Great Barrington

Sharing a Winter weekend

Polenta smooth as softened butter with sausage crisp, tender and sharp. Thick-sliced ham with collard greens, biscuits and pickled cabbage. An apricot scone, somehow soft, warm and lightly dry, with butter and honey on the plate — we broke it into pieces with  our fingers and dipped it in. On a Sunday afternoon in January, I…

Great Barrington history under foot

I didn’t know a walk around town would link me to the Mississippi flood of 1927, George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison’s battle over electric current and a Major from King Phillip’s War who captured Algonqian troops and sold the men as slaves. It was a sunny morning, a real early summer day, and I had…

This weekend — theater, cataclysms, hikes

Along with bluegrass and poetry, theater, art and the outdoors will fill this weekend on the hinge of summer and fall. “God of Carnage” will finish its run this weekend at the Theatre Barn on Route 20 in New Lebanon, N.Y. — a play following two couples brought face to face when one of their…

Week of poets — ghosts, candles and skin

Hide-and-seek, children invisible in the dusk, memories made intangible, even unreal  … at 7 p.m. tonight, professor Lawrence Raab will read from “Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts” at Water Street Books. He has just earned a National Book Award longlist nomination for his new collection. (Amanda Korman, an old friend, fellow Williams alum and former…