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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

Arts, Family, Travel

11 festive events to celebrate the season

NightWood The MountLenox, Mass.Nov. 19 - Jan. 3 NightWood is a sound and light experience that will transform the property into a fantastical winter landscape for the holidays. Inspired by the natural beauty and architecture of The Mount, NightWood will immerse visitors in a series of vignettes designed to evoke elements of fantasy, mystery, and… Continue reading 11 festive events to celebrate the season

Food, People

Hard cider bursting with Berkshire flavor

Locally sourced apples fuel the Berkshire Cider Project The Berkshire Cider Project is currently offering three hard ciders: its flagship dry cider, Orchard Blend 2019; a rosé; and a special limited release cider made with apples from Hancock Shaker Village’s historic orchard . Photos provided by Berkshire Cider Project By Mike Walsh NORTH ADAMS, Mass.… Continue reading Hard cider bursting with Berkshire flavor

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A is for Apple

Macoun and gala and McIntosh, oh, my! It's apple season, and with so many delicious varieties to choose from in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, it's difficult to know what you're picking and what that apple is best used for (besides taking a big old juicy bite out of, of course).

Family, Food, Shopping, Travel

Apple orchards prepare for an unprecedented pick-your-own season

Overcome COVID-19 cabin fever at your local apple orchard Ashley Howe picks Cortland apples at Terry's Orchard in Bennington, Vt. Bennington Banner File Photo By Bob Audette Across Southern Vermont orchard managers are preparing for an unprecedented pick-your-own apple season. "Consumers are looking for local food and they also are looking for fun experiences," said… Continue reading Apple orchards prepare for an unprecedented pick-your-own season

Food

Forget about pie; bake these delicious fall treats instead

When fall arrives, and the first apple and pumpkin pies come out of the oven, it can be hard to remember that there are so many more things you can make with your fall harvest. To help you think outside the pie pan, we asked the bakers at King Arthur Baking in Norwich, Vt., for a few recipes to get you started …

Travel

You don’t need to leave town for a change of scenery

5 weekend getaways in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont By Kimberly Kirchner Self-isolation, Week Two: For the first time, you notice a strange pattern of knots in the wood of the coffee table. Week Seven: You’ve determined the knots resemble an antelope with a pelican on its back. As a courtesy, you avoid them when… Continue reading You don’t need to leave town for a change of scenery

Outdoors, People

Women on the Greens

Women golfers ‘make their mark’ on the course 2020, the “Year of the Woman,” celebrates the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. With this in mind, we thought it would be fitting to celebrate the women golfers of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont. We sought… Continue reading Women on the Greens

Outdoors, Travel

The UpCountry Golf Guide 2020

Please call ahead/check the website of the individual golf sites for the most up-to-date information and COVID-19 guidelines. The golf course at Wyndhurst Manor and Club, formerly known as Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort, in Lenox. Eagle File Photo. The Berkshires’ 18-hole courses Bas Ridge Golf Course LOCATION: 151 Plunkett Ave., Hinsdale, Mass.TYPE: Public, with… Continue reading The UpCountry Golf Guide 2020

Outdoors, Travel

Ready, Set, Get Outside! Where to hike, bike, kayak and more …

The Berkshires and Southern Vermont, as we know it, won’t be the same this summer. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. We came up with 7 activities — from bird-watching to kayaking — and some suggestions as to where you can do them, to keep your summer full.

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.”

Arts, Business, People

How Grammy winner Benjamin Arrindell came to call Southern Vermont ‘home’

“[Mixing is] my most favorite portion of this process,” Arrindell said. “Especially when I get left alone, or if you leave me alone, or send me materials to work with. I love when I’m left to my own and I can do whatever I want."

Food

UpCountry sugarhouses share favorite maple recipes

MAPLE BAKED BEANS Recipe courtesy of Harlow’s Sugar House INGREDIENTS 2 pounds yellow eye or soldier beans, dried½ pound salt pork or bacon½ cup sugar2 teaspoons dry mustard½ teaspoon pepper¾ cup maple syrup, Grade A: Dark Color/Robust Taste or Grade A; Very Dark/Strong Taste DIRECTIONS Place the beans in a bowl and cover with cold… Continue reading UpCountry sugarhouses share favorite maple recipes

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

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

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’

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uncategorized

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!