Rainbow Seniors to focus on new and interesting programs for our 2017 meetings

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Help Us Design the Year to Come

Some of the best programs we have had at our meetings came from suggestions provided by the members. (And it was clear right from our very first meeting in October 2015 that the members wanted an interesting program at all our meetings, with or without a potluck.)

So let’s do some brainstorming at our January 7 meeting and see what we come up with.

And while we’re at it, let’s celebrate the New Year over cookies — provided by Rainbow Seniors — and whatever other snacks you’d like to provide.

Berkshire Athenaeum
2nd floor conference room
Saturday, January 7
2 pm – 4 pm
For more information, contact Ed at 413-441-6006 or ed@rainbowseniors.org
(If you’re planning to attend the Four Freedoms rally beforehand, the rally will be held right at Park Square, a block and a half from where we meet. For info on the march and rally:  https://berkshireonstage.com/2017/01/01/berkshires-united-in-support-of-americas-four-freedoms/

“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.

Pittsfield Rainbow Seniors wowed by stories from Bill Finn, dancing with Vic Ziter

Bill Finn at the piano. Photo by Alex Reczkowski.
Bill Finn at the piano. Photo by Alex Reczkowski.

The July Pittsfield gathering of Rainbow Seniors on July 2 at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield was truly a personal “show and tell” event that will be long remembered.

Show – Vic Ziter

The “show” part was led by member Vic Ziter who is a professional ballroom instructor as he introduced a whole bunch of Rainbow Seniors and guests to the simple basics of classic steps. Dancing with each of them, and then with each other, the dance was such fun it went into overtime. I participated for the first part, and then had the pleasure to watch my friends take to the floor, becoming ever more confident as they practiced.

Tell – William Finn

Bill Finn opened the meeting with his own show and tell. Tony winner, Pulitzer Prize nominee and creator of the Broadway shows Falsettos and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bill Finn is both a Pittsfield resident during the warmer half of the year, and the producing director of the Musical Theatre Lab at Barrington Stage Company.  During the winter he teaches at NYU. This fall his musical, Falsettos, is being revived by the Lincoln Center Theatre.

Finn spoke off-the-record, sharing much of his life on, off and backstage starting with Williams College and leading to the Great White Way. It seemed everyone in attendance had a question to hurl at him, and he swung right back with witty answers and an honesty that was – at times – breathtaking. To top off his act he pulled the cover off the Berkshire Athenaeum’s well-tuned piano and gave us a rendition of his latest ditty, a song written for his rabbi and synagogue in New York City.

A good time was had by all.