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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

Car Trip: Tracing early New England vernacular architecture in the Berkshires

Go out for a drive and learn about the earliest architectural styles in the Berkshires, and how they still resonate today.

Let’s Wander! Hitting the trails to stay (mostly) sane

We're lucky here in the Berkshires. We’ve got nature ⎯ that secret sauce that revives under nearly all circumstances and is there, free, for the vibing.

Town Hall Briefs: Fairview Hospital’s COVID-19 ‘surge’ plan; illegal parking at Monument Reservation; runners and cyclists take caution

But thankfully the surge never materialized. So Dr. Adrian Elliot urged those who would normally be seeking care at Fairview to return to that practice.

Distinguished Colonial

For the first time in 33 years, one of the area's distinguished Colonial homes is on the market, offered by Sandra Preston of Sandra Preston Real Estate. This house makes a special statement.

John Downie, 96, of Canaan, Conn., formerly of Great Barrington and Sheffield

John began his insurance career with companies in Newark, New Jersey, and in Boston and later joined the Wheeler & Taylor agency in Great Barrington. He served as its president from 1976 until his retirement in 1985.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Shakespeare in Space’; V-Day 2020; Popa Chubby at Infinity Music Hall; Sue Morse on cougars; ‘Math Homework’

Richard Britell’s take on mathematical equations as art aims to recall how math and art have crossed paths through the ages via the likes of da Vinci, Durer and Escher.

CONNECTIONS: Trophy homes

One similarity between the island mansions and the Berkshire cottages may be the reason they were built: They were status symbols. No one claims, not even the owners, that 20,000 square feet is necessary.

Winter nights, Winterlights: Naumkeag dazzles after dusk

Lanterns dangle, snow-capped topiaries glister and warm breath mingles with the steam of hot cocoa.

Naumkeag’s Daffodil Festival runs through Mother’s Day

The Trustees of Reservations have counted the spring bulbs at Naumkeag, and here is the number they report: "60,000."

CONNECTIONS: Berkshire road trip! Part II

Lenox is known as a Gilded Age resort and many of the mansions are restored and open.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Animals of the North’; ‘Haydn Seek’ at Saint James Place; neuroscience lecture at Simon’s Rock; ‘ESCAPE’ art talk; ‘Agriculture as the...

Three Haydn string quartets, including his “Joke” Quartet, will provide an evening of ambiguous beginnings and fake-out endings, mismatched dialogues between instruments, misunderstandings, musical pratfalls, pretend memory lapses, and digressions.

Margaret Moulton takes the helm at Berkshire Grown

And at the center of this work is connecting people who are already interested in local food and farm-to-table ideas but don’t have on the ground experience; getting folks on the farms and in the field.

Bits & Bytes: Tom Gold Dance at Turn Park; Naumkeag garden party; ‘The Real Story’ at the Mahaiwe; Greg Farley at the Egremont Barn;...

The Afternoon Garden Party at Naumkeag will take place in Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate’s historic and recently restored gardens and feature garden-inspired libations, locally sourced bites, live music and performances, sweeping views of the Berkshires and more.

Bits & Bytes: Williams astronomer captures eclipse images; Bryant Day; National Moth Week workshop; Housatonic River cleanup; youth tennis program

Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center will celebrate National Moth Week Tuesday, July 24, from 8 to 10 p.m., with a workshop about nighttime pollinators, insects and moths.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Earth Expo; ‘Embrace Your Voice’ at Stockbridge Library; Wildflower Festival; ‘Chasing Coral’ at the Moviehouse; Girls’ empowerment concert

The “Embrace Your Voice, Reclaim Your Power: Changing the Dialogue Surrounding Sexual Assault” series will provide the community with an opportunity to talk about and understand sexual violence.

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