David A. Bowers Mayor of Roanoke, Virginia speaking with a group of journalists at the Roanoke Star and Overlook

Roanoke, VA

David A. Bowers, Mayor of Roanoke met us at the Roanoke Star and Overlook, an historic landmark that provides a fabulous view of the city.

Ted Shawn on the Pillow Rock ca. 1947 (photo: Eric Sanford from the Pillow's archives)

The Berkshires, MA— Jacob’s Pillow

Modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn bought the Jacob’s Pillow farm in Becket, MA. in 1931. Shawn had long harbored a dream of legitimizing dance in America as an honorable career for men, and in 1933, he recruited eight men for a new dance company. In July 1933, Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers started offering “Tea Lecture…

Edith Wharton's home The Mount in Lenox, MA.

The Berkshires, MA Edith Wharton’s The Mount

The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton (1862-1937), is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates her intellectual, artistic and humanitarian legacy. In 1902 Edith Wharton designed and built The Mount as a country retreat where she wrote both Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth. Edith Wharton wrote 40 books over 40…


The Berkshires, MA a bit of history and theater

The Berkshires in Southwestern Massachusettes has, for more than 150 years, inspired writers and artists, who took up residence here because land was cheap and the vistas were exquisite According to Carole Owens, author of The “Berkshire Cottages”—a survey of the palatial summer retreats constructed by millionaires in the post-Civil War Gilded Age—the influx of literary…

Heidi Robertson and Cornelia Seckel heading out to The Berkshires

The Berkshires, MA: Cedar Grove and Olana

After my big birthday celebration at the end of June, Heidi Robertson (childhood friend and road trip buddy- LA to Seattle) and I took off for the Berkshires. Heidi lives in California and could not get enough of the lush green foliage. We began our journey with the Thomas Cole House in Catskill, NY. Thomas Cole…