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 …

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ARTART MANCHESTER4802 Main St., Manchester, Vt. Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through Sept. 2017: Al Hirschfeld Foundation exhibition. ART OMI1405 County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y.Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. …

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 …

Lee Founders Weekend: A weekend-long celebration

LEE — Lee Founders Weekend is ready to light up the night sky, while shining on the local history and youth during the three-day festival.This years celebration features a first-ever fireworks display on Friday evening, toward the end of the …

Festival Latino: You won't see these dancers in the parade ...

LEE — Festival Latino of the Berkshires won't be dancing down Main Street at this year's Lee Founders Weekend Hometown Parade.Due to internal issues, according to co-founder Liliana Ortiz-Bermudez, Festival Latino will be limiting its …

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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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