History

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

History

‘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’

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

Arts, Family, Food, History, Outdoors, Travel

20-20 Hindsight

Canceled, postponed and streaming: UpCountry cultural venues are missed, not forgotten Compiled by Jack Lyons and Christopher Parker Change does not come easy in New England. We, as a people, take pride in our traditions, our celebrations and our festivals. Our weather might change at the drop of a hat, but a true New Englander… Continue reading 20-20 Hindsight

Books, History, Travel

Travel the ‘forgotten highways’ of New England

These early turnpikes faded into memory, becoming better known as backroads used for scenic drives — roads that Robert Geake highlights in his latest book, “The Road Less Traveled: Forgotten Historic Highways of New England.”

History, Outdoors

Inventions and innovation on and off the slopes

6 inventions that helped changed the course of snow sports In this March 2002 file photo, Jake Burton Carpenter, owner of Burton Snowboards, shows an early model, right, and one of the newer snowboards, left, in his office in Burlington, Vt. Associated Press Photo By Jennifer Huberdeau If you live, work or play in UpCountry… Continue reading Inventions and innovation on and off the slopes

History

C.F. Bishop and the Autoneige that conquered Berkshires’ snowy hills

Cortlandt Field Bishop, of Lenox, was joyous to drive his Société Citroën-Kégresse-Hinstin K1 on- and off-road in the Berkshire and environs in winter. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Bernard A. DrewLENOX, Mass. Most Gilded Age Berkshire cottagers scattered south or overseas in the cold months. Cortlandt Field Bishop, on the contrary, embraced snow. He named… Continue reading C.F. Bishop and the Autoneige that conquered Berkshires’ snowy hills

Arts, History, People

‘Alice’s Restaurant’: A song, turned movie, lives on as anti-war anthem

By Heather BellowSTOCKBRIDGE, Mass. The police chief sure taught those two teens a lesson. He arrested them for litterin’, threw them in a cell, fined them, and made them haul the trash up the hill after heavy rain. “Police Chief William J. Obanhein of Stockbridge said later the youths found dragging the junk up the… Continue reading ‘Alice’s Restaurant’: A song, turned movie, lives on as anti-war anthem