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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.”

The New York Times
Mary Stuart Masterson, Actress and Beekeeper

Five years ago, Masterson and her family traded in city life for a small town in Upstate NY.

The Wall Street Journal
The Berkshires Town That’s Becoming a Cultural Hub

This summer, North Adams welcomes a series of cutting-edge art and hospitality projects—and that’s only the beginning.

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The RuraList: 5 Pumpkin Pies For Your Holiday Table

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The timeframe between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often referred to as the holiday season. But it could also be called the month-plus when it’s acceptable — preferred, even — to end each meal with a slice of pumpkin pie. If you tried that kind of thing in March, it would just be weird. But if, like us, you look forward, hungrily, to this time of year, we’ve rounded up some local to-go options to tempt your tastebuds. Just try not to finish them entire pie before the guests arrive.

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Katharine T. Carter Shepherds Art And Artists To Recognition

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How does a piece of art get from creative mind to museum wall these days? It can be a rather exhaustive and fraught exercise for artists and curators. Local resident Katharine T. Carter has been quietly running a highly successful business that helps connect the dots for almost 33 years. RI’s Jamie Larson spoke with Carter about a side of the art world we, as the audience, rarely see, and how she helps artists navigate the maze to the recognition they deserve. And she’s doing it all out of her quiet home in Kinderhook, New York.

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Madeline Fischer, program coordinator at The Sylvia Center, calls this a “quick and easy weeknight meal,” which has a nice ring to it. The recipe calls for homemade chicken sausage — without the casing — plus broccoli raab, which turns a mesmerizing bright green when sautéed, and pasta. Voila, it’s done. Pass the Parmesan, please.

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Performance Spaces for the 21st Century (PS21) in Chatham, New York held its fundraising gala last Saturday, and what made it extra special was that it was in its brand-new building. Partiers toured the permanent theater, now constructed for both indoor and outdoor performance space, and tried out the new venue as its first audience.

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There's always cause for celebration in a village when a much-needed restaurant opens, but in the case of Pearly's Farmhouse Cafe, West Cornwall, Conn. has been mightily rewarded. Our reviewer dined at the eatery — a first restaurant venture by Chef Sean Aylmer — and found it worth the trip, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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They say the heart of a home is the kitchen, but when you see this week's dining rooms, you'll be eager to take a break from the stove and gather around the table. With unique views both inside and out, these rooms are guaranteed to make an impression, so start planning that dinner party now.

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If you’re looking to be entertained this weekend, you can find romantic music in Washington, hands-on theater in North Adams, and multiple generations of Guthries. Plus, singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle makes two local stops and it’s your last chance to see the critically acclaimed opera The Mother of Us All.

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We’ve interviewed dozens of people for The Rural We column, but this is the first time we’ve talked with someone who was a cattle rancher — in the Grand Teton Mountains, no less. Since 2011, Ellen Lynch has lived in the Hudson Valley. She loves to photograph horses, and has opened a pop-up gallery of her photography in Chatham.

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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 listings@ruralintelligence.com.

Nov. 19, Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Artisan Craft Fair This annual benefit sale will feature the work of 25 local artists & crafters and will include framed art, pottery, glass, woodworking, jewelry, photography, textiles & more. Town Hall, 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

Nov. 19, Lenox The Bookstore Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Linda Greenhouse will discuss her new book, Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between. 3 p.m.

Nov. 19, Lenox The Mount Bestselling author Meg Wolitzer & editor Heidi Pitlor will discuss the latest volume of The Best American Short Stories. They’ll share their process for putting it together and answer questions. 4 p.m.

Nov. 24 & 25, Kent Champagne Stroll A weekend of shopping, dining and champagne sipping. Sample 30 champagnes and sparkling wines at 30 shops. Special promotions and appetizers will be offered town-wide. 4-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 24–26, Hudson Basilica Hudson Basilica Farm + Flea: an alternative to “Black Friday,” featuring quality products from a diverse group of 125 regional makers, farmers, chefs & vintage collectors. Fri. 12-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Nov. 24–26 & Dec. 2 & 3, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Arts Center Handmade Holiday: a high-end curated sale of jewelry, apparel, toys, woodworking, ceramics, paper crafts, bath & beauty, holiday ornaments, edibles & more made by Columbia, Ulster & Berkshire area artisans. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily. 

Nov. 25, Great Barrington Berkshire Bach Society Frank Nemhauser conducts Handel’s Messiah Sing with The Berkshire Bach Players. Bring your own score, or borrow one at the door. First Congregational Church, 4 p.m.

Nov. 25, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Grateful: Shaker Supper, a candlelit harvest dinner in the Brick Dwelling. The menu reflects autumn’s bounty and the event benefits the Village’s new farm internship program. 6 p.m.

Nov. 29, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre Garrison Keillor and Robin & Linda Williams present an evening of harmony and humor, and Mr. Keillor will speak of the beauty of being 75 years young. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 1, Salisbury The Salisbury Forum PBS Frontline’s Martin Smith will speak on “Proxy Wars in the Middle East: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US.” The Salisbury School, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 1, Norfolk Infinity Hall Rusted Root are back with great funky/earthy music with a driving beat that’s perfect for dancing. Get your tickets early; they’ve been known to sell out the venue. 8 p.m.

Dec. 1-3, Stockbridge Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas The holiday celebration includes holiday readings, house tours, caroling & a holiday concert. Capping off the weekend is a re-creation of Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, plus horse-drawn rides, Santa, Christmas food & more.

Dec. 2, Salisbury Scoville Library Documentary Filmmaker Series: A Light in the Dark: The Art and Life of Frank Mason with Exhibition, presented by painter Frank Mason’s grandnephew Scott Mason. 4 p.m.

Dec. 2, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Candlelit Evening: live music, storytelling, festive food and caroling around the decorated & illuminated Village. Visit the animals, enjoy appetizers, cocktails and punch for the kids. 4 p.m.

Dec. 2, Rhinebeck Sinterklaas A day-long celebration with children’s workshops, dance, theater & music all over the village, including the beloved Children’s Starlight Parade at 6 p.m.

Dec. 2, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music After the Starlight Parade, meet Gregory Maguire, the NY Times bestselling author of Wicked and the new novel Hiddensee, which recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker. 8 p.m.

Dec. 2 & 3, Dalton Handmade Holiday Festival Alchemy Initiative presents its 9th annual curated holiday market, featuring contemporary artisans and food producers, live music, children’s art making and more. Free admission. Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at The Stationery Factory.

Dec. 2 & 3, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden The annual Holiday Marketplace will feature 20+ regional vendors, holiday trimmings including garlands, plants, swags & centerpieces. New this year is an expanded Gallery of Wreaths. Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dec. 3, Washington Depot HVA’s Auction to Benefit the Environment The Housatonic Valley Association’s annual auction is chaired by actress Christine Baranski, with help from Diane von Furstenberg, Linda Allard & others. Enjoy live music, edibles & cocktails while you bid. Washington Primary School, 1 p.m.

Dec. 3, Red Hook Elmendorph Inn Dutch Christmas Open House: View the Inn at its festive best for the holidays, enjoy live music, hot mulled cider, homemade cookies and fresh-baked bread from the “beehive” oven. 1–4 p.m.

Dec. 3, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy presents A Celtic Family Christmas, an intimate concert accompanied by an array of session musicians. 7 p.m.

Dec. 9, Rhinebeck Wilderstein Yuletide Tea: Festive holiday event featuring a variety of tea, finger sandwiches and homemade cakes &d cookies. A tour of the mansion is included. Reservations fill up quickly. 1 p.m.

Dec. 9, Chatham Crandell Theatre A ribbon-cutting celebration will take place in front of the theatre to honor its official listing on the NY State & National Registers of Historic Places. A free premiere showing of the short documentary Crandell Theatre: The Jewel of Main Street will follow. 1 p.m.

Dec. 9, Hudson Holiday House Tour As benefit for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, view 5 seasonally decorated homes – all historic and within walking distance of Warren Street. 2–5 p.m.

Dec. 9, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Candlelit Evening: live music, storytelling, festive food and caroling around the decorated & illuminated Village. Visit the animals, enjoy appetizers, cocktails and punch for the kids. 4 p.m.

Dec. 9, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music Annie Leibovitz will sign copies of her new book Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016. In this new collection, one of the most influential photographers of our time presents her iconic portraits & never-before-published works. 6–8 p.m.

Dec. 10, Kent Holiday Historic House Tour The Kent Historical Society a self-guided tour of seven architectural gems, nearly all from the Colonial era. 12-4:30 p.m. Afterwards, meet at the Swift House for festive beverages at the wassail bowl.

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
Please submit your own event to listings@ruralintelligence.com