See you next May!

BWSV may hibernate for the winter, but we still want to hear from you!

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There's no surer sign that summer is over and fall is upon us than pumpkin patches opening, apples ripe for picking and the last issue of the year for Berkshires Week and the Shires of Vermont.

I won't ask the question that seems to be muttered this time of year — I know where the summer went. It was packed into these pages week after week, offering up countless opportunities to explore this region rich in arts, entertainment, culture and family fun. The features department was kept busy with theater openings, dance previews and talking with the many great musicians that stopped on Berkshire and Vermont stages. We covered film festivals, fairs and art exhibits. This summer, we went directly to the source and asked locals where is the best spot to eat, where's the best-kept secret in town.

But just because summer is over and so is this year's edition of Berkshires Week and The Shires of Vermont doesn't mean there suddenly isn't anything to do. To keep you busy, we've compiled a list of harvest and fall fun events on page 6, and there's still our regular full calendar for the upcoming weekend starting on page 12. And don't forget to check our daily arts and entertainment pages in the paper and online.

You may wonder, "Why do they stop putting out an edition if there's so much to do?" Simply, we need the rest! For the features department, the summer season is our busy season, our playoffs (if you like sports), our final show-stopper challenge (if you like "The Great British Bake Off"). We need to recharge and re-imagine what next year will bring and what we can do to make your reading experience even better.

So, it's not goodbye, or even so long. It's more a "see you later, but please write!" Really, please write. Tell us what you liked this summer, what you didn't and what you'd like to see more of. (Email lhollenbaugh@berkshireeagle.com, or write to Lindsey Hollenbaugh, The Berkshire Eagle, 75 S. Church St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.)

And before you know it, we'll be starring down a full calendar of summer fun in 2019. Until then, stay warm, please keep reading and look out for us around Memorial Day, 2019.




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