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Things to do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for Aug. 25 - 31

ART Becket Art Center 7 Brooker Hill Road, off Route 8, Becket. Mass. 413-623-6635. Full Story
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'Agritourism' spurs health risk discussion

HARTFORD, CONN. — With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors. Full Story
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Shakespeare & Company: Play 'Sotto Voice' gives 'voice to the voiceless'

Actress Annette Miller tells the story of ill-fated S.S. St. Louis through the memories of reclusive 80-year-old writer
08/25/2016 05:51 AM EDT
LENOX, MASS. — Actress Annette Miller is drawn to playing women with loud, strong voices — Golda Meier, Maria Callas, Diana Vreeland, Martha Mitchell; the fictitious Ruth Steiner, a renowned short story writer, in Donald Margulies' "Collected Stories. 
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The Cottager | Chesterwood: Studio, cottage illustrate Daniel Chester French was decisive man
08/26/2016 09:39 AM EDT - STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. — Upon learning of the death of acclaimed sculptor Daniel Chester French, President Herbert Hoover expressed his condolences to the artist's wife in a letter that recognized both his skill and the artistic importance of his sculptures, both in the United States and abroad.

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Bennington College colleagues to present third concert in Beethoven series
08/25/2016 05:52 AM EDT - NORTH BENNINGTON, VT. — From colleagues to performers, Yoshiko Sato and Christopher Lewis will offer their third concert of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas at the Park McCullough's Carriage Barn on Saturday. Full Story

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Rambling About Tanglewood: Music as measure of faith

08/25/2016 12:13 AM EDT
LENOX, MASS. >> As Tanglewood winds down, it's worth recalling what the place is really about: not the picnics, not the view, not the Popular Artists, not the ice cream stands and gift shops, not the fireworks or social scene, but the performance and teaching of classical music. 
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Best Bets | Fun in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont, Aug. 25 - 31
08/25/2016 07:01 AM EDT - Party Celebrate the festival finale It's hard to believe, but it's time to say goodbye to Jacob's Pillow for the summer. Full Story

Get dancing: Rubblebucket to take MASS MoCA stage
08/25/2016 05:53 AM EDT - NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Rubblebucket bandleader Alex Toth has a shortened description for his neo-psychedelic, reggae-influenced, fusion dance band. Full Story

SculptureNow: REMIX
08/25/2016 05:53 AM EDT - Summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy Edith Wharton's gardens at her Lenox, Mass. Full Story

North Adams Motorama: A celebration of all things motorized
08/25/2016 05:54 AM EDT - Calling all motorheads, lovers of anything with wheels or under-the-hood gawkers: North Adams Motorama rolls into town from 9 a. Full Story

Best Bets: Things to do before summer ends
08/25/2016 07:03 AM EDT - We hate to admit it, but as August winds down and the cool mountain air kicks up the breeze, summer seems to be winding down. Full Story

Rambling about Tanglewood: A reckoning with Stravinsky
08/18/2016 05:51 AM EDT - LENOX, MASS. — Charles Dutoit, one of the world's leading Stravinsky conductors, finagled his way in to meet the composer he would ultimately champion. Full Story

Best Bets | Fun in the Berkshires and Vermont Shires, Aug. 18 - 24
08/18/2016 05:39 AM EDT - Tapas Enjoy drinks with a view End your week with a relaxing evening of Tapas on the Terrace at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. Full Story

Third Thursday : What to expect at 'Touch a Truck'
08/18/2016 05:41 AM EDT - Location Trucks to fill North Street For Third Thursday, on Aug. 18, in Pittsfield, Mass. Full Story

More fun: Food, music and more at Third Thursday
08/18/2016 05:26 AM EDT - Yes, there will be plenty of trucks on hand to touch — and, by the way, that's for truck lovers young and old! Full Story

Get off the couch and go explore
08/18/2016 05:51 AM EDT - There is still plenty of summer left to get outside and enjoy those postcard-perfect views at one of the many outdoor trails, parks and forests that make the shires of Vermont and the Berkshires so beautiful. Full Story