Council on Aging Update

News and notes, Wednesday September 15, 2021

Our friends at the Williamstown Theater Festival Community Works program are back and coming to the Harper Center for a real, in person, live workshop!

This free workshop will be led by WTF Associate Artistic Director Laura Savia and aims to develop theatrical skills with a focus on expression and storytelling! Hey, we’ve done this before. Remember when everyone told ghost stories and the play “Summer Soldier” was written by Boo Killebrew as a result?

Anyway, no experience is necessary, the program is open to anyone aged 18 and older.

This event will be held on Friday September 24th, right here at the Harper Center from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. The workshop will likely be conducted outdoors, weather permitting with participants spaced appropriately apart. Laura is requesting that everyone participating wear masks.We can do that right?

Now, if there is a weather issue, you can find the workshop here at  this link

As usual, any questions can be addressed to

This event is part of ArtWeek Berkshires 2021. It will be great to have Laura and friends back!

There’s a paper shredding/electronics recycling event scheduled for Saturday September 25th from 9:00-1:00 with paper shredding on site from 10:00 to 1:00. It’s sponsored by All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church in North Adams and the  event will be in the Steeples City Parking Lot, which is adjacent to the church. The paper shredding is a free will donation to support All Saints. There are disposal fees of 10-15 dollars for most electronics-computers, printers, copiers, cell phones etc…

Bigger items, like household appliances, refrigerators etc, are $25 and there is a sliding fee for TV disposal ranging from $20 for smaller models up to $40 for the bigger ones. 

There is another bulky waste collection sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste District in Lanesborough from 8:00 to 1:00 at 10 Maple Court in Lanesborough. No paper shredding at this one, there are fees for individual items. You can contact them at 413-743-8208 for further information.

The Garden Club of Williamstown is holding a house plant sale at the Milne Public Library on Saturday the 18th. The event is from 10-1:00. All sorts of plants to liven up your spaces. Check it out!

Later this week, on Friday the 17th, here at Harper, we’ve initiated a coffee and conversation hour at 9:00 on Friday mornings.Yes, there are snacks. Last week during the inaugural session it was donuts and strudel. This week it will be coffee and…

That afternoon at 1:00 Roger Tincknell will perform. Roger comes courtesy of the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council who have provided the grant for his performance. He was supposed to come here last year but like everything else, he was wiped out by Covid-19. He has visited us before. The last time he was here, I had been out at some meeting and as I arrived here, I heard him singing an Elvis tune and man, he sounded like him. I, by the way, am not an Elvis fan, never have been. Roger however, is really good. We’ll have refreshments halfway through his performance.  

The First Friday Book Discussion Group will continue to meet here at the Harper Center on the First Friday Monthly for the foreseeable future. It’s likely a bit late to read the October selection, however the book for November is “The Beet Queen” by Louise Erdrich. If you’re interested in joining the group or have questions about what this is, contact Peter Mehlin at 413-458-1388 or at

Last week we discussed an opportunity to have Grab and Go meals from Elder Services Berkshire delivered here for pick up. We had enough interest in the community so I have advised them that we are interested. We’ll have 2 coolers with hot and cold food-they’ll go into a brown bag for pick up. Of course, it will be more complex than that, at least for us. We’ll need advanced reservations, etc. More information will be following soon-I hope next week. Anyway, barring the unforeseen, we’ll do it soon.

Finally for now, we’re trying to arrange a date and time for a flu shot clinic here at Harper. That folks, would be a regular flu shot, not the other kind. Yes, you still have to get one of the regular flu shots. We’ll let you know when it’s happening but it will certainly be soon!

Ciao for now…


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