Andrew Blechman is a former Great Barrington selectman and member of the Finance Committee. He is the author of two nationally reviewed books for Grove Atlantic, and has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian magazine, The Atlantic, among other publications. His pup, Gingersnap, a wolverine-honey badger mix, is perfect in every way.
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Thursday, 7 Mar 2019 - A financial betrayal of trust by a town employee, let alone one empowered to help collect and safeguard residents’ tax payments, is a bitter pill for any community to swallow.
Saturday, 23 Feb 2019 - Baby, it’s cold outside! So I headed for the land of postcard sunsets, white-sand beaches, strip malls, leathery skin, and did I mention strip malls?
Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 - The story of Robin Helfand, and her eponymous candy store in Great Barrington was read by more than two million Wall Street Journal readers this Tuesday and the story was far more sweet than sour.
Monday, 10 Dec 2018 - Mushrooms are FASCINATING. AND BIZARRE. There are countless varieties that come in all colors (even blue and purple!), sci-fi shapes and perplexing consistencies (some are essentially slime).
Monday, 26 Nov 2018 - The seminar is participatory, and attendees are asked to bring a cherished photo that represents a special story in their lives
Tuesday, 20 Nov 2018 - “I think the town’s been run just fine the past five years. Jennifer did a great job. I’m very sorry to see her go.” -- Selectman Bill Cooke
Sunday, 4 Nov 2018 - I also learned that there’s plenty of good beer there, brewed in New England. And if you stand on one of the tables in one of the beer gardens, you can watch people pay 10 bucks for a lame monster truck ride.
Thursday, 11 Oct 2018 - For a brief shining moment, rock and roll was HERE. In the Berkshires. Stockbridge of all places, across the street from Tanglewood.
Monday, 1 Oct 2018 - Perhaps most surprising is just how easy, inexpensive, and even time-saving the plan is to implement. Homeowners can have a very real impact on the health of our local pollinators by simply mowing their lawns less often.
Thursday, 27 Sep 2018 - Although there will be celebrations all weekend long at the Race Brook, most events will be held Saturday, with storytelling, live music, memorabilia and the reuniting of all friends from the Berkshires' counterculture past.
Sunday, 9 Sep 2018 - “I wanted to create a sense of community in a town that has no downtown or sense of cohesion given that it’s spread out over 53 square miles. And I believe the paper has done that to a certain degree.” -- Simon Winchester, founding editor of The Sandisfield Times
Great Barrington Selectboard: New tax rate lower than expected; bees buzz; DuBois gets a legacy committee; town mulls additional liquor licenses
Wednesday, 29 Aug 2018 - One by one, those with existing liquor licenses strode to the podium to plead their cases. Unless one is particularly thirsty, it’s uncommon to come across all of these men in one night.
Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018 - "It’s about recording those ‘aha!’ moments, those flashes of recognition for younger family members to better understand who they themselves are, why they do what they do, the spark that started it all, and how it passes down through the generations.” -- Mark Farrell
Monday, 13 Aug 2018 - Morrison is particularly excited about creating a community aspect to the store. He also plans to create a tasting and seminar room, where local artists will be invited to show their work.
Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 - As much as I enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, I occasionally crave opera, as well, and the Glimmerglass Festival is central New York’s answer to outdoor classical flair.
Berkshire Tennis Association celebrates 25th anniversary: community spirit strong despite dwindling youth participation
Sunday, 29 Jul 2018 - Berkshire Hills Tennis Association co-founder Karen Johnson looks back fondly on the organization’s early years. She still has reams of photographs showing youngsters enjoying themselves on the new courts, as well as a table full of trophies.
Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018 - The newest trend in hospitality is the offering of “guest experiences.” Guests don’t just look for places to stay, they look for things to do that interest them. The list of experiences is so extensive and variable that the Red Lion now has a manager of guest experiences. Name your experience and he’ll work to make it happen.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - It was the task of chef Laurel Barkan and bartender Rafael Russi to invent creative ways to pair Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ spirits—in this case, vodka, gin, bourbon and rum—with food and drink that complimented one another.
Saturday, 21 Apr 2018 - One-fourth of the Simon’s Rock student body joined the national student protest for increased gun control. “It’s really inspiring to see these students get involved in what is happening in the world and in their community,” said Selectman Ed Abrahams, who attended the protest. “Our country and our community need this energy, this involvement."
Saturday, 17 Mar 2018 - In a country known for its obsession with food quality and freshness, you can be sure that Japanese winemakers know exactly what they’re doing.
Wednesday, 14 Mar 2018 - “I feel safe because our community isn’t a place where this could happen. Then again, many communities feel that way. And then it happens.” -- Taylor Slonaker, MMRHS junior
Wednesday, 7 Mar 2018 - This is the first time someone from Western Massachusetts has been chosen, and it’s the second time Klay has been awarded.
It could happen anywhere … And has: A Parkland, Florida, family with Berkshire connections speaks out
Saturday, 3 Mar 2018 - I remember feeling safe after 911 because I lived here. And then this happens. And it’s my own family. I don’t feel all that safe anymore. School shootings can happen anywhere. – Rita Kasky
Sunday, 10 Sep 2017 - It’s happened — I’ve come to love the US Open. Where else can you watch endless games played at the highest levels all day long? The Super Bowl? The World Series? Phooey.
Monday, 17 Jul 2017 - You won’t find weekly pickups at Medicine Buddha Botanicals, nor will you find baskets of farm-fresh veggies. Rather, this CSA has just four pickups a year and they’re filled with tinctures, salves, teas and other goodies.
Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 - The Coop has never missed a financial obligation in its 35-year-plus history. “When you invest in the Coop, you are investing in the community.” -- Berkshire Coop General Manager Daniel Esko
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 - While most high school students dream of presents and maybe even a chance to go skiing during Winter break, let alone catching up on sleep, Ben Zoeller decided to sit down, and, well ... write a full-length drama.
Friday, 26 May 2017 - “It’s important to understand that this country was founded by both sexes.” -- NPR commentator Cokie Roberts
Saturday, 20 May 2017 - Much of the writing presented contained an often key element: authenticity of raw emotion.
Monday, 15 May 2017 - “[In my youth] churches were all packed. It was all you could do on a Sunday. The minister had a captive audience. You couldn’t buy a car, or buy liquor. All the stores were closed. All you could do was go to church and then visit with relatives.”
Monday, 15 May 2017 - Although the pivotal role of a Congregational minister in Massachusetts’s civic life has been greatly diminished, a minister like Pastor Van can still play a consequential role in a community. And for thirty years, Pastor Van was seemingly determined to do so.
Saturday, 13 May 2017 - Performances included a riotous mix of singing, acting, improv, and even a standup comedy routine.