We’re great at making the most of winter

It’s a given that the LGBT community is full of ideas, and with winter just weeks away, we turn our attention to ways we have learned to not only survive the short days but to have fun doing it.

Our Pittsfield meeting on Saturday, November 5, 2016 will take place as usual from 2-4pm at the Berkshire Atheneum in Pittsfield, in the conference room on the second floor. If you haven’t sat around the big table and shared your thoughts with us, this may be the perfect chance to get to know your LGBT neighbors in the Berkshires.

Some of us are lucky to have a fireplace to gather around, enjoying the indoors and good companionship. Others still get out and go cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and even ice fishing. Some busy themselves with homemade holiday gifts and decorations, and others ready ideas for February’s 10×10 Winter Arts Festival in Pittsfield when everyone leaves their shelters to meet on the streets of the Cultural District.

So what do you do? Looking for ideas, or have some to share? Join us for a brainstorming session to make the next few months as much fun as possible.

“If I knew then what I know now…” October 18 in Williamstown

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There’s something about our potluck lunches that fuels great conversations at our Williamstown gatherings. The next one is Tuesday, October 18 from noon until two at the First Congregational Church on Main Street, with a parking lot in the rear, just off of Chapin Hall Drive.

So after sharing lunch (be sure to bring a tasty contribution!) and catching up, the conversation will turn to our early days and the theme “If I only knew then, what I know now…” Our earlier years were fraught with both challenges and great possibilities, often both at the same time. We hope our LGBTQ friends and allies will understand that this conversation will work best if it is “just us”.

For more information, call Ed Sedarbaum at 413-441-6006. Other meeting dates to jot down on your calendar:

Saturday, November 5 at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, 2-4pm. “What do you do to beat the winter blues?”

Thursday, November 17 at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown Noon-2pm – Early Thanksgiving Dinner

Saturday, December 3 at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield 2-4pm. “How to talk to your doctor…”

If you are driving, please remember that if you park in the Williamstown church lot you will need a Temporary Parking sign that can be put on the dashboard of your car. These are available in the office for free. Be sure to use caution during the construction on Chapin Hill Drive.

In Pittsfield, the Berkshire Athenaeum has free parking.