When we arrived here 25 years ago, we thought we were finding a wholesome place to raise our children. It proved to be that, but even more, it has become a place to raise ourselves. We treasure it for allowing us to be involved with quiet wonders of the world—fields, ponds, woods, animals, music, art, great beer, and more. Some of our happiness is about the Berkshires, but it centers in our personal experience at Sky Dance Farm and our cottage on Pontoosuc Lake.
Why Sky Dance? In his 1948 book The Sand County Almanac, early conservationist Aldo Leopold described the mating flight of the American Woodcock as a sky dance, and during spring twilight, we see this wonderful, dizzy natural event. The western sky at the farm and the lake is open, so we also see approaching weather and sometimes stunning clouds and sunsets. Because we are remote, there is no light pollution at night, so the heavens are amazing–brilliant stars, planets, the moon, and shooting stars. All of these, part of the sky dance.
The farm is only 15 minutes from Williamstown, the Mall, and Pittsfield, but in some ways, time has stood still for this place—sheep have replaced cows, but the fields and woods, the barn, streams and ponds are much as they were 200 years ago. Visitors often remark at how remote and rustic it seems–more than a mile to paved roads or the nearest neighbor. We rent a guest cottage that overlooks the farm, and we sell frozen lamb, eggs, and other farm products.
The Lake House is only 6-7 minutes from the farm–a rentable, large cottage in a park-like setting. It is directly on Pontoosuc’s great pond, with frontage also on the main lake. It is wonderful for swimming, canoeing, fishing, cook-outs, and just hanging out. We plan to retire there when farming is no longer possible, and we often just go there to relax or to have a quiet meal with beautiful views.
These are peaceful, beautiful places, and it is a privilege to share them, our experiences, and our farm products with friends and guests.