County Fare: Lanesborough celebrates 250 years


The 250th anniversary celebration for the town of Lanesborough continues this Saturday with a Winter Ball.

To be held from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Skyline Country Club, the semi-formal event will include dancing and live music from the 1950s and '60s with show band Skid Marks, snacks and a cash bar.

Tickets are $23 per person, $45 per couple, and can be purchased through Town Hall or at the door, or can be reserved by calling 413-442-1351 or 413-448-2682.

Other anniversary efforts include a project and fundraising effort to update and improve Memorial Park, the area where the Lanesborough Police Station and Historic Building are located in the center of town.

The subcommittee steering the project hopes to repair a pair of benches there, purchase a large U.S. flag and repair the flagpole, as well as install an LED timing system to illuminate the flag at night. Donors who give $7 or more to the fund, based at the Lanesborough Library, will receive a locally designed and produced tote bag imprinted with a commemorative "250" logo.

A "Historical Fair: A Peek At The Past," will be held on Sunday, March 15, in the Town Hall community room, to share local stories, photographs and artifacts.

A 250th Gala Musical Dinner Celebration will be held on June 2, also at Skyline Country Club.

Incorporated in 1765, the town has a population of approximately 3,056 people, yet attracts thousands more visitors each year through outdoor attractions and historic sites.

Details about this and other Lanesborough 250 events can be found at or

A life behind the lens

Berkshire resident and internationally known photographer Charles Steinhacker will speak on, "How to See — Photographically," at 4 p.m. this Sunday at the Lenox Library, 18 Main St. The talk is free and open to the public, as part of the library's Distinguished Lecture series.

Previously postponed due to the snow, the talk will feature images he's made for National Geographic and Life magazines, as well as landscape, wildlife, architecture and abstraction images he's created on his own terms.

Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1937, Steinhacker hoped to be a centerfielder, but at the age of 26, traded in his bat for a camera, beginning his photography career, traveling and taking pictures throughout the United States.

He now lives and works as a fine arts photographer in Sheffield with his wife and fellow artist, Linda Clayton. In Sunday's lecture, he'll be reviewing images from his wildlife and landscape work, as well as explaining how he creates his abstract pieces, and how people can add a touch of creativity to their own snapshots.

Learn more about the artist here:

Helped by horses

Berkshire HorseWorks reached a new milestone this month, officially securing its nonprofit 501(C)3 designation.

The organization uses the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) models to help at-risk youth, veterans, families, individuals, and couples with a broad range of challenges including anxiety, PTSD, bullying, and eating disorders.

Berkshire HorseWorks does its work, introducing people to rescue horses, on the 27-acre Richmond property comprising Berkshire Equestrian Center, hiking trails, outdoor paddocks, historic barns, state of the art jumping facilities, the Inn at Richmond, and a wellness center.

"I am a cancer survivor and horse lover. I have witnessed the pervasiveness and potentially life-threatening impact of drug use, depression, and PTSD in this community. This is what drove me to start this venture," said founder and executive director Hayley Sumner, who first launched the organization in 2013 as a for-profit entity. She said people's "ability to pay for these services is irrelevant," regarding her decision for BHW to become a certified nonprofit.

For more information and learn how to support Berkshire HorseWorks, visit or call Sumner at 310-488-9777.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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