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Ten Minutes With Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President

Dr. James F. Birge

Dr. James F. Birge hadn’t planned to return to the area where he was raised. But come back he did, in 2016, to take on the presidency of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and to continue his more than three decades of serving in higher education. Birge has always loved the Berkshires. “Here [...]read moreTen Minutes With Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President

Authors discuss their work and inspire

Charles-Mann

In an old town in northern Florida, a woman is walking at night. It’s raw weather and she walks fast, angry and alone. In the dark, her neighborhood looks half marvelous and half brutal—bird of paradise flowers and black swans and old Victorian houses sagging with rot. One live oak spreads over half an acre; [...]read moreAuthors discuss their work and inspire

Master florist and gardener offer sage advice

When it comes to growing your own, cut flowers are the latest backyard crop, their popularity fed in large part by flower arrangements on social media feeds. “Every home can be made more beautiful with flowers,” says master floral designer Ariella Chezar, whose most recent book, Seasonal Flower Arranging, will inspire any gardener to pursue [...]read moreMaster florist and gardener offer sage advice

On a Sunday Morning –– Life lessons in the garden

I am a gardener. Not the fancy kind. My gardens evolve much like my cooking, an unplanned painting on a canvas where I throw things together and sometimes it is delicious, yet often it needs more. Always more of something. More plants. More salt. More white. More fertilizer, more spice, more TLC. Always to be [...]read moreOn a Sunday Morning –– Life lessons in the garden

MASS MoCA at 20 with Annie Lennox and Jon Hamm

Annie Lennox imagined a mound. A large earthen mound revealing pieces of her past she couldn’t let go. People would be invited to view these fragments, to learn about them, and, she hopes, to understand her beyond her musicianship. Perhaps they would find a connection to themselves. “I knew that I couldn’t just let them [...]read moreMASS MoCA at 20 with Annie Lennox and Jon Hamm

The Art of It: Gatekeeper’s Aggression

Dai Ban

On a bright morning when the hills are iced and bare, Dai Ban stands in his Great Barrington studio, tracing the shape of an abstract sculpture. He cuts his angles freehand out of foam core and seals them in Venetian plaster as smooth as an eggshell, as in Gatekeeper’s Aggression, which appeared in the 2018 [...]read moreThe Art of It: Gatekeeper’s Aggression

International Designer draws on local roots

William Caligari

His small leather-bound notebook is filled with sketches, notes, measurements, paint swatches, project ideas—and some French writing and a bicycle training diary for good form. What is most revealing is the range of work William Caligari does, from detailed decorating to reimagining and redesigning the layout of a gutted house. Thirty years ago, Caligari opened [...]read moreInternational Designer draws on local roots

Berkshire 25 Nominations

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Berkshire Magazine is proud is celebrate The 25 Most Creative, Most Dedicated and Most Influential individuals in our town. Deadline: July 1, 2019 – Honorees featured in the September issue of Berkshire Magazine Click for nomination form      

Import Replacement – Ways to strengthen local economies

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Steve Oakes had no idea he was contributing to strategic import replacement when he opened Green Apple Linen in Pittsfield. Instead, the real estate entrepreneur was intrigued by a specific business opportunity that, in a way, fell into his lap. He was attending a community development meeting in Lenox when a new executive at Cranwell, [...]read moreImport Replacement – Ways to strengthen local economies

TIF For Tax – Incentives for Small Business Growth

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Small businesses are the core of the Berkshire economy. These companies comprise more than half of the county’s employer establishments, with more than 2,700 employers staffing fewer than 10 people. To survive and to thrive, many need to expand—but expansions are costly.“We’ve shifted in recent years from the model of attracting large companies to trying [...]read moreTIF For Tax – Incentives for Small Business Growth

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