24 06, 2020

Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

2020-07-06T09:29:59-04:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Updated 7/6/20 

As Massachusetts moves through its phased reopening of businesses by industry and region, please check with venues and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans.

For more information on reopening Massachusetts, visit Reopening Massachusetts website. Massachusetts is currently in Step One of Phase Three.

Governor Baker has issued an Order  requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health advises all people in Massachusetts to keep at least 6 feet distance from others when in public.

June 30th Updated Guidelines:  All travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, beginning July 1, 2020, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days.  In addition, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes.  All persons are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.  Massachusetts Visitor Self Quarantine Instructions

We continue to monitor the situation and will provide tourism-related updates. Travelers are encouraged to visit the  Massachusetts Department of Public Health Website

Additional information on the Stockbridge, MA region:

  • Lodging open to the public with restrictions. Call ahead for details and Bookdirect for the best available rate.

  • Our boutiques and charming shops are open with limited capacity and safety guidelines, while some offer online shops.

  • Outdoor and indoor dining is open. Restaurants and patrons will have to follow safety guidelines.

  • Outdoor, recreational activities such as parks, trails, tennis, boating and golf, are permitted so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place.

  • Outdoor gardens and some museum and historic sites are opening their grounds with restrictions with some offering timed entry.

  • Most Museums, Culture and Historic sites are open with indoor access as part of Phase 3.

  • Most Campgrounds and RV parks are open Statewide.

  • Some Public and private beaches/lakes are open with certain restrictions.

  • Some Fitness centers and health clubs (including yoga studios and pools) are open.

  • Some Movie theaters and outdoor Performing Arts venues are open

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23 03, 2020

COVID-19 in the Berkshires

2020-07-06T09:34:43-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Press, Uncategorized|

Information & Resources Regarding COVID-19 in the Berkshires                  updated 7/6/20

As cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread worldwide and throughout the United States, including Massachusetts, we continue to monitor the situation and will provide informational updates.

Current Reopening Phase: Phase 3- Step 1

Reopening Massachusetts– the official website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ reopening plan.

Reopening Massachusetts Report – View and download the Commonwealth’s report on reopening the economy.

Reopening: When Can My Business Open? – Visit this link to learn more from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about the different phases of reopening, and which types of businesses can reopen during each phase. This resource will be updated from time to time as the situation allows.

Reopening: Four-Phase Approach – Visit this link for information about the four phase approach to reopening the Commonwealth’s economy.

Before reopening all businesses large and small must follow these guidelines:
  • Create a Control Plan This Control Plan does not need to be submitted to the State but must remain on file in case of any employee or customer complaints to the local board of health
  •  Compliance Attestation Businesses must attest that they have completed a control plan, and post it on premises
  • Employer  and Worker  posters must be posted. Describe social distancing rules and protocols for hygiene, cleaning, and disinfecting
  • Mandatory safety standards for all workplaces apply to all MA businesses
  • Sector-specific protocols
    • Under each Sector review your circulars and checklists on How to adjust operations for public safety
What supplies do I need to reopen my business or return to work?

As an employer, you must:

  • Require masks and coverings for all employees
  • Provide handwashing supplies and capabilities
  • Sanitize high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site
  • Additional mandatory workplace safety standards can be found here
  • As an employee, you must wear a face covering or mask at your workplace
  • Southern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee announced starting this week any private, non-profit or non-governmental organizations that are requesting PPE supplies should follow this new process: Send an email to reoc34.manager@mass.gov
    • In the email include:
      • Agency Information
      • Contact Person
      • Staff Size
      • Specific items, including sizes and quantities
      • Burn rate of the items (requests should be limited to enough for 7 days)
      • Address they want it shipped
  • Complete List of Emergency Orders & Guidance
  • On July 2nd, Gov. Baker announced Phase III of the state’s gradual reopening will begin on Monday, July 6th. Phase III, like Phase II, will be implemented in steps. He also said it would last longer than Phase II so officials “can closely monitor the impact” of the new steps. And he announced updated guidelines on indoor and outdoor gatherings. For the City of Boston, Phase III and the gatherings order will take effect on Monday, July 13. He urged people to be vigilant and continue to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, wash their hands, and stay home if they’re sick.
  • On June 30th, Governor Baker issued gave a Travel Update: All travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, beginning July 1, 2020, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days.  In addition, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes.  All persons are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
    Massachusetts Visitor Self Quarantine Instructions
  • Phase 3 of the Reopening has been delayed until July 6, at the earliest.
    • Phase 3 businesses and organizations include:
    • Fitness centers and health clubs (including yoga studios and pools)
    • Movie theaters
    • Museums
    • Performing arts venues
    • Overnight camps
    • Indoor and outdoor sports programs
    • Indoor historic sites
  • Restaurant and Lodging Guidance:  The Administration on June 6th issued workplace safety standards for restaurants and lodging. These workplace specific safety standards are organized around four distinct categories covering Social Distancing, Hygiene Protocols, Staffing and Operations and Cleaning and Disinfecting.
  • Restaurants: Outdoor dining will begin at the start of Phase II. Indoor dining will begin later within Phase II, subject to public health data. Even when indoor seating is permitted, use of outdoor space will be encouraged for all restaurants. For full restaurant guidance, click here.
  • Lodging: Hotels, motels and other lodging businesses will be allowed to expand their operations in Phase II. Lodging safety standards apply to all forms of lodging including hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, short term residential rentals including Airbnb and VRBO. For full lodging guidance, click here. 
  • On May 18th, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19.
  • One June 1, 2020 Governor Baker issued an Executive Order that provides a detailed list of businesses and activities that fall into Phases II, III, and IV of the Commonwealth’s Re-Opening Plan. The Order also permits all Phase II enterprises, including retail, to begin preparations to safely resume operation in advance of the start of the second phase. In addition to the retail sector, the Executive Order details further requirements for the safe resumption of amateur youth and adult sports and outdoor dining.
    Effective immediately, the Executive Order permits Phase II businesses to reopen their physical workplaces to workers only to conduct necessary preparations prior to the start of Phase II. Preparations include but are not limited to completing a COVID-19 Control Plan, implementing sector-specific protocols, and complying with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards.
     For Reopening Phase II Executive Order,
     For Childcare Provider Reopening Order,
  • The Governor announced on May 29, 2020 that restaurants could resume outdoor dining when Phase 2 of his plan begins and add indoor dining with restrictions later in Phase 2. Hotels could also begin welcoming guests when Phase 2 begins. On May 18th, Governor Baker announced new reopening guidelines. Reopening Massachusetts
  • On May 1, 2020 Governor Baker issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public situations when appropriate social distancing measures are not possible. ORDER | GUIDANCE
  • On April 28, 2020 Governor Baker announced all Non-essential businesses and organizations must stay shuttered and Massachusetts residents should stay at home to May 18th.  An order to limit all gatherings to 10 people or less was also being extended to May 18th. He stressed that essential businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, and gas stations, would remain open. Liquor stores, hardware stores, auto repair shops, and pet supply stores can also continue to operate, and restaurants can continue to provide take-out or delivery service. Click here for the essential services extension order.
  • On April 22, Governor Baker issued an emergency order extending the closure of all public and private schools through the end of the school year, and the closure of all non-emergency child care programs until June 29, 2020 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.
  • MA Department of Public Health Advisory Regarding Face Coverings and Cloth Masks (4/10/20). Read this advisory for information about the Department of Public Health’s guidance for making and wearing a mask in public places like grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • On April 7, the Department of Public Health issued an emergency order regarding grocery store operations and occupancy limits. (See the Order)
  • On March 31, Baker announced that hotels, motels and online services such as Airbnb are now only permitted to offer rooms for “limited purposes” including “direct efforts related to the fight against COVID-19.” He cited as an example for healthcare workers and state residents displaced from their homes as a result of the virus. Hotel/Motel Guidance
  • On March 24, Governor Baker asks all travelers arriving in Mass to self-isolate. “Would-be visitors to Massachusetts should stay home, and anyone who must come to the state from elsewhere should self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.” Electronic road signs will be placed along the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 84 and other major highways, especially toward the south, where New York has emerged as the national epicenter of the coronavirus. Commuters who cross into Massachusetts for work will still be allowed to come. Click here for Stay at Home Advisory

Hotlines & Text Alerts

  • Stay informed -Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALLTOTALK” option
  • Text Alerts – Text “COVIDMA” to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alerts straight to your phone and stay up to date with the latest news + updates from the Commonwealth.
  • MEMA’s Emergency Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline: 508-820-2094 (M–F, 8AM – 4PM)
  • Berkshire Medical Center toll-free hotline for questions/concerns: 855-BMC-LINK – or – 855-262-5465 (7 days/week, 7AM – 7PM)
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health: 617-983-6800 (24-hour emergency hotline)

Commonwealth of Mass Resources & Federal/International Resources

National Alliance on Mental Health in Berkshire County Resources
Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Berkshire AA Intergroup
Berkshire Al-Anon
Berkshire County NA

  • Tri-Town Health Department
  • Town of Stockbridge
  • Berkshire Health Systems has established a toll-free hotline for questions regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is open from 7 AM to 7 PM seven days a week. Call 855-BMC-LINK (855-262-5465)

    • Berkshire Health Systems Community Nutrition Support
    • Emergency Food Map
    • Berkshire South Regional Community Center announces Nourishing Neighbors, a new supplemental community meal program running for eight weeks and beginning today, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Through Nourishing Neighbors Berkshire South will distribute 500 restaurant-prepared cold to-go meals each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. with the help of a volunteer team. Meal recipients will drive up to a non-contact distribution system in the circle of the front lot at the community center.
    • United Methodist Church, 6 Holmes Road, (behind NBT Bank) The Food Pantry is a cooperative effort on the part of all the area churches of Lenox; St. Ann’s, St. Helena’s, United Church of Christ (Church on the Hill), Trinity Episcopal, United Methodist Church of Lenox and St. Vincent de Paul. Saturdays from 10am to 11am
    • Lee Food Pantry: 45 Railroad St., Lee. Serves people in Becket, Lee, Lenox Dale, Otis, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge,
      Saturdays from 10am to noon, 413-266-1141, website
    • Berkshire Hills Regional School District Meals & Pickup Locations
    • Meals on Wheels is still running. Please call Elder Services of Berkshire County at 413-499-0524 for more information.
    • 1 Berkshire has a countywide Eat Local Food takeout list 
    • Eat Berkshires offers a list of restaurants that are serving take out orders
    • First Congregational Church Stockbridge, Open Table provides well-prepared, healthy meals to the Stockbridge area for whoever wants or needs them.

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Best Practices & Tips

  • Practice good hygiene
    • Wash hands often. Avoid touching your face.
    • Avoid close contact. Practice social distancing (at least 6 feet).
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and areas.
  • Avoid meetings & travel
    • Use video and phone conferencing options when possible.
    • Postpone large meetings, gatherings, and events.
    • Assess the risks of business travel.
  • Stay home if…
    • If you feel sick, stay home.
    • If your immediate family feels sick, stay home.
    • Give sick family members their own room, if possible, and have only one family member care for them. Consider providing additional protections for household members who are 65 years or older, or who have underlying conditions. Limit visitors.
  • Stay calm & prepare
    • Stay calm. Know the signs and symptoms. Follow official resources to stay informed.
    • Consider stocking up on 30-day supply of prescriptions, plus non-perishable foods and toiletries. Please refrain from wiping out store shelves. The entire community can prepare.
    • Establish plans to telework, arrangements for childcare, ways to communicate with family and friends, and how to adapt to cancelled events.
    • Check in on neighbors and friends, especially people who live alone.


11 03, 2020

Stockbridge Coffee & Tea

2020-03-11T11:40:52-04:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

A coffee shop and bookstore in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. We serve an organic & fair trade bold house coffee alongside medium and lighter profiles from local roastery, Six Depot. We offer espresso and specialty beverages, as well as pastries and quiche from SoMa Catering in West Stockbridge. We sell gently used books and regularly host readings, art receptions and live music.

6 Elm Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 931-7044




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4 03, 2020

Prado de Lana Sheep Farm Yarn and Wool

2020-03-25T15:21:05-04:00March 4th, 2020|Categories: Fashion & Accessories, Other, Shopping, Uncategorized|

We are a family run sheep farm specializing in wool products from our Romney, Lincoln Longwool, and CVM/Romeldale Sheep. Our store offers Wool yarn, roving, project bags, teas, soaps, candles, messenger bags, yarn bowls, pelts, notions bags, calendars, notecards, pattern books.

44 Main Street
P.O. Box 485
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(610) 233-8105




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3 01, 2020

West Stockbridge Village Association

2020-01-03T10:27:54-05:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Chambers & Communities, Uncategorized|

West Stockbridge is the western gateway to the Berkshires and was settled in the 1670’s.
West Stockbridge Village Association has over 45 business members in town.

We promote West Stockbridge, its people, its history and its unique rural character.

P.O. Box 148
West Stockbridge, MA 01266

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17 06, 2019

Kickshout Communications

2019-07-26T12:18:42-04:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Marketing, Media, Design, Uncategorized|

Kickshout provides email, web, and direct mail creative and copywriting. I also serve a niche in helping to formulate, write and develop visuals for business plans, grants and other proposals, having raised tens of millions in venture funding.

81 Hawthorne Street
Stockbridge, MA 01240

(413) 551-7292


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24 04, 2019

2019-05-17T15:38:58-04:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Summer of Stockbridge: SO much to Celebrate!

50th Anniversaries for Chesterwood, Norman Rockwell Museum, And The Red Lion Inn
100th Anniversary of Austen Riggs Center

For nearly 300 years, Stockbridge has been a magnet for some of America’s most captivating and creative minds. Its charm, beauty and proximity to urban centers have helped establish it as a hub of tourism and culture, which defines our small town. This year we celebrate milestone anniversaries for 4 of the town’s most significant institutions: The Red Lion Inn, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Austen Riggs Center and Chesterwood. Learn more about the fascinating intersections between these organizations when you join us for the Summer of Stockbridge: A Season of Celebrations!

-The daughter of Daniel Chester French, Margaret French Cresson, was an accomplished sculptor in her own right; she was friends with Dr. Lawrence Kirby Lunt at Austen Riggs and sculpted his son, Larry, in 1924.

-In 1896 Daniel Chester French and wife Mary came to Stockbridge to look for a country home. They stayed at the Red Lion Inn and fell in love with Stockbridge.

-The Austen Riggs Alumni reunion was held at the Red Lion Inn in 1994.

-The Corner House was saved by Jane Fitzpatrick and the “Founding Mothers”, and the house evolved into the first Norman Rockwell Museum from 1969-1993. The Corner House was recently purchased by the Austen Riggs Center.

-Rockwell initially moved to Stockbridge in 1953 to be near the Austen Riggs Center, for his wife Mary’s treatment.

-Rockwell painted the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge Firehouse and the Fitzpatricks, plus many other local residents including James Mower, long-time superintendent of the Austen Riggs Center, were his models, and several local scenes (Most notably Main Street at Christmas, when RLI was still closed during the winter months.)

-Rockwell developed a relationship with renowned psychoanalyst Erik Erikson; their professional relationship and friendship is explored in the Museum’s summer exhibition.

-Jack Fitzpatrick collected Rockwell signed prints and artist proofs, which are on view at the the Red Lion Inn.

-Rockwell painted several depictions of Abe Lincoln, including one with Daniel Chester French’s seated Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, featured during Rockwell’s Stockbridge years. French completed the 1916 plaster model for his Lincoln figure in his studio, which remains on view at Chesterwood, the artists’ home and studio in Stockbridge.

-Recognizing the role of the creative process as part of mental health, Joan Mowat Erikson introduced the Riggs Activity Program and Theatre 37 at the Riggs Lavender Door.

-There is correspondence between Margaret French Cresson and Norman Rockwell in the Chesterwood archives at Chapin Library, Williams College.

-In 1964, there was an exhibition on the work of Norman Rockwell at Chesterwood.

-Both the wife, Mary A. French, and daughter, Margaret French Cresson, of Daniel Chester French sought medical treatment from doctor’s at Austen Riggs, including Dr. Riggs himself.

For details on the Summer of Stockbridge Celebrations click on links below

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Fitzpatricks and The Red Lion Inn

Norman Rockwell Museum celebrating 50 Years of Illustration Art

Austen Riggs Center celebrating 100 Years of Lives Reclaimed

Chesterwood celebrating their 50th Anniversary

13 03, 2019

Williamstown Chamber of Commerce

2019-03-13T12:07:22-04:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Chambers & Communities, Uncategorized|

Discover Williamstown – A Unique Village where art, culture, and natural beauty thrive.  There’s no other place quite like it!  Nestled in the westernmost corner of Massachusetts, it’s a short drive from NYC, Boston and Montreal.

PO Box 357
84 Spring Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 458-9077