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CONNECTIONS: Baldwin’s in West Stockbridge marches on

The Civil War had created pent-up demand for goods, and there was Baldwin’s. Folks all over the North and South were glad to see the war ending and new businesses starting up.

Visit the (virtual) Berkshires: The Northeast’s cultural capital moves online

The best (virtual) things to do in the Berkshires in the summer of 2020.

Going online: Embracing new ways

Though there are no Matisses and Joan Mitchells among us, this juried exhibition, titled “Our Berkshires,” with 51 works by 32 artists, offers a wide range of good work.

Prominent Berkshire philanthropist Aso O. Tavitian dies at 80

Aso O. Tavitian of New York City and Stockbridge, Mass., passed away on April 21, 2020 after his courageous battle with cancer, with his loving wife Isabella Meisinger at his side.

Bits & Bytes: Beyond Flamenco at PS21; Amy LaVere, Will Sexton at the Foundry; BIFF film screening; ‘The Alchemy of Us’; ‘Meet Me at...

“Meet Me at the Clark” welcomes individuals with mild memory loss and their care partners to enjoy private viewing time in the galleries.

Thomas Cole’s ‘Dream of Arcadia’ enchants at the Clark

Commissions rolled in and Thomas Cole was able to afford a summer studio in Catskill on the west bank of the Hudson (his home, a National Historic Site, is an hour’s drive due west of Great Barrington on Route 23).

Bits & Bytes: Festival of Trees; Berkshire Natural History Conference; ‘Bedroom Farce’ at BCC; swing dancing at Dewey Hall

Berkshire Natural History Conference presenters will include botanists/historians Maida Goodwin and Allison Bell, who will retrace the steps of 19th-century naturalist Grace Greylock Niles; and evolutionary biology student Jenks Hehmeyer, who will introduce the world of incredible organisms, including the Berkshires’ giant amoeba slime mold.

Bits & Bytes: Weekend in Norfolk; ‘The Bauhaus in America’; Keith Murphy, Yann Falquet at Dewey Hall; ‘A Melancholy Spectacle’; car seat safety check

Community Health Programs will host a free car seat safety check Thursday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Mountain Medical.

Art shows this summer: A journey through time

Art is the hit of the summer in these parts, with exhibits that carry us from pop art to graffiti art to environmentally astute art to nudes by Renoir.

EYES TO THE SKY: Solstice lights: Paired planets, shooting stars, Full Long Night Moon

This week December’s Geminid shower is predicted to peak Thursday the 13th after 10 p.m. into Friday the 14th before dawn, with 2 a.m. as optimum observing.

Glimmerglass Festival: Another side to Cooperstown, New York, and an opera lover’s paradise

As much as I enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, I occasionally crave opera, as well, and the Glimmerglass Festival is central New York’s answer to outdoor classical flair.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Crafts Fair; Grow Show; ‘Banksy: Completed’ at IS183; ‘Pipeline’ at the Clark; SculptureNow at the Mount

After anonymous British street artist Banksy’s self-styled month-long New York “residency” in October 2013, Carol Diehl spent several months making a serious investigation into his work.

Who would’ve thought? Kripalu generates $64 million in economic activity

“I was incredibly surprised by the magnitude of their impacts myself,” said Williams College economics professor Stephen Sheppard. “If you live in the county, you think of Kripalu as this funky, interesting yoga thing.”

News Briefs: Lake Mansfield boat ramp construction; Complete Streets funding awards; Mass. Senate passes environmental bond bill

A “Complete Street” is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes and for all people, taking into account the ages and abilities of individuals.

Summer’s roar: Red Lion Inn upping its game for high season

The newest trend in hospitality is the offering of “guest experiences.” Guests don’t just look for places to stay, they look for things to do that interest them. The list of experiences is so extensive and variable that the Red Lion now has a manager of guest experiences. Name your experience and he’ll work to make it happen.

Mary Carswell, 84, of New York City

During her tenure on the Clark Art Institute board beginning in 1992, she was deeply involved at the museum and was an early supporter of the institute’s major expansion that included two buildings by architect Tadao Ando.

Business Briefs: ‘Be Our Guest’ program; BerkShares networking event; Becket Arts Center gains chairlift; Hospice Honors for HospiceCare in the Berkshires; Medicare seminar; Jewish...

The Becket Arts Center has announced the installation of a new mechanized chairlift, which will enable patrons who cannot utilize stairs to reach its second-floor gallery.
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