Life In the Berkshires

Connections: The Revolutionary War of Woodbridge Little, Part II

Tuesday, Dec 9 - Politics and religion are a volatile mixture: The political divide in Pittsfield was sharp and political battles were hot, especially when a Jeffersonian-leaning pastor expressed his political views from the pulpit to a congregation of Federalist arch rivals. To avoid bloodshed, the Federalists and Anti-Federalists built different taverns in which to drink, and preferred to read different newspapers.

BerkShares Business of the Month: The Red Lion Inn

Monday, Dec 1 - "Our business is inextricably linked not only with the cultural institutions that make the Berkshires such a rich place to live, but also to the economic development of the area and the well-being of the people that work for us." -- Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group

Tips for healthy eating on Thanksgiving

Wednesday, Nov 26 - We were contemplating the 10 guests that would soon be assembling for our Thanksgiving celebration, and fretting about whether we had enough turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pecan, apple and pumpkin pies, asparagus, salad, Brussel sprouts, hors d’oeuvres, when we received an email from Lauren Smith, director of information for Fairview Hospital. Her message […]

Connections: First Thanksgiving, the real story

Tuesday, Nov 25 - The slave trade in the New World did not begin with Blacks kidnapped from the African continent and taken to America. It began with Indians kidnapped from America between 1614 and 1620 and taken to Europe.

Culinary Adventures: Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Markets

Wednesday, Nov 19 - There will be more than 40 vendors at the holiday markets. Booths for farmers are so popular that there is a waiting list for vendors. The Berkshire Grown holiday markets have built a solid reputation for quality of merchandise.

Connections: Contagion

Tuesday, Nov 18 - In 1785, the problem was that inoculation against Small Pox was outlawed in many states including Massachusetts. People who had suffered and survived a ravaging disease now faced prosecution.

Notes, footnotes & queries

Monday, Nov 17 - While the top floors of the Castle Street firehouse are occupied by town inspection services, the ground floor isn’t going entirely to waste. Three antique cars are nestled under wraps in the back bay.