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Architectural Digest
A weekend in Hudson, New York

The magazine chooses eight must-visit spots, including Wm. Farmer and Sons, Finch, 3FortySeven and Hawkins New York.

The Washington Post
The Hudson Valley Strikes a Picture-perfect Balance

Now is the perfect time to take in our region’s outstanding art, culture, history and food.

The Wall Street Journal
The Art of the Dealer: Gallerist Jack Shainman

The Williamstown, Mass. native shares how he chooses art for his NYC and Kinderhook, NY galleries.

The New York Times
A New Director for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Pamela Tatge from Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts will be the new executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance.

The Wall Street Journal
Gregory Crewdson: When Photos Meet the Movies

The lauded photographer with local roots returned to Becket, Mass. to shoot his latest series, “Cathedral of the Pines,” which will be shown at Gagosian Gallery in NYC from Jan. 28—March 5.

The New York Times
What Nancy Fuller Ginsberg Loves

The “Farmhouse Rules” TV host shows off her Hudson, N.Y. home.

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10 Things To Love About New Lebanon, New York

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Like most of the small towns and villages that make up our unique area of the world, New Lebanon, New York is a mixture of fascinating history and modern-day sweet spots. RI editor Lisa Green encourages you to do more than just drive through and eye the scenery (although there’s an abundance of breathtaking spots to do just that). Explore Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon with a knowledgeable tour guide, or have a local demonstrate animal tracking, woodland foraging, glass blowing, farming or other rural skill as part of Behold! New Lebanon. Afterwards, treat yourself to homemade goodies from Blueberry Hill Café, Mario’s or Kendall House, and end your evening by Tannery Pond at a concert featuring internationally recognized musicians.

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20 Railroad Public House Chugs Into A Favorite Space

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It’s always big news in Great Barrington, Mass. when a restaurant changes hands, and in the case of 20 Railroad Public House — which took over for 20 Railroad Street — the news is good. It’s a collaboration of GB native Ben Downing and Laura Shack of Firefly in Lenox, and they’ve created a menu that clearly speaks to the palates and sensibilities of rural intelligencers. Our reviewer, Hannah Van Sickle Barrett, lauds the owners and Chef Drew Jacobs’ creativity and passion for local and seasonally inspired foods. She had us at lamb sandwich with caper raisin puree and garlic yogurt on a brioche bun, and as we kept reading, we realized we needed to get there fast. But it sounds like we’ve been beaten to it already.

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Garden writer Madaline Sparks’ favorite color is green, specifically chartreuse, in any variation of pistachio, acid, lime, neon, yellow-green or golden. She shows us how versatile a color it is to use in the garden, and what color combinations to add it to. Plus she suggests a host of plants to consider in this vibrant color story.

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Chesterwood’s 38th annual sculpture exhibition featured 24 glass pieces by internationally recognized glass artists; and Barrington Stage Company’s gala marked 21 years with a performance by actor/singer Tony Yazbeck, currently on Broadway, but who starred in the company’s 2012 production of "On The Town."

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Summer means swimming and why not do it in style with a private dunk, day or night, in your own inground pool on one of these expansive estates. Or throw a pool party; all of these spacious homes are built for entertaining, offering amenities like an outdoor kitchen, hot tub, dining terraces, and acres of privacy. C’mon in—the water’s fine!

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In Barrington Stage Company’s world premiere by Christopher Demos-Brown, commissioned by the company, an estranged interracial couple wait at a Miami police station for word on their missing son, Jamal. Reviewer Dan Shaw says it forces you to think deeply, as good theater should.

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We couldn’t fit the entire name of the recipe here but you need to know that it includes a blueberry whiskey compote. Our new contributor, pastry chef Audrey Leary (co-owner of Blackberry River Baking Company in Canaan, Conn.) says the whiskey brings out the sweetness in the blueberries.

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Cynthia De Pecol is and has been a holistic life coach, wellness expert, yoga instructor, wife, and mother. But the Washington, Conn. resident has recently taken on a brand-new title — tote bag designer — with her creation of the perfect bag for your weekly farmers market trips.

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Instant Intelligence

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our Dining, Music & Dance, Visual Arts, Shopping, Books, Theater, Movies, Kids, and Save the Date sections. Please submit your own event to

July 1, Williamstown Clark Art Tapas on the Terrace: enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious food as you take in the view from the Clark Center’s Fernández Terrace. The summer tapas bar offers a variety of Spanish-inspired small plates for sale, accompanied by wine and beer. 3-7 p.m.

July 1—3, Great Barrington Berkshires Arts Festival Juried show of 200 artists & artisans featuring ceramics, paintings, jewelry, glass, wood, fashion, photography & more. Enjoy live music, workshops, demos & kids’ activities. Friday & Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-5. Ski Butternut.

July 1—3, Sharon Great Attic Classic Sharon Historical Society’s tag sale at 18 Main St. will feature rare treasures & deals on Fri. from 6-8 p.m. during an early buying party & silent auction. Early buying Sat. 9-10 a.m. Free admission Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

July 1—3, Red Hook Bard Summerscape Fantasque, a new ballet for all ages by choreographer John Heginbotham & puppeteer Amy Trompetter. Giant puppets & human dancers perform along with giant babies, angels, devils, rats & a restaurant full of tuxedo-wearing fish. 

July 2, Great Barrington Michael Wainwright Outlet Store All Fired Up Again: 3rd annual free event featuring 20-50% off everything in the store; pieces to decorate & have fired in the kiln; local pizza, lemonade, ice cream & beer; and music from the Blue Ribbon Trio. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

July 2, Monterey Bidwell House Museum Township #1 Day: free community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history, featuring live music, crafts, games, face painting, a baking contest, nature walks, demonstrations and more. 1-4 p.m.

July 2, Hillsdale Leaf Peeper Concert Series Gala Benefit Clarion Concerts in Columbia County (The Leaf Peepers) will hold a concert featuring the Jacques Thibaud String Trio and Eugenia Zukerman on flute. 3 p.m.

July 2, Stockbridge Billy Miles’ 111th Birthday Celebration Join Berkshire Theatre Group for a performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, followed by a private reception with the cast to celebrate former BTG artistic director William “Billy” Miles. Proceeds benefit the festival archives. 7 p.m.

July 2, Chatham PS21 The 11th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert will feature the award-winning fiddler and violinist Jeremy Kittel and his quartet. 7:30 p.m.

July 2 & 3, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe “VIVA MOMIX” features a collection of MOMIX company and audience favorites, creating a show that breaks the bounds of the conventional and enters an aesthetic orbit all its own. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

July 3, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef Summer Cocktail Primer: Jake and Lauren of Red & Brown will show how to turn fresh fruit into ice cubes, create simple syrup infusions, and master classic summer cocktails that can be made for a pitcher or punch bowl. 3-5 p.m.

July 3, North Adams Movie at the Airport MASS MoCA presents a screening of Around the World in 80 Days at Harriman-West Airport. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and a full bar on site. Bring your own chair. 8:30 p.m.

July 4, Lenox Shakespeare & Company Reading of The Declaration of Independence & Fourth of July Celebration: a free day of music, song, barbeque and a reading with Gov. Deval Patrick, State Senator Ben Downing, State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli & journalist Ted Koppel. 1:30-5 p.m.

July 4, Germantown Clermont An Old-Fashioned Independence Day: a day of 18th c. crafts, reenactors, music & entertainment. Then, enjoy live music, food and fireworks over the Hudson River from Saugerties. 2-10 p.m.

July 4, Litchfield Pet Parade & Turn-of-the-Century Fest The Litchfield Historical Society invites the community (with or without pets) to participate, and afterwards to enjoy ice cream and old-fashioned lawn games on the Green. 2:15 p.m.

July 7, Williamstown The Log As part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tom Fontana (writer/creator of Borgia, OZ) and the actress/comedian Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will perform a staged reading of Menage À Deux. 5:30 p.m.

July 8, Hudson Cocktails in Great Gardens The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s summer series continues with drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the garden of Joyce And Gerald Moore. 5-7 p.m.

July 8, Lenox Tanglewood The Boston Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a program featuring music by Ravel, Saint-Saëns & Prokofiev, led by conductor Jacques Lacombe and featuring violinist and fan favorite Joshua Bell. Koussevitzky Music Shed. 8 p.m.

July 8, Chatham Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-ass Wit of Molly Ivins PS21 presents a staged reading with Nancy Rothman. Late political columnist & humorist Ivins’ satirical insights into the American political system still ring true today. 8 p.m.

July 9, Chatham Summerfest Food, sales and entertainment including artisan booths, food vendors & organizations. Free performances and events on the Arts Spotlight Stage will include dance, music, theater & more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 9, Rhinebeck Wilderstein’s Summer Garden Party Honor the spirit and dedication of Frank and Martha Reardon, and celebrate the restoration of the Wilderstein Potting Shed at the annual benefit fundraiser. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, house tours, a silent auction and more. 5 p.m.

July 9, Claverack Claverack Library Get a peak inside the new library building when percussionist Bobby Previte conducts “15 Minutes of Fame,” a one-time-only benefit performance that will include participation from the audience. 5:30 p.m.

July 9, Washington Hollister House Garden Twilight in the Garden: enjoy the cool of the evening in the company of like-minded garden enthusiasts and friends. See the garden at its early summer peak while enjoying a selection of wine and hors-d’oeuvres. 6-8 p.m.

July 9, Hudson The Olana Summer Party: Olana ‘66 Join The Olana Partnership for an evening of foods from Hudson Valley chefs, cocktails and views, as we flash back to 1966 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the saving of Olana. 6-8 p.m.

July 9 & 10, Ghent OMI Art Omi Weekend includes cocktails and dancing under the stars on Saturday from 8 p.m.-Midnight, followed by a country brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and open studios from 1-5 p.m.

July 10, North Adams Ferrin Contemporary Connoisseurship: Buy, Sell, Give: a panel discussion with art experts followed by a Dish + Dine dinner. 3 p.m.

July 10, Hudson Basilica Hudson CATCH — the Brooklyn-based, multi-disciplinary series of performance events — returns for a second year with theater, dance, music, installation and more. 6 p.m.

July 12, Lenox The Bookstore Singer/songwriter John Davidson will perform and recite from his new publication, Verse, a collection of poems. 7 p.m. Read our Rural We with John Davidson.

July 13, Hudson Olana Flashmob: Firefly Hike. Discover the fascinating world of fireflies with environmental educator Fran Martino. Learn about their communication, behavior and role in our ecosystem. Catch and release. 8 p.m.

July 14, Richmond Stars in the Orchard A magical midsummer night’s cocktail party to benefit WAM Theatre will feature live music by The Expandable Brass Band and other entertainment, food and wine made on site, and a raise-the-paddle auction. Hilltop Orchards, 6:30 p.m.

July 15, Hudson Club Helsinki In a benefit for AnimalKind, stripped-down singer/songwriters The Skivvies will perform humorous pop songs and showtunes on stringed instruments. 8 p.m. Read RI’s recent story on The Skivvies.

July 15, Poughkeepsie The Bardavon Daryl’s House presents Colin Hay, a solo artist best known as the songwriter and vocalist of Men at Work (“Who Can it Be Now?”). Willie Nile opens. 8 p.m.

July 15, Torrington Warner Theatre An Evening with Vince Gill: one of the most popular singers in modern country music, Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing & warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. 8 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
Dining Intelligence (Listings of Food and Drink Events & Restaurant Features)
Music & Dance Listings
Visual Arts Listings
Local Shopping Listings
Books Listings
Theater Listings
Local Movies Listings
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
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