Rambling About Tanglewood: When seeing isn't believing

LENOX, Mass. — Some improper thoughts as the season nears its end: LIGHT VS. DARKNESSTanglewood has taken to leaving the house lights too low for audiences to follow printed texts handed out at concerts featuring singers. The Shed is still …

Storytellers and Songwriters: Role reprisal brings back fond memories

LENOX — Actress Tod Randolph looks back on the first time she performed South County playwright Joan Ackermann's "In Light of Jane" with fondness. More than fondness."It's one of [the most] favorite projects I've ever done," she said during a …

Oldcastle looks to laugh hard in Ludwig's 'Tenors'

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The first recorded use of the world "farce" in English was in the 14th century. Today, the word marks a light dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot. Attorney-turned-playwright Ken Ludwig …

Gilbert & Sullivan rule Berkshire stages

Fans of the dynamic duo of Victorian comic opera, librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan, are in for a double treat this month when two rousing recitals hit Berkshire stages in short succession.The first program arrives tomorrow, …

Afraid of being hypnotized? Heather Fisch doesn't want you to be

GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS. — A new show premiering at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Friday, Aug. 18, blurs the line between fiction and reality by using old-fashioned magic and hypnosis to deliver a multi-faceted, immersive …
Bennington Station: Munch on some high-end food in a historic Vermont train station

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Where is the best place to enjoy prime rib and fresh seafood, to the backdrop of live piano music in Bennington? For many, it's a former train station. The Bennington Station boasts an over 100-year history, starting between …

Thomas Christopher | Be A Better Gardener: A little garden multiplication by division

Relax: What follows is not some remedial course in basic mathematics. In fact, what I am about to encourage you to do seems to violate that discipline's basic rules. For by dividing your perennials, you can increase their sum. And in the case of …

Celebrating 'the only Stephentown on Earth'

STEPHENTOWN, N.Y. — On a hazy August afternoon, a wide-horned Highland cow nuzzles her shaggy calf in the welcoming shade. Dragonflies dance over ponds ringed by rare plants, near ripe peaches barely clinging to their branches. Farmer Thom Pecoraro surveys his …

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The Cottager | Searles Castle: A mysterious castle with a mysterious past

GREAT BARRINGTON — Upon her death in July 1891, Mary Frances Sherwood Hopkins Searles would be remembered as a philanthropist who shunned ostentation and the notorious social gatherings of America's elite. But by September, her sanity and her …

The Cottager | Southmayd Farm: A Berkshire Cottage with a peculiar back story

STOCKBRIDGE — The eccentricities of the Southmayd siblings were subject to public scrutiny in 1922, when a nephew and three nieces of Miss Emily Southmayd contested her will, which left the bulk of her estate to charity. Emily Southmayd, 92, …

The Cottager | Blantyre: A fantasy world from another time

On Dec. 9, 1893, Marie Louise Fahys was quietly married to Robert W. Paterson, a wealthy widower and family friend 20 years her senior. The wedding, it was reported, was accomplished without the aid of bridesmaids or ushers, and took place in her …

The Cottager: Friendly Thistlewood neighbors caused a stir

When the bachelor Frederick Schermerhorn died in March 1919, he left the widow who summered across the street from his Lenox estate, Pinecroft, a sum of $750,000.

The Cottager | Gilded Age art on display in the Berkshires

Seated at the bar of the grand Hoffman House Hotel, gentlemen of the Gilded Age sipped on sours and downed rounds of Planters Punch while enjoying the view afforded to them by a mirror positioned on the wall in front of them.The New York City bar …

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