County Fare: Magazine leafs nothing out of story


Get ready for a tourist boost this autumn: A nine-page editorial spread, titled “ Return to October Mountain,” showcases the Berkshires in the September/October issue of Yankee Magazine.

“This article weaves a memorable story about the Berkshires in one of its finest and truly its brightest season,” The Berkshire Visitors Bureau announced on Tuesday. “ Evoking [Herman] Melville throughout and introducing readers to such notable places as Café Adam, the Topia Inn and Santarella.”

Writer Michael Blanding follows back roads and byways where visitors can experience the untamed side of the Berkshires, finding the unexpected amidst autumn beauty, according to Yankee Magazine.

According to the Visitors Bureau's director of marketing, Lindsey Schmid, “ The timing of this article coincides nicely with the current fall foliage campaign …” Lauri Klefos, the president and CEO of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, said it's important “ to continue to grow our tourism business outside of the summer season.”

The magazine will be on newsstands on Aug. 27 The Berkshire Visitors Bureau, of course, is the official destination marketing organization for Berkshire County.

It's been 40 years since the infamous West Stockbridge tornado, which killed four people and injured 33 others.

On the anniversary, Aug. 28, the West Stockbridge Historical Society will be revisiting this tragic event in a program that will bring together people who were there — first responders, neighbors, helpers — to discuss, share their stories, and commemorate those who died.

The program will be held at the new Town Offices at 7 p. m.

Gov. Deval Patrick was recently out shopping at the West Stockbridge Farmers Market. And apparently, he was in the market for some heirloom tomatoes.

The governor on Sunday marked Massachusetts Farmers Market Week with a visit to one. Here, he's seen in a photo by Roland Dudney piling up on tomatoes from the Taft Farm tent.

Meanwhile, our friends from the Pittsfield High School Class of 1944 wanted us to let you know that the class reunion is at noon on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Benedict Road. A turkey dinner will be served. The cost is $ 25 per person.

Reservations and payment are due by Oct. 15. For reservations, call Rose at (413) 445- 5473.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring “tales from throughout the Berkshires,” is compiled by Eagle staffers. Visit the County Fare blog at


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