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She had a cow. He had some land. Amelia and Will Conklin's love story began when both Sheffield natives finished up their college studies and left behind traveling to return to their roots. Will inherited his great-grandfather's land, formerly used as summer dairy pastures, at Sky View Farm, and he set to work returning them to productivity. Amelia, who was in the Peace Corps, decided to leave a rural village in Paraguay to raise cows in her own rural hometown in the Berkshires. more
A group of teen camp counselors sit around a campfire in the woods, each trying to scare the other with tales of a serial killer that slaughtered the campers at a nearby summer camp in the recent … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Rays of autumn sun settled over Indian Line Farm last Friday evening, swaddling the South Egremont hills in a lingering, golden glow. CSA members meandered between tables of harvested produce in the old dairy barn and then, wandering down a two-track dirt lane, entered the fields to pick husk cherries and flowers. more
CHARLEMONT — In a more difficult labyrinth, the pun-laden advice from animals on information sheets lining the paths of Hicks Family Farm Corn Maze might seem unnecessarily cruel."Cherish wide … more
If you've spent any considerable amount of time in the Berkshires, you've probably walked or driven past an antique shop or 12. Perhaps you've also doubled back and stopped in for a visit, attracted … more
PITTSFIELD — The term "gaslight," and all its forms of speech, first appeared in English usage in 1956, and had little to do with the late 19th-century street lighting. Sported as both a noun … more
Ever wonder why your front porch display doesn't quite live up to magazine perfection? (Raises hand!) No matter how you arrange those pumpkins, mums and twisty gourds it just doesn't have the same … more
HANCOCK — On a damp Saturday morning, 3-year-old Henry Coughlin engaged in an old Berkshires custom. He sat on a stool in a sawdust-lined stall and milked the four full teats in front of him. Coughlin, who traveled from New York City to visit his grandparents in Williamstown, diligently filled a blue bucket as his family watched on from the aisles in Ioka Valley Farm's dairy barn. Asked if this was the first time he had milked a cow, Coughlin said yes — and no. more
For a single year, Lenox could claim it was home to the largest home in America. But in 1895, the 100-room Shadow Brook paled in comparison to Biltmore House, the 250-room mansion built by George … more
Classical music and literary thriller don't make for a likely pair, but composer Gregory W. Brown understands why his brother, internationally renowned author Dan Brown, might blend the two in his … more
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