Mt. Greylock rises up behind the houses along Depot Street. In the driveway, Faustine Rios watches on as her brother, Dennis Kingsbury, works under the hood.
Limited Editions Barber Shop co-owner Mike Stubbs trims Nick Boulger's hair. Stubbs opened the shop with his high school best friend Corey Joiner six years ago. He used to do glass work in Pittsfield, though he's been a barber for the past 10 years. "You're making people happy and looking good," he said. "It makes you feel better."
Photos by Elodie Reed - Special to The Eagle
One side of Nathan Samson's masterpiece glows on the corner of Brown Street and Route 8 in Adams. Samson, whose grandfather Rolland started the family's Christmas lights tradition years ago "to bring joy to others," said he put up 40,000-plus lights on Nov. 1 with friends and hired help. Even with six people, the job took 55 hours total, but that doesn't discourage Samson. "I want to keep the family tradition going." he said.
Sun shines on the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Adams. According to the St. John Paul II Parish, the church was built in 1902 as Polish immigrants arrived in Adams looking for work in the town's cotton and paper mills.
Carolyn Phinney Estes gets a lick from her dog, Shadow, as the two sit outside Racing Mart in Adams. Phinney Estes, who describes herself as an activist raising awareness about sexual violence, said Shadow has been her invaluable companion over the years. "He's kept me alive."
This is a regular series by freelance photojournalist Elodie Reed. Each month, she travels to a different Berkshire County town in search of images that convey the "American Spirit" that Massachusetts refers to on its license plates and that Berkshires artist Norman Rockwell conveyed in his paintings. This photo series is especially inspired by Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," which articulated a vision of America through the everyday lives of its citizens that transcended the day's political turmoil.
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