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Berkshire International Film Festival will show “Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance & Bravery During World War II” on Aug. 2. Photo from Jewish Partisans Film

The Fight of Their Lives, in a Film at BIFF

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) and New Moon Films will offer the New England premiere of the award-winning “Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance & Bravery During World War II.”


While the spongy moths have stopped destroying the tree canopy for this year, it’s a banner year for Red Actea or baneberry.  Collect the seeds to sow in the woods for future flowers. Photo by Dee Salomon

Too Much of a Good Thing? Probably, Yes

A last word, for now at least, on the spongy moths; my friend Spencer asked if the open tree canopy created by the caterpillar destruction had caused a  plant growth spike here. Well, yes, I had noticed that the trees had grown vastly taller than in years past.


Pieter Lefferts of Sharon, Conn., will be among the 30 authors and illustrators to sign copies of their latest work at the 24th Annual Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Summer Book Signing. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Authors and Artists Put Pen to Paper, Again

The highly anticipated Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Annual Sharon Summer Book Signing in Sharon, Conn., will be held this year on Friday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


One of the eloquent sculptures. Photo contributed

Graceful, Elegant Drawings and Sculptures by Grausman

Portraiture in sculpture has long reflected the aspects of the culture rather than synthesizing the individuality of the subject.  

The  Egyptians idealized portraits, typified by the bust of Queen Nefertiti, which transcends mortality and depicts the subject without imperfections — a sacred god-like form. 


Ann Leary will be at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Conn., 24th Annual Summer Book Signing on Aug. 5, along with 29 other authors and illustrators. Photo submitted

Finding Echoes of the 1920s in the 2020s

The last time Ann Leary came to the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s Annual Summer Book Signing in Sharon, Conn., it was 2016, and her book, “The Children,” was earning kudos for its sharp, funny portrait of an uber-Wasp family and their inherited lakeside house, somewhere in northwest Connecticut. 


Young performers get to share their razzle dazzle thanks to Sharon Playhouse education programs. Photo Submitted

Sharon Playhouse Education Program Discovers and Grows Young Talent of all Ages

Professional summer theater productions at the Sharon Playhouse  in Sharon, Conn., lure audiences to the area and have been doing so for years. The advantages to Northwest Corner towns are many.

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