Churches host Sheffield’s first Pride event

(Hannah Shirley) Erik Karas, left, and Kelly Karas smile at their booth at the block party.

SHEFFIELD — The town quietly achieved a milestone for local lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people Friday with a modest Pride block party held in conjunction with the regular farmers market. The event, hosted by two local churches, was the first of its kind in Sheffield.

“You’re starting to see more rainbow flags around the Berkshires,” said Kenneth Mercure, who attended the block party. “Business are being more open to doing that. Over the past three years, we’ve seen it go from only a few things existing to now it’s spreading like wildfire.”

The First Congregational Church of Sheffield and Christ Trinity Church, two neighboring churches located along Route 7 in the village center, co-hosted the Sheffield Pride Block Party along with the Sheffield Farmers Market, the Mount Everett Gender and Sexuality Alliance and the Bushnell Sage Library. The event featured live music, local vendors and a community barbecue dinner cooked by Trinity Church Pastor Erik Karas. 

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