Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Music ‘In the Company of Friends’

Dale Ott, Mark Berman, and Tony Pisano play music during "In the Company of Friends" on Channel 15.

“MoCA Jam” will play traditional folk tunes on “In the Company of Friends” on Friday, July 6, at 5 p.m. and Monday, July 9, at 1 p.m. on Northern Berkshire Community Television Corp.’s Channel 15.

“MoCA Jam” is an informal group of musicians who meet and play on Saturday mornings at the cafe at MASS MoCA. They have frequently raised money from the Friendship Center Food Pantry from tips they have received for their excellent musicianship.

Three members of the group came to the studio at Heritage State Park on June 29 to be featured on the program, which will no doubt air several times over the month. The musicians featured on the program are Dale Ott on upright bass, Mark Berman on tenor banjo and Tony Pisano – a regular volunteer at the Friendship Center – on accordian.

On the program they play a variety of folk tunes from the American, Celtic, and French traditions. They also answer questions about their music and instruments.

The program starts off with co-host Mark Lincourt giving a quick update on the status of funding for the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) which has been facing cuts. Then Mark Rondeau gives a few quick highlights of the Interfaith Action Initiative meeting earlier on the day of taping, June 29.

During the regular monthly Interfaith meeting, which was held at the First Baptist Church of North Adams, 15 people had a discussion with Cathy Chapman of  the Berkshire Dream Center about the great faith-based outreach they do in Pittsfield and North Adams, spoke with Michelle Sylvester about Berkshire Medical Center’s van that offers health checkups around the county, and participated in Corinne Case’s presentation on harmful tobocco products meant to make smoking attractive to kids.

We hope to have new posts up about these soon on this blog. 

The NBIAI is a group of people of various faiths and denominations working together with others of good will to find ways to serve our community. In addition to the food pantry, the Initiative runs an emergency voucher systems and its monthly meetings focus on various topics of community interest. 

For more about the NBIAI and the Friendship Center, visit our Facebook page, our blog at or call Mark Rondeau at 664-0130. The Friendship Center Food Pantry is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday. Phone: 664-0123.

Mark Rondeau and Mark Lincourt co-host the July edition of "In the Company of Friends."

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