Berkshire holiday fairs and community events on Sunday, Dec. 8
12/06/2013 12:27 PM EST - Holiday events in plenty this weekend ... Full Story
Berkshire holiday downtown events for Saturday, Dec. 7
12/06/2013 12:10 PM EST - Berkshire towns are overflowing with events this weekend! Full Story
Berkshire holiday art and craft fairs for Saturday, Dec. 7
12/06/2013 12:12 PM EST - Art and craft fairs fill the county north to south this weekend. Full Story
Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees embraces past, present and future
12/05/2013 04:57 PM EST - PITTSFIELD - It's November of 1903.
Toy pistols fire real blank cartridges. Trolley cars run up the main streets, and trains connect Pittsfield with most of the county and with New York City.
The Pittsfield Symphony Orchestra opens its season at the Colonial Theater. President Theodore Roosevelt grapples with tensions in Panema. Factory workers strike in Chicago. In the Berkshires, the markets have ordered English walnuts, lemons and oranges for the holiday season - but they have a shortage of turkeys.
The toy shops are unpacking boxes of wind-up performing animals: squealing pigs, monkeys turning somersaults, a donkey with a clown that runs around a track, a mule that drinks from a trough, a bird singing in a cage.
And just south of the downtown, Xenas Crane has opened a museum to house his collection.
This year, the Berkshire Museum celebrates its 110th anniversary, and in the 29th annual Festival of Trees, the museum will look back to the last century - and forward to the next.Full Story
Nightlife and entertainment at small venues in the Berkshire Region
12/05/2013 01:49 AM EST - Nightlife in the Berkshires and beyond Full Story
Kate Abbott: Berkshire holidays Downtown where the lights glow
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Knitted squid, anyone? You might find one here. Look around the room. A fiddler is playing Bring the Torch Jeanette Isabella, and beside that sweep of red silk a silver man is dancing underneath a silver tree. A woman in a woolen sweater is talking about her favorite place to photograph wood ducks.Full Story
By the way: Thanksgiving without our beloved 'Tante'
11/29/2013 02:04 PM EST - I have just put the walnut pie into the oven. On any other year, it would have baked in my grandmother's kitchen, with pumpkin and apple and mince. This is the first time I have made it myself. Full Story
This family survived 2 days of below-freezing cold in an overturned Jeep
A desperate search for a couple and four children missing for two days in the below-zero cold of Nevada turned jubilant Tuesday when rescuers found them alive near their overturned Jeep. Full Story
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BPA exposure: What you need to know to protect your family
BPA is found in many common items: medical devices, dental sealants and compact discs, to name a few. Even paper receipts from the grocery store and ATM machines often contain BPA. In short, it's pretty hard to avoid the chemical. Full Story
6 geezers laying? Bring on the holiday song botches
Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas? It's that time of year: holiday music time. And with holiday music comes all the strange and twisted things we sometimes think we're hearing. Full Story