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December 2015

Will Call #40 — The Hero’s Journey in Children’s Literature with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan

"The Mad Tea Party;" Alice goes on variations of the "hero's journey" in "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass;" illustration by John Tenniel, 1865. Although popular in children's literature, the monomyth is ubiquitous throughout all genres of fiction.
“The Mad Tea Party;” Alice goes on variations of the “hero’s journey” in “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass;” illustration by John Tenniel, 1865. Although popular in children’s literature, the monomyth is found throughout all genres of fiction.

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan joins us again for a Young Adult and Children’s Literature episode of “Will Call,” and she chooses the “Hero’s Journey” as our topic, which seems an appropriate, if less than obvious, direction to take this holiday season.

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The Top Left Corner #27: iBerkshires Featured on WGBY’s “Connecting Point”

PLUS Pittsfield Skate Park Sessions While School Is in Session?

Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com joins TLC to talk about the some exciting news concerning Massachusetts’ (probable) oldest online-only newspaper. WGBY will feature the Berkshires’ extremely popular source for information on “Connecting Point” in the near future.

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The Top Left Corner #26: Greylock Cultural Corridor, Pine Cobble Craft Fair

Artists Aerial Rendering of the proposed museum of Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture; submitted photo.
Artists Aerial Rendering of the proposed museum of Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture; submitted photo.

Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com joins TLC to talk about the proposed developments to the Greylock Cultural Corridor. First though, we hear from Katherine Cortes, who describes the first ever “Craft Fair on the Hill” taking place at Pine Cobble School December 12.

Twenty vendors will turn out to offer their wares at the very first "Craft Fair on the Hill" at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, December 12; collage assembled from images courtesy Craft Fair on the Hill via Facebook.
Twenty vendors will turn out to offer their wares at the very first “Craft Fair on the Hill” at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, December 12;
collage assembled from images courtesy Craft Fair on the Hillvia Facebook.

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Will Call #39 — Home for the Holidays with Higher Ground

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A special “Home for the Holidays”concert on Friday, December 18 at 6 pm at The Williams Inn will benefit Higher Ground of Northern Berkshire, the non-profit that supports community members displaced by Tropical Storm Irene and advocates for affordable housing.

Karl Mullen at Fresh Grass
Home for the Holidays concert organizer Karl Mullen performing at the most recent Fresh Grass event at MASS MoCA.

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Plenty # 4 — Railroad Street Youth Project’s Annual Culinary Arts Dinner

Participants in Railroad City Youth Project's 2014-2015 culinary apprenticeship program; submitted photo.
Participants in Railroad City Youth Project's 2014-2015 culinary apprenticeship program; submitted photo.
Chelsea Fosella (left) and Jennaya Jones practicing their skills during Railroad Street Youth Project's 2014–2015 Culinary Apprenticeship Program. Jennaya, in her seventh culinary apprenticeship with RSYP, is now an intern at Red Lion and hopes to attend the Culinary Institute of America next year; submitted photo.
Chelsea Fosella (left) and Jennaya Jones practicing their skills during Railroad Street Youth Project’s 2014–2015 Culinary Apprenticeship Program. Jennaya, in her seventh culinary apprenticeship with RSYP, is now an intern at Red Lion and hopes to attend the Culinary Institute of America next year; submitted photo.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Youth empowerment organization, Railroad Street Youth Project , serving young people in southern Berkshire County, is getting ready for dinner. Its much-anticipated Annual Culinary Arts Celebration will take place on Monday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. at Crissey Farm. This evening is the culminating event for the RSYP Apprenticeship Program (RAP), which offers work-based apprenticeship opportunities to young people in southern Berkshire County.

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The Top Left Corner #25: Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County

By Austin McGee [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Ed Sedarbaum, founder of Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County explains that the holidays present both emotional and social challenges to LGBT seniors, image created using an photo (cropped), by Austin McGee [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Ed Sedarbaum, founder of Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County explains why the holidays present both emotional and social challenges to LGBT seniors; image created using a photo (cropped), by Austin McGee [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Ed Sedarbaum, founder of Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County explains why the holidays present both emotional and social challenges to LGBT seniors; image created using a photo (cropped), by Austin McGee [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com, helps us digest and debrief after the long Thanksgiving Day weekend. We regale you with our usual banter and talk about just a few of the stories worth following that she and her team have been working on. Also on the this episode, Ed Sedarbaum speaks to the Top Left Corner about why he founded the Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County, and their monthly events that are open to all.

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Will Call #38 — Who the Heck is Steve Goodman? Ask Elaine St. George

Goodman Show Band
Elaine St. George (center) with her Goodman Show Band (L to R: Ross Patterson, piano; Karen Waltuch, viola; and Adam Armstrong, bass) following their show at the Iridium. (Photo by Russ Weatherford.)

Award-winning New York cabaret singer Elaine St. George talks about her new CD of songs by Steve Goodman – one of the best songwriters no one has ever heard of (although you know his music.)

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