guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. 3...

Cost: $18-$78

Where:
The Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY
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Telephone: 914-995-4050
Website »

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Through Our Eyes V A 5th Annual New Canaan High School Exhibition at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. On view from March 10th to April 1st 2017.  Opening reception is on March 10th, 5...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carriage Barn Arts Center
681 South Ave
Waveny Park
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

More information

Dust off your cowboy hat and bring your dancing feet to the American Legion, Post 12, on Saturday, March 25, 7:00 P.M. Country music fans will delight in hearing local band Whistleville perform the...

Cost: $10 in advance or at the door.

Where:
The American Legion, Post 12
60 County Street
Norwalk, CT  06851
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Telephone: 203-866-8249
Contact Name: The American Legion, Post 12
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Comedy’s very own Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, is bringing her all-new live stand-up comedy show to The Warner Theatre in Torrington on Saturday, March 25 at 8:00pm. Lisa Lampanelli is...

Cost: $46.75.

Where:
Main Stage - Warner Theatre
68 Main St
Torrington, CT  06790
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Telephone: (860) 489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless musical set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of...

Cost: Tickets: $75

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Website »

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This iconic show, features a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Nominated for an...

Cost: $45 - $80

Where:
The Palace Theatre
61 Atlantic St
Stamford, CT
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Website »

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This year we feature 38 engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining films—a robust mix of documentaries and narratives, along with all eight episodes of False Flag, one of the latest...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY
View map »


Website »

More information

In what is believed to be a first for Westchester theatre, this is a festival celebrating women playwrights and directors with eight original one-act plays. Glass Ceiling Breakers offers a...

Cost: $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students

Where:
Axial Theatre at St. John’s Episcopal Church
8 Sunnyside Avenue
Pleasantville, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914 286-7680
Website »

More information

The Bedford Hills Farmers’ Market, a project of the community group Bedford Hills LIVE, is unveiling its Second Annual Winter Farmers’ Market on Saturday, November 5 beginning at 10am....

Cost: Free

Where:
Bedford Hills Train Station
Depot Plaza
Bedford Hills, NY  10507
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Telephone: 917.951.3588
Contact Name: Vanessa Pahucki

More information

Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of Dinosaurs November 19, 2016 - July 16, 2017 Image: Cast skull of Postosuchus, one of the largest carnivorous reptiles during the late Triassic, 200...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 Senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06878
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Website »

More information

Canvas and Cast: Highlights from the Bruce Museum’s Art Collection February 11 – June 11, 2017 On February 11, 2017, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, opens its newest...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 student, member and under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06878
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203 869 0376
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes, featuring a group of evocative and awe-inspiring paintings.   This the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

The Cooper & Smith Gallery presents Skyward by New York artist Sheila Kramer. Sheila’s paintings are informed by her worldly travels, the landscapes and atmospheres observed from the...

Cost: free

Where:
Cooper & Smith Gallery
10 Main Street
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Sponsor: Cooper & Smith Gallery
Telephone: 860-581-8526
Contact Name: Pamela St. Clair
Website »

More information

The 2017 Westchester Jewish Film Festival opens on March 16 and runs through April 2 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. this year's festival features 38 films, both documentary...

Cost: varies

Where:
Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY  10570
View map »


Sponsor: AJC Westchester/Fairfield and others
Telephone: 914-773-7663424
Contact Name: Abby Popper
Website »

More information

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master at the Bruce Museum from January 21, 2017 - May 21, 2017 The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence,...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 student, member and under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum and Culturespaces
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Website »

More information

Looking for something relaxing, creative and fun to do this Winter/Spring for the whole family. Take part in Clay Art Center’s Saturday Drop-In Clay Class, Saturdays from...

Cost: $25

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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Telephone: 914-937-2047
Contact Name: Nancy Yates
Website »

More information

Marcey Hladik is a native of Litchfield who started painting as an adult, taking her first lessons in oil painting from her mother-in-law, Edith Hladik, an accomplished artist and teacher. Since...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St.
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 860-567-8030
Contact Name: Tricia Messenger
Website »

More information

Watch in wonder as the dancers of The Nutmeg Ballet enthrall you with a mixed repertoire of classical ballet and original contemporary works. Excerpts from two full length ballets, “La...

Cost: $33.

Where:
Nancy Marine Studio Theatre - Warner Theatre
82 Main St
Torrington, CT  06790
View map »


Telephone: (860) 489-7180
Contact Name: Warner Theatre
Website »

More information

Explore the earliest history of Pequot Library, the opening of its doors in 1894 as a public library, "free as air to all," and the founding efforts of Virginia Marquand Monroe and Elbert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext. 15
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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The Arts play a nurturing role in our lives and thanks to our founder, Carmen Mathews, they have always been an important part of New Pond Farm. This year we are delighted to offer a three-session...

Cost: This 3-part series is $48 per member child, $60 per non-member child

Where:
New Pond Farm Education Center
101 Marchant Road
Redding, CT  06896
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Telephone: (203) 938-2117
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