From the Editor

Adams Agricultural Fair
A horse and rider round the barrel during the barrel racing portion of the Double M Rodeo at the 2018 Adams Agricultural Fair. Eagle File Photo. Click here to read more.

This issue really captures the essence of UpCountry’s outdoors.

UpCountry correspondent Stephanie Gravalese travels the Berkshires and Southern Vermont on culinary adventures and visited Heirloom Fire — a catering company, but not your typical one. Yes, there’s food. And as the name would imply, yes, there’s fire. But it’s a complete, catered outdoor culinary experience that is both magical, elegant, inventive and sustainable — and oh, yes, delicious.

Staying outside, let’s consider Shakespeare. UpCountry contributor Telly Halkias previews a new Shakespeare festival that’s coming to Manchester in August: Shakespeare in the Woods. If you’re a fan of the bard and a fan of the outdoors, then this is for you. Plus, the region is rich with all things Shakespeare, and Telly has rounded up all the offerings throughout the rest of Southern Vermont and the Berkshires.

When I think of a Berkshires summer, my mind immediately goes to the lawn at Tanglewood. Arts and entertainment writer Benjamin Cassidy interviewed Josh Groban, the youthful operatic pop vocalist who returns to perform at Tanglewood this summer. Josh talked with Ben about his new album, and why he felt that it was crucial to infuse his latest recording effort with more hope and less melancholy.

And rounding it up, there are the quintessentially outdoor New England summer experiences: the agricultural fairs. UpCountry Editor Jennifer Huberdeau happens to be an aggie fair aficionado. So Jen writes about what goes into putting on these multi-day events that are filled with fun, food, competition and entertainment, but at their hearts celebrate all things farming.

We’ll see you out there …

Kevin Moran, Executive Editor
kmoran@berkshireeagle.com

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