Monthly Archives: October 2016

Week ahead Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Happy Halloween!   Monday Oct. 31   Conversations Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Scott Manning Stevens, Syracuse University Associate Professor in Native American Studies, 5 p.m. talk in “Who the People” lecture series. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400,   Film Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — The Birds (1963), 9 p.m.…

‘Until’ up close

Nick Cave is a performance artist, sculptor and dancer, and his newest installation at Mass MoCA drew a crowd at its opening almost as varied as the work itself.


Golden fall on Pine Cobble Trail

As the trail climbed toward the summit, I stood holding on to a beech tree — it was young enough to span in two hands but sturdy enough that I could lean my full weight against it to look back as the slope dropped away. If I was catching my breath, it wasn’t from the climb. It was from the color.

I’m not sure I have ever seen anything as beautiful as this hillside today.

The hard rock and striped maples are bright as peppers, orange-red and yellow, and the sassafrass, young chestnut, birch are clear and vivid as summer squash. The oaks, braking in as the trail climbs, are russet and orange as embers. Trees that really turn will glow when the light comes through them. And no photograph can wholly recall the feeling of standing on the hill surrounded by that deep color.

This is why I need to live here. So I can sit on a granite outcrop under a white pine while the wind comes through the highbush blueberry bushes.



Imagining a new dance studio

On a crisp, fall day, Jacob’s Pillow looked ahead to a new year-round performance, rehearsal and teaching space. (Photos by Kate Abbott)

Week ahead Oct. 17 to 23

Novelist, poet and activist Wendell Berry, winner of the National Humanities Medal, and his lifelong friend Wes Jackson, co-founder of the Land Institute, will speak at the Mahaiwe on Saturday about the 50-Year Farm Bill and their work to support rural communities. Harvest and Halloween are converging this week with pumpkins, haunted hayrides and storytelling. In…