Life in the Berkshires
Though the opportunity to serve as the leading educator/administrator of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District is reason enough for a creative and dynamic individual to seek this superintendency, the draw of living in Berkshire County will offer the right candidate an added incentive by offering a unique combination of rural charm and cosmopolitan flare. Set against a backdrop of bucolic rolling hills and scenic vistas, South County is a region of small New England villages, each with its own charm. Situated just over two hours from both Boston and New York City, South County truly combines the best of both worlds.
Most impressive in this area are the large number of art, music and theater venues. Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, impacts everyone in the region; Jacob’s Pillow offers international dance theater in a unique environment; and Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company and the Mahaiwe offer impressive theater experiences. The world-renowned Clark Museum, MASSMoCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Berkshires each year. That Edith Wharton and Herman Melville, Daniel Chester French and Norman Rockwell all called the Berkshires home is a testament to the cultural depth of this region.
In recent years, the “eat local” and “slow food” movements have found a natural home in this area dotted with dairy farms and organic alternative farms. Restaurants pride themselves on displaying “Berkshire Grown” on their menus. Weekly farmers’ markets offer seasonal fresh produce and home-made artisan products in many South County towns. With more than seventy-five restaurants, many with award-winning chefs, it is no wonder the New York Times refers to the area as “the epicenter of food”.
Life in rural New England offers easy access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities. In winter, Jiminy Peak, Butternut Basin, and Catamount ski resorts provide choice activity for many. These ski areas team up with local schools to provide lessons and rentals at discounted rates. In the warmer months, residents and visitors enjoy hiking, cycling and many water activities on our lakes and rivers. South Berkshire County is alive and vibrant with a unique energy that captures the hearts of all who visit. We are confident our new superintendent will come to share in our Eagles and Berkshire pride.
Press coverage for Berkshire County
Berkshire County has received national press attention for its food culture, natural beauty and vibrant community.