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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Friday, 28 Sep 2018 - Music Inn in Lenox that loomed large during a period where musicians ruled the roost and legendary concert experiences like Woodstock drew epic crowds to relatively unheard-of locales.
Monday, 24 Sep 2018 - Berkshire County ranks highest for suicide rates in the state. Between 2007 and 2016, rates rose dramatically for individuals between the ages of 15 and 19: There was a 50 percent increase for females and a 31 percent increase for males.
Thursday, 20 Sep 2018 - “We started with nothing. It was just a rubble heap. As more and more people came forward, I had to struggle to keep up with their desire for bringing the river back into the community.” -- Rachel Fletcher, describing the beginnings of the Housatonic River Walk
Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018 - “Shakespeare Unchained” is a comedy hosted by a slightly demented college professor lecturing his students on the world’s greatest playwright.
Wednesday, 5 Sep 2018 - The Oldtone Roots Music festival, on a mission to preserve American Roots music and dance, features hand-picked artists dedicated to unique American traditions.
Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 - By creating original music together, participants wage peace, expand understanding, build confidence, strengthen communities and -- yes -- change the world.
Sunday, 29 Jul 2018 - The duo’s hard-hitting performance — one marked by the collision of Wanda Houston’s jazz edge with Sarah Kohrs’ country flare — creates playful, lively and penetrating interpretations of Kohrs’ original songs.
Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 - “Our day is about collaborating — in particular the collaboration of farmers,” said Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown, to an impressive group of participants who gathered at Sky View Farm in Sheffield to kick off the day-long farm tour.
Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 - Despite his relative youth, Mazursky was keen on one important fact: Spending time with one another is a simple yet effective way of getting a more robust and accurate picture for both sides.
Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 - Coupled with the wildly unconventional dialogue that ensues between her poems’ speaker and the composite character of Baby—as the pair navigate drug stores, strip clubs, arcade games and garden patches—the reader is both drawn in and captivated by each encounter.
Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 - Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks provides the tools to challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s world.
Monday, 9 Jul 2018 - For four Tuesdays in July, the Mastheads will host a literary lecture on the lovely outdoor terrace of the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Saturday, 7 Jul 2018 - Hannah Van Sickle interviews Great Barrington author Aaron Thier about his latest book, ‘The World is a Narrow Bridge.’ Thier will be reading from his book at The Bookstore in Lenox on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 6 Jul 2018 - Gwendolyn has done so much work to promote understanding and inclusion, to address racism, and bridge the divides that plague us to this day.” — State Sen. Adam Hinds
Monday, 25 Jun 2018 - Despite the schools’ regionalization at the start of the 1967-68 academic year, Monument Mountain Regional High School was not ready to be occupied. As a result, juniors and seniors were assigned to one of the two high schools—Searles in Great Barrington or Williams in Stockbridge—depending on which courses they had signed up for.
Friday, 22 Jun 2018 - “The impact that [Liam] has had on the kids is truly remarkable. They have grown tremendously as young men and learned so much about themselves and the world around them." -- Monument Valley Regional Middle School educator Kim Cormier
Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 - “It’s really an opportunity for us to connect to our community in a way that feels purposeful and meaningful.” --- Monument Valley Regional Middle School math teacher Fred Erickson of Year End Studies -- YES for short
Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018 - As to playing Prospero? Jolyn Unruh remembers her inner thoughts: “I’m just recovering from cancer treatment, and I’m exhausted and I’m kind of overwhelmed — I’m finishing my master’s degree—but I would never say no to that!”
Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018 - By keeping our distance from death, cloaking it, hiding our eyes from it, we actually lose touch with a sacred phase of life. Because, as we all know, death is a part of life—for all of us.” -- filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - Enrollment at the Montessori School of the Berkshires is on the rise, which, in light of declining school aged population across the county, begs an important question: What about the Montessori philosophy is so appealing?
Friday, 11 May 2018 - The primary mission of Berkshire Baby Box is to celebrate new families in the Berkshires; the boxes are given out at workshops where parents receive education, support and vital connections to one another and to area resources as they transition into parenthood.
Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - PechaKucha presentations are concise and fast-paced; the name itself is the transliteration of an onomatopoetic Japanese term that means chit-chat.
Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 - “This was my opportunity to teach Great Barrington the relevance of Du Bois’ writing, especially in today’s political climate. The community has had nothing but wonderful reactions, and it was very rewarding to have the opportunity to educate people through art and to see their reactions to it.” — Monument Mountain Regional High School senior Sophie Shron
Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 - "That’s the thing that I wanted to twist on its head: that marriage equals happily ever after. But that’s what we dream of." -- Hester Velmans
The saga of Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman, first slave to win her freedom in Massachusetts, being filmed in Sheffield
Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 - "Mumbet" is the inspirational true story of a woman who could neither read nor write, but whose simple eloquence poses the question of America’s purpose better than anyone. Mumbet was the first enslaved African-American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts
Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 - Pops Peterson's critically acclaimed series “Reinventing Rockwell” was driven by his mission not only to update the paintings to reflect modern-day advances, but also to show the evolution of gender roles, sexuality and ethnic diversity.
Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 - The grant, part of $12.6 million awarded to 51 projects in 24 states, is aimed at preserving sites and highlighting stories related to the African-American struggle for equality in the 20th century.
Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 - The three finalists were selected from a pool of over 130 applicants and have been in residence for two weeks this month.
Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018 - The co-founders of Modern Loss have taken the plunge and transitioned from an online community to a printed book, one that is wise and funny and seeks to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief.
Friday, 23 Feb 2018 - More than 35 singers and dancers rehearsed a performance piece choreographed to the song “We are Here” by Alicia Keys, the oft-repeated refrain of which is a fitting tribute to the nature of Du Bois’ work: “We are here. We are all here for all of us. That’s why we are here.”
Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 - Founded in 2016 upon the legacy of five American Renaissance authors who wrote in Pittsfield, the Mastheads is at once an urban architectural experiment, a literary research initiative, a writers’ residency and an educational program.
Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018 - Their projects focus on children, education, families and self-sufficiency and sustainability through revenue generating projects that empower people to strengthen their local economies and enrich their communities.