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Nectar of the Gods – Traveling far and wide for the best wines and olive oil

Jean-François Bizalion has been sourcing olive oil from France, Spain, and Italy for 15 years; it’s the cornerstone on which he and his wife, Helen, modeled their popular French café and market in bustling Great Barrington. “It brings a flavor to this area that is foreign,” says Bizalion, who hails from Arles, a city in… Read More

Artistry in Anatomy – A couple schooled in special effects make their mark in medical models

Inside a nondescript building on the stretch of Main Street connecting Great Barrington with Sheffield is a bustling enterprise where thousands of intricate mimetic (“imitative”) medical models have been designed, manufactured, and shipped across the U.S. and to more than 50 countries around the world for use in simulated surgical training. In any given year,… Read More

Galas Galore – An important part of keeping nonprofits going

The cultural season stretches well beyond the summer, filled not only by varied performances, but by scores of galas that build up momentum in May and taper off by October. Supporters select far in advance which to attend. Those choices hold a lot of weight for nonprofits, because galas are the most effective vehicle to… Read More

Riding High – Comedian John Mulaney is Hot

John Mulaney is in his West Village apartment, wiped out at 1 p.m. His dog Petunia is splayed on the wood floor in the next room. The air conditioner is cranked. You’d think they had just completed a half-marathon. Farthest thing from it. What happened that morning may very well find its way into Mulaney’s… Read More

Woodland Sculptures – An artist couple gives life to dead trees

Three days before the opening of “One Impulse From a Vernal Wood,” this year’s contemporary sculpture exhibit at Chesterwood, I stepped into the woods and followed the sounds of machines to find artists Rick and Laura Brown. They were in a lift about 20 feet up a dying hemlock, attaching slats one by one to… Read More

Foodways of the Past – Historic sites invite us into their kitchens to see what’s cooking

On an August morning in 1830, the sisters are in the orchards, picking early apples. They grow a variety called transparent that ripens weeks ahead of most. The younger girls dare each other to climb to the top of the ladder to reach the highest fruit in the tree. Afterwards, they sit together in the… Read More

Grandmother’s Recipe – Ooma Tesoro turns ten, but its marinara recipe goes way back

Michael Tesoro’s grandmother grew up in Brooklyn where her marinara sauce came to be known as the most delicious, simplest, and truest to the region of southern Italy from which she hailed. Among the myriad Italian grandmothers, it was agreed: Ooma Tesoro’s sauce was the best. The versatility of marinara—a simple sauce named for the… Read More

One-click Camping – Homeowners link with Tentrr to set up glamping sites on their land

Forty million people in the United States alone go camping each year, and together they log a whopping 600 million nights spent sleeping under the stars. Got an itch to go camping in the 413? If so, Berkshire Mountain Hideaway might be just the place. A wide grassy trail, punctuated by yellow arrows emblazoned on… Read More

A Midsummer’s Dream – Albany Berkshire Ballet celebrates its 50th

It’s a full moon in the deep summer woods. Puck is out tonight, laughing invisibly with anyone who feels an unexpected rush when the air stirs. It smells warm and sweet and green before the rain, and the ferns are shoulder high. Lovers are looking for each other in the dark. In August and September,… Read More

The Sky Is Calling – The Mohawk Soaring Club

Have you ever gone outside on a warm summer’s day, seen hawks soaring on the wind, and dreamed of joining them as they soar higher and higher over our green Berkshires? Many people have, but how many have actually done it? The Mohawk Soaring Club offers everyone a chance to do that, and it was… Read More