BITS & BYTES: Rare-book specialist Ken Gloss; ‘An Old Fashioned Christmas’ in GB; ‘Transient Beauty’ at Bennington Museum; Hunt Library holiday shop; ski season at Notchview

Berkshire Atheneum, Milne Library hosts rare book specialist Ken Glos

Pittsfield, Williamstown – Kenneth Glos, owner of the world-renowned Brattle bookstore in downtown Boston, will be giving a presentation, via Zoom, at Wednesday December 1 at 6:30 pm, to the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield and beyond Thursday December 2 at 6 pm For the Milne Library in Williamstown.

Glos, a rare book specialist and octagon often seen on national television, will partly talk about the history of his historic library (, which dates back to around 1825. He is a second-generation shopkeeper.

Gloss will share some of his favorite discoveries and describe some of the joys of “hunting,” as well as explaining what makes the book soar in value. He has many great anecdotes to share, as well as instructions on what to look for when starting a group. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and Gloss will then provide free oral assessments of the books in the participants’ possession, or will do so at his Boston store at a later time.

Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for the Best of New England The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquities bookstores, now in its 72nd year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Glos was succeeded by his late father, George, a well-known figure in archaeological circles. He had been working in the store since his childhood and chose to work in the book business rather than pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. Ken Glos became the sole owner after his father’s death in 1985.

Gloss is a member of the Old Booksellers Association of America, serves on the Committee of the Boston International Antique Book Fair, the Boston Society, the Board of Supervisors of the USS Constitution Museum, and is a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Gloss has appeared on national and local radio and television programmes, including “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS.


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Great Barrington Historical Society Presents “Old Fashioned Christmas”

Photo courtesy of the JB Historical Society

Great Wellington The Great Barrington Historical Society will once again display its famous exhibit “An Old Fashioned Christmas” at the City Museum located at 817 South Main St. in Great Barrington. Watching hours are November 26-December on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Four fully decorated show rooms, telling the story of the Christmas holiday and its traditions from the colonial and Civil War periods, to the Victorian era, to the 1950s and, finally, our contemporary celebrations. Decorated period Christmas trees and 56 village scenes feature the section along with a holiday gift shop area.

A passionate work of the Historical Society each year, the gallery has grown into a “don’t miss” destination in the area for vacations for the whole family.


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‘Transient Beauty: Responding to ‘Bentley’ Snowflake opens at Bennington Museum

Photo courtesy of Bennington Museum

Bennington, Vt. On Friday, November 26, the Bennington Museum will open its annual winter exhibition and closed-loop auction of 25 contemporary artists responding to the microscopic portraits of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley.

Entirely self-taught, Bentley began creating micrographs of snow and sleet in 1885 and continued to make them, almost obsessively, until his death in 1931. He took over 5,000 photographs of crystals in his lifetime and proved that, in fact, no There are matching snowflakes.

Contemporary responses will range from images of snow, frost, and ice to more conceptual art such as labels, revealing the unseen, and capturing the fleeting or ephemeral. Many of the exhibiting artists are photographers whose works utilize historical photographic techniques and/or advance the possibilities of photographic imagery.

The closed auction of artwork displayed in the museum and online will open at 10am on November 26 and end at 4pm on December 20. The highest bidder for each artwork will win. In the event of a tie, the bid submitted first is the winner. To avoid a tie, we urge people to bid for a single amount like $501.50 instead of $500.

Winning bids placed on items in this auction support both the museum and the artists.


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Holiday pop-up at Hunt Library through Jan. 11

Karen Noyes Jewelry. Image courtesy of Hunt Library

Waterfalls Village, Connecticut. The David M. Hunt Library has its annual holiday pop-up shop, featuring crafts, decorations, and foods from local artisans and small businesses, on display beginning Thanksgiving week and continuing through the New Year.

Items to be purchased will include glass ornaments by Nonnuel Glass, pottery by Diane Shapira, small sculptures by Sergei Fedorgaczenko, and toys by Jennifer Marko. For foodies, there will be culinary salts from Rolling Rock Farms, maple syrup from Le Timollet, and jams from Bosco Schell. For book lovers, there’s a brand-new large Hunt bag and bookstore cart filled with sizes perfect for giving.

In addition, the exhibition “Flora & Fauna” remains on display until December 19. It features engravings of cats and wildlife by Allen Blagden and marbled glass panels by artist Lily Woodworth.

A portion of all sales benefit the library.


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The Trustees kick off the ski season in Notchview

Notchview image courtesy of The Trustees

Windsor The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) have announced a new slate of programs for the upcoming ski season at Notchview Nordic Ski Center that include guided snowshoe tours, snowboard adventures and fire pits on The Trustees’ 3,100-acre property.

“In the past year we have had a lot of first-time skiers and snowshoe practitioners and we will continue to nurture the next generation of enthusiasts with stronger entry-level classes and investments in our ski school and programs,” said Recreational Projects Director Matthew Crum. .

There are more than 25 miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with about half geared for classic skiing, five miles for snowshoeing, and plenty of cross-country trails for the more adventurous explorer.

Due to continuing concern about COVID-19, Notchview will close the Visitor Center on weekends when capacity is exceeded. On weekdays, when the visit is less, the center will be open and guests will be able to use the restrooms. Chrome recommends that guests use their cars as their lockers.

Notchview is open to the public for hiking in the spring, summer, and fall, but a trail pass is required during the winter. Ski season is open from December to March, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., depending on the weather. Trustee members can purchase Early Bird Season tickets that allow all-day skating, every day for $49 for adults ($30 for children 6-17) through December 7, at which point the price increases to $69. Guests can also purchase day tickets for $15 on weekends for members ($20 for non-members) and $10 on weekdays ($15 for non-members). Lessons are available for purchase in advance and early booking is recommended.


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