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The bird carver

Carvers from around the world come to Bennington to study with Floyd Scholz, one of the best in the world

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The traditional part of the calendar

November and December are months filled with traditions, religious and otherwise. In the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, you can set your clock to certain arts institutions’ offerings, too.

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The Soul of a Violin

Violin-making is a rare craft. There are fewer than 300 makers in the United States, and Berkshire County has been favored with one such artisan, Francis Morris. Morris studied for a career as a cellist but was introduced to instrument-making while still

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Working with fire

Berkshire County’s most famous manipulator of metal is digging around the disheveled entryway to his blacksmith shop in Sheffield, Mass., trying to find an object that marked the turning point in his career.

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24 hours in Northampton …

Time is precious, and so is Northampton. So we decided to give our travel writer Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio just one day for a getaway and to get away to Northampton, a vibrant hub of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

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The maestro

On the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, classical music critic and author Andrew L. Pincus recalls the legendary composer and conductor.