Life In the Berkshires

EATING IN SEASON: Blueberry bonanza

Wednesday, Jul 22 - I recently found the recipe for blueberry muffins scribbled – ingredients only – no instructions. Why would I need the instructions? I knew exactly how to make them! I decided to make them. Guess what? I still know how to make them.

Bits & Bytes: Chesterfest concerts; Cavett hosts Broadway in the Berkshires; Preschool nature program; ‘Escape Artist’ exhibition; “Master Thieves’ at Ventfort Hall

Saturday, Jul 18 - Broadway in the Berkshires, hosted by Dick Cavett, features Broadway’s brightest stars in a dazzling affair which includes a delicious walk-around dinner reception, a live auction, and an exclusive VIP after-party with the artists. Proceeds will benefit Shakespeare & Company's education and training programs.

EDGEWISE: Keeping teenagers healthy, happy by putting them to work

Thursday, Jul 16 - In a time when too many teenagers seem to spend an inordinate amount of time exercising only their fingers — playing video games — it’s good to see a funded jobs program for teens that demands physical fitness, and leaves the participants with a healthy tiredness at the end of the day.

CONNECTIONS: Reconstructing Main Street, again and again

Tuesday, Jul 14 - “Taxes in our town are heavy, and during these years of general business depression, when trade is dull and many…laborers are but partially employed, [we cannot] bear with this excessive weight upon us.” -- Statement by Great Barrington Advisory Committee in 1909, complaining about the rebuilding of Main Street

Bits & Bytes

Saturday, Jul 11 - "Shakespeare and the language that shaped the world"; 6 from Spazi; brunch with Ruth Reichl to benefit Berkshire Grown; a Holocaust story; McTeigue & McClelland diamond show.