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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.

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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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Bangers Gastropub Is Rhinebeck's New Comfort Food Spot

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Bangers Gastropub is Rhinebeck, New York's new hometown favorite — a friendly local restaurant with a decidedly British bent. Vinnie Sassone and Colby Miller, Rhinebeck natives themselves, opened the pub this fall with the goal of creating a communal place where their friends and family could convene. RI’s Andrea Pyros reports that they’re doing just that, with a welcoming atmosphere and hearty comfort food such as Scotch eggs, fish and chips and, of course, their namesake bangers and mash.

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RI's Annual Holiday Hit List: Gifts For All

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We're always astounded at the breadth of products that hail from the Rural Intelligence region. All year long, RI's Amy Krzanik has her gift radar on high alert so we can produce a nice, eclectic roundup of gifts for others — or yourself. Here are some of the best from the small stores, markets, distilleries and other makers who exemplify the quality and craftsmanship we love. And many, if not all, are mail order-able, so you don't even need to travel to accrue your stash of perfect gifts.

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Cut down on drive time and live where you spend most of your winter days and nights – near the slopes! These homes offer ideal locations, close to the regional ski resorts Mohawk Mountain, Catamount, Otis Ski Ridge and Butternut. But you don’t have to trade comfort for proximity, as these six spacious homes boast soaring ceilings, high-quality finishes and, of course, mountain views.

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At Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, Mass., the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative hosted industry professionals at a night of networking, while the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Mass. held a donor reception to preview and celebrate the completion of its Center House renovation, an expansion of the late-18th century building.

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Beef Wellington is one of those things you don’t think you’ll ever make. And the Duchess of Litchfield sort of felt that way, too, until a client asked her to prepare one. She had memories of her mother making the elegant main course, so had some notion of how to do it. She walks us through the process, and it seems entirely do-able. The holiday table is going to be spectacular.

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Since the passing of Steve Meyerowitz, a.k.a. Sproutman — who encouraged us to grow and eat sprouts for good health — his sons, The Sprout Brothers, have ably taken up their father’s lovingly eccentric mantle and are keeping the Great Barrington-based business going and growing. They’re coming up with their own new products, too.

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The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck presents “It’s a Wonderful Life;” The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield reprises its annual “A Christmas Carol;” and Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox offers “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” a costumed, staged reading revisiting Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather for the holidays.

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The new owner of Nourish Juice Bar (formerly Get Juiced) in Red Hook, New York is a certified holistic health coach, but her focus goes beyond organic juices and healthy lunch specials. The Columbia County native is interested in helping people, especially women, live their healthiest lives with the personal motto “self-love is a rebellious act.”

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Instant Intelligence

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

Dec. 15–17, Great Barrington Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market Great Barrington Arts Market (GBAM)‘s holiday sale of local handmade gifts & treats. Saint James Place. Preview: Dec. 15 from 5–8 p.m. Weekend Hours: Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dec. 16, Germantown Christmas at Clermont Open House Explore the mansion at your leisure, enjoying the holiday decorations, with docents available to answer questions. Cider and cookies will be available in the visitor’s center. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 16, Sharon Darren Winston, Bookseller Holiday pop-up with Norfolk gifts and accessories retailer Aija, featuring a wide selection of affordable jewelry, clothing, homeware and more. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dec. 16, Poughkeepsie Bardavon The Hudson Valley Philharmonic and guest vocalists from Cappella Festiva present Handel’s Messiah. Audience members are invited to sing along. 2 p.m.

Dec. 16, North Adams MASS MoCA Composer Justin Hicks and artist Steffani Jemison perform the U.S. debut of their project Mikrokosmos. The two map vocal pitches and gestures to the syllables of various pop songs. An artist talk follows. 3 p.m.

Dec. 16, Hudson Hudson Hall Kwanzaa Umoja Community Celebration: arts and crafts for children, dancing, drumming, a candle-lighting ceremony & a performance by the Harambee Dance Company. Stay for a light Karamu supper, the sharing of Nguzo Saba & the giving of Zawadi. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 16, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef James Beard award-winning cookbook author Sarah Owens presents the next in her series of dinners titled “By Hand.” She’ll prepare a meal starting with appetizers and botanical cocktails based on locally foraged ingredients. The menu will be built around fresh local lamb, with side dishes suited to the season, paired with wine. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 16, Norfolk Infinity Hall Los Lobos have been playing traditional Mexican music, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and blues for over three decades. 8 p.m.

Dec. 16, Dalton The Stationery Factory Raise the Mic: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow will play a benefit concert for the Berkshires-based non-profit Music in Common and its Empower Youth Against Hate campaign. 8 p.m.

Dec. 17, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College Grammy Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant performs with pianist Sullivan Fortner. The intimate concert will feature selections from her new album Dreams and Daggers & holiday surprises. 3 p.m.

Dec. 17, Hudson Hudson Hall Classics on Hudson presents the annual Messiah Sing, conducted by Gwen Gould. With an instrumental ensemble and featured soloists, the audience becomes the choir to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio. 4 p.m.

Dec. 17, Lenox The Mount A free, dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, performed for the first time in the Berkshires by David Anderson of Walking the dog Theater from Ghent, NY. 4 p.m.

Dec. 17, Ghent High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center Caroling to the Horses: Enjoy holiday goodies and serenade the herd. Bring horsey treats to stuff the horses’ stockings and to share with neighboring rescue farms. 5 p.m.

Dec. 17, Hudson Club Helsinki Drag queen Hedda Lettuce’s annual holiday cabaret, “Lettuce Rejoice,” includes such favorites as “Here Comes Tranny Clause,” “Do You Think That He’s Queer” and more. 7 p.m.

Dec. 19-21, Rhinebeck Terrapin Restaurant Holiday Beer Dinner: a festive four-course dinner by Chef Kroner paired with seven seasonal beers. See website for full menu and to make reservations.

Dec. 20, Wassaic The Wassaic Project Open Studios: learn about the artists in residence, see what they’ve been creating, and ask questions about their craft. 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 21, Williamstown Hops & Vines Wrap It Up! 10 local ceramic artists will offer their handmade goods, perfect for last-minute gift giving. 4-8 p.m.

Dec. 21, Williamstown The 1753 House 44th Annual Carol Sing: Deborah Burns and OK Chorale lead a cappella singing beside a roaring fireplace. Carol books and hot mulled cider are provided. Dress warmly and bring a candle by which to see. 7 p.m.

Dec. 22 & 23, Hudson Club Helsinki Part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show, Everett Bradley’s “Holidelic” features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Little Drummer Boy” & more. 9 p.m.

Dec. 23, Hudson In partnership with Wave Farm, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night returns. Led by Kline himself, participants gather at Hudson’s Public Square at Warren & Seventh St. and march to the Promenade. This year’s route celebrates the city’s alleys and enclaves, winding through corridors and byways. 7 p.m.

Dec. 23, Great Barrington Mahaiwe In Billie & Blue Eyes, Catherine Russell’s Grammy Award-winning vocals and John Pizzarelli’s quartet pair to evoke the glory days of jazz, taking on Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. 8 p.m.

Dec. 23, Norfolk Infinity Hall Months before becoming the youngest winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” Connecticut native Sawyer Fredericks found his way into the hearts of music lovers with his rendition of “I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow.” 8 p.m.

Dec. 28, W. Stockbridge Congregational Church The West Stockbridge Chamber Players, featuring members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will perform its winter concert featuring works by Mahler, Schubert and Zemlinsky. A reception follows. 6 p.m.

Dec. 28–30, Sheffield Bartholomew’s Cobble Lantern Walk: ledges trail will be magically lit with hundreds of luminarias as a guide. Feel free to bring your own magical lantern on this self-guided walk. There will be a fire and s’mores back at the visitor’s center. 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 29, Windsor Notchview Brew Moon: Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe. Ski or snowshoe the trails on a self-guided woodland adventure. Afterwards, gather inside the Visitors Center for a beer or wine and cheese tasting. 5-7 p.m.

Dec. 29, Hudson Club Helsinki In a benefit for AnimalKind, stripped-down singer/songwriters The Skivvies (a.k.a. Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) will perform humorous pop songs and showtunes on stringed instruments. 8 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
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Local Movies Listings
Save the Date Listings
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