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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

CONNECTIONS: A notable corner in Stockbridge

Preservation is not stagnation; preservation is one important element of the selective decisions that define good planning.

I Publius: A conversation with Murray

“Sure enough, maybe because of your prompting, the previous gloom and doom turned to a more optimistic plan. I’m proud of you, Pops. I think you made it happen.” Murray, the world’s smartest dog

CONNECTIONS: Sugar plums, Santa Klaus and Christmas trees

The symbols we treasure today were gathered up and incorporated into our modern celebration of Christmas: the tree from Germany, songs from England, the jolly gift-giver from the Netherlands, and recipes from all over the world.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Acis y Galatea’; marionettes at Ventfort Hall; ‘The Spirit of Giving Illustrated’; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Williams astronomer to observe...

xArtwork on view includes Norman Rockwell’s “Christmas Trio,” in which a bundled-up group of Dickensian carolers and musicians give the gift of music

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas; ‘A Baroque Celebration’ at Saint James Place; culinary arts dinner; ‘Ay Mariposa’ at Mason Library; ‘The...

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas to capture small-town holiday spirit Stockbridge -- The Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration, which captures small-town Christmas spirit in...

Lynda Jean Gunn, 63, of Stockbridge

Lynda posed for Norman Rockwell's picture "The Problem We All Live With" when she was 8 years old.

Tales from the ‘dead letter office’: Greetings from Costa Rica 43 years later

Marie Tassone had an interesting and colorful life, culminating in her designation by the board of selectmen as Great Barrington's "photographer laureate" in 1989, a year before her death at age 86.

Virginia Loveless, 91, of West Stockbridge

She threw herself into her various jobs, including teaching grammar and English at Berkshire Country Day School, arts and crafts at Stockbridge School, making soup at the Stock Pot, and cooking and caring for Molly and Norman Rockwell for the last 10 years of their lives.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing at the Norman Rockwell Museum

Norman Rockwell was likely entrenched in his daily routine on that long-ago summer afternoon, one that included riding his bike down Main Street and observing passersby from the expansive northern-facing windows of his second-floor studio in Stockbridge.

Bits & Bytes: Founders Day at Norman Rockwell Museum; ‘The Mystical 16’; rainforest music, culture at Race Brook Lodge; RSYP block party; Alastair McIntosh...

The twin brothers will speak and present songs, stories and movement, and will answer questions about the indigenous ways and traditions of their Amazon culture.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Heirlooms Jewelry

During the slow season in the dead of winter, businesses in Stockbridge look to innovative ideas like cooperative advertising and value-added opportunities like BerkShares.

Bits & Bytes: Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service; ‘Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms’; Leah Penniman at Darrow School

In Interfaith Celebration program will begin with a service opened by Rev. Cara Davis and officiated by Wray Gunn of the Legacy Festival and Clinton Church Restoration with a performance by Olga Dunn School of Dance and songs from local congregations.

CONNECTIONS: Christmas — as we know it — began in Stockbridge

Christmas as we know it—the trees and wreaths, bells and caroling, gifts and good food—is a 19th-century invention. The authors, literally, of the modern celebration were a Stockbridge spinster and a German immigrant: Catharine Sedgwick and Charles Follen.

Business Briefs: CHP receives grant; Esko to manage Co-op expansion; nonprofit storytelling workshop; grant for Albany Berkshire Ballet; new Taconic Music board, staff members

The grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration is part of a $396 million federal allocation, $12 million of which will be shared by 38 Massachusetts-based community health centers.

CONNECTIONS: Dining on Berkshire history

In Berkshire County, from north to south, there are restaurants that have been serving hungry customers for more than 200 years.

‘Israel Potter’ highlights sacrifices made for democracy

In a letter to the editor, Jacqueline Washack writes, "After experiencing this marvelous production, I couldn't help but think about the tremendous sacrifices made by Israel Potter and all American patriots."
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