Time has a strange way of sneaking up on you. A year ago, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer were in short supply. Groceries flew off the shelves. Businesses were shuttered; schools transitioned to remote learning; museums and theaters were closed. Masks became mandatory and the phrases “social distancing,” “essential workers” and “new normal”… Continue reading From the Editor
I’m asking for a friend who has terrible cabin fever but can’t bring herself to ask if it’s spring yet. If the thought hadn’t already crossed your mind, I’ll admit. It’s me. I’m the one with cabin fever. With that said, I’m hoping you’ll excuse me as I head out the door. I’ve been inside for the winter (and almost all of 2020) and am looking forward to seeing some of the art that’s arriving and shows opening at our museums.
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
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
I’ve rediscovered my love for the day trip. Over the past few years, our family abandoned the day trip in favor of an overnight stay of at least a night, if not two or three. The overnight stay, for us, meant we didn’t have to try to “beat the traffic” and could take more time… Continue reading Hit the road this fall
Planning ahead does put a damper on the spontaneity of summer fun, but I’ve realized this “new normal” forced upon on us by COVID-19 has a few advantages ...
The mud sucked at our boots as we hiked up the road to the Armstrong Farm sugarhouse in Pownal, Vt. I had parked my car on firmer ground, doubting it could successfully wade through the mire. Instead, I struck out on foot, with my then-4-year-old daughter in tow, in pursuit of getting the scoop on… Continue reading From the Editor
It seems silly to think that ski resorts once banned snowboarders from the slopes, but it’s true. Recently, thanks to the time machine that is the internet, I watched a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. news segment from 1985 about the “dangers” snowboarders posed to skiers.“Uncooperative … Smart alecs.” was how one ski patrolman in the news… Continue reading From the Editor
UpCountry Magazine has, for the second time in its three years of existence, been named the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s “Specialty Publication” of the Year — in other words, we’re New England’s Magazine of the Year once again! It’s a high honor and a banner achievement for which we can all take a… Continue reading From the Editor
In this edition, UpCountry Editor Jennifer Huberdeau writes about the haunted places one can find throughout the region. Leading off her article, she asks: Do you believe in ghosts? Well, if you don’t believe in ghosts, perhaps you’ll believe my story. I grew up in Adams in a house built by a stonemason. The home… Continue reading From the Editor