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

    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Address provided upon RSVP, Stockbridge, MA
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    Free & exclusively for OLLI at BCC members!

    Join us for a free afternoon salon with the Berkshire Opera Festival's General Director Jonathon Loy and Artistic Director Brian Garman about their upcoming production of Rigoletto, an exclusive OLLI at BCC member benefit. Pre-registration required. Please register online or by emailing the OLLI at BCC office at olli@berkshirecc.edu


    Plus OLLI members may take advantage of a 10% discount on tickets to the opening performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto on Saturday, August 25th at 1pm at the Colonial Theatre, which includes an exclusive talkback afterwards with General Director Jonathon Loy and members of the design team. For details on purchasing tickets or reserving a spot for the talkback contact Mary Clare McAlee: mcmcalee@berkshireoperafestival.org or 413.213.6641.

    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.

    • Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Milne Library, 1095 Main Street, Williamstown, Mass. 01267
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    You're invited to share your feedback, thoughts and wishes about OLLI at BCC at one of three focus groups especially for OLLI members! Focus groups are guided conversations that provide indepth responses and commentary. Your feedback will help us to chart the course for OLLI at BCC into the future and help us better serve you, in concert with the membership survey you recently received.

    RSVP online to attend or send us an email to OLLI@berkshirecc.edu. For active OLLI at BCC members only.

    • Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Kimball Farms, 235 Walker Street, Lenox, Mass. 01240
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    Edith Wharton's Lenox
    Six Local Places where Edith Wharton's Presence still Resonates

    An illustrated talk with author & historian Cornelia Gilder

    Wednesday, July 25th, 3pm
    Kimball Farms
    235 Walker Street, Lenox, Mass.

    Join us for another fascinating discussion in OLLI's 2018 Distinguished Speakers Series. Drawing on years of research and mentoring by old Lenox residents, Cornelia Brooke Gilder will give a unique virtual tour of unchanged corners of the Berkshires - some accessible to the public, others still private - which were cherished spots for Edith Wharton more than a century ago.

    A lifelong Berkshire resident, Ms. Gilder was educated at Vassar College and Cambridge University, and is co-author of Houses of the Berkshires:1870-1930 (Acanthus Press)and Hawthorne’s Lenox (History Press).  She is co-curator of a current exhibit on Edith Wharton’s husband, Teddy, at the Mount. Her most recent book, Edith Wharton’s Lenox, was published in 2017.

    Tickets are available online or by mailing in the registration form found by clicking here. Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC members, and $15 for the general public. Admission is free to Berkshire Community College students and youth 17 and under.

    • Friday, July 27, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room G-12, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201
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    Are you interested in OLLI and its programs but haven't yet taken the plunge and joined us? You're invited to share your feedback, thoughts and wishes about OLLI at BCC at a focus group especially for people who are interested in OLLI but haven't joined yet.

    Focus groups are guided conversations that provide indepth responses and commentary. Your feedback will help us to chart the course for OLLI at BCC into the future and help us better serve you, in concert with the membership survey you recently received.

    RSVP online to attend or send us an email to OLLI@berkshirecc.edu. For active OLLI at BCC members only.

    • Thursday, August 02, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Chester Theatre Company, 15 Middlefield Road Chester, MA 01011

                        

    When Mary and Charlie find themselves sheltering from a storm in the same barn, they don’t yet realize their chance meeting will change their young lives. Time is a mere construct in this tale of a great love told in the shadow of the Great War. (Director and cast to be announced.)



    Cast conversation afterwards. 

    For tickets, please call the Chester Theatre Box Office at 413-354-7770 and mention OLLI for the OLLI group ticket rate - $36.00


    • Monday, August 06, 2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • 121 Union St, Suite N1, North Adams, MA 01247
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    Join us for behind-the-scenes tours of a tiny house factory & the GreylockWorks mill + OLLI lunch

    Monday, August 6th, 2018, 10:30am-3pm
    North Adams, Mass.


    Tour an incredible tiny house factory to see production from start to finish, and walk through several models of their handcrafted tiny houses, all manufactured in North Adams. Plus enjoy lunch, courtesy of OLLI chefs, and a tour of GreylockWorks, also in North Adams, a former 1870 cotton spinning mill reimagined as a stunning campus that will soon be hosting artisanal food production, a boutique hotel that can host conferences, and more in this extraordinary space.   

               

    Please note: this is a self-driving tour–no bus provided.
    Would you like to carpool? Call Arline Breskin at 413.243.3640.

    Register online here or by printing the registration form found here and mailing it in. Refunds only available if space filled from a waiting list.  

    Thank you to OLLI's Special Events Committee for organizing this and so many other great OLLI events! Questions? Contact Special Event Committee Chair Arline Breskin at 413.243.3640 or 413.446.4102

    • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • High Lawn Farms, Lenox MA 01240
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    A behind-the-scenes tour of High Lawn Farm in Lenox, Mass.

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    Tour this world famous Jersey cow dairy farm dating from the 1920s where Great Britain’s Channel Islands breed, known for health, longevity and superior milk production, have lineage traceable for 15 generations. Contributions to genetic improvement of the breed have twice been awarded MASTER BREEDER titles. Observe the Lely Astronaut robotic milking system, a state-of-the-art device.

    Meet the most beautiful doe-like faces of the entire bovine kingdom!  

    This is farmland so walking from barn to barn may be challenging. Wear sturdy shoes.

    OLLI members with a unique email address on file with us may register for events and classes online.  Click here for instructions.  You may also register by telephoning the OLLI Office at 413 236 2190, or by printing the registration form and mailing it in. Refunds only available if space filled from a waiting list.  

    Thank you to OLLI's Special Events Committee for organizing this and so many other great OLLI events! Questions? Contact Special Event Committee Chair Arline Breskin at 413.243.3640 or 413.446.4102

    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
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    Join us for OLLI's August University Day!

    1968: Fifty Years Later

    Tuesday, August 14th | 9:30am-3:30pm
    Berkshire Community College

    featuring keynote speaker David Margolick

    Vanity Fair contributing editor & author of the new book

    The Promise & the Dream:
    The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. & Robert F. Kennedy

    Breakout sessions include:

    A Conversation with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, co-founder of Ms. magazine

    Former TIME magazine editor Don Morrison
    on 1968 and the Dawn of the Media Age

    Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen
    on Jacob's Pillow Fifty Years Ago

    OLLI instructors Stacy Wallach and Bill Sturgeon
    on Vietnam: The Pivotal Year

    College of the Holy Cross Professor Anne Blashke
    on Sport, Race & Gender in 1968

    Former White House staff & OLLI instructor Kit Dobelle on
    LBJ's Groundbreaking Domestic Civil Rights Agenda

    and more, followed by a final talk on 1968 and Political Conflicts within the African-American Community: Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and Malcolm X” with Professor Emeritus Robert Kahn.

    Your University Day registration includes morning refreshments, lunch featuring a curated playlist of 1968 music; an interactive 1968 timeline; opportunities to contribute oral histories of your involvement and interaction with the extraordinary events and movements of 1968; and more! Click here for more information about signing up to be interviewed about your experiences in 1968. The deadline for submitting your stories and memories is Friday, July 13.

    University Day registration is $40 for OLLI members, and $55 for non-members, and includes lunch and morning refreshments.  Click here to register online, or here to access a printable order form that can be mailed in.

    • Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • The Connector Lounge, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA
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    Save the date! Join us Tuesday, August 21, from 10am to 11:30am and learn more about OLLI and our exciting fall semester of classes.

    Free and open to all. Enjoy delicious refreshments, meet our extraordinary instructors, and enjoy BCC's Connector Lounge.



    • Thursday, August 23, 2018
    • 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553
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    Daytrip to Storm King Art Center

    in New York's Hudson Valley

    Thursday, August 23rd, 2018, 9am

    Join us and explore one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, featuring over 100 permanent installations on 500 acres plus INDICATORS, seventeen new public art installations on the theme of climate change. (Click here to read the New York Times' preview of the climate change installations.)

    Your ticket includes roundtrip transportation from Lee via luxury coach, lunch, snacks, admissions, a guide tour and great company!

       

    Registration is $70 for OLLI members, and $85 for non-members. You may register online here, by telephoning the OLLI Office at 413 236 2190, or by printing the registration form and mailing it in. Refunds only available if space filled from a waiting list.  

    Thank you to OLLI's Special Events Committee for organizing this and so many other great OLLI events! Questions? Contact Special Event Committee Chair Arline Breskin at 413.243.3640 or 413.446.4102.

    • Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St, Lenox, MA 01240

                




    Mothers and Sons


    "Fantastic! McNally captures a moment of hope and promise…MOTHERS AND SONS feels like the sun on your face!” 
    —NBC New York.

    "A wonderful Hamlet on his way to becoming a great one" is how Cal describes his deceased lover, Andre when Katherine, Andre's mother, shows up unexpectedly on his doorstep. In this funny and moving piece Tony Award winning playwright Terence McNally's sharp dialogue illustrates how reconciling loss and transgression can reveal the enduring nature of love.

    "A MASTERPIECE! Terrence McNally is one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theatre world has yet produced. MOTHERS AND SONS is profound. Heartbreaking. Triumphant." 
    —NY Observer.


    Tickets include a Q and A afterwards. To purchase tickets, please call the Shakespeare & Company's Box Office at 413-637-3353 and mention OLLI for a 40% discount.
    • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • Wednesday, October 31, 2018
    • Various locations in Berkshire County.



    Our fall semester runs from September 20th to October 31st, with weekly classes ranging from 4 to 6 sessions each.

    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.  

    FLEX passes ($50 each) are available. These entitle the holder to attend up to 6 individual class sessions within a semester, perfect if you will be out of town for part of the semester, or if you are just omnivorous! (Note that FLEX passes are not valid for lottery courses or courses that have reached capacity.) 

    Questions? You can always give the OLLI office a call at 413.236.2190 and we will be happy to help!

    • Sunday, October 14, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 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 OLLI lecturer extraordinaire Phyllis Jaffe gives a behind-the-scenes descriptive talk to accompany the play.

    Afterwards, we'll attend the 3pm matinee of a The Glass Menagerie at Barrington Stage Company's MainStage in downtown Pittsfield. 

    Order your tickets online, by phone at 413.236.2190, mail in the registration form. (Already have theatre tickets? Not a problem! You can pay for just the brunch and talk.) The deadline to purchase tickets is September 28th.


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

Past events

Thursday, July 19, 2018 Central County OLLI Member Focus Group
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 OLLI Theater Party at Barrington Stage, Dolls House 2
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Update on Recent Supreme Court Rulings on Gerrymandering & the Right to Vote
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 CANCELLED: High Lawn Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour July 17th
Monday, July 16, 2018 South County OLLI Member Focus Group
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Mystic Seaport Tour Bus Trip
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Leonard Bernstein at 100: A Talk with Professor Jeremy Yudkin
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 OLLI Faculty Appreciation Party
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 OLLI Theater Party at Berkshire Theatre Group, Church and State
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 SOLD OUT:High Lawn Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour #2
Thursday, June 21, 2018 An Evening at Jacob's Pillow with the Royal Danish Ballet
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Free! Behind-the-Scenes Tanglewood Preview
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 SOLD OUT: High Lawn Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Monday, June 11, 2018 OLLI Volunteer Leadership Academy
Saturday, June 09, 2018 Music Changes the Brain: A Neuroscientist's View
Monday, June 04, 2018 Teaching for OLLI: A Free Course
Monday, June 04, 2018 OLLI Summer 2018 Semester
Friday, June 01, 2018 Play Ball! Picnic Dinner & Baseball
Thursday, May 31, 2018 Art in Bennington Daytrip
Friday, May 25, 2018 SOLD OUT: OLLI Annual Meeting & Katy Tur Talk
Thursday, May 17, 2018 OLLI at 3rd.Thursdays!
Thursday, May 10, 2018 FREE Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Workshop
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Navigating Climate Change in Uncertain Times
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Cellblock Art: Set Free in the Penitentiary
Thursday, April 12, 2018 OLLI Spring 2018 Semester
Thursday, March 22, 2018 OLLI Spring Open House
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 The Elling Eide Center Private Tour and Lunch - March 20th, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 The Elling Eide Center Private Tour and Lunch - March 13th, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018 OLLI Winter 2018 Semester
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 OLLI Downhill Skiing Group
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 OLLI Winter Open House
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 OLLI University Day: Criminal Justice Reform
Sunday, November 05, 2017 Reading Willa Cather with James Kraft
Saturday, October 21, 2017 How Digital and Social Media Have Disrupted Journalism
Sunday, October 15, 2017 OLLI's Annual Theatre Brunch
Sunday, October 08, 2017 Celebrating Arthur Sherman Luncheon
Saturday, September 16, 2017 The Honesty of Hoax: Stories Behind the Consumption of Counterfeits
Thursday, September 14, 2017 OLLI Fall 2017 Semester
Thursday, September 07, 2017 OLLI Mentoring for Success Meeting
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Meet Memoir Writing Instructor Vivian Dorsel
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Sex, Science, Society and Reproduction
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Historic Wahconah Park Guided Tour & Lunch
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Seven: A Staged Reading
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 OLLI Theater Party at Berkshire Theatre Group, Zoo Story
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Economic Myths, Realities, and Opportunities
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 OLLI University Day
Monday, August 07, 2017 Writing with Pictures Class
Thursday, August 03, 2017 OLLI Theater Party at Shakespeare & Company, Intimate Apparel
Friday, July 21, 2017 OLLI Theater Party at Chester Theatre Company, Skeleton Crew
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 OLLI Bus Trip to JFK Library & Edward Kennedy Center for the Senate
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Drones: The Sky Isn't the Limit!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 OLLI Theater Party at Barrington Stage, Ragtime
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 An Afternoon with the Berkshire Opera Festival
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Faculty Appreciation Cocktail Party
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
Friday, June 02, 2017 OLLI Summer 2017 Classes
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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