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Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 calendar of arts and community events in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

About Town Berkshire Athenaeum: Andrew Vidich, "Meditation for Health and Happiness," 7 p. Full Story
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Winterfest brings ice sculpture, games to North Bennington

From laser tag to iguanas, village takes plunge
01/28/2015 04:05 PM EST
BENNINGTON >> The winter can be a time for cozying up inside, but North Bennington is calling everyone outside for the annual village-wide WinterFest, which often sees the whole community come out to celebrate with their neighbors and welcome visitors. 
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Portraits to span 300 years in America at Williams museum
01/28/2015 04:07 PM EST - WILLIAMSTOWN >> A woman looks squarely out of the canvas with intelligent humor in her brown eyes. Full Story

Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln forged friendship
01/28/2015 04:04 PM EST - MANCHESTER >> When Frederick Douglass came to Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural reception in 1865, policemen blocked his way — until the President came to welcome him. Full Story

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Ice architects build castles from icicles

Stratton Mountain attracts 2-acre sculpture
01/28/2015 04:05 PM EST
STRATTON >> Stratton Mountain Resort has become the latest site for the Utah-based company, Ice Castles, to create a huge-scale ice structure on its property next to the Sun Bowl Lodge, open for people to visit and marvel at, and appearing like something out of a fairy tale. 
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Kate Abbott: WCMA Publication Studio - when a book is born
01/28/2015 04:11 PM EST - She holds a book about the size of her cupped hands, made with Ethiopian leather binding and link stitch — a living tradition that has not changed in hundreds of years. Full Story

Art exhibits in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont
01/28/2015 08:55 PM EST - Museums and galleries in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont Full Story

Tick control, fresh eggs rewards of owning chickens
01/28/2015 04:01 PM EST - SUNDERLAND — "Cock a-doodle doo!" It's unmistakable in a new next door neighbor. Full Story

'Bibliothecaphilia' reveals love of libraries at Mass MoCA
01/21/2015 03:57 PM EST - NORTH ADAMS >> In the space at the end of the page, someone has written in pen: "I will sing solo gospel and music focused on healing and empowering, lifting up men, brotherhood and gay male relationships. Full Story

Artists and artisans renew the book at Williams library
01/23/2015 12:20 PM EST - WILLIAMSTOWN >> In the fall of 1906, 42 binders and artisans founded the National Guild of Book Workers in New York to show their work in illuminating, printing and binding, calligraphy, papermaking, and design and leatherwork. Full Story

Epoch 18 artists see growth in downtown Manchester
01/21/2015 03:55 PM EST - MANCHESTER >> One of only a handful of artist cooperatives in the state presents a fine aggregation of local talent downtown. Full Story

Kate Abbott: We raise a toast in winter
01/21/2015 03:58 PM EST - Orange and coriander? Chocolate malt? Around here, beer and ale seem to get more robust and flavorful by the day. Full Story

Fathi Hassan illuminates ambiguity
12/30/2014 11:31 AM EST - WILLIAMSTOWN >> The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents "Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs" through April 26. Full Story

Yoga and relaxation can stretch the mind as well as the body
01/14/2015 07:09 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> While yoga is well-acknowledged as a healthy physical pursuit nowadays, the practice may have benefits for mental well-being. Full Story

Micro microbrew becomes popular in Vermont
01/22/2015 09:33 AM EST - As the popularity of craft beer tours increases, Vermont has a lot to offer, from widely distributed companies like Harpoon Brewery in Windsor and Boston and Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury to smaller brewing companies like Backacre Brewing in Weston, which focuses on one beer — a sour golden ale aged for up to three years in oak barrels. Full Story

FBI releases photos of San Francisco gold nugget thieves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI has released photos made from surveillance video of three masked thieves stealing historic gold nuggets on display at a San Francisco bank museum after ramming a stolen SUV through its revolving door. Full Story
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James Franco tries to move beyond "The Interview"

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Almost two months after the hack heard 'round the world, James Franco is trying and ready to move past "The Interview. Full Story
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David Letterman wants Jay Leno to appear on show

Former “Tonight Show” host has been invited to appear with old rival before CBS host retires in May.