Sun brings picnics and expeditions — #berkshireweekend

The first warm days of the year call some of us out to wander. Even in these complex and troubling times … when the sun comes out and the afternoon touches 70 degrees for a few minutes, I have an urge to take a breath. Walk along the Hoosic River maybe, or check out the new Touchy Coffee popup just opening in North Adams.

On Sunday morning, I wandered south into Berkchique at Ventfort Hall to take a look at their annual gathering of vintage clothing. (They joined WAM Theatre, Berkshire Humane Society, Community Access to the Arts and Berkshire Art Center for the event.)

It felt like a good time of year for color and brightness, natural fiber, a chance to play dress-up — a dark-orange-red paisley silk shirt. Or to talk with Matt Tannenbaum at the Bookstore about Martin Baron’s new memoir, and Baron’s time with the Boston Globe and the Washington Post.

It can be a good day for an impromptu picnic, to pick up a four-cheese pizza from Pizza Boema and savor the salt and basil taste of it at a picnic table at the foot of October mountain. On the ledge trail, the trillium are blooming deep red, and the first trout lilies in vivid yellow, and the fiddleheads are starting to uncurl. …

Ventfort Hall catches the spring sun.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Ventfort Hall catches the spring sun.



Red trillium bloom on October Mountain.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Red trillium bloom on October Mountain.

More events coming up …

You can find more in the BTW arts and events calendar

A Baltimore Oriole looks out from a slender branch. Creative Commons courtesy photo.
May 28 2024 @ 8:00 am
Mass Audubon will explore Edith Wharton's historic home, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows, to find birds by sight and sound.
Foragers gather for a walk and talk on Stone Hill. Press image from the Clark Art Institute
May 28 2024 @ 4:00 pm
Naturalist and wild edibles enthusiast Arianna Alexsandra Collins from the Hoosic River Watershed Association and Offerings for Community Building leads a foraging walk
An Eastern Bluebird picks a berry for a summer meal.
May 30 2024 @ 5:30 pm
Hoffmann Bird Club will lead a weekly spring bird walk along the River Walk in Great Barrington, looking for returning birds in migration season.

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