That very comfort and flavor variety is brought to you by SoCo Creamery
, which also supports small dairy farms from our East Coast neighbours in Vermont and New York. I got an opportunity to interview Erik Bruun, the owner of Great Barrington’s favorite ice cream store.
1985 marked the beginning of Erik Bruun’s career in Great Barrington, MA. As a newspaper reporter he became acquainted and involved with the community very quickly. Realising the problems facing the community at the time, Erik Brunn became the founding board president of Railroad Street Youth Project
, a youth empowerment organization based in Great Barrington. This non-profit aims to help young people through challenging moments of adulthood and assist in discovering their place in the world.
Erik Bruun shared his high expectations and excitement for what Berkshire Busk!
has brought to Great Barrington:
“After the last year of being cooped up and looking at life like it is something to ‘go through,’ Berkshire Busk! is a chance to go out and have a sense of celebration through creativity. Not every performance will be life changing, but it’s the small moments in life that are the most important. This festival will add some more depth to the community.”
As per usual, I had to ask Erik Bruun for his favorite spot in town (other than SoCo Creamery
, of course). He claimed that everyone who comes to Great Barrington has
to check out the RiverWalk
. The RiverWalk
is a historic place and a tribute to the tight-knit and caring community of Great Barrington. After a large fire in the eighties, the town riverbank was filled with debris, which was cleaned up at the Denny Alsop Riverbank Clean-Up with sixteen volunteers in 1988. This turned into a beautiful transformation of the river and an important step in changing people’s attitude towards the community and the public space they shared.
A perfect weekend:
Friday and Saturday: we jam out at Berkshire Busk, then Sunday, we go to SoCo Creamery
and get our favorite ice cream flavor (my personal favorite is Butter Pecan). Then, a stroll across the RiverWalk
, taking a moment to look around and appreciate the clean river. And always remember not to litter!