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Kent April 15, 2021

A new twist on the classic holiday tale: Performers in the 2020 ‘Christmas Carol’ at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, N.Y., will wear transparent face masks.  Photo courtesy of CP

A Drive-In, Musical Version of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” — as a musical theater performance — will continue a the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, N.Y., until Dec. 20. 


Georg Friedrich Handel hopes you’ll sing along to his masterpiece, “The Messiah,” this holiday season — and he hopes these tips from singers in the Tri-state region will help you sound your best ever. Original Painting by Balthasar Denner; Photo from Wikipedia ​

Pro Tips for Your 2020 Sing-Along Messiah

As soon as the Thanksgiving table is cleared, I feel liberated to start singing along to Handel’s epic oratorio, “The Messiah,” and to practice for the annual sing-alongs in Great Barrington, Mass., and Kent, Conn.


Visit some of the iconic Norman Rockwell holiday paintings at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. Included in the collection is “Community Supper,” which was a 1958 illustration for the Farming Tractor Calendar of the Ford Motor Company.  Image courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

Rediscovering the Traditions Of the Holiday Season

The Southern Berkshires, more than any other place in the world, evoke a Norman Rockwell kind of holiday season because, of course, Rockwell lived here and often painted scenes of Stockbridge, Mass., where he lived and worked, and which is the site of  the Norman Rockwell Museum. 


Potter Jane Herold is using a converted chicken coop as her workshop,
now that she is living and working full time in Cornwall, Conn. Visitors can buy
her work in another former farm building, above, next to her home and studio. 
Photo by Jennifer May

Pottery so Beautiful, You Could Eat Off It

Two essential questions always arise when you see beautiful pottery dishware: Can you eat off it and can you put it in the dishwasher?

With Jane Herold’s work, it’s never an issue. 


Gingerbread houses don’t have to only be houses. Brittany Hrabcsak’s award-winning North Pole recreation was one of the highlights of the
2019 Gingerbread Festival in Kent, Conn. 
Photo by Lans Christensen​

Gingerbread Festivals in Two Area Towns

Gingerbread houses can be fun and simple or over-the-top elaborate; you can bake the cookies from your own dough and assemble them yourself or you can buy any of a dozen or so easy-to-find gingerbread kits. 

No matter how you get there, it’s all fun — and what evokes childhood fantasy more than being able to eat a house? 

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