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.

NoHo Pride Parade and Festival

Northampton Pride is on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Stage show and festival start at 12:30. Entries for cars being in the parade and for marching as a designated unit filled up much quicker this year so a number of groups were unable to sign up.

Berkshire Health Systems and their Diversity Council however did sign up and said that Berkshire LGBTQ groups are more than welcome to march with them, this includes Rainbow Seniors and Berkshire Pride. If you would like to march in the parade with Berkshire Health Systems, Rainbow Seniors and Berkshire Pride, please email: kenneth@rainbowseniors.org

If you have a vehicle and would like to carpool to Noho Pride, please also let us know.

We would like to make it possible for members of Rainbow Seniors to attend the event.

Arrival to march in parade is 9:30 am, so leaving the Berkshires around 8:15 is advisable. If you don’t want to or are unable to march we also want to make it possible to attend to watch the parade. Arrival would be same time as for marching.

We encourage those carpooling to stay for the pride festival as well which takes place until 4:30 pm.

Monthly Potluck at Special Location

Hello everyone! This month Rainbow Seniors has a special treat lined up for you.

We are ever-so-grateful to Carlos and Alan for offering their beautiful space for our July Potluck.

Feel free to bring a dish or snack to share.
Desserts welcome as well.

Potluck Time and Location:

Tuesday July 17th, 2018 from Noon to 2 PM

Journey’s End Lodge
61 Cobbleview Road
Williamstown, MA 01267

Alan and Carlos are pleased to host the July 17th Rainbow Seniors Potluck at, and to invite all Rainbow Senior Members to their home – Journey’s End Lodge located at 61 Cobbleview Road in Williamstown.

Because there is limited parking they ask that you approach Journey’s End on Candlewood Drive, with parking priority given to those with disabilities and mobility concerns.

Their home is located at the end of Candlewood, in the cul-de-sac. You should park on Candlewood, walk to the cul-de-sac and take the stairs down to their front door. Need more information, just give them a call or drop them an email.

Email: acrlcrr@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.newjourneysend.com
Phone: 202-802-0880

Directions:

1.) Approaching from Williamstown, drive East on Main, turn right on Adams and then right on to Stratton. Continue up Stratton, past Cobbleview, to Candlewood. Turn left, drive down the street toward the cul-de-sac, park and join us.

2.) Approaching from North Adams, drive West on Main, turn left on Adams, go to and turn left on Stratton. Continue up Stratton, past Cobbleview, to Candlewood. Turn left, drive down the street toward the cul-de-sac, park and join us.

Rainbow Seniors is a social group for LGBTQ seniors and their friends. We are supported in part by Title III of the Older Americans Act. Our fiscal agent is Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition and our guru and guide is Elder Services of Berkshire County.

For more information, email Kenneth Mercure at kenneth@rainbowseniors.org
Give us a call at 1-413-496-4211
Visit our website at http://www.rainbowseniors.org
Check us out on Facebook: http://facebook.com/berkshirerainbowseniors

Meet the New Director of Rainbow Seniors at our Holiday Potluck

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invites you to

Meet the New Director of Rainbow Seniors
at our
Holiday Potluck
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Kenneth Mercure

A message from the outgoing director:

My dear Rainbow Seniors and friends,
I am delighted to introduce you to Kenneth Mercure, the new Director of Rainbow Seniors.

Kenneth is a born organizer. A Berkshire County native, Kenneth’s earliest effort was the founding of an LGBTQ youth program in Great Barrington – at age 15! The group flourished for two years.

Kenneth began working as a Lyme disease community organizer and patient advocate in 2010. Kenneth went on to found the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires, which has grown from a support group into a full-fledged organization that holds monthly meetings and workshops. Kenneth works directly with those affected to help them educate themselves and their families and to guide them in the direction of the care they need. To date Kenneth has moderated 70+ meetings.

I first became aware of Kenneth last year when he contacted Rainbow Seniors to learn if we were planning a countywide Pride celebration. We weren’t, so Kenneth assembled a large and enthusiastic volunteer team and they created one – last June’s successful Pride Festival in the Pittsfield Common, attended by over 500 beautiful and diverse people.  It was a wonderful example of inclusivity that gave the emerging LGBTQ community a voice. Berkshire Pride has since grown to be more than just a festival and is now working to help grow the community through a variety of events.

I was delighted when Kenneth expressed interest in the job of Director, and after a few conversations about our shared sense of the Rainbow Senior’s mission (including securing funding to support our activities and services into the future), Kenneth was hired.

We will work as co-Directors for a month or two, until Kenneth gains his sea legs and is ready to lead Rainbow Seniors into a solid future.

I am proud of Rainbow Seniors and feel confident that Kenneth will preserve and grow our merry band.RainbowSeniorsBizcard2016