Just Outside the Berkshires

Family and Kid Friendly Activities, Events and Things to Do in Just Outside the Berkshires, Berkshire County Massachusetts

Weekend Lowdown: Oct. 17-19

  THE BERKSHIRES — Fall illness has hit the Berkshire Family Focus headquarters — the McIlquham household. Coughing and sniffling is commonplace. Vicks rubs have become a part of our nighttime routine and over the counter medications help us get through the day. What would be wonderful? If one of our readers would send us their(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Oct. 3-5

  THE BERKSHIRES — Happy first day of October. When I was in elementary school I remember a teacher telling our class that it was good luck to say “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” at the beginning of each month. Why? I never asked, but after a quick Google search last night I found that it’s an old(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Sept. 26-28

THE BERKSHIRES — Fall is the air and festivals fill up the calendar this weekend from North to South Berkshire County. Local businesses are gearing up for Halloween and there is spooky (and not so spooky) fun to be had in Hancock and Cheshire this weekend with the opening of Jiminy Peak’s 13 Nights and(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Sept. 19-21

THE BERKSHIRES — Fall is in the air  … you can feel it, smell it AND Berkshire area fall festivals have arrived. From weekend-long music, pumpkin and town festivals to movie nights, family hikes and football competitions, there is no lack of activity this weekend. Once again, it’s just figuring out which event to attend. Good luck(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Sept. 12-14

THE BERKSHIRES — For many, New Years is the time to regroup, refresh, make resolutions and get your life together. My new year always begins in September, when the kids are back to school and I can take a breath, reorganize my house, my schedule and get the kids back on track — with homework, sports, chores(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Aug. 22-24

BERKSHIRES- Greetings! I am sure everyone is trying to thoughtfully schedule every last fun-filled event in their planners that the Berkshires has to offer this summer. Last week was quite enjoyable for me because I went to the Eleanor Sonsini shelter in Pittsfield for my BFF pet column and was there at the perfect time to see(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Aug. 15-17

BERKSHIRES — Even though the homework load and long school days will be here in a blink of an eye, the school bell has not rung yet. Enjoy the August air, carefree nights and time with family and friends until then. The events in the Berkshires are always pleasurable and ongoing and there are plenty of plays,(…)

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The Cummington Fair is set for Aug. 21-24 and we’ve got four tickets to give away

The Cummington Fair is set for Aug. 21-24 and we’ve got four tickets to give away

CUMMINGTON — The 146h Annual Cummington Fair is set to begin Thursday, Aug. 21, and run through Sunday, Aug. 24, at the fairgrounds located at 97 Fairgrounds Road in Cummington. Families will be treated to livestock demonstrations, truck pulls, tractor parades, crafts, carnival rides, music, food and more over the four day affair, and guess(…)

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Helping a Berkshire County family with young children devastated by a house fire

PITTSFIELD — On June 5, Nik Davies had us laughing out loud with her column Loose Shoelaces about teaching her then 4-year-old granddaughter, Armoni, how to tie her shoes. Monday night, Aug. 4, tragedy struck and on Tuesday, Aug. 5, we received this group message from Nik via Facebook: “You may have heard about the house(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Aug. 8-10

BERKSHIRES — There’s a saying that August is the Sunday of summer. And with one week behind us and only a few more until the kids head back to school, I hope everyone is enjoying all that the Berkshires has to offer in the summertime? I know I am. This has been one of my busiest(…)

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