BITS & BYTES: Great Barrington Youth Win Audubon Contest; Chef Tu Le hosts a lunch and discussion; Emerging Artists at the David M. Hunt Library; the author’s talks from Stockbridge Library; “Concerts at the Conforti” at the Clark

Local wins Mass Audubon’s 2022 “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors” photography contest

Great Barrington– Charlie Jaferian of Great Barrington was named the winner of the 2022 Mass Audubon “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors” photography competition. Charlie won top honors in the competition’s People in Nature category, Under-18 division, for his outdoor image. a line of cross-country skiers in his Berkshires town.

Chatham resident Kimberly Robbins’ striking image of a great egret poised on one foot with wings outstretched was named the grand prize winner.

The statewide conservation organization’s annual photo contest drew more than 7,000 submissions from hundreds of photographers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

The competition categories included people in nature, birds, mammals, other animals, landscapes, and plants and fungi. Participants entered their appropriate age groups: 18 and over or under 18.

All images (photographers may submit up to 10) must have been taken in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, NH, but may have been taken any time before or during the 2022 contest period.

To see all of the winning photos and honorable mentions, visit

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Join Farmer and Chef Tu Le for a three-course meal

Pittfield— Join OLLI at Berkshire Community College Saturday January 28 to the Pittsfield campus for a three-course lunch and chat with 328 North Farms farmer and chef Tu Le.

Farmer and Chef Tu Le of 328 North Farms in Williamstown, MA will lead us through a cooking demonstration. Discover new techniques for preparing vegetables that are both local to this region and traditional to Vietnam.

The class will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and include class and lunch. Please alert OLLI of any food allergies by emailing [email protected]

Register online here: 10% off for OLLI members using code: ChefOlli

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See the “Birds of the World” exhibition of young artists

Falls Village, Conn. – The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, CT will host the “Birds of the World” art exhibit, featuring emerging artists from the Lee H. Kellogg School. Featuring works of art in painting, drawing and sculpture by students from kindergarten through grade 8, the exhibition will have a reception Saturday morning January 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and remain on display at the library until March 3.

The David M. Hunt Library is located at 63 Main Street, Falls Village, HUNTLIBRARY.ORG, 860-824-7424.

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Daniel Okrent, image by Raymond Elman.

Authors Daniel Okrent and Julian E. Zelizer will speak at the Stockbridge Library

Stockbridge— Author Daniel Okrent in conversation with André Bernard will appear Saturday January 28 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Stockbridge Library. Dan will discuss with André Bernard the press, the death of print, immigration and, perhaps, baseball.

Famous in the sports world for inventing Rotisserie Baseball and for his iconic appearance in the red sweater in Ken Burns’ PBS movie “Baseball,” Dan Okrent is best known for his journalism and non-fiction writing. He was the first public editor of The New York Times after the Jason Blair scandal, and served as editor of New England Monthly and editor of Life Magazine and Time. His book “Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center” (2003) was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and his “Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” was the main source for the “Prohibition” miniseries of Ken Burns. His most recent book is “The Guarded Gate: Bigotry”, “Eugenics, and the Law that Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America”.

Also, author Julian E. Zelizer in conversation with André Bernard comes to Stockbridge Library Saturday February 4 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Zelizer asks if you think your facts about American history are actually facts? Was the Great Society a failure and the Reagan Revolution a success? Are feminists anti-family warriors and immigrants hostile invaders? And what about electoral and border fraud?

Come find out when Zelizer talks with André Bernard about his latest book – which just made the New York Times bestseller list, and which Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Blight has called a “work of courage at a time when ‘truth’ and ‘fact’ have never been so widely abused – “Myth America: Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past.”

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Emi Ferguson, photo by Rebecca Fay.

The “Concerts at the Conforti” series begins on January 28 at the Clark Art Institute

Williamstown— A new series of concerts at the Clark Art Institute, “Concerts at the Conforti”, begins Saturday January 28 with a performance of new classical music in the afternoon 15 hours followed by an evening electronic music show at 19 ‘o clock presented in the Michael Conforti pavilion at the Clark.

The American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) gives the afternoon concert, presenting a program on travel, featuring music composed and arranged by AMOC musicians. Doug Balliett, Emi Ferguson, Jordan Dodson and Keir GoGwilt create a unique blend of folk, baroque and classical influences to tell musical stories about journeys across the Camino de Santiago, the Irish Sea and the continental United States. Combining spoken storytelling, singing and virtuoso instrumental playing, this program tells compelling stories about the dreams, desires and hardships that drive people away from their homes.

Photo: Sam Prekop. Courtesy of the artist.

Sam Prekop and Greg Davis headline the evening concert, presented in partnership with Belltower Records (North Adams, MA), with opening acts from Western Massachusetts’ Wednesday Knudsen and Kryssi Batallene. For more than twenty-five years, as a solo artist and within The Sea and Cake, Sam Prekop has created a singular sound that is both inventive and warm. His distinctive voice, guitar playing and work on modular analog synthesizers are innovative and delicate, and still carry his sense of melody. Greg Davis is an internationally acclaimed electronic musician and composer who has been recording and performing shows since 2001. Wednesday Knudsen and Kryssi Batallene are known for their performances in solo and collaborative projects such as those with Pigeons, Mountain Movers and Headroom. Both are local to the Greater Western Massachusetts and New York State area.

Tickets for the afternoon or evening concert are $10 for general admission, $8 for members, and $7 for students. A ticket for either event entitles the ticket holder to access both performances. For more information and to register, visit

The next Concerts at the Conforti performance, presented by Bill Nace and Matt Krefting, is scheduled for Sunday, February 5 at 3 p.m. at the Michael Conforti Pavilion.