(Courtesy of 'The Well digger's Daughter')
March 26 to April 1 calendar of events in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

About Town Bard College at Simon's Rock: Film Screening: "Food Chain," 7 p.m. Full Story
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(Jenn Smith — The Berkshire Eagle)
New country-rock band Bandit debuts in Berkshires

Bandit to play Saturday at Fairways at The G.E.A.A.
Their background includes a whole lot of rock 'n' roll, but the new Berkshire band, Bandit, will debut this Saturday with full-fledged country twist. Full Story
(Jess Gamari / Special to Berkshires Week & Shires of Vermont)
Maple Open House Weekend: Vermont sugar shacks hold open houses

03/25/2015 05:03 PM EDT
VERMONT — While many of us are looking forward to snow melting and warmer spring evenings, maple sugar makers are hoping for a few more weeks of winter weather. 
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Maple growers across the Berkshires welcome syrup season
03/25/2015 04:05 PM EDT - NEW ASHFORD — A mile off Route 7, just north of the former Springs Restaurant, Jennings Brook Farm has kicked into high gear its production of nature's candy.

Photo Gallery | From Sap to Syrup at Holdiay Brook Farm Full Story

Bennington Museum drinks to a Yankee past
03/25/2015 02:28 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Alcohol and Vermont have always been linked. In its earlier years, the bulk of its apple orchards weren't meant for apple pies, but for hard cider. Full Story

(Courtesy of Michael Brown)
Manchester Music Festival holds spring concert with wine

03/30/2015 01:23 PM EDT
MANCHESTER — Wine, cheese and chamber music — if there's a better antidote to cabin fever following a long cold winter, Ariel Rudiakov, the artistic director of the Manchester Music Festival, wants to hear it. 
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Carl Hancock Rux turns winter to spring at Mass MoCA
03/25/2015 02:44 PM EDT - NORTH ADAMS >> Melting ice, morning bird songs and lingering evening sunlight, mark the movement from winter into spring. Full Story

Dorset rallies for Empty Bowl Dinner
03/25/2015 02:59 PM EDT - DORSET >> College alumni magazines serve many purposes. In 2007, the University of Vermont's magazine led Courtney Callo, director of marketing and international studies at Long Trail School in Dorset, to a story about Empty Bowls, a program started by two teachers from Michigan in the early 1990s. Full Story

Take me outside: Birches taste of wintergreen
03/25/2015 02:58 PM EDT - I've thought a lot about birch trees lately. The clump of gray birches in our yard started the season by bowing down to the winter gods under the weight of the Thanksgiving snow. Full Story

Maple open houses in Vermont on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29
03/25/2015 03:16 PM EDT - Ball Brook Sugar House, David Dence 196 Sweet Road, Pownal 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full Story

Kate Abbott: Thanking maple trees as sap rises
03/25/2015 02:38 PM EDT - My grandfather loved real maple syrup, and he had friends who made their own. Full Story

Norman Rockwell Museum remembers J.C. Leyendecker
03/20/2015 11:54 AM EDT - STOCKBRIDGE — In 1920, he was a national celebrity giving lavish parties around his sunken gardens on Long Island — and in 1940 an isolated, solitary figure the world was forgetting. Full Story

Salem, N.Y., artist Harry Orlyk paints close to the land
03/06/2015 08:27 PM EST - Harry Orlyk shows landscape paintings in March. Full Story

Kate Abbott: The power of shaping stories
03/18/2015 04:42 PM EDT - Noah's wife - who has no name in the Old Testament - sews seeds into the linings of her sleeves in Hannah Fries' poem, trying to save a few wildflowers as the storm comes. Full Story

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers opens with poets, Madonnas
03/04/2015 05:33 PM EST - Berkshire Festival of Women Writers begins with a novelist and memoirist, a panel of poets, an art show and more. Full Story

Maple open houses across the Berkshires
03/20/2015 11:53 AM EDT - These sugar shacks will have open houses on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, in and near the Berkshires . Full Story

(Al Behrman/AP)
Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. Full Story
No 'narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans' selfie sticks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. Full Story
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Jamie Foxx makes Bruce Jenner jokes, Internet reacts

Hosting iHeartRadio Music Awards, Foxx jokes about 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ star, which doesn’t go over well.