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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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The RuraList: 6 Reasons To Visit Building 6 At MASS MoCA

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What happens when you have 130,000 square feet of empty space to fill? You fill it, of course, with big, meaty murals, larger-than-life "handmade" instruments and political discord. MASS MoCA in North Adams is publicly unveiling the renovated Building 6 on Sunday, May 28. The floor-to-ceiling, multi-medium feast of mega installations, constellations and interactives will include work by Spencer Finch, Joe Wardwell, Jenny Holzer, Robert Rauschenberg and James Turrell. RI's Nichole Dupont gets a sneak preview of the edgy magic of this light-flooded space, with its exposed brick and rough flooring, that invites visitors to stay, contemplate and vow to return.

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It's For The Birds: Sharon Audubon's Wildlife Rehab Clinic

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Audubon Sharon, which is comprised of four nature sanctuaries on 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, includes an Education Center and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside a wildlife rehab, you’re not alone. RI’s CB Wismar recently visited with the Center’s Sunny Bettley and Sean Grace and learned more about the reasons why animals — predominantly birds — enter the rehab, and how they are healed and released back into their natural habitats. (Bonus: he got to view a raptor release in action.)

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If your home search has been going on for a while, take a look at these recent offerings. You might find the “one” in the variety and amenities of these houses. There’s Colonial, contemporary and shingle style; a house with an in-law apartment and caretaker’s cottage, and others with Catskill Mountain views and private trails.

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This past weekend, the community came out to kick off the project to restore the Pine Plains Memorial Hall, and they brought their shovels with them to make it a real “ground-breaking” day. And, in Pittsfield, crowds rocked out at the debut of Berkshire Museum’s latest exhibit, “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World.”

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Lisa Fielding, the Dutchess of Litchfield, is always on the hunt for inspiration — especially when her clients expect variety. Last week, she needed just the right appetizer for a client who enjoys an array of canapés, so she came up with the ultimate leek/zucchini fritter, inspired by the popular chef Ottolenghi, that promises layers of flavor and texture.

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For locals, the former Iron Horse bar in Hudson, New York was an institution, and they mourned its loss when it went vacant a few years ago. But now there’s new life in the place. It's been renovated and reopened as the handsome and welcoming Governor’s Tavern. RI’s Jamie Larson revels in the history and the food now being served.

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In case you missed it the first time, here is our annual summer preview of performing arts throughout the Rural Intelligence region. If you haven’t, now's the time to get your tickets squared away. The events are listed chronologically and by category, so you can bookmark the page and refer to it all season long.

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The playwright of "The Fiery Sword of Justice," Lauren Latellier, had never written a play before, but her subject and script were compelling enough to get it produced at The New York International Fringe Festival. On Saturday, June 3, the Hillsdale, NY resident will present the one-woman show at the Ancram Opera House.

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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

May 26, W. Stockbridge 1854 Town Hall The West Stockbridge Chamber Players, featuring members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will perform works by Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Barber, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate & Osvaldo Golijov, followed by a reception. 6 p.m.

May 26, Millerton The Moviehouse A screening of the new movie Year by the Sea, starring Karen Allen, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Alexander Janko. 6 p.m.

May 27, Hillsdale Hillsdale Flea Market 40+ vendors will offer antiques, household & vintage items, pottery, garden tools & handmade items including birdhouses, bowls, pillows & bags. David A. Gallager of “Antiques Roadshow,” will appraise the public’s heirlooms. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

May 27, Spencertown Summer in Spencertown A country market with artisans & vendors, music, food & beverages, a plant sale, antiques, activities for kids & rhubarb bake-sale table. Benefit for the Friends of Historic St. Peter’s Church building preservation fund. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

May 27, Ghent OMI The Fields Sculpture Park Summer Exhibition Opening: view the new works, and enjoy refreshments, tractor rides throughout the park and a special art project for children. 1–4:30 p.m.

May 27, S. Egremont The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn Linda Purl & musical director Tedd Firth present a night of cabaret. Singer & actress Purl has appeared on the TV shows Happy Days, True Blood, The Office & Homeland, and on Broadway. 8 p.m.

May 27 & 28, Chatham Columbia County Fairgrounds Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival: Sample & purchase award-winning wines & spirits from HV & the Berkshires, along with cheeses, baked goods, grass-fed meat & more gourmet foods. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sat. & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sun.

May 27 & 28, Adams Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock Celebrate the opening of the Lodge’s 80th season with free workshops, demonstrations and performances for children and adults on Saturday & a concert with Moonshine Holler on Sunday.

May 28, North Adams MASS MoCA Building 6 Grand Opening: The museum celebrates doubling in size & becoming the largest contemporary art museum in the country, with live music, a parade, food trucks and a late-night concert by the band Cake.

May 28, Sharon Raptors & Riesling Meet the resident raptors and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a tent on the lawn at Audubon Sharon. 5-7 p.m.

May 29, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Rusted Root has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide since forming in Pittsburgh in the early ‘90s. Their 1994 album, When I Woke, featured the hit songs “Send Me On My Way,” “Ecstasy” and “Martyr.” 7 p.m.

June 1–4, Great Barrington & Pittsfield Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) A showcase of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short & family films, panel discussions & special events, including a tribute with Christopher Plummer, opening night galas & more.

June 3, Sheffield Cocktails for a Cause Gallery315Home and Shandell’s invite you to a night of refreshments, raffles & more to benefit Construct, Inc. at Shandell’s, 15 Main St. from 4–7 p.m.

June 3, Rhinebeck Wilderstein Opening party for the site’s 4th Outdoor Sculpture Biennial. 5–7 p.m.

June 3, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Food for Thought: Enjoy a 3-course seasonal meal prepared by Chef Brian Alberg, wine & a signed book from Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe, which weaves modern science together with humanistic traditions. 6 p.m.

June 3, Gaylordsville The Merwinsville Hotel Annual Wine Tasting: sample 90+ wines from highly rated wineries & vineyards from around the globe, and bottle those wines for a price that will make you smile. There will also be light fare & something for beer lovers. 6-8 p.m.

June 3, Falls Village NextFestival at Music Mountain Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh, along with the young musicians of the NextFestival of Emerging Artists, will perform works by Anna Clyne and Caroline Shaw. Free. 7 p.m.

June 3, Pittsfield Colonial Theatre Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month at the 2nd Annual Berkshire Dance Party & Cabaret. Walk the pink carpet, break in your dancing shoes with DJ BFG & enjoy local performance artists and talent on every stage. 7 p.m.

June 3, Annandale-on-Hudson The Fisher Center at Bard College The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle presents The Juilliard String Quartet in a program of Bartók and Beethoven. 8 p.m.

June 4, Pittsfield Temple Anshe Amunim Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will speak at the Spring into Summer Brunch, and read from her acclaimed book, The Secret Chord, a novel about the life of the Biblical King David. 10 a.m.

June 4, Great Barrington BIFF at The Mahaiwe Tea Talk: The Berkshire International Film Festival presents a screening of All the President’s Men and a conversation with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. 2 p.m.

June 4, Poughkeepsie Queen City Pride Picnic The 9th annual BYO summer community picnic is a family-friendly afternoon packed with live music, drag performances, games and dancing. 5–11 p.m.

June 10, Becket Jacob’s Pillow Dance Community Day: a special pre-Festival day of free, family-friendly events including performances by Berkshire County region companies and studios, dance classes in varying styles, kids’ activities, tours & more. 12–3 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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