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July 2024

Sea Shanties with Alex Harvey and ShinBone Alley

Jul 24 Wed @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$15 – $20

Alex Harvey is an old world folklorist who performs street ballads and songs of the sea in a project he calls ShinBone Alley. At his performances listeners learn to celebrate the haunting intercultural exchange of 18th and 19th century maritime music - whose ingredients travelled from the furthest corners of the globe to be remade and stitched anew by sailors of every shade and shape at port and at sea. By teaching the audience to join in on most of…

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Poor Herman – July 26

Jul 26 Fri @ 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$10 – $45

 July 26 -- August3 Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back-to-back in 1850 and 1851.  The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in the…

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Poor Herman – July 27

Jul 27 Sat @ 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$10 – $45

July 26 -- August3 Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back-to-back in 1850 and 1851.  The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in the…

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Poor Herman – July 28

Jul 28 Sun @ 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$10 – $45

July 26 -- August 3 Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back-to-back in 1850 and 1851.  The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in…

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Poor Herman – July 31

Jul 31 Wed @ 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$10 – $45

July 26 -- August 3 Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back-to-back in 1850 and 1851.  The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in…

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August 2024

Eighth Annual Moby-Dick Read-A-Thon

Aug 01 Thu @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$5

Eighth Annual Moby-Dick Read-A-Thon – August 1- 4 “Call me Ishmael” and sign up to read part of Melville’s masterpiece on the site where it was written. Come on your own or bring a group to read with us until we finish the book.   August 1 - 10 am-2 pm; all other days 10 am - 5 pm. Reserve your 15 minute space by using  the BOOK NOW button.  $5 recommended donation This event is sponsored by :

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Melville Symposium

Aug 01 Thu @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
FREE

The Berkshire County Historical Society celebrates Herman Melville’s birthday with a symposium exploring a variety of topics including the Berkshires as inspiration, new research into his sources, and Arrowhead as a source of inspiration for contemporary writers and performers. Lectures take place at the Berkshire Athenaeum (1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA) and are free and open to the public.  A reception at Arrowhead (780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA) follows. PROGRAM 3-3:30 pm - John Dickson - Inspired by the Berkshires…

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Poor Herman – August 1

Aug 01 Thu @ 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$10 – $45

July 26 -- August 3 Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back-to-back in 1850 and 1851.  The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in…

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Poor Herman – August 2

Aug 02 Fri @ 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$10 – $45

July 26 -- August 3 Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back-to-back in 1850 and 1851.  The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in…

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Poor Herman – August 3

Aug 03 Sat @ 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$10 – $45

July 26 -- August 3 Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back-to-back in 1850 and 1851.  The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in…

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Monument Mountain Hike

Aug 04 Sun @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Monument Mountain, Rte 7
Great Barrington, MA United States
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Hikers are invited to celebrate the day (August 5, 1850) Melville met Nathaniel Hawthorne on a walk up Monument Mountain by joining BCHS for a similar hike and reading of local poet William Cullen Bryant’s Monument Mountain. The guided hike takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is appropriate for families. Hikers should meet at the Monument Mountain Reservation Parking lot on Route 7 and should be prepared with their own water, proper footwear, hiking gear and bug repellent. This event…

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September 2024

Billy Budd, Sailor Gala

Sep 20 Fri @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tanglewood Learning Institute, Linde Center, 3 W. Hawthorne Streeet
Lenox, MA United States
$100

Ryan Winkles Join BCHS and collaborators Berkshire Opera Festival and Tanglewood Learning Institute at the Linde Center for Music and Learning for an evening of selections from the opera Billy Budd, Sailor paired with readings by Ryan Winkles from the classic novella.  This 1951 opera is scored by Benjamin Britten with a libretto by authors E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier. Desserts and cocktails by Gourmet Caterers following performance.  Open seating, $100; use the BOOK NOW button to reserve tickets.…

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