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1. Once again, a committee examining the merger of the two South Berkshire school districts — the Monument Mountain Region district in Great Barrington and the Southern Berkshire district along the Connecticut border —has received a significant boost with a $125,000 grant from the state.
2. There is a possibility, despite the COVID19 pandemic, that some semblance of a 2021 Tanglewood season may occur this summer — fingers crossed:
3. On the theatre front, we have two stories about Berkshire theaters adapting to the pandemic: Barrington Stage is producing its 10th annual 10×10 Festival (10 10 minute plays), recording the plays for remote viewing:https://theberkshireedge.com/review-barrington-stage-companys-10×10-new-play-festival/
Meanwhile, WAM Theatre in Pittsfield is planning a season devoted to exploring the roots of our cultural faults —navigating racial issues, beginning with “Letters to Kamala.” The plays are available to stream.
4. Believe it or not, the so -called “Flying Church” complex on Main Street in Great Barrington is thriving, suggesting signs of life for commercial activity, despite the pandemic:
5. Here’s a story to make us feel as if there’s hope in the world… a group of local students has organized “Bags of Hope,” donations for those who are staying in St. Joseph’s winter shelter in Pittsfield:
6. And lastly, Sheela Clary has been doing a series of articles on the so-called cultural economy and whether it is fair to its employees… She looks at the workers’ situations at Mass MoCA, for example: