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Sean McHugh: Letters chronicle everyday life

I read an article in Smithsonian recently about a chest of 17th century letters that have just been uncovered in the Netherlands. Full Story
  • Columbus off to MLS Cup final - 11/29/2015 10:25 PM EST
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    At the Norman Rockwell Museum, the work of an artist as big and resilient as the subjects he painted

    11/06/2015 09:42 AM EST
    STOCKBRIDGE — He was a tall, powerful man, and he knew how to work. He could plough from dawn to dark and stack full grain stacks faster than two hired men together. 
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    New life for Berkshire Food Festival
    10/14/2015 01:43 PM EDT - NORTH ADAMS — Now in its 14th year, the city's Berkshire Food Festival has a new host and a new life. Full Story

    Wind-Up Fest centers on the documentary, but spans new territory from podcasts to nonfiction
    10/08/2015 06:30 AM EDT - When the Wind-Up Fest comes to North Adams and Williamstown next week, it's not only the debut of a new weekend event, but also an entirely new kind of happening that shakes up the foundations of traditional festivals. Full Story

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    At Hubbard Hall, a new director with a new sense of mission

    11/06/2015 06:52 AM EST
    CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — At the age of 44, David Andrew Snider is a man on a mission. 
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    Vermont rabbi wins papal comedy contest
    10/14/2015 08:04 AM EDT - EAST DORSET, VT. — Becoming the "Honorary Comedic Adviser to the Pope" involves something of a leap of faith, especially for a Jewish rabbi from Vermont. Full Story

    Take Five| Five questions with author Jeff Belanger
    10/08/2015 06:18 AM EDT - Jeff Belanger: In the paranormal world, he is the ultimate insider and a jack-of-all-trades. The author of more than a dozen books on paranormal legends, covering bizarre phenomena including Big Foot and UFO sightings, ghosts, strange monsters and ancient mysteries, he's also the researcher for "Ghost Adventures" on the Travel Channel and host of the widely popular web and cable talk show "30 Odd Minutes." He's also the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated PBS series, "New England Legends." Full Story

    'Very Semi-Serious': The story behind who draws laughs at the New Yorker
    10/08/2015 06:29 AM EDT - Everyone knows the New Yorker cartoons, but less certain are the stories of the people behind them and how they actually get in the magazine. Full Story

    Pittsfield CityJazz Festival features the greats and new talents
    10/08/2015 06:29 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD — A six-time Grammy award-winner, the return engagement of a guitar virtuoso and a 12-year-old pianist prodigy headline the 11th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. Full Story

    Take Five | Five questions with Bill Haims ...
    10/05/2015 02:16 PM EDT - William "Bill" Haims: He's probably best known in the Berkshires for his role as a real-life diamond dealer during the 36 years he owned and operated Rogers Jewelers on North Street in Pittsfield. Full Story

    'These Mysterious Hills': New book details legends, lore, and unexplained Berkshire mysteries
    10/01/2015 05:57 AM EDT - Folklorist and local historian Joe Durwin, in collaboration with Berkshire Paranormal and the Whitney Center for the Arts, will celebrate his new book, "These Mysterious Hills: An Unauthorized History of the Berkshires," with a pre-release "para-reception" on Saturday. Full Story

    Best Bets | Fun things to do in the Berkshires & Shires of Vermont, Oct. 1 - 7
    10/01/2015 06:00 AM EDT - Great Barrington Local astronaut and her journey Stephanie Wilson was raised in the Berkshires and was propelled to become a NASA astronaut who flew on the Space Shuttle. Full Story

    Spencertown Academy: Good old days of British music hall are back
    10/01/2015 06:04 AM EDT - SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — With 15 years of Pantaloons panto behind her, British-born Judy Staber has packed away her fairy godmother wings and picked up a project she began 10 years ago. Full Story

    Take Five | Five questions with Paula Poundstone
    09/24/2015 10:39 AM EDT - Paula Poundstone: She comes from a long line of successful Boston-area comics — Stephen Wright, Dennis Leary and Jay Leno, to name a few. Full Story

    Bring the Kids: Fun in the Shires, Sept. 24-30
    09/24/2015 11:01 AM EDT - Before the very brisk autumn weather kicks in, we have a couple fun, outdoor events for you and the kids. Full Story