Kelly Bevan McIlquham

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

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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Recipe testers needed, as well as kid-tested, mother-approved recipes

Recipe testers needed, as well as kid-tested, mother-approved recipes

This summer we asked readers to tell us what they think of Berkshire Family Focus and how we can better serve their needs as parents. We received a lot of requests on how to improve our calendars and more recently we received a request for more kid- and family-friendly recipes. Ironically, we’ve been waiting to(…)

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That’s Life: Leaning towards a vision … for you and your children

  There is an ancient story told of a king whose son was born with a hunchback. For years this king desperately sought help from many to help his son stand up straight. The king tried everything in his power to find the treatment to fix his son, but nothing could change the prince’s fate.(…)

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Weekend Lowdown: Sept. 5-7

BERKSHIRES — I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend! I am sad to say that I will only be doing the Weekend Lowdown’s every other week since I will soon be busy with school at Berkshire Community College. It has surely been a great experience being an intern at BFF. I would like to(…)

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The Weekend Lowdown: Aug. 29-31

THE BERKSHIRES — School is officially here, for most! And by next week the 2014-2015 academic year will have begun for everyone. The kids probably aren’t cheering, but stay-at-home parents can take a breather and have a little quiet time since the kids will be occupied for seven or more hours. But only for a short while,(…)

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Berkshire Theatre Group’s ‘Seussical’ comes to a close [PHOTO GALLERY]

PITTSFIELD — Yesterday the members of the 2014 Berkshire Theatre Group Seuss Troupe took their final bows as the 10 day run of the performance came to a close. I was there to capture this final performance ‘on film’ (or SD card).  

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North Berkshire early education programs and parenting classes gear up for the new school year

NORTHERN BERKSHIRE — The northern Berkshire Parent-Child Home Program is now enrolling children for the 2014-2015 school year, and the Family Resource Center and the Family Place are gearing up for another Parenting Journey Group kicking off in September. The details:  Parent-Child Home Program The program’s goal is to enhance the skills of children that(…)

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Songmei’s Pet Selection: Berkshire Animals D.R.E.A.M.S.

Songmei’s Pet Selection: Berkshire Animals D.R.E.A.M.S.

  PITTSFIELD —  When I was adopted at 3 years old, I was very afraid of cats and dogs. I was so scared that I would make my way from my mom’s lap all the way to her head, clinging to dear life so my aunt’s cat couldn’t lay a paw near me. Who knew that(…)

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Back-Packed For Success back-to-school events scheduled in North Berkshire County

Back-Packed For Success back-to-school events scheduled in North Berkshire County

NORTH ADAMS — The Family Place is hosting a back-to-school event for kids entering Pre-K through sixth grade at local northern Berkshire elementary schools. Students and their parents can get a free backpack filled with school supplies and meet their school principal. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Gabriel Abbott Elementary School, 56 North(…)

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Central Berkshire STAGES Camp ‘Lil Abner [PHOTO GALLERY]

Central Berkshire STAGES Camp ‘Lil Abner [PHOTO GALLERY]

    DALTON — On Friday, July 25, participants of the Central Berkshire Regional School District’s STAGES Camp put on their final performance, ‘Lil Abner, and I was there to snap some photos — and catch my youngest son, Shea, as Marryin’ Sam (above left).

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