This is not an easy time for all of us. But Thanksgiving is coming, and as I work on the holiday magazine and calendar (which will come out next week), I am thinking about the story of this holiday. We’ve kept the memory alive of a meeting between people around a table. It was not an easy meeting, and I wonder what they thought that day — Massasoit and his son, Metacomet, leaders among the Wampanoag, and their families, and the men and women who had landed on their shore.
Across the next week, the county will see concerts and harvest markets, art and films celebrating this time of year and the many people who live and make and grow in these hills. I am thankful for all of us.
Handmade Holidays at the Spencertown Academy gathers baskets and other local crafts, and so does the Festival of Holidays at the Old Stone Store in Sheffield. Photo courtesy of Spencertown Academy
Wild turkeys walk in the Berkshire woods, and many local farms raise heritage breed birds in their pastures. Courtesy Photo by Lt. Shears
Hancock Shaker Village offers holiday tours and crafts this weekend and in December. Courtesy photo by ‘Best Budrian’
The film ‘We Still Live Here’ celebrates Wampanoag life and language on Sunday at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield. Photo courtesy of Trustees of Reservations
The Zambezi Marimba Band, Kusika’s African dancers, CoDa contemporary dance and Sankofa’s step dancers will present Pachedu, ‘among ourselves’ in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, at Williams College on Sunday.
Berkshire Grown’s holiday farmers market returns this weekend and in December other local markets will support the harvest. Photo by Susan Geller