Kelly Bevan McIlquham

Berkshire Family Focus posts about family life in the Berkshires written by its founder and Berkshire County mom, Kelly Bevan McIlquham.

Four more chances to catch this free family-friendly production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — The inaugural play being presented at Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park at Springside Park is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. My family had the pleasure of attending last Saturday night’s performance, and you have four more opportunities to catch it this Thursday through Sunday, July 24-27. We left our toddler with my(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: July 25-27

THE BERKSHIRES — Hello, everyone! Hope you all enjoyed my first Weekend Lowdown last week for The BFF. Last week I had a some fun exploring some of my favorite spots in the Berkshires, too. Some highlights were going to Shiro’s Sushi Lounge in Pittsfield with my mom (there is also one in Great Barrington); watching “Maleficent”(…)

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North Adams, Adams, and Pittsfield host free summer breakfast and lunch programs

THE BERKSHIRES  — Did you know the North Adams and Pittsfield Public Schools and Adams-Cheshire Regional School District offer free breakfast and lunch programs throughout the summer for North Adams and Pittsfield children under the age of 18?  The schedule of locations and times is below: North Adams — Call 413‐776‐1630 for more information. Brayton Elementary School, 20 Barbour St.: Through July 31,  7:45‐8:45 a.m. (breakfast); 11 a.m.‐12:30 p.m.(…)

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Some jet skiing family fun was had at Pontoosuc Lake yesterday [PHOTO GALLERY]

LANESBOROUGH — Yesterday afternoon my husband, 12-year-old son, Shea, and I headed to Matt Reilly’s in Lanesborough to enjoy a little lunch and jet ski racing lakeside at Pontoosuc. It was hot and exciting (smelled a little like gas from time to time), but a good time was had by all. In fact, it was(…)

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Berkshire Book Bag: ‘I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You’: Marriage and parenthood — Courtney Maum gets it

“Somewhere in the losing of my love for Anne, I lost a little bit of my love for everything else.” ~ “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You,” by Courtney Maum, 336 pages. $25.99. From the Oprah Magazine to Glamour, the Today Show to People Magazine, Courtney Maum’s debut novel, “I Am Having(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: July 11-13

  THE BERKSHIRES — This will be my last week of bringing you the Weekend Lowdown for a while, as I’m turning the reigns over to our summer intern, Songmei Robinson. Songmei attended Pittsfield Public Schools and is now entering her junior year at Berkshire Community College, with hopes of pursuing a career in journalism. We(…)

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Parent’s Eye Review and Giveaway: ‘Irma Vep’ is a teen-friendly, campy romp in the woods

‘The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful,’ by Charles Ludlan, directed by Aaron Mark, plays at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge, through July 19. Tickets $42-$62 All kids, even those of us who are kids at heart, are impressed by good magic tricks. “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at Berkshire Theatre Group’s(…)

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And the winner of the Jacob’s Pillow ‘Bleu’ giveaway is …

We had two tickets to giveaway to the family-friendly production of ‘Bleu’ at Jacob’s Pillow playing July 2-6. There were so many entries and great reasons why families wanted to share the tickets, which is why we choose via random.org. And the winner that was chosen was Teva O’Rourke. Teva, please shoot us an email(…)

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Renaissance Mom: A leaf on our family bush needs your help as he battles Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

In my house we never discussed our family tree, but often commented on our Family Bush. You see, our “family tree” is short and wide, much more a bush than a tree. Growing up, I knew that family wasn’t defined by blood, but rather by your feelings for a particular person and your actions toward(…)

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We’ve got tickets to give away to the interactive family-friendly ‘Bleu!’ at Jacob’s Pillow [GIVEAWAY]

BECKET — Jacob’s Pillow has and upcoming performance that is perfect for families with children — “Bleu!” — and we’ve got two tickets to give away. From July 2 through 6 the innovative dance -theater company Compagnia TPO from Italy will perform “Bleu!,” an interactive spectacle of light, animation, and movement — a magnificent theater experience for children(…)

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