Cinnamon rolls and soul music — #Berkshireweekend

What does comfort look like this week? We may have some real cold coming, and some fires need fuel. Even a small thing can add tinder, like the day the Break Room offered my interns and me the last pastries left before they closed — not knowing who we were, just in spontaneous generosity.

Dede Webber talked with me about that feeling, walking through town and offering warmth and feeling it return. She has said this weekend may be her last day as Bohemian Nouveau Bakery at the North Adams farmers market, so anyone who has had one of her chocolate biscotti or honey wheat rolls — still warm, with chocolate chips melting in the cinnamon swirl — may want to come down on Saturday morning.

In a season for hot soup, Ramen’s on the menu now at Thistle and Mirth in Pittsfield and Steam in Great Barrington.

Music’s warming up around us — Wanda Houston’s at the Egremont Barn, belting out blues and soul, and Florencia Cuenda is at Mass MoCA, raising her voice in Hamilton or Frida Kahlo:

‘Wearing the flowers you picked from the fields —
they’ve grown wild and free in my mind …’

And on come of these cold nights, after all these weeks of cloudy days, we may see a clear sky, enough to light the way for a snowshoe on the night of the full moon. …

Shrimp sit temptingly on pad thai at Steam noodle cafe in Great Barrington.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Shrimp sit temptingly on pad thai at Steam noodle cafe in Great Barrington.

Winter comfort food — croissants at the Break Room (top) and Pad Thai at Steam.

Shrimp sit temptingly on pad thai at Steam noodle cafe in Great Barrington.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Shrimp sit temptingly on pad thai at Steam noodle cafe in Great Barrington.

Events coming up …

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

Beer mugs stand on a wooden counter by a softly lit window.
Feb 21 2024 @ 3:30 pm
Hot Plate Brewing Co. will celebrate the 10×10 Festival with 10 small batches of beer — today with bingo to benefit Roots Rising and the Pittsfield Farmers Market.
Microphone. Courtesy photo (Creative Commons) by Ernest Duffoo.
Feb 21 2024 @ 7:00 pm
Dewey Hall holds storytelling events with a group discussion exploring themes, similarities and contrasts within the stories as a whole
A microphone waits in golden light. Creative Commons courtesy photo.
Feb 21 2024 @ 7:00 pm
The Egremont Barn welcomes all comers to perform on the tavern stage for a night of acoustic music in a friendly space.

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