Upcoming Program Schedule

Currently we are only meeting using a hybrid setup. Some meetings are on Zoom and some are in person. We are currently working on setting up Zoom/In Person hybrid meetings as well.

We hold weekly meetings every Wednesday at 2 pm, unless otherwise stated. Our programming consists of a diverse selection of topic discussions, interactive programs, guest speakers, film screenings and more. We also still leave one meeting a month that is not structured.

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County also cohosts and participates in numerous larger scale public gatherings every year. We are foundational members and yearly participants of the Live Out Loud Community Conference, Berkshire Pride and the Trans Day of Remembrance of Berkshire County. We also have representation on the board of Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition.

Below are the dates and program listings for Rainbow Seniors from April through June of 2022

Wednesday, April 27th, 2 to 4 PM: Screening of Gay Chorus Deep South
First Congregational Church of Williamstown


After two years we will be back at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown. This gathering will
take place in the very large central room of the church. There will no food being served at this meeting.
Masks always required and proof of vaccination is required (this is church policy). As part of this
program, we will be screening the documentary Gay Chorus Deep South, the story of how the San
Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus in response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive
2016 election, embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. The First Congregation Church of
Williamstown is located at Williams College at 906 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2:00-4PM, In Person
Inner Journey: An Introduction to Yoga and Meditation:
Skeptics and Rank Beginners Particularly Welcome

Richmond Congregational Church
2779 State Road (Route 41)
Richmond, Massachusetts


Rainbow Seniors member Mina Hamilton will lead this non-strenuous program. Mina has been a teacher
of Yoga, Meditation, and Stress-Reduction for the past thirty years. She is also a Life Coach. She trained
at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and has studied with the meditation masters, Thich Nhat
Hanh, Jack Kornfield, and Toni Packer. Mina taught stress-reduction to medical staff at Cornell Weill
Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. Her book Serenity To Go was translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese,
German, French, and Dutch. Prior to her career in the healing arts, she was the director of several
environmental organizations.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2:00-4PM: Exploring Asexuality, Zoom
Join us for a Zoom meeting with a local speaker who will help us learn more about Asexuality. Our speaker will discuss their personal story and take part in a Q and A as part of this program.

Saturday, May 14th, 2-3:30PM: Talk & Listen Group, Zoom

The Rainbow Seniors Talk and Listen Group is a confidential peer facilitated discussion specifically for LGBTQIA+ seniors to discuss their lives in a non-judgmental space. This group is facilitated by group member Ed Sedarbaum.

Wednesday, May 18th, 12:30-1:30PM: Chat ‘N Chew, Zoom
Bring your lunch to your computer and join us for free-wheeling conversation. No special topics, just chatting and catching up!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2:00-4PM: Rainbow Seniors Pride Potluck

Kicking off Pride Month a little early, we’ll host our first picnic at our favorite spot, the Pittsfield State Forest Lodge. This picnic will be specifically advertised for the Rainbow Seniors, with a community-based picnic to celebrate Pride in June. Directions available soon.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2:00-4PM: AA Public Information Session, Zoom
Join Rainbow Seniors and our host Chaula Hopefisher for an AA public information session. More details available soon.

Saturday, June 4th, 11:30-4PM: Berkshire Pride Festival and Parade

Come celebrate Berkshire Pride with Rainbow Seniors at our community tent, with lots of free giveaway items and a nice cool and covered place to hang out. March in the first ever Berkshire Pride parade with us as well. More details will be posted as pride gets closer.

Wednesday, June 8th, 5:30 PM: Screening of State of Pride

Join us for an intergenerational community screening of the documentary State of Pride, which takes a look at the history and meaning of the pride movement featuring a diverse range of LGBTQ+ perspectives, followed by open discussion. Facilitated by our Director M, with community partner guests. This gathering will take place in the ground floor auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum at 1 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield, MA. Masks Required.

Saturday, June 11th, 2-3:30PM: Talk & Listen Group, Zoom

The Rainbow Seniors Talk and Listen Group is a confidential peer facilitated discussion specifically for LGBTQIA+ seniors to discuss their lives in a non-judgmental space. This group is facilitated by group member Ed Sedarbaum.

Wednesday, June 15th, 12:30-1:30PM: Chat ‘N Chew, Zoom
Bring your lunch to your computer and join us for free-wheeling conversation. No special topics, just chatting and catching up!

Wednesday, June 22nd: No Meeting

Due to the Rainbow Seniors Community Pride Potluck taking place on June 26th, we will not be hosting a meeting on June 22nd. See you at the picnic! This choice was made for accessibility purposes, including being inclusive of students and those who work during the week.

Saturday June 25th, 2:00-5:30PM: Rainbow Seniors Community Pride Picnic

As pride month ends, we’ll host a community pride picnic open to all ages at our favorite spot, the Pittsfield State Forest Lodge. This event will be cohosted by local LGBTQ+ community organizations and bring together the community with an intergenerational focus.

4 thoughts on “Upcoming Program Schedule

  1. Hi,

    I receive your emails and would like to attend some of the zooms. I live in Easthampton. Do I have to register somewhere or can I just click on a link? Unfortunately I have a rehearsal on Wednesdays when you meet online, but am free on Saturdays. Thanks, Barbara Lockhart

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    1. The link in the emails works and takes you through the Zoom website. It gives instructions from there. The meeting id and meeting passcode are always the same one sent in the emails. If you enter it manually you can also just join us via the Zoom app.

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  2. I’m interested in your Wednesday Zoom meetings and some of the other scheduled events. How do I sign up to get the Zoom link?

    Regards, Kris Cottom kris.cottom@gmail.com (518) 708-5351

    On Fri, Feb 4, 2022 at 1:43 AM Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County wrote:

    > kennethrainbowseniorsorg posted: ” Currently we are only meeting on Zoom > with a projected return to in person meetings in March of 2022. This > decision was made for safety purposes during the Omicron variant surge. We > hold weekly Zoom meetings every Wednesday at 2 pm, unless otherwise s” >

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    1. You’ve been added to the mailing list Kris. An email will go out this morning with an upcoming Zoom. Our monthly program is being updated but will be available on Wednesday the 2nd of March on our reminder email.

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