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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

Happenings

10 events not to miss in the new year

In Southern Vermont… Grafton Ice Bar 2020 Grafton InnGrafton802-843-2248, graftoninnvermont.com/event/ice-bar-2020Jan. 11 You’ll want to bundle up for this chilly outdoor event featuring a bar literally made out of ice. Signature cocktails are served through ice sculptures at this 21-and-older event. In addition to cocktails, there will be beer and food trucks, music provided by a… Continue reading 10 events not to miss in the new year

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

Outdoors

Get out there and start fat biking

5 tips to get you started Photo by Metro Creative Connection By Noah HoffenbergPITTSFIELD, Mass. One part mountain bike and one part zeppelin. Will it float or fly away? And does it bounce? It can only be one thing: a fat bike. All it takes is a quick glance at those chunky tires, checkered chevrons,… Continue reading Get out there and start fat biking

Outdoors

2020 UpCountry Ski Guide

ALPINE SKIING In Southern Vermont Bromley Mountain 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vt.802-824-5522Bromley.com Killington Resort 4763 Killington Road, Killington, Vt.800-734-9435Killington.com Magic Mountain 495 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry, Vt.802-824-5645Magicmtn.com Mount Snow Skiers and snowboarders ascend the slope at Mount Snow in West Dover, Vt. Brattleboro Reformer File Photo 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.800-245-SNOWMountsnow.com Okemo… Continue reading 2020 UpCountry Ski Guide

Outdoors

The little ski hill that could

Brattleboro’s Living Memorial Park offers $5 lift tickets and 8 decades of tradition The T-bar lift takes skiers and snowboarders up the hill at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro. Brattleboro Reformer File Photo By Kevin O’ConnorBRATTLEBORO, Vt. Turn back history to January 1938 and you’ll see headlines as dark as storm clouds, be it about… Continue reading The little ski hill that could

Food, Outdoors, People

How a world-class athlete became a master distiller

Ski Bum Rum’s Ryan Max Riley once skied the slopes as part of the U.S. Ski Team Distiller Ryan Max Riley runs Ski Bum Rum Distillery in North Adams, which is located at Greylock Works. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Mike WalshNORTH ADAMS, Mass. The pretty butterfly with dirty blond hair has no idea how… Continue reading How a world-class athlete became a master distiller

Food

You’ll never look at an evergreen tree the same way again

The great outdoors of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont can provide us with wild foods that we can forage for our dinner plates. In the spring, we can find an abundance of ramps (wild leeks) for what seems like a fleeting moment. Summer gives way to many wild berries worth collecting, and autumn sees us scurrying through the woods for a diverse population of wild mushrooms and nuts.

Food

Funky, fun, eclectic and full of ‘Lebenslust’

Photo provided by Wunderbar. Wunderbar Biergarten brings global menu to Bellows Falls By Susan AllenBELLOWS FALLS, Vt. “Wunderbar” is German for “wonderful.” Remy Walker and Alain Martinez added new meaning to the word, creating the Wunderbar Biergarten in the heart of downtown Bellows Falls that also is funky, fun, eclectic and full of “Lebenslust,” German… Continue reading Funky, fun, eclectic and full of ‘Lebenslust’

Family, Outdoors, Travel

Explore this frozen ice castle in New Hampshire

In this January 2019 photo, Bruce McCafferty and his son, Dougie, pause while exploring the ice formations growing at Ice Castles in North Woodstock, N.H. Photo: The Associated Press By Jennifer HuberdeauNORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. Wish you could travel to Arendelle to visit Elsa’s castle made of ice? While a trip to the fictional icy home… Continue reading Explore this frozen ice castle in New Hampshire

From the Editor

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

From the Editor

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

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UpCountry wins top honor

UpCountry Magazine was named the 2019 Newspaper of the Year in the Specialty Publications category in the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual competition. The award was announced Oct. 10 at the New England Newspaper Awards Luncheon held at the AC Hotel Marriott in Worcester. For UpCountry, its win in the Specialty Publications category… Continue reading UpCountry wins top honor

Family, Outdoors, Shopping

The search for the perfect Christmas tree

Sophal Nhim ties down a Christmas tree for a customer at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, Mass. in December 2016. Berkshire Eagle File Photo Tips for picking the perfect tree from the National Christmas Tree Association Source: realchristmastrees.org Measure your space Be sure you know what size (height and width) you need before heading to… Continue reading The search for the perfect Christmas tree

Arts, Calendar, Family, Travel

10 things not to miss this winter

In Southern Vermont… 8th Brattleboro Film Festival Latchis Theatre Brattleboro802-257-2461, brattleborofilmfestival.orgNov. 1-10 The all-volunteer Brattleboro Film Festival returns to the Latchis Theatre for its eighth year with a slate of independent and award-winning productions that offer viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. The festivities kick off with a public reception Nov. 1. The… Continue reading 10 things not to miss this winter

Family, Travel

Winterlights shines bright with holiday spirit (and 240,000 twinkle lights)

Naumkeag’s Linden Walk will be transformed into “Rainbow Road” for Winterlights. “Rainbow Road” is one of several popular displays returning to the holiday light festival at the historic estate and gardens. Berkshire Eagle File Photo Walk through a twinkling wonderland at Naumkeag By Jennifer HuberdeauSTOCKBRIDGE, Mass. Winterlights is back, and it’s bigger and better than… Continue reading Winterlights shines bright with holiday spirit (and 240,000 twinkle lights)

Shopping

This store celebrates Christmas every day of the year

A glass ornament resembling a stick of butter commemorates a comical Christmas moment for the McKeever family. Photo by Anne Archer By Anne ArcherSunderland, Vt. With a smile that defines joy, Linda McKeever recalls the wintry day when her daughter, Megan, then 2 years old, was standing in the hallway of their house with an… Continue reading This store celebrates Christmas every day of the year

Family, Travel

Santa’s Land, U.S.A: A ‘New England tradition’ since 1957

Southern Vermont’s North Pole a nostalgic step back to simpler times Santa’s Land, U.S.A. has been called a “time capsule of far more innocent days.” Photo by Kevin O’Connor By Kevin O’ConnorPUTNEY, Vt. Log on to the website for Santa’s Land in the Vermont town of Putney and it might seem that Saint Nick has… Continue reading Santa’s Land, U.S.A: A ‘New England tradition’ since 1957

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

People

A Guthrie Center tradition

A warm and comfy Thanksgiving meal for those who need one In addition to the annual Thanksgiving Day meal, The Guthrie Center offers a free weekly lunch provided by donations from local farms and stores. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Heather BellowGREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. The week of Thanksgiving, Michael Roller and his staff at Samel’s… Continue reading A Guthrie Center tradition

Essay, Food, History, UpCountry Kitchen

Gather in gratitude

Contemporary Thanksgiving prep pales in comparison to past celebrations Metro Creative By Robin Anish Historians tell us that the first Thanksgiving feast celebrated by the Pilgrims bears little in common with the Thanksgiving feasts of today; but, what they do share in common is the reason for the feast. Then, as now, families and friends… Continue reading Gather in gratitude

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Bring on the cookie swap!

A sweet way to gather with family and friends At the end of the cookie swap, each guest goes home with a sampling of every cookie at the party. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Jennifer Huberdeau If you’re like the rest of us, the holidays are not only the “most wonderful time of the year,”… Continue reading Bring on the cookie swap!

From the Editor

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

From the Editor

From the Editor

A horse and rider round the barrel during the barrel racing portion of the Double M Rodeo at the 2018 Adams Agricultural Fair. Eagle File Photo. Click here to read more. This issue really captures the essence of UpCountry’s outdoors. UpCountry correspondent Stephanie Gravalese travels the Berkshires and Southern Vermont on culinary adventures and visited… Continue reading From the Editor

Family, Food, Outdoors, Travel

10 fairs you don’t want to miss

In Western Massachusetts Adams Agricultural Fair 371 Old Columbia St. Adams Aug. 2-4adams-agricultural-fair.org The Double M Rodeo promises to be a highlight of the 45th Adams Agricultural Fair, which also includes a demolition derby, livestock contests, horse and oxen pulls, a K-9 dog demonstration, a birds of prey show, live music and entertainment, concessions, amusement… Continue reading 10 fairs you don’t want to miss

From the Editor

From the editor

We’ve been creating this bimonthly magazine for a little more than two years now, and it’s a labor of love for all involved. Hardly a day goes by when someone mentions to me how much they enjoy reading and looking at UpCountry Magazine. That is so heartening. Hearing from you helps keep us on track.… Continue reading From the editor