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

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 moreThe Sky Is Calling – The Mohawk Soaring Club

No Cooking Required – From North to South County, ready-made meals are good to go

If preparing delicious and healthful meals every night is getting to be too much, and pizza or Chinese take-out are becoming way too regular, Berkshire County offers two excellent and creative options. Molly Johnston, who runs Back to Basics in New Ashford, has branched out from her traditional catering services to offer meal delivery. Johnston [...]read moreNo Cooking Required – From North to South County, ready-made meals are good to go

And They Danced – Coming alive with music and contra dance

People are dancing in the kitchen of an old farmhouse. They are laughing, spilling from one room to another, negotiating the uneven wood floor. The tunes come from a fiddle, an accordion, a group of musicians playing by ear, moving from one tune to another with a nod.  Growing up in North Bennington, Vermont, Matthew [...]read moreAnd They Danced – Coming alive with music and contra dance

Comic Book Madness – Tales of The Goon and Tank Girl keep coming

Brett Parson considers himself a comic-book artist, even though he tossed that term out when he noticed the odd looks it elicited. “Like it was a joke,” he says as he rests both his forearms on a work in progress. In the village of Southfield where his studio is found in The Whip Shop (once [...]read moreComic Book Madness – Tales of The Goon and Tank Girl keep coming

Ten Minutes With Julianne Boyd – The Barrington Stage Artistic Director

Julianne Boyd is following people out of a fairytale as the fairytale changes around them. They are refugees, hiding in the trees on the edge of battle, telling stories at night, questioning the story they are living in. Witches can be right. Giants can be good. Barrington Stage’s 25th season centers around Stephen Sondheim’s Into [...]read moreTen Minutes With Julianne Boyd – The Barrington Stage Artistic Director

Yo-Yo Ma: Crossing community and cultural boundaries

He is a part of this community’s fabric: He has a second home in the Berkshires and performs every summer at Tanglewood. For those who have connected with him at the village post office, or in a coffee shop in West Stockbridge, a market in Great Barrington, a gala in Lenox, and for those who [...]read moreYo-Yo Ma: Crossing community and cultural boundaries

Cabin in the Woods – A Becket renovation filled with love, creativity, and a lot of sweat

When I arrive at Nathan Hanford’s cabin in North Becket, he is outside, dressed in well-worn work pants, work boots, and an old shirt, all speckled with paint. He is standing on a ladder, staining the wide pine boards that cover the exterior of the house. Nothing would be unusual about this scene except that [...]read moreCabin in the Woods – A Becket renovation filled with love, creativity, and a lot of sweat

On the Bowl – A photographer finds serenity and beauty on this Berkshire body of water

It’s 5 a.m. Cup of coffee in hand, I look out the kitchen window to check the sky and see a faint, rose-colored glow. It’s a good sign. At the end of my road, I pause. Left or right? I turn right. Stockbridge Bowl has won the coin toss again. On mornings like this when I have no [...]read moreOn the Bowl – A photographer finds serenity and beauty on this Berkshire body of water

Follow That Goat – Calypso, Sapphire, and Wisteria: the unpretentious goat guides

Hannah Bracken has an affinity for the trio of Alpine goats grazing in the pasture adjacent to her Monterey home. Calypso, a two-year-old wether, holds a particularly special place in her heart: His mother, part of the herd at Susan Sellew’s neighboring Rawson Brook Farm, had a difficult labor. After a night of struggling, Bracken [...]read moreFollow That Goat – Calypso, Sapphire, and Wisteria: the unpretentious goat guides

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