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Writer, civil rights activist, lawyer, educator and Great Barrington resident James Weldon Johnson will be the subject of an online talk on Feb. 5. Photo from State Library and Archives of Florida​

Singing the Praises Of an Unsung Hero

In celebration of Black History Month, the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) will present a lecture that examines the life — and the historic home in Great Barrington, Mass. — of James Weldon Johnson on Friday, Feb. 5.


Boondocks Film Society will show the 1969 James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” starring George Lazenby as Bond and Diana Rigg as the Bond Girl who becomes his wife, on Jan. 30.

An Evening of Bond, Blofeld and Bouffant Hairdos

Most readers of this newspaper are sufficiently seasoned that they have chosen a favorite James  Bond — either Roger Moore or Sean Connery. Perhaps some younger readers might throw in a vote for Daniel Craig or Pierce Brosnan. 


Daryl Byrne of Norfolk, Conn., is leading hikes to some of the most scenic peaks in the region this winter, including this one on the Mattatuck Trail. Photo courtesy Daryl Byrne​

A Chance To Get Outside and Exercise — or Stay Indoors!

As we come to the end of almost a full year in quarantine, with concerns that the new COVID-19 variant is even more contagious than the original, it seems likely that we will not be going to the gym anytime soon.


Simon Winchester talks about his new book, “Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World,” in a virtual conversation  with Becky Thornton,  on Jan. 20, hosted by Oblong. Photo by Andrew Blechman, The Berkshire Edge

Winchester Wonders: Who Really Owns the Land?

Simon Winchester was an adventure traveler, a young Brit in the 1960s who started small by hitchhiking around North America and then dove deeper by joining a six-man sledding expedition in an uncharted section of the East Greenland ice cap. 


Brittany Hrabcsak’s cookie recreation of Whoville from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” won first prize in the Kent, Conn., Gingerbread Festival. Photo by Melissa Roth Chernisk

Gingerbread ‘House Proud’ in Kent and Salisbury, Conn.

In just nine years, the Kent Gingerbread Festival in Kent, Conn., has gone from being just fun to being quite a big deal. It’s one of the biggest gingerbread festivals in the region and has become a big draw to town, even in years when there’s a pandemic quarantine.

Sharon’s Alethea Platt, an Artist and a Fierce Advocate for Women

The dozens of viewers who attended the December talk on the life and art of Sharon, Conn., summer artist-resident Alethea Hill Platt came away with a more informed appreciation of this late 19th- and early 20th-century woman, who earned every inch of her success as an artist while exercising her fierce independence as a woman of her times.

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