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Behind two swinging wooden doors adorned with an ironic "beware of attack cow" sign, Bill Galusha performs his life's work. Three days a week, the 60-year-old paces in the sunken corridor between his milking parlor's two platforms, where, at 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, cows are ushered in 22 at a time. Galusha's job is to hook up milking machines to teats, hose off hooves and check each of his 230 beloved dairy cows for disease. more
After a summer filled with mainstream rockers and musical icons storming stages throughout the Berkshires, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's fall slate promises to keep the county's pop music … more
STOCKBRIDGE — Susan Merrill and her husband, Carl Sprague, are sitting under the grape vines on the terrace outside their old white house, with two corgis underfoot.Susan's grandfather lived in this house; it has been in the family almost 100 … more
She had a cow. He had some land. Amelia and Will Conklin's love story began when both Sheffield natives finished up their college studies and left behind traveling to return to their roots. Will inherited his great-grandfather's land, formerly used as summer dairy pastures, at Sky View Farm, and he set to work returning them to productivity. Amelia, who was in the Peace Corps, decided to leave a rural village in Paraguay to raise cows in her own rural hometown in the Berkshires. more
NORTH ADAMS — The current political and social unrest in the country is enough to get anyone fired up, including Williamstown ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd.Her breaking point came with the news … more
HANCOCK — On a damp Saturday morning, 3-year-old Henry Coughlin engaged in an old Berkshires custom. He sat on a stool in a sawdust-lined stall and milked the four full teats in front of him. Coughlin, who traveled from New York City to visit his grandparents in Williamstown, diligently filled a blue bucket as his family watched on from the aisles in Ioka Valley Farm's dairy barn. Asked if this was the first time he had milked a cow, Coughlin said yes — and no. more
BECKET — Madison Embrey isn't a "dance mom," but some of her fellow dancers in The School at Jacob's Pillow's Musical Theatre Dance program call her their mom. more
Easily the strangest program in the Berkshires' fall classical-music season comes from The Orchestra Now, which travels from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., to Bard's Simon's Rock campus … more
NORTH ADAMS — As FreshGrass music festivalgoers wander the grounds of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this weekend, they may happen upon a man resetting a neck — a guitar's neck, that is.Steve Sauve has been repairing guitars … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — On just about any gjven weekday, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center executive director Beryl Jolly is up early, before her teen daughters — Charlotte, 17, an 11th grader at Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield; and Emma, 13, … more
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