About

Berkshire Family Focus
Begun in June of 2012 by Berkshire County blogger, writer and mom Kelly Bevan McIlquham, Berkshire Family Focus is your one-stop source for family activities, events and more in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. From kid-friendly theater to family-focused museum exhibits, outdoor activities and more, we provide an up-to-date calendar of it all. Whether from the Berkshires or just visiting you are sure to find something to satisfy and entertain every member of your family in this online resource and guide. To have your event, business or family-friendly organization featured here, send press releases and detailed information to info@berkshirefamilyfocus.com.

The Founder and Co-Publisher
Kelly Bevan McIlquham

Kelly Bevan McIlquham

Kelly Bevan McIlquham was born and raised in the Berkshires and pours her passion for children, family and the region into this site. She lives in Hinsdale with her husband Mark, three children —Kenna, Max and Shea — and her two dogs Murphy and Titan. She is the founder of Berkshire Family Focus and Renaissance Mom. Contact her at kelly@berkshirefamilyfocus.com.

Co-Publisher
Mary George

Mary George

Before becoming a full-time mom, Mary George spent a decade working as a technology analyst for the Gilder Technology Report (published by Forbes) and later served as president of Gilder Publishing, LLC., in Great Barrington. She was the longtime producer the internationally celebrated Gilder/Forbes Telecosm Conference and went on to co-found Chasing George, LLC, the company that developed and produced The Berkshire Forum at the Colonial Theatre in September 2010. A former high school math and physics teacher, she studied Engineering at Providence College and holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mary resides in the Berkshires with her husband, Chris, and their two children.

Calendar Queen

Regular Contributors
Suzi Banks Baum
Suzi Banks Baum loves hanging laundry. An artist and writer, she created Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others for the March 2013 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Suzi just launched "An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice" which explores mothering and creativity from the perspectives of thirty six women writers and artists. She leads the "Powder Keg Sessions: writing workshops for mothers and others" in Great Barrington. Suzi is a mixed media collage artist, doodler, actor and book maker, she grows fruit and makes jam and writes about seeing and celebrating the sacred in daily life at Laundry Line Divinel. Suzi's upcoming book, “Laundry Line Divine: A Wild Soul Book for Mothers” recounts the wild tale of her adventures raising herself while raising her children. Suzi loves nothing more than swimming in rivers, lakes and oceans with her husband and 2 teenagers who live with her in Great Barrington.

Monica Bliss

Monica Bliss

Berkshire resident, stay-at-home Mom, singer, actress, foodie. Monica is the author of Berkshire Family Focus monthly column "Berkshire Family Eats" and a Berkshire Family Focus "Parent's Eye Review" contributor.

Nik Davies

Nik Davies

Nik Davies spends most of her available time making up stories and writing them down. She also hates Cheetos and dogs named Diablo. She’s the author of the hit YA Fantasy thriller “Fif15teen” and lives alone in Pittsfield unless you count her husband, children, and the ghosts of Fred and Bob their dearly departed tree frogs. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Nancy Hopper

Nancy Hopper

Nancy Hopper has been school nurse at Craneville Elementary School in Dalton since 2007 and has also been employed as a staff nurse at Berkshire Medical Center for 34 years. She lives in the Berkshires with her husband, Michael, and two daughters, Kate, 18, and Sara, 16. Nancy likes her daily walks and spending time with her family.

Izzy Lenihan

Izzy Lenihan

Izzy Lenihan is a life, career and wellness coach and owner of Prescription for Life coaching services. She lives in Pittsfield with her husband Scott and sons Cole and Max. Reach her at 413-446-1765 or coachizzy@gmail.com.

Katie West

Katie West

Katie West currently lives in Dalton where she was born and raised, taking great pride in being a Wahconah Warrior. From 1997-2001 she, Katie attended Furman University in Greenville, South Caroline and later received her masters degree from MCLA. She is a full-time English teacher at McCann Technical HIgh School where she has worked for the past 12 years. She also spends time teaching fitness and yoga classes at the Dalton CRA. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, friends and boyfriend. Katie especially enjoys doing anything outdoors with her Siberian Husky, Utah.

Contributing Photographers
Susan Geller

Susan Geller

Berkshire living has always been in the heart and soul of Susan Geller. A native of Pittsfield, her father’s family arrived in the city from Russia in 1906. This strong bond has been the continual link to the beautiful abundance of the land, and its people. Susan's is the author of three books and has had a 30-plus year in the Berkshires as a writer, photographer and former School Adjustment Counselor.

Casey Albert Photography

Casey Albert Photography

Casey Albert is a local photographer, and owner of Casey Alberts Photography. She specializes in weddings, engagements, family gatherings/reunions, pets, pregnancy, newborns, babies, children and more. Contact her at 413-652-4265

Occasional Contributors
Nichole Dupont

Nichole Dupont

Nichole Dupont is a freelance writer/editor and a native of the Berkshires. She lives with her two children on the edge of a dairy farm, where she writes about fiction, food and feminism. And chases wandering guinea fowl off her property. You can reach her at nichanel@msn.com.

Judith Fairweather

Judith Fairweather

Judith Fairweather, when not serving as stage mom, audition coach and chauffeur, is a social studies teacher at Drury High School in North Adams.

John Krol

John Krol

John Krol is the owner/founder of OneEighty media (http://www.johnkrol.info). He lives in Pittsfield with his wife Allison and newborn son, Arden.

Leo Mazzeo

Leo Mazzeo

Everything at arts indie
A long time Pittsfield resident, but born in Lowell, MA, Leo Mazzeo migrated recently to New Ashford via Lanesborough. He is an artist, photographer, web designer, independent blogger correspondent, and all around advocator for regional arts causes. His company, arts indie, is the catch-all for these endeavors.

Kim Ostellino

Kim Ostellino

Kim lives in Stockbridge with her son and daughter (ages 10 and 9), and enjoys hiking and kayaking when she's not writing or baking. She writes a blog called 'berkshiregirl', sharing all of the best of the berkshires with her readers.

Jenn Smith

Jenn Smith

Jenn Smith is a Berkshire County native and a graduate of Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She's a full-time reporter for The Berkshire Eagle, but also enjoys the opportunity to share additional insights into family-friendly events and family-oriented issues here at Berkshire Family Focus.