Wednesday October 10, 2012

The Dream Away Lodge in Becket has added a new testimonial to it website this week, courtesy of the spread on the restaurant Meredith Bryan wrote for the November 2012 edition of "O, The Oprah Magazine."

Bryan’s testimonial reads: The Dream Away Lodge is "more than historical glamour that draws a delightfully diverse mashup of camo-clad hunters, well-heeled weekenders and assorted Guthrie offspring who wouldn’t think of piling on the cranberry sauce and stuffing anywhere else. ‘It has always been a place where the locals were drinking longneck Buds on the porch and Leonard Bernstein was sipping fine red wine inside,’ [proprieter Daniel] Osman says proudly. In such an environment, where people who would never otherwise cross paths sit elbow-to-elbow, unconventional traditions take root."

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’Part Time Fabulous’ impact continues: Great Barrington native Alethea Root is seeing continued success with her film "Part Time Fabulous," with co-writer, producer and leading actress Jules Bruff.

The film, which tackles the issue of depression, made its U.S. premiere in June 2011 at the sixth annual Berkshire International Film Festival, where it won the audience award -- one of eight awards the film has garnered to date.

Root returned home with the film on Tuesday for a private screening and Q&A session for residents at Gould Farm in Monterey.

In November, Bruff will be attending the Active Minds annual conference in Orlando, where the film will be screened and she will lead a workshop on making a narrative film on depression.

The filmmakers have teamed up with Active Minds, a campus organization that empowers students to change perceptions about mental health on college campuses (www.activeminds.com).

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A salute to Auditor Bump: The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus will pay tribute to state Auditor Suzanne Bump, who has a home in Great Barrington, at this year’s Tribute to Abigail Adams tonight in Boston.

The ceremony honors women who have worked in their professional and personal lives to achieve parity for women across all realms.

Throughout her career, Bump has been an advocate for women and their families and a trailblazer for women in politics, the Women’s Political Caucus stated in a news release about the event.

"She has broken through the glass ceiling and is an inspiration to women across the state," said Executive Director Priti Rao.

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Coach called for scholars program: MCLA coach Jamie Morrison, the head men’s basketball coach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has begun work as the director of Native Tribal Scholars, a program of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, the Northern American Center of Boston, and University of Massa chusetts at Boston.

While the new position is full time, Morrison will continue as the men’s head basketball coach for MCLA, working for the college on a part-time basis.

Run with a grant through the Office of Indian Education in Washington, D.C., the Native Tribal Scholars Program takes high school-aged American Indians and prepares them for college.

"We’re charged with getting our cohort of youth to all graduate from high school, to enroll in college and to graduate from college," Morrison said.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers. Visit the County Faºre blog at www.berkshireeagleblogs.com/countyfare.