Holidays return in the Berkshires — even in an uncertain year, we can find music and storytelling and lights in the dark, and an energy in local places …READ MORE
The Berkshires are hills on the Western edge of Massachusetts
— they run along the border with New York state and merge into the Green Mountains in Vermont.
I live in a high green country with a vivid creative life. It is a rare place. Up here a choreographer from Brooklyn can walk into a 200-year-old meetinghouse and imagine black American Shaker dance. And then he can create his own movement and perform there.
In some ways it’s an in-between place, across the state from Boston and up the Hudson River from New York, and as a cultural area and as a geographic one, it spills over the state line.
Berkshire County is a long, lean stretch. It runs from Connecticut north to Vermont, 50 miles from end to end. But it’s a beautiful amble. Not long ago I took an hour to get from Cobble Hill to an old friend’s wedding in Manhattan, and here in that time I can cross the length of the county and tool along country roads, watching for wild turkeys on my way to see a play before it opens Off-Broadway.
When I am searching for gifts, I want to be out in bookstores and greenhouses and barns full of chocolate molds … Local shops are adapting in the pandemic, and I’ll let you know what I’m seeing.READ MORE
Some of our history in the Berkshires is alive because we still use it every day, to make cheese or cider or a cup to drink it in. And some of our history we are reviving in new ways, as in a silo at Hancock Shaker Village, new music invokes Shaker hymns with contemporary artists and technology.READ MORE
These hills have always been a crossroads. As long as people have lived along the wide rivers to our east and west, they have come up here to the high valleys. Their people have seen revolutions — and led them.READ MORE
The Berkshires today gathers its communities around colleges, old mill towns along the river valleys and farming villages in the hills. In the last hundred years, the farms and the mills have evolved, as the arts and performance, food and the outdoors have grown into an ecosystem.READ MORE
In the Berkshires, many people and communities make one, like streams running across the slopes to to the Housatonic. People live and build and transform and celebrate who they are. And the community comes together to honor them.READ MORE
These hills and river valleys are the homelands of the Mohican nation. Many of their community now live in Wisconsin now, and they have always returned and kept in touch.READ MORE
In response to Covid-19, Berkshire camps have adapted, moved online or closed, with strong effects on campers and families, communities and local businesses.READ MORE
What does trick-or-treating look like in the mountains? The night smells and tastes of fall, pumpkins and hot beeswax, apples and chocolate …READ MORE
The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is in town, a weeklong celebration with art and music, new plays, outdoor play and more.READ MORE