Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
A Day Of Caring, A Night Of Dancing, For Berkshire United Way
Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Berkshire United Way’s annual “Day of Caring” is something of a misnomer given that the time put in by volunteers throughout the community extends far beyond a day’s work. This year’s project, taken on with the help of donated materials, expertise and volunteer hours from SABIC, Jack Geary Builders, JRL Construction and LP Adams, was to build 50 book houses and fill them with children’s reading material. Each book house can hold up to 100 books, and, placed in 24 high-traffic areas throughout Berkshire County, will encourage literacy and learning through the summer and beyond. (As of 2014, only 54 percent of Berkshire County third graders were reading proficiently.) The houses were installed on Friday, May 20 and a celebratory “Movers + Shakers” dance party was held that evening at Hancock Shaker Village. Plentiful hors d’oeuvres from Savory Harvest, and milkshakes and ice cream cones from The Scoop provided sustenance so the many revelers could dance all night to tunes from DJ BFG and enjoy pop-up performances throughout the evening.
Many of the staff members and supporters that make Berkshire United Way an integral part of the community.
Emily Sadlowski and her mother, Ann Marie Sadlowski; Melissa and John Bissell with Vannessa Slaughter, Adam Hinds and Manfred Slaughter. The Slaughters are the director and coordinator of the Pittsfield YMCA’s Marilyn Hamilton Literacy-Sports Program.