Clinton Church Benefit
The Simon’s Rock student club REACH will host a concert and silent auction at the Daniel Arts Center on Saturday, February 25th from 4p.m. to 6p.m. to benefit the Clinton Church Restoration fund. REACH (Rockers Engaged in Active Community Help) furthers Simons’ Rock students’ involvement in the local community to create a stronger, more giving community on campus and off. Proceeds from the event will support the Clinton Church Restoration (CCR) effortsto purchase, save and restore the decommissioned Clinton AME Zion Church in downtown Great Barrington. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an important site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. The all-volunteer restoration committee needs to raise $70,000 by March 31 to purchase the building and another $30,000 to stabilize it. The benefit concert will consist of a series of short student performances on the McConnell stage in the Daniel Arts Center. An auction of student artwork will also take place in the Daniel Arts Center. In addition, items donated by local businesses will be raffled off. Attendees will have thirty minutes to bid on auction items and participate in the raffle in advance of the performance, as well as the fifteen minutes during intermission, before the winners are announced at the end of the event. The Daniel Arts Center is located on 84 Alford Road in Great Barrington. 100% of ticket sales and raffle contributions, and 50% of all auction sales will go to the Clinton Church Restoration Fund. The remaining 50% of the auction proceeds will go to the artists selling their pieces.
When: Feb 25, 2017 4pm in Great Barrington, MA
ThunderFest is a two day celebration of winter in the Berkshires. It all starts with the 82nd Anniversary Thunderbolt Ski Run. More than 100 expert back-country skiers race up and down the state's tallest mountain, Mount Greylock on the historic and challenging Thunderbolt Ski Trail. Spectators welcome. After the race, join the fun in downtown Adams at ThunderFest. Local food, brews, live music, outdoor recreation vendors and family fun. Free admission. ThunderFest is held outdoors, so dress warm. It's where the hardy come to party! Day two includes a classic Nordic ski race and a snowshoe race in the beautiful Greylock Glen. These are fun events, open to all ages and skill levels.
When: Mar 4, 2017 12am to Mar 5, 2017 12am in Great Barrington, MA
Steep Canyon Rangers with Special Guest Noam Pikelny
A bluegrass band at their core, North Carolina quintet Steep Canyon Rangers have become a festival favorite. Danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, the band has been backing banjo front man Steven Martin on tour for years, earning a 2013 Grammy win for Best Bluegrass Album, Nobody Knows You. Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the "pros' top banjo picker," Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which the Boston Globe calls "a virtuosic revelation" and the New Yorker describes as "wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative."
When: Mar 26, 2017 7pm in Great Barrington, MA