Editor's Note: Let's still have fun this summer

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It might feel like summer has been canceled, but we're here to let you know, it hasn't.

Yes, summer as we traditionally know it in the Berkshires has, for the most part, been put on hold due to the outbreak of COVID-19. There will most likely be no big museum gallery openings, no opening nights of theater productions and no picnic dinners under the stars on Tanglewood's lawn.

But there will still be art and music being made, culture happening. There will still be fun.

We at the features department know this summer will look different, and therefore, Berkshires Week will have to look different. Berkshires Week has always been a standalone magazine insert during the summer — traditionally, there's so much going on that we need all the space we can get, sometimes having to pick and choose what can make it into each issue. Today, our cultural landscape looks a lot different, and so should Berkshires Week.

But we can't let the our beloved arts and culture insert sleep all summer; we've still got things to do, sites to see and memories to make. So this summer, or at least until things get back up and running, we're going to move Berkshires Week into Sunday Landscapes.

We'll fill it with some of your favorite features from the weekly insert, including highlights, best bets and our popular Take Five. But, like everything else in today's world, we'll adjust it to meet our community's needs during the pandemic.

Museums might not be open for foot traffic, but collections are still available online; musicians are taking to YouTube to share their music and theaters are finding ways to reach new audiences. We'll tell you week-to-week what can't be missed.

We hope this content can provide some excitement and solace in these unprecedented times. While we know it wasn't the summer you planned on having, let us help you plan another great one that looks just a little different but still celebrates the Berkshires.

Lindsey Hollenbaugh, managing editor of features



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