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Phoenix Rising — 48 Hours in Portland, Maine

If you've never been to Portland, Maine, you'll be amazed at how this just-right sized city hums with activity in the arts, dining, entertainment, and (of course) miles and miles of gorgeous views.

The City of Portland, Maine rises above the waters of Portland Harbor, which is filled with sailing vessels and pleasure boats. The landmark Time and Temperature building can be seen, reading 5:39; photo by Benjamin Williamson. Keep Reading

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The aptly named burger, "The Balder," bravely adorns itself with lettuce, roasted tomatoes, and onions, allowing it's brave flavors to shine through. Highly recommended side item? The hand cut wedge fries; photo by James Kennedy.
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Unsung Eats: Valhalla, Adams — mythic taste, priced for mere mortals

Here at Unsung Eats we usually have to search out the rare gems for great food at a good value but in this particular case the eatery found us.  We kept hearing, “Hey, have you tried Valhalla yet?” and when the Greylock Glass ran its Greylock Nation’s Greatest: 2019 readers poll, it was Valhalla Eatery… Keep Reading

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The lush, stone-walled Italian Garden at The Mount provides a respite from Northeastern summer heat and humidity; early morning photo by Kevin Sprague.
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I Am Going to Leave Her Here

The Mount as Edith Wharton’s Feminist Manifesto

The lush, stone-walled Italian Garden at The Mount provides a respite from Northeastern summer heat and humidity; early morning photo by Kevin Sprague.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 6 — Radio Free Greylock!

PLUS: iBerkshires News Headlines, Music from Munk Duane and Wishbone Zoe, and Jason doing a lousy job filling in for Kelly of Berkshire Family Focus.

Guglielmo Marconi in 1901; public domain photo part of the LIFE Photo Archive
Guglielmo Marconi in 1901; public domain photo, part of the LIFE Photo Archive

We have a great show for you today, despite the very noticeable absence of Kelly Bevan McIlquham of Berkshire Family Focus, who’s taking the week off from the show while she’s on vacation somewhere warm. Tammy D. is back with the headlines, as well as the backstory behind the headlines that help it all make more sense. Northern Berkshire County is getting wired for sound (actually, that’d be wireless) as we embrace some 20th Century audio tech. And we plug in to some arresting new music from both ends of the Commonwealth.

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Will Call #3 — “Fresh Takes” Series from WAM Theatre

2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada
2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada

PLUS: Book Talk with Tela Zasloff and Civil War Perspectives by Charles Dew, “Our Hearts Opening,” by Glenn Smith

2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada
2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Book Talk with Tela Zasloff”

A shorter show this week, but a great one. We speak first with Tela Zasloff, founder and editor of the Greylock Independent about her show, “Book Talk with Tela Zasloff” on “Willinet,” Community Television for Williamstown.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 5—Eating Spring

Plus: News Chat with iBerkshires, New Music, Weekend Lowdown with Berkshire Family Focus

Lakeview Orchards Asparagus with lardo and everything bagel crumbs, photo courtesy Mezze Bistro and Bar
Lakeview Orchards Asparagus with lardo and everything bagel crumbs, photo courtesy Mezze Bistro and Bar

The Greylock Glass Gets Some Perspective on the News with iBerkshires

This is a big show this week! The Top Left Corner welcomes Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com, to the show. She’s going to share some back story and analysis of some of the news stories that iBerkshires has been following. Some of the issues this time of year are far from light reading (think municipal budget friction), and we’re grateful that Tammy’s writers are keeping us up to date with both the big ideas and small details.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 4 — Family Events, New Music, North Adams Farmers Market

Fresh veggies offered through the CSA of Square Roots Farm; photo courtesy Square Roots Farm
Fresh veggies offered through the CSA of Square Roots Farm; photo courtesy Square Roots Farm

It’s been a super busy week here at the Greylock Glass. Most of what I’ve been doing has been preparing for some really amazing developments that are cooking. Between phone calls and interviews and tweaking the tech side of this circus, I haven’t had time to do much actual writing. Or even passing along all the great information that people have been sending my way.

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Will Call #2 — An Eclipse of Memory; It’s Just a Jump to the Left; Wildwood Bride

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Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius; watercolor by Louis Agassiz Fuertes; 1910–1914

 

 

For this, our second episode of “Will Call,” we were extremely fortunate to have two special guests, as well as a single from a brand new music CD release.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 3 — Sugaring, High School Musicals!

Tapping maple trees
Tapping maple trees the old-fashioned way; photo by Jason Velazquez

This season has been pretty rough on maple syrup producers in Western Massachusetts. Easily three weeks late, the sap flow that provides local sweetness to our pancakes may be plentiful or scarce—it’s all up to Mother Nature. Guest co-host Tela Zasloff of the Greylock Independent joins me interviewing Peter Phelps of Sweet Brook Farm in Williamstown, Mass. He and his wife Beth have been perfecting the art and science of sugaring on land that’s been in his family for generations.

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Will Call #1 — Jim Shaw at MASS MoCA

Wedding of the Ear
Jim Shaw, Wedding of the Ear, 2013; courtesy the artist and MASSMoCA
Wedding of the Ear
Jim Shaw, Wedding of the Ear, 2013; courtesy the artist and MASSMoCA

We are thrilled to be “Entertaining Doubts” here on this, the first episode of “Will Call.” This podcast is a production of the Greylock Glass, and is a media collaboration with the Greylock Independent.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 2, Farm CSAs, Environmental Justice

We talk with Berkshire Grown about CSAs
and The Berkshire Environmental Action Team about Environmental Justice.

6¢ City Park. Prevention of Pollution 1970
6¢ City Park. Prevention of Pollution 1970

Well, you might think, listening to this week’s episode, that something was way up with the audio on the Top Left Corner. You might think that I forgot to hook up the doll. That’s exactly what happened: I forgot to hook up the doll. Working on it. Working on it.

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Introducing The Top Left Corner—Eph’s 300’th B-day and Makers’ Mill Get Cranking

So, we know that springing The Greylock Glass on an unsuspecting Berkshires population was risky. We are just as aware that launching The Glass’ official podcast, “The Top Left Corner,” a mere two weeks later is downright reckless. We think you’ll thank us for it later.

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Demographic Vitality in Berkshires Population May Be Ebbing

Gold Point, Nevada, Abandoned Town
By Vivaverdi (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Survey seeks to understand population decline among Berkshires young adults

Gold Point, Nevada, Abandoned Town
Gold Point, Nevada; photo by Vivaverdi CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is calling for participation in a survey, launched today, that targets 18– 39-year-olds. While the Berkshires aren’t yet a collection of ghost towns, ongoing data collection draws the outlines of a worrying picture of population trends. The online questionnaire, “Survey on Young Adults in the Berkshires,” can be accessed at:

http://berkshireplanning.org/events/announcements/survey-on-young-adults-in-the-berkshires/

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Fourth Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival Opens Next Week

Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Eli Merritt Sculpture, “The Drake,” for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

The Berkshires Only Winter Contemporary Arts Festival to be Held February 12-22, 2015 in Downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District

(Pittsfield, Mass.) The City of Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a sure cure for cabin fever this February: the fourth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival featuring a lively array of music, art, theatre, dance, comedy, film, fashion, magic, a bonfire and fireworks and more from February 12-22, 2015 in the hub of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

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