Blog :: 06-2015

How To Help Locally

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According to a recent study, one in seven Americans (46 million people) rely on food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families. In most cases, these are working families whose budgets just cannot stretch enough.

We are fortunate here in the Tri-State area to have several food pantries in our local communities. Kent, Canaan, and Lakeville all have pantries that offer regularly scheduled hours each week. The New York towns of Millerton, Dover Plains, and Amenia offer programs, and in Massachusetts, Sheffield and Great Barrington do as well.

Pantries rely on monetary and food donations from individuals, schools, and churches.

The need is great as summer poses additional challenges:

  • Donations tend to be light in the summer months.
  • Children who qualify for lunch programs during the school year now have to be fed lunch out of the family food allotment.

So please consider giving a monetary gift or a bag of non-perishable foodstuffs to your local food bank. Information on these organizations can be found on your town website.

In Salisbury, the organization is The Corner Food Pantry (www.thecornerfoodpantry.org).

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    Milerton, NY's SPRING FOR SOUND!

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    Spring for Sound happens this Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Millerton, NY. Celebrating its fifth year, this local music festival has become one of the biggest and coolest events in the Tri-Corner Region. 

    Drawing from the surrounding counties (Northern Litchfield, CT, Southern Berkshire, MA, Eastern Dutchess, NY and Southern Columbia, NY), the all day event features various local musicians and bands such as The Kyles and The Nice Ones performing on multiple stages throughout Millerton.

    Tickets are $15 per person, with a free stage at the North East Community Center, which is the beneficiary of the event. The North East Community Center serves individuals and families in Millerton and the surrounding towns through programs such as children’s after school and summer lunch programs, Dial-a-Ride, and the Millerton Farmer’s Market, to name just a few.

    To purchase tickets and for more information, go to the event website: www.springforsound.com.

    Come listen, groove, eat, and drink!

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      Theatre, Theatre Everywhere!

      We are blessed to have an amazing array of good quality theatrical offerings in the Tri-State area in the summer. Check out My Fair Lady kicking off the Main Stage offerings at the Sharon Playhouse on June 18th in Sharon, CT (sharonplayhouse.org). The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, NY is offering some exciting shows, including The Producers, Seussical the Musical, and Rip! The Musical (co-created/music and lyrics by Michael Berkeley of Falls Village, CT). Rip! is not to be missed and runs from 7/17–7/19 (CenterForPerformingArts.org).

      In the southern Berkshires, you will find a myriad of excellent offerings including Man of La Mancha at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, MA from 6/10–6/11 and The Liar Show at The Mount in Lenox, MA on June 12th. The Warner Theater in Torrington, CT is presenting American Idiot from 6/13–6/21, a rock opera based on the Grammy Award-winning album by Green Day.

      Watch our “Best Bets” for more events happening in our area (bestandcavallaro.com). There are far too many to mention here but make sure you check out ruralintelligence.com for all the latest theater, arts and musical events. Enjoy the summer and all it has to offer!

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        Norfolk is for Music Lovers!

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        Come enjoy live music at the historic Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Norfolk, CT. The Hall is uniquely continuing an historic musical tradition that started in the late 1800s. “Village Hall” was built as an opera house, barbershop, and saloon in 1883. The Hall was one of the first community buildings in the country, hosting town meetings, lectures, talent shows, vaudeville and more.

        The building fell into disrepair in the mid-1900s, and was then renovated as a theatre in 1999. A second renovation in 2007 restored the building to its original uses as a theatre, bar and restaurant, and community center. 

        The hall hosts more than two hundred music and entertainment shows each year, including extra-ordinary, nationally-recognized artists (e.g. Art Garfunkel, Hot Tuna, the Kingston Trio) as well as local favorites. Lunches and dinners are served in the Bistro, and dining is available during concerts on the mezzanine level.

        For more information about this remarkable venue, visit their website: infinityhall.com.

         

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