Terpsichore in the Berkshires

With more than 300 happenings this summer 200 of which are free — Jacobs Pillow in Becket is the place to experience dance in the Berkshires. In our latest webisode, host Carrie Saldo dons dance attire and joins in the fun

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The Berkshires: Mountains of Music

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is all tuned up at its summer home. Only in the Berkshires webisode host Carrie Saldo hits the high notes of Tanglewood and the many other music festivals and concerts in the Berkshires. Her harmonious journey continues in Lenox at Stonover Farm and La Terrazza Restaurant.

National Geographic has put the Berkshires on the top 10 places to live in the world, so I guess it’s a good place to visit.


A visit to Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, MA — September 2011. A quick peek at the barn animals. The afternoon reminded me of one of my favorite children’s stories, The Big Red Barn. (Sorry for the poor quality of the video. I took it with my phone.)

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Mount Greylock,massachusetts and a mining operation!

A mining operation below mount greylock,Adams,massachusetts.



Mount Greylock has been refurbished and new roads are added,It’s areal pleasure taking the drive. everything is sprused up and looks great.


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Berkshires, My favorite places Old Fashion Candy Store

Want a Feeling of going into an Old Fashion Berkshires Candy Store?

One of The Berkshires Treasures for shopping is Charles H. Baldwin & Sons.
It is located at 1 Center Street in West Stockbridge, MA 01226.

When we found the store a few years ago it was like bringing out the child in us again. It’s an old fashion candy store, with lots of good candies and they make and sell their own homemade flavoring oils, spices and extracts. They sell unique gifts that you don’t see in the big stores in the shopping malls. The service was excellent – the owner was proud to tell us about the history of Charles H. Baldwin & Sons. The store was established in 1888 and is still run by the Baldwin family.

This shop is very original, you won’t find the run of the mill stuff here. They have a great selection of inexpensive funny little toys and gifts, they are great for Christmas stockings.
They even have a photobooth machine that we had fun with.

This year when we go back we will take a video to put on this site so if you can’t have the experience of actually shopping at Charles H. Baldwin & Son’s you can see what a great store it is by watching our video. And if you want to place an order for extracts, Table & Maple Syrup, baking supplies, flavoring oils or spices you can go to their website.

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Berkshire Bird Paradise helps with a cockfighting rescue

Fighting Cock Rescued, August 6, 2010

News from Deputy Majority Leader Senator Jeff Klein

Representing Bronx and Westchester Counties


Bird to be Delivered to Recovery Sanctuary

BRONX, NY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced on Friday that he has secured a safe, long term home for an abused rooster recently rescued from a South Bronx cockfight. The owner of the Hollywood Haircuts barber shop on City Island has been rehabilitating and caring for the rooster, Coco, since his rescue earlier this year. Following the press conference, Klein’s office delivered the rooster to its new home at the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary in Petersburg, NY.

“Cockfights are an abusive and horrendous practice that has no place in the Bronx or anywhere else in this city. I am extremely pleased that we were able to find a good home for this rooster where he can live safely while becoming reacquainted with other birds in a natural and healthy habitat,” said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

Klein’s office was first contacted in July by a concerned City Island resident who noticed a rooster running around in the street in front of the Hollywood Haircuts barber shop on City Island Avenue. The resident was troubled by the animal’s noise level and the safety threat it posed to drivers. Klein’s office immediately reached out to the barber shop to determine why it was letting a farm animal loose on a public street. Alex Mullokandov, an employee at the shop, had the answer.

“The ASPCA recovered five of these guys, and so I got one that was really, really sick. I know a lot about birds from growing up in Russia, so I recovered him and he’s now healthy and looking beautiful. I want him to be on a farm,” said Alex Mullokandov of Hollywood Haircuts.

According to Mullokandov, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) rescued five roosters from a cock fighting operation in the South Bronx earlier this year. While Mullokandov was caring for Coco temporarily, he was not able to keep it permanently in his apartment or the shop. Klein’s office stepped in began reaching out to area farms to find the rooster a home.

Upon learning of the rooster, Riverdale resident Isabelle Weisinger immediately called Klein’s office to let them know about the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary. Weisinger became familiar with the sanctuary a few years ago when a bird in her neighborhood was in need of a new home.

“We have a very large sanctuary with birds from all over the world. When the rooster arrives, we will make sure the he is compatible with other birds and we will gradually introduce him to them. We have had cockfighting roosters brought to us before, and they have done very well.,” said Pete Dubacher, owner of the Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary.

To report animal cruelty, contact the New York City ASPCA at (212) 876-7700.

August 6, 2010

CONTACT: Gwen Rocco



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The Country Fair Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village

A panorama taken of the grounds of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA, during their annual Country Fair and Crafts Weekend, September, 2007. Howland Homestead Farm exhibited Randall calves at the event.

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Music Review: Starlight bathes Ozawa Hall

Music Review: Starlight bathes Ozawa Hall
LENOX – Resplendent in a floral- design silk dress, Audra McDonald sustained her reputation Sunday night as a leading Broadway actress, American songbook vocalist and star performer with major orchestras and opera companies.

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The Berkshires: Green and Sustainable

Weekend getaway in the Berkshires
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Hancock Shaker Village Movie

Hancock Shaker Village video tour, well worth watching even if you know all about it.

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Paragliders in Greylock

Just a video of 2 paragliders taking off from the top of the Greylock Mt, in the Berkshires, from different angles. I don’t paraglide, I just happened to be visting the site.

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