From the Editor

From the Editor

With the holidays fast approaching, I’m sure many of you have thought long and hard about how and with who you’ll be celebrating this year. Will you stay at home? Or, will you travel? Will you welcome family and friends at your dinner table, or share meals over Facetime, Zoom and Skype? There’s no one-size-fits-all… Continue reading From the Editor

Outdoors

Cross-Country Crescendo: A promising season ahead despite (or due to?) COVID-19

Carlea Manley, right, helps get snow out of her sister Liliana’s boot as they use their day off from school to check out the cross country skiing conditions at Notchview in Windsor, Mass., last winter. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Cherise Forbes While winter has yet to officially begin, the season is already shaping up… Continue reading Cross-Country Crescendo: A promising season ahead despite (or due to?) COVID-19

Outdoors

Need to escape the indoors (or your family) this winter? Strap on some snowshoes

Jeff and Erin Neblett snowshoe at Notchview Reservation in Windsor, Mass. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Cherise Forbes NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. We’ve all been there: stir crazy, unable to stand another second of holiday debates, or simply in need of some fresh air and exercise. While the average winter poses its own challenges for those… Continue reading Need to escape the indoors (or your family) this winter? Strap on some snowshoes

Arts

Cold filtered: Photographers train their lenses on ice shanties

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center exhibits offer a unique focus on winter Federico Pardo’s “Ice Shanties: Fishing, People & Culture” pictures structures in southern Vermont. Photo provided by Brattleboro Museum & Art Center By Kevin O’Connor BRATTLEBORO, Vt. Emmy Award-winning lensman Federico Pardo has circled the globe for such clients as National Geographic and Univision.… Continue reading Cold filtered: Photographers train their lenses on ice shanties

People

A journalism legend’s life on the Stockbridge Bowl

The tennis tournament that ‘almost beat’ Fred Friendly Fred W. Friendly is pictured at Washington National Airport on Feb. 15, 1966. In New York City earlier in the day, Friendly resigned as president of CBS News, in a dispute over the network’s decision to air an episode of “I Love Lucy” instead of live coverage… Continue reading A journalism legend’s life on the Stockbridge Bowl

Shopping

Bring a tree home for the holidays

Everything you need to know before bringing home a tannenbaum By Jenn Smith POWNAL, Vt. After years of planning, patience and careful cultivation, Golden Acres Farm in Pownal, Vt., has transformed into a happy little choose-and-cut Christmas tree spot. "I absolutely love Christmas," said Katie Vandale, a paramedic and captain for the Bennington Rescue Squad.… Continue reading Bring a tree home for the holidays

Food

Warm your heart with olive oil this Hanukkah

Photo by Cherise Forbes By Cherise Forbes Fried foods are at the heart of Hanukkah dinner, and close to my heart, too. After all, who doesn’t love a perfectly fried potato? Devouring dishes drenched in oil isn’t just a holiday indulgence, however, as the tradition harkens back to the very origins of Hanukkah, which commemorates… Continue reading Warm your heart with olive oil this Hanukkah

Food, People

Something extra to look forward to

Friendsgiving celebrations provide alternative traditions, food options By Francesca Olsen NORTH ADAMS, Mass. It started as a housewarming party held the day before Thanksgiving, in a spacious apartment above Dottie’s Coffee House in Pittsfield. Autumn Bragan, a food blogger and passionate host, no longer lives in that apartment but she’s continued to host a Friendsgiving… Continue reading Something extra to look forward to