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Photo of indigenous American dancer in traditional ceremonial attire: The Land On Which We Dance Inside/Out Performance; photo byGrace Kathryn Landefeld.
The Land On Which We Dance Inside/Out Performance; photo byGrace Kathryn Landefeld.

This Land Is Our Land

Jacob’s Pillow shifts the conversation on indigenous dance through its landmark celebration The Land on Which We Dance.

Editor’s Note: This independent, original article generously sponsored by Jacob’s Pillow.

An Arapaho proverb says, “All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us, and if we listen, we can hear them.” It’s an elegantly simple explanation of the interconnectedness of life on and with earth—a central belief in most, if not all, indigenous traditions.

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The Sea Is All About Us

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This Land Is Our Land

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Savoring Homegrown Onions

Home-grown onions, like home-grown anything, have their advantages. In the case of my little garden, no heavy doses year after year of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Plus, the taste is always superior.

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Confessions of a prepper: Freeze it, dry it

There are a few things everyone can do to be more food secure, including learning how to plant a simple garden that bears enough to keep for another day (unless Peter Rabbit gets to it first...); photo by Sheila Velazquez Keep Reading

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The Sea Is All About Us

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INDIEcent Exposure #2 — Molly Pinto Madigan, “Wildwood Bride”

Molly Pinto Madigan; artwork for Wildwood Bride, photo by Joey Phoenix Photography
Molly Pinto Madigan; artwork for Wildwood Bride, photo by Joey Phoenix Photography

Molly Pinto Madigan relates her long (and, in our view, fated) journey from performance, to classical study, to music ethnoelectrogrammaticographacology, back to performance.

We’re glad she made it.

Molly Pinto Madigan; artwork for Wildwood Bride, photo by Joey Phoenix Photography
Molly Pinto Madigan; artwork for Wildwood Bride, photo by Joey Phoenix Photography

With a voice stolen from the Fae Folk, Molly Pinto Madigan has been enchanting audiences since she was a young teen. Her 2015 release, “Wildwood Bride,” does not disappoint; filled with longing and clarity, this ambitious effort confidently treads the divide between delicate and driven.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 13 — Swimming Holes of the Berkshires!

PLUS: Cheshire votes no on pipeline; Child traffic fatality in Adams, Hotel on North opens.

Cheshire Lake; photo courtesy Berkshire Family Focus
Cheshire Lake; photo courtesy Berkshire Family Focus

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INDIEcent Exposure #1 — Munk Duane, “Argue With Gravity”

Munk Duane, 2015; photo courtesy Munk Duane
Munk Duane, 2015; photo courtesy Munk Duane

Munk Duane talks with INDIEcent Exposure about Life, Music, and more Life on our first episode

Munk Duane, 2015; photo courtesy Munk Duane
Munk Duane, 2015; photo courtesy Munk Duane

I really can’t thank Munk enough for his generosity and honesty during our conversation. I can’t think of a more ideal guest to kick off this show—his experience, talent, and attitude are all examples of the traits an entrepreneur musician needs to survive and thrive today. Give a listen to the show, and if you have any musician friends who could benefit from Munk’s tale, send them our way… Keep Reading

Will Call #8 — Eric Rudd: Intersection of Art and Public Life

Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com
Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com
Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

A conversation with Eric Rudd about art, development, and the future of North Adams

Tela Zasloff, editor of the Greylock Independent, joins me to discuss a wide range of issues with Eric Rudd—artist, developer, optimist. Although the talk winds its way out in a number of seemingly disparate directions, every thread is tied at its start to the question of how the public experience of art is shaped by its environment, and how public life is molded by the vitality of art. Keep Reading

PRO-FUSION — Mt. Williams Greenhouses: Arranging a Bouquet

Bouquet Arrangement Is a Blend of Creativity and Skills

Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses joins us on PRO-FUSION to explain what to do with that gorgeous bouquet you received as a gift or spoiled yourself with. Some simple skills, and a willingness to experiment, will yield an arrangement that will liven up a favorite space for many days to come.

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PRO-FUSION — Mt. Williams Greenhouses: Container Herb Gardens

Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses describes how beautiful and flavorful herb gardens can be; video capture by Jason Velazquez
Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses describes how beautiful and flavorful herb gardens can be; video capture by Jason Velazquez

Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses describes how beautiful and flavorful herb gardens can be; video capture by Jason Velazquez
Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses describes how beautiful and flavorful herb gardens can be; video capture by Jason Velazquez

Herb Gardens Are the Perfect Complement to Vegetable Gardens

Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses joins us on PRO-FUSION to explain how, without taking up more space than you might have on a back step or in a sunny window, container herb gardens can provide flavor for your meals year round.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 12 — Summer Camp Special Edition

PLUS: North Adams Police Officers Recognized for Saving Life; Target: Summer Tag Sales

Summer Campers on the Lake; Image Public Domain
Summer Camp on the Lake; Image Public Domain

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 11 — Spring Romance: for the Birds

PLUS: iBerkshires says Williamstown residents will NOT be left holding the (plastic retail) bag, and We Talk Rhubarb with our BFF

Josiah's Pond at Sheep Hill on Cold Spring Road, Williamstown; photo courtesy the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
Josiah’s Pond at Sheep Hill on Cold Spring Road, Williamstown; photo courtesy the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

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PRO-FUSION — Mt. Williams Greenhouses: Transplanting Basics

Transplanting is key to plants’ survival

Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses joins us on PRO-FUSION to reassure us that transplanting plants, even orchids, doesn’t have to be scary!

1090 State Rd, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 663-8665

http://www.mtwilliamsgreenhouses.com/

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Will Call #7 — Summer Theatre Picks with Gail and Larry

John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti's, Red Velvet, as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company
John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti's, Red Velvet, as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company

PLUS: Music from Lexi Weege and The Sun Parade

John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti's "Red Velvet," as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company
John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti’s “Red Velvet,” as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company

This is not your average summer theatre “Best Bets” segment, I promise you. Larry Murray, founder and editor of Berkshire on Stage (among many other cultural connections) and Gail Burns, author of “Gail Sez” (ditto), start out with their forecasts for how the wind will blow across the boards in the Berkshires this season. Then, the conversation bends toward some of the big, really big, issues, affecting the vitality of the arts both at home and across the country. Keep Reading

Top Left Corner, Episode 10 — Announcing “PRO-FUSION”

PLUS: Audio iBeat from iBerkshires.com, and Music from the Winterpills and Wishbone Zoë!

Mixed Container created by Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses, North Adams, MA; photo by Jason Velazquez
Mixed Container created by Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses, North Adams, MA; photo by Jason Velazquez

Wicked short show today. That’s because we’ve been busy with our plans for world domination. No! We didn’t just say that! We meant that we’ve been busy building our new video instruction series “PRO-FUSION.” These sponsored tutorials teach us how to do the home and personal tasks that the pros make look easy! Check out our first installment, hosted by Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses on State Road in North Adams.

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PRO-FUSION — Mt. Williams Greenhouses: Mixed Containers, Gorgeous Flowers

Published on May 15, 2015

Chad Therrien of Mt. Williams Greenhouses joins us on PRO-FUSION to teach us how to create stunning mixed containers of flowers in a ceramic pot and in a hanging basket.

1090 State Rd, North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 663-8665

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