County Fare | Seven Hillary Clintons help celebrate a birthday at The Mount


Pittsfield School Committee member Cynthia Taylor recently spotted Hillary Clinton at The Mount in Lenox — in fact seven Hillary Clintons.

Earlier this month, she went to Edith Wharton's historic home on a casual visit and arrived to find a group of Hillaries there to greet her on the terrace. As it turns out, it was a group of Taylor's friends holding cutouts of the presidential candidate's face in front of them. The gathering was a surprise to celebrate Taylor's birthday, as organized by Lenox resident Janet Hetherwick Pumphrey.

"Yes," Taylor told County Fare, "we are all huge fans of Hillary's, with some orthodox Bernie [Sanders] fans who converted."

Taylor was also given a mask to pose for a group photo.

Rockwell Museum lauded

HolidayLettings, a TripAdvisor company, recently named the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge as one of the top 35 museums in the United States right now.

According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, there are more than 35,000 museums in the United States, the article states.

"That's why we've compiled this not-quite-comprehensive, but totally handy list of 35 museums worth planning your next trip around. While we've featured some of the big names, there's also several lesser-known spots you definitely need to know about."

Massachusetts seems to be a popular place to check out museums. Other commonwealth cultural attractions making the top 35 list include: Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science in Boston; Decordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln; Museum of Bad Art in Somerville and Boston; and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

Princess among us

Miss Ruby Morin, 5, daughter of Peter and Rachaele Morin, of Hancock, earned the prestigious title of "Miss Massachusetts Princess 2016," at the National American Miss state pageant held last month in Springfield.

In addition to the title, Morin also earned first runner up in the Spirit Award category and second runner up in the Photogenic category. She will attend the National Pageant in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the great commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she will have an opportunity to win her share of more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.

According to the National American Miss (NAM) program, the National American Miss Pageants are for "Today's Girl" and "Tomorrow's Leaders," and is "based upon inner beauty, as well as poise, and presentation."

"Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition and setting and achieving personal goals," the program states.

Pageants are held in each state for girls ages 4 to 18, in five different age divisions. For more details visit

Dancing towards stardom

Ask 13-year-old Alexis Barzousky of Lanesborough what she did this summer, and she might describe a recent brush with fame.

Earlier this month, she auditioned for Abby Lee Miller's Season 7 of "Dance Moms" in Boston, and was one of five chosen out of about 200 girls to go to the next level of interviews with producers, according to the girl's mother, Michelle Hebert Barzousky.

Alexis is a home-school student who practices at Cantarella School of Dance in Pittsfield. She is also a part of the Albany Berkshire Ballet Junior Company as well as the Cantarella School of Dance Competition Team.

A dedicated dancer, she practices at least six days a week, and once attended the Walnut Hill School of the Arts summer intensive, where she studied dance for five weeks in Natick.

Alexis is professionally trained in ballet, but also performs contemporary, lyrical, tap, jazz and hip hop. She also does tumbling.

"My daughter wants to be part of something bigger," her mother said. "She is incredibly ambitious and dedicated to dance. She has an absolute passion for it and has since she was a little girl ... she is really excited about the possibilities!"

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


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