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Laurily Epstein

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Laurily Epstein, an Iowa native, has lived in the Berkshires since
2001, and was a second-homer before then. Her Ph.D is in political
science, which she taught at Rutgers before her stint at NBC news, where she worked on polling and election projections. A widow, she has two children and three
grandchildren. She serves on the boards of Berkshire Grown, Berkshire
Natural Resources Council, Green Berkshires, and Project Native.

Articles by Laurily Epstein


Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 - Artist Ann Getsinger describes herself as a “realist with a surreal edge—a twist.” She will start a painting with an object that triggers something and then feel it begin to unfold.

Spring is really here! Berkshire farmers markets are back

Friday, 12 May 2017 - Farmers markets are fun for customers. But they also play an important role in the economy of a town, not to mention a major financial benefit to local farmers and food vendors. The New Marlborough Farmers Market opened last Saturday (May 6), while Great Barrington and Pittsfield inaugurate their farmers markets this Saturday, May 13.

WHAT’S COOKIN’: Alice Maggio, piemaker

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 - After graduating from Wesleyan, she worked as a baker for Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the well-regarded bakery that had just opened on Third Avenue in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

WHAT’S COOKIN’: Leslye Heilig’s chicken soup

Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016 - Making dinner is not the only culinary activity in Heilig’s life. She and Linda Baxter, a retired nurse midwife, founded a local chapter of Dining for Women, a national organization with chapters all over America.

WAM: Theatre as philanthropy

Wednesday, 16 Mar 2016 - WAM Theatre donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations around the world that benefit women and girls, thus far $20,000 to 8 local organizations.

Music in Common: Bridging cultural divides

Wednesday, 2 Mar 2016 - Created in the memory of Daniel Pearl, Music in Common performs here in the Berkshires, across the country, and in Israel, where they work with Arab and Jewish students.

Laurel Hill Association: Stockbridge’s guardian angels

Wednesday, 17 Feb 2016 - Laurel Hill Association, established in 1853 , is the oldest village improvement association in America. In its first year, 400 trees were planted, and that was just the beginning. It was so successful that it became a model for civic beautification organizations all over the country.

Jan Johnson at Mill River Farm: The four-season farmer

Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 - By helping to control the internal temperature of the greenhouse, plants that would otherwise remain dormant grow happily. The heated greenhouse also opens up a new category of plants that can tolerate darkness but not frost.