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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Thursday, 5 Dec 2019 - As the audiobook unfolds, the reader quickly learns of the central tension: Eleanor, a self-proclaimed “great reader,” aspires to devour the books her grandfather has written, despite her mother’s estimation that “a nine-year-old girl wouldn’t understand them yet.”
Wednesday, 4 Dec 2019 - The product, now surpassing 2,000 each year, is something individuals from far and wide have come to look forward to not only hanging on their wall but also connecting with throughout the year.
Sunday, 1 Dec 2019 - Grief, we learn from author Beth Robbins, is messy. There are no maps to guide us, no direct way out of the confusion that threatens to engulf.
Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019 - “The Brien Center is all about possibility. Anyone can recover, anyone can make a change in their lives." -- Brien Center Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Michaels
Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019 - In Berkshire County, roughly 10 percent of residents are food insecure, which means they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 - I liken the performance to that of any creative expression: Once the word is on paper, the brushstrokes on canvas, and the dancers on stage, the creator is no longer in control of how audience members interpret their form, which should feel simultaneously liberating and empowering for the audience.
Friday, 15 Nov 2019 - Farmer Tom is a one man-show, unless you count the dozens upon dozens of animals that are slowly transforming the rugged land through rotational grazing patterns, proving, in short, that many hooves make light work.
Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 - Underwritten by AARP Massachusetts, the volunteer fair at St. James Place in Great Barrington will give 35 nonprofits as well as municipalities the opportunity to meet face to face with prospective volunteers.
Saturday, 9 Nov 2019 - In retrospect, Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem really got me thinking: How might our world look different, if we simply honored each individual’s need for space?
Monday, 4 Nov 2019 - In the wake of low voter turnout, questions arise: What are the current barriers to civic access? What are concrete steps we can take to address those?
Through the ancient art of book-binding, Great Barrington artist Suzi Banks Baum teaches Armenian women to express themselves
Thursday, 10 Oct 2019 - t the end of the day, this is what Baum is inching these women toward: to stand in their Armenian-ness, to look at their neighbor as a safe person, and to recognize that in this practice — as a fellow artisan in this community — they can ask one another for help and feel part of something together.
Thursday, 19 Sep 2019 - At the root of Cohen’s novel is a successful woman who has always been focused on her career, meticulously preparing for every challenge in life, until she’s faced with an unplanned pregnancy in her late 40s and the possibility of carrying a rare gene for early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 - Regardless of what chef Josh Irwin makes for the Harvest Supper, it will utilize in-season produce grown on the premises of his restaurant or gleaned from a cache of about five local farmers he tries to support as much as possible.
Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 - It’s no accident that Guido’s is considered the premiere purveyor of quality produce in Berkshire County. Locals to the Berkshires largely regard the store as a gem, as do visitors from near and far.
Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 - The village school was expected to open for the 2018-19 school year. A week before classes were slated to begin, Superintendent Beth Regulbuto decided to move the 13 students to the district’s main campus in Sheffield, citing the presence of lead as making the space unsafe for occupants.
Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 - “My work is telling people that it’s ok to take space for all your feelings. Complain, go ahead, but put it on a piece of paper. Make it visual.” --artist Deb Koffman
Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 - The first annual Run4Uns will celebrate the indelible mark Chris Unsworth left on the school community in the more than two decades he spent there as a teacher, coach and mentor to many.
Monday, 19 Aug 2019 - “Many kids grow up with a lot of ideas about what it means to be successful, and this is one place where they truly feel success in a creative capacity.” -- Jacob's Pillow artist educator Jeff Bliss
Monday, 12 Aug 2019 - The 2019 Summer Program will build on ongoing Happiness Toolbox themes of Mindfulness, Character Strengths, Diversity Leadership, Growth Mindset, and the rich History and Heritage of Berkshire County.
Saturday, 10 Aug 2019 - Yo-Yo Ma selected the Berkshires as one of 36 locations around the world on his tour, where he performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello … Alongside each concert, Ma has led a Day of Action, a series of conversations and collaborations to explore how culture can help us imagine and build a better future.
At annual gala, Mahaiwe will honor former board president Maggie Buchwald for her leadership, commitment to the arts
Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019 - The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center continues to operate debt-free to this day and has grown in every dimension, from the number of performances mounted and tickets sold to the number of students welcomed at education programs and other nonprofit organizations hosted at the theater.
Sunday, 21 Jul 2019 - "It was really easy for me to imagine what it would be like for a young woman who wants to be an artist, who is watching her mother cavort with the world’s most famous artists, often talk all day about their art and then ignore her own creative production. So in that way, I identified very much with what that emotional neglect would feel like." --Courtney Maum
Friday, 19 Jul 2019 - Norman Rockwell was likely entrenched in his daily routine on that long-ago summer afternoon, one that included riding his bike down Main Street and observing passersby from the expansive northern-facing windows of his second-floor studio in Stockbridge.
Thursday, 18 Jul 2019 - Olsen’s ministering to his fellow congregants, often as few as six on any given Sunday, hinges on a refreshingly simple approach: He engages in conversation about faith from every angle while remaining open to the evolution that inevitably comes with time.
Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 - This year’s WIC farmers’ market checks will be issued in the amount of $25 per eligible client. And the good news doesn’t stop there: Through the Market Match program, all WIC checks will be doubled.
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 - Watching the group rehearse, a few things became evident: They are learning to lead and to follow; to delegate and to take responsibility; to speak and to listen—in short, all the fundamentals for any collaboration that hinges on communication.
Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 - Despite being hyper-focused on getting his streaming numbers up, cultivating an online fan base via Spotify and building a solid following on SoundCloud, Jackson Whalan is not afraid to embrace a bit of retro.
Friday, 12 Jul 2019 - "It’s a really interesting time—and I think it’s a real perfect time—for strategic planning. That’s the fun of it. What are we going to do this year—and in two years, three years, four years—to continue to grow and make this a fun, vibrant place that brings the community together?" --Berkshire Food Co-op general manager Troy Bond
Thursday, 11 Jul 2019 - Despite the myriad changes Adventure Recovery founder Tim Walsh has undergone in the ensuing years, one thing remains constant: The No. 1 concern of teens who struggle with substance abuse remains, “I don’t want to get sent away.”
Thursday, 27 Jun 2019 - Thinking about all of the good that would have been done and the lives saved if Stumo had been given a chance to continue her work ultimately fueled the discussion about how to build her legacy.
Thursday, 27 Jun 2019 - Regardless of the root cause, Lucido was certain of one thing: A perfect storm was brewing, one that threatened to destroy him.
Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 - 'The amount of pure love for performing and lack of inhibition [Alec brings to the stage] is one of the most exciting things in the world for me to experience as a director.' GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company co-artistic director Caitlin teeley