County Fare: Sen. Warren raves about Berkshire visit


U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently took a personal trip to the Berkshires with her husband Bruce, and posted a glowing endorsement on her Facebook page, using words like "a treasure," "spectacular" and "extraordinary" to describe parts of the experience.

On Friday, July 25, the couple toured Edith Wharton’s home and estate The Mount in Lenox. On Saturday, they took a hike at the Jug End Road trailhead on the Appalachian Trail and then went to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket .

On Sunday, July 27, the senator and her husband visited The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

"We love our time in Western MA," she wrote in her post. "There’s so much to do - or not to do if you just want to walk through some great New England towns."


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary K. Grant last Friday was in Chapel Hill, N.C., where it was announced that she will be the next chancellor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville.

Grant worked to win over the crowd by wearing a UNC-blue scarf and telling the students, "What can I say? We’re going to have some fun," concluding her remarks with a "Go Bulldogs!," which earned her an extended standing ovation.

But Grant isn’t ready to completely turn on her Massachusetts roots.

In a light moment, she told the UNC community of looking forward to becoming integrated into the southern community, but warned them in her native Dorchester accent, "I’m a passionate Red Sox fan."


Berkshire County native Kevin Bartini has scheduled a one-night only series of performances for this Saturday, with a special video taping at J. Allen’s Clubhouse Grille on North Street in Pittsfield.

"I want this taping to have a party atmosphere," said Bartini. "And I want to reach as many home town folks as I can."

Saturday’s taping will begin around 6:30 p.m. Bartini will stick around for dinner and drinks and do additional performances and tapings at 8 and 10. The recordings will be made for television and a release at a future date. Tickets are $15 at, or at J. Allen’s.

Bartini currently performs as an audience warm-up comic for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. He’s also written for HBO, Comedy Central, MSNBC, Fox News and The Bob and Tom Show.

He recently filmed an episode of the hit ABC hidden camera show "What Would You Do?" with John Quiñones, which airs on Fridays at 9. He recently starred in a nationally touring play, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up."

Although he resides in Manhattan, Bartini still calls the Berkshires home. He is a 1997 graduate of Lee High School and attended Berkshire Community College. His local theater credits include The Williamstown Theater Festival, Barrington Stage Company and The Town Players of Pittsfield. Bartini was a part of Shakespeare and Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare and credits Shakespeare & Co. with giving him the tools for much of his success.


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