In a time of coronavirus the world has shifted. And yet it turns out even in quarantine, the Berkshires are a deeply creative place. We’re playing music, making mead, reading science fiction. We’re re-inventing our local businesses for a world that has moved online. We’re talking with each other.

You can find virtual events in the calendar — streaming film, dance performances, drop-in classes and more. And here are virtual resources you can tap anytime.

In Covid-19 in the Berkshires we are alive with online conversations on music and theater, art live streams, and local food, gardens and hikes …

It used to seem simple to come home on a spring night. We’d sit on the porch with hot cup of coffee. Turn on a podcast and make dinner. Maybe help kids with their homework. Maybe talk with a friend about meeting for a beer on Friday night. We know where the local blues band will be playing, and the lead singer has a warm, deep voice.

We can still do all that. Even now, when many of us are at home, and we’re careful what we touch. People are making new plays and sharing new songs. We can take an informal art workshop or dance around the living room. We can find find fresh bread from the local farmers market … or seedling red peppers and plant them.

Photo by Kate Abbott

Food to go

In Covid-19, restaurants are open across the Berkshires for takeout and food to go, and some for delivery, and many are offering careful ways to dine indoors or out. You can search here by town, for places open now and more.

Photo by Susan Geller

Shops & makers

Coronavirus has closed physical shops in the Berkshires … but many of them are adapting to a virtual world. You might be surprised what you can order online and have shipped to your front steps.

Photo by Henry Bush


The Berkshires have connections to a broad collection of storytellers: actors and slam poets, bloggers and podcasters, spoken word and story slams, fiction and poetry. Here are conversations to share in a virtual world.

Photo by Kate Abbott


In the Berkshires farms, farm markets and local makers are finding new ways to bring food to us online, and sometimes deliver it to our doors — without touching.