Adult Programs

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives presents various programs of interest throughout the year. Check the Calendar for specific topics and events. All are welcome!

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Saturday, July 1 at 4:00 pm

Cemetery Walk: Red Lion Inn: From Stagecoach Stop to Town Center

Come learn the fascinating – and complex – history of The Red Lion Inn. On Saturday, July 1 2017 at 4:00 p.m. volunteers from the Stockbridge Library’s Procter Museum & Archives will lead a cemetery walk: The Red Lion Inn: From Stagecoach Stop to Town Center.

The walk will explore all the ins and outs of this beloved landmark, from its founding as a store to its place in Stockbridge today as the center of town.  Over the years, the Inn has been rescued from closing twice, owned and operated by women three different times, and almost lost to a major fire.

This is the second of four monthly walks of the Stockbridge Cemetery, June through September.  Each monthly walk has a different theme.  All walks take place on the first Saturday of the month, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Thursday, July 6 at 12:00 pm

Cookbook Club

Do you like to cook?  Would you like a reason to learn to cook or try new recipes?  Do you just want something fun and different to do at lunchtime?  Then join our cookbook club!

On the first Thursday of the month, we invite you to gather together with fellow cooks and friends for lunch, while exploring different cuisines and cookbooks from the Library’s collection.

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. This month’s featured title will be Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan.

Here’s how it will work:
1. Check the information in our enewsletter or on our website for the date of the next lunchtime meeting. You’ll also see which cookbook is going to be the source for our upcoming exploration. Typically, we’ll choose cookbooks that have interesting things to make but do not require elaborate preparations or impossible-to-find ingredients.
2. Stop in at the Library and ask for the month’s featured cookbook at the front desk. You won’t take it out; just browse at your leisure and have a look at the recipes.
3. From your browsing, choose a recipe that you’ll prepare and bring to the next Cookbook Club meeting. Copy the recipe and put a post-it on that recipe with your name (that way we won’t end up with duplicates).
Tip: choose something you’ll enjoy making—of course—but also keep in mind that the Library does not have a full kitchen, just a microwave and refrigerator. Things that can be served easily in small portions and that don’t require last minute prep will work best.
4. On the designated day, please bring your finished dish to the library with any needed serving utensils. If it is easier with your schedule, you’re welcome to drop your dish off in the meeting room, using the refrigerator if necessary.
5. If possible, also bring some plastic containers for those who may want to bring leftovers home (assuming we have leftovers!).
6. At each meeting, we’ll enjoy the shared food while also chatting about the featured cookbook and your experiences with the recipes. What would you recommend? What surprises, challenges, or need for creative adaptations did you encounter?
7. The Library will provide plates, utensils, etc. Clean-up assistance is always welcomed.
8. At the end of the meeting, we’ll survey the group for their future cookbook interests and any other suggestions.

Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.


Thursday, July 13 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, Nutshell by Ian McEwan.  Copies available at the main desk.

The book club generally meets at 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  New members always welcome – even if you haven’t read the book!


Friday, July 28 at 5:00 pm

Artists of the Month

This month’s featured artists are Lynn Curtis and Debra Deres.

Sycamore Spring by Lynn (Lena) Curtis

Lynn (Lena) Curtis has been painting for about a dozen years; her work explores color, luminosity, and shape.  She has been working most recently on a series about sycamore trees, exploring their exciting irregular shapes and their patterned barks.  Curtis, who signs her work with the name Lena, grew up in the Pacific Northwest in a family that encouraged creativity.  Native American and Asian arts were, and still are, an influence in her use of design.

Lynn Curtis studied for numerous years with Patricia Hogan, where she met Deb Deres, and has taken workshops with Barbara Nechis, Rosie Kelly, and Carol Pallesan.  Curtis has been exhibiting at various venues, including the Salisbury Academy, the Scoville Library, the DM Hunt and the Douglas Libraries, the Farmington Library, and the former Godwin & Lundquist Gallery.  She lives at Salisbury School with her husband Dick Curtis, who is a long-time teacher.  They are the proud parents of their two wonderful children, Gwenn and Dan.

Autumn Swirl by Debra Deres

A lifelong resident of the Berkshires, Debra Deres grew up appreciating the wonders around her.  She attended local schools in Lee, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in public health.  A master’s degree in Epidemiology from the State University of New York followed.

After a career in the public health field Debra opted for an early retirement in order to concentrate on her real passion, art.  She has experimented in various mediums – watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylics, collage, and mixed media.  She has studied with Patricia Hogan, Jack Flynn, Nancy Bautzmann, Mel Stabin, Betsy Apgar Smith, Diane Etienne Faxton, Frank Federico, Barbara Nechis, Thomas Sagouro, Marjori Stoll, and Bart Gulley.

Deb’s love of nature is demonstrated in her work through the grand vistas of her landscapes to the delicate features of her floral presentations in her artworks.  With her reputation firmly established in the arts, there was a natural evolution for her to expand her design talents by creating her “New Fangled Dangles” line of jewelry.  Deb also designs handmade paper collage greeting cards.

Together with her fellow artist and friend, Lynn (Lena) Curtis, she has been exploring new avenues of artistic expression to include all forms of multimedia.  Deb and Lynn have been working on combining their past explorations with different types of media into each new piece.  Deb’s current show at the Stockbridge Library is a total transformation into the Abstract World of colors and textures.

Debra lives atop a mountain in Canaan, New York with her husband Paul and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Bailey.

This exhibit will be on display in the Library’s lobby art gallery throughout the month of July.  A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 


Saturday, August 5 at 4:00 pm

Cemetery Walk: Church Street: Home of the Famous and Memorable

On Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., volunteers from the Stockbridge Library’s Procter Museum & Archives will offer a cemetery walk: Church Street: Home of the Famous and Memorable.  More details to follow.

The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102, Stockbridge), and takes an hour. Parking is available at the old Town Hall, across from the gate, or on the street. A $5.00 donation is suggested.

This is the third of four monthly walks of the Stockbridge Cemetery, June through September.  Each monthly walk has a different theme.  All walks take place on the first Saturday of the month, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Saturday, September 2 at 4:00 pm

Cemetery Walk: Final Words, Lasting Images: Headstone Meanings and Messages

On Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., volunteers from the Stockbridge Library’s Procter Museum & Archives will offer a cemetery walk: Final Words, Lasting Images: Headstone Meanings and Messages.  More details to follow.

The walk gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102, Stockbridge), and takes an hour. Parking is available at the old Town Hall, across from the gate, or on the street. A $5.00 donation is suggested.

This is the last of four monthly walks of the Stockbridge Cemetery, June through September.  Each walk has a different theme.  All walks take place on the first Saturday of the month, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Stockbridge Library at 413-298-5501 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.