Berkshire Business Outlook #5 — Holiday Walk, Unsilent night, Kit & Kaboodle

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Children participating in a past "Reindog Parade" during the Holiday Walk festivities; photo courtesy The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Children participating in a past “Reindog Parade” during the Holiday Walk festivities; photo courtesy The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

 

Emily Watts, executive director of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce joins us again, this time as the guest on our very first “Chamber Check-In” segment of the show.

Williamstown’s Holiday Walk

Saturday, December 5th (with events on Friday & Sunday, too)
Spring Street, Williamstown
Most events and activities are free!

Emily Watts, new Executive Director at the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce; photo by Jason Velázquez

Emily Watts, new Executive Director at the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce; photo by Jason Velázquez

We talk about the Williamstown Holiday Walk, held the first Saturday in December that includes traditional holiday festivities such as old-fashioned caroling and horse-drawn carriage rides. A Reindog Parade Penny Social, and Santa Claus round out the day.

Emily also shares info about “Unsilent Night,” a celebration of music, community, and the exploration of the outdoor experience. The nocturnal walk through North Adams takes place Thursday, December 3, and begins at MASS MoCA.

From Unsilent Night’s website:

Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. The fact that the participants play different “parts” simultaneously helps create the special sound of the piece. Participants carry boomboxes, or anything that amplifies music, and simultaneously start playing the music. They then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener’s perspective.

Kit & Kaboodle

The new window display at Kit & Kaboodle, gearing up for the holiday season; photo courtesy Kit & Kaboodle via Facebook.

The new window display at Kit & Kaboodle, gearing up for the holiday season; photo courtesy Kit & Kaboodle via Facebook.

We are joined by Carolyn Albert, proprietor of Kit & Kaboodle, for our business profile this week. The North Adams gift shop offers unique, local, hand-made crafts and artisan pieces. She and her daughter, Casey Albert, who manages marketing and communications for the shop, talk about the importance of shopping local and being involved in the community.

Kit & Kaboodle

26 Holden St, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 346-4613

Fortunately, I had the pleasure and relief of editing out the portion of the interview in which we asked listeners to keep an eye out for Gronk, Casey’s prodigal pup who thought a solo tour of Mt. Greylock was JUST the thing to get him in the mood for the season.

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