Monthly Archives: July 2017

Hiking the Hopper Trail up Mount Greylock

I’ve been wanting to do this since the first weekend I lived here in summer. June 1999, after my junior year, I shared a roomy apartment with college friends on the first floor of a big yellow house on Park Street. I wanted to pick strawberries, and someone told me they grow wide along the…

The Clean House comes to WTF

A woman with a spreading illness sits on a balcony, tasting apples by the sea. A younger friend sits with her, warm and afraid at the same time. The younger woman has recently lost her parents, and she remembers them alive and in love. “They laugh until laughing makes them kiss,” she once said. “They…

Rare butterflies at Lime Kiln Farm

Berkshire Naturalist Thom Smith takes a walk through a Mass Audubon property in Sheffield. From beginning to end, a visitor to Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful walk that includes vistas of the Taconic Mountains beyond open hayfields and history with glimpses of barbed-wire fences, stone walls…

Berkshire calendar July 24 to 30

Flamenco and Spanish Guitar come to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and mountain ballads to Hancock Shaker Village, and a classical pianist revels in birdsong as Tanglewood meets Mass Audubon. In the hilltowns, potters and ceramics artists will open their studios next weekend. In Southern Vermont tonight, choreographer Donna Uchizono, who has created work for Pulitzer Playwright Paula…

BTW Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival turns 85

It is July, 1932. An athletic, tanned and slender man with dark hair cut very short takes a break from his morning’s work. He stretches in the sun, unselfconsciously wearing little. He is laying a new floor to turn the barn into a dance studio. By the next summer, people in this county will drive most of…

Where Storms Are Born in Williamstown

Two boys sit on a fire escape together, tracing the stars in the city sky. They are brothers, and they have lost their father. Now the older brother is a memory, and the younger brother and his mother are facing his loss, in the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ Where Storms Are Born, directed by…