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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.

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.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Artists at Work program; Spoon in Williamstown; Berkshire Agricultural Ventures grant; painting fellowship for Bradley

Zero-interest, forgivable loans and grants will be provided to help farmers adapt to new realities, overcome significant income challenges, and ensure farms remain viable and sustainable and can continue to meet demand for healthy local food.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Grant for the Mount; tree planting at Hawthorne Valley; Rogers joins VIM; Salisbury Bank promotes MacArthur; new BCC staff

As mission chief to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cape Verde, Burundi and Eritrea, Rogers led IMF’s financial negotiations and annual country consultations, and helped design economic and financial policy frameworks to promote sustainable economic growth.

Lawrence S. Pratt, 78, of West Stockbridge

Larry worked for almost his entire adult life until retirement at the American Institute for Economic Research, a nonprofit think tank in Great Barrington, writing and editing its bimonthly report analyzing finance as well as periodic book-length reports.

Tanglewood grounds are open (well, not so much)

Virtually all other venues in the Berkshires are inviting, encouraging the public to get outside and enjoy their properties. It seems that if the BSO/Tanglewood really cared they would find a way to engage with the community during this difficult time.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Solace in the garden

Yes, the Berkshire Botanical Garden may offer much needed outdoor solace, but its new Director of Horticulture is livening things up.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Cultural sites to reopen; Berkshire Museum construction; raffle benefits food banks; Berkshire Immigrant Center fundraising; grant for Olana

BIC is the only program in Berkshire County that focuses exclusively on meeting the unique challenges of a continuously growing immigrant and refugee population.

Masked heroes of the Berkshires

Join us in a round of applause for front line heroes, hidden behind their masks.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Quietly overtaken

Good advice from our Self-Taught Gardener Lee Buttala: Nature renews herself. So can we.

Best-selling author Sue Miller, novelist Patricia Park, and literary magazine editor Dayna Tortorici are the 2020 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence

While the extended conversation, “Writers in the House,” has been cancelled, settle in here for an insightful look at how contemporary writers are looking at and responding to Edith Wharton’s legacy. 

Bits & Bytes: ‘An Old-Fashioned Christmas’; Heartflow solstice event; SculptureNow submissions; youth team wins tournaments

Families and people of all ages are welcome to join in an afternoon celebration of the winter solstice with music, song, ceremony and expressions of gratitude.

Bits & Bytes: Camille A. Brown at MASS MoCA; ‘Voices of Poetry’ at the Mount; ‘Nickel and Dimed’ at Berkshire School; CoA luncheon

'Voices of Poetry' will feature five acclaimed poets: Doug Anderson, 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner Frank Bidart, Rage Hezekiah, Krysten Hill and Ellen Doré Watson.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Conscious Conversations’; ‘Talking Ticks’; ‘Edith Wharton in France;’ public speaking workshops; Zen lecture

The Milne Public Library will host “Talking Ticks: Literary, Medical and Personal Views,” a panel discussion about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Who knew? The Gilded Age Berkshires were ‘Well Wheeled’

Thanks to a new book by local historian Bernard Drew, we know that there were automobile storage facilities, road competitions and even innovative car manufacturing operations in the Berkshires. And we know that the cottagers embraced the industry with considerable gusto.

Business Briefs: Entrepreneurship for All launch; access ramp at Fitzpatrick Main Stage; Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence; BCC staff changes

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced the installation of a new modular ramp at its Fitzpatrick Main Stage to increase access for all patrons.
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