Nose to the Grindstone

Time marches on and planning and work are coming along nicely.  Three things we need to get in order before we head across the pond on sabbatical are: 

  1. Creating a sustainable financial model for Shire City Sanctuary
  2. Renting our house
  3. Figuring out what to do with our house pets

A giant step in accomplishing the first goal happened last Monday.  (More on the second and third goals to come.)

07.20.15 Shire City Sessions

We had our kick off event for Shire City Sessions on July 20 and it was a great success! Over 400 people turned out to see The Lucky 5 Band and US Elevator with special guest members of Deer Tick in our parking lot. The day was sunny and bright, music magical, ice cold craft beer from Big Elm Brewing and tasty eats from How We Roll all made the evening memorable. It came about with the serendipitous forming of a group of Pittsfield based business leaders who wanted to do something great for our community. There will be two more ‘Sessions’ to round out our debut season of Compuworks Shire City Sessions. You can see more about them at our facebook page here:


05.26.15 Call To Makers

In other news, vendor applications for Shire City Sanctuary’s Holiday Shindy are open until August 1. This event grew out of CRISPINA studio sales. Those of you who have been following along for more than a few years will remember the highjinx we had WAY back in Millerton, NY where it all started. Then Housatonic was our base where Big Fun Studio Sales happened a few times a year with music and craft beer (see the pattern?) in our south county riverside parking lot at the old Monument Mills complex.  In 2006 when we bought this big beautiful church in Pittsfield it became the destination and it is our current location where a few studio sales predated the Holiday Shindy.  Since CRISPINA’s high volume production days ended in 2008 Studio Sales have morphed into magical gatherings of nearly 60 regional makers of notable eats, crafts, clothing and the like. The vibe celebrates making with a whole lot more creative people involved.  There is live music, warm community, wonderful shopping and Santa ususally shows up. And just so you know, A Shindy is an uproarious rumpus. Help spread the word to creative makers in your circles to apply for The Berkshires premiere holiday sales event, Shire City Sanctuary’s Holiday Shindy 2015. Here is a link to the application: