A holiday gathering in Williamstown for Rainbow Seniors

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The rainbow is a perfect symbol for the month of December with its many holidays, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwaanza, Hanukkah or the birth of Apollo and Artemis, we are going to have a festive party on Tuesday, December 20 from Noon to 2pm at the First Congregational Church meeting room in Williamstown. It’s a potluck event, so cook up something special to bring and share at our family buffet.

If you haven’t joined us before, the First Congregational Church of Williamstown is the large white church on Route 2, with free parking in the rear. Use Chapin Hall Drive which runs alongside the church to access. Be sure to remember your parking permit for the dashboard, or if you need one, pick one up at the church office so you are not ticketed.

Ideas: past, present and future

We will also be looking for some ideas on things to do and speakers to invite to our meetings in 2017, so be sure to bring your ideas and suggestions as well. We need them to be sure our gatherings represent the diversity of our members.

In the past we have done things like a day in the deep woods, a June Pride Dance, trips to performances at Jacob’s Pillow, Barrington Stage Company and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well welcoming special guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment and the social services to speak at our meetings.

To keep up to date we have an e-mail list that keeps us in contact with each other. To have your name added, or for more information, send a note to ed@rainbowseniors.org. You can also call Ed at 413-441-6006.

“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.

Rainbow Seniors joins with Adams Council on Aging for Fall Foliage Picnic Oct. 5

A free and fabulous fall foliage picnic will take place on October 5, 2016 at the Adams Senior Center (the former Visitor’s Center) at 3 Hoosac Street in Adams. This will be a very special picnic, with freshly roasted pulled pork being the main menu item. The food and conversation will be more lively and richer than usual as this picnic combines a number of new elements to bring seniors from different backgrounds and towns together.

If you plan to attend, RSVP by October 4 to 413-743-8333. See you there!

Sponsored by the Adams Council on Aging, Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County, and the Berkshire-Taconic’s Foundation Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy, the picnic will take place from noon to 2pm on Wednesday, October 5.

In addition to great food and interesting people, there will be music and memories in the air as well. This is a great chance to enjoy the great outdoors during the most glorious time of the year in the Berkshires. And should it rain, well, the shelter of the Senior Center is the alternative location in case of uncooperative weather.

For more information, call Ed Sedarbaum at 413-441-6006.

Rainbow Seniors Potluck Celebrates its First Birthday September 20 in Williamstown

A yummy first anniversary is being prepared.
A yummy first anniversary is being prepared.

You know it is going to be a fab-u-lous meeting when we gather at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown for our First Anniversary Potluck, at noon, September 20, 2016. Bring your own hot or cold dish and join us as we remember when we all met each other for the first time.

Here’s a historic video from an early gathering at the home of Carlos and Alan:

Third Tuesdays are the regular day to join us in Williamstown for a potluck lunch. They take place at the First Congregational Church on Route 2, right in the center of town. It’s the big white church on the hill, the address is 906 Main Street, and you enter from the side, on Chapin Hill Road. There is a parking lot right behind the church. (Pick up the parking permit from the church office). You will enjoy the friendly group which gathers there monthly.

In Pittsfield, the gatherings are on the first Saturday each month at the Berkshire Athenaeum Conference Room from 2-4pm and there in parking available.

For more information – or answers to any questions or concerns – give a call to Ed Sedarbaum, our organizer and founder, at 413-441-6006 or send him an email at rainbowseniorsbc@gmail.com

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Well attended Candidates Forum answers many questions

Holding a candidate’s forum on a holiday weekend afternoon seemed counter-intuitive. Even with the bright sun shining, more than fifty folks from the Berkshire Rainbow Seniors and Age Friendly Berkshires spent Saturday afternoon at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield where all the candidates for contested seats showed up and answered questions related to topics and issues of concern to the diverse groups. The primary election takes place this Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Above are some of the photos snapped by Stephanie Zollshan of The Berkshire Eagle.

Song and dance guys Bill Finn, Vic Ziter headline July 2 Rainbow Seniors Meeting

Gotta sing! Gotta dance! with Rainbow Seniors
At the Berkshire Atheneum July 2 from 2:00-4:00 pm

The Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County love to have a good time, and to celebrate Independence Day Weekend, they’ve tapped a member of their own organization, Vic Ziter, to talk about, demonstrate and teach us some dance moves at our next gathering. As a professional ballroom instructor, Vic has spent a good portion of his life teaching dance and perfecting the highly stylized and varied ballroom dance art form. Most of us remember the Foxtrot, Cha Cha and the Lindy Hop, but we will get to hear about many other styles as well, and get to try some of them ourselves as we refresh our memories. It takes place on Saturday, July 2, 2016 in the downstairs auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum on Wendell Street in Pittsfield. The event runs from 2-4 pm.

Tony Award winner William Finn (Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) will also be on hand to talk about his Musical Theatre Lab at Barrington Stage Company which began in the basement room we will be meeting in. Bill is here this summer preparing for the world premiere of the new musical Broadway Bounty Hunter. Inspired by the Blaxploitation movies of 1970’s (think Shaft), this exciting new musical follows 60-year-old unemployed actor Annie (“a woman of a certain age”) as she’s asked to become a bounty hunter and capture one of the most dangerous criminals alive, an ex-Broadway producer turned drug warlord. It has a delicious Joe Iconis score rich with R&B and Funk (and a splash of 80’s Rock ‘n’ Roll). Bill will talk about his journey to and from Broadway.

Rainbow Seniors serves the LGBTQ community and its allies in Berkshire County. It holds two meetings a month. In Williamstown it holds a potluck lunch at the First Congregational Church at noon on the third Tuesday of each month, while the other takes place in Pittsfield on the first Saturday 2-4pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

To stay in touch with all our activities, send your preferred email to rainbowseniorbc@gmail.com or for more information call Ed Sederbaum, 413-441-6006.

Coming Attractions – Pride Dance, plus Special Guests for both Rainbow Senior Meetings in June

June offers us a huge Berkshire LGBTQ Pride Dance event at the Colonial as well as a pair of Rainbow Seniors Meetings in June, both with special guests.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 2 pm – 4 pm at the
Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield

The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal and Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin — are two early gay novels which will be explored for us as only our own Hugh Black can! Read them (again) beforehand if you have the time, or learn from Hugh why you might make them part of you summer reading. Light refreshments.

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First Congregational Church of Williamstown

Spirituality and Sexuality — Father Joseph Farnes, an openly gay priest serving as Assistant Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield discusses his personal journey and his understanding of why spirituality and sexuality are perfectly compatible. Special guest: Rev. Mark Longhurst, pastor of The First Congregational Church of Williamstown where we meet monthly.

As usual, our North County meeting is a potluck meeting with a chance to socialize, so bring something delicious to share with the group.