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Women Giving–A sisterhood is taking action to foster change

How women give philanthropically and how they connect with one another to do so hasn’t changed. What has changed is that women are not only giving more, they are mobilizing, learning, affecting, focusing on getting it done their way. More… Read More

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to give this holiday season? We have an outstanding guide of local goodies to choose from! Browse our special gift guide––featuring Eco-friendly items, local liquor, CBD, gift cards, getaways, entertainment, hostess gifts, unique items and more! Take a Read More

Wild Places–Winners of the 2nd Annual Berkshire Magazine Photo Contest

(All winners and honorable mentions are below. A reception will be held at the Scott Barrow Gallery in Lenox on Tuesday, December 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.) Wildness, like Tarzan, is the invention of a society at odds with… Read More
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Berkshire 25 Nominations

Berkshire Magazine is proud is celebrate The 25 Most Creative, Most Dedicated and Most Influential individuals in our town. Deadline: July 1, 2020 – Honorees featured in the September issue of Berkshire Magazine Click for nomination form      … Read More

A mountaintop home and artist’s studio with spectacular views

Ascending the steep, wooded driveway to Ridley and Nina Maric Whitakers’ home in South Egremont, the property makes an immediate impression. The day I was there, two white-tailed bucks grazed on the lawn below the house—they apprised me and my… Read More

All-inclusive schools – Breaking down institutional barriers

Paula Lima Jones (photo above) is getting her colleagues to think about their work in different ways. As the first Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, the bulk of her work begins with a simple,… Read More

Aging in the Berkshires

A little-known movement with a large-scale mission—to create a community that is more livable for people of all ages, especially the older population—has been making great strides across the county. The name says it all: Age Friendly Berkshires. And… Read More

Ten Minutes with Austen Riggs Center’s Medical Director/CEO – Talking about Mental Health

Dr. Eric Plakun came to the Berkshires to train in psychoanalysis, and it has turned into “a 41-year residency,” as he puts it. Today, he heads the world-class mental health treatment facility on Main Street in the village of Stockbridge.… Read More

A Stone’s Throw Away – Curling finds its footing

As the seasons change, as the state of water turns from liquid to solid, the state of mind of a few dozen cold-hardy Berkshirites becomes lulled and lured by thoughts of granite stones, broomsticks, and a vocabulary requiring its own… Read More

WAM Theatre and Multicultural BRIDGE join forces to unhinge racism

Part of Kristen van Ginhoven’s personality is to challenge the status quo. As co-founder and artistic director of WAM Theatre (Where Arts and Activism Meet), she spent the last decade creating opportunity for women and girls. Today, she is at… Read More
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