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Shopping And Strolling: A Midsummer Pastime

Theater, music, dance and a panoply of festivals are all in full swing, but for those of us whose shopping bug never takes a vacation, retail therapy is alive and well in the Rural Intelligence region. So, for you, we have gathered up a cartful of sales and celebrations happening in the next few weeks.

July 2-5, Chatham
Boxwood Linen Relaunch With more than twice the square footage of its previous space in Hillsdale, Boxwood Linen celebrates its new location to showcase its exquisite hand-cut, hand-finished linens for the table, kitchen and bath. There will be special promotions, giveaways and refreshments all weekend long. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
22 Main Street

July 2-5, Lee
Lee Premium Outlets Our own local national outlet shining on a hill will hold an old-fashioned sidewalk sale. The complex is surprisingly large, boasting 60 stores. If you’re in need of some more summer staples, this should be your destination. Shopping hours will be extended: Thursday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
17 Premium Outlets Boulevard

July 3, Great Barrington
Michael Wainwright Outlet Store How lucky are we to have the sculptor and tableware designer based right in our midst? Wainwright’s gold and platinum-decorated porcelain is sold throughout North America, but we have his outlet store in Great Barrington, which the designer opens up to the community with All Fired Up Again: the second-annual summer sale and celebration, a free family event. Everything in the store will be 20-50 percent off. There will be free pieces to decorate and have fired in the on-site kiln, pizza from Old Inn on the Green, lemonade, SOCO Creamery ice cream and entertainment from 12-3 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
964 South Main Street

July 3, Great Barrington
Peter Fasano If the textile designer’s work is good enough for Oprah and the President of the United States, it’s certainly good enough for us. There will be bolts and bolts and bolts of the hand-printed, hand silk-screened (and now discontinued) fabrics at the Fabric Studio Sale, priced to sell. See what we wrote about Peter Fasano a few years back. 10 a.m - 5 p.m. 
964 South Main Street (Route 7)

July 3, Pittsfield
Dory and Ginger Grand Opening
The brand-new Hotel on North has already spawned more business on North Street. Dory and Ginger, owned by the hotel’s owner Laurie Tierney and partner Cara Carroll, is right next door. Its logo says “Live and Give,” an appropriate one for the home décor and gifts store with an eclectic and accessible assortment of objects including jewelry, glassware, gourmet treats, stationery items and unexpected fun stuff. There will be refreshments from local purveyors and a drawing for a gift certificate. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
299 North Street

July 4, New Preston
Summer Stroll No middling street fair, this. The village turns into a garden party tableau as you shop and enjoy live music and specialty treats plus cocktails — white sangria, fresh local lemonade, and pink champagne. Raffles will feature $100 gift certificates from New Preston stores with all proceeds going to the Steep Rock Association, which protects three local nature preserves. 2-5 p.m.

July 10, Lakeville
Prime Finds (Affordable Treasures for the Home) The high-end, used home goods store is having a grand opening and preview party to showcase its new location. Featured will be “Designer’s Choice” with items specially selected by Matthew Patrick Smyth. Sales benefit the programs at Prime Time House, Inc., a nonprofit that helps individuals with serious mental illness regain independence. There will be refreshments available while you shop. $20 per person at the door. 5-7 p.m.
838 Main Street

July 10 -11, Great Barrington
McTeigue & McClelland The “Masters of the Art” is a special showing of rare antique and colored diamonds, an extraordinary collection that will be on display for two days only. Prepare to be enchanted. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
454 Main Street

July 11, Washington, CT
The Washington Green Summer Fair A 50-year tradition, the Summer Fair includes a gigantic tag sale, Yankee bakery, ladies accessories booth, plant pavilion, horse-drawn wagon rides, used book emporium and live auction. Fair proceeds will be used for the maintenance of the historic Washington Green and Meetinghouse, circa 1801. Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Washington Town Green

July 11-12, LaGrangeville
Monastery Vinegar Festival When was the last time you visited a monastery? At Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery you can sample and purchase the only organic-artisanal vinegars produced in the Hudson Valley following an ancient monastic method, along with other food products from the Monastery farm, gardens and kitchen, including tapenade, pesto, chutney, apple sauce and butter, relishes, dried herbs and tonics. Other available items include plants, books, food, crafts and artwork from local monasteries, farmers and artisans. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
246 Barmore Road

Through August, Hudson
Linda Wayne Collection The costume designer and former owner of Lily’s in Great Barrington brings her elegant scarves and jewelry to a pop-up shop at Home. There’s also a small selection of stunning, classic shirts. 1-5 p.m.
535 Warren Street

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