Hannah Van Sickle is a Berkshire County native who resides deep in the woods of South County where she spent summers as a child and is now raising her own daughters. An English teacher by training, Hannah now works as a freelance writer, academic tutor and writing coach.
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Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019 - Shakespeare & Company’s founding artists and teaching faculty have developed a common artistic vocabulary and coherent approach to performing Shakespeare that provides a solid foundation for their work.
Friday, 14 Jun 2019 - Year End Studies—or YES, for short—is one local district’s answer to the end-of-year stagnation, a perennial phenomenon that often leaves students and teachers inching toward the 180th day of school with little, if any, enthusiasm for the work at hand.
Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019 - Ninety percent of the workshops in the current CATA studio reached capacity, leaving little if any room for new CATA artists, and no space for artists who want to try new art forms.
Saturday, 8 Jun 2019 - Museum staff in the curatorial, visitor services, accounting, education, development, digital media and marketing departments are eager to connect with students and work with them through their high school years.
Tuesday, 4 Jun 2019 - “When I hear about 500 people on a waiting list to get housing that’s affordable, I think we all have a community obligation to step forward and solve this problem.” -- Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox.
Monday, 3 Jun 2019 - Set in Charleston, South Carolina, and based on the life of her great-grandfather Frank Dawson, Roxana Robinson’s use of published accounts, family journal entries and letters tells a compelling story of one man’s attempts to navigate the country’s new political, social and moral landscape.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 - This unique, intergenerational project matches senior residents with young dancers to create movement pieces that combine poetry, prose and dance to tell the seniors’ life stories.
Monday, 13 May 2019 - VanSant works at the intersection of diversity leadership, equity and inclusion, and strategic planning. She has founded several initiatives based in the principles of equity and justice, the inherent dignity and worth of individuals, and our interconnected web of humanity.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - “Berkshire Gives: One Day, One County,” a collection drive to gather much-needed food and supplies for area food pantries and shelters that serve the homeless, veterans, people living in poverty, and women and children escaping from abusive relationships.
Monday, 6 May 2019 - “Grief is a topic that makes most people want to run for the hills, but we’re not doing ourselves any favors by responding in that way.” -- Rebecca Soffer
Friday, 3 May 2019 - Jake Levin is passionate about educating others, in particular about the merits of having respect for farmers, where your food came from, and how it got onto the dinner plate.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - “The idea is that personal struggles inspire artistic expression. These artists each take on the sad, forgotten, mundane aspects of existence and turn then into various artistic practices: works on paper, text, installation, video and photography." -- 'The Radness in the Sadness' co-curator Sara S. Wallach
Thursday, 25 Apr 2019 - The most alluring kernels in Giannini’s nearly five dozen poems seem to lie at the intersection of the past and the present.
Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019 - The pilot program, modeled on what a lot of markets across the country do, is rooted in a fundamental belief: The rich, local agriculture system belongs to everyone.
GB ArtWeek: Spoken-word performance by slam poet Kofi Dadzie plus youth poetry slam and open mic at Fuel Bistro
Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019 - As a genre, spoken-word poetry has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, jazz, rock, blues and folk music.
Friday, 19 Apr 2019 - In keeping with WAM’s philanthropic mission, a portion of the proceeds from “Lady Randy” will be donated to selected beneficiary Tapestry Health Systems.
Thursday, 18 Apr 2019 - “The markets are where the life is, where the future connections are, and where I find others who are like-minded.” --Dori Pollinger of H.R. Zeppelin Fine Handmade Chocolates
Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 - The new organization soon expects to be collecting and distributing fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and baked goods to those in need at the rate of 100,000 pounds per year.
Monday, 15 Apr 2019 - During the intensive, weeklong program, Wohl was one of 160 finalists across 10 disciplines participating in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields.
Sunday, 7 Apr 2019 - Maple sugaring is an unpredictable business at best; those familiar with the task know that it takes a whopping 40 gallons of sap to yield one gallon of amber colored syrup.
Friday, 5 Apr 2019 - In contemporary circles, April is widely gaining recognition as National Donate Life Month, established as a means of raising awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation, a fact that resonates with me on a very deep level: A scant seven weeks before my youngest daughter’s death, an organ donor saved her life.
Monday, 1 Apr 2019 - As the founding members of Team Monument reach the tail end of their respective college application journeys, one thing remains clear: Monument students are passionate about rallying around their friend and classmate.
Wintertime produce: Mill River Farm extends the growing season with right combination of conditions, plants
Thursday, 14 Mar 2019 - Feb. 2 marked the return to 10 hours of daylight; as a result, Johnson’s seed house is currently brimming with all varieties of microgreens that are lush, healthy and being consumed at a rapid clip at the myriad local restaurants for which she is the supplier.
Have Kids Will Travel: Woman with Aussie roots helps families to find big adventures in a small world
Saturday, 9 Mar 2019 - From exploring a market in a foreign town and trying different foods to climbing a pyramid and learning to say “hello” and “thank you” in a foreign language, travel provides children and adults with memories that they will be talking about for months (and years) afterward.
The Hello It’s Me Project comes to Pittsfield: Dr. Claudia Gold at the helm of initiative to create healthy bonds between parents and infants
Wednesday, 6 Mar 2019 - The Hello It’s Me Project shines a spotlight on these tender new relationships, investing resources around the birth of a baby with the long-term goal of building a healthy community from the bottom up. While the project will serve the entire community, it is particularly well-suited to support parent-infant relationships impacted by the growing opioid crisis.
Local food businesses rely on community, creativity to weather the unpredictable Berkshire off-season
Monday, 25 Feb 2019 - So the next time your family (or belly) asks what’s for dinner, fear not: Creative, local options abound, which means you can think outside the kitchen—and the box—and make it through March well-fed and ready to tackle the long-awaited spring.
Saturday, 23 Feb 2019 - Newman invites writers from near and far to immerse into their creative muses at the 1791 Hart House in New Marlborough, where individuals will be one of an intimate group of up to six writers.
Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 - “We don’t see as much agriculture here as you would in a different part of the country,” Sean Stanton explained; as a result, “you end up with people wondering why the cows are outside in the snow and not understanding how their systems work.”
Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019 - Visitors are invited to explore the history of African-Americans in the Berkshires through compelling, contemporary stories from today as recorded by leaders from the local African-American community and the NAACP Berkshire chapter.
Thursday, 7 Feb 2019 - In a scant two years, Arts in Recovery for Youth has helped 57 suicidal young people to stay safe. On Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., the community is invited to enjoy a day of celebration, community education and awareness in support of youth suicide prevention.
Greenagers launches “Close the Gap” campaign to support expansion, acquisition, of Kellogg Conservation Center; more than $1.1 million raised so far
Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 - The care and stewardship of an historic property offers a unique opportunity for area youth to glean lessons of the past as they develop ideas for a sustainable future.
Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 - The guise is an old-school radio play, directed and performed by talented Berkshire County high school students and set to a backdrop of Gregory Manchess’ illustrations, which will be animated with sound effects.