Writing on the Flip


Writers have come a long way in terms of where their words can be seen. Once relegated to the printed page, now we’re writing for virtual places all the time.

That’s what made a recent — and very tactile — writing assignment so unusual and fun. I was charged with writing a few highlights regarding the Berkshire town of Lenox, which were then placed on the literal flip side of some photo placards.

The placards are just one part of the newly redesigned Lenox Visitors Center, meant to offer information and inspiration to residents, tourists, and business people alike.

A handful of writers contributed to the project; below are a few of the snippets I was able to sneak through.


Placard Photos by Ed Acker.

Prize Secured for Blogtoberfest Guest Post Contest!

There are nine days of October left, and that means nine more days of Blogtoberfest! Guest posts submitted and published between now and Nov. 1 are eligible to win The Jump’s annual contest, and we’ve just secured our first prize, with more to come.

Readers will be asked to choose their favorite post on or about November 1, and voting will run for a week. At that time, one lucky winner will receive a gift basket from Berkshire Naturals and Berkshire Outdoors of Lenox, Mass.!

The holidays are nearly upon us, and this is perfect for gift-giving… but I’m fine with it if you’re gifting yourself. Regardless of who it is, the recipient will receive a basket with a lemongrass-scented soy candle, soap, and foaming hand wash. It’s wrapped and sitting in a cat-proof area of the house now, and I can already smell the lemongrass when I walk by.

I’m psyched about this prize, and grateful to Berkshire Naturals and its owner, Jay. Check out their web site — you can order great, organic stuff right online — if you’re in Western Mass., make a trip to Lenox to visit the store or even go on an outdoor adventure!

Golden Tones: Berkshire Lyric Celebrates 50 Years with Gala Concert

Robert Blafield Berkshire Lyric Theatre Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Lyric Founder Robert Blafield, at piano, with Artistic Director Jack Brown.

Berkshire Lyric, a musical institution that took shape 50 years ago, will take the stage at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall in celebration of its golden anniversary with a gala concert on Sunday, June 9 at 3 P.M.

The 90-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus will be joined by the Blafield Children’s Chorus in an afternoon of choral music from several centuries, ranging from the works of Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven to contemporary American works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and others.

The performance will be led by Berkshire Lyric artistic director Jack Brown and accompanied by Joe Rose, with a special appearance by Berkshire Lyric’s founder Robert Blafield who has written a new work for the occasion, to be performed by the choruses.

Guest soloist Maureen O’Flynn, an internationally acclaimed soprano, will join the Berkshire Lyric chorus in the Mozart piece Laudate Dominum. A native of Stockbridge and a former student of Robert Blafield, O’Flynn has performed in leading roles at major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.

“The chorus is excited to return to this elegant venue after having performed there several times in the early years of the hall’s opening,” said Berkshire Lyric Artistic Director Jack Brown. “This promises to be a very special afternoon with a look back at half a century of community music-making at the highest level.”

Ozawa Hall is one of the foremost concert halls in the world, having opened in 1994 at the Boston Symphony’s world famous summer campus in Lenox. For more information and to order tickets, please visit www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org. Tickets may be purchased by cash or check on the day of the event.

Berkshire Lyric has been a fixture in the Berkshire musical landscape for 50 years, beginning as a lyric theatre performance group. It has since grown to be the only multi-generational music performance and educational group in the Berkshires, providing scholarships, tuition-free education, and quality performance opportunities to Berkshire residents of all ages. As a non-profit, federally tax exempt charitable organization, Berkshire Lyric is supported in part by grants from local Massachusetts Cultural Councils, local corporations and gifts from individual contributors.