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December 2017

Yuletide Festival

December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whether you celebrate Saint Nicholas Day, the Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, Yule, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Omisoka, St. Lucia Day, or Festivus, December is a month rich with holidays of all sorts. In that spirit the Arts Center invites you a festival with crafts, crunchies and caroling and holiday tree trimming. You create all the ornaments and of course lots of refreshments! #massfestivals These programs are supported in part by a grant from the…

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Cantilena Choir

December 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Now in its thirteenth season, the Cantilena Chamber Choir is the Berkshire region’s leading a cappella group. The Choir has been heard on a special WMHT Christmas Eve radio broadcast of Lessons and Carols recorded at Trinity Church in Lenox. They have collaborated with the New England Baroque Soloists, Aston Magna and The Empire Brass. The Choir is in residence at Trinity Church, Lenox and it is a recipient of two Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson award for…

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May 2018

“Age and Beauty” a lecture/discussion with Sarah Jackson

May 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10

Why is it that an old house, table, or tree may appear beautiful to us, while an old woman often does not? Age seems to augment beauty in many instances, but not when it comes to the human form.  We humans create and appreciate various kinds of beauty, we seem to enjoy and exploit youthful beauty—especially that of the young females of our species—to an extraordinary degree.  As a result, this is a difficult culture in which to get old,…

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July 2018

Miriam Karmel and Tom Christopher Talk About Their New Books

July 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10

Local authors Miriam Karmel and Tom Christopher talk about their new books. Garden Revolution is the title of Tom Christopher’s latest book (Timber Press, 2017) co-written with landscape designer Larry Weaner. Tom will be presenting in images and words a radically new way to garden. Tom is the author of more than a dozen gardening books, as well as  articles for The Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society and The New York Times.  Currently he writes a syndicated newspaper column…

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Michelle Arnot on Speaking Crosswordese

July 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Free

This morning of coffee and crosswords will include an overview of crossword history, introduce the basic principles of American crossword puzzle construction, and peek behind the scenes at the New York Times and the puzzles of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.  Crossword puzzle guidelines will be available for solvers curious about construction.  Bring all your puzzle questions, and let’s solve together. Guaranteed to build mental muscle! Michelle Arnot, author of Crossword Puzzles for Dummies and Four-Letter Words: Secrets of…

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August 2018

Looking Back: Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Are Condemned to Repeat It

August 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10

"THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT” George Santayana 1863-1952 Our resident historian, Bill Cohn, focusses his remarks on this legendary statement from philosopher George Santayana’s as well as historian Stephen Engle’s observation that today “we live in a world in which what people believe happened is all that matters” – facts are not relevant. Many people argue that we can’t rewrite the past.  “What happened, happened”, they say.  Cohn will dispute that point of view…

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September 2018

Abraham Lincoln presented by Val Coleman

September 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 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 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 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 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 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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