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Andrew D. Blechman

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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.

Articles by Andrew D. Blechman

The Big E-xcitement: My day at the fair

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.

The Inn that grooved the Berkshires

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.

Race Brook Lodge to host Music Inn reunion

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.

Citizen Simon: Author, journalist, OBE, sage of Sandisfield

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

Summer’s roar: Red Lion Inn upping its game for high season

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.

Simon’s Rock students march for safety, joining national student walkout

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."

17 Minutes: Local students honor Parkland fallen

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

Herbs for every season: The Berkshires’ first botanical CSA

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.

Berkshire Co-op campaign going ‘gangbusters’

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

The curious accomplishment of Benjamin Zoeller

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.

Pastor Van in his own words

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.”