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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Friday, October 26 at 6:00 pm

8th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About

Pumpkin walkingJoin us on Friday, October 26, 2018 for the Library’s 8th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About, following the Stockbridge Halloween Parade & Party!

Here’s How it Works:

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Drop off your Jack O’Lantern at the Library (we’ll light it for you).

6:00 p.m. – Halloween Parade begins at the corner of Main and Pine Streets.

6:15 p.m. – Eat your fill of donuts and cider at the Town Offices, then swing over to the Library to walk-about the gardens and view all the carved and lit pumpkins.

6:30 p.m. – Listen to spooky stories & receive a Halloween treat (or trick?!).

After Stories – All children who carved a pumpkin for the Walk-About get to pick out a free book to take home! All pumpkins should be brought home at the end of the evening.


Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Andrea Barnet, Author of Visionary Women

Please join us on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. when we welcome Andrea Barnet, author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, to our Speaker Series.

Change is sometimes sparked by unexpected characters—outsiders whose clarity of vision and strength of purpose can catalyze a revolution.  Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World is the story of four renegades who profoundly shaped the world we live in today.  Together these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do.  Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.

With a keen eye for detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how the work of these visionaries collectively changed the course of history.  While they came from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties.  At a time of enormous societal upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950’s corporate culture and its war on nature.  Consummate outsiders, they each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.

All told their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it.

About the author: Andrea Barnet is the author of the recently published Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World, and a previous book, All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, which was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary Awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, where she wrote primarily on the arts and culture, with a special concentration on biographies of early twentieth century literary figures. Her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Mirabella and Working Mother, among other venues. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City, where she lives with her husband, the painter Kit White.


Thursday, November 1 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 at noon on Thursday, November 1, 2018.  This month’s featured title will be The New Essentials Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Better Cooking by America’s Test Kitchen.

Here’s how it works:
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.


Friday, November 2 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The second concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Featuring:
Ronald Feldman, cello
Marka Gustavsson, viola
Natalie Kress, violin
Robyn Quinnett, violin

Program:

Haydn
String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, #2 (1797)
Allegro
Andante, o più tosto Allegretto
Menuetto: Allegro, ma non troppo
Finale: Vivace assai

Hindemith
Scherzo for Viola and Cello (1934)

Puccini
Chrysanthemums (1890)

INTERMISSION

Bartok
Five Duets for Two Violins (1931)

Ravel
String Quartet in F (1903)
Modéré – Très doux; allegro
Assez vif – Très rythmé; lent
Très lent
Agité

Twice winner of the American Symphony League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, Ronald Feldman has achieved critical acclaim for his work as conductor and cellist. He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the Quebec Symphony, as well as many regional orchestras including the Pro Arte Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the Amarillo Symphony. In August of 2016 Mr. Feldman recorded three albums of music by Kevin Kaska with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

After successful appearances as guest conductor for three consecutive seasons at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home, composer and Conductor John Williams appointed Mr. Feldman Assistant Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He served as assistant to John Williams from 1989-1993.

In 2001 Mr. Feldman left the Boston Symphony Orchestra to pursue other musical interests. He currently directs the Berkshire Symphony, a regional orchestra in residence at Williams College. He was formerly the conductor and Music Director of the New England Philharmonic and the Worcester Orchestra. He is on the faculties of Williams College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Boston Conservatory of Music. 2012 marked the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston’s medical community.

A dedicated chamber musician, violinist and violist Marka Gustavsson has performed internationally in the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Philippines, China, and Japan.  She has been a guest artist at Bard Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Vancouver’s Music in the Morning, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, WQXR’s Showcase Concerts, Yale Faculty Artists’ Series, and Banff.  Marka has premiered and recorded solo and chamber music of composers John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Yinam Leef, Martin Bresnick, Richard Wernick, Tania Leon, and Tan Dun.  From 1999 through 2014, Marka served as violist of the Colorado Quartet, an award-winning string quartet, with whom she performed and recorded traditional and contemporary repertoire, from Beethoven’s Complete Quartets for Parnassus, to Laura Kaminsky’s Transformations.  As a teacher, Marka Gustavsson has given master classes at Yale, Eastman, Indiana University, Hartt, and Oberlin, and adjudicated competitions at Juilliard, Hartt, Yale, Astral Artists, and Banff.  She has taught for several summers at the Yellow Barn YAP in Putney, VT.  A graduate of Indiana University, Mannes College, and CUNY, her formative teachers include Joseph Gingold, Mimi Zweig, Felix Galimir, and Daniel Phillips.  Ms. Gustavsson holds a faculty position at Bard College and Conservatory.

Praised by The New York Times for her “splendid playing,” Natalie Kress has already begun a successful career as a violinist, highlights of which include performing at the Kennedy Center Honors with Yo Yo Ma in 2016; winning the 2012 Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center; and performing in Carnegie Hall in 2010. Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology and Master in Music from Stony Brook University (where she studied with Soovin Kim) and is Co-Artistic Director of Three Village Chamber Players, which performs free chamber music and outreach concerts throughout Long Island and New York State. Also a baroque violinist, Natalie has performed with members of Handel and Haydn Society and The Sebastians, and has studied with Beth Wenstrom, Aisslinn Nosky, and Robert Mealy.

Born on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, Robyn Quinnett began playing violin at eight years old.  She has won several competitions including the National Mariam Hayes, Ruth Kern Competitions, and the Concerto Competition of the Colorado College Music Festival.

Robyn earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Naoko Tanaka and the late Stephen Clapp.  Robyn will complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2019 at Stony Brook University as a student of Hagai Shaham.  She has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, and been concertmaster at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Robyn is dedicated to community engagement and pedagogy.  She founded the Montserrat Music Festival, a summer teaching and performing festival, bringing music education and live chamber music to the island of Montserrat.  She is the violin instructor at The Chapin School, teaching artist at Opus 118, and maintains a joint private teaching studio with Chihiro Fukuda in NYC.

Robyn’s violin is generously sponsored by Darnton and Hersh Violin Shop in Chicago.

Music Coordinator John Perkel has spent the past 35 years as an orchestra librarian for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, during summers, John served as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Librarian where he had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and wonderful young musicians from all over the world.  After the 2016 Tanglewood season, John retired from the Boston Symphony and moved with his wife, Barbara, back to the Berkshires.  Prior to his employment in the orchestra world, John was a music teacher at the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and also was employed as a psychiatric worker at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge.

The next two concerts will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. and Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.


Thursday, November 8 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

 

Join the book club on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels.  Copies are available at the main desk.

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


Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 pm

Gary Leveille, Author of Southern Berkshires Through Time

Details to follow.


Friday, November 30 at 5:00 pm

Readings Around the Hearth

hearth2Gather ’round to hear classic stories of the season.  This event is free and open to the public, and offered in support of the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

 

A 29th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Event.


Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The third concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Program information to follow.

The final concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.


Sunday, January 27 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Martin Miller on Broadcast Media and the Political Divide

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to welcome Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of New England Public Radio, to its Speaker Series on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Miller will discuss how broadcast media and decisions made at the federal level about media have contributed to the vast political divide in our country and why non-commercial media are more important than ever.

Photo: Joyce Skowyra/NEPR

Martin Miller has been CEO and General Manager of New England Public Radio (NEPR) since 1995.  During his tenure at NEPR, its audience and annual budget have almost doubled, and the station has grown from just WFCR 88.5FM to a thirteen station network with three program services, a website, and active social media presence.

Under his leadership the station moved into state-of-the-art headquarters in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in 2014 and re-opened the renovated Five College Studios in Hampshire House on the UMass Amherst campus in 2016.

Before coming to New England Public Radio, Martin served in a number of capacities over a ten year period for WGBH Radio.  During his career he has earned multiple awards including the prestigious Ohio State Award.

He currently serves on the board of the Board of the Springfield Central Cultural District, and he is as an SJC qualified mediator Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Miller studied trombone at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned a BFA and MFA in Music Education.


Saturday, February 23 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Brendan Mathews, Author of This Is Not a Love Song

We are pleased to welcome back author Brendan Mathews for a book reading and signing for his new short story collection, This Is Not a Love Song, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

This engrossing first story collection by rising star Brendan Mathews is packed with compelling tales such as “My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer,” in which a love triangle complicates things between a lion tamer, a trapeze artist, and the strongman.  Mathews effortlessly weaves irresistible stories from a wide array of situations, as in “Airborne,” in which a couple’s obsession with a mold in their house causes them to tear it apart plank by plank.
A worker in architectural salvage trying to two-time his boss by stealing a valuable antique, a father and his sons haggling over the family business during high-stakes rounds of golf, and a widow of the Bosnian conflict recalling her husband’s demise and her dramatic escape are only a few of the warm and intimately revealed characters populating Mathews’s enchanting collection.
This Is Not a Love Song is proof positive that Mathews is every bit the expert minimalist that he was the boisterous maximalist, as each of these ten stories brings its world and its sympathetic characters to life with vivid detail, emotional precision, and winning humor.

Photo by Tricia McCormack

About the author: Brendan Mathews is the author of This Is Not a Love Song: Stories and the novel The World of Tomorrow.  A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, his fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK.  He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council,  Sustainable Arts Foundation, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the University of Virginia, where he received his MFA.  He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.


Friday, March 29 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The final concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Program information to follow.

 

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.


Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Simon Winchester, Author of The Perfectionists

Details to follow.


Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 pm

Fifth Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture

Details to follow.