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.

Hancock Shaker Village runs a CSA from its historic gardens in the warmer season.
Oct 4 2023 @ 10:00 am
Hancock Shaker Village will take a deep dive into the Shaker world! on a Discovery Tour each Wednesday morning, led by experienced Village staff.
A pumpkin hangs in a tree, carved with a luna moth in flight, at the Naumkeag Pumpkin Walk.
Oct 4 2023 @ 5:00 pm
The Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show is back at Naumkeag this year with more than 1,500 jack-o-lanterns and an expanded schedule —explore the gardens as Naumkeag transforms into a celebration of autumn.
Corinna May appears in the Wharton Plays as the Spirit in The Fullness of Life and as Alida in Roman Fever.
Oct 4 2023 @ 5:30 pm
Wharton on Wednesdays returns to the Mount on first Wednesdays — listen to quintessential Edith Wharton short stories brought to life by local actors.

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