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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.

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.

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Cottage+Camp Finds Room On Millerton's Main Street

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Until recently, the duo behind Cottage+Camp, John Krynick and Francis Nestor, had been selling their unique finds out of their home in North Egremont, Mass. With the opening of their new shop on Millerton, New York's Main Street, the two now have a space dedicated to their treasures, which include folk art, Americana and 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts and textiles. RI’s editor, Lisa Green, stopped by on a rainy Saturday after visiting Trade Secrets.

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There's No Business Like Summer Stock For 2 Area Theaters

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While the Berkshires are known for summer theater festivals and the big names that come to perform in them, the entire RI region is dotted with smaller companies that make the magic of theater accessible to everyone. Two of them — the Mac-Haydn Theatre and The Theater Barn (both of which happen to be in Columbia County) — are celebrating major milestones. Turning 50 and 35 years this summer, they’re stronger than ever. Sharon Smullen takes a look at what makes these two stalwarts such beloved institutions, and what they’ve got planned for this season.

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Ramps are kind of a new thing to Lisa Fielding. After all, she’s a West Coast girl, where ramps don’t grow. But she’s quickly learned from her clients how much we Northeasterners revere them. True to her form, she’s created her own way to prepare these oniony, garlicky gems that are here for but a few moments each year.

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We met up with Martha Stewart at Trade Secrets in Sharon, where she was signing copies of her newest book; partied with the cool and kitschy crew from IS183 Art School as they went back to summer camp; and honored local heroes at Northern Berkshire United Way’s first Spirit of Caring Celebration.

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You could be the proud owner of a waterfront home with a private dock on Long Pond; a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house on 28 acres; a master bedroom in a barn silo interpretation; a Spencertown compound with ponds, lush gardens, trails and views; and more. You can’t go wrong with these unique properties.

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For over 30 years, Danny Meyer has operated some of the most successful restaurants in Manhattan. You’ve been to some of them — but did you know the renowned restaurateur also has a home in the RI region? We caught up with him to talk about the food business, and how he spends his time when he’s in Litchfield, Conn.

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Pooky Amsterdam, the Hudson-based baker behind Pooky Studio, creates specialty cookies that are practically too beautiful to eat. But if you do, you’ll find they taste just as good as they look, owing mainly to their ingredients: local, organic eggs and cream, and natural food coloring. RI editor Lisa Green finds out more about the baker/artist.

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The photographer may be a familiar face in Hudson, New York, but now the faces of his subjects, many from Hudson, are going to be just as familiar: his first book of portraits, Kindred, is launching at The Spotty Dog this Saturday. Di Mola tells us how he got his start in photography and about his method of shooting portraits.

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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

May 25–27, Hudson Design Hudson An opening night cocktail party at the Bronson House leads into two days of self-guided tours of six architecturally significant homes, each with a room that showcases the work of a local designer, and a Sat. evening soiree.

May 26, Stockbridge Chesterwood Season opening day, and ribbon cutting and hike to celebrate the restoration of the site’s historic Ledges Trail. 9 a.m.

May 26, New Lebanon Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Community Event: a lecture, live music, face painting, an on-site food truck, dessert and more. 1-3 p.m.

May 26, Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum Rosie the Riveter Day: Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Post cover, “Rosie the Riveter,” with curator talks, art activities, music and dance, a Rosie the Riveter look-alike contest and more. 1-4 p.m.

May 26, New Lebanon Tannery Pond Concerts Season Opening Gala, featuring The Brentano Quartet and three-time Grammy nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer, with a post-concert reception. 5 p.m.

May 26, Stockbridge Fête Des Fleurs Wear your best hat to Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual fundraising party and celebrate the opening of the summer exhibition “Beautiful Strangers: Artists Discover the Garden,” contemporary sculpture on display throughout the Garden’s grounds. 5-7 p.m.

May 26, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) presents world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax in a benefit concert of works by Beethoven, Liszt and Mozart. 7:30 p.m.

May 26 & 27, Chatham Columbia County Fairgrounds The 6th Annual Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival, featuring award-winning wineries, distilleries, cideries & craft breweries from the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires, along with gourmet cheeses, olives, pickles, jams, syrups and more. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

May 26–28, Hyde Park Vanderbilt Mansion The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will hold its Memorial Day weekend plant sale, where hundreds of plants will be sold at reasonable prices, including a variety of perennial plant divisions from the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens. Rain or shine, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

May 27, Sharon Raptors & Riesling Meet the resident raptors, and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while overlooking Ford Pond at Audubon Sharon, the only staffed facility in NWCT that cares for injured and orphaned wildlife. 5-7 p.m.

May 31 – June 3, Great Barrington & Pittsfield Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) Film screenings, opening and closing night parties, a tribute to the Academy Award-winning actor Rachel Weisz, the staged reading of a new script, Q&A sessions with directors and producers, and more.

June 1, Lenox The Bookstore New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age in The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, a history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. 5:30 p.m.

June 2, Chatham PS21 Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott star in Places Please, a zany trip backstage in the final moments before the curtain goes up. The piece celebrates the creative relationship between the two co-founders of the acclaimed contemporary dance troupe KEIGWIN + COMPANY. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.

June 2, Egremont Leaf Peeper Benefit Clarion Concerts in Columbia County (The Leaf Peepers) will hold a benefit featuring Natalia Zukerman in The Women Who Rode Away: Songs and Portraits, a new multimedia performance in which Zukerman tells the story of women who were and are architects of their own life. 7:30 p.m.

June 2, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Shaker Barn Music returns with the Sweetback Sisters, a renegade retro band with a modern take on country music that includes blazing leads, charging rhythms and playful lyrics. Izzy Heltai opens. 7:30 p.m.

June 3, Kent The Frank Delaney Legacy Series presents Christine Baranski Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Christine Baranski will join Diane Meier in a conversation about Baranski’s life, times and career in this benefit for the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. 4 p.m.

June 8, Williamstown Clark Art Paris by Night: a summer opening celebration for two new exhibits, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 and The Art of Iron, featuring street performers, music, French-inspired hors d’oeuvres, champagne and more. 7 p.m.

June 8, Norfolk Infinity Hall Los Lonely Boys, the Chicano rock trio of brothers from San Angelo, Texas, play their signature “Texican Rock ‘n’ Roll.” 8 p.m.

June 8, Hudson Club Helsinki Since her debut in 1992 with “Infamous Angel,” country-folk singer-songwriter Iris DeMent has been regarded in musical circles as an authentic living legend. 9 p.m.

June 8 & 9, Cornwall Books and Blooms The Cornwall Library’s annual benefit will include the lecture “40 Years of Gardening: Private and Public” by Lynden B. Miller on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception. Tours of four gardens in Cornwall, Sharon and Milton run from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sat., as does a sale of new and out-of-print gardening books.

June 8–10, Poughkeepsie GlassBarge Poughkeepsie The Corning Museum of Glass celebrates its 150th anniversary of glassmaking. A floating glassmaking studio will visit the riverfront at Victor C. Waryas Park from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for free glassmaking demos. Reservations strongly encouraged.

June 9, New Preston George Platt Field Privet House Backyard Sale: Shop antiques, vintage and mid-century furniture, lighting, decorative accessories, linens, tabletop items and more from A-list merchants, interior designers and antiques dealers. Cash or check. 16 Church St. (behind the village shops). 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

June 9, Lenox Rhubarb Festival A celebration and sale of sweet and savory rhubarb foods, recipe booklets and rhubarb plants. Take a rhubarb stroll around town, and sample foods from The Savory Rhubarb Contest, which shines a spotlight on Lenox restaurant chefs. Next to the Lenox Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

June 9, Lenox Lenox House Tour Ventfort Hall revives its popular event, this time in conjunction with the annual Rhubarb Festival. Five of the houses, including the mansion, date from the Gilded Age. Two were designed by Rotch & Tilden. A third sits high on a ridge. A fourth is filled with Asian decorative arts. A newer home, owned by a Boston interior designer and her husband, sits on property once owned by prominent cottagers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 9, Red Hook House and Barn Preservation Expo Free “info fair” about how to preserve, restore and re-use your old house, barn or outbuilding, featuring hands-on demonstrations, presentations by people who have done it before, and useful takeaways. Elmendorph Inn, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

June 9, Pittsfield Berkshire Craft Beer Festival The 4th Annual Festival & Charity Chug Run 5K is the biggest craft beer festival in the Berkshires. Sample 200+ styles, plus food and live music, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Pittsfield charities. The First Street Common, 12-5 p.m.

June 9, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village 1st Annual Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention: workshops by Bill & the Belles, Tara Linhardt & Nils Fredland; an open jam in the barn; a fiddle and banjo contest; and a square dance with live music. Local food vendors and craft beer available. Beginning at 2 p.m.

June 9, Chatham The Chatham Bookstore Meteorologist and “Today Show” co-anchor Al Roker will discuss his most recent book, Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America’s Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster. 5 p.m.

June 9, Hillsdale Party in the Park The Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s 9th annual gala, held in Roe Jan Park, will honor retiring library director Carol Briggs. Enjoy d’oeuvres, wine, music, and live and silent auctions. 5-7:30 p.m.

June 9, Great Barrington Close Encounters With Music CEWM presents Lenny at 100 – Feel the BERNstein, a gala and concert featuring his vocal and piano music and that of composers he championed — Mahler, Sondheim, Ives, Copland, Kurt Weill & Lukas Foss — performed by Michael Chertock, Danielle Talamantes, Kerry Wilkerson, Rachel Lee Priday and Yehuda Hanani. The Mahaiwe, 6 p.m.

June 9, Hudson Basilica Hudson Freak Flag Day: After Hudson’s Flag Day parade, stay for fireworks, an indoor/outdoor exhibit opening reception, a dark-wave happy hour karaoke pageant, DJs, dancing and more. 6 p.m. – late.

June 9, Pittsfield Colonial Theatre Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month at the 3rd Annual Berkshire Dance Party & Cabaret. Walk the pink carpet, dance with DJ BFG, and enjoy a drag pageant hosted by Fuse’s Shade: Queens of NYC star Brita Filter. 7 p.m.

June 9, Hudson Club Helsinki Boss Hog (Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) have returned from a 14-year hiatus with their most subversive record yet, Brood X. 9 p.m.

June 10, Falls Village Music Mountain The 89th season opens with a reception and benefit concert with the Shanghai String Quartet, who will perform the first of its six-concert complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. 3 p.m.

June 10, Pittsfield Mahaiwe Grammy-winner Melissa Etheridge, the singer-songwriter behind the hits “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window” and others. 7 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
Dining Intelligence (Listings of Food and Drink Events & Restaurant Features)
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