Kelly Bevan McIlquham

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

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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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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