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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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.
Saturday, 20 Jan 2018 - The idea for Pungl was the brainchild of then 15-year-old Zach Goffin — an avid Ebay fan and current sophomore at Monument Mountain Regional High School.
Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018 - “Eating intentionally prepared food raises one’s consciousness, [helps one] find clarity and make better decisions.” -- Nancy Lee, creator and proprietor of Elixir
Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018 - There is no pressure, no exchange of money, rather a single, common thread: the promise of an engaging film that serves as the jumping off point for an ongoing conversation with friends and neighbors.
Friday, 22 Dec 2017 - At CHP Family Services, a rich tapestry of offerings is aimed at helping families cope with challenging circumstances and develop relationships in the process.
Tuesday, 19 Dec 2017 - Since the Center’s opening in August, Christina Koldys has drawn people from all walks of life to take pause and reflect on their hectic lives.
Saturday, 16 Dec 2017 - A local couple who suffered tragedy returns, 26 years later, to offer seeds of healing and of hope to families who have lost a child. The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of the Berkshires, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its first monthly meeting on Friday January 5th at 7 p.m. at 275 Main Street in Sheffield.
Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 - Berkshire Botanical Garden is poised to provide expanded programming to inspire visitors’ love for the natural world … The idea behind the project, Larkin said, was to remain within the 18th century building's original footprint while extending the organization's influence in the county.
Thursday, 7 Dec 2017 - The Mt. Everett Robotics program has been in existence for a decade. In that time, the high school team has won three State Championships and the middle school team made it to the quarterfinals at Regionals last year.
West Stockbridge couple produce children’s podcast encouraging imagination rather than ‘screen time’
Monday, 4 Dec 2017 - What they have stumbled upon, as new parents themselves, is “a great alternative to screen time,” according to Sheir. One that, in short, lets the kids imagine the dragon.
Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 - “I have survived by hiding -- in the woods and on the street... How do I walk a path to honor [the gifts I’ve been given]? I don’t know where to fit in.” -- Itinerant artist and songwriter Dorrie, during an interview at Construct Inc. in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 - “Thanksgiving,” Craig Bero explains. “It’s my favorite meal of the year.” This year will mark his third at the corner of Pleasant and Main, and he’s already talking about the baked beans – a blend of cranberry and black turtle beans – he’ll have cooking over the fire out back, not to mention eight turkeys, hand-plucked.