Upcoming: The Misanthrope to Benefit Spruces

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s reading of The Misanthrope will raise funds for Higher Ground’s work. The event will take place at The Clark on February 27 at 7pm. This article from Berkshire On Stage is a great overview of The Misanthrope and this particular reading.  As Larry Murray writes there:

The Williamstown Theatre Festival suffered its own losses as the Hoosic River flooded their prop and scenery storage facility causing severe damage. The residents of the Spruces and the staff of the Festival found they shared common ground. “Thanks to our supporters we have made great progress in recovering from that disaster,” said Jenny Gersten, WTF’s artistic director yesterday. “Jim Kolesar (VP of Public Affairs for Williams College) and I have talked about this a lot, and how Higher Ground was formed to provide assistance to the larger community, so when we began to plan our annual February play reading, it was a no-brainer as to who would be the beneficiary. It may have been serendipitous, but Higher Ground is now a major part of the community. They need ongoing support.”

Upcoming: Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner

Tuesday, February 21 we celebrate MARDI GRAS or Fat Tuesday, the traditional day for one last culinary fling before Lent, which begins the following day. This by-donation dinner is a benefit for Higher Ground and is open to the whole community. Current and former residents of The Spruces eat free! Come between 5-6:30 pm to listen to the Taylor Halperin Jazz Trio and enjoy Jeannie Ranney’s pancakes – blueberry, cranberry, apple, and chocolate chip – with flavored syrups, baked apples, sausage and beverages. There will also be cereal available for people silly enough not to like pancakes! To make a reservation or if you’d like to help in some way, call 413-458-4273 or e-mail office@firstchurchwilliamstown.org.

Download the Fat Tuesday Poster to distribute!