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New North Adams Eatery

Big Shirl's Kitchen











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Looking for inexpensive, basic food in North Adams? Try Big Shirl’s Kitchen on Massachusetts Avenue, which has just opened in the old bus company building.

If you go, let us know how it is. It sounds like a great place to take a car filled with current Ephs. More here.


Sculpture in the Berkshires

On a lighter note, an article in the New York Sun highlights sculpture in the Berkshires this summer. Among the mentions are  the Williams “Eyes” scattered near the art museum and Broke-ology (featuring a garden gnome sculpture as a central character) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Apparently there is an exhibit of garden gates by contemporary artists on the grounds of the Rockwell Museum. The slideshow includes a photo of a sculpture in Lenox, Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa’s “Melt/Water,” consisting of  Adirondack chairs and a deck pointed towards photographs of beach scenes. A speaker plays the sounds of water lapping. Summer fun.


Sports Reporter/Assistant Editor Opening in North Adams

This job might be perfect for a recent Williams graduate. I know Dick Quinn does a great job training student reporters and often has some really talented writers who clearly love sports. Nothing like being paid to do what you love in a place you love.

This is from ,

Openings in Newspapers/Wires
July 22, 2008

Company: North Adams Transcript
Sports reporter
North Adams, Massachusetts
Job Status:  Full-time
Salary:  Not Specified
Ad Expires: 
August 26, 2008
Job ID: 953982


The North Adams Transcript, a six-day daily in the heart of the beautiful Berkshires, has an immediate opening for a full-time sports reporter/assistant sports editor. Cover Division 3 powerhouse Williams College, the North Adams SteepleCats collegiate baseball team and four local high schools with intense rivalries in every sport. Opportunity for advancement. Experience with Quark helpful. Competitive salary and benefits. Please e-mail a cover letter only to Glenn Drohan, editor,, citing your experience and explaining why you would be perfect for this job. New England applicants only, or those with ties to Massachusetts, please.




Today’s New York Times ArtsBeat includes a piece about the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. For the first time, the festival features only one composer: Elliott Carter. And, of course, James Levine isn’t there because he had to leave to have kidney surgery.


Stony Ledge

An article in the Globe on Massachusetts trails describes Stony Ledge (apparently a major venue for Mountain Day activties):

Mountain views: Roaring Brook/Stony Ledge Loop, Lanesborough

Stony Ledge is a group of rocky cliffs with views of Mount Greylock’s summit, the highest in the state (3,491 feet), and the V-shaped wedge of trees on its slopes called The Hopper. From the parking lot on Roaring Brook Road, a 20-minute drive south of Williamstown, follow the path along the right side of the brook. Cross the stream three times until you reach a point where the Roaring Brook and Stony Ledge trails split. Choose the less ardu ous Roaring Brook trail.

Climbing more than a 1,000 feet through a forest of hemlocks, spruces, yellow birches, and beeches, the trail finally reaches Sperry Road. A left on this gravel road through a campground leads to Stony Ledge. From the rocks, you can see the War Memorial atop Greylock and The Hopper’s velvety carpet of trees.

Three hours round trip; moderate to strenuous. From Williamstown, follow Route 7 south past the Route 43 junction. Look for a small wooden sign at the left-hand side of Route 7 indicating the Roaring Brook Trail. This is Roaring Brook Road. Turn left; a small parking lot is on the left