BITS & BYTES: New BCC recording studio; community nights at Shaker Village, The Mount’s NightWood; Flying Cloud at Dewey Hall; collection of pajamas for youth at risk

Opening of a new recording studio at Berkshire Community College

PITTSFIELDBerkshire Community College (BCC) recently completed the construction of a new recording studio at the Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Photo courtesy BCC

“The studio has been a long time coming. It’s an incredible space that will transform the Certificate in Music Production program, the college as a whole, and the community,” said Ellen Cooper Shanahan, Ph.D., music teacher and director of the Fine Arts and Arts Department at the scene. “It will support the training of future and current professional musicians in the Berkshires.” Shanahan explained that the studio will eventually be available for use by members of the public.

BCC is planning to build a curriculum around the new studio, including credited and non-credited courses and workshops. A new certificate program, similar to the Music Production Certificate, will allow students to work in home studios or professional settings, or prepare them to move on to four-year recording programs.

Measuring approximately 50 x 30 feet, the studio is “big enough for a choir or big band, yet intimate enough for small group recordings,” said Jeffrey Link, Adjunct Professor, Music.

The equipment of the new space includes:

  • A 27-inch Apple iMac equipped with ProTools, the industry-standard recording program used worldwide
  • A state-of-the-art 32-channel Midas mixer, which integrates with ProTools
  • A full range of professional microphones and stands
  • Seven personal Behringer powerplay mixers used by artists when recording
  • A complete set of studio monitors for mixing and playback
  • Multiple instruments including a Yamaha MX88 keyboard, Roland guitar amps and a GK bass amp


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Community nights at NightWood will take place on November 10 and 17

Photo by NightWood from last year, courtesy of The Mount

LENOXThe mountain, Edith Wharton’s Home will host two community evenings this year. The first, on Wednesday, November 10is aimed at families and clients of Lenox Community Center and the Lee Youth Association. The second community evening, the Wednesday, November 17will be aimed at families and clients of the Boys and girls club. For more information, including registration links, please contact the organization you are affiliated with directly.

Last year, The Mount hosted a community night with the Lenox Community Center and welcomed over 600 visitors.

NightWood Details
Now – December 31 From Thursday to Sunday evening from 5 p.m.
General admission: $20 adults; $10 children 6-18; free for children from 0 to 5 years old
Closed November 25 and December 24 and 25

NightWood combines music, lighting and theatrical elements to create seven unique scenes that evoke feelings of wonder, mystery and magic. This year’s show features new elements, including “The Eternal City” and “The Tree Conference.”


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Hancock Shaker Village will host a free community day on Sunday, November 14

PITTSFIELDHancock Shaker Village announces that its annual community day will take place Sunday, November 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free all day.

Activities for all ages include a ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ history walk with Berkshire Athenaeum, craft demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, talks and walks led by interpreters, and tours with the barnyard animals. All of the buildings in the historic village are open for exploration and several special exhibits, including “Tory Burch: Beauty Rests on Utility”, “Gary Graham: Looking Back to Look Forward”, “Thomas Barger: Heaven Bound”, “Local and Land Made: Growing a New Textile Economy,” “Climbing the Holy Hill,” and “Notes About Home: 60 Years at Hancock Shaker Village” were released last month. The one-mile accessible farm and forestry trail, including the new family trail of the South, is also open.

In addition to free admission, the Village will make its programs accessible to Spanish-speaking members of the community with the assistance of an on-site interpreter and a Spanish audio tour available through a smartphone app.


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Dewey Hall’s “Young at Heart” Series Hosts the Flying Cloud Institute

Image courtesy of Dewey Hall

SHEFFIELDDewey Hall’s The Young at Heart series, which takes place on Saturday mornings, is family-friendly and welcomes all ages. The series offers different STEM activities each week in an engaging and light-hearted way. At Saturday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.the series welcomes Flying Cloud Institute for the young at heart: Get a science of gripping and art.

Flying Cloud educators will explore bio-mimicry and create artificial hands from everyday objects and materials to explore the mechanics of an articulated hand. Build a gripper claw, delicate fingers or maybe an industrial gripper. See if you can pick up a ball and drop it in a cup with your original engineering design and prototype.

Flying Cloud Institute offers a range of programs in the arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) that serve over 2,000 local youth and educators each year.

This event is free (donations greatly appreciated.) Please register on this link. This is an indoor event and masks are mandatory.

The next Young at Heart workshop with Flying Cloud will take place on October 23, November 13, January 22, February 26, March 26 and April 23.


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PJ Library Pajama Drive for at-risk children in the Berkshires until December 6

PITTSFIELD — The PJ Library Pajama Drive, run by the Berkshires Jewish Federation, is back to help children in our community who may not have the comfort of warm sleepwear. Last year’s effort raised more than 400 pairs of pajamas from individuals, groups and local businesses. The Federation wishes to build on this success.

The Federation has once again partnered with Carr Hardware to offer convenient drop-off locations for new pajamas (newborn to teen sizes):

  • Carr Hardware, 256 Main Street in Great Barrington
  • Carr Hardware, 489 Pittsfield Road in Lenox
  • Jewish Federation of Berkshires, 196 South Street in Pittsfield
  • Carr Hardware, 179 State Road in North Adams

The pajama party runs until December 6. Monetary donations for the purchase of pajamas are also welcome. Questions? Contact Susan Frisch Lehrer (413) 442-4360, Ext. 14 or by email: [email protected] Donations will be received by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in Pittsfield and distributed to local families during the holiday season.


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