Kelly Bevan McIlquham

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

Intro to Kids Climbing classes scheduled at Kilpatrick Athletic Center in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON – The Kilpatrick Athletic Center at Simon’s Rock will offer beginning climbing classes for kids beginning May 1. See details below. Kid’s Intro to Climb Class- Age: 6 to 9 years Your child will learn climbing safety, basic climbing techniques, and knot tying. Our experienced staff will work with the small group as(…)

Mill City Productions is holding auditions for ages 16 and up for ‘Cinderella Goes Disco’

NORTH ADAMS — Mill City Productions is holding auditions its upcoming production of ”Cinderella Goes Disco”by Shubert Fendrich and directed by Courtney Shapiro. Auditions will be held on: Friday, April 25th at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26th at 3 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Mill City Theatre in Building 4N (next to the Visitor’s Center)(…)

Let’s take a day trip — to the Berkshires

THE BERKSHIRES — Many of you may or may not know that I also write for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau — for their monthly newsletter at times and on their family blog here. Of course, it’s always about family-fun things to do in the Berkshires. My latest newsletter piece was about planning a day trip(…)

Feature: Berkshire parents share their goals and resolutions for 2014

Feature: Berkshire parents share their goals and resolutions for 2014

NOTE: We would be remiss if we kicked off the new year without a post about resolutions. So here it is, and these local parents have some big plans for this year. Whether you’re 8 or 80 chances are when Jan. 1 comes around, you’ve made some sort of resolution for the new year. The(…)

Berkshire Book Bag: Great Barrington Steiner School teachers pen ‘The Hollyhock Dream’

Berkshire Book Bag: Great Barrington Steiner School teachers pen ‘The Hollyhock Dream’

  THE BERKSHIRES — When I received the press release about a new book “The Hollyhock Dream” written by teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School I couldn’t wait to review it here on Berkshire Family Focus. First off, I love promoting local authors here on this site and second, I am fascinated by(…)

Fun with Food: Chinese Pot-stickers

Fun with Food: Chinese Pot-stickers

We may have celebrated the start to a new year in the Berkshire on Jan. 1, but for the Chinese, their celebrations kick off this year on Jan. 31. Why not plan your own Chinese New Year’s party with classic fare like these homemade pork dumplings — a McIlquham family favorite. We like them fried, thus(…)

Holiday Advent ideas courtesy of Berkshire Family Focus and the Berkshire Eagle

THE BERKSHIRES — With Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday taking place today, it is evident that the Christmas season is upon us. In fact, according to Lifetime, The Hallmark Channel and ABC Family, it’s been here since Nov. 1, when the Countdown to the Countdown to Christmas movies began. The holidays even invaded(…)

From the Editor: Berkshire Family Focus Magazine (December 2013)

THE BERKSHIRES — With family still around after Thanksgiving, thoughts of Christmas, decorations, tree trimming, family, family and more family, things have been a little hectic here at the Berkshire Family Focus home office and the homes of our contributors. But we’ve managed to bring you some wonderful features, columns, crafts, recipes and more for(…)

Feature: Berkshire Holiday Walks — a family tradition

Feature: Berkshire Holiday Walks — a family tradition

THE BERKSHIRES — December Holiday Walks have become a Berkshire County staple throughout the holiday season, and this year is no different. Walks taking place from Williamstown to Great Barrington this weekend (Dec. 6-8) not only bring the community together and out into the cold weather this time of year, but have also become a(…)

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