Spare a “BerkShare”?

Massachusetts’ Berkshires mountain region enjoys spectacular views, glorious fall foliage, a notable farm-to-table food movement, and one more thing that similar regions don’t have: its own currency. BerkShares, the local currency, was introduced in 2006 by the Berkshires-based Schumacher Center for a New Economics as a project in sustainable economics. Consumers and businesses can

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Kripalu: Start Your New Year With This R&R Wellness Retreat

Jump-start your plans for a healthier new year with a visit to Kripalu, a yoga retreat in the Berkshire Mountains. If you’ve made a wellness resolution, you’ve come to the right place. The low-pressure daily schedule of yoga, workshops, outdoor activities and time for reflection offers guests the chance to do as much or

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Norman Rockwell Museum Receives $1.5 M. Grant from George Lucas Family Foundation

Today, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, announced it has received a $1.5 million grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation. The grant will be used to develop a set of interactive educational resources that the museum plans to use for a traveling exhibition that will be announced later this fall. Read more about

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Best Colleges

U.S. News provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search. From National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges to A-Plus Schools for B Students, find the right one for you. Read more about the best colleges and universities >>

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Wall Street Journal Cites Lasting, Un-Obvious Impact of BEHOLD! New Lebanon

The programs, tours, and workshops conducted by the Rural Guides of BEHOLD! New Lebanon are likely to have a more lasting impact than is initially apparent. On a recent visit to Debby Gordon’s program on making jam, Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner agreed, observing that these workshops and presentations “may be more significant than

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New Yorkers Discover Cheaper, Better Hamptons Alternatives

Growing up in Scarsdale, N.Y., Caren Decter spent summers in East Hampton, the pricey beach enclave on the eastern end of Long Island. But when she and her husband, Greg, decided to buy a vacation home last year, they landed instead in Great Barrington, the Berkshires town in western Massachusetts about three hours north of

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Women Run Berkshires’ Four Big Theaters. Here’s Why That’s Remarkable.

Early this year, Shakespeare & Company co-artistic director Ariel Bock sat in a room in New York City with her company manager and the director of an upcoming production, watching closely as actors and actresses auditioned for roles in her troupe’s summer season. button to change this text. Read more about women in theater >>

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How Gregory Crewdson Spends His Summer

The photographer Gregory Crewdson likes to start his day with a long swim. For most of the year, he resigns himself to pools in Brooklyn, New Haven and Great Barrington, Mass. But come June, it’s finally warm enough to swim at his preferred spot: Upper Goose Pond, a lake in the Berkshires not far from

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Living Well with Carmel – Berkshires Episode – 1B Assisted

Sometimes it’s great to take the show on the road and that’s exactly what this episode does, as it visits Carmel at her home in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Carmel shows us a world and fabric of life that is dedicated to the simple but delicious notion of fresh farm to table cuisine, from

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