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October - November 2013
10 Community Spotlight
Art, Culture & Entertainment Event Sampler
Great Barrington & Housatonic
The Art of Shawn Fields
Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Autumn
13 Education & Workshops
Animal Talk Understanding Your Dog's Body Language
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15 Health & Wellness
Food & Drink Bake Delicious Gluten-free Desserts
Power Foods that Heal & Detoxify Your Body Bone Up Your Posture
Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies
16 Mind & Spirit
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Art, Culture & Entertainment October - November Event Sampler
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Date: Thurs, Oct 10, 2013, 5-7:30pm Place: Wonderful Things, 232 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA - 413-528-2473 Wonderful Things invites you to spend a couple of hours of fun with other knitters to sample and enjoy different Cascade Yarns. Please come and bring your knitting needles or crochet hooks. We will be serving crackers and cheese, a little wine for those who like and a little sparkly for others. www.wonderful-things.com
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COLOR AND LINE October 4 thru November 18 Please join us for our Artist’s Reception on October 12, 2013 – 3 to 6pm Music and Lite Fare Route 102 (Next to the Fire Station) South Lee, MA ● (413) 717-5199
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Made in the Berkshires Festival 2013
“From Alphabet Blocks to Zoetropes: The History of Toys in America” Exhibit
TALKING TEAS 201 - White Teas Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2013, 6-7:30pm Place: Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street @ 2nd, Hudson, NY - 518-828-3139 Price: $20.00. Kim Bach, tea expert extraordinaire, will teach the basics of White Teas – origin, harvesting, preparation, and taste in this handson class. The name comes from the fine silverywhite hairs on the unopened buds. Teas covered in this class include Yin Zhen Silver Needle, Bai Mudan (White Peony), and 100 Monkeys. Advance reservations required. Entry fee includes three 1-oz. packets of the featured teas to take home. www.verdigristea.com
Date: Sun, Oct 12, 2013, 11am-3pm Place: Old Stone Store, Main Street, Sheffield MA - 413-229-2694. Price: Free. In the year 2013, it seems like toys are all flashing lights and electronics. So what did kids play with before everyone had computers and cell phones? Come find out at this great hands-on exhibit at our Old Stone Store! Maybe you’ll find an old favorite . . . or a new one! www.sheffieldhistory.org
Sunday Musical Brunch
Date: Sun, Oct 20, 2013, 10am-1pm Place: Starving Artist Creperie and Cafe, 40 Main Street, Ste 2, Lee, MA - (413) 394-5046
hawn Fields was born in 1973 in Columbus, OH. He received a BFA in illustration at The School of Visual Arts of New York, and went on to study figurative drawing and painting at the Water Street Atelier. After working as a portrait painter and exhibiting landscapes and still life for several years, he enrolled at The New York Academy of Art and earned an MFA in painting. At this point he began to combine his interest for painting the figure and still life with his love of innovative storytelling – creating large-scale narrative oil paintings. After painting in New York City for 15 years, he moved his home and studio to New Marlborough, MA, where he and his wife, Kenzie, and their 2
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Berkshire Tropical and Orchid Show
Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013, 10am-4pm Place: Berkshire Community College, Paterson Field House, 13560 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 413-236-2188 Price: Admission: $5; children 12 and under free. A weekend celebrating orchids, succulents, bromeliads, bonsai, and other tropicals!
The Art of Shawn Fields (this month's cover illustrator)
An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013, 7:30pm Place: The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA 413-448-8084 Price: A: $111.50, B: $96.50, C: $76.50, D: $56.50. Lovett and Hiatt have been touring together periodically since 1989, delivering one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road. www.berkshiretheatregroup.org
Date: Fri, Oct 11, 2013, 6:30pm Place: The Colonial Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, and The Garage, Pittsfield and Stockbridge MA - 413-448-8084 Price: $15 (single events), $100 all-access pass. The 3rd Annual Made in the Berkshires Festival is a locally grown event of new works featuring original theatre, live music, film, short stories, and dance. www.berkshiretheatregroup.org
A Home for the Holidays
Price: Free. Join us every Sunday starting at 10 am for live bluegrass, jazz, funk, classical, and other types of music from talented local performers. We serve organic, vegan, vegetarian options! View the artwork from the adjoined Good Purpose Gallery. www.starvingartistcreperie.com
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Art, Culture & Entertainment The event will showcase up to 20 unique exhibits and a variety of vendors selling plants, accessories, supplies, and artwork. We are also featuring a number of educational talks and workshops on Saturday and Sunday. www.berkshirecc.edu/orchid
Date: Fri, Nov 8, 2013, 8pm Place: The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA - 413-448-8084. Price: A: $75, B: $60, C: $45 Gordon Lightfoot’s 50-year career places him with exclusive company at the top of the list of all-time great singer-songwriters. www.berkshiretheatregroup.org
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Fall Herbs Workshop: Herbal Scrubs for Face, Body, and Feet
Date: Sat, Nov 23, 2013, 10am-3pm. Place: Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY - 518-672-7500 Price: $55. Ease into winter by nurturing your skin. Make and apply several plant and food-based scrubs that will nurture wholebody wellness from head to toe. Bring a small jar to take product for use at home. Workshop includes materials and a simple organic vegetarian lunch. hawthornevalleyfarm.org/classes-workshops
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Mary Verdi: Christmas at the Colonial
Date: Sat, Nov 30, 2013, 7pm Place: The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA - 413-448-8084 Price: Adults: $20, Children: $10. Every year, Mary Verdi’s Christmas at the Colonial show invites families from across the Berkshires to a very special night of nostalgia and holiday celebration. Mary created this show for all to enjoy an unforgettable performance that includes a sing-along of old favorites, dancing, a children’s choir, bell choir, and a full band with strings and horns featuring area performers. www.berkshiretheatregroup.org
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requently I meet with new clients who share the story of their dogs having been in a fight, or having been attacked. Often it appears to have happened “out of the blue.” In my experience and through spending 24 hours a day with dogs, I’ve learned that dogs always give signals before an aggressive moment. Understanding dog body language is an extensive science. However, learning the signals when your dog is uncomfortable in a situation can be priceless! At Camp Wagalot in Stockbridge, MA, I call it “I’ve got your back” and I am constantly looking for these signs. Dogs can get overwhelmed. It is important to watch for body language changes so they do not need to resort to natural instinct and protect themselves from a situation. Please note that each form of body language below should be viewed in context. For example: If a dog is in a stressful situation
Body Posture: A dog that is feeling fearful will appear lower to the ground, may be leaning back, tail will be lowered or between their legs, ears pinned back, and mouth and eyes will appear tense. You may even see the whites of their eyes.
Avoidance: Avoidance is always a better choice than aggression. Signs of avoidance are sniffing out of context, looking and turning away, and hiding behind you.
Other Signs: Yawning excessively, drooling, panting, and shedding.
Many experience an attack or negative situation and come out fine . . . while others are damaged for life. As dog owners it is important to protect our dogs. Understanding their body language and being proactive in their experience can be the best thing to keep them safe and out of harm’s way. ~ Jennifer M. Andrews-Pikula, Camp Wagalot, Stockbridge MA, www.lovecampwagalot.com
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How to Bake Delicious Desserts with Gluten-free Flours By Rachel Portnoy
f someone said even just three years ago that I would be baking with gluten-free flours now, I would have been completely incredulous. King Arthur and I have been intimate friends for a long, long time (I always loved getting to ask for “Sir Galahad” and “Sir Lancelot” when placing my orders!). I can’t even imagine how many 50-pound sacks of flour I’ve poured my way through since I began my career in pastry in 1996. Every time I tasted something gluten-free it tasted terrible, and then when I decided that I’d had enough of wheat myself, I was completely despondent. How would I exist without eating all of my lovely pastries? Einkorn flour seemed like a good solution, and it really is for me since I don’t have a gluten allergy. For many of our guests (at Chez Nous Bistro in Lee, MA), however, it isn’t an option. Einkorn does have gluten and it’s hard to know if you’re going to be able to tolerate it or not without trying it for yourself. With all of the effort that we’ve been doing to make our food as gluten-free as possible, we just can’t substitute Einkorn flour in the desserts across the board. In order to really satisfy our guests’ needs, as well as my own pastry cravings in my now wheatless life, I needed to get rid of my fears and prejudices (and my easy-to-make-gluten-free desserts like custards, flourless chocolate cake, etc.) and go for it!
Throwing away food is really not what you want to be doing when you cook or bake for a living. Margins are tight and never mind the waste of time and the frustration! But there I was, throwing away batches of cookie dough and cake layers, struggling with bad online recipes and bad advice and some very bad-tasting flours. It really took almost a year for me to get into the gluten-free groove and I’m really happy to say that I’m there. I don’t have to depend on other people’s (maybe not-so-good) recipes using gluten-free flours. I can use my own recipes, and there isn’t a week that goes by these days that I don’t try another recipe from my repertoire with new flours and have an incredibly satisfying result. On our current menu, only one dessert isn’t available glutenfree (the crumble), and the tart dough, madeleine dough, and so forth are all based on my original, much-loved and hard-won recipes. So much for any hope of me on a diet! I can happily remain wheat-free myself and sample away at my own desserts whenever I want to. The pleasure of hearing, as I do all of the time, from a grateful guest – who doesn’t often have
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a piece of really good tart or cake or cookie ever since discovering a gluten intolerance – that they are enjoying dessert is really what it’s all about. There are a lot of products out there, and actually some are very good now (some breads and pastas), but for pastries it’s still kind of the Wild West. And in restaurants it can be very hard to find something interesting that’s gluten-free for sure. I love being able to offer people with gluten intolerance so many choices and I stand by them all as indistinguishable from their gluten-full counterparts. Would you like to know some of my gluten-free dessert recipes? I’m happy to share them, and I’ll start here, first with the blend of flours that I’ve been substituting in most (not all, unfortunately . . . the concept of “allpurpose” is out the window with the wheat) of my recipes with great success. It’s courtesy of Jeanne Sauvage, a wonderful gluten-free cookbook author, and it is an excellent blend. It’s not nutritious by any stretch; I’m sure it’s as high-glycemic as wheat recipes are. However, if you’re in the mood for a brownie, or a madeleine, or a really nice piece of cake, then usually you’re looking for a treat and not for your daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. If you’re going to have something, at least have something real. As my Nana always said (as we clamored and begged to eat her delicious homemade desserts for breakfast), “It’s just good wholesome ingredients” and made with love (and no wheat). Jeanne Sauvage’s Gluten-free Flour Blend: (www.artofglutenfreebaking.com/2009/11/ the-story-behind-my-gluten-free-flour-mix) Mix the following ingredients together and store in a cool, dark place, or in fridge for long-term storage. Use this mix cup-for-cup in all of your recipes: 1 ¼ C brown rice flour 1 ¼ C white rice flour 1 C tapioca flour 1 C sweet rice flour (also known as glutinous rice flour or under the brand name Mochiko) 2 scant tsp xanthan gum It’s really worth reading the link provided above, and understanding the work and thinking process that Jeanne went through to develop this great blend. I am going to continue to adapt my own recipes using her flour mix, starting here (following on the facing page) – Brownies! ~ Rachel Portnoy, Chez Nous Bistro located in Lee, MA, www.cheznousbistro.com. See ad on page 5.
Food & Drink Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies Rachel Portnoy, co-owner of Chez Nous Bistro with Chef Franck Tessier, shares her delicious gluten-free brownie recipe.
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’ve been making these brownies for literally two decades. They truly are my ultimate, as they are for many people. I knew the recipe would work great with Jeanne Sauvage’s flour blend, since it has very little flour and lots and lots of chocolate and butter, as any self-respecting brownie should.
Ingredients (makes one 9 X 13 inch pan)
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1 lb dark, bittersweet chocolate
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3 C sugar
2 tsp salt
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150 g chocolate chips (5.29 oz or about ¾ C)
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Line your pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil for quick and easy brownie removal. I use a little spray grease just to hold the paper down to the bottom of the pan. Also preheat your oven to 325 °F.
First, melt the chocolate with butter. I have my efficient way that I like to do this with a metal bowl holding the chocolate placed over a wide pan (wide enough to hold the bowl up so the chocolate is nicely nested and won’t get burned or scorched by the fire nipping up at the uncovered part of the bowl, and the bottom never touches the hot contents of the pan below) with the butter in it. As the butter melts, the chocolate will begin to melt, and pouring the hot butter over the chocolate will finish the job. If you have an actual double-boiler, by all means use it! Just put the butter in the bottom pan instead of water. You’ll still get the intoxicating experience of smelling chocolate and butter together when you stir them in a minute . . . see below.
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Mix together the chocolate and butter and breathe in deeply. I believe that the smell of these two ingredients together is one of the best smells in the world, so I can be seen embarrassing myself regularly at work as I inhale the scent every time I make a recipe calling for chocolate and butter melted together. I’m such a pastry geek. Anyway, now you’re ready to add the sugar and vanilla to the bowl. Add eggs gradually. Then add the sifted flour mix and salt. I like to sprinkle the top with chocolate chips just to take these up a notch. Of course you can fold them in if you like, or stir in some nuts if you’re one of these slightly odd people who want to desecrate their brownies with ingredients other than chocolate and butter and sugar . . . go ahead. Most importantly, don’t overbake your brownies! Pop the pan in the oven and set for 10 minutes. Turn the pan for even baking and set the timer for 10 more minutes. I always test brownies with a thin knife or cake tester. You should have wet crumbs clinging to the tester. Not liquid batter, wet crumbs, please. A clean knife means they’re overcooked. Sorry. They still taste good, of course. If you know your oven runs hot then set that second timer for 8 minutes or less. The barelycooked-ness is part of what makes this brownie so fantastic. The other thing is the chocolate that you use. Really good chocolate gets to shine in this recipe. I usually chill the brownies before attempting to unmold them and cut them. They keep very well, especially wrapped in the freezer.
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Date: Sat, Nov 23, 2013, 10am-3pm Place: Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY - 518-672-7500 Price: $55. Ease into winter by nurturing your skin. Make and apply several plant and food-based scrubs that will nurture whole-body wellness from head to toe. Bring a small jar to take product for use at home. Workshop includes materials and a simple organic vegetarian lunch. www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org/classes-workshops
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Soft and Beautiful Skin By Jean Pollock
hhhh. The cool breeze of autumn is finally in the air, giving relief from the heavy and humid summer. During the humid months not many folks are concerned with dry skin, but now that the weather has changed, it’s time to prepare for the challenges that “face” us! As an herbalist, I find that it is always best to use elements from The Creator’s Pharmacy to keep ourselves in the best condition possible; elements that match the natural pH and chemical makeup of our bodies, including our skin. Borage (Borago officinalis) is a multipurpose herb that can be used safely for this very objective. It’s very easy to grow. Once you plant it, it will reseed itself year after year and you’ll never have to replant it. Harvest the whole plant on a sunny day between 10am and 4pm; tie the stems together and hang them to dry where they won’t get wet. After about two or three weeks it will be dry and ready for use. Wait for a dry (not humid) day, put some rubber gloves on to protect yourself from its prickliness, cut it up, and grind the whole plant in your food processor. Store in a ziplock bag for use in tea or baths. (Of course you can always purchase this lovely herb from your local herbalist if you don’t want to grow it yourself.) Borage is helpful in softening skin and has, throughout the centuries, often been included by herbalists in recipes for baths and creams to help cure eczema and psoriasis. Along with other constituents, it also contains essential fatty acids, which are crucial for healthy skin. Put a handful of borage into a cheesecloth bag and place that in a heatproof bowl. Pour almost-boiling water over it, cover and let it steep for 10 minutes. In the meantime, draw a bath and add two cups of Dead Sea Salt or Epsom Salts (yes, use the full two cups!). These salts share similar properties in that they both soften skin, pull toxins from the body, rejuvenate, and replace magnesium and electrolytes. Add your “body tea” of borage, cheesecloth bag and all, into the salt-bath. Bathing in salts combined with herbs that are nourishing and healing for the skin will not only assist your skin, but will make you feel relaxed and pampered too, which is something we all need to do now and then! After your bath, take a quick shower to rinse the salt off, wrap in your favorite robe and snuggle up under your covers for one of the best rests you’ll have had in awhile. ~ As a young mother in the late 1970s Jean Pollock became interested in feeding her growing family foods that they produced themselves, and healing any illnesses with natural medicines. Experience and study helped her become Nationally Certified as an Herbalist in 1999 by the American Board of Drugless Practitioners. She owns and operates a business called Mystical Rose Herbals, creating herbal extractions and combinations as well as natural body creams, and more. Jean can be reached at email@example.com, www.mysticalroseherbals.com.
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Choosing Pillows to accessorize your sofa should not be a daunting project! When looking for pillows or the fabric to create them, try not to duplicate the texture of the upholstery fabric. Using a silk on a chenille, for example, provides contrast, as does a cord, tassel, or tape attached to the pillow. Varying the texture, as well as the color, creates interest and the “pop” you’re trying to achieve!
For assistance and ideas call Sue Schwarz at Gallery315HOME in Sheffield, MA, (917) 701-3841. Your source for modern interior design in the Berkshires! See ad at left.
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S The Heating Season is about to begin. Following are some safety
steps you can take to help prevent fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. What is carbon monoxide? Known as the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that results from incomplete burning of fuels. Now is the time to have chimneys and furnaces cleaned. Make sure any outside vents will not be blocked by snow. Clean out dryer vents. Check and clean smoke detectors, and change all detector batteries. Install a carbon monoxide detector if you have not already done so. Create a fire escape plan and practice it. If you need help, we will be happy to send you an instruction book. Contact Kathryn Mickle, New England Dynamark Security, (413) 442-5647, www.nedynamark.com. See ad on facing page.
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by creating a template/pattern of each piece to be hung with kraft paper (you can also use brown paper bags – a terrific way to recycle!). Trace the shape of each picture, cut out the shapes, and label them making certain to draw an arrow to indicate whether the art is vertical or horizontal. Then, lay each picture face down and place the kraft paper face down on top of them. Through the paper, use your fingers to feel where the hanging locations are, and mark each spot on the paper with magic marker (exactly where you want the nail to go). Next, secure the templates to the wall in the desired location with reusable adhesive so as not to mark the wall. When you are happy with the arrangement, get ready to install your picture hanging hardware by nailing directly though the kraft paper where you made your mark, and then tear away the paper. Important Note: If your picture weighs less than 20 lbs. you can use standard picture hanging hardware. If your picture weighs between 20 and 50 lbs., you should use anchors or molly bolts. If it weighs more than 50 pounds it would be wise to attach a plywood reinforcement board to the wall before you hang the picture, and make sure to secure the plywood to a wall stud for safety. You can find your studs by slowly sweeping the wall with a magnet (the magnet will stick to the nails where the plywood was attached to the studs. For creative one-ofa-kind custom-made picture frames, contact Kevin Regan, Hartsville Design Woodworking, (413) 274-1010, www.hartsvilledesign.com. See ad on facing page.
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Community Spotlight: Great Barrington & Housatonic Spotlight on Great Barrington
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t seems like every large city has a special arts district where those with a flair for the creative can get together and appreciate one another’s talents. Many smaller towns have a beloved theater or music hall that plays host to local art shows, plays, and concerts. Great Barrington, tucked down in the western corner of Berkshire County, is unique in that the entire town is an arts community. On any given day in the summer you can stroll through the town and hear budding musicians playing from an alleyway along Main Street or the lawn of the Mason Library, and it’s hard to name a night when there isn’t a live band playing in at least one of the restaurants in town. Colorful flyers decorate every storefront window, sharing news of performances, classes, and rehearsals among the local regulars and seasonal visitors, and almost every business has a corkboard or wire rack where arts lovers can find information on the town’s latest offerings. Visitors from all over are drawn to Great Barrington for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and the Triplex Cinema. Devoted fans of Aston Magna and the Berkshire Bach Society know Great Barrington as a center for classical music lovers. As with Great Barrington itself, though, the arts community offerings are a mix of tradition and innovation. The Mahaiwe also regularly hosts The Berkshire Playwrights Lab, the area’s only theater dedicated exclusively to developing new plays, and the Triplex is well known for showing a mix of critically acclaimed independent films as well as blockbuster hits from major studios. Many cafes and restaurants also host live bands from around the Berkshires for those who enjoy dinner and a show, and the Great Barrington Bandstand behind Town Hall hosts live bands through September for those who like their music outdoors. The Mason Library presents a wide variety of performers, guest lecturers, and musicians for locals and visitors looking for entertainment on a budget, and there are all sorts of family-friendly programs available at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center. Great Barrington doesn’t just showcase its performers, though; encouraging the development of budding talent is also a large part of the town’s arts scene. The shops around town have everything an artist working in just about any creative medium imaginable could want, and flyers advertising group classes and lessons are as numerous as the announcements for shows and events. Many locations in the area offer space for classes or private tutoring sessions, and the library often offers free or
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discounted workshops for residents. Of course, to really appreciate any artistic community, you have to be willing to explore. There is a lot more to Great Barrington than its downtown area. Heading up Stockbridge Road you will find Wonderful Things, a haven for crafters of all ages, and the Renaissance Arts Center, which offers more than 20 courses in fine art instruction. Events at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, including performances by Berkshire Fringe and Mass Live Arts, are frequently open to the community as well as to students. Heading towards Housatonic, the Arlo Guthrie Center in the Old Trinity Church on Van Deusenville Road hosts a constant variety of musical events, including their popular Thursday evening Hootenanny. Housatonic itself has a number of arts galleries, and the Ramsdell Library on Main Street holds the bulk of the Great Barrington Libraries’ arts collection, and serves as the site for the monthly Creative Film Series. The Berkshires are known for their extraordinary music, theater, and galleries, and no town embraces this love of art more than Great Barrington. Visitors of every age, skill level, and interest will find something to captivate them here, and the more you explore, the more you will discover. ~ Jessica Magelaner is the Assistant Director at Mason Library in Great Barrington. www.gblibraries.org
Discover More About Great Barrington, MA Around Great Barrington (Postcard History) by Gary Leveille. This special book of vintage “snail-mail snapshots” offers rarely seen views of Great Barrington, Housatonic, Van Deusenville, and nearby villages, providing a fascinating portal into our past. Look Up, Great Barrington! by Doug Gelbert. There is no better way to see Great Barrington than on foot with a walkthetown.com walking tour that includes a fascinating description of historical and architectural landmarks and much more information.
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Date: Sat, Oct 12, 2013, 4pm Place: The Meat Market, 389 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA - 413-528-2022 Price: $40/per. Kids pay their age Fire Roasted Catering, sister company to local meat butcher shop and café The Meat Market, will host a farm-to-table feast. The al fresco event will take place along the banks of the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, MA, adjacent to The Meat Market. Cash bar. www.themeatmarketgb.com
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Date: Sat, Nov 9, 2013, 10am-4pm Place: Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington MA 413-528-4015, Price: Free A creative welcome to the holiday season with family fun such as puppet shows, hayrides, candle dipping, and novel gifts to make and give, the GBRSS Holiday Handcraft Fair celebrates the joys of a handmade holiday, in which all are invited to join. www.gbrss.org Powder Keg Sessions: A Writing Workshop for Mothers and Others Date: Sun, Nov 24, 2013, 1- 4pm Place: 11 School Street, Great Barrington, MA - 413-429-1799 Price: $30 per session/$75 per series. Ignite your creative spark. Jump into one or all of the upcoming Powder Keg Sessions and let Suzi Banks Baum spark your imagination, exploring together the story of motherhood from the inside out! The sessions will run from 1-4pm on Oct 27 and Nov 24. For information and registration, contact Suzi Banks Baum at suzi@ laundrylinedivine.com, www.laundrylinedivine.com
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he Housatonic River Walk is a greenway trail along the Housatonic River in the downtown center of Great Barrington, MA, where 2300 citizen volunteers are working to reclaim the beauty of a “working river” abused by years of industrial waste and neglect. In 2009, the River Walk was designated as a National Recreation Trail, joining it to America’s 12,000 mile National Trail System. The River Walk roughly follows the west bank of the Housatonic River between Cottage Street and Bridge Street. The trail’s two completed sections are linked by Dresser Avenue and River Street. The upstream section extends from the River Walk bulletin board at 195 Main Street to the William Stanley Overlook. The trail exits at the stairs to St. Peter’s Church parking lot on Dresser Avenue. The downstream section of the trail begins adjacent to the Berkshire Corporation parking lot on River Street and ends at Bridge Street. www.gbriverwalk.org
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n the southwest side of Monument Mountain, you will find Flag Rock, an open ledge with views that overlook the town of Housatonic. According to www.berkshirehiking.com, it is a short but rewarding experience, with easy to moderate terrain that shouldn’t pose too serious a challenge – nevertheless the (on average) two-hour hike will race the hearts of even the most experienced trailblazer. The trailhead is across from a small field owned by Taft Farms on Route 183 and it is not well marked. For more detailed information, go to www.berkshirehiking.com/hikes/flagrock.html.
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Lake Mansfield in Great Barrington
he Lake Mansfield Recreation Area (on Lake Mansfield Road off of Castle Hill Avenue in Great Barrington), is a community natural resource area featuring a 29-acre pond and an adjacent 29-acre Conservation Forest. According to the Lake Mansfield Alliance (www.lakemansfield.org), the pond is open to the public for seasonal recreation and visitors are welcome. A parking area provides access to the sandy beachfront, grassy shaded picnic area, swings, and forest trails. Portable toilets are available May through September. Visitors to the Lake Mansfield Recreation Area enjoy swimming, boating, picnicking, fishing, walking trails, and nature watching. The beach area is closed to pets. Dogs are welcome to access the lake at the boat launch area. The Lake Mansfield Recreation Area allows for road and forest trail walks, giving visitors opportunities to enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the lake and forest. The Lake Mansfield Conservation Forest features an accessible trail network within its 29-acre woodland. The majority of the trail is built to accessible standards, including gentle slopes and a crushed-stone trail surface. The shady trails provide a complement to the open lake. Many ponds are treated with poisons to control weeds and vegetation, but we are pleased to note that Lake Mansfield does not do this and has opted to install weed blankets each summer on the bottom of the swimming area along with other nontoxic methods to preserve the pond.
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Where You Can Grow & Learn / By Kate Deviny
ike other towns across the Commonwealth and the country, Great Barrington’s first library sprang from local citizens banding together to purchase books. In 1800, the Union Library was lodged on the shelves of Samuel Whiting’s store on Castle Street and people bought shares to borrow the books. By 1900, the books were free to all with a circulation of two weeks. Today, the Ramsdell and Mason Libraries form the Great Barrington Libraries where we house more than 92,000 materials, circulate more than 148,000 items, offer more than 400 programs, and have had more than 128,000 people come through our doors. Our quiet study rooms have been used more than 1,750 times and our meeting rooms have been used by outside groups 92 times. In short, the libraries are busy places where large comfortable chairs beckon readers and tables offer space to work or create. Our focus is still on providing books to afford entertainment and lifelong learning. Combined, the libraries more than 61,000 books. To address the wide and voracious reading desires, we purchase different books for each library. Therefore, the new fiction at Mason is different from the new fiction at Ramsdell, with some duplication for bestselling books. Ramsdell Library is home for our art and architecture materials, so you will find a much wider selection of how to paint, build, knit, craft, as well as art history and biographies there. Ramsdell has the majority of our Native American materials with more than 50 books covering everything from native plants and cooking to biographies, battles, and the Wild West. At Mason Library, we carry extensive collections in history, poetry, and cooking, as well as gardening and are increasing our Independent Press collection. While we purchase about 700 books per month, patrons always have Interlibrary Loan to fill their desire for that brand new book, and can request a book through our catalog at any time of the day or night. We offer 6 different daily newspapers, 10 free, local newspapers, and 70 magazines for those who want to check their stocks, make a soup, decorate their home, explore science, catch up on celebrities, or read interesting stories from far and near. Our 2,000 books on CD are used heavily since we travel so much. Our Nooks have more than 270 titles, perfect for vacation time when you’re not sure what to read. Between the two libraries, there are more than 3,000 DVDs in the Adult collection full of popular movies, TV series, and 120 foreign films. A children’s room was not added to Mason Library until 1965, although there were programs for children previously. Gone are the
days when children are not heard. Our lively children’s rooms are often full of kids searching in the stacks, coloring on their own, playing with toys or on the computer with their parents close by reading or finding information. The children’s department has more than 20,000 books, 15 magazine titles, 1,200 DVDs, and 900 audio books, which are labeled or organized by age or reading levels. Our children’s materials also cover a wide variety of topics and our librarians are great at finding books based on previous books or interests. This past summer, there were 47 programs for children, which introduced them to fossils, llamas, storytelling, and many crafts. Mason Library offers children kits to learn foreign languages while Ramsdell Library offers kits to learn calligraphy, manga, or pen-and-ink drawing. At Mason Library, a Young Adult room was created last year to better accommodate people from 13-24. Our teen spaces at both libraries are great places for teens to work together on a project, read, or just hang out. We now have more than 3,300 items, including graphic novels, manga, novels, DVDs, and audio books. This area is very popular with science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. While once books lay behind circulation desks and the guarding librarian, ever watchful of foolishness, skullduggery, or noise, now libraries are much more like bookstores where patrons browse, and have a moment to think while having a cup of coffee. Over the years, the Great Barrington Libraries have grown to be places that foster creativity and learning through our book purchases, and through writing groups, craft workshops, and performances. Knowing that the Berkshires are full of talent, we want to assist that creativity, give it an outlet. Mason has a local author section in the Reading room and we encourage every writer we meet to give readings. At Ramsdell Library, local children have created their own Zine library where their mini-books can be checked out. We hope this inspires them to write their own stories. You can find out what is happening at Ramsdell or Mason Library by clicking on our website (gblibraries.org), following us through Facebook (www.facebook.com/gblibraries), or giving us your email and we will send you our calendar at the beginning of each month. We look forward to seeing you and providing you with materials you desire. We are always interested in your suggestions for print and nonprint materials. ~ Mason Library is located at 231 Main Street in Great Barrington, (413)528-2403. Ramsdell Library is located at 1087 Main Street in Housatonic, (413) 274-3738.
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amilies with children six and older are invited to join the Mason Library in Great Barrington, MA, for Mason Family Adventures in Reading on Oct. 5, 12, and 19 and Nov. 2, 9, and 16, from 11am12:30pm. Enjoy beautiful picture books and great stories with storyteller Mary Jo Maichack. A healthy snack swill be provided. This is a free program. Families who attend regularly will receive a canvas book bag and a free book. Register online. Space is limited.
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emons possess antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-building properties, and they are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Fresh organic lemon juice can improve your digestion and help flush out unwanted materials, heavy metals, and toxins from the body while fighting disease and infection with high levels of bioflavonoids, pectin, limonene, citric acid, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins. To exercise your liver and gallbladder, while supporting healthy bile flow in the bile and pancreatic ducts, Dr. John Douillard (www.lifespa.com) suggests mixing 1-2 tbsp of olive oil with 1-2 tsp of lemon juice, shake, and drink every morning or night on an empty stomach for one month. To improve digestion, lemon juice is preferably taken in warm water on an empty stomach in the morning, 20 minutes before eating. If you choose to make this part of your morning ritual, you may wish to drink it through a straw to protect your tooth enamel.
hen you think of cilantro, Mexican and Southeast Asian cuisine comes to mind. It has a distinctive flavor that some people love . . . and some intensely dislike. But cilantro is also considered a powerful medicinal herb that can soothe chronic inflammation, acting like a natural cleansing agent noted for eliminating harmful heavy metals from the body. Dr. Edward F. Group III, founder of the Global Healing Center (www.globalhealingcenter.com) says cilantro may be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage, that it has strong antioxidant activity and an anti-anxiety effect, it may help improve sleep quality, and it has been examined and described as having a blood-sugar lowering effect. Some chelation specialists suggest taking organic broken-cellwall chlorella half an hour before eating cilantro or drinking fresh juiced cilantro to help carry the heavy metals out of your body as the cilantro helps release it from your cells.
eetroots are an amazing food that help support good gallbladder and liver health – organs that are extremely important for breaking down and removing toxins. When shredded and eaten raw, the high amount of fiber/pectin in beetroot improves digestion and elimination of toxins by flushing it out of the system. Beets are also a high-antioxidant vegetable that, according to www.naturalnews.com, contain a number of important substances, including betaine, potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B, and C, beta-carotene, and folic acid. Raw beet juice can also be highly beneficial as it improves liver function largely by thinning the bile, allowing it to flow more freely through the liver and into the small intestine. Beets are also said by some to decrease the risk of coronary and cerebral artery diseases, as they lower inflammation in the body, allowing the many systems to work without interruption.
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Bone Up Your Posture / By Megan Reisel
o learn about your posture, your first need is to “bone up” (study) about some necessary concepts. Consider this: Standing up is hard work. If you have the opportunity to watch a baby learn to stand on their own, the effort and trial and error are evidence of the struggle. After crawling around for months, the baby observes others walking and a desire to match their actions grows. But getting up and standing on two legs requires a strength and equilibrium that the child has not yet developed. The child experiments with balance, momentum, and propulsion. Eventually these all combine into the amazing feat of ambulation on two feet. As adults, these elements that the baby struggles with are sublimated; and we expect our bodies to coordinate these elements even though we don’t understand how they arise and organize into the action of walking. The capacity for our brain and neuromuscular system to multitask movement actions could never be part of our moment-to-moment consciousness, or we would never be able to do much of the amazing activities and cognitive functions that require our attention to perform. Then something happens to us. Perhaps aging or an injury has impaired your posture. Now you can try this idea: Return to the elements of standing and walking that first organized your body’s abilities when you were
a baby. No, you don’t have to crawl, but close to it. You will break down the activity element by element. This is how you can do it. But you need to work with a professional, not a baby. Working with a somatic movement therapist provides opportunities to increase awareness of postural alignment and fundamental patterned actions like walking, turning, standing, bending, sitting, reaching, and lying down. A somatic movement therapist offers lessons designed to re-educate the neuromuscular system, teaching the body new possibilities and options for moving that improve patterns and awaken the sense of movement. With added awareness of how your body creates alignment from the inside out, you gain lifelong tools to problem solve movement issues you encounter as you go through life. With this deepened understanding, you are living in your bodymind more continuously and with that as a support, you prevent injuries, pain, and poor posture. This journey through your body’s wisdom is the adventure you never forget. You will have the advantage of knowing yourself as a living body that senses and remembers the fullness of each experience you encounter.
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