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.

Berkshire sculptor Robin Tost's Spirit Bear honors the relatives of the black bears who live in the Berkshires.
May 23 2024 @ 9:00 am
The annual celebration of local creativity returns with more than 100 hands-on or behind-the-scenes events and open studios across the region, from May 17 to 27.
Mass MoCA catches sunlight on a summer day.
May 23 2024 @ 11:00 am
Mass MoCA and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present The Plastic Bag Store, an immersive, multimedia experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt.
Plums gleam in purple and gold at a farmers market table.
May 23 2024 @ 3:00 pm
The West Stockbridge Farmers Market offers fresh produce — fruits and vegetables in season, eggs, meats and cheeses, breads and baked goods, fudge and jams and more.

By the Way Berkshires is a digital magazine exploring creative life and community — art and performance, food and the outdoors — and I’m writing it for you, with local voices, because I’ve gotten to know this rich part of the world as a writer and journalist, and I want to share it with you.

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