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Links to stories concerning our region in other media:

The New York Times
A Summer Day With Gregory Crewdson

The photographer takes us through his daily routine in Great Barrington, Mass.

The New York Times
How Meredith Rollins Spends Her Sundays

The Redbook editor-in-chief and White Hart Inn co-owner enjoys spending family time in Litchfield County.

The New York Times
Clark Art Institute Announces New Leader

Olivier Meslay, a longtime curator at the Dallas Museum of Art and before that at the Louvre, will take over in August.

Architectural Digest
A weekend in Hudson, New York

The magazine chooses eight must-visit spots, including Wm. Farmer and Sons, Finch, 3FortySeven and Hawkins New York.

The Washington Post
The Hudson Valley Strikes a Picture-perfect Balance

Now is the perfect time to take in our region’s outstanding art, culture, history and food.

The Wall Street Journal
The Art of the Dealer: Gallerist Jack Shainman

The Williamstown, Mass. native shares how he chooses art for his NYC and Kinderhook, NY galleries.

The New York Times
A New Director for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Pamela Tatge from Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts will be the new executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance.

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A Host Of New Businesses Bet On The Village Of Chatham

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It seems like never before have we been more in need of good news, even in the paradisiacal Rural Intelligence region. Fear not — we’re good at finding the great and happy assets in the area, and today we’re looking at you, Chatham, New York. The town, which took a hit during the 2008 recession, has bounced back. All along Main Street, there’s not a storefront that’s empty. Some of the shops and landmark eateries weathered the hard years, but thankfully they’ve stuck around and have been joined by a flurry of galleries, specialty stores and pubs. We toured Main Street and after you read our story, you’ll want to check it out, too.

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The Wunderkinder of Tanglewood At The Half-Century Mark

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The layers of music going on at Tanglewood may not be endless, but they go deep. Beyond The Shed and Ozawa Hall, beyond even the precocious fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute has been dropping high school students into the deep waters of world-class musical action for 50 years. With alumni ranging from actress/singer Lauren Ambrose to Harry Connick, Jr. to the Boston Symphony’s rising-star associate conductor Ken-David Masur, the BUTI is a veritable beehive of musical activity where tomorrow’s stars learn their craft. A celebratory concert on August 6 will be emceed by Ambrose, and features new commissions by alumni Nico Muhly and Timos Andres.

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Readers And Eaters: This Basilica Hudson Event Is For You

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Every event at Basilica Hudson has a flavor all its own, whether it be a musical performance or a flea market for artisans. This Saturday, Read & Feed will be no exception. The “mini-festival” will host the convergence of literature and food. Speakers and demonstrations on both disciplines aim to expand and connect our understanding of each. The festival and its diverse selection of happenings, organized through the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, might seem odd at first glance — but if you love great stories and great food it makes all the sense in the world. RI’s Jamie Larson takes a look.

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The lack of recent rainfall in the region has made it necessary to water any plants that we’d like to keep alive during these brutal summer days. But are you using water wisely, or are you wasting it? Madaline Sparks tells us how to prioritize our water usage and how to make sure your plants’ roots are getting the hydration they need.

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On Saturday, The Trustees of Reservations celebrated its 125th birthday at Naumkeag, where its refurbished Chinese Temple Garden turned 60 years old; Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut threw a bash to celebrate 25 successful years in the community; and Katchkie Farm hosted its 9th farm-to-table dinner.

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Sweet scones are well and good for breakfast, but a savory scone doubles as an any-time snack. Add your favorite veggies, meats or cheeses to this basic savory recipe from Audrey Leary of Blackberry River Baking Co. in Canaan, Conn., and voila – you’ve just made a delicious and portable mini meal.

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This season’s theater lineup may be remembered as the one with imaginative set configurations. Shakespeare & Company transforms the Tina Packer Playhouse to an in-the-round theater; Barrington Stage Company puts a pirate ship’s mast in the middle of the audience, and now the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar presents “Wolves,” on a stretch of turf field with terraced seating for the audience on either side.

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Rural Intelligence residents move here to do what they're unable do in the city — relax on the porch and enjoy the views. Now it's your turn to drink your morning coffee, enjoy a nightcap, read a book or take a cat nap on your very own spacious screened-in porch. The properties highlighted this week prove that, in this region, some of the best summer spots are a whole lot closer than you might think.

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It never fails to amaze us how many superstars — in so many fields — live in the RI region. One of the most shining lives in West Stockbridge, Mass., Ormond Gigli, became famous for his photos of celebrities, including Sophia Loren, John F. Kennedy, Judy Garland and Richard Burton. But you may be most familiar with his photo “Girls In The Windows,” which is currently on view at Sohn Fine Art in Lenox.

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For even more information about upcoming events, check out our Dining, Music & Dance, Visual Arts, Shopping, Books, Theater, Movies, Kids, and Save the Date sections. Please submit your own event to

July 30, Lenox Fête Des Fleurs Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual summer party will be held this year at The Lenox Club and will feature cocktails and a summer supper. 5-8 p.m.

July 30, Hudson Read & Feed A new festival for food & literature, featuring discussions with writers, farmers & chefs; cooking & mixology demos; a marathon reading of John Cage’s Diary & a market of 20+ small press publishers & food makers. Basilica Hudson, 5-11 p.m.

July 30, Germantown Texas Meets Cuba The Friends of Clermont summer gala invites you to dig out your Stetson and cowboy boots or don a Guayabera and Cuban heels as you enjoy mojitos and BBQ at this year’s benefit party. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

July 30, New Marlborough An Evening in the Country Mill River Farm hosts an al fresco dinner featuring the best of what’s in season, catered by Heirloom Fire & served on dinnerware from local potters. Dinner includes cocktails & a farm tour. 5:30 p.m.

July 30, Copake FarmOn! 6th Annual Hootenanny FarmOn! Foundation invites you to join them at Empire Farm for a benefit dinner, and cocktail hour, to celebrate local food and the farmers who work hard to bring it to the plate. 6 p.m.

July 30, Chatham PS21 Singer, guitarist and composer Howard Fishman and his quartet offer an evening of New Orleans-inflected jazz, blues, standards and originals. 8 p.m.

July 31, Austerlitz Blueberry Festival Austerlitz Historical Society hosts a day of Early 19th C. craft demos & wares, live music, vendors & artisans, a silent auction, animals & activities for kids, and, of course, blueberries. 9-4. Events kick off with a pancake breakfast from 9-11:30 a.m.

July 31, Lakeville The Chef and Farmer Brunch Challenge In a benefit for The North East Community Center, local chefs will create dishes using ingredients from area farms to win the title of Farm-to-Table Chef Champion from celebrity judges. Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm, 11 a.m.

July 31, Falls Village Music Mountain As a midsummer benefit, pianist Richard Goode will perform works by Haydn, Janacek, Schumann and Debussy. 3 p.m.

August 4, Lenox The Mount Join Slate’s Culture Gabfest for a special literary live show. Hosts Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens & Julia Turner will discuss Wharton and her legacy plus the latest cultural happenings. 7 p.m.

August 4, Norfolk Infinity Hall The Speak Up Storytelling series will feature tales by its founder, Matthew Dicks, as well as by Bobby Klau, Colin Wolhm, Steve Whyte, Kathy Wass Binder, Courtney Maum, Barbara Klau & Sue Huggans. 8 p.m.

August 4—7, Kent Kent Sidewalk Festival Free admission, great sales, activities for kids, food, vintage cars, raffles and other events at the Library and more. See website for full lineup.

August 4—7, Millbrook Millbrook Horse Trials Coole Park Farm will host a weekend of 500+ horse-rider pairs—including Olympic-level, world-class competitors—participating in dressage, cross country and stadium jumping. A benefit luncheon is set for Sunday at Noon.

August 5, Sharon Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Summer Book Signing: the 20th annual signing will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres & 33 authors and illustrators, including bestsellers and award winners. Free children’s signing: 4:30-5:30 p.m. followed by an adult signing from 6-8 p.m.

August 5—7, Wassaic Wassaic Project Summer Festival A free annual, multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance & community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances & much more. See website for lineup.

August 5—7, Norfolk A Weekend in Norfolk A town-wide art, music and nature festival featuring pop-up performances, an ice cream social, art and craft demos, workshops for kids and adults, farm and art tours, hikes and more.

August 6, Ghent Omi The annual Dance Omi showing in The Fields Sculpture Park will include works by this year’s dance residents, created in collaboration with each other during their stay at Omi. 2 p.m.

August 6, Stockbridge Naumkeag All the Tea in China: in the newly restored Chinese Garden, join Michael Harney of Harney Teas for a tasting of green, black and white varieties. 2-4 p.m.

August 6, Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum Van Der Zee to Rockwell and Beyond: Art and Civil Rights, An Evening with Maurice “Pops” Peterson. Explore the relationship between art & the civil rights movement. 5 p.m.

August 6, Hudson Raise The Roof! Sock Hop This benefit for the Hudson Area Library will feature al fresco drinks, dinner and dancing, plus a silent auction. Gioia Farm, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

August 6, New Lebanon Tannery Pond Miro Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber music groups, returns to the Tannery. The Quartet is consistently praised for its stirring performances and thoughtful programming. 8 p.m.

August 6, Kinderhook The School Gallery Champagne & wine reception for Richard Vine, managing editor of Art in America, to celebrate the debut of his first novel, SoHo Sins. Vine will give the lecture “Art, Crime and SoHo Sins,” and sign books. 6-8 p.m. 

August 6, Norfolk Infinity Hall Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit returns to perform her own hits, along with the music of Ella Fitzgerald. 8 p.m.

August 7, Goshen Scat & Scramble Jazz Brunch The Litchfield Jazz Festival introduces its first brunch fundraiser on the final day of the 21st annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. Kick off the day with a New Orleans-style brunch, music & a silent auction. Goshen Fairgrounds, 10:30 a.m.-Noon.

August 7, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe An Intimate Evening with Kelli O’Hara: the Broadway (The Pajama Game; Nice Work If You Can Get It), film and television (Sex & The City 2) star will perform. 7 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
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
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