Sunday June 16, 2013

To the Editor of THE EAGLE:

Just ran across an old Eagle Sampler column I had written back in the ‘70s when our family was vacationing on Cape Cod. My husband had walked in the door with The Boston Globe and showed me a piece written by Richard Burgin, former conductor and concertmaster of the Boston Symphony. This article struck me because it may be pertinent to what the Berkshires face today.

It was entitled "The Other Berkshires: A Place to go for all Reasons." Here are a few selected parts.

"I am certainly a music lover but I no longer think of the Boston Symphony concerts as the most important thing about the Berkshires. There is another Berkshires which has attracted artists like Norman Mailer, Arthur Penn, or a thinker like Eric Erikson -- a community of people who live and work there every day. In the midst of a natural setting a real culture does exist. It makes the Berkshires unique.

"I wonder if it is possible to adequately describe a positive experience. The Berkshires offer you air, solitude, birds, horses, fish, music, trees, time. It offers a glimpse of the original colors and harmony or our planet, and in that glimpse the possibility of a renewed sense of yourself."

Doesn’t this seem even more pertinent to consider today, what with more potential high- rise buildings that might later threaten to loom over the Berkshire landscape? I’m not talking about the ones that are going to be built now, but what about the ones that might be coming along later on, say in 2016, 2017?

ELNA NUGENT

Lenox


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