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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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.
Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 - “I love that Dewey Hall provides an experience of history, a tangible sense of continuum… We're invited to create personal memories, to mark our family milestones and engage our friends and neighbors in a space that holds 130 years of collective history.” -- Erika Ludwig, Dewey Hall board member
Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 - The juxtaposition of man-made and natural elements continues throughout the 14-acre Turn Park, perhaps most notable in the balance of pristine marble slabs and encroaching patches of lush clover in the amphitheater.
Sunday, 11 Jun 2017 - Courtney Maum, the acclaimed author of ‘I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,’ has just published ‘Touch: A Novel.’ Her book launch, signing and panel conversation will take place at 2 p.m. at 9 Greenwoods Road East in Norfolk.
Wednesday, 7 Jun 2017 - The subject of this year’s exhibition, not at all by accident, reflects the BBG’s robust youth education programs, long found throughout Berkshire County in local schools.
Thursday, 1 Jun 2017 - Start with something that intrigues you, and go from there. You can always go back to the box office.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - “I love the ability (of BIFF) to bring all different types of film to Great Barrington; it enriches the culture of the town and enriches our experience of the world.” -- Jane Iredale
Inspired by author Barbara Bonner, Railroad Street Youth Project installs a community ‘Courage Wall’
Sunday, 28 May 2017 - “It takes a lot of courage to be a young person today. They are growing up in a time when young people are faced daily with uncertainty in an economically, environmentally and politically precarious world.” -- Railroad Street Youth Project Executive Director Ananda Timpane
Monday, 22 May 2017 - She uses the word "gritty" to describe the space and the process where she can be found working on 10 to 15 pieces at any given time.
Friday, 19 May 2017 - Bonner will be signing copies of her book at the Chatham (N.Y.) Bookstore on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m.; on Saturday, May 20, she will be at the Millbrook (N.Y.) Literary Festival.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - This “play for voices,” populated by some of the best-loved characters in literature, is thought to juxtapose the wonder of Thomas’ childhood with the stark realities of World War II.
Sunday, 14 May 2017 - While I had plenty to worry about, I could rest assured, because of ObamaCare, knowing that my daughter Cora would not face discrimination due to her pre-existing condition; I did not fear her being denied treatment coverage. At that time, seven years ago, I didn't have to worry about Trumpcare stripping my family of the ability to deal with a potentially debilitating diagnosis.
Saturday, 6 May 2017 - There is a transcendent quality to his themes, one that delineates the continuum in life rather than the specific entries and exits, beginnings and endings.
Thursday, 4 May 2017 - Koffman’s Pop-Up Paper Doodles are small scale, intimate, colored pencil and micron pen doodles, cut with an x-acto blade. The opening reception: Friday, May 4, 4-7 p.m., Deb Koffman's Artspace, 137 Front St., Housatonic, Mass.
Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - "My values have remained consistent: honor equity over equality, teach explicitly, and create an environment that encourages empathy and social justice.” --- Alison Fisher, faculty member at Monument Valley Regional Middle School
‘Berkshire Borscht Belt, the Catskills to Sandisfield,’ celebrating the Jewish farm community at the Sandisfield Arts Center
Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 - Historian and Sandisfield resident, Ron Bernard, paints a sketch of “the fascinating and improbable saga of the original ‘colony’ of very poor Russian immigrants who were sponsored to Sandisfield -- of all places -- by a European philanthropist Baron Maurice DeHirsch.”
Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 - On Monday morning, when the Class of 2017 returns to Monument Mountain Regional High School following April break for the final push before graduation, senior Kira Payer will be waking up in the Netherlands or possibly driving across Germany representing Team USA in the final installment of the Junior Women’s Nations Cup.
Monday, 17 Apr 2017 - The School’s Phase I expansion has allowed for six mixed-age classrooms and an overall capacity of 140 students.
Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 - The newly renovated Saint James Place, the cultural center situated at the southern entrance to Main Street, is proud to bring the Curtis Institute of Music to the Berkshires.
Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 - The Mahaiwe has hosted more than 17,000 students from 57 schools since the program began. “Our goal is to share these performing arts experiences, engage students with their own unlimited potential, unleash their imaginations, and inspire their spirits.” -- Beryl Jolly, executive director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Friday, 7 Apr 2017 - The new state-of-the-art learning commons and the dedicated music room intentionally balance a comprehensive, challenging curriculum with the culture and spirit of the Berkshires.
Monday, 3 Apr 2017 - Miller is working with the teachers at Muddy Brook elementary school in a workshop addressing how to infuse mindfulness skills into the classroom.
Saturday, 1 Apr 2017 - Tracy Seckler and her husband, Dr. Benjy Seckler, founded Charley’s Fund in 2004. Since that time they have raised more than $36 million to combat the leading genetic killer of boys in the world, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Friday, 24 Mar 2017 - “Eighty years after Edith Wharton’s death, we continue to live in a time where “society is imposing restrictions and conventions on women.” -- Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Christene Barberich
Friday, 24 Mar 2017 - “Hidden Figures is a history lesson, a math and science lesson, a social lesson, a moral and ethical lesson, and [the Monument community] came together to share these lessons.” -- MMRHS Principal Marianne Young
Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 - Saint James Place is providing the space to the People’s Pantry at no cost. The pantry is staffed by seven teams of volunteers — four church teams, two synagogue teams, and one community team — that take turns working every Thursday.