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.

We’re Back to Programming in 2021!!

2020 was a difficult year for everyone and we spent much of the year simply adapting to having our entire slot of programming completely dissolved. We mostly hosted unstructured discussions to allow for people to gather together and simply see one another. As we move forward into 2021 structured programming is back and we are hitting the ground running.

Rainbow Seniors general programming is back and will be packed full of topic discussions, interactive activities, educational opportunities, film screenings and more. We will also leave one meeting a month as an unstructured discussion and even structured meetings leave plenty of room to stray off topic and just have a fun chat. All meetings will be via Zoom until it is deemed safe that we can meet in person in a way that allows for programming to resume as close to normal as possible.

On top of regular programming returning, we are also proud to announce the formation of a member-led Programming Committee, that brainstorms and brings to fruition programming for Rainbow Seniors, directly from ideas discussed within our regular meetings and at their Programming Committee meetings.

So far the Programming Committee has hosted a program centered around black LGBTQIA+ artists where attendees and organizers shared their favorites and highlighted the contributions of said artists to both our community and the art world and a presentation and discussion on coping with isolation during Covid-19. This included both a video presentation and speaker from Elder Services of the Berkshires. They have also hosted a movie screening as well. The most recent film screening was of the lesbian road trip movie Cloudburst.

We look forward to seeing all of the amazing programs the committee comes up with! If you are interested in joining the Programming Committee email acanary@gmail.com

Online Meetings Only until Nov 2020

Unfortunately, as we have not updated this site in awhile, the Covid-19 pandemic is still very much with us. With this still being a high risk situation we cannot meet in person for quite some time. We are setting at timeframe of November 2020 as a reevaluation date for whether to switch back to in-person meetings. We will continue to diversify our online program for outside of just regular Zoom meetings, to include storytelling, film screenings, topic discussion, special guest speakers and more.

All Programs Postponed Until May Due To COVID-19

As of this current posting, all Rainbow Seniors programming shall be postponed until May 2020. Towards the end of April we will revaluate our schedule, but aim to be back, even if on a reduced schedule, with temporarily fewer programs. We are also in the works of trying to put together a social engagement program that can be done remotely during this stressful and unprecedented time. If any of our LGBTQ+ senior community are in need or feel they are too at risk to venture out and prepare, please let us know and we will do our best to get you in contact with resources in your area. See you soon!

Women’s Group Relaunch

Going into 2020 Rainbow Seniors has officially relaunched the Women’s Group! We will only be posting the January date here, and will release the entire list for 2020 during the month of January.

Rainbow Seniors Women’s Group
Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
1 to 3 PM

Berkshire Athenaeum
2nd Floor Conference Room
1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

This meeting is open to all women of adult generations and is meant as an opportunity of both intergenerational socializing and peer support. There is a lot of room for growth and the opportunity for those who join to really make this group into a collectively built experience.

Your meeting facilitator will be Cassie Santos-China, local community organizer with Berkshire Pride and a board member of Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition.

There will also be other facilitators of meetings throughout the year and the option of attendees to facilitate meetings as well.

Note: The second week of the month in January is busier than normal for us and will not be the norm for most of 2020. Our Talk and Listen Group is on January 11th, the North County Potluck on the 14th and the Women’s Group on the 15th. We are aware that not everyone attends every meeting, but wanted to be clear that we are aware of the clustering and have made sure that this a rare occurrence. It’s essentially based on space availability during the month of January

Rainbow Seniors Programming, 1/20

Rainbow Seniors
January 2020 Schedule:

A printable pdf file is currently being worked on with all 2020 meeting/gathering dates. There will be copies available at each of this month’s programs. A women’s group meeting schedule will also be available later in January. A downloadable copy will be available in our usual monthly reminder emails, as they go out. Thank you for you support and for bearing with us on this wonderful launch and expansion into the New Year.

Monthly Meeting:

“Welcome to 2020”:

This first meeting of the year is an
opportunity for attendees to share their
suggestions for programming for the year.
Some is already in the works, but we always
like to have input on discussion topics,
interactive programming and more.

Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Noon to 2 PM

Berkshire Atheneaeum
2nd Floor Conference Room
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Monthly Meetings in 2020 will take
place on the 1st Wednesday of the Month, unless
otherwise noted (like this month due to New Year’s Day), from
Noon to 2 pm from January through March and 1 to 3 pm
from April through December.
Talk and Listen Group:

Saturday, January 11th, 2020
2 to 4PM at the Berkshire Athenaeum
2nd Floor Conference Room
1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Our peer guided Talk and Listen Group facilitated by Rainbow Seniors founder Ed Sedarbaum will continue to run as usual, on the 3rd Saturday of the Month, from 2 to 4 PM at the Berkshire Athenaeum at 1 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield, MA in the 2nd floor Conference Room. Date and time will remain consistent unless otherwise noted. 2nd Saturday this month due to space availability restrictions. There are only two dates this year not on the 3rd Saturday.

Williamstown Potluck:

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
First Congregational Church of Williamstown
906 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267

Our monthly Williamstown potluck has been moved from the 3rd Tuesday to the 2nd Tuesday of every month, from Noon to 2 PM. This has been done to space out the schedule as to accomadate our newly launched Pittsfield Potluck, putting a two week space between the potlucks.

Women’s Group Meeting:

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
1 to 3 pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum
2nd Floor Conference Room
1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Our newly relaunched Women’s Group Meeting will be taking place monthly, we are currently working towards finalizing 2020 meeting dates and will have a list available in January. Your starting facilitator for January of 2020 is Cassey Santos-China, community organizer with Berkshire Pride and member of the Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition Board. All efforts are made to prevent multiple programs in a week, January just happens to be one of those rare occasions.

LGBTQ Movie Matinee:

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
Noon to 2 PM at the Lee Library
100 Main Street in Lee, MA 01238

Starting in 2020 our LGBTQ Movie Matinee has been moved to the 4th Wednesday of every month from Noon to 2 PM at the Lee Library in Lee, MA at 100 Main Street. Our first film of 2020 is Rafiki, a Kenyan love story of two women set against the backdrop of the political, religious and familial tensions of being LGBTQ in Kenya. Fresh popcorn and beverages provided.

Pittsfield Potluck:

Monday, January 27th, 2020
Noon to 2 pm
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Cafeteria
67 East Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Our newly launched Pittsfield Potluck will always take place on the 4th Monday of the Month, unless otherwise noted. Due to the space being unavailable, as January 20th is a holiday, we will be gathering on the 5th Monday in January 2020. For reference, this is the same location as the 2018 and 2019 Berkshire Stonewall Friendsgiving Potluck.

Monthly Discussion Meeting: Poetry of Our Lives, Session 2

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In 2018 Rainbow Seniors hosted a poetry reading inspired by the suggestion of a member and it was a big success. So, we are hosting another poetry/prose reading at our next monthly discussion meeting on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 starting at 2 pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum in the 2nd floor conference room at 1 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield, MA. Bring your favorite poem/prose, whether you wrote it or it’s your favorite author. You are also welcome to just enjoy the poetry/prose being read. Bringing something to read is not mandatory.

Saturday LGBTQ Movie Matinee, 8/24

Rainbow Seniors will be hosting our monthly Saturday LGBTQ Movie Matinee’s on the 4th Saturday of every month in the meeting room of the Lee Library on 100 Main Street in Lee, MA 01238. This month our film is Man in the Orange Shirt. The film will screen from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm. Films will be played via the projection screen available at the library (yes folks, movie theater style). Open to adults of all generations. Fresh popcorn and beverages included.

Breakthrough Netflix Show: Special

Special is “a distinctive and uplifting new series about a gay man named Ryan, with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his identity and finally go after the life he wants.”[

Special takes a look at the LGBTQIA+ community from a rarely if ever seen angle, from the perspective of a disabled person.

Highly lauded as both history-making and well-made viewing, Special also is unique in that the main character is actually played the by the author and inspiration of the book “I’m Special and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves” that is basis for the series.

Opting for direct representation rather than an actor to play him, Ryan O’Connell is a wonder and delight and is providing representation for an often overlooked community. We look forward to seeing this progression of Netflix into an LGBTQIA+ film and tv powerhouse.

5/11/19: STUCK RUBBER BABY: What Was I Thinking??!”

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Our month discussion meeting will not be on the first Saturday of the month in May, it will be on the second Saturday. At the May 11 meeting in Pittsfield, Rainbow Seniors member Howard Cruse will return with another slideshow presentation about his work. This time the subject will be his 1995 graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, which will be re-issued next year in a re-packaged 25th anniversary edition.

Since its publication, Howard’s book has won Eisner and Harvey Awards in the U.S., a Comics Creators Award in the U.K., a Luchs Award in Germany, a 2007 Saló del Còmic de Barcelona Award in Spain, and a 2002 Prix de la critique at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France. The Comics Journal cited Stuck Rubber Baby as being among the “100 Best Comics of the [20th] Century.”

Howard’s slideshow will focus on the thought processes that went into his book’s creation. After the presentation Howard will respond to any questions or comments offered by the members present.