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Meat Shares – more and more local farms are selling their meats direct

On a crisp morning, bacon is frying. It is the season for sweet herbed sausage to go with scrambled eggs. In the fall, animals raised over the summer become a part of the harvest at local farms. And many of… Read More

Chihuahua Cheer – Therapy dogs reduce stress and anxiety for hospital patients

Bill Capasse and his teacup chihuahua Amie have near-celebrity status at Fairview Hospital. The pair is a trained and certified therapy dog team—the telltale sign is Amie’s tiny red Velcro vest—and they make the weekly trip from Ashley Falls to… Read More

Berkshire Blend – Pot growing combines sunlight, soil, and passion

On a late-summer evening at 5:15, people mingle under a canopy of trees as daylight begins to fade. They stand in line to enter a wooden A-frame building with “Theory Wellness” emblazoned in brushed aluminum, the lettering large enough to… Read More

Berkshire 25 Celebration Photos

Berkshire Magazine was once again proud to honor The Berkshire 25 in an outstanding ceremony. If you are interested in seeing all the event photos by Megan Haley and/or purchase prints please click this link.  … Read More

Low-down on High Style – Designer Adam Lippes’ take on dressing a woman

A-LIST DESIGNER Adam Lippes (photo below) enjoys the gorgeous setting of Naumkeag in Stockbridge with model Kelly Kaiser, mother of four, music and art teacher, and musician from West Stockbridge. Photo above, chiffon pleated tunic and skirt with lattice trim,… Read More

Ten Minutes with BCD’s new head of school – Jenifer Fox

Jenifer Fox has a mission: to make schools more human. The incoming head of Berkshire Country Day School (BCD) is widely considered a national leader on developing school programs that make learning meaningful for children. Fox comes to the Berkshires… Read More

Berkshire Boxing Club welcomes everyone into the ring

The lobby of the Berkshire Boxing Club is buzzing. Just before class, while we’re lacing up our shoes and wrapping our knuckles and wrists with 180-centimeter strips of cotton, the crew is talking about the recent heavyweight upset at Madison… Read More

The Tannery Sessions – Andy Wrba guides recording sessions at the Darrow School

Among its notable alumni, the Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York, boasts actor Christopher Lloyd and third astronaut to walk on the moon Charles “Pete” Conrad. Maybe the future promises a musician added to these ranks, thanks to the… Read More

Pleasant Valley Turns 90 – A historic perspective on the nurturing of a wildlife sanctuary

“We drove in over a rough dirt road, under a fine arcade of sugar maples, canoe birches and other trees, where cinnamon and interrupted ferns almost hid the mossy stone walls on either side.” John B. May remembers a walk… Read More

Out-of-School Learning – Some of the most effective teaching happens outside the classroom

Nine fourth-graders line up on the overpass where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Mass Pike in Lee. Their shirts carry trail names—“Moose,” “Porcupine”—animals that spoke to them. They pump their arms at approaching trucks, then cheer victoriously when drivers oblige… Read More
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