Laurel Lake in Lenox and Lee catches sunlight on a spring day.

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Spring at the Mount
A boy and a lamb walk by the pasture at Hancock Shaker Village.
Hancock Shaker Village

Local news reimagined

You want to know what to do this weekend in the Berkshires. You want to find places only the local people know. You want to meet people who feel the same way? We have color coming with the spring, like Maya Freelon’s artwork at WCMA. Come out and explore …

We live in a rare place in Western Massachusetts. We have minds at work out here in the country, and minds at play too. I live and write here. I’m a local journalist, so I get to walk behind the scenes and talk with people about what they love. We all want connection — we want to laugh, share ideas, dance barefoot and listen to music on a mountain at night. Let’s go see what we can find.

Stories of the week

Gulnur Mukazhanova, a Berlin-based artist, shows fiber art inspired by her native Kazakhstan, in Eluding Capture at Mass MoCA. Press photo by Kate Abbott, courtesy of the museum
Gulnur Mukazhanova

About Town

Want to know what’s happening in town this weekend? From North Adams to Lenox, we’re seeing a new energy in the Berkshires. Wherever we are in the pandemic now, locals are adapting and new voices are coming in. If you’re looking for nightlife or a good cup of coffee, a vintage t-shirt or an artisan fair … take a look through our Berkshire towns.

The dance studio at the '62 Center at Williams College looks out at the mountains.
'62 Center / Courtesy of Williams College

Theater and music

We have singer-songwriters, folk and bluegrass legends, emerging composers and Yo-yo Ma … sometimes all of them together. We’re known around the world for the people who come here to play, and they can be global travelers or as local and familiar as the farmer’s market on the corner. Or both. And we can dance to the beat.


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