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Architectural Digest
The New Jacob’s Pillow Performing Arts Studio Is a Study in Cutting-Edge Design

At the New England HQ of a world-famous dance festival, a gorgeous high-tech building works hard to blend in.

Artnet News
Jasper Johns Plans to Turn His CT Home and Studio Into Artists’ Retreat

Up to two dozen artists will get live-work spaces where they can devote themselves to their work.

The New York Times
Restoring Eleanor Roosevelt’s Childhood Home on the Hudson

New owner Van Lamprou plans to use the space to encourage civic engagement.

Atlas Obscura
Santarella: A Storybook Estate in Lee, Massachusetts

Plan your event at this Southern Berkshire estate featuring Sir Henry Hudson Kitson’s “Gingerbread House.”

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Mary Stuart Masterson, Actress and Beekeeper

Five years ago, Masterson and her family traded in city life for a small town in Upstate NY.

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The Berkshires Town That’s Becoming a Cultural Hub

This summer, North Adams welcomes a series of cutting-edge art and hospitality projects—and that’s only the beginning.

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At Castle Street Cafe, Things Change...And Stay The Same

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The Berkshire restaurant scene has been notably in flux since last summer, with some new eateries unable to make the "three-year" milestone while other decades-old establishments are up for sale. Castle Street Café, which was a mainstay (thanks to owner/Chef Michael Ballon) in developing the town’s theater "district" and music scene, was sold last year to the dismay of many regulars. Turns out, there’s nothing to fear, and everything to eat. RI’s chowhound visits the iconic "ethereal" eatery — now under Chef Luis Zambrano — and finds serious comfort food…and dessert.

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Kea Carpets and Kilims: Home Decor With A Provenance

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Kea Carpets and Kilims in Hudson is a fabulous high-end imported rug shop. It is also the culmination of decades of first-hand multicultural design knowledge, invaluable experience with tribal economies, a passion for Middle East and Asian micro-regional craftsmanship and a pure love for beautiful rugs. With large antique rugs from sadly inaccessible artisans to reverent modern pieces from an artist with roots in our region, Kea is a showroom with few peers. RI’s Jamie Larson spoke with Kea’s globetrotting founder about the experiences and complex dealings that brought these remarkable rugs from tribal craftspeople to you.

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It's land as far as the eye can see on these properties with breathtaking views of the rolling hills, dense forests, and plentiful ponds that make our region so sought after. This week’s homes may sit at the end of long private drives, among acres of farmland or near tranquil ponds, but all share designs that invite the view into every living space.

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The American Dream is alive and well at the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, whose students receive free lessons thanks to dedicated tutors and generous supporters. This year’s gala, which honored all of the nonprofit’s tutors, received a boost in the form of a matching grant from the Gilson Family Foundation.

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A sophisticated wine and food venue is fulfilling the dreams of Brian and Tracey Abut, whose global travels inspired them to open The Porchlight wine bar. Although it’s not a full-course dinner restaurant, the menu is eclectic, tasty and a touch whimsical. Open only a month, business has been brisk. CB Wismar finds out why.

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The folks at the Sylvia Center like to introduce the foods of other cultures to their student cooks (and us). This week, the recipe originates from Colombia. Ajiaco is a flavorful potato and corn soup, and while in its home country it’s traditionally made with chicken, here it relies on end-of-season harvest vegetables and creamy potatoes.

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The 18th festival, hosted by The Chatham Film Club and Crandell Theatre, starts Sunday and besides screenings, includes parties, a screenwriting panel and perhaps a chance to meet the great actor himself. And there are plenty other movie options throughout the RI region, with some fabulous documentaries leading the way.

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The author of the bestselling books “French Women Don’t Sleep Alone,” “Bonjour, Happiness!” and “Ooh La La! French Women’s Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day,” Jamie Cat Callan now lives in Valatie, New York. You could say she's an expert on what makes French women so appealing — and she reveals it to us.

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Now–Oct. 29, Chatham FilmColumbia This year’s event will honor Frank Langella, and will include a cocktail party kickoff with the actor, as well as film screenings, parties, a screenwriting panel and more. 

Oct. 27, Claverack Claverack Library Songs and Stories of the Strange and Macabre: The NiverMoores will perform delightfully depressing songs of hard living and death. Singer/songwriter Abby Lappen will present folk songs to haunt and mesmerize. Storytellers will spin tales of suspense and delight. 7 p.m.

Oct. 27 & 28, Germantown Clermont Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours: a tour of the mansion decorated as it was for Halloween in 1921. The house is filled with ghosts from the Livingston family’s past — separated lovers, servants, pirates and more will be uncovered. Some ghosts are scary and some are funny, but all of them are true stories. 6–9 p.m.

Oct. 27 & 28, Stockbridge Naumkeag Haunted House: more scares, bigger haunts and new surprises throughout the mansion and on a new, frightening path through the gardens. 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Oct. 28, Philmont Local 111 Brunch for Habitat, featuring guest speaker Danitia Smith, author of the new novel The Honeymoon. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Oct. 28, Wassaic The Wassaic Project From 3-5 p.m., kids can enjoy hay rides, a costume contest, face painting, a haunted house on the porch & more. An adult Haunted Mill runs from 5-9 p.m., and will be followed by a Monster’s Ball at the Lantern at 9 p.m.

Oct. 28, Salisbury Habitat Harvest Wine and beer tasting to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut. Enjoy farm-to-table appetizers, music, and a live and silent auction. Green Barn at Stillwaters Farm, 4–7 p.m.

Oct. 28, Rhinebeck The Amsterdam La Paulée Harvest Celebration, an autumn feast & pig roast with wines selected by Burgundy expert Daniel Johnnes. The chefs from Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud will be cooking & sommeliers from some of NYC’s best restaurants will be pouring. 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 28, Pittsfield Shire City Sanctuary Creatures Of The Deep: Berkshire Shenanigans presents Halloween under the deep sea with DJ BFG, belly dancing and acro-yoga performances, tarot card readings and more. 8 p.m.

Oct. 29, Washington WAA Art Patrons Party Celebrate the Washington Art Association & Gallery’s 65th anniversary, with cocktails and jazz pianist David Grausman. Grace Mayflower, 4–6 p.m.

Oct. 30, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College Celebrated author Diane Ackerman will read from her New York Times nonfiction bestseller The Zookeeper’s Wife, followed by a Q&A session. 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 3, Adams BART Charter Public School 8th Annual Fall Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast, meet new Executive Director Jay White, watch student performances & hear news about the school. 8:45 a.m.

Nov. 4, Red Hook Red Hook & The Chocolate Festival A full day of chocolate demos, chocolate tastings and vendors, live music, a skateboarding competition, a Chocolate Wars cook-off and more. Buy a chocolate bar and search for the Golden Ticket. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Nov. 4, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Activist Winona LaDuke, a member of the Ojibwe Nation of the Anishinaabe peoples, will deliver the keynote address at the 37th-annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures. 1 p.m.

Nov. 4, Sheffield The Cocktail Hour In this play by A.R. Gurney, a playwright returns to home with a new work in which his family are characters. He wants their approval, but his parents are uncooperative. During cocktail hour, martinis fly as do criticisms and revelations. Dewey Hall, 1:30 & 7 p.m.

Nov. 4, Chatham Chatham Library Known locally as the founder of the Omi International Arts Center, Francis Greenburger is famous around the world as an entrepreneur. He’ll discuss Risk Game, his new memoir co-written with Rebecca Paley. 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 4, Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Star Party Sinterklaas’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes stories, dances, live music, prizes, libations, hors d’oeuvres and more. Beekman Arms, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Nov. 4, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Food for Thought: a monthly dinner with an author. This month, chef and author Virginia Willis will team up with Chef Brian Alberg to put a Southern spin on old Shaker favorites. 6 p.m.

Nov. 4, North Adams MASS MoCA Husband-wife duo The Weepies, who emerged from the Boston folk scene in the early 2000s, perform in a stripped-down setting. HoneyHoney’s Benjamin Jaffe opens with a new duo. 8 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
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