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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.

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Article sparks fond memories of Otis Ridge

Thank you for the great article about Otis Ridge!! My father, David Judson, owned and operated Otis Ridge from 1946 until the early 1970s, on the 200-acre parcel my parents owned. He was elected the first President of the National Ski Area Operators Association and was inducted into the U.S. Ski-Snowboard Hall of Fame in… Continue reading Article sparks fond memories of Otis Ridge

Home, Outdoors

5 tips to get your garden started

The first day of spring arrives on March 20 this year and what better way to celebrate than by sowing some seeds? You’ll need to start most of them inside, as it’s still too cold out for most crops to survive. We’ve culled together a few tips from New England Newspapers Inc. columnists Ron Kujawski,… Continue reading 5 tips to get your garden started

Outdoors

A Healthy Start for Seedlings: The Peat Dilemma

By Thomas Christopher For me, this season brings with it an ethical dilemma. This is the time of year when I start sowing seeds indoors. Every late winter through spring I grow 400-odd seedlings under lights in my basement to plant out, once the weather warms, in my vegetable and flower gardens. Indeed, I would… Continue reading A Healthy Start for Seedlings: The Peat Dilemma

Books, Home, People

Ellen Ecker Ogden wants you to grow an heirloom garden

When Ellen Ecker Ogden moved to a 10-acre farm in Landgrove, Vt., in 1980, she didn’t envision herself as a nationally respected author of gardening books and cookbooks. Since then, the Manchester Village resident has authored several garden- and cooking-related titles, with her latest release, “The New Heirloom Garden” a garden design and cookbook all in one.

Home

Take your home from drab to fab!

7 tips from interior designers to refresh your home this spring By Jennifer Huberdeau After a year of spending more time in our homes than ever before, most of us are ready for a change. And what better time of year than spring to refresh a room or your entire home? To get you started,… Continue reading Take your home from drab to fab!

Arts

Just in time for spring, new art exhibitions fill UpCountry museums

“Neveruses à Table (me and LP), 2018” by J. Stoner Blackwell, plastic, wool, silk, paper, paint, wood. Photo by Art Evans, courtesy of the J. Stoner Blackwell via the Bennington Museum. Have you taken in an art exhibition lately? After a year of limited access to art, museums throughout UpCountry’s coverage area are filling their… Continue reading Just in time for spring, new art exhibitions fill UpCountry museums

Business, People

5 nationally known products you probably didn’t know were made in Bennington

Mount Anthony Union High School students learn about power steering column parts manufactured by NSK Steering Systems Americas - Bennington, during a tour of the plant in April 2015. Bennington Banner File Photo By Telly HalkiasBENNINGTON, Vt. Don’t try to convince Matt Harrington that Bennington no longer has what it takes to attract national and… Continue reading 5 nationally known products you probably didn’t know were made in Bennington

Outdoors

Ski season silver lining? Smaller classes, more one-on-one time with instructors

Planning ahead key for those hitting the slopes in Vermont Pat Kinney, a snowmaker at Stratton Mountain Resort, in Stratton, Vt., checks the consistency of the snow from the snow machines on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, as they prepare to open for the 2020-2021 season. Photo by Kris Radder By Chris Mays Hitting the slopes… Continue reading Ski season silver lining? Smaller classes, more one-on-one time with instructors

Outdoors, Travel

2021 UpCountry Alpine Ski Guide

In Southern Vermont Skiers enjoy opening day at Bromley Mountain. Photo by Caroline Bonnivier Snyder Bromley Mountain 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vt.802-824-5522bromley.com Killington Resort 3861 Killington Road, Killington, Vt.800-734-9435killington.com Magic Mountain 495 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry, Vt.802-824-5645magicmtn.com Mount Snow 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.800-245-SNOWmountsnow.com Okemo Mountain Resort 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow,… Continue reading 2021 UpCountry Alpine Ski Guide

Arts

A cultural arts center pivots in order to survive

Saint James Place opens doors for socially distanced meetings, events A view of the Sanctuary from the stage. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Jennifer HuberdeauGREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. In a normal year, the Sanctuary of Saint James Place is filled with sounds of jazz, chamber music and opera; of dancers on the stage, of actors mid-soliloquy;… Continue reading A cultural arts center pivots in order to survive

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

Outdoors

Sharing the joy of snowmobiling

Woodford SnoBusters keep vast network of trails clear for winter fun Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport. Photo provided by Woodford SnoBusters By Cherise ForbesWOODFORD, Vt. In 1984, the Woodford SnoBusters got their start from the front porch of the McKenna homestead, thanks to a group of snowmobilers determined to share the sport they love.… Continue reading Sharing the joy of snowmobiling

Business, Outdoors

Big things are happening at Bousquet

Mill Town Capital invests in historic Pittsfield ski area Upgrades at Bousquet range from a new triple chairlift to new trail maps, which feature dedicated uphill paths for skinning. Photo by Mike Walsh By Mike WalshPITTSFIELD, Mass. It’s a small sign, just two words in black on a white backdrop. Yet, the three of us… Continue reading Big things are happening at Bousquet

Outdoors, People

Q&A with Krista Schmidinger

Berkshire native and two-time Olympian returns to Bousquet roots Editor’s note: Michael Walsh recently connected with two-time Olympian and Berkshire native Krista Schmidinger over email. Bousquet recently announced a partnership with Schmidinger, an Alpine skier who competed in the Winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994. As part of the partnership, she will contribute to Bousquet’s… Continue reading Q&A with Krista Schmidinger

Food

You don’t need to sip like a sommelier to enjoy this tasting room

Sunset Meadow of Massachusetts offers table-side tastings, bottles to-go A sampling of wines sold at Sunset Meadow of Massachusetts Winery and Tasting Room in Sheffield, Mass. Photo provided by Sunset Meadow Winery By Jennifer HuberdeauSHEFFIELD, Mass. Red or white? Dry or sweet? Sparkling or rosë? You can try them all (and take home a few)… Continue reading You don’t need to sip like a sommelier to enjoy this tasting room

From the Editor

From the Editor

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

From the Editor

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

Food

Warm your heart with olive oil this Hanukkah

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 the “miracle of oil” that followed the Maccabean Revolt.

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, 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."