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, 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
Sunday, 23 Jun 2019 - The filmmakers are embracing the full reality of what happened to Milo Imrie, and very much linking his death to the staggering suicide rate among veterans.
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.