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
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.
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.
PLUS: Book Talk with Tela Zasloff and Civil War Perspectives by Charles Dew, “Our Hearts Opening,” by Glenn Smith
“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.
Plus: News Chat with iBerkshires, New Music, Weekend Lowdown with Berkshire Family Focus
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.
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.
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.
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.
We talk with Berkshire Grown about CSAs
and The Berkshire Environmental Action Team about Environmental Justice.
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.
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.
Survey seeks to understand population decline among Berkshires young adults
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:
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.