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Vanity Fair
The New Summer Spot in the Berkshires

The partners behind Tourists, in North Adams, Mass., used a bit of nostalgia to revitalize an American motor lodge.

The New York Times
Betting on the Berkshires

A new cultural corridor attracts tourists, second homeowners and urban transplants.

Inside the Newly Renovated Hotel Where Emerson, Thoreau and Hemingway Once Stayed

The historic Amenia, New York property has undergone a renovation but kept its links to the past.

The New York Times
At HSV, Concerts, a Farm-to-Table Menu and Goat Yoga

Hancock Shaker Village director Jennifer Trainer Thompson discusses last year’s inaugural events and what’s in store for 2018.

The New York Times
It’s The Little Things

Author Jamie Cat Callan and retired scientist William Thompson talk second marriage at their home in Valatie, N.Y.

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.

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Rhinebeck Hooks Another Winner With Catch 38

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Wesley Dier and Bryn Bahnatka-Dier know how to create successful restaurants. They’ve done it with The Shelter, 40 West and The Local, all in Rhinebeck, New York. When they closed The Local last year, diners were dismayed. But recently, they opened Catch 38 in that space, and they've created magic once again. It’s a seafood restaurant, but the menu is delightfully inventive and unexpected. Andrea Pyros, a town local, reviews it for us.

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Community: HEIRLOOM Collects The Region's Best

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If you were one of the 1,500 people who shopped, dined and took in a performance during last November’s FESTIVE craft market and food fair at Greylock WORKS in North Adams, Mass., there’s great news. The site’s inaugural summer market, HEIRLOOM, will be held on Saturday, July 28. Some of your favorite regional makers will be there, along with exciting new ones, plus a fresh lineup of performers, local food and brews, and the new “Flavor at HEIRLOOM,” which will feature demonstrations, talks and tastings from some of Storey Publishing’s most popular author/chefs. Consider HEIRLOOM your crash course in living the good life in the RI region.

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Up to her eyeballs in catering jobs this summer, Lisa Fielding needed to simplify some of her recipes to lighten her load. Out of that need came this sumptuous pasta dish. She calls it the un-pesto pasta, because there’s no basil or pine nuts in it, but there is lots of lemon juice and toasted walnuts for a nuttier, crunchier covering.

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On Saturday, July 14, three lucky RI reporters were treated to some of the region’s finest foods, in a few of its most breathtaking locales, with some of the biggest names around. We dined in the fields of Katchkie Farm, toured the famed Rokeby Estate, and were treated to a performance by Patti Smith at Bard’s SummerScape Gala.

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It doesn’t matter how much you love traditional home styles. Once you’re inside, you want it to be modern in function. The properties this week have had recent renovations. Among them: a 1929 Colonial, a Second Empire masterpiece in Rhinebeck, a Revolutionary-era house and, of course, some beautifully updated kitchens.

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Litchfield County’s own Pilobolus dance troupe presents its 5 Senses Festival, running on weekends from July 27 to August 11, which will bring world-class performers, writers, visual artists and more to its home town of Washington, Conn. The goal is to push boundaries of what art is and can be, says Executive Director Itamar Kubovy.

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You still have time to get to Leonard Bernstein’s “Peter Pan” at Bard SummerScape, "Macbeth" at Shakespeare & Company, and “Mamma Mia!” at Mac-Haydn Theatre. There’s also “Hair” at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Stage. If you prefer new plays, Williamstown Theatre Festival is presenting a world premiere, “Artney Jackson.”

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Germantown, N.Y. resident Dawn Breeze is a creativity advocate and interdisciplinary artist. She has developed Creativity + Courage™, an experiential learning program, and founded Instar Lodge, a nonprofit arts project space. You can participate in her public exhibition project, Wayfinding, by visiting Olana Historic Site this summer.

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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

July 25, Richmond WAM Theatre 2018 Gala A midsummer night’s cocktail party with music and entertainment, food and drink, a silent and a live auction, a premiere theater performance and more. Berkshire Equestrian Center, 5:30 p.m.

July 27, Great Barrington L’Atelier Berkshires Summer Soiree Art Party: jazz by singer Kat Gang and musicians from 300 Willow, farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres by Amuse Culinary Events, and more. 6-9 p.m.

July 27, Pittsfield GALAxy: Party in the Cosmos In conjunction with Josh Simpson’s Galactic Landscapes exhibit, the Berkshire Museum presents cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner offerings from The Marketplace Catering, live and silent auctions, and a dance party with DJ BFG. 6-10 p.m.

July 27, Millerton The Moviehouse Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland will screen her new documentary about Cecil Beaton, Love, Cecil, followed by a Q&A session. 7 p.m. The evening begins with a reception and book signing with Vreeland for members at 6 p.m.

July 28, North Adams Greylock WORKS Heirloom by Design: a new summertime market celebrating the music, food, farms, fermenters and distillers, artisans, and textile curators of New England and beyond. 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

July 28, Stanfordville Conrad Levenson Sculpture Studio & Garden Open House: a mid-summer celebration with food, drink and live music. All are welcome. 4-7 p.m.

July 28, Hillsdale SuperTone Music Festival A day-long music fest featuring Bat Fangs, Lonesome Doves, Thelma & The Sleaze, Jon Hatchet Band & more, plus farm-to-table food, local beer, visual art & craft vendors. Roeliff Jansen Park, beginning at 4 p.m.

July 28, Stockbridge Naumkeag Garden Party Join the Trustees of Reservations to take in the view, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and experience live music performances throughout the gardens. 4-7 p.m.

July 28, Germantown A Summer Frolic This year’s Friends of Clermont summer gala will include cocktails for the adults, activities for the kids and food for everyone from Pippy’s Food Truck. Clermont State Historic Site, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

July 28, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape Broadway icon Chita Rivera, accompanied by her longtime trio, will recreate moments from her legendary career, including numbers from West Side Story; Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman and more. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

July 28 & 29, Goshen Litchfield Jazz Festival The 23rd annual festival will feature performances by the Emmet Cohen Trio w/Jimmy Cobb, the Jeff Tain Watts Trio, Dan Brubeck, Orrin Evans, Trio Da Paz, Yoko Miwa Trio, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, and more. A jazz brunch benefit kicks things off on Sat. morning. Goshen Fairgrounds.

July 29, Austerlitz Blueberry Festival Events kick off with a blueberry pancake breakfast, followed by 19th Century craft demos, antiques, live music, activities for kids, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, craft vendors, artisans and more. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

July 29, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Gala Comedian Whoopi Goldberg will headline a festive evening to benefit the performing arts center’s year-round programs and to honor founding board member Sharon Casdin. 8 p.m.

Aug. 3, North Adams MASS MoCA Blondie, whose hits include Call Me; One Way or Another and Heart of Glass, remain a force to be reckoned with. The band’s most recent album, Pollinator, was named one of Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017. Northampton natives And The Kids open. 7 p.m.

Aug. 3 & 4, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape House of Whimsy returns with an edgy and irreverent evening of divas and deviants from the downtown performance scene, selected and introduced by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 3-5, Norfolk Norfolk Artists & Friends Art Show The 10th annual exhibit at the Battell Stoeckel Gallery will feature work by members of Norfolk Artists & Friends, plus 10 guest artists. An opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 3 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Aug. 3-5, Becket Jacob’s Pillow Weekend OUT: The annual LGBTQIA+ celebration includes free events, a Trey McIntyre film, a special performance by dancer/poet Ian Spencer Bell, and a dance party hosted by Tyler Ashley, The Dauphine of Bushwick.

Aug. 3-5, Hillsdale Falcon Ridge Folk Festival A music fest featuring performers Dar Williams, Adam Ezra Group, John Gorka, Tom Paxton and many others, plus local food and other vendors. Dodds Farm, 44 County Route 7D.

Aug. 4, West Stockbridge Turn Park Art Space Phoenicia Flea: Shop merchants from the Catskills, Hudson Valley and beyond offering handcrafted food, drink, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings and curated vintage wares. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Aug. 4, Wassaic Wassaic Project Summer Festival: featuring 6 bands, 10 dance groups, a slew of short films, tons of of art, and more. Noon - late.

Aug. 4, Germantown Clermont State Historic Site Luminarium Dance Company presents a family-friendly performance on the grounds, featuring newly commissioned work inspired by Clermont’s history and landscape, alongside a selection of repertory favorites ranging from classical to contemporary. 3 p.m.

Aug. 4, Monterey Bidwell House Summer Gala The annual fundraising party for the historic 1750s Bidwell House Museum will honor Jill Hornor and Yo-Yo Ma, and include live music from the O-Tones, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and an art show. Held at the former Berkshire Summer School of Art. 4–7 p.m.

Aug. 9, Great Barrington A Midsummer’s Night Party Join Master of Ceremonies Elizabeth Aspenlieder at Gedney Farm in support of the free care provided by VIM Berkshires’ volunteer healthcare professionals. Live music, exceptional gambling, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a seated dinner combined with a live auction in a magical indoor/outdoor setting. 6-10 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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