We didn’t invent outdoor music in the Berkshires, but it’s usually much sweeter here. Tanglewood is the most elegant option and some of us will go there several times each summer. But music lovers with a little ingenuity and a willingness to drive a few miles can find great concerts just about every night in July and August, most of them outdoors and free!
The very best option for free outdoor music lovers is The Clark Art Institute, which provides free events on the South Lawn every Tuesday evening during the month of July. This summer you can drag your blankets and chairs to 225 South Street in “Village Beautiful” (Williamstown) for bluegrass, soul, folk, and even a Beatles tribute band. Go to www.clarkart.edu for details. Arrive earlier than the 6pm start and you can tour the galleries and the spectacular grounds.
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You’re busy, right? If you’re nodding your head, then the answer is yes and we have something in common: not enough time. And perhaps the sense that large things can’t be created or conquered because we don’t have the big time they require.
I offer a simple solution: Make intentional ten-minute efforts every day.
This idea was born out of necessity in my life. During a recent summer, I was still in the labor-intensive phase of raising my young son. I longed to put in a flower garden, but as a single parent with neither partner nor family nearby, time for such endeavors did not exist. Still, I wanted that garden.
elody Lea Lamb’s vibrant, detailed, lifelike miniature paintings of woodland animals and whimsical fairies (as well as a wide array of other creatures great and small) capture the vitality and essence of her subjects. Working mainly with a combination of rich-toned colored pencils, India ink, and acrylic, Melody’s love of art, animals, and nature is evident (see our cover art this issue below).
Bruce & Concettina Collingwood
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The Healing Power of Detoxification
The Secret - If you are serious about healing, regenerating, and revitalizing your body, starting a detoxification program will be the most important paradigm shift of your life.
The Reality - On a daily basis, we are exposed to and steadily accumulate disease-producing toxins through the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Even negative emotions can add to our toxic load. In this age of environmental stressors, these toxins must be removed on a regular basis or we set ourselves up for chronic illness.
Ginger is a herbaceous, perennial plant native to southeastern Asia. It is commonly called ginger root but it's actually a rhizome, or a horizontal underground stem that gives rise to shoots above the ground.
This gift of nature can be used internally or externally with similar effects of warming the body and improving circulation. It also helps digestive problems resulting from the consumption of too much fat, protein, or oily foods.
COPYRIGHT © 2012 REBECCA GUAY
Rebecca Guay’s (pronounced “Gay”) paintings and illustrations have been called romantic, vivid, rich and elegant in color, and powerful in design and line. She has a strikingly classical, feminine style that favors the use of acryla-gouache and oil.
Born and raised in eastern Massachusetts, Rebecca began her art career in 1992 after graduating from Pratt Institute in New York City with a degree in illustration. Since then she has established a broad career in art/illustration. Her clients include DC, Vertigo, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics, Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro (MtG), MTV Animation, Lucas Film, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Barefoot Books, and more. Additionally, Rebecca’s illustrations and personal paintings are in museums and private collections around the world, including the American Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in NYC.
Buying the right insurance is a crucial part of running a business well, or taking good care of one's family, but most people don't look forward to the process. Not so for the customers of a fast-growing and independent agency in this area called GoodWorks Insurance.
GoodWorks is making a name for itself in the Berkshires and beyond with a refreshing, new approach to insurance that powers an engine of generous donations to local charities. Moreover, customers say the firm has a winning formula for taking the pain out of the process by helping people navigate the daunting complexities of risk management with confidence and clarity.
The “ZLT Zandwich”
Blue Ribbon Prize Winning Recipe from the 2011 Zucchini Festival
created by David Sotnick
Zucchini is among the most popular, plentiful, and versatile of the summer squashes. Just like the tomato, the zucchini is technically a fruit. It’s low in calories and a very good source of potassium, and vitamins A, C, and B complex. It can be eaten raw to retain its health-giving enzymes, or cooked in an endless variety of ways in savory dishes as well as desserts. Even the delicate flower of young zucchini may be consumed and is considered a delicacy.
Somehow the picture of a child lying in a hammock looking up through leaves at blue sky . . . daydreaming her way towards her next burst of playful creativity . . . doesn’t quite mesh with the other picture, of a child hunched up indoors in a darkened room, with an electronic gadget in her hand, staring at a screen.
Most of us would love for our children to have a whole inner treasure box full of Golden Moments (as Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, calls them), as a source for peace of mind and enjoyment. In this media-saturated culture, it will take some parental resolve to make sure that our children have lots of media-free time for Golden Moments of creativity and connection to be born. We may even have to wriggle out of its addictive clutches ourselves!
What We Offer
The Starving Artist Café & Creperie is located in downtown Lee, Massachusetts. Our philosophy is Always Organic & Local When Possible. We are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the summer, and serve savory and sweet crepes along with delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups, organic baked goods, fresh organic juices, smoothies, Barrington coffee, and much more. There is something for everyone, including buckwheat gluten-free and vegan crepes, vegan and gluten-free baked goods, and organic meat options. Eat in, outside, or takeout are all available.
We are located next door to the Good Purpose Gallery. Our name pays homage to the many “Starving Artists” of the area with local artists’ paintings hung on the walls and a live musical brunch every Sunday, combining the art of food with our beautiful crepes.