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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.”

The New York Times
Mary Stuart Masterson, Actress and Beekeeper

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

The Wall Street Journal
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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FarmOn! And Empire Farm Nurture The Business Of Food

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Empire Farm in Copake, New York is growing more than produce. As the owner of the historic farm originally founded by the Astor family, Tessa Edick also is working extremely hard to insure that the industry of local sustainable farming grows in esteem and financial solvency. Through her foundation, FarmOn!, Edick is lobbying on behalf of her fellow farmers and supporting the future through programs that engage children with their food and where it comes from. She's been able to bring in some notable partners for her projects, from the NBA to Google. On top of that, the farm will soon open an all-local, on-site holiday pop-up shop. Visit, shop and learn.

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The Area's First Cat Café Hopes You'll Order One To Go

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In 2014, CNN proclaimed that cat cafes were taking over the world...including the RI region. Morgan’s Cat Café in Red Hook, New York opened last year and while you can order lunch and play with the cats and kittens like any other of its kind, Morgan’s offers more: the chance to adopt one of the animals. Owner Bobbi Jo Forte and her daughter Morgan parlayed their home-based rescue operation into a café that serves snacks, salads, wraps, drinks and cat-shaped cookies — all vegetarian/vegan — and a separate play area for the felines waiting for their forever home. RI’s own cat lady, Amy Krzanik, met the residents and came back with a report (not to mention a yearning to adopt all of them).

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“Stately” is probably the best adjective to describe the Georgian style of architecture, and the properties we offer this week certainly display that trait. But they have so much more. There are homes with 6,000-plus square feet. A barn converted to a five-bedroom guest house. An 1802 original. And one with an ivy-covered brick exterior.

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We found the holiday spirit to be in full swing at recent events. On Friday night, around 200 delighted guests of all ages enjoyed the Berkshire Museum’s Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees opening celebration. Earlier in the week, supporters gathered in Great Barrington to help raise funds for a South African children’s learning center.

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Calling upon her Mexican heritage when catering a fundraiser for a Mexican conductor, Lisa Fielding channeled her grandmother’s recipe for mole. Thick, smoky, spicy and chocolatey, the sauce is a creamy topping for chicken thighs. Serve it with saffron rice and black beans — and thank Lisa’s grandmother for a magnificent mole.

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It’s no secret that the RI region possesses some of the finest inns and B&Bs in the country, and we’ve been exploring them — some longstanding, some brand new — over the years. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to take off for a few days, check out our suggestions for lodgings where you can spend some quality R&R.

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This week, reflect on what makes you grateful over a candlelit meal at Hancock Shaker Village. But make plans for December, too, when the Railroad Street Youth Project holds its annual benefit dinner, and the Culinary Institute offers two unique dining experiences that are expected to sell out.

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As a world-renowned pianist and highly regarded composer and arranger, Los Angeles native Lincoln Mayorga has performed for Walt Disney Studios, on numerous soundtracks, and during tours around the globe. But he’s also a dedicated documentary filmmaker who has brought an important story to light.

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

Now – Nov. 26, Hudson Basilica Hudson Basilica Farm + Flea: an alternative to “Black Friday,” featuring quality products from a diverse group of 125 regional makers, farmers, chefs & vintage collectors. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Now – Nov. 26 & Dec. 2 & 3, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Arts Center Handmade Holiday: a high-end curated sale of jewelry, apparel, toys, woodworking, ceramics, paper crafts, bath & beauty, holiday ornaments, edibles & more made by Columbia, Ulster & Berkshire area artisans. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily. 

Nov. 25, Great Barrington Berkshire Bach Society Frank Nemhauser conducts Handel’s Messiah Sing with The Berkshire Bach Players. Bring your own score, or borrow one at the door. First Congregational Church, 4 p.m.

Nov. 25, Kent Champagne Stroll A weekend of shopping, dining and champagne sipping. Sample 30 champagnes and sparkling wines at 30 shops. Special promotions and appetizers will be offered town-wide. 4-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 25, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Grateful: Shaker Supper, a candlelit harvest dinner in the Brick Dwelling. The menu reflects autumn’s bounty and the event benefits the Village’s new farm internship program. 6 p.m.

Nov. 29, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre Garrison Keillor and Robin & Linda Williams present an evening of harmony and humor, and Mr. Keillor will speak of the beauty of being 75 years young. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 30, Torrington Warner Theatre Garrison Keillor and Robin & Linda Williams present an evening of harmony and humor, and Mr. Keillor will speak of the beauty of being 75 years young. 8 p.m.

Dec. 1, Poughkeepsie Celebration of Lights The 24th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and fireworks will kick off at 6:30 p.m., and be followed by a screening of The Princess Bride at The Bardavon at 8 p.m.

Dec. 1, Salisbury The Salisbury Forum PBS Frontline’s Martin Smith will speak on “Proxy Wars in the Middle East: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US.” The Salisbury School, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 1, Norfolk Infinity Hall Rusted Root are back with great funky/earthy music with a driving beat that’s perfect for dancing. Get your tickets early; they’ve been known to sell out the venue. 8 p.m.

Dec. 1-3, Stockbridge Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas The holiday celebration includes holiday readings, house tours, caroling & a holiday concert. Capping off the weekend is a re-creation of Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, plus horse-drawn rides, Santa, Christmas food & more.

Dec. 2, Salisbury Scoville Library Documentary Filmmaker Series: A Light in the Dark: The Art and Life of Frank Mason with Exhibition, presented by painter Frank Mason’s grandnephew Scott Mason. 4 p.m.

Dec. 2, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Candlelit Evening: live music, storytelling, festive food and caroling around the decorated & illuminated Village. Visit the animals, enjoy appetizers, cocktails and punch for the kids. 4 p.m.

Dec. 2, Rhinebeck Sinterklaas A day-long celebration with children’s workshops, dance, theater & music all over the village, including the beloved Children’s Starlight Parade at 6 p.m.

Dec. 2, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music After the Starlight Parade, meet Gregory Maguire, the NY Times bestselling author of Wicked and the new novel Hiddensee, which recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker. 8 p.m.

Dec. 2 & 3, Dalton Handmade Holiday Festival Alchemy Initiative presents its 9th annual curated holiday market, featuring contemporary artisans and food producers, live music, children’s art making and more. Free admission. Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at The Stationery Factory.

Dec. 2 & 3, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden The annual Holiday Marketplace will feature 20+ regional vendors, holiday trimmings including garlands, plants, swags & centerpieces. New this year is an expanded Gallery of Wreaths. Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dec. 3, Washington Depot HVA’s Auction to Benefit the Environment The Housatonic Valley Association’s annual auction is chaired by actress Christine Baranski, with help from Diane von Furstenberg, Linda Allard & others. Enjoy live music, edibles & cocktails while you bid. Washington Primary School, 1 p.m.

Dec. 3, Red Hook Elmendorph Inn Dutch Christmas Open House: View the Inn at its festive best for the holidays, enjoy live music, hot mulled cider, homemade cookies and fresh-baked bread from the “beehive” oven. 1–4 p.m.

Dec. 3, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy presents A Celtic Family Christmas, an intimate concert accompanied by an array of session musicians. 7 p.m.

Dec. 4, Great Barrington RSYP Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Dinner The annual Railroad Street Youth Project dinner will be held at Crissey Farm and will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres and a tasting menu prepared by the students and their mentors, including special guest Chris Bonniver, Executive Chef from the Hermitage Club. 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 8, North Adams MASS MoCA Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet present a work-in-progress performance of their live documentary, A Thousand Thoughts. 8 p.m.

Dec. 9, Rhinebeck Wilderstein Yuletide Tea: Festive holiday event featuring a variety of tea, finger sandwiches and homemade cakes &d cookies. A tour of the mansion is included. Reservations fill up quickly. 1 p.m.

Dec. 9, Chatham Crandell Theatre A ribbon-cutting celebration will take place in front of the theatre to honor its official listing on the NY State & National Registers of Historic Places. A free premiere showing of the short documentary Crandell Theatre: The Jewel of Main Street will follow. 1 p.m.

Dec. 9, West Cornwall Holiday Stroll Events begin with a Holiday Craft Workshop led by Ober Elf Joe Brien at the Souterrain Gallery, with Santa overseeing operations. Businesses will have special offerings, the Library will screen “The Grinch that Stole Christmas” & more. 1–6 p.m.

Dec. 9, Hudson Holiday House Tour As benefit for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, view 5 seasonally decorated homes – all historic and within walking distance of Warren Street. 2–5 p.m.

Dec. 9, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Candlelit Evening: live music, storytelling, festive food and caroling around the decorated & illuminated Village. Visit the animals, enjoy appetizers, cocktails and punch for the kids. 4 p.m.

Dec. 9, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music Annie Leibovitz will sign copies of her new book Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016. In this new collection, one of the most influential photographers of our time presents her iconic portraits & never-before-published works. 6–8 p.m.

Dec. 10, Kent Holiday Historic House Tour The Kent Historical Society a self-guided tour of seven architectural gems, nearly all from the Colonial era. 12-4:30 p.m. Afterwards, meet at the Swift House for festive beverages at the wassail bowl.

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
Save the Date Listings
Please submit your own event to listings@ruralintelligence.com