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Small Bites, Big Flavor in Great Barrington

New flavors of minature cupcakes at Barrington Bites in the Chef's Shop


Shameless Self-Promotion?

Finding Berkshire Living love in unexpected places...

It's endlessly flattering to find Berkshire Living relics posted in local establishments, but even better is when the discovery is cloaked by an element of surprise.


Café Roots Morning Glory Muffins Live On!

April Bertelli shares the recipe for her coveted "Crack Muffins," once a standby at her now-defunct coffee shop



Last-minute Holiday Shoppers: Go LOCAL

Great artisanal gifts await at the brand-new boutique in the Lenox Commons

Tick, tock, tick, tock: the holiday rush is on. Those seeking unique last-minute gifts, look no further than LOCAL, a swell new shop in the Lenox Commons (formerly the Shops at Aspinwell) on in Lenox, Mass. This is responsible shopping, after all.

Allium and Mezze Toast to the End of Prohibition

The restaurants celebrate the 75th anniversary of booze freedom with classic cocktails through December

A Green Gift That Keeps On Giving

Year-long membership grants FREE access to the Trustees of Reservations 104 Massachusetts properties


Secret's Out! The Low Anthem Played Pittsfield Monday Night

The indie-folk quartet rock a clandestine downtown warehouse


30 Days, 30 Artists: A Countdown

A coundown to the third annual Alchemy Initiative Handmade Holiday Festival on December 4-5


The grassroots arts and community organization Alchemy Initiative in Pittsfield, Mass., is celebrating the nearly fifty artisans who will convene for its third annual Handmade Holiday Festival on December 4-5 with an old-fashioned Internet countdown.

Present Value: Wizzy Wrap

Go green this holiday season via reusable--yet elegant--gift packaging


Feelin' Foggy

Fall foliage in Northern Berkshire pops against dreary skies.

Lest the warm temps deceive us, it's nearly the end of October and we're enjoying fog and mist worthy of any Halloween horror-film set. And it's even spookier when set to the backdrop of today's acid-bright foliage (get thee to the top of Mount Greylock, stat!).

twiGs Lenox Boutique Pops Up North

Sassy shopping in the Harrison Gallery on Spring Street in Williamstown on October 23-24


Mail Bonding

A long love affair with letter writing


Breakfast Burrito Bliss

Comfort wrap from On A Roll Café in Pittsfield


Waxing poetic about breakfast... crazier things have happened!


Duly Noted

The pocket notebooks of 20 famous men (plus mine)


I try to carry some sort of note-taking device with me at all times, but one always turns into a half-dozen because I rock an oversized tote on the regular. Options, people!


Is Mother Nature Just Joshin' Us?

Cool temps signal the 34th Annual Great John Billings RunAground Triathlon on Sunday, September 12

I awoke this morning to feel a distinct chill permeating my apartment. The sky outside was gray--hooray!--and I sensed immediately a familiar feeling: this is Josh Billings weather.


Barefoot Truth Digs Bella Terra

Bassist Andy Wrba dishes about the Bella Terra Festival in Stephentown, N.Y.; the band performs Friday, 8/20


When Life Hands You a Lemon...Start Cleaning

A sparkling kitchen tip to trump all kitchen tips


When that cool snap breezed into town a couple of weeks ago, I shifted, naturally, into domestic mode. And, for reasons yet unknown, I decided it was time to clean the interior of my microwave.


The Young and the Restless

Quashing misconceptions about the Berkshire Young Professionals

[This is an article I wrote that appeared in the August 4 edition of the Berkshire Business News. See the full PDF here.]


Snapshots from the 9th annual Berkshires Arts Festival

July 2-4 at Butternut Ski in Great Barrington, Mass.


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I Adore: Blue Q's Travel Light Overnighter Bag

The enormous, featherweight travel tote makes packing for a weekend jaunt easy-peasy


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