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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.

The New York Times
Walking Over the Hudson: Lofty Valley Views Where Trains Once Rumbled

The longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world is Poughkeepsie, N.Y.‘s Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

Architectural Digest
The Art Capital of New England is a Former Factory Town

Contemporary art continues to redefine North Adams, Mass. an industrial gem at the heart of the Berkshires.

Architectural Digest
A Hillsdale, N.Y. Couple Turn a 1970’s Ranch Home into a Modern Farmhouse

Jade-Snow Carroll and her husband, Ian Rasch, kept only the foundation during this completely modern remodel.

Design Tips from an Ultra Modern Farmhouse

Pilar Proffitt and Robert Bristow of Poesis Design offer advice and a look inside their Lakeville, Conn. home.

Linda Lavin and Husband to Open Restaurant in Claverack

The former “Alice” star and Broadway actress, and her actor-husband Steve Bakunas, have purchased the former Yorkshire Farms Restaurant and Tavern.

The Boston Globe
Tanglewood Presents Plan for Big Expansion

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will expand its Tanglewood campus in Lenox with a new complex of performance, dining and rehearsal buildings set to open in 2019.

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Following A Big Buildup, The Amsterdam Pulls It Off

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When the announcement came that a new restaurant — The Amsterdam — was under construction in Rhinebeck, New York, our reporter there, Andrea Pyros, was quick to tip us off about the talk of the town. It seems there was some concern: would The Amsterdam live up to its hype as Dutchess County’s hottest new place to eat? But now everyone can relax, because our reviewer — Andrea herself — says that the establishment fits seamlessly into the Hudson Valley food scene. The place is big and gorgeous, and Chef Sara Lukasiewicz’s cooking makes the experience especially delightful.

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Ruby Duke Of Raven & Boar Farm: ‘What’s The End Result?'

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Raven & Boar, a farm in East Chatham, New York, began in 2009 as a way for Brooklynites Ruby and Sather Duke to feed their own family. They’ve built an impressive operation supplying meat and produce to, among others, Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill. But being relatively new to the farming life, they have some thought-provoking opinions on how sustainable farming can be for the farmers themselves. RI’s Jamie Larson had a long chat with Ruby Duke and talked about everything from feed and breeds to economics and happiness. Our takeaway: the meat and charcuterie coming out of Raven and Boar is world class… and so are the farmers that run it.

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This year, Hudson River Exchange’s Summer Market moves to Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, to make room for a new addition. On Sunday, the Exchange will debut its Take Care Fair, a chance for wellness practitioners to introduce themselves to potential clients like you. This is what Sundays are for.

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It’s the 85th anniversary of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and at the opening night gala on Saturday, June 17, the Pillow’s director, Pamela Tatge, presented her vision for the festival’s future. Over in New York, the Spencertown Academy Arts Center held a cocktail huddle on the eve of its Hidden Gardens event.

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Wineries have become the new go-to destinations for music, food, moonlit hikes, chocolate tastings (aboard a train!), and even yoga classes. We’ve assembled a list of wineries in the Rural Intelligence region that offer much more than a glass of wine. And all of them guarantee a place to relax amid some stunning scenery.

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It's land as far as the eye can see on these properties with parcels ranging from 90 to 750 acres. You'll have plenty of privacy and space for hiking and exploring, splashing around in the swimming pond, tending to your orchard and vegetable garden, or entertaining guests on the sunken pergola or tennis court.

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When the weather gets muggy, the muggy eat pie. And not just any pie, but Lisa Fielding’s “addictive” Death By Chocolate Mousse Pie. This decadent, velvety chocolate treat is served cold, is “as easy as pie” to make, and tastes just as good the next morning with a strong cup of coffee… if it makes it that long.

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The executive director of Berkshares, Inc., the local currency, may have been destined for the position: she had carried one of the first Berkshares issued with her since she left for college. The well-traveled Maggio is also director of programs at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.

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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

June 30, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Natalie Merchant will kick off her summer tour, 3 Decades of Song, playing all the hits from throughout her career, with full band. See her at the intimate opera house before she hits the road. 8 p.m.

July 1, Great Barrington Michael Wainwright Outlet Store All Fired Up Again: annual July 4th weekend raku event & sale. Save 20-50% storewide; decorate a piece of pottery & have it fired; enjoy pizza from Old Inn on the Green, ice cream from SoCo & live bluegrass. Free. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

July 1, Wassaic The Wassaic Project July Festival: a one-day festival of live music on the outdoor stage, art, and a midnight screening of the new film The Strange Ones. 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

July 1, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Shaker Barn Music, HSV’s new American roots music series in its 1910 Barn, continues with critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and musician Sarah Lee Guthrie. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

July 1, Lenox Ruby Gala Shakespeare & Company celebrates 40 years with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, performances by guest artists & friends & live music from Sweet Honey in the Rock. Dinner by Old Inn on the Green will be followed by desserts & dancing with DJ BFG. 6–11 p.m.

July 1, Lenox Tanglewood John Mellencamp will be joined by Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter in a performance as part of the Popular Artist Series. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 7 p.m.

July 1, North Adams MASS MoCA Host Kevin Allison (MTV’s “The State”) leads a cathartic, laugh-out-loud, anything-goes storytelling smorgasbord at this live recording of his RISK! podcast. 8 p.m.

July 1–3, Great Barrington Berkshires Arts Festival Juried show of 200 artists & artisans working in ceramics, painting, jewelry, glass, wood, fashion, photography & more. Plus live music, workshops, demos, food & more. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ski Butternut.

July 2, Lenox Tanglewood Natalie Merchant makes her Tanglewood debut as she heads out on her summer tour, 3 Decades of Song, playing all the hits from throughout her career, with a full band. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 7 p.m.

July 4, Lenox Shakespeare & Company Fourth of July Community Celebration: music, food, children’s crafts & activities and a public reading of The Declaration of Independence by Company artists & guests from the community. 1:30–5 p.m.

July 7, Lenox Tanglewood Opening Night Gala Andris Nelsons & the BSO open their Tanglewood season with a gala performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. The evening begins with a cocktail reception & dinner at 5 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m.

July 7, Red Hook John Waters in This Filthy World Legendary filmmaker & comedian John Waters launches the Spiegeltent season with his one-man show. Part confession, part vaudeville, it’s a hilarious & uncensored evening. Bard College. Two performances: 6 & 8:30 p.m.

July 7–9, Amenia Summertide Cascade Mountain Winey presents a locally sourced wine, food & music festival featuring wineries, distilleries & breweries, food, hayrides & fireworks & live music from Jonathan Edwards, Jesse Colin Young & many others.

July 8, Monterey Bidwell House Museum Township No. 1 Day: free community celebration of Tyringham & Monterey history, with live music, re-enactors, kids’ activities, craft demos, a garden tour, trail walk, food & more. 1–4 p.m.

July 8, North Adams Colegrove Park Homegrown record label Sounds & Tones presents a free outdoor concert with Sun Parade, formed in Northampton, Mass., and openers Joe Mansman & The Midnight Revival Band, from northern New York. North Adams, 2 p.m.

July 8, Great Barrington Ski Butternut Berkshire Beatles Bash: Classical Mystery Tour, who look and sound just like The Beatles, perform all the band’s classic songs. The Bash also features Plastic Soul, Eric Reinhardt & Francine Ciccarelli, plus beer, trivia contests, food & more. 3–8 p.m.

July 8, Tyringham Town Hall NY Times reporter & Pulitzer Prize finalist Barry Meier will discuss the decade-long journey into the worlds of espionage, crime & secrets behind his critically acclaimed book, Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran. 5 p.m.

July 8, Rhinebeck Wilderstein’s WWI-Era Lawn Party Enjoy cocktails and picnic fare, music and lawn games, house tours, the WWI exhibit and a sculpture show, and a huge silent auction at this annual benefit fundraiser. 5–8 p.m.

July 8 & 9, Ghent Art Omi Weekend Dance under the stars on Sat. at a party with artists-in-residence, with live music by Nkumu Katalay. 8 p.m. On Sun., honor the artists at a country brunch at 11 a.m., followed by a tour their studios from 1–5 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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