Join Red Room Radio Redux tonight for an hour of Shakespearean wordplay
Red Room Radio Redux presents "Open Your Ears!" for one night only, Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm, in The Barn"Open Your Ears!" at 1401 Green River Road in Williamstown, This presentation, done in the radio play style, includes accompanying music and enhancing sound effects.
PLUS: Berkshire Author and Educator tour their own backyard to visit hidden, and not-so-hidden, gems
Solos, sonnets, and scenes from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Henry V, and As You Like It, are the pathways "Open Your Ears!" travels to explore the role of the prologue in Shakespeare's works. Lightheartedly staged by volunteer community performers, the show is a breezy 45-minute romp in a cozy, casual setting. Admission is free, and donations to a Berkshire-area literacy program are gratefully accepted.
"Outerborough," by Todd Reynolds (featuring eight composer/collaborators); 2011
"Outerborough," Reynolds’ first solo album, was released in 2011 on Innova Recordings, and is clear evidence of Reynolds’ determination to explore new ideas and sounds. The work is full of fresh, new sounds, but it should still feel familiar to Berkshire residents; all but two of its tracks were recorded and produced at home by Reynolds while living in North Adams.
Berkshire Farm & Table Presents a ‘SlowBerkshires’ Guide to the Region: Local Author Alana and Joey Chernila’s Walk from North to South
Alana and Joey Chernila near the beginning of their week-long hike from Pownal, Vt. to New Canaan, Conn.; submitted photo
Cookbook author and local food celebrity Alana Chernila and her husband Joey, a storyteller and educator, will be walking the length of the Berkshires from north to south this summer in a week-long excursion. They will explore the back roads, stopping at cultural destinations and dining and lodging establishments along the way, many of which they have never visited before. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and Take Magazine, a new magazine featuring New England’s new culture launching this September, will be highlighting their stories as the journey unfolds. Yankee Magazine will feature a story about the walk later this summer and Berkshire Farm & Table will put the spotlight on ‘SlowBerkshires’ for the duration of this epic walk.
The Chernilas’ trek will provide an insider’s guide to the region as they share their story in real time. The walk will highlight a number of topics throughout the week including local food and agriculture, local artisan makers, the rich literary history of the Berkshires and the lure of the landscape.
“We’re always dreaming of taking trips to far-flung places, to get out of our familiar surroundings, but the best remedy for wanting to leave a place might just be to go deeper into it,” said Alana Chernila. “This walk is an incredible opportunity to bring together so many facets of the region that we love and want to know more about so we can share them with people seeking a Berkshire experience.”
Alana’s first book, The Homemade Pantry, has sold 60,000 copies to date, and her much anticipated second book will be published by Clarkson Potter in October 2015. She writes a biweekly recipe column for Rural Intelligence, and a monthly column for TasteBook. She has a dedicated and engaged following on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For more information, visit www.eatingfromthegroundup.com.
The walk will begin on Sunday, July 26, at the Vermont border and continue down through the northern Berkshires where the Chernilas will hike the back of Melville’s mighty whale along the historic 1844 route of American naturalist and writer Henry David Thoreau’s climb to Mount Greylock’s summit. They will visit Melville’s house in Pittsfield, The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox and Naumkeag in Stockbridge. After a quintessential Berkshire experience at Tanglewood,