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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

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

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)

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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

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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

Food

Get in the Comfort Food Mood

What exactly makes a dish comfort food material? After reviewing many definitions of the term, I landed on one by Merriam-Webster, it was concise and hit the spot, “comfort food: food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal.”

UpCountry Gift Guide

UpCountry Gift Guide 2019

Skip to: Arts & Entertainment | Look Good, Feel Good | Tasty Treats | Gifts for the Home | Fine Apparel | All That Glitters | Holiday Trappings Arts & Entertainment Red Lion Inn Gift Card A visit to the iconic Red Lion Inn is the perfect gift for family and friends. Use our Gift… Continue reading UpCountry Gift Guide 2019

Calendar, Family, Travel

Celebrate the season at these winter festivals

The Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees. Berkshire Eagle File Photo Festival of Trees 2019: Heroes Berkshire MuseumPittsfield, Mass. Nov. 16- Jan. 5 Who inspires you? Festival of Trees 2019: Heroes celebrates those who motivate us to reach great heights, attempt the impossible and change the world. This year, more than 100 dazzling holiday displays, designed… Continue reading Celebrate the season at these winter festivals