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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

Theater in the time of COVID-19: How area theaters and theater artists are coping during the pandemic

I asked the directors of several area theaters how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their theaters and their staff in ways that might not be so evident to the lay public.

No one goes hungry: Food pantry shifts into overdrive to feed growing need

Nobody’s selling apples on the corner for a nickel yet, but you can be sure the need has never been greater — not in anyone’s memory younger than 90.

Heightened food insecurity spreads amid COVID-19 outbreak

A growing sea of similar stories that swell amid these trying times - when kids are out of school, parents are out of work, and the infrastructure of community that so many rely upon in order to survive feels tenuous at best.

Learning opportunities in a time of social distancing

Flying Cloud Institute's YouTube channel has at least a trio of purposes: Kids remain engaged in hands-on learning; activities can support families whose work lives are being disrupted; finally, there is an authentic audience to celebrate what kids are discovering and creating, even if it is outside of school.

Alan Chartock: I Publius — Giving spirit of the People’s Pantry

People of all descriptions shop at the Pantry and some don’t speak English. The Pantry has translators who can help. When a new client shows up, a volunteer will escort them around and talk about the availability of different items.

Business Briefs: SoCo Creamery flavor party; wine and spirits fair; BNRC conservation gathering; Community Film Fund launch; ‘Standing Lincoln’ acquisition

The Community Film Fund is a matching fund to help nonprofits in the Berkshire region create impactful videos for their branding, marketing and social media.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Thanksgivings for Life and Love’; Green Tweens Summit; ‘Moving Stories’ at Mason Library; Great Barrington Kennel Club Dog Show

The idea for the summit grew out of a discussion held earlier in the school year on the question “Engaging Green Youth: How can children make a difference in saving Planet Earth?”

Singer-songwriters at the Egremont Barn; BPL staged reading; polar bear talk; double book launch

Jane Denitz Smith has been a playwright in residence with Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project since 2013.

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: Delightful & Delectable Holiday Market; ‘Light Out of Darkness’ concert; Tangiers Blues Band at the Egremont Barn; album accolade for Green;...

Classically trained clarinetist Green was both surprised and honored by the news, in particular because he only began playing jazz seriously in 2007, when he was already in his 50s.

CONNECTIONS: How the Dutch built St. James

Attendance at Sunday worship was not voluntary; it was compulsory by law. Punishment for nonattendance was also mandatory.

Bits & Bytes: Holiday Shop, Sip & Stroll; ‘Sense & Sensibility’ at Shake & Co.; ‘Unborn Sun’ at Berkshire Botanical Garden; Tony Trischka at...

New York City-based John Gordon Gauld holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a recent recipient of the Martha Boschen Porter Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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...

Bits & Bytes: ‘Gratitude’ at Race Brook Lodge; ‘Messiah’ sing-in; Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis trio with Claire Daly; ‘Little Women’ reading; Rock & Soul Holiday Show

The Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis Trio is a new ensemble featuring long time collaborators with strong Berkshires roots: Miro Sprague on piano, Marty Jaffe on bass and Jason Ennis on guitar.

Share the Bounty helps farmers contribute fresh offerings to local food pantries

In Berkshire County, roughly 10 percent of residents are food insecure, which means they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
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