From the Editor

From the Editor

A horse walks through the snow at Wirtes Farm, Lanesborough, Mass. Photo by Ben Garver Happy 2021! We made it! 2020 is finally in our collective rearview mirror, and we’re all ready for a better, brighter new year. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before you throw away that mask in celebration, remember, 2020… Continue reading From the Editor


Legendary Snowstorms to hit the Berkshires

Memorable blizzards, nor’easters from 1888 to the present in the Berkshires From under a snowdrift twice his height, Howard Derby, 7, of Erwin Street, Pittsfield, digs out mailboxes on Feb. 26, 1946. Snowdrifts of 10 to 15 feet in height formed overnight as winds of up to 60 miles per hour persisted for over 12… Continue reading Legendary Snowstorms to hit the Berkshires


You don’t need to sip like a sommelier to enjoy this tasting room

Sunset Meadow of Massachusetts offers table-side tastings, bottles to-go A sampling of wines sold at Sunset Meadow of Massachusetts Winery and Tasting Room in Sheffield, Mass. Photo provided by Sunset Meadow Winery By Jennifer HuberdeauSHEFFIELD, Mass. Red or white? Dry or sweet? Sparkling or rosë? You can try them all (and take home a few)… Continue reading You don’t need to sip like a sommelier to enjoy this tasting room

Outdoors, People

Q&A with Krista Schmidinger

Berkshire native and two-time Olympian returns to Bousquet roots Editor’s note: Michael Walsh recently connected with two-time Olympian and Berkshire native Krista Schmidinger over email. Bousquet recently announced a partnership with Schmidinger, an Alpine skier who competed in the Winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994. As part of the partnership, she will contribute to Bousquet’s… Continue reading Q&A with Krista Schmidinger

Business, Outdoors

Big things are happening at Bousquet

Mill Town Capital invests in historic Pittsfield ski area Upgrades at Bousquet range from a new triple chairlift to new trail maps, which feature dedicated uphill paths for skinning. Photo by Mike Walsh By Mike WalshPITTSFIELD, Mass. It’s a small sign, just two words in black on a white backdrop. Yet, the three of us… Continue reading Big things are happening at Bousquet


Sharing the joy of snowmobiling

Woodford SnoBusters keep vast network of trails clear for winter fun Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport. Photo provided by Woodford SnoBusters By Cherise ForbesWOODFORD, Vt. In 1984, the Woodford SnoBusters got their start from the front porch of the McKenna homestead, thanks to a group of snowmobilers determined to share the sport they love.… Continue reading Sharing the joy of snowmobiling

History, Outdoors

Otis Ridge Ski Area continues to thrive

Founded in 1946, this family-friendly ski hill still has a lot to offer Skiers ride the chairlift at Otis Ridge. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Margaret ButtonOTIS, Mass. At one time, the Berkshires was the home to more than 35 small ski areas that catered to families. But as larger resorts opened, the smaller ski… Continue reading Otis Ridge Ski Area continues to thrive

Home, UpCo Homes

Dressed to impress

Home staging for a successful sale By Kimberly Kirchner Getting a home ready for sale is a lot like getting ready for a job interview. You reach into the back of the closet for your nicest shirt and most sensible pair of slacks, washing and pressing until there’s not a wrinkle to be seen. The… Continue reading Dressed to impress


‘With malice toward none, with charity for all’

No better time than 2021, an inaugural year, to visit Hildene’s ‘American Ideal’ exhibit Conjure up an image of our 16th president and most likely, the visage of Abraham Lincoln includes his stovepipe hat. Although the president owned more than one iconic hat — which he used to carry his paperwork as a young attorney,… Continue reading ‘With malice toward none, with charity for all’


A cultural arts center pivots in order to survive

Saint James Place opens doors for socially distanced meetings, events A view of the Sanctuary from the stage. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Jennifer HuberdeauGREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. In a normal year, the Sanctuary of Saint James Place is filled with sounds of jazz, chamber music and opera; of dancers on the stage, of actors mid-soliloquy;… Continue reading A cultural arts center pivots in order to survive