OLLI at BCC Events & Programs


OLLI at BCC offers a wide variety of programs and events that combine fascinating learning opportunities with social interaction. All of our events and programs are organized by our members. Interested in helping? Contact the OLLI Office about joining an OLLI committee.

Upcoming events

    • Friday, June 02, 2017
    • Friday, June 30, 2017
    • BCC Pittsfield, BCC Great Barrington, and Kimball Farms in Lenox


    Our summer semester, featuring a baker's dozen classes in international relations, Russian music, visit to artist studios and restaurant kitchens, and more, runs the month of June. Summer 2017 OLLI classes are held at Berkshire Community College campuses in Pittsfield and in Great Barrington, and at Kimball Farms in Lenox.

    No grades, no tests, just learning for the joy of learning is the hallmark of OLLI courses!

    To view the complete Summer 2017  course line up and use links to individual course descriptions click here: Summer 2017 Class Schedule or peruse our Summer Catalog PDF by clicking here.

    To register for classes, you must first join OLLI if you are not already a member. You can then register online, by mail, or by phone at 413.236.2190.  Current members need to  establish an account in order to register and pay for classes online. 

    Our registration fee schedule encourages you to sign up for more than one course: $50 for one course, $95 for two or three; and $125 for as many courses as you would like to take within a semester!

    FLEX passes ($50 each) are available and count as one class. These entitle the holder to attend up to 4 individual class sessions within a semester, as long as the class is not at capacity, or a lottery class. Click here for information on OLLI Flexpasses.

    • Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Pittsfield Country Club, 639 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
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     Faculty Appreciation Cocktail Party

    Join us as we celebrate and thank our extraordinary volunteer instructors and speakers.


    Tuesday, June 27 4:30PM-6:30PM

    Pittsfield Country Club
    639 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201

    Enjoy hor d'oeuvres, drinks, and great company at the historic home of Herman Melville's uncle, Thomas Melville, now the Pittsfield Country Club.

    You may also RSVP by telephoning the OLLI at BCC Office at 413 236 2190

     

    • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Address provided upon RSVP, Stockbridge, MA


    Exclusively for OLLI at BCC members!

    Join us for this free afternoon with the Berkshire Opera Festival, an exclusive OLLI at BCC member benefit. Pre-registration required. Please register online or by calling the OLLI at BCC office: 413-236-2190.

    For OLLI members who have not yet used our online system, enter your email, and click forgot password in order to generate your own, personally chosen one. Once you have done that, you have your own account and can register for classes, events and renew your membership easily online! Click here for detailed instructions.

    Not an OLLI member yet? Try us out this summer for just $25! You'll receive member privileges from June through August, including attending this event, discounts on talks and special events, and much more. Click here for more information on joining.

    • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union St, Pittsfield, MA 01201


    At the dawn of the 20th century, the musical Ragtime weaves together three distinctly American tales —a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring Harlem musician—united by their courage and their belief in the American Dream. Winner of Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score.

    Featuring a talkback afterwards. Discounted tickets are $44.80 and must be purchased by June 12.

     Call the Barrington Stage Box Office directly at 413-236-8888 to order and mention OLLI.

    • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201



    Drones: The Sky Isn't the Limit!

    with Thaddeus Kubis
    National Advisory Board Member, U. S. Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2pm
    Berkshire Museum

    Join us for another fascinating discussion in OLLI's 2017 Distinguished Speakers Series.

    Wondering if a drone will be delivering your next pizza order soon? Do you worry about drones invading your privacy, capturing your private moments? Are you interested in acquiring a drone of your own for photography and exploration? Do you ever wonder about the current state and the future of drones, the origin of drones, and whether drones are really flying robots?

    Join Thad Kubis, drone operator, drone photographer and videographer, and popular OLLI instructor as he traces the history of drones, the current state of affairs of drones and attempt to predict the future of both commercial and recreational drones.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance online or by calling 413.236.2190, or at the door on a space available basis.

    Join us for another fascinating discussion in OLLI's 2017 Distinguished Speakers Series.

    Wondering if a drone will be delivering your next pizza order soon? Do you worry about drones invading your privacy, capturing your private moments? Are you interested in acquiring a drone of your own for photography and exploration? Do you ever wonder about the current state and the future of drones, the origin of drones, and whether drones are really flying robots?

    Join Thad Kubis, drone operator, drone photographer and videographer, and popular OLLI instructor as he traces the history of drones, the current state of affairs of drones and attempt to predict the future of both commercial and recreational drones.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance online or by calling 413.236.2190, or at the door on a space available basis.

    • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    • 7:45 AM
    • Bus departs from Big Y - 10 Pleasant St, Lee, MA 01238
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    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    Play the role of a US SENATOR with a hand held electronic tablet as you debate, compromise, pass laws- and come away with a deeper understanding of our democracy

    LUNCH AT THE EDWARD M KENNEDY INSTITUTE

    Afternoon visit to the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    Special Exhibit: JFK 100 “ We celebrate the past to awaken the future”

    SPECIAL BUS PRESENTATION:

    PAUL FLAUM, OLLI lecturer, will enrich our visits with remarks on Edward M and John F Kennedy as we travel to Boston

    Day includes all admissions, lunch, bus, tip, tours, snacks & good company! Registration by July 1st.

    No refunds unless space filled from a waiting list.  Special Event Chair: Arline Breskin  413.446.4102

    Thank you to OLLI's Special Events Committeefor organizing this and so many other great OLLI events! 

    • Friday, July 21, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chester Theatre Company, 15 Middlefield Road Chester, MA 01011

                        

    It's the start of the Great Recession, and one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers have to make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. "Clifford Odetts' dramas come to mind and so does the great Pittsburgh cycle of August Wilson. But Skeleton Crew is squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller...A deeply moral and deeply American play." - The New York Times.

    Cast conversation afterwards. Tickets just $30. Call the Chester Theatre Comapny Box Office directly at 413-354-7771 to order and mention OLLI.


    • Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah St, Pittsfield, MA 01201


    Picnic Dinner & Baseball at Pittsfield's Historic Wahconah Park

     Enjoy a family friendly night out with OLLI and friends. Your ticket includes reserved seats behind home plate and an al fresco picnic dinner.  Great views of every pitch! Bring your camera and binoculars.

    Wahconah Park is one of the last remaining ballparks in the United States with a wooden grandstand and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was constructed in 1919 and seats 4,500.

    An article about historic Wahconah Park in Sports Illustrated was entitled "Just a Little Bit of Heaven." You can find it here.

    Game night is Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (must RSVP by July 18) to see the Pittsfield Suns play the Nashua Silver Knights. 
    Picnic dinner is served at 6 PM, and the game kicks off at  7 PM.

    Members may purchase tickets for themselves and their guests by clicking the "Register" button, by downloading and mailing in this form, or by calling the office at 413 236 2190. 


    For more information, contact volunteer event leader Bonnie Desrosiers  at 413 442 5490.
    • Thursday, August 03, 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St, Lenox, MA 01240

                        

    Pulitzer Prize-winner playwright Lynn Nottage explores the strength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, when social and class lines were distinctly drawn. A letter arrives, romance is sparked, and six lives are forever changed. Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

    Tickets are $30 and include a Q and A afterwards. Purchase by July 20th by calling the Shakespeare & Company's Box Office directly at 413-637-3353.


    • Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Berkshire Theatre Group Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St, Stockbridge, MA 01262

                        

    At Home at the Zoo combines three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee's first play, the acclaimed Zoo Story, with a prequel, Homelife, written 45 years later. "In seeing these works side by side you discover that growing older does not have to mean creative atrophy. The Zoo Story is infused with a young man’s frustration and hormonal energy, while Homelife is the product of an older, more contemplative mind." The New York Times.

    Tickets are $41.60, and include a Q & A afterwards. Call Berkshire Theatre Group's Box Office directly at 413-997-4444 to order and mention OLLI.


    • Wednesday, September 06, 2017
    • Bus leaving from Big Y, Lee - 10 Pleasant St, Lee, MA 01238


    Mystic Aquarium bus tour and lunch


    Details to follow!

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017 



    • Sunday, October 15, 2017
    • Berkshire Community College and Barrington Stage Co.



    Join us for OLLI's most popular event of the year!

    Enjoy a scrumptious buffet brunch prepared by OLLI volunteer chefs at Berkshire Community College, while an OLLI instructor extraordinaire gives a behind the scenes descriptive talk to accompany the play.

    Afterwards, we'll reconvene for the 3pm matinee  at Barrington Stage Company's MainStage, located in downtown Pittsfield.

    Already have theatre tickets? Not a problem! You can pay for just the brunch and talk.

    OLLI's Annual Theatre Brunch is organized by the OLLI Special Events Committee, chaired by Arline Breskin.


Past events

Thursday, June 22, 2017 An Evening at Jacob's Pillow with the Miami City Ballet
Saturday, June 17, 2017 The Beatles & Classical Music: A Talk with Professor Jeremy Yudkin
Saturday, June 03, 2017 Patient Safety: How to Avoid Being Harmed by Healthcare
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Free Behind-the-Scenes Tanglewood Tour
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Berkshire Carousel Guided Tour & Lunch
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 OLLI Annual Meeting & Cokie Roberts Talk
Saturday, April 29, 2017 New Directions for Jacob's Pillow with Director Pamela Tatge
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Up From Stardom Staged Reading & Reception
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Landscapes of the Clark with Director Olivier Meslay
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 OLLI Spring 2017 Semester
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 OLLI Spring Open House
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Tour & Lunch
Friday, February 24, 2017 Smartphone Photography Workshop/Great Barrington
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Workshop
Monday, February 06, 2017 Smartphone Photography Workshop/Pittsfield
Saturday, January 28, 2017 Winter Bookbinding Workshop
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 OLLI Winter Open House
Friday, December 09, 2016 One Month Later: Making Sense of the 2016 Election
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Free Workshop with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Sunday, October 16, 2016 OLLI's Annual Theatre Brunch
Saturday, October 01, 2016 Trends in Philanthropy: Here, Nationally, Worldwide
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Introduction to Western Square Dancing
Monday, September 12, 2016 OLLI 2016 Fall Course Registration
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 OLLI Bus Trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT
Sunday, September 04, 2016 Seventh Annual OLLI Art Show
Saturday, September 03, 2016 OLLI Art Show Reception & Silent Auction
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Confronting Climate Change: A Talk by Williams College Professor Ralph Bradburd
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 OLLI Fall Open House
Saturday, August 20, 2016 A Taste of Korea
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 OLLI University Day
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Play Ball! - Pittsfield Suns Baseball Game.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 The 2008 Financial Crisis: The Federal Reserve's Resolve
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Some Fascinating Stories Behind Windsor Mountain School
Saturday, July 02, 2016 Haydn Behind Beethoven
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Situating Stigma: Mental Health in News and Social Media
Thursday, June 23, 2016 Jacob's Pillow featuring ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 From Hard Rock to Hospitality
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 A Day at the Pittsfield Airport
Saturday, May 07, 2016 Mum Bett and her Quest
Sunday, February 21, 2016 OLLI 2016 Spring Course Registration




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