Life In the Berkshires

Eat well, live well: Bone broth for warmth and health

Monday, Oct 6 - While the advent of monosodium glutamate in the early 1900s made it possible to create "tasty" broths and soups with minimal input from meat or bones, these tasty liquids do not have any of the vital healing substances that are acquired from the slow cooking of bones.

‘True’ story of Barrington Bigfoot

Tuesday, Sep 30 - The first printed account of a sighting of a Berkshire County “creature” was published in 1765. It took place at a particular spot in Great Barrington, near what is now Town Hall.

An affair to remember in Lenox Dale

Tuesday, Sep 23 - In the nineteenth century, white-cappers ganged together to intimidate debauchers, adulterers, wife-beaters, and the indolent. Their targets changed but not their methods. They favored tar and feathers.

Eat well, live well: The late summer harvest

Wednesday, Sep 17 - Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body's detoxification system as do the other members of the brassica family –- broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprout.

Bits and bytes from the Berkshires

Tuesday, Sep 16 - Bits and bytes of news: No. Six Depot needs your vote; Muddy Brook PTA wins national award; peace and yoga on the shore of Lake Mansfield; Gina Hyams seeks Tanglewood picnic recipes.

The grand dames of Berkshire music

Monday, Sep 15 - Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge built a concert hall on her property with 500 seats and outstanding fine acoustics. It was 1918 and the Berkshire Music Festival at South Mountain, Pittsfield, was born.

Notes, footnotes and queries

Tuesday, Sep 9 - Video cameras will be observing vehicular (and pedestrian) traffic during the Main Street Reconstruction. But who will be watching, and who will watch them?

Great Barrington rail stations: Past, present and future

Monday, Sep 8 - “The arrival of that first train is an event to be remembered; it had been expected in the afternoon of the preceding day, and hundreds of people had gathered in the street to witness it.” -- Historian Charles J. Taylor

BerkShares Business of the Month: The Mahaiwe

Friday, Sep 5 - "It is a quite unique to be able to share world-class talent in such a warm, intimate space, a 700-seat theater in a rural community, where you can walk down the hill to get to the theater and then see somebody who has been on some of the world’s best stages." -- Beryl Jolly

Eat well, live well: Spice up your life

Wednesday, Sep 3 - When we use herbs and spices in food, they are an excellent tonic for promoting good health -- and a source of great pleasure by adding amazing flavor.