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Archive for August, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

In a Pickle

Warm days and crisp nights mean that it’s harvest season in the Berkshires! Time to visit area farms to treat yourself to produce straight from the vine. Have you ever wished you could enjoy the fresh tastes of summer in the colder months? Berkshire Grown has organized Preserve the Bounty, a series on workshops that will teach you how to can, preserve and pickle your way through the fall. Make plum jam, blueberry preserves, marmalades, salsas, pickled veggies and more, all harvested from Berkshire farms. The classes range in price from about $12 -$25, which includes the cost for the goodies you make and take home with you! On September 24th, there’s a handy pickling workshop just down the road at Williams College. Try it… you’ll like it!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tying Knots

Yesterday, I had such fun uploading a new gallery of wedding images to this website. I couldn’t help but smile as I edited the photos for inclusion in the gallery – the sheer joy of these folks is palpable! While admiring the skill of the photographers, Jen Huang’s in particular, I noticed how each couple created an event that was uniquely and artfully their own.  Surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, one couple chose to wed in our woodland garden amid the warm glow of lights emanating from the gazebo – followed by a gathering around our bonfire pit. Another used Porches’ porches, rowhouse architecture and colorful clapboards as the staging for a stylish set of pre-wedding images, followed by a magical ceremony and dinner at MASS MoCA. Keep us in mind if you’d like to celebrate your love in a place where there are limitless possibilities for creating an unforgettable event. Makes me want to get married all over again…

CBB

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Rush of Water

I love the feeling of serenity that comes from sitting beside rushing water. Usually springtime is the best time to check out the area’s waterfalls, with higher elevations feeding melting snow into our rivers and streams. This year has been the wettest on record for Massachusetts, but it looks like we may have broken that pattern, with the upcoming stretch of the kind of summer weather that we adore: nice and warm and sunny! Here’s a suggestion for a short but lovely walk to a waterfall – the Cascades Trail following Notch Brook right here in North Adams. Click here for more information on the Cascade Trail or go here for a list of outdoor recreational opportunities.

CBB

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Purple Anniversary

Stevie Nicks wasn’t the only one who worked the lace-and-ruffles look.  She may have embodied the ethereal-songstress-earth-mama type prevalent during the seventies, but the next decade brought us a vision of princely proportions, none other than His Purpleness himself… So, all you Prince fans, it’s time to don some lace and ruffles and head to MASS MoCA for a full-on sing-a-long to Purple Rain! Everything in the eighties was big and this film is no exception – big hair, big clothes, big music – in fact, this soundtrack won an Oscar for best Original Score, three Grammy awards and ranked number one on the charts for half a year. The album turned 25 on June 25th and deserves to be celebrated… On Thursday August 13, at 8:30 PM, MASS MoCA invites you to “come get your Prince on — we’ll have lyric subtitles, but you know the words already.” How can you resist?

CBB