Berkshire Lifestyles
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BECKET — On a recent Sunday, dancers Sara Mearns, Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang were all showing signs of exhaustion as they sat around a white folding table in Doris Duke Theatre. more
This summer feels like it's about a month behind — lots of rain, lots of cold and windy days — but this past weekend I finally got some time to clear out my herb and vegetable garden, a little sunshine lighting my way. This is such a … more
STOCKBRIDGE — As a steady rain fell at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, woodworker Peter Thorne had ample reason for his enthusiasm to be dampened. But as he watched his grandchildren climb into his work, a structure modeled after a medieval … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Two prints tell a story just by being placed next to one another. The one on the right is a drypoint etching Pablo Picasso made of his first wife, the dancer Olga Khokhlova, wearing a fur and turning a knowing, dignified face to … more
In 1891, Henry Gurdon Marquand was proclaimed "the greatest collector in America" by Alfred Trumble, editor of The Collector magazine, "because he collects not for himself alone, but for a whole people and for all the world." Indeed, Marquand, a New … more
When asked about the many supporting roles that have been a trademark of his movie career in recent years, Christopher Plummer, begins his reply by politely shifting the phrasing from "supporting" to "character." It's a proper distinction. On stage … more
Have you ever wondered what makes a craft beer, well, a craft beer?We stopped by the recently opened Harvest Brewing in Bennington, Vt., on a dark, rainy May afternoon armed with that very question. Sean Dunleavy, owner of the brewery, talked about … more
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Louis de Rougement, the pivotal character in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies' lumbering "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself)," has a story to … more
NORTH ADAMS — There were many times during the more than 10-year struggle to establish the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts that it seemed to be a losing battle. In fact, during the decade-long period of early development, there were 168 “negative” newspaper articles and editorials written about Mass MoCA before a shovel even hit the ground. Founding Director Joseph Thompson knows this because he saved every one of them. more
NORTH ADAMS — The first hint of what was possible for the old Sprague Electric complex appeared on the front page of the North Adams Transcript on Feb. 12, 1987. It was a simple black-and-white drawing from the perspective of the farthest end of the courtyard of Building 6 looking back at the clock tower. It showed a neat, clean space, with a few people milling around, with well-manicured trees growing near the buildings. Not many details about what would happen there. more
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