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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Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020 - In the end, Amber Chand is able to see all of her life as a gift, even the challenges.
Friday, 14 Feb 2020 - On Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the town of Great Barrington’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival, Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre comes to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington to present the performance installation “Between me and the other world,” which explores race, identity and Du Bois' seminal work “The Souls of Black Folk.”
Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020 - After myriad challenges in the six months since the 19-year-old Lee resident was struck by a car in Great Barrington, another new normal looms on the horizon: Khali is going to prom Saturday night.
Monday, 10 Feb 2020 - After the challenge of winter, Soldini craves the smell of spring and working outside, both of which give him so much energy as a chef. Soldini is always eager to teach others about the vast and varied cuisine of his native country.
Monday, 3 Feb 2020 - The show is a highlight of the local winter season and features well-known Berkshire artists.
Saturday, 1 Feb 2020 - True to the Berkshire County Branch’s commitment and mission since reactivating, it has effectively brought about significant change in the community.
Thursday, 30 Jan 2020 - The book is ultimately a manifesto that turns a regressive notion about the causes of domestic violence on its head by illustrating domestic violence as a public health problem with solutions.
Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 - The coworking model blends the benefits of affordability; like-minded working folks; energy of a shared work space; and dedication to what happens there despite individual projects.
Sunday, 19 Jan 2020 - Everyday Democracy helps people create spaces where they can build skills to bring difficult topics to light and address them effectively over the long term, helping communities move conversation into action, and action into lasting positive change.
Friday, 17 Jan 2020 - Much has been written about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington, but there's little on his legendary speech and how King came to write it.
Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020 - If you count yourself among the 1 in 5 Americans estimated to be taking part in Dry January, don’t despair; the local food scene might just be enough to satiate your need for heading out for a night on the town sans alcohol.
Saturday, 11 Jan 2020 - Dr. Jeremy Stoepker has worked to create a safe zone in his office by providing informed, compassionate medical care to LGBTQ patients.
Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 - Maum calls on more than 150 experts in their respective fields, from agents and authors to editors and publishers, who reveal everything one might want to know about publishing but was afraid to ask.
Monday, 6 Jan 2020 - “As our Berkshires community — and the world’s population — grows older, this exhibit reminds us all to look beyond stereotypes and to know that growing older can encompass more curiosity, creativity and community engagement than ever.” -Megan Whilden, Berkshire OLLI executive director
Thursday, 19 Dec 2019 - Since April, Hinda Bodinger has become synonymous with raising awareness about the detriments of plastic through her Facebook page, Plastic Free 413.
Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 - There is something refreshing in both the subject and the process Kalish describes; it allows the viewer, regardless of their experience, to interface with the art in the absence of expectations or an answer.
Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 - Her exposure to other cultures, and how they deal with cultural and social issues, got Eve Schatz thinking: Could a holistic approach, to address a trinity of issues simultaneously, be employed? Her answer was a resounding “yes,” and the Berkshire Center for Justice was born.
Monday, 9 Dec 2019 - If Jerome Edgerton Jr. had to distill his message down to a single takeaway, it would be this: “No matter where we go . . . we’re going to step out as a powerful unit, and we’re going to create this wave of momentum and positivity that will affect our community.”
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.