January 27 2021 Edition
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By the Way
High on the slope as you come up Pine Cobble the color is deepening. When I climbed up on Saturday, the maple and beech and birch were in a glow, and I wandered along the ridge for awhile just breathing. In 20 years I had never walked the class of '98 trail.

At the top of the hill, you turn right to scramble out onto the solid rock of the cobble and look down over the valley. But if you turn left instead and head north, the trail runs almost flat along the crest. I was looking for the Chestnut Trail to loop back down, and instead I found the Ledges — an open slope of natural marble cobbles you could lift in two hands.

And people have lifted them, piling them into cairns and beehives like an impulsive hommage to Andy Goldsworthy. They stand just below the Appalachian Trail, clear against the sky, ringed with pine and high-bush blueberry, and I sat on a slab in the unexpected sun wondering how I've lived half my life without knowing they were here. By the Way Berkshires

Stories

Gotland sheep graze in long grass. Creative Commons courtesy photo.

Gotland sheep grow silver fleece and grassland

Laura Gates lives at Shepherds Craft Farm in a house she and her husband built themselves, with tall windows and beams of honey-golden wood, and she can look up on a fall morning to see silvery Gotland ewes grazing in the field.

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Apple trees bear a bright harvest at Chesterwood.

Live poets at Chesterwood feel the pull of current change

In these short weeks before the election, Western Massachusetts poets come together at the historic home and studio of the sculptor of the Lincoln memorial, to share work that feels relevant in this time and in this place.

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Fall color comes to Pine Cobble and the stacked cobbles of the Ledges in Williamstown.

Emerging Berkshire entrepreneurs build ingenuity

We are carefully spaced on the terrace in a garden, and the maples are scrims of color. Three mentors are giving time to sit with me over almond-flour scones and spin ideas together ...

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Events

Acclaimed artist and illustrator Rudy Gutierrez creates new work for the Norma Rockwell Museum in the Unity Project. Press image courtesy of the museum.

The Four Freedoms returned and re-imagined

Exhibits open October 17 — virtual curator's talk october 18

Norman Rockwell’s scenes drawn from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms are coming home to New England after an international tour with two new shows, Reimagining the Four Freedoms and the Unity Project.

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Analia Saban’s Teaching a Cow How to Draw, one of the six new works in the Clark Art Institute’s first outdoor sculpture show, Ground/Work, plays with the form of a split-rail fence.

Ground/Work Curator's Talk

October 17 at 1 p.m.

Explore Analia Saban's 'Teaching a Cow How to Draw' in the new Ground/Work exhibit of national and international artists with the Clark Art Institute.

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Tara Franklin and Tracy Liz Miller will appear in 'Roe' at WAM Theatre. Press images courtesy of WAM.

WAMTheatre performance illuminates Roe v. Wade

October 17 to 20 online

Two Women, many truths and one landmark Supreme Court Case come to the stage as WAMTheatre presents a digital production of the contemporary play 'Roe' by Lisa Loomer.

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Ocloo Productions 3H

Dance on Screen: Rize directed by David LaChapelle

October 17, 20 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Rize brings to the screen in vivid imagery the creators of krumping, a revolutionary form of hip-hop dance from South Central Los Angeles.

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Hancock Shaker Village runs a CSA from its historic gardens in the warmer season.

Back Porch Music with the Misty Blues Band

October 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Hancock Shaker Village invites visitors to spread out on the spacious lawn and listen to the sounds of powerhouse blues singer Gina Coleman and her band, Misty Blues.

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A microphone waits in golden light. Creative Commons courtesy photo.

Gina & The Shirecats: All-star Berkshire jazz

October 18 at 2 p.m.

To celebrate the final Jazz Sunday of Bobbie’s Fall Series, Gina Coleman, well known for her ability to make any song her own with full, richvocals, has put together an All-Star Berkshire jazz and blues band.

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