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Artist Anna Moriarty Lev shares her approach to life

Local artist shares her approach
WILLIAMSTOWN - Coffee, comics and cinema are all part of Anna Moriarty Lev's repertoire. Full Story
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Shaker historic sites in Berkshires, New York gather together

New York State Museum show highlights the people behind the prayers
11/24/2014 04:18 PM EST
ALBANY, N.Y. >> In the New York State Museum's warehouse-sized storage space in Rotterdam, N. 
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Festival of Trees blends with 'Lions, Tigers and Bears' photos
11/24/2014 03:56 PM EST - PITTSFIELD >> A tiger cub lies stretched out on the mother tiger's shoulder as she stretches out beside a fallen branch. Full Story

Manchester Merriment is warming up Vermont
11/24/2014 03:54 PM EST - MANCHESTER >> Why settle for 12 days of Christmas when you can have 36? Full Story

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Local farms and greenhouses offer holiday greenery

The season opens for kissing balls, garlands and wreathes
11/24/2014 04:03 PM EST
With the first snowfall of the year on the ground and lights shining from rooftops, people begin to bring evergreens and winterberry indoors to welcome the winter season. 
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Wharton Salon and Pythagoras Theatre Works bring stories to life at The Mount
11/25/2014 09:45 AM EST - In a photo from the early 1900s, taken at dusk just after a rain, people walk in the streets of New York.

Someone looking at the street and imagining their lives might follow one story line or another, said Michael Burnet, producing artistic director of Pythagoras Theatre Works.

In a shabby one-room tenement, a proud woman tells an impossible story about a painting she needs to sell.

At a breakfast table, two tired middle-aged men face each other for the first time since their ambitious college years.

And on gray day, just after Thanksgiving, a woman takes a chance that could make her life or break it. Full Story

Sheffield Historical Society brings Festival of the Holidays
11/24/2014 04:22 PM EST - SHEFFIELD >> For nearly 50 years, George Reeves has sold his handmade leather goods from Martha's Vineyard to the Berkshires. A Chelsea native, he moved to Sheffield 27 years ago and developed a following selling his women's handbags and men's belts through his own stores or other retailers. Reeves retired a year ago, but he keeps his leather-making skills sharp by supplying his wares to a handful of local shops and crafts galleries and the Sheffield Historical Society's annual Festival of the Holidays. Full Story

Bennington and Manchester shops offer unique holiday ornaments
11/24/2014 04:14 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> It's that time of year when the rush begins to find unique and uplifting decorations to express the joy of the season. Full Story

On the Bridge: Bard College at Simon's Rock professor teaches understanding of American Indian culture
11/24/2014 03:59 PM EST - GREAT BARRINGTON >> Akwesasne is said to mean "land where the wild grouse drums. Full Story

Kate Abbott: Families evolve their own celebrations
11/24/2014 03:57 PM EST - We were talking about holiday traditions. We started with ornaments and the memories caught in them, and they led to stories, and Maggy, my associate editor, said, "Why don't we share ours and ask other people to tell us about theirs, too? Full Story

Margaret Button: Christmas traditions large and small
11/24/2014 03:56 PM EST - A holiday tradition can be as simple as a family photo taken each year by the Christmas tree or going all out, as some of my friends do, by hosting a formal Victorian-style party. Full Story

Backcountry treks: Expeditions find old downhill ski areas
11/19/2014 04:39 PM EST - Like the stone fences that creep through the forests of New England, abandoned ski areas leave traces in the hills. Full Story

Downhill skiing in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont
11/19/2014 04:30 PM EST - Southern Vermont Bromley: Lifts to open Nov. 29. 144 Bromley Lodge Road, Peru, (802) 824-5522, bromley. Full Story

Kate Abbott: The mountains welcome the first signs of winter
11/20/2014 07:46 AM EST - Last night I walked out into the first snow of the year. The sky was softly dark, and the flakes streamed down steadily. Full Story

In Williams College's high-tech 'Hamlet,' Big Uncle is watching
11/19/2014 04:35 PM EST - WILLIAMSTOWN >> David Eppel, chairman of the Williams College theater department and director of its upcoming production of "Hamlet," has directed the same play at Williams before — almost 25 years ago. Full Story

Man arrested; deputies say he aimed banana at them

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun. Full Story
Garcia Marquez family explains archive decision

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The family of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez says the late Colombian novelist's archive was offered only to the University of Texas, which will be the materials' repository. Full Story
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Bette Midler to Ariana Grande: Clean up your act

The veteran entertainer complains in an interview that young singers rely too much on selling sex instead of talent.