Editor's note: One year down, many, many more to go ...
A lot of life can happen over 53 Sundays.
That's how many Landscapes The Berkshire Eagle features department has put out since we launched our all-local, all-color arts, entertainment and lifestyles section almost a year ago today. Last Memorial Day, we set the bar impossibly high — page-to-page coverage of the opening of Mass MoCA's Building Six, live music previews, sipping wine with Jim Nejaime and slinging specialty cocktails with some of South County's coolest bartenders.
We had planned for that first issue for months and once the initial celebration was over, there was the lingering question on everyone's mind: "How do we do this week after week?" The answer? Teamwork.
Over the past year, I've had the privilege of watching The Eagle's features department grow from about two and half positions (one editor split her time between features and calendar responsibilities) to seven employees with two summer interns helping lift the Landscapes load. Not to mention the countless hours that newsroom reporters have stepped in to write an extra story when asked. Our department — which is responsible for not only Landscapes, but also daily entertainment pages, Health, Food, Nightlife and the Friday Arts section, and don't forget about Berkshires Week, which returns next Thursday! — has grown so large that when I wanted to stage our fun birthday photo shoot, we couldn't fit everyone in the photo.
And with that growth has come more excellent work. Yes, we set the bar high last Memorial Day, but we continued to push our expectations higher and higher, week after week. Berkshire Landscapes proves that there are countless interesting landscapes that make up the Berkshires. We followed a Tanglewood Music Center fellow during a day of intense rehearsals and performance, learned how snow is made and even rode along on the coldest night of the year to deliver pizzas. We took you behind the scenes in so many ways last summer, giving insight into how a stage manager works during a production or what a costume shop looks like. We sat down to breakfast with so many interesting people in the Berkshires and found out what books some of our best local authors have on their nightstands. We introduced you to hikers on the Appalachian Trail and gave you a tiny house tour.
While it's all been more fun than we could ever have imagined, what has kept us going is all the fun you seem to be having right along side us. Your comments, questions and ideas have encouraged us to try new things, take chances and think outside the normal newspaper "box."
Please join me and the rest of the features department — Jeffrey Borak, Maggy Button, Meggie Baker, Benjamin Cassidy, Becky Drees and Jennifer Huberdeau — in celebrating one year of Landscapes. What does the second year hold? You'll have to read to find out.
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