Bring your dancing shoes to Apple Squeeze

Berkshire Eagle StaffLENOX, Mass — The 38th Lenox Apple Squeeze is more than just about apples this year — expect to hear some quality entertainment on its Main Stage.This weekend, downtown Lenox will be rocking with two days of music, …

Hancock Shaker Village: Not your average country fair

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the first Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair of her tenure — the 20th hosted by the historic village museum — new President and CEO Jennifer Trainer Thompson has added two hot new events: tethered hot air …

Take a trip to Indonesia - without a plane ticket

You don't need to fly half way around the world to experience the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Indonesia. On Saturday, the expansive archipelago nation in Southeast Asia will add West Stockbridge to its island chain when the 2nd Indonesian …

Festival of Fire: Light your creativity on fire

SALEM, N.Y. — A rural art center's dedication to embracing different creative forms has sparked changes to a long-standing festival in upstate New York.After a decade of bringing artists from colleges in the Northeast and beyond together for …

Oldcastle closes season with Neil Simon classic

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Neil Simon is a paragon of modern American theater because of his uncanny feel for how to translate everyday family dynamics to the stage. This talent alone has kept his plays in production and beloved both here in the …
Early Vermont Gallery to open at Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON, Vt. — At the Bennington Museum, the old is new again, and vice-versa. To demonstrate this, the museum is set to open its new gallery on Sep. 30 to house rotating pieces of its permanent collection. The new exhibition space, named …

Be-A-Better-Gardener: Enrich your garden soil with cover crops

I'm not a fanatic (at least, not about this), but I do what I can to make my garden sustainable. Growing my own vegetables is part of that — every lettuce that I pluck from my own beds is a lettuce that didn't have to be trucked cross country …

Sarah Jarosz: New territory for a FreshGrass favorite

NORTH ADAMS — Folk artist Sarah Jarosz has attended the FreshGrass music festival on three previous occasions, but her fourth visit to the annual event at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art brings a different type of …

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The Cottager | Eastover: A grand house reimagined as a holistic retreat

LENOX — Thousands of acres of farm land disappeared from the Lenox landscape in 1910, as three new Gilded Age cottages were raised on Berkshire hilltops.The New York Times applauded the investment of over a half million dollars in the summer …

The Cottager | Beckwithshaw: A look behind the walls

STOCKBRIDGE — On Oct. 20, 1893, Leonard Forbes Beckwith — who built a 31-room mansion name Beckwithshaw overlooking the Stockbridge Bowl — went insane at the World's Fair in Chicago.At least that's what a majority of papers, …

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.

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