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Flower Power: Gardening as a complete workout–who knew?

Anyone who’s ever greeted the first day of spring by throwing themselves outdoors and vigorously gardening for hours, but without having gone into training in the waning weeks of winter (Wait: did she say, training? Like, for a marathon?), knows what it’s like to wake up the next morning, barely able to walk. Pulled hamstrings, [...]read moreFlower Power: Gardening as a complete workout–who knew?

Cole Porter’s Former Estate – See What it Looks Like Now

In Cole Porter’s song “Wunderbar,” featured in the musical Kiss Me, Kate, the legendary composer envisioned events unfolding “from our secret chalet for two.” Standing on the composer’s former Williamstown property, it isn’t hard to imagine he was looking out his window when he wrote those words. The structural history of Porter’s former Williamstown estate [...]read moreCole Porter’s Former Estate – See What it Looks Like Now

The Property Brothers in South Salem – See the Make Over

Suzanne and Kevin Vining had been avid fans of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” for years when a new professional opportunity for Kevin required the couple and their two daughters to relocate from suburban Albany to Westchester. Just as they put their sprawling upstate home on the market and secured a temporary rental in South Salem, they [...]read moreThe Property Brothers in South Salem – See the Make Over

Forging for Food in Your Backyard: Safe and Fun Foraging

It’s a familiar sight come spring: green lawns sprinkled with yellow dandelions. “When I look at my lawn in the spring and see all those dandelions waving back and forth, seeming to say, ‘Here I am, pick me,’ I’m so happy. It’s funny to me that people buy all these chemicals to eradicate them; they’re [...]read moreForging for Food in Your Backyard: Safe and Fun Foraging

Belle of Pound Ridge: The legendary Tallulah Bankhead was the talk of the town

To everyone in the free world, she was simply called Tallulah. The voice was unmistakable, steeped in bourbon with notes of cello and a smoky, gravel finish; the laugh, a rollicking contagion of cannonball fire. Her remarkable beauty, framed by a cascading golden mane was captured by glittering notables from yesteryear such as Cecil Beaton [...]read moreBelle of Pound Ridge: The legendary Tallulah Bankhead was the talk of the town

Scottish Graphic Designer adds Color to his Berkshire Landscape

The clean, precise lines of Paul Gardner’s home stand in stark contrast to the lush, undulating hills that comprise the many vistas from his Sheffield property. Gardner hails from the golfing town of Carnoustie, Scotland, which, he says with a chuckle, “becomes the center of the world for one week” every nine years when it [...]read moreScottish Graphic Designer adds Color to his Berkshire Landscape

Skating Champ Dick Button’s Secret Garden

Dick Button’s garden is carefully choreographed. But what might catch visitors off guard is the level of horticultural savvy plugging into his 48 acres in North Salem. Turns out, the champion figure skater, skating analyst, actor, and author is also a visionary landscape designer. And hearing botanical Latin rolling off the sports commenter’s tongue with [...]read moreSkating Champ Dick Button’s Secret Garden

Horror in the Garden – Accidents waiting to happen

If you think gardening is for wimps, ponder  this: Each year, an estimated 400,000 Americans are treated in ERs for injuries sustained in the  garden, 27,000 of them from chain saws, 79,000 from lawn mowers, and, topping the list, a startling 222,000 from ladders. And we haven’t even talked about doctor visits for tendonitis, ocular [...]read moreHorror in the Garden – Accidents waiting to happen

Deep Dive

Bantam Lake and its past

At 948 acres, Bantam Lake is Connecticut’s largest natural lake. If its shoreline could talk, here is what it would tell you about its history. At the end of the 18th century, the land surrounding Bantam Lake was used for farming and agriculture. Most of the land was cleared for this purpose, save a single pine [...]read moreDeep Dive

Drama Queen – At home with one of the Real Housewives of New York City

House Wives of New York

Dorinda Medley—entrepreneur, homeowner, mother, and one of the “Real Housewives of New York City”—is our girl. Our Berkshire girl. She belongs to us. Unlike many other prominent Berkshire women, Medley was born, raised, and educated here. She went to Brownies on Bridge Street, attended the old Searles School, and then the Berkshire School in Sheffield. [...]read moreDrama Queen – At home with one of the Real Housewives of New York City

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