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Stop & Shop Workers Strike across New England

North Adams Stop & Shop workers assemble in the early hours of the UFCW strike against the supermarket chain on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Union steward Bill Laviolette (front, giving the thumbs up) coordinated the location actions; photo by Jason Velázquez.
North Adams Stop & Shop workers assemble in the early hours of the UFCW strike against the supermarket chain on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Union steward Bill Laviolette (front, giving the thumbs up) coordinated the location actions; photo by Jason Velázquez.

Talks set to continue as union and company measure each other’s resolve from across parking lots.

NORTH ADAMS — Today is Saturday, April 13, 2019, I am your host, Jason Velazquez, and I’d like to welcome you to Episode #69 of our flagship podcast, the Top Left Corner.

What you heard coming into this program was the scene outside the Stop & Shop in Chicopee, Mass., as workers from that and other stores represented by United Food and Commerical Workers Local 1459 rallied near the tail end of a string of negotiations that began in the Autumn of 2018. Stop & Shop workers throughout New England have been working without a contract since February. All those heated talks between the Union and Dutch international retailer Ahold Delhaize reached a stalemate Thursday, and at about 1:15 p.m. local time, The UFCW texted their workers en masse to let them know that it was time to strike.

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The Pillar Profiles:
Lindsey Schmid

Editors Note: What does it mean when we say that someone is a “pillar of the community?” How you answer depends a lot on your experiences and intersections with the people who, in your mind, help support and strengthen the areas of local life that are most important to us. In this new series, we’ll surely tread some well worn paths in search of those personalities. We’ll blaze new trails looking for emerging leaders, as well as expand our vision of where to look for these pillars of our community. Know someone you think fills the bill? E-mail us.

When most of us Berkshires dwellers encourage friends to visit, we usually highlight the traveler’s trifecta of arts, culture, and outdoor recreation. But for Lindsey Schmid, tourism in the Berkshires is a lot more specific and varied. It’s about mindfulness and wellness. It’s about glamping and hotspots for watching wildlife. It’s the craft beverage trend, farm-to-table foods, and cannabis tours. And it’s about interactive experiences and behind-the-scenes tours of well-known venues—all the better to attract thrill seekers jonesing to be the first person to post on Instagram and say, “I did this!”

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Brunch with Santa

Here’s a quintessential holiday activity. Enjoy a delicious buffet, sit on Santa’s lap, and have fun with other seasonal activities such as crafts, music, story time, and visiting our animals in the Round Stone Barn. Tasty foods include eggs (from our chickens), pastries, and even mac ‘n cheese. Fun for the young and young at heart.
TICKETS Adults $45/$40.50 members; Children 12 and younger $25/$22.50 members

Candlelit Evening

Experience the magic of an enchanted evening at a Shaker village filled with New England traditions, live music, storytelling, festive foods, candlelight, and caroling. The landscape takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by twinkling lights. Stroll by lantern light to the historic 1910 Barn for live music. Meander into the Round Stone Barn to see our young calves (bring your cameras for the cutest photo opportunities), not to mention goats, lambs, pigs, rams, donkeys, and chickens. Wander into the Brick Dwelling for a holiday reading, followed by appetizers, cocktails, and punch for the kids. End by luminaria caroling through the historic village.
TICKETS $45/$40.50 members; Children $25/$22.50 members

Wreath ‘N Sip

Join us for a relaxing evening as you design and craft a fragrant seasonal wreath to take home. Grab a drink, take a seat, and we’ll guide you step-by-step in using natural greens and cones to make a wreath to celebrate the season and enjoy its aroma. Perfect to do with friends! Registration includes materials, snacks, and wine. Reservations required.
TICKETS $90/$81 members

Thanksgiving on the Farm

Hancock Shaker Village is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. The grounds are open for you to enjoy. Visit our heritage-breed turkeys in the barnyard and say hello to other animals in the barn. Then create your own crafty barnyard animal in the Discovery Barn to take home. Meander along the Farm & Forest Trail or hike the Shaker Trail. Learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully designed objects in the 19th-century Brick Dwelling anytime, or on tours at 11am and 2pm. Visit our Round Stone Barn at your leisure or join a guided tour at noon. Then head to the Laundry & Machine Shop, witness the power of the turbine, and learn about Shaker sustainability. Woodworking and blacksmithing demos throughout the day. Shop for the holidays in Shaker Mercantile for handcrafted goods you can’t find elsewhere. Warm up with spiced local cider and autumn lunch at Seeds Market Cafe.

Included In Admission/Free To Members

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Thanksgiving on the Farm

Hancock Shaker Village is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. The grounds are open for you to enjoy. Visit our heritage-breed turkeys in the barnyard and say hello to other animals in the barn. Then create your own crafty barnyard animal in the Discovery Barn to take home. Meander along the Farm & Forest Trail or hike the Shaker Trail. Learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully designed objects in the 19th-century Brick Dwelling anytime, or on tours at 11am and 2pm. Visit our Round Stone Barn at your leisure or join a guided tour at noon. Then head to the Laundry & Machine Shop, witness the power of the turbine, and learn about Shaker sustainability. Woodworking and blacksmithing demos throughout the day. Shop for the holidays in Shaker Mercantile for handcrafted goods you can’t find elsewhere. Warm up with spiced local cider and autumn lunch at Seeds Market Cafe.

Included In Admission/Free To Members

FIND OUT MORE.

Thanksgiving on the Farm

Hancock Shaker Village is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. The grounds are open for you to enjoy. Visit our heritage-breed turkeys in the barnyard and say hello to other animals in the barn. Then create your own crafty barnyard animal in the Discovery Barn to take home. Meander along the Farm & Forest Trail or hike the Shaker Trail. Learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully designed objects in the 19th-century Brick Dwelling anytime, or on tours at 11am and 2pm. Visit our Round Stone Barn at your leisure or join a guided tour at noon. Then head to the Laundry & Machine Shop, witness the power of the turbine, and learn about Shaker sustainability. Woodworking and blacksmithing demos throughout the day. Shop for the holidays in Shaker Mercantile for handcrafted goods you can’t find elsewhere. Warm up with spiced local cider and autumn lunch at Seeds Market Cafe.

Included In Admission/Free To Members

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Life and Death in a Backyard

The greens have been washed, carrots pulled and leeks chopped and frozen. Nothing sets me in motion faster than a hard freeze warning. My small garden is now devoid of living things aboveground, and the earthworms who have multiplied and prospered belowground are heading south and into the composting ditches I have dug in circles around the crabapple tree. I grew an amazing amount of food in a tiny space this year, and I am expanding for next.

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