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  • Chesterwood to Open Soon

    Berkshire Home of Daniel Chester French

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 25th, 2020

    Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1969, was the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), one of America’s foremost 20th century public sculptors. Although French is best known for his statues of the Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., he also had a passion and talent for garden and landscape design.

  • Hancock Shaker Village Phase One

    Campus Access as of June 4

    By: Shaker - May 29th, 2020

    On Thursday, June 4 as part of Massachusetts Phase 1 initiative, Hancock Shaker Village will open only its outdoor spaces—including its beloved baby animals in outdoor fenced-in areas—to the public Thursdays through Sundays, 10 am–3 pm. This schedule will be in place at least through June, as the Village plans for a full reopening in Phase 3.

  • Hancock Shaker Village

    A Pledge

    By: Jennifer Trainer Thompson - Jun 05th, 2020

    Since the late 18th century, the Shakers have embraced individuals of all racial and cultural backgrounds as equals – including black, brown, and indigenous. We are a museum, not Shakers – but as a museum and in keeping with the historic Shaker values of equality and justice, we are appalled by what we see before our eyes across America.

  • Michelin Star Cafe Boulud At Blantyre

    Blantyre Is a Berkshires Gilded Age Mansion

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 19th, 2020

    Chef Daniel Boulud, a two star Michelin Chef at 'Daniel' in Manhattan has brought his crew to run his one star Michelin restauarant, 'Cafe Boulud' at the Gilded Age Mansion, Blantyre (Lenox, Massachusetts). The French inspired restaurant will remain open, Wednesday to Sunday, through mid-October.

  • Spa Journeys for Astral Travelers

    What A Trip

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jun 10th, 2020

    Canyon Ranch may be just down the road for Berkshireites, but in the time of Covid, it's as inaccessible as the moon. Jessica Robinson suggests how to satisfy a spa yearning safely.

  • Tanglewood Opening Day 2020

    A No Frills Experience

    By: Phillip S. Kampe - Jul 06th, 2020

    Opening day at Tanglewood, at 10 AM in July 5, was not what one expected.

  • Hungarian Cabernet Franc

    My Dad's Nickname Was 'Cab Franc'

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 11th, 2020

    Everyone has a story to tell. Not all of us have wine stories. This is one about my Dad and why I went into the wine business.

  • Ethiopia: Part Two

    Simien Mountains, Gondar, Bahir Dar

    By: Zeren Earls - May 15th, 2020

    Simien Mountains, known as "Roof of Africa", is an ecological hot spot for endemic species such as the gelada monkeys. Gondar highlights the architectural glory of the once capital of Ethiopia for 200 years. Bahir Dar is located in the southern shore of Lake Tana, which harbors many islands home to ancient monastic churches with completely painted interiors related to Ethiopian Orthodox liturgy.

  • Ethiopia: Part One

    Addis Ababa, Aksum, Lalibela

    By: Zeren Earls - May 01st, 2020

    Ethiopia is a wondrous land of majestic mountains, ancient cultures, beautiful people and architectural treasures. Addis Ababa, the modern capital city; Aksum, the one time capital of the ancient Aksumite Empire, and the holy city of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with eleven rock-hewn churches, leave one with indelible memories.

  • An Irish Spring

    From Dublin to Derry

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 06th, 2016

    Dublin is a modestly scaled, cozy, walkable city with a thousand pubs to hoist a pint of Guiness. You will want to explore the lush Irish landscape and rugged coast.

  • Dak'Art African Contemporary Art Biennale

    Dakar, Senegal from May 3 - June 2

    By: Dakar - Mar 16th, 2016

    Dak’Art 2016 is inspired by the theme “The City in the Blue (La Cité dans le jour bleu)” and will be curated by Simon Njami who was also named as the fair’s new artistic director. As inspiration from the theme, Njami selected the extract of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem: “Your voice cries out for the Republic - let us raise up that city in a blue daylight: Of equality for brotherly peoples. So we sing in our hearts. “We are here, Guélowar!”

  • Lexington Kentucky

    Bluegrass Country

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 30th, 2016

    Lexington is in the heart of the Bluegrass Region , the second largest city in Kentucky and Horse Capital of the World. It is famous for horses, bourbon, tobacco and Southern Hospitality. The Bluegrass region is renowned as the world’s largest equine “nursery”. Hundreds of horse farms surround Lexington , giving this modern city a park-like setting.

  • Gragnano in the Campania Region of Italy

    Home of the World's Best Dried Pasta

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 31st, 2016

    Gragnano's wide street was laid out to catch the sea breeze from the Adriatic to dry pasta. Exploring the incredible food of Italy.

  • Strega, Campania's Most Famous Digestive

    Combines Over Seventy Herbs and Spices

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 31st, 2016

    With a 150 year old recipe, the Alberti family tradition of distilling Strega is in full gear in 2016. Over 70 herbs and spices are used to make this digestive beverage.

  • Route of the Maya: Part One

    El Salvador

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 09th, 2016

    The Route of the Maya itinerary through Central America is an opportunity to see the archeological, cultural, and natural wonders of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Nicaragua. El Salvador is home to an attractive Pacific coastline, imposing volcanoes, picturesque small towns, and the vast Cihuatan Archaeological Park.

  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany - Part One

    A Family Affair and Much More - English/German

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 17th, 2016

    We set off on a 10 day trip to Hamburg, Germany, from two airports: Albany and Washington, D.C. and arrived per schedules - what a relief. Our hosts came with two cars to transport us all to Ahrensburg, in southern Schleswig-Holstein, just outside of Hamburg, my home town. Nearly 40 family members met on Easter-Monday in Hamburg for a family reunion, which we orchestrated from North Adams, MA. What a wonderful experience! We ventured into Hamburg a few times per U-Bahn, subway transportation. The city always shows its best side to visitors, even sometimes in the rain. On our first trip into the city we were enthralled to see the 'Miniatur Wunderland,' the biggest railway system exhibition there is. Here an account of our adventures in English and German.

  • Route of the Maya: Part Two

    El Salvador to Honduras

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 19th, 2016

    Joya de Ceren in El Salvador is a village preserved intact under layers of volcanic ash. Evacuated during eruption, what has been left behind reveal Mayan life from AD 600. Copan in Honduras is the most elaborate of all Mayan cities, as it was home to kings representing God on earth. Temple sculptures and portraits of kings carved in stone amidst a natural setting with birds and trees make the visit a wondrous experience.

  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany: Part Two

    Not Just a Family Affair – in English and German

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 26th, 2016

    The second article begins with our Family Reunion on Easter Monday, which nearly 40 people from 11 families attended. What a festive affair and the three hour brunch just flew by. The meeting ended with a new official family photo. ~ For the remainder of our week we explored the city again, downtown Hamburg, where we kids grew up. Even then, the city was a wonderful playground.

  • Route of the Maya: Part Three

    Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan and Its Mayan Towns

    By: Zeren Earls - May 04th, 2016

    Guatemala is a wonderland of spectacular natural beauty and local color. Spread on a broad plain surrounded by hills, the capital Guatemala City is a bustling metropolis adorned by both colonial decor and modernity. Lake Atitlan ringed with towering volcanoes and quaint villages is the heart of the Mayan world with unique customs, folklore, and traditions of many color.

  • Toutes Caves Ouvertes Festival

    Wine from 21 Producers in Montpeyroux, Languedoc, France

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 09th, 2016

    Languedoc is a large wine producing region in southern France. Each year, in the village of Montpeyroux, a wine festival takes place. Jugglers, musicians and locals flood the street for this daylong celebration.

  • Jordi Domenech: Priorat's Busiest Winemaker

    Wears Coat of Many Colors

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 23rd, 2016

    Jordi Domenech lives in the Priorat region of Spain, close to Barcelona. He is a winemaker, a vermouth salesman, a restaurant owner and a father. He is a very busy man. This is his present day story.

  • Route of the Maya: Part Five

    Belize

    By: Zeren Earls - May 31st, 2016

    Boasting a rich ethnic mix on the Caribbean coast, Belize attracts visitors to sun and sea. Lamanai, a 26-mile scenic ride away on the New River, is an ancient city within a subtropical forest, where the Maya lived for over 3000 years.

  • Wine Salvadore Dali Drank at His Wedding

    Rexach Baques Is Made By the same process as Champagne.

    By: Philip S Kampe - Jun 04th, 2016

    Great Champagne and Great Cava are made in the same process. The only difference are the grapes and the lower Cava price points. Most wine critics agree that sparklers made with the methode champenoise style are the ultimate sparkling wines and have no rivals.

  • Dublin'sTeeling Irish Whiskey

    Only Irish Whiskey Producer in Dublin

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jun 16th, 2016

    60,000 visitors to Dublin visited Teeling Irish Whiskey's plant. Since opening the facility to tourists, business has grown immensely.

  • China's Yunnan Province: Part One

    Kunming, The Capital City

    By: Zeren Earls - Sep 07th, 2016

    Burma and Tibet as neighbors, Yunnan is a culturally, ethnically, and geographically diverse, fascinating region of China. Sixteen of China's fifty six ethnic populations live in Kunming, the capital city. Kunming is a vibrant modern city with urban attractions, yet retaining old-fashioned charm and folkloric color.

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