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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

28th annual walk to prevent homelessness honors Construct Inc.’s Executive Director Cara Davis

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

BerkShares Business of the Month: Hosta Hill

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.

Stormwater runoff still poses threat to quality of Housatonic River

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

Photograph of the Week

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.

Great Barrington Farmers’ Market returns to downtown

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 

GB CPA Committee rejects 3 late applications, accepts 13 for review

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

Four projects miss CPA deadline — by minutes. Now what?

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.

GB Fairgrounds draws attention from Waldorf High School senior class

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.