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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.

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.

Atlas Obscura
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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Washington Depot's George Home Houses A Trio Of Experts

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Whether you’re looking for one piece to really pull a room together, or are in desperate need of the advice of a seasoned interior designer, the newly opened George Home and The Design Studio @ George Home in Washington Depot has got you covered. Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley of New York City’s Duane have joined together with longtime friend Betsey Nestler to bring this small Connecticut town some big-time expertise. Reporter Joseph Montebello chats with the owners about their “sophisticatedly rustic” design vision.

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Nothing says bon appétit like a fabulous kitchen. This week, we bring you homes where the kitchen remodeling has been done for you, and there’s been no stinting on the bells and whistles. They feature fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, top-of-the-line appliances (two Bosch dishwashers in a single kitchen), and views during meal prep.

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Some towns in the RI region are a bit sleepy as we slouch slowly towards spring. But in the center of Copake, New York, the newly re-established Copake General Store keeps a vibrant heartbeat. On a recent Saturday afternoon, our reporter found live music, happy patrons and delicious food successfully convened in old-timey harmony.

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If you’ve never tried kale, beans and pasta together, try it — you’ll like it. The kids at the Sylvia Center sure did, and we’ve learned to trust their taste buds. You're not a fan of kale? Just substitute some other seasonal vegetable. For spring, perhaps asparagus and peas, or in late summer, tomatoes and corn. Simple and delicious!

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This past Friday night, Autism Connections and Berkshire Autism Initiative joined with friends and supporters at Berkshire Hills Country Club to raise funds and awareness at a St. Patrick’s Day-themed dinner-dance. The Philadelphia-based, 11-piece party band The Heartbeats got the crowd on its feet.

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We’re betting our readers have a preference for independent films, and theaters throughout the region are featuring some gems. One we recommend: "The Insult," a riveting film about an emotional exchange caused by an insult between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee, playing now at The Moviehouse in Millerton.

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Sharon Kaufman began her art career painting murals, but soon found her true love, literally and figuratively, with Jayson Roberts at New Milford’s Village Center for the Arts. The nonprofit offers classes for children and adults, and after-school programs and summer camps for kids, and hosts the interactive festival Paint the People.

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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

March 23, Salisbury Berkshire Bach Society Bach’s Birthday Supper: cocktails, Chef Paul Pearson’s menu of foods from the times of Bach, party games & prizes, and a performance by Ethan Chen and two of his colleagues, all prodigy string players from the Juilliard Pre-College Program. White Hart Inn, 7 p.m.

March 23, Hudson Time & Space Limited NY Times reporter John Leland will read from his latest book, Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old. 7 p.m.

March 23 – 25, Kent Kent Shop Hop Kent merchants put a twist on shopping by featuring sales, special events and fun promotions. Go from shop to shop and enter to win one of three gift baskets. See website for list of participating stores.

March 24, Pine Plains Pine Plains Community Room Pine Plains Seed Library Seed Swap: Meet other gardeners and share stories and recipes. Bring homegrown heirloom or open-pollinated seeds to share. 1-2 p.m. Followed by DAHO! — a spring equinox concert of Algonquin-inspired music with Evan Pritchard and his Djee-gum-a-desq Orchestra.

March 24, Hudson Hudson Children’s Book Festival Cocktail Party The Hudson Children’s Book Festival Literacy Fund’s 6th annual cocktail party fundraiser supports the children of the Hudson City School District. Your donation will give a student the opportunity to attend the festival and purchase a book of their choice. Stair Galleries, 6-8 p.m.

March 24, Becket Jacob’s Pillow Pillow Party: Swing Dance, with live music by The Lucky 5. Special guest teachers Caleb Teicher and LaTasha Barnes kick off the evening with an introduction to swing dance that leads into a dance party. 7:30-11 p.m.

March 24, Hudson Hudson Hall Classics on Hudson presents To Lenny With Love, an homage to the iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, sung by Arianna Zukerman, Bob McDonald & Vale Rideout and accompanied by Joy Schreier on piano. 7 p.m.

March 25, Chatham Farm Film Fest Screenings of films that focus on farms, farming and farming issues from local and national filmmakers. Free admission with cash donation or nonperishable food item. Crandell Theatre, 1-4 p.m. A reception at The People’s Pub follows, with local foods & cash bar. 

March 29, North Adams MASS MoCA A screening of Ask the Sexpert, a documentary about Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a cult sex advice columnist in Mumbai, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, Vaishali Sinha. 7 p.m.

March 30, Poughkeepsie Mill House Brewing Company Mr. Anderson ale launch event to benefit Anderson Center for Autism, with beer, wine and appetizers. 5-7 p.m.

March 30, Great Barrington Leggs & Eggs Drag Dinner Fuel Bistro hosts an evening of drag performances by Boxxa Vine, Nancy Nogood and Veronica Constant-lay, plus a 3-course meal. 6 p.m.

March 30, Stockbridge The Red Lion Inn The Best of Toscano and Piemonte Wine Dinner: Chef Max Kiperman offers a dinner and a tasting of wines from Barolo, Barbaresco, Chianti Classico and Bolgheri. 6:30 p.m.

March 30, Torrington Warner Theatre Founding members of the band America, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, will perform all the songs you love, including “A Horse With No Name,” “Ventura Highway” and many others. 8 p.m. 

March 31, Hudson Lil’ Deb’s Oasis Commitment Gala Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Stewart Black of Lil’ Deb’s Oasis celebrate their creative partnership with a dinner, commitment ceremony, fundraiser, silent auction & dancing at the Hudson Elks Lodge. 7 p.m. 

March 31 & April 1, Red Hook Bard College Abby Z and The New Utility presents abandoned playground, a hyper-kinetic contest of physical daring and extreme virtuosity choreographed by Abby Zbikowski, winner of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award.

April 5, Washington Gunn Library New York Times best-selling author Amy Bloom will discuss and sign copies of her new, and first, historical novel, White Houses. 6 p.m.

April 6, Red Hook Bard College Liam Ó Maonlaí, a founding member of the band The Hothouse Flowers, is one of Ireland’s best-loved musicians. He’ll perform in a collaborations with Deirdre Lowry’s American Irish Dance Company, Solas An Lae. 7:30 p.m.

April 6, Norfolk Infinity Hall Founding member of The Kinks, Dave Davies and his band will perform new material as well as classics like “You Really Got Me,” “All Of The Day and All Of The Night,” “Come Dancing” and more. 8 p.m.

April 7, Hudson Our New Energy (ONE) Fair A marketplace of local sustainability organizations and an information resource for New Yorkers concerned about climate and energy challenges. Basilica Hudson, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 7, Great Barrington ThinkFOOD Conference The Future of Farming: Democratizing the Food System, featuring talks, presentations, roundtable discussions and more. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 7, Wassaic The Wassaic Project at Maxon Mills eTextile Spring Break Social & Seed Swap: talks, informal discussions and small workshops along with an exhibition at the intersection of craft, technology and textiles. 1-6 p.m. Seed swap from 3-4 p.m.

April 7, Millerton The Moviehouse Screening of The Gardener, a new documentary on the meaning of gardening featuring the late Frank Cabot, founder of The Garden Conservancy, followed by a discussion with Gregory Long, president of the NY Botanical Garden, with an introduction by designer Bunny Williams. 7 p.m.

April 7, Ghent Ghent Playhouse The Playhouse’s annual benefit will celebrate its 43rd season with a staged reading of D.L. Coburn’s The Gin Game. 8 p.m.

April 7, Hudson Club Helsinki Detroit-raised R&B vocalist Bettye LaVette brings her soulful interpretation of classic rock songs, funk, gospel and country music to Hudson to celebrate the release of her brand-new album, Things Have Changed, the songs of Bob Dylan. 9 p.m.

April 8, Salisbury Tri-State Mini Maker Faire A showcase of the creative makers of NWCT & the Tri-State area. Ravenbane’s Firecraft will return with an extended performance. Admission is free, but please register in advance on the Eventbrite page to be eligible for the door prize drawing. The Hotchkiss School, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

April 8, Cornwall Village Meeting House Cornwall Historical Society’s annual Norman Dorsen Lecture, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” will be presented by Susan H. Herman, president of the national ACLU, in honor of Dorsen’s memory. 8 Bolton Hill Rd., 2 p.m.

April 9, Williamstown Williams College Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) will read from his work, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. ‘62 Center, 4 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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