The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown will offer free admission through the month of January 2022. Photo courtesy the museum

Clark Art Institute offers free admission through the month of January

WILLIAMSTOWN — As a way of saying “thank you” to those who have visited and welcoming new viewers, The Clark Art Institute will offer free admission to all its galleries and special exhibitions throughout the month of January 2022.

Advance registration is strongly recommended. Visit the Clark website to register and for details on current health and safety protocols. The museum is open Tuesdays–Sundays in January, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The campus and walking trails are open at all times. Click here to view the museum’s upcoming special events.

The free admission program is made possible through the support of Clark trustees Diane and Andreas Halvorsen.

 —A.K.

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Law enforcement, community to present on internet safety, preventing child exploitation

NORTH ADAMS — The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Massachusetts State Police, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and North Adams Public Schools are teaming up to provide parents, caregivers, and educators a presentation on how to best protect children from online exploitation.

The law enforcement agencies will present at Drury High School on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The Berkshire Food Project is providing dinner starting at 5:45 p.m. and the presentations will follow. The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Williams College will provide free child care to those who request it.

The organizations request that those interested in attending RSVP to Stephanie Puc at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, by phone at 413-663-7588 or email at spuc@nbccoalition.org by Friday, Jan. 7. Please note if you would like child care.

“Our children now spend an enormous amount of time online where they can be vulnerable to exploitation,” said District Attorney Andrea Harrington. “This presentation gives parents and educators the tools they need to ensure our youth are safe and secure.”

The topics include internet safety, social media 101, digital footprints, online gaming, cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion, and protection against online predators.

The speakers are Chief of the Berkshire DA’s Office’s Child Abuse Unit Stephanie Ilberg, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Grant, F.B.I. Child Exploitation Task Force Officer Danielle Rex, Massachusetts State Police Troopers Deshawn Brown and Andy Canata, and U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Specialist Lauryn Myers. DA Harrington and North Adams Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas will provide opening remarks.

—A.K.

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Author to discuss lost ski areas of the Berkshires at Ventfort Hall

Jeremy Davis. Photo courtesy the author

LENOX — Author, skier, and meteorologist Jeremy Davis will present Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires at Ventfort Hall on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m.

From the 1930s–1970s, 44 ski areas were developed throughout the Berkshires, ranging from community rope tows to all-inclusive resorts. Only seven remain today. This presentation, based on Davis’ award-winning 2018 book “Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires,” explores the histories of these former ski areas and their contributions to the ski industry. Before and after photographs, trail maps, personal stories, and their new roles in the landscape will be shown to bring these mostly forgotten places to life. Davis will have copies of the book available for purchase.

Originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Davis graduated from Lyndon State College with a degree in meteorology and has been an Operations Manager and Senior Meteorologist at Weather Routing Inc. since 2000. In 1998, he founded the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, which documents the history of former ski areas throughout the region. Davis serves on the editorial review board of International Skiing History Association’s magazine, Skiing History. He is the author of four other books: Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains, Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont, Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks, and Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks.

Tickets to attend the events are $20 per person. Reservations are required by calling 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event. Proof of vaccination, ID, and masks are required.

—A.K.

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Norman Rockwell Museum to host virtual MLK Jr. Day event

Kadir Nelson’s “Sweet Liberty,” 2020. Collection of the artist, courtesy NRM

STOCKBRIDGE — Robyn Phillips-Pendleton, co-curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Imprinted: Illustrating Race,” will discuss her thesis and preview the exhibition, view the Zoom platform, Monday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.

Phillips-Pendleton’s talk will trace damaging and prolific stereotypical representations of race, commissioned by publishers and advertisers and created by illustrators, engravers, and printers — images psychologically imprinted upon us through their mass proliferation. Her comments will also highlight the work of 20th and 21st century creators working to shift the cultural narrative for our times.

—A.K.



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