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The Boston Globe
Michael Conforti’s success directing the Clark Art Institute

The Clark’s director looks back on his tenure at the world-renown museum as he prepares to retire at the end of the summer.

The New York Times
Wilco Tinkers and Experiments at a Festival It’s Happy to Share

MASS MoCA hosted its largest Solid Sound Festival to date, but the warm spirit stayed the same.

The Boston Globe
Authors Jim and Karen Shepard share a study in their Williamstown home.

The Globe’s “New England Writers at Work” makes a trip to the light and book-filled study of the Berkshires couple.

The New York Times
‘River Crossings,’ a Contemporary Art Exhibition at 2 Historic Sites of the Hudson River School

A trip to the Thomas Cole and Olana Historic Sites’ new dual exhibit inspires.

The New York Times
A Review of Falls Village Inn Restaurant in Connecticut

Christopher Brooks finds things to love in both the Inn’s taproom and in its more formal dining room.

The New York Times
The Wassaic Project: A Festival, a ‘Beautiful’ Flood and Now Art

The small town of Wassaic, NY is home to a magical artists’ community.

The New York Times
Hotel Review: White Hart Inn in the Berkshires

Salisbury’s beloved inn gets high marks all around, with a special nod to its restaurant, the Tap Room.

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News From Fish & Game: Have It Your Way (Sort Of)

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Fish & Game in Hudson is a standout even among our heavy-hitting list of regional restaurants. Its hyperlocal sourcing mission, perfectly executed cooking and preserving methods, and its beautiful presentation make it a must visit. But for the past two years, you could only enjoy star chef Zak Pelaccio’s offerings in a seven-course tasting menu. Until now, that is. RI’s Jamie Larson gives us a peek at Fish & Game’s brand new a la carte menu. The standalone dishes, every morsel as outstanding as those on the tasting menu, now open up possibilities for diners who prefer to have the choice of what to order...and how much to spend.

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Kent Presents: An Ideas Festival With Stellar Thinkers

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Kent Presents is an event like nothing our region has seen before. The “ideas festival” is the philanthropic brainchild of notable Kent residents Benjamin and Donna Rosen. In support of local charities and the town, the conference, to be held at the Kent School August 13-15, will host around 70 extremely notable speakers including Mia Farrow, Henry Kissinger and Paul Krugman. It’s almost hard to believe all of the people taking part will be in the same place at once, let alone in our backyard. The theme of the event is “What’s Coming Next?” and we couldn’t be looking forward to it more.

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Every summer since 2011, teams of musical theater writers have been spending time at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Thanks to founder Kathy Evans, they come to the country for a week of peace and quiet where they can focus on their burgeoning musicals. Their only interruption: the “Meet and Greet” receptions (which you can attend), where they show off what they’ve written.

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When it’s too hot to cook and dinner ends up being a loaf of bread, ripe tomatoes and basil (not that there’s anything wrong with that), Alana Chernila is sure to keep her fridge stocked with drink choices. If you’re her guest, you might be offered light green tea or iced coffee, but undoubtedly you’d want to try this Honey Hibiscus Iced Tea, sweet with just a little tang...and so easy to make.

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Folks had fun, raised funds and shared amazing meals this week when Hancock Shaker Village went back to its roots to celebrate its 55th anniversary, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s annual summer benefit featured a rousing barn dance, Ferrin Contemporary dished and dined with experts from Antiques Roadshow, and Stonover Farm held the Berkshires’ very first Slideluck.

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The alchemy of fine dining and healing oneself from the inside out has been all but lost in a culture of Rx cure-alls and food from a box. But in one small corner of the Berkshires, an herbalist is set on healing her patrons one decadent dish at a time. Welcome to Great Barrington’s newest café, where teas, tinctures, entrees and lavender-infused fudge cure what ails you.

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There will always be a guaranteed seat for you at the bar when the drinks are served in your very own home. These properties offer built-in entertaining by way of expansive wet bars or, in one home, a bookshelf containing a secret door leading to your libations. Whether set amongst forest, lake or meadow, these homes come with good cheer included.

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When the co-founder of the website Modern Loss sold her parents’ house after they died, she wondered, “what is home now?” She’s found it in the Berkshires, where she felt a reconnection with her parents (and where, incidentally, she got married). Soffer, her husband and young son have grown to love the rural life and take full advantage of all it offers.

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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 listings@ruralintelligence.com.

Now—August 2, Red Hook Fisher Center at Bard The Wreckers, an opera based in historical fact, takes place in a poor seaside village where residents extinguish beacons used to guide ships, forcing them onto the rocks, then plundering their cargo and murdering their crews.

July 29, Great Barrington Dig & Dine 200 people, dressed in white, will dine in elegance in the middle of Main Street. Castle Street Café, Naji’s and Old Inn on the Green will cater. Entertainment by Sandy & Sandy. 5:30 p.m.

July 30—August 2, Millbrook Millbrook Horse Trials Coole Park Farm hosts the 15th annual USEA-recognized event featuring more than 500 Olympic-level and amateur horse-rider pairs, a benefit luncheon on Sunday and more. See website for complete lineup.

July 31, Sharon Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Summer Book Signing: sip wine, sample hors d’oeuvres and purchase the latest titles from 32 authors and illustrators hailing from the tri-state area, including Dana Cowin, Mary Norris, Richard A. Clarke and many others. 6-8 p.m.

July 31, Pittsfield Blue Moon Rooftop Party This benefit for the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market on top of the Greystone Building will have live music from Misty Blues and an open bar and food from Mission. Dottie’s Coffee Lounge will hold an after-party with DJ BFG. 6-9 p.m.

July 31—August 2, Hillsdale Falcon Ridge Folk Festival featuring June Rich, Caitlin Canty, The Duhks, Judy Collins, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams and many, many other performers, plus food and vendors. Dodds Farm, 44 County Route 7D.

August 1, New Lebanon Behold! New Lebanon The living history museum offers tours of the organic, draft-horse cultivated Abode Farm & Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village’s Great Stone Barn, plus learn how to care for horses and make jazz, and take a meditative walk with a bodyworker.

August 1, Mount Washington Church Fair Food, games, arts and artisans, silent auction and quilt raffle. New highlights include “The Mountain Roadshow” and, for a small donation, antiques expert Charles Flint will evaluate your family treasure. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

August 1, Pittsfield Lichtenstein Center for the Arts Family-friendly opening party for Reimagined! An International Show of Comic and Cartoon Art, featuring music, face painting and art-making. Festive, comic-inspired attire and costumes encouraged. 4-7 p.m.

August 1, Germantown Clermont Mid-Summer Benefit Gala The Friends of Clermont will honor Joan K. Davidson and Furthermore, part of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, which supports the publishing of non-fiction books. 5-7:30 p.m.

August 1, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Arlene and Alan Alda will discuss their new book, Just Kids from the Bronx, which celebrates the oral histories of those who grew up in this unique borough, including Al Pacino, Colin Powell, Mary Higgins Clark and others. 7 p.m.

August 1 & 2, Goshen Open Farm Tour Free tours of Goshen farms and wineries. Visit goats, bison, horses, cows, chickens, bees and more. The tour coincides with a farmers market and the CT 4-H Fair. See website for a map of participating farms. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

August 3, Great Barrington Broadway in the Berkshires Dick Cavett hosts an evening of all-star entertainment featuring Broadway’s brightest stars to benefit Shakespeare & Company. The evening includes dinner reception, auctions and a VIP after-party with the artists. 6 p.m.

August 6, Stockbridge Naumkeag Naum-kegger: celebrate the height of the summer with local craft beer tastings and a spectacular sunset over Monument Mountain. Brewers will be on hand to share their secrets. Swinging jazz and ragtime provided by the Allen Livermore Trio. 5-8 p.m.

August 7, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village As part of Free Fun Fridays, enjoy free admission all day, along with tours, demonstrations, interpreter’s talks, a scavenger hunt and old-fashioned games for kids and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 7—9, Norfolk Norfolk Artists & Friends Meet 20 exhibiting artists, see their work and take home some new pieces to add to your collection. Battell Stoeckel Gallery will host the opening reception on Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. See website for details.

August 7—9, West Cornwall The Rose Algrant Show The annual benefit art exhibition will be held in the Cornwall Consolidated School and will kick off with an opening party on Friday from 5-8 p.m.

August 7—9, Goshen Litchfield Jazz Festival The Festival’s 20th year features the Anat Cohen Quartet, Wycliffe Gordon & Friends, Les Paul’s Trio with Nicki Parrott & Bucky Pizzarelli and a lot more. Things kick off with a benefit gala on Friday from 5-8 p.m. Goshen Fairgrounds.

August 8, Sheffield Parish Fair Huge tag, book and bake sale, crafters and old-fashioned picnic with great food, entertainment and activities for kids. Christ Trinity Church, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

August 8, Poughkeepsie Upper Landing Park Community Celebration Family-friendly entertainment including Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Arm of the Sea Theater, Myles Mancuso Band, Two by Two Petting Zoo and lots of affordable food options. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

August 8, Rhinebeck bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy Enjoy an ice cream social as you meet the creators of Big Gay Ice Cream, who will sign their new book, Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All the Way with Ice Cream, along with the book’s illustrator, Jason O’Malley. 2-5 p.m.

August 8, Washington Depot Tea For Two Hundred The 18th annual benefit for the New Milford VNA & Hospice and Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Great Danbury will feature food, wine, special guests & live music from “The Beehive Queen” Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez. 4-7 p.m.

August 8, Hudson Icebergs in August The Olana summer party is an evening of ice, art, cocktails and great chefs inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s epic northern voyage. 5-8 p.m.

August 8, Ghent Omi The 2015 Music Omi International Musicians Residency will conclude with a concert of collaborative new works created while in residence. Experience a unique concert of new global music, presented under a big tent in The Fields Sculpture Park. 5 p.m.

August 8, Stockbridge Fête Des Fleurs Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual summer cocktail party honors the Lenox Garden Club, and will be held in tandem with the BBG’s “Grow Show.” This year’s theme is “water.” 5:30-7 p.m.

August 8, North Adams MASS MoCA Brooklyn-based band Oneida and special guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth perform live amidst a 12-screen video installation by Clifford Ross that transforms Courtyard D into a twisting world of color and light. 8 p.m.

August 9, Millerton Chef & Farmer Brunch Hudson Valley’s top chefs and farmers will celebrate and raise funds for the North East Community Center on the lawn at No. 9 Restaurant. 11 a.m.—1 p.m.

August 9, West Cornwall Housatonic RiverFest Help celebrate Cornwall’s 275th anniversary with river-related games, exhibits and displays, fly-fishing and water safety demos, live music and a “Funny Boat Float” finale. 1-5 p.m.

August 9, Hudson Club Helsinki Fresh off of a sold-out run in NYC, Linda Lavin will make her only Hudson Valley cabaret appearance this year. Billy Stritch will accompany on grand piano and duet with Lavin on standards from the American songbook. 7 p.m.

August 10, Williamstown Williamstown Theatre Festival Saturday Night Live alum and classically trained songstress Ana Gasteyer performs her new nightclub jazz act, “Swing With A Handsome Woman.” Main Stage, 7:30 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
Please submit your own event to listings@ruralintelligence.com