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Presents + Presence–The Gift of Simplicity

Unless you’ve been avoiding contemporary culture altogether, you have likely been pondering one of the various and wildly popular strategies for purging some of your possessions. This urge to declutter, simplify, and maybe even reduce our carbon footprint, however, doesn’t… Read More

Strumming Along–You can join these local Ukulele Players

Some four years ago, a cadré of ukulele enthusiasts were spending their Sunday afternoons jamming at the gazebo behind Great Barrington’s town hall. A reporter happened by on his way to another concert and asked the group’s name. They didn’t… Read More

Tipping Point–Reaching out to our emerging adults before another tragedy strikes

From her apartment at a Ronald McDonald house in Boston, Lisa Zabian can look across the street to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center and literally see into her daughter Khali’s hospital room. For the past several months, Zabian has called this… Read More

K’s Kloset–one woman’s home is where people give—and receive

For gently used free stuff, locals know that Karen Yvon’s garage in Blandford is the place to go. The longtime Berkshire resident has been running a free exchange, “K’s Kloset,” out of her home for nearly 10 years,… Read More

Ten Minutes With Berkshire Museum’s new Executive Director

Jeff Rodgers stands within “She Shapes History.” In celebration of the 100th year since women won the right to vote, the exhibit has gathered local voices who helped to make it happen, from Elizabeth Freeman to Susan B. Anthony. He… Read More

Bearing Witness–a renowned design team begins work on Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church

Mario Gooden has designed sunlit buildings with transparent and translucent walls from Los Angeles to Johannesburg. He is principal architect and founder of the New York City firm Huff + Gooden and a professor at Columbia University. His fellow professor… Read More

Riding the Trails–Snowmobiling is an exhilarating

On a brilliant winter’s day, nothing gets the blood coursing through a snowmobiler’s veins like riding on a freshly groomed trail. Sunbeams and tree shadows flash by as a pair of Skidoos wind through the woods and slice across frozen… Read More

Holiday Flair–The spirit of the season lives within this school

Sally Turner and Michael Dolinish of Mill River have been getting their Christmas tree at the New Marlborough Central School’s Holiday Fair for years. “It’s an annual tradition,” says Dolinish, who enjoys supporting the local school. While the fir trees… Read More

Wigwam Escape at the Institute of American Indian Studies

Tucked in the Washington woods, a portion of forest holds the key to survival. If foods and medicine are secured before sunset, ailing residents in a neighboring Native American village will live. The adrenaline rush is triggered as soon as… Read More

Choo Choo–Taking a ride with Santa to the Northern Lights

Watching the animated film Polar Express, in which a boy learns the true meaning of Christmas on a train headed for the North Pole, is a treasured holiday season ritual. In the Litchfield Hills, families can experience similar holiday… Read More