On the Fly™ - Editorial Commentary by Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams

June 14, 2007:  How Now Brown Cow?  The Story of a Pittsfield Cow with a Mission
--by Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams

Mykonos, Greece, (June 14, 2007): Sometimes, when traveling, you just can't get away from home! Cell phones, email, faxes manage to follow you everywhere you go. But on rare occasions, hometown news manages to hit the big time by breaking into international headlines that present themselves glaringly on global television news.

You can only imagine my surprise when I returned to the San Marco Hotel in Mykonos, Greece, from a day exploring the island of Delos, birthplace of the Greek god, Apollo, to be jolted into hometown news being reported on CNN. The internationally newsworthy story focused on Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the city from which my syndicated radio show, Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams, heard coast-to-coast, originates its broadcasts weekly and where the Crowne Plaza Pittsfield Hotel houses the radio studio from which Traveling Feet, the weekly syndicated radio show on which I appear as the travel expert with David Isby, the Barefoot Beachcomber, emanates. The subject of this story about Pittsfield was a cow who chose, on this warm spring day, to wade in the shallow end of a backyard in-ground swimming pool that seemed to be conveniently located and enticing for the local bovine.

The footage of the cow in the swimming pool, while whimsical and downright funny to everyone but the pool owner, captures the rural nature of the glorious surroundings one finds in Pittsfield, located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, a place we call home. But as the story came into focus, it seemed to me that it is unfortunate that it took a cow contemplating doing laps in a pool to draw international attention to this unique city which lies in the heart of Berkshire County located two hours west of Boston and two and a half hours from New York City.

Interestingly, I thought Pittsfield was important enough as a US destination to prominently include it on the itinerary of a VIP media group who visited Massachusetts just two weeks ago from Ireland in conjunction with the inaugural flight of the award-winning Scottish airline, Flyglobespan, which debuted its new route connecting Boston's Logan Airport with Ireland West Airport Knock, located midway between Galway and Donegal. When asked by the airport and airline to create a special itinerary for the radio, television and print media journalists upon their landing at Logan Airport from Ireland on this historic flight, I knew they'd want to see an area where even the cows find creative ways to express themselves, having learned such things from years of exposure to the cultural venues in Berkshire County which exudes creativity.

One would wonder what there is to see in Pittsfield when there are no cows spending a lazy afternoon in backyard pools. It's a shame that International CNN News, seen globally, didn't include mention that this city lays claim to Arrowhead, the home of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, a book translated into as many languages as CNN reaches. You'll find Hancock Shaker Village, an important part of Americana where that cow might have had a chance to experience one of the few remaining round barns in the US. One might have drawn attention to the newly restored Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, the kind of theater that travelers seek out in cities like Vienna, Prague, or Saxony's Leipzig or Dresden to experience old world hand carved and hand painted décor of a bygone era, providing acoustical excellence for performances which are now scheduled year ‘round and where the ghosts of Sarah Bernhardt, Rachmaninoff, Paderewski and so many other greats mingle with the performers of today.

What surprises me is that the cow was not humming a theme from a Mozart symphony, a Gershwin piece or a score from a John Williams film that the cow might have heard carried on the breezes that sweep through Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, throughout Berkshire County each summer. Or maybe that was Beethoven's Moo-Nlight Sonata the cow was “uddering” as it was pulled up the ramp installed in the swimming pool to ease its exit.

Clearly, you can see that Pittsfield is an ever-evolving series of surprises. Take the walking tour of public art, stop by the Berkshire Athenaeum to check out information about the historic and controversial baseball document that validates the playing of baseball in Pittsfield pre-dates the Baseball Hall of Fame's documentation of the first appearance of baseball in the US, and come by Studio 35 across from the Underground Pub at the Crowne Plaza Pittsfield where we broadcast live . . . when we're not broadcasting remotely from places like Mykonos, Greece!

Gotta Fly Now! Sm

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