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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.

The New York Times
Walking Over the Hudson: Lofty Valley Views Where Trains Once Rumbled

The longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world is Poughkeepsie, N.Y.‘s Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

Architectural Digest
The Art Capital of New England is a Former Factory Town

Contemporary art continues to redefine North Adams, Mass. an industrial gem at the heart of the Berkshires.

Architectural Digest
A Hillsdale, N.Y. Couple Turn a 1970’s Ranch Home into a Modern Farmhouse

Jade-Snow Carroll and her husband, Ian Rasch, kept only the foundation during this completely modern remodel.

Design Tips from an Ultra Modern Farmhouse

Pilar Proffitt and Robert Bristow of Poesis Design offer advice and a look inside their Lakeville, Conn. home.

Linda Lavin and Husband to Open Restaurant in Claverack

The former “Alice” star and Broadway actress, and her actor-husband Steve Bakunas, have purchased the former Yorkshire Farms Restaurant and Tavern.

The Boston Globe
Tanglewood Presents Plan for Big Expansion

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will expand its Tanglewood campus in Lenox with a new complex of performance, dining and rehearsal buildings set to open in 2019.

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Stair Promises Satisfaction At Keith & Patty Richards’ Auction

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It's hard not to be impressed by every Stair Galleries auction in Hudson, but we weren’t the only ones who gasped when we heard that Stair was handling the auction for Keith Richards and Patti Hansen. The Rolling Stones guitarist and his model wife are selling the regal contents of their luxurious Manhattan apartment on June 24, with all proceeds going to charity. It’s a serious and unpredictable collection that’s informed more from Hansen’s “jewelbox” style than Keith’s edge, but everything is delightful and, you know… the provenance. For the record, we looked through all of the 500-plus items and found not a lick of moss, but these five items really stand out.

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Having A Vine Time: Local Wineries Offer More Than Vintages

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If you’d like to bring a picnic lunch to a local vineyard and relax with a glass of wine and some stunning scenery, you can do that. But, as RI editor Lisa Green found out this week, that’s far from all these sites have to offer. There’s live music, both during the day and late at night by the fire pit; there are yoga classes and moonlit hikes (with wine); chocolate tastings (with wine); even a vintage car show (no wine here… just kidding, there’s wine); plus food in the form of lunches, dinners, barbecues and more. It looks like the vineyard is the place to be this summer.

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We’ve been watching the progress of the high-performance house designed by Easton + Combs since last September, learning all about energy efficiency, new materials and the importance of window placement. Now it’s all coming together, and even the architects are dazzled by the effect of skylights and large windows as the project nears completion.

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The who were the women composers celebrated at Close Encounters With Music's annual gala and reception. The what was the Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell exhibit, which opened with a Studio 54-style party in Stockbridge. And the where was Wassaic, where the Vagabond Time Killers summer exhibit debuted at The Wassaic Project's Maxon Mills.

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Not too elaborate and not too restrained, a Craftsman-style home is a well-made masterpiece that lets you set the design tone. A bold red hue and a decorative tin ceiling works in Hudson, while skylights add to the spaciousness in Taghkanic, and wood beams and walls of windows stun in West Stockbridge. You can't go wrong with a great canvas.

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There are almost innumerable opportunities to enjoy music under the stars in the Rural Intelligence region. Not only are most of them free, they pretty much all guarantee sublime views. We’ve put together a list to use as a starting point when you have a free evening and an itch to savor a beautiful summer night.

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One of the great things about pasta dishes is they reflect the seasons. This week, the Sylvia Center sends one that makes use of springy/summery ingredients like asparagus, zucchini and lemon. There’s even the suggestion to top the pasta with an edible flower, along with the caution to sprinkle it lightly: a little goes a long way.

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The owner of Clinton Vineyards in Clinton Corners, New York, Phyllis Feder was a PR professional in the city until she met her late husband, Ben Feder, who opened the 100-acre farm winery and released its first vintage in 1977. On June 24, the Clinton Vineyards will celebrate its 40th vintage of Seyval Blanc with a day of fun activities.

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June 22, Pittsfield Guido’s Fresh Marketplace Summer Launch Party: Build-your-own SoCo sundae, sample the new house-made pizza & enter the free pick-a-prize raffle to win memberships & tickets to The Mahaiwe, MASS MoCA, Jacob’s Pillow & Hancock Shaker Village. 6–8 p.m.

June 23, Pittsfield Movers + Shakers Party The 2nd annual dance party to celebrate Berkshire United Way’s “Day of Caring” will feature heavy hors’ d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail, homemade desserts, pop-up dance performances & more. Hancock Shaker Village, 7-11 p.m.

June 23 & 24, Hudson Hudson River Exchange Summer Market Outdoor market showcasing 100 vendors of handmade goods, vintage finds, farm-fresh food, local community organizations & live music. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. Friday 4-9 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

June 23–25, North Adams MASS MoCA Solid Sound Festival: Wilco hosts & headlines this music fest with performances on four stages, plus Wilco-member side projects, a comedy cabaret hosted by John Hodgman & more. Artists include Television, Kurt Vile, The Shaggs & many others.

June 23–25, Hudson Verdigris The Greenport Garden Club presents a flower show; watch and learn about creating arrangements from members, and learn more about the Garden Club and what they do. On view during business hours.

June 24, Hudson Stair Galleries Two Auctions: property from the NYC apartment of Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards & wife Patti. All proceeds benefit SPHERE of CT & the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield. Followed by an auction of fine art, furniture & decorations. 11 a.m. 

June 24, Washington Future Now Expo Washington Environmental Council (WEC) hosts a free event for all ages, with talks & workshops on permaculture, composting, passive house design & more, plus food trucks, live music & speaker Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

June 24, Clinton Corners Clinton Vineyards Celebrate the winery’s 40th vintage release of its Seyval Blanc with tastings, live music & a farmers market featuring local vendors including Crown Maple Syrup, Canoe Hill oysters, Hoofprint Cheese, Beacon Bakery & Rock Steady Farm. 2–6 p.m.

June 24, Kinderhook The School Gallery Annual Summer Opening Party: The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness is a large-scale exhibition featuring The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe, which honor the Ghanaian legacy of fantasy coffins. 2–6 p.m.

June 24, Stockbridge Naumkeag The Naum-kegger: Berkshire Brewing Company, Nine Pin Cider, Barrington Brewery, Wandering Star & Big Elm will serve seasonal favorites from freshly tapped barrels, plus live music by Sauerkraut & Krewtons, food, games & the sunset. 5–8 p.m.

June 24 & 25, Litchfield County Open Your Eyes Studio Tour Take a self-guided tour of 31 artists’ studios in Sharon, Lakeville & Salisbury. Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. A Toast-the-Tour after-party will be held on Sat. at 5 p.m. at Lakeville Interiors.

June 24 & 25, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Farm Days: a weekend of workshops, talks and demonstrations in woodworking, blacksmithing, gardening and more. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

June 25, Hudson Take Care Fair Interactive marketplace showcasing healing arts, living food & supportive services for physical, mental & spiritual health. Meet health practitioners, watch a demo & shop handmade products. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 30, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Natalie Merchant will kick off her summer tour, 3 Decades of Song, playing all the hits from throughout her career, with full band. See her at the intimate opera house before she hits the road. 8 p.m.

July 1, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Shaker Barn Music, HSV’s new American roots music series in its 1910 Barn, continues with critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and musician Sarah Lee Guthrie. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

July 1, Lenox Ruby Gala Shakespeare & Company celebrates 40 years with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, performances by guest artists & friends & live music from Sweet Honey in the Rock. Dinner by Old Inn on the Green will be followed by desserts & dancing with DJ BFG. 6–11 p.m.

July 1, Lenox Tanglewood John Mellencamp will be joined by Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter in a performance as part of the Popular Artist Series. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 7 p.m.

July 1, North Adams MASS MoCA Host Kevin Allison (MTV’s “The State”) leads a cathartic, laugh-out-loud, anything-goes storytelling smorgasbord at this live recording of his RISK! podcast. 8 p.m.

July 1–3, Great Barrington Berkshires Arts Festival Juried show of 200 artists & artisans working in ceramics, painting, jewelry, glass, wood, fashion, photography & more. Plus live music, workshops, demos, food & more. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ski Butternut.

July 2, Lenox Tanglewood Natalie Merchant makes her Tanglewood debut as she heads out on her summer tour, 3 Decades of Song, playing all the hits from throughout her career, with a full band. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 7 p.m.

July 4, Lenox Shakespeare & Company Fourth of July Community Celebration: music, food, children’s crafts & activities and a public reading of The Declaration of Independence by Company artists & guests from the community. 1:30–5 p.m.

July 7, Lenox Tanglewood Opening Night Gala Andris Nelsons & the BSO open their Tanglewood season with a gala performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. The evening begins with a cocktail reception & dinner at 5 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m.

July 7, Red Hook John Waters in This Filthy World Legendary filmmaker & comedian John Waters launches the Spiegeltent season with his one-man show. Part confession, part vaudeville, it’s a hilarious & uncensored evening. Bard College. Two performances: 6 & 8:30 p.m.

July 7–9, Amenia Summertide Cascade Mountain Winey presents a locally sourced wine, food & music festival featuring wineries, distilleries & breweries, food, hayrides & fireworks & live music from Jonathan Edwards, Jesse Colin Young & many others.

July 8, Rhinebeck Wilderstein’s WWI-Era Lawn Party Enjoy cocktails and picnic fare, music and lawn games, house tours, the WWI exhibit and a sculpture show, and a huge silent auction at this annual benefit fundraiser. 5–8 p.m.

July 8 & 9, Ghent Art Omi Weekend Dance under the stars on Sat. at a party with artists-in-residence, with live music by Nkumu Katalay. 8 p.m. On Sun., honor the artists at a country brunch at 11 a.m., followed by a tour their studios from 1–5 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
Save the Date Listings
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