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Ten Minutes With the Musical Director of the Ridgefield Chorale

Daniela Sikora learned the hard way that if she isn’t making music, she isn’t happy. The former opera singer, who started on her musical path at the age of six, took a 17-year detour working in a lucrative career as… Read More

Ten Minutes with a Sustainable Shipping Entrepreneur

Robert Kunkel is a marine engineer who hopes to use shipping to reduce the cost and congestion related to transporting goods. He and wife Marilyn opened Harbor Harvest on Cove Avenue four years ago to establish relationships with food producers.… Read More

Crumb Together–The cookies are good, the mission is outstanding

As a rabbi’s wife and mother of 11 children, Freida Hecht already was doing a lot of outreach through her non-profit CT Circle of Friends, which pairs young adults with friends with special needs to help solve the social… Read More

The Writing on the Wall–Local Artist 5ivefingaz Creates a Movement

“Quiet people have the loudest minds,” said the late Stephen Hawking. It made me think of my friend 5ivefingaz: artist, author, activist, and a bit of an enigma. He has created a movement with one goal: to spread love. “Everyone… Read More

Call Me Chris––Christopher Walken interviewed by Dick Cavett

Christopher Walken is one of the most diversely talented actors—playing more than 100 roles in films such as Annie Hall, The Deer Hunter, Catch Me If You Can, Seven Psychopaths, and Pulp Fiction, plus dozens of stage roles,… Read More

The Donkeyman–Author Kevin O’Hara found himself by way of Ireland and a donkey

Why, look. Over there. It’s none other than Kevin O’Hara, the Donkeyman himself, hoisting a pint of Guinness at Patrick’s Pub. Do you know Kevin? Come. Meet him. The unofficial bard of the Berkshires, a self-described “knuckle-headed romantic,” was given… Read More

Ten Minutes With a Modern Dance Scholar–Paul Scolieri

Paul Scolieri’s new book, Ted Shawn: His Life, Writings, and Dances (Oxford University Press), tells the story of how Jacob’s Pillow was a place where modern dance was tested on small, local audiences. It not only recasts the history of… Read More

Indoor Play–Beat the winter slog in the Berkshires with a game of trivia

If April is the cruelest month, as poet T.S. Eliot wrote, then March takes a close second as winter in the Berkshires makes its slow departure. As the snow wanes and it feels like the lawn at Tanglewood will never… Read More

Houses of worship find their place—and purpose—in today’s world

Some 130 houses of worship are found in the Berkshires. That may seem like a lot for a predominantly rural region with a declining population, but there were once many more. Among Catholic churches alone, upwards of ten have closed… Read More

Ten minutes With a Community Hero

George Criollo left his home country of Colombia at a young age to become a merchant marine. As a boy he had loved visiting his grandfather’s farm where he would help build stone walls and fences. After a few years… Read More
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