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September 2018

Abraham Lincoln presented by Val Coleman

September 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10

Val Coleman will argue that the American constitution, indeed the United States itself, was finally secured and ratified by a rail-splitting prairie intellectual named Abraham Lincoln. Val is generally acknowledged as the poet laureate of Sandisfield, regularly publishing poems in The Sandisfield Times and elsewhere.  His previous presentations on the history of poetry, and also the rise and persistence of fascism in the 20th century provided a concise long view on both subjects, and encouraged a vigorous discussion with members…

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October 2018

VIM (Volunteers in Medicine) in Action

October 20, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 am
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10

Ilana Steinhauer, the current executive director of VIMBerkshires, speaks about the challenges facing VIM as it manages health care for the various populations it serves.

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November 2018

Simon Winchester on his new book, The Perfectionists

November 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$25

The Perfectionists How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World The New York Times bestselling author, Simon Winchester, traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving…

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December 2018

Remember the Alamo: A Presentation by George Wheeler

December 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10

The Alamo was conceived in the middle of the 18th century as a mission to convert native Americans to Christianity like several other contemporary missions along the San Antonio River. The structure took its prominent place in history on 6 March 1936 when the several thousand strong Mexican army attacked the building complex and its inhabitants – killing all – including among others the famous frontiersman Davey Crockett. In the ensuing years much has changed at the Alamo and San…

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April 2019

An Introduction to Smartphone/Tablet Photography – Free

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Spend time with local photographer and teacher Thad Kubis and learn the basics of smartphone photography (Android and iPhone) and then go way beyond the basics to fully use, control, and create with your smartphone or tablet camera. Thad will cover composition, HDR, Live mode, basic and more advanced editing functions, and a lot in between. After the workshop, stay for the opening reception for Thad's gallery show, "Capturing Light."    

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June 2019

Forest Bathing with Hannah Fries

June 8 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 am
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10.00

Join Hannah Fries for a slide show, reading, and discussion about her new book, Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. People have been retreating to the woods for quiet, meditation, and inspiration for centuries, and recent research finds that time spent in the forest doesn’t just feel good but is, in fact, good for you. Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, Hannah combines her own reflections and guided mindfulness exercises with a curated selection of inspirational writing…

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July 2019

Words Matter – Fun with Crossword Puzzles for All Ages with Michelle Arnot

July 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Free
Michelle Arnot

Michelle is the author of Crossword Puzzles for Dummies and Four Letter Words: Secrets of a Crossword Insider. She is also an official at the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, CT, and a resident of Sandisfield. Michelle's crossword workshop last season drew a packed (and passionate) house, so reserve early! Late-breaking news! This event is now free. If you already purchased tickets, we'll have your refund when you come in.    

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August 2019

Children’s Book Author Jana Laiz Reads from Recent Books and Talks about Being “A Writer with a Purpose”

August 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Jana Laiz, writer in residence at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, will read from and talk about recent books such as Blanket of Stars and Billy Budd in the Breadbox: The Story of Herman Melville, as well as  two books in development for film, Weeping Under This Same Moon and A Free Woman on God’s Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom. A writer with a purpose, Laiz's goal is to "change the world one…

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September 2019

Fascism and Racial Laws in Mussolini’s Italy

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10.00

In his talk and slide presentation, historian and part-time Sandisfield resident Dr. Robert A. Maryks will tell a story of the impact of the racial laws on the Jews (and those who were considered Jews) under the Mussolini regime. This story is based on 139 letters that were exchanged between the victims of those laws (and their relatives and friends) and the Jesuit priest Pietro Tacchi Venturi (1861–1956) who interceded within the Fascist government in order to circumvent or alleviate…

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October 2019

Val Coleman on “The Constitution Alive”

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10.00

Val Coleman will argue that the American constitution is alive and well, despite the assaults on its tenets throughout the history of this country.  Val Coleman, known as the poet laureate of Sandisfield, is also a citizen-scholar. His previous presentations on the history of poetry, the rise and persistence of fascism in the 20th century, and Abraham Lincoln provided a long view on these subjects, and encouraged a vigorous discussion with members of the audience.  This subject is sure to…

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