• By Joseph Montebello
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The red brick building in Bantam known as the Switch Factory has been home to many and varied businesses, from Pilates studios to antique shop to bookshop to poster gallery. Now added to that mix is the creative and unique studio called Art Room Atelier, conceived by artist Jessica Jane Russell.

The present owners of an antique colonial home that sits off quiet Low Road in Sharon, only about a mile or so from the central village area of this quaint and quintessential Litchfield County town, thought they had found their ideal second home, a place where they could retreat from their h…

This is the story of a group of ambitious voice students; a talented mentor who recognized and fostered their talent amid budget cuts and scarce resources; and a meteoric success that included winning one of the state’s top music awards.

  • By John Torsiello
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Winsted >> The word “no” is rarely heard in Noujaim’s Bistro, located at 436 Main Street in Winsted. As owner George Noujaim says, “I don’t want to hear that word in my restaurant. If a customer wants a dish that he or she doesn’t see on that day’s menu I will still make it for him or her.”

  • By John Torsiello
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East Hartland >> There is a sense of peace that pervades the interior and surrounding property of what is known as “The Nelson House”, located on quiet Mill Street in East Hartland. The historic home, which has been completely renovated and restored by master builder Neil Gilpin and va…

Live music from Gordon Lightfoot and the Dover String Quartet, comfort food cooking classes, local theater productions, a Beatles revival and a weekend of car racing and vintage beauties — all this takes place in Litchfield County and the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts this spring.

  • By Catherine Guarnieri
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James Lenger has built his music businesses much like the chords and arpeggios that he teaches to his students — constructing layer by layer until a strong foundation for a musical composition has been assembled. Over his 23 years of teaching instruments, theory and composition, Lenger has o…

  • By Joseph Montebello
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As a photographer herself, Cassandra Sohn knows what an artist needs to successfully pursue their passion. That is why in 2011 she created Sohn Fine Art Gallery in the Berkshires. But it is so much more than simply a place to display and appreciate the art of photography.

  • By John Torsiello
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Boni Dupont walks downstairs from the second level of The Sheffield Collection, her shop on the southern fringe of Sheffield, Massachusetts’ antiques row. She was busy practicing her craft, which is making by hand, along with her assistant, Nancy Pixley, custom pillows from fabric supplied b…

  • By Matt DeRienzo
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Ralph Nader’s longtime vision for a museum devoted to the kinds of civil lawsuits that have brought the U.S. auto, tobacco and asbestos industries to their knees will become reality on Sept. 26 when the American Museum of Tort Law opens in his hometown of Winsted. Located in the former Winst…

  • By Daniela Forte
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Warren resident Terry Burks has always had a passion for helping veterans. Being a Vietnam War veteran himself, he found a creative and crafty way to support the troops by making bird and bat houses, and profits from sales go to support them.