We made these memories for ourselves — #berkshireweekend

What can we imagine for 2023? … Looking ahead, I’m hoping for a rise in returning energy.

As I began writing this week, I was thinking about this question on my 45th birthday and looking through photos from the last year. About this time I was walking through Hopkins Forest in 5 degree weather with sun on the snow. And remember the day after the ice storm when every tree on the ridge was coated and shining?

2022 has held quiet moments of intense beauty. And still, 2022 seemed to carry a tiredness. We were all blinking between the pandemic and the election.

I remember moments of color. Spring bulbs opened on the hilltop at Naumkeag, and Frantz Zephirin’s and Tomm El-Saieh’s paintings came to town — Loas in the Haitian woods and bright abstractions. My summer interns tasted asparagus at Tu Le’s microfarm and fresh corn tacos at Nudel.

Some nights flooded with the energy of dance and music — a zydeco bandleader from New Orleans, a choreographer from Lagos, tap performers in Brazilian rhythm.

But finding this kind of energy could take a long and steady effort, and making and sustaining it could take more. This year, I’m wishing us momentum and sweetness, like a kayak on the river in the sun.

Flashes of color

Color appears this week even on overcast days …

A walk along the shore of Lake Paran in North Bennington gives a clear view. Mass MoCA celebrates artists in Building 6, and North Adams brings wellness and candlelight downtown. Eloise visits the Norman Rockwell Museum, and a wall hanging ripples with mountains at the Bennington Museum. And the Clark opens free to all this winter, as their newest show explores drawings from the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris.

Events coming up …

Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.

New York fiddler Aldo Lavaggi performs at the Great Barrington Farmers Market. Press photo courtesy of the market.
Dec 7 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Dewey Hall's final square dance of 2023 brings two of the Northeast's most skilled old-time musicians, Aldo Lavaggi and Sophie Mae Wellington.
Rachael Balcanoff, Sam Gillam and Christopher Michael Vecchia appear in Berkshire Theatre Group's 'A Christmas Carol.'
Dec 7 2023 @ 7:00 pm
A Christmas Carol returns to its original stage at The Unicorn Theatre, as Berkshire Theatre Group revels in the joy and redemptive power of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Kongero, a Swedish vocal group, brings together folk singers Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Sofia Hultqvist Kott and Anna Wikénius.
Dec 7 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Kongero, a Swedish vocal group, brings together folk singers Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Sofia Hultqvist Kott and Anna Wikénius.

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