Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - The town expects to have the north side of Railroad Street "buttoned up," including the installation of bases for decorative light poles, by the end of this week.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 - In the end, it was simply too much to ask of the board, especially after receiving several emails from neighbors who complained loudly that allowing the event would be a "slippery slope" and that the neighborhood near the airport was too densely populated.
Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 - Kenneth was a member of the Tolland and Monterey fire departments, was in 4-H and Boy Scouts, and enjoyed fishing.
Friday, 7 Sep 2018 - Over 50 local cultured vendors are slated for this year, including many new ones such as NYrture Food talking about natto (fermented soybeans) and Maple Valley Creamery making special batches of cultured ice creams for the fest (including pickle ice cream!).
Bits & Bytes: ‘Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood’; ‘After Dad’ at the Mahaiwe; Berkshires Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival; Thomas Jayne at the Mount; ‘Artists on Art’ tours
Monday, 25 Jun 2018 - The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art is augmenting Olana’s exhibition “Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana” by engaging young contemporary artists of Arab and Islamic descent to lead tours of the main house and exhibition at Olana.
Back to the future: Fairgrounds, Suffolk Downs reach agreement to return horse racing to Great Barrington
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - “This is a very exciting opportunity for us to help preserve and refurbish an iconic property in the heart of the Berkshires, to boost economic development in Great Barrington, continue live racing and preserve the hundreds of jobs, associated agribusinesses and working open spaces associated with the Massachusetts racing industry.” -- Chip Tuttle, CEO of Suffolk Downs
Bits & Bytes: Berkshire BioBlitz; Berkshire Fermentation Festival; Neal at Williams College; CATA poetry reading
Monday, 11 Sep 2017 - Berkshire BioBlitz is an opportunity for biologists, naturalists and environmentalists to work in collaboration with the general public to survey the Thomas and Palmer Brook.
Friday, 11 Aug 2017 - The Berkshire Center for Justice will offer a free legal clinic from its booth at the 12th annual Pow Wow on the Great Barrington Fairgrounds this weekend, August 12 and 13.
Bits & Bytes: Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow; VIM Berkshires gala; bird language workshop; Thelonious Monk tribute; waste oil & paint collection
Monday, 7 Aug 2017 - Workshop participants will learn about bird language theory and put the ideas into practice during an observation and mapping activity.
Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 - “We are on the front lines of environmental stewardship and forefront of sustainable brewery initiatives.” -- Andrew Mankin, co-owner of Barrington Brewery
Monday, 14 Nov 2016 - The solar field below the Rising Paper Mill in Housatonic, built last year on a brownfield, is saving the town and the Berkshire Hills Regional School District each between $70,000 and $90,000 in annual electricity costs.
Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 - Fermentation is an ancient strategy for food preservation, and brings health benefits and unique flavors. Many fermented foods are so common, they aren’t described as such. Think bread, yogurt, beer, even cheese.
Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 - Amid the prosperity and singular culture of the Berkshires, it was clear that affordable housing was beyond the reach of many residents and workers, especially minorities. “Our homeless are invisible, hidden ... Being with people in crisis is a very, very profound experience and I honor that. It’s always a privilege and an honor to sit and talk with [the population Construct serves] to try and come up with solutions.” --- Cara Davis, Construct Inc. director, who is stepping down after 26 years
Bits & Bytes: Construct ‘Walk This Way;’ Berkshire Pottery Tour; Sharon Bates at Chesterwood; Stardust Jazz Group; animal tracking; Community ReStart fundraiser
Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 - The Berkshire Pottery Tour will include the studios of of Ben Evans In Richmond, Paula Shalan in Stockbridge, Lorimer Burns in Housatonic, Daniel Bellow in Great Barrington, Ellen Grenadier in Monterey, and Linda Skipper in New Marlborough.
Bits & Bytes: Linda Greenhouse at the Stockbridge Library; Berkshire Fermentation Festival; ‘Science Fair;’ food preservation workshop; 9/11 survivor talk
Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016 - During nearly 30 years as the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse won a Pulitzer Prize and earned a reputation as an authoritative and insightful chronicler of the Supreme Court and its justices.
Saturday, 16 Jul 2016 - “All of us are artists. It matters how we spend our time. We have to stop running and living by someone else’s story line." -- Performance artist Cassidy A. Maze
Bits & Bytes: GB Heritage Day; ‘Fiorello;’ Aston Magna opening weekend; ‘Ami and Tami’ at Berkshire Museum; ‘the Longest Day;’ storage for Sheffield Farmers’ Market; Pittsfield Repair Café
Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 - Bring one or two damaged but repairable items to the Repair Café in Pittsfield (Mass.) to be fixed for free by neighborhood volunteers.
Bits & Bytes: Shakespeare 400th celebration; GBFG Earth Day; Magical Strings at Camphill Ghent; Gospelfest 2016; beekeeping workshop; floral design demonstration; Litchfield Jazz Camp fundraiser
Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 - Great Barrington Fairgrounds' Community Garden Project will connect people of all levels of expertise and income by providing access to the resources, skills, and information necessary to grow their own food.
Friday, 27 Nov 2015 - With net metering credits from photovoltaic projects municipalities and school districts can enjoy significant savings. Great Barrington and Berkshire Hills Regional School District expect to save between $70,000 to $90,000 annually in the cost of electricity due to one of two Housatonic solar arrays.
Friday, 16 Oct 2015 - Maddie Elling and Abe Hunrichs of Hosta Hill were intrigued with recipes from Sandor Katz’s "Wild Fermentation," and excited by the opportunity to dig up ancient traditions and experiment with them in the 21st century.
Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 - This revival of interest in fermentation is not unique to the Berkshires. Fermentation workshops and festivals are happening all over the country, from Boston to Oregon.
Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 - “If we spent more time listening to each other, instead of screaming at each other, we’d be a much stronger, happier country.” -- David Isay, founder of StoryCorps
Friday, 24 Jul 2015 - It is “disappointing” that while there will be some drainage improvements to Great Barrington’s Main Street from the reconstruction project, there aren’t more significant changes. He expressed concern about a large stormwater pipe that releases into the river, near the skateboard park off Bridge Street. ---Landscape designer Craig Okerstrom-Lang
Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 - While photographer Michael Kalish was taking photographs of the circus Friday evening, the Zoppe Family Circus crew invited him to travel with them. He is still pondering the invitation.
Bits & Bytes: Zoppè Family Circus; Brooklyn Rider at Tannery Pond; Berkshire South community suppers; Bittman on aging; regional transportation planning
Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 - Zoppe Circus uses only domestic animals – dogs and horses (often rescues) – which are the personal pets of their owners. As family-owned pets, the animals are raised, transported and housed with loving care.
Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 - Great Barrington native and painter Eunice Agar, 81, has been painting since she was 13, developing a style that she describes as "painterly realism." Earlier in her career, she was the managing editor at American Artist Magazine in New York, and later a contributing editor
Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 - The charge was amended to “tagging,” a misdemeanor, rather than the original charge of vandalism, which is a felony in Massachusetts and carries more severe penalties.
Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 - “We wish all the local markets good success in supporting farmers and customers. We welcomed the GB Farmers' Market because we believed our missions to be in good alignment and worked hard last year to support a mutually successful season.” --- Statement from Great Barrington Fairgrounds, upon learning the Farmer’s Market would move back to downtown Great Barrington after one year at the Fairgrounds
Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 - "We are always working on multiple funding streams: grants from many sources and direct fundraising from individuals and businesses. We're an all-volunteer effort, working as a community to build a community resource. We'll keep working.” -- Great Barrington Fairgrounds Co-founder Janet Elsbach, after GBFG application was rejected for being late
Monday, 8 Dec 2014 - Applicants said they were thwarted either by snarled Main Street construction traffic, or technological glitches. This may create a dilemma for the committee, which has now decided to vote on whether to accept the late applications.
Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 - One frequently hears comments like “their chopped liver is as good as my grandmother’s” or “even my mother couldn’t make chicken soup that good.”
Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 - The Senior Class at the Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge is exploring imaginative ways of representing the history of a particular place, talking with those involved in it, and then translating their impressions into a collaborative "documentary illustration." The first topic the class selected is the ongoing restoration of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds.