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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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.
Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 - The partnership with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is just one part of what Muddy Brook principal, Mary Berle, calls, “an approach [to education] that combines teamwork and innovation in challenging times.”
Saturday, 7 Oct 2017 - Alston’s work has been cited across the board as being compatible with the direction in which medicine is moving: to incorporate more holistic concepts.
Monday, 2 Oct 2017 - This week, four traditional circles -- for new participants and returning sisters -- will begin in Great Barrington and Pittsfield as part of a long anticipated expansion outside of South County.
Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 - The opening of Theory Wellness is both poignant and convenient, offering county residents with patient cards access to medical marijuana without having to make the 120-mile round trip to Northampton which, prior to this week, was the closest option.
Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 - Sanes has created a sanctuary of sorts, individuals with special needs are not only welcomed but also employed in a place where they feel safe, not judged.
Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 - Brian Wood and Ashley Garrett, while not unfamiliar with pastoral living, found No. Six Depot as a result of its proximity to their “upstate” studio in Canaan, N.Y.
Saturday, 9 Sep 2017 - Perhaps by exposing these places of ‘fear’ we can finally exorcise the shame and guilt, and move forward rather than blame the victim or shame the oppressors. In other words, I hope we will always remember and try to forgive. -- Setsuko Winchester, creator of Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project
Friday, 8 Sep 2017 - Music & More, founded by Harold Lewin (1929 - 2014), is a unique multi-arts series presented in New Marlborough’s Meeting House on the Village Green.
Music in Common fundraiser tonight to sustain youth programs, replace funds cut by Trump administration
Thursday, 31 Aug 2017 - The organization’s mission is to empower diverse cultures and faiths to discover common ground through collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance.
Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 - MAX creates opportunities for trained and untrained dancers on the stage, at local community events, and out in the streets.
Sunday, 13 Aug 2017 - “As much as all art struggles in public education, there is an amazing program at Monument Mountain Regional High School.” -- Jackson Teeley, whose musical “What We Were” will be work-shopped this coming Friday at The Barn at the Village Inn
Camille Brown’s ‘BLACK GIRL Linguistic Play’ at Jacob’s Pillow, dynamic exploration of Black female identity
Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 - This weekend Camille A. Brown and Dancers take to the stage at the Ted Shawn Theatre to present 'BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play,' a piece whose introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and sociopolitical dialogues will not disappoint.
Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 - The overwhelming result has been the cultivation of a safe work environment in which to teach young people the skills they need to succeed in the workplace -- wherever that might ultimately be.
Saturday, 5 Aug 2017 - A pair of moss octopi have appeared in the shaded alley downtown, and the artist Aurélien de St André has made it a habit to be present on Saturday mornings for those who want to learn more.
Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 - “Food and people go together, and I’ve always found that food can break down cultural barriers. Food goes above culture.” -- Joan Nathan, author of “At King Solomon’s Table”
Monday, 17 Jul 2017 - Officer Darren Derby's mission is admirable: to create a relationship with the city’s youth that will ultimately change their perception of the police. “Don’t let your surroundings determine who you are and who you are capable of becoming,” he advises the hundreds of the city kids he encounters.
Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 - Flying Cloud Institute has just received $25,000 from Berkshire United Way to support its Young Women in Science after-school and summer programs reaching more than 360 girls in grades 3 to 12 from Sheffield to Pittsfield.
Friday, 7 Jul 2017 - "When messing around in the theatre, starting in 1948, one of my secret wishes was put my own small town on the stage and let my neighbors take their bows." -- Val Coleman
Monday, 26 Jun 2017 - “A people may become great through many means, but there is only one measure by which its greatness is recognized and acknowledged. The final measure of the greatness of all peoples is the amount and standard of the literature and art they have produced.” -- James Weldon Johnson
Friday, 16 Jun 2017 - I will be at Flying Deer Nature Day, as the proud Mama to one of 13 girls in Moon Tribe, the rites-of-passage program for girls between the ages of 11-13, designed to support girls as they move through early adolescence, learning about themselves and the world and discerning their identities as young women.
Friday, 16 Jun 2017 - The program blends the magic of tango, chacanas and sarabands – tracing the dance forms’ origins in Latin America from baroque times to the present -- with early music selections that are the hallmark of Aston Magna.