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Community Day of Service

Saturday April 30th, 2011.  Join us!

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Develop North Adams and the City of North Adams announce the 19th annual Community Day of Service on Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to participate and walk-ins are welcome. Participants will gather at the MCLA Church Street Center before going throughout the community to take part in a variety of clean-up projects.

Registration and continental breakfast will begin in the basement of the MCLA Church Street Center at 10 a.m., followed by an official welcome and assignments to work teams. Volunteers will return to the Center at approximately 2 p.m. for pizza and refreshments provided by MCLA, ARAMARK, Develop North Adams and local restaurants.

According to Spencer Moser, coordinator of MCLA’s Center for Service and Citizenship, this annual event began in 1992 when the College and the community at large came together to clean up and improve North Adams.

“The scope and type of projects have evolved over the years. It has become apparent that the simplest collaborations make a big difference,” Moser said.

MCLA student volunteers – either as individual volunteers members of clubs, groups or athletic teams – will join local leaders, civic organizations and community volunteers including: North Adams Youth Commission, Art About Town, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition UNITY program, Boy Scout Troop 88, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce BYP, Houghton Street Community Garden, Greylock School Art Program, Members of the Brayton Hill neighborhood, Jim Wolfe and his West End Clean-up crew, Mayor Richard Alcombright, State Rep. Gail Carridi, former State Rep. Dan Bosley, city councilors, City of North Adams DPW, Allied Waste, several Develop North Adams Board members and many community individual community members.

Although many of the teams will use their own transportation, a number of the volunteers will be transported to sites in vehicles provided by North Adams Public Schools, MCLA, BerkshireRides, the City of North Adams.

MCLA wishes to thank Killian Flynn and Allied Waste, Paul Markland and the North Adams DPW, and McAndrews-King Buick GMC for the trucks and supplies to be donated for this event.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Moser at 413-662-5251, or or Lisa Loomis in the Mayor’s Office, 413-662-3000.

Come on Down for Winterfest Saturday February 26th 11am-4pm!

The city of North Adams and area businesses are doing their part to fight seasonal slump on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Winterfest Celebration. According to the event committee, various groups and city merchants. 

There will be ice sculpting on Main, Holden and Eagle Street from 10am-3 pm. Although some artists have signed up, the WinterFest committee is looking for a few more. Sculpting is free and only simple tools are necessary. Interested persons are requested to call Valeria Federici at 663.5253.

Hoosac Bank is again offering hot chocolate, cookies and face painting for kids in the lobby at 93 Main Street from 10-12 pm. Hoosac Bank will also provide horse-drawn wagon rides up and down Main Street from 1-3 pm.

At 107 Main Street Northern Berkshire Girl Scouts will host winter carnival games from 10-2 pm.

From 11-3 pm the First Congregational Church at 134 Main Street (by the monument) are selling cups of hot chocolate and conducting “Tiffany” (stained glass window tours) in the Church hall. Pastor Pat Kriss said that the dollars collected will be used in church ministry programs.

As part of the exhibition “A Lot of Possibilities, North Adams,” MCLA Gallery 51 will host a free paper making workshop from11-12 pm. "Paper Essentials" will investigate the process of hand papermaking with garden plants. Participants will learn what to look for in harvesting the plants, how to prepare the fiber, and how to form and dry the paper sheets. Each participant will form his/her own sheets from Hosta and Iris fiber using a western mould and deckle.

The North Adams SteepleCats baseball team mascot, “Slider,” will appear downtown between 11-2 pm and there will also be a SteepleCats information and prize drawing table.

Ronnie’s cycle will provide a display of snowmobiles on the sidewalk throughout the day on the Berkshire Plaza at the western end of Main Street, and Petrino’s Café at 67 Main Street will have live music from late morning into the afternoon.

The WinterFest wouldn’t be complete without hot, fortifying soup and this year is no different. This year’s “Chowder hop” will be held at venues around the downtown. Patrons are free to sample clam, fish or other type of chowder available at each address and will be given a map containing the locations of the other chowder sampling stations, all within walking distance. This map will also contain a ballot and all tasters are free to vote for their favorite chowder. The winning restaurants will receive an engraved plaque along with bragging rights for the coming year. Participating establishments scheduled as of press time include the Freight Yard Pub, Taylor’s Restaurant, Tastefully Simple, Petrino’s Café, Red Herring, Big Shirl’s Diner, MCLA / Aramark Dining Services, North Adams Regional Hospital Dining Services, The Hub Restaurant, Boston Sea Foods Restaurant, Gramercy Bistro, and the new RUB Restaurant. RUB is soon to open at 24 Marshall Street, joining the Sushi House at 43 Main Street and Desperados at 23 Eagle. Other restaurants and stores are planning openings and specials for the day.

Another popular WinterFest activity is the free City Skating Party, open to all at The Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink on South Church Street from 7-8:50 pm (skate rentals, if needed, are only two dollars).

Thanks to Hoosac Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Adams Cooperative Bank, Price Chopper, Bona Marketing and all the food establishments who are generously donating their time and product to make this event a success, and Scarafoni Realty for their generous donation of downtown venues for WinterFest events. For details, contact the Mayor’s Office of Tourism at 664.6180.

Hometown Holidays!

Fall Foliage Weekend!

Recycle Your Electronics and get your paper shredded!

Want to get rid of all that old paperwork and electronics? And donate to a good cause at the same time?

Community Electronic Recycling & Paper Shredding Event!
Steeple City Plaza Parking Lot, near St. John's Church
Saturday, September 25, 9 AM to 1 PM

Sample list, not inclusive ..

Computer Monitors $5
Laptops $5
Computers $5
Camcorders, VCR's $5
Speakers $5
Battery Chargers $5
Electric Tools $5
Phones & Phone Systems $5
Humidifiers $5
Radios & Stereo Systems $5
Table Saws $5
Bench Grinders $5
Audio/Visual Equipment $5
Copiers/Faxes/Scanners $5

Air Conditioners $10
Refrigerators $10
Freezers $10
Microwaves $10
Water Heaters $10
Washing Machines $10
Dryers (Gas or Electric) $10
Stoves (Gas or Electric) $10
Dishwashers $10
Welders $10

TV's $20

Mice, keys, cords and cables $5 or Free with one other item

Paper Shredding, by the box or by the handful Free-will donation

Open to North Adams & surrounding communities' residents, schools and businesses!

All proceeds to benefit Downtown North Adams projects
Sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church, North Adams

For more information, call (413) 664-9656 or email

Art About Town Paint's Matisse

Dear Community Member:
We are in the process of developing a record breaking public art project which is scheduled for the summer of 2011. The plan is to create a painting (92,000sf) over the summer designed by the renowned Sidewalk Sam . It will be sited in the auxiliary parking lot of MASS MoCA off Holden St. The enormous work which will entail many collaborators and volunteers will be the largest such project to date.
In order to create this ambitious work, involving many in the Northern Berkshire community, we are looking for a broad base of support on many levels. As a preview of the project next summer Sidewalk Sam will create a smaller work on Holden Street near Main St. this summer during

Downtown Celebration August 25, 2010

Art About Town: a group of artists and community members under Develop North Adams.

MISSION STATEMENT: a citizen-based collaborative committed to empowering public awareness, participation and appreciation of the abundant natural beauty and cultural energy of North Adams by engaging local and regional resources to create public art that promotes new connections both within our community and with the broader cultural and economic landscape of New England.

Sidewalk Sam of Boston, North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, Joe Thompson, Director of MASS MoCA, DownStreet Art and the organization, Develop North Adams are all on board. This large painting project will take place during the summer of 2011. Everyone will be invited to pick up a brush and paint. Each participant will receive a certificate verifying their participation. We believe it will attract many visitors to North Adams and impact tourism in all of Berkshire County.  The parking lot project will be created with acrylic paint and is expected to last for months.
Since this is such a huge undertaking we are planning a prequel to this project to test the system that will be used next year. The project this year will take place during the Downtown Celebration Aug 25th on Holden St. near Main. We will close off the street and paint a 1,000 sq ft painting with Sidewalk Sam.

In order to create this ambitious work, involving many in the Northern Berkshire community, we are looking for a broad base of support on many levels. We are currently looking for both small and larger types of financial support, and are hoping that you can help. Here are two opportunities.
  1. Sponsor a Can of Paint for $25. ( the paint can is the visual symbol of our efforts) Proceeds from this campaign will help us to raise the $3,500 needed to cover the cost of Sidewalk Sam’s organizational help and material for the smaller Holden Street project that will occur this August 25, 2010.
  2. Become a Project Sponsor A sponsorship contribution of $100, $250, $500, or any other level of support you are able to provide will help us to build the financial base with which we can begin planning for next summer’s project. 
Your financial help will allow us to dream, plan, and move forward with this wonderful project that will have such a vibrant impact on this community and county.
Contributions can be made by checks made out to: DEVELOP NORTH ADAMS/ ART ABOUT TOWN
Send to: ART ABOUT TOWN C/O Phil Sellers 243 Union St. # 104, North Adams, MA 01247
Any questions call 413-664-0197
We thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and support towards getting this great project off the ground!

SOLID SOUND is just around the corner! We have put a website together for anyone from out of town to show you what's happening in North Adams.  Also, even if you aren't checking out the festival, on August 14th, 8am - noon there is a Farmers and Arts market on Eagle St.  And then join us for some late-night fun that evening when the whole downtown opens up from 10pm-1am... shops, restaurants and galleries will be open, come out, and have fun!

Eagle Street Beach Party this Friday!

3:30 - 6:30pm this Friday, build sand castles, have fun.  Music all night.

New Addition this year!
From 7:00pm - 10pm there will be a Fiesta with food from the Hub and Village Pizza as well as Margaritas and Coronas.  Bring a beach chair or a blanket and have fun!

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help with the event.  If you are interested, please contact us.

DownStreetArt Starts Tonight!

Come to downtown North Adams for art openings, performances, installations and ongoing shows!
Take advantage of deals and discounts at more than a dozen local businesses including Shima, Taylor's, Persnickety Children's Boutique, Creations, Papyri Books and more!

For more info:

A Meeting of North Adams Businesses

Develop North Adams, Inc., North Adams’ business development corporation will be holding a meeting for all North Adams businesses to identify how we as a group can help retain the business that are here, attract new business and to grow a much needed customer base.

The meeting will be Wednesday, June 16, from 4-6pm at Petrinos (corner of Main Street and Holden Street, North Adams). North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright and MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson will join the conversation.

For the beginning of the meeting we will have a chance to talk with Joe Thompson about the upcoming Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA and what that could mean for all of us, Mayor Alcombright about what is happening with the City and his hopes and Jonathan Secor about DownStreet Art 2010 and how to make it work better for downtown merchants. The second half of the meeting will be about business in North Adams and how a merchants group might work to make it better.

A special thank you to Petrinos for hosting the event.

Support our Green Space Initiative

For many of us the City of North Adams is a very special place, a place that gives us all the opportunity to belong to a community that supports and cares for its residents.  One commonality among healthy communities is their ability to come together and gather in public spaces.  
We are in the planning process of a downtown greenspace initiative that will create, enhance and beautify several areas of our city as well as add park benches to Veterans Memorial and Hobart Parks as well as along Main Street.  With your help we will be able to make our downtown a place that we can gather and visit with friends and neighbors.  We also hope that by making these improvements in the downtown we will help our local shops and stores.  By improving our downtown and making it a place that is more welcoming, visitors can take more time to explore all we have to offer.
We need your support for this project.  We are asking for donations to the Develop North Adams Inc. green space initiative.  Although any gift would be appreciated, a donation of $1000 will help us purchase, ship and install a 6' steel park bench (see photograph, left).  This bench will be mounted in the downtown and will have a plaque installed to honor your donation.  Your donation will also help us do some much needed landscaping at sites along Main St and Eagle St.
To donate or for more information, contact us today.

Community Day was an Amazing Success!

A grateful thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday to work around the city.  We go so much done, and you can see the difference.  This was the most successful community day in its long history!  A special, special thanks to Spencer Moser at MCLA  who worked tirelessly to pull this off, and to Glenn Maloney without whom it would not have been as large and successful as it was.