Michael Gray and Ben Gable, co-owners of Ben Gable Savories, a sophisticated tart, soup, salad, and sandwich emporium that recently opened in Chatham, are part of the Brooklyn artisanal diaspora. After baking and delivering savory tarts to restaurants and specialty food stores there, it was time to hang out a shingle of their own. Lucky for us.
Show Mother Nature you love her this week, as we showcase six eco-friendly homes constructed with the Earth in mind. Plus, with environmentally efficient features including low-flow fixtures, radiant heat, sustainably harvested bamboo wood floors, and passive solar heat, the low-cost maintenance will keep the “green” in the land and in your wallet.
Mix and mingle with us as Neumann Fine Art hosts a double opening for Realist painter Joel Griffith and jewelry artisan Anni Maliki in Hillsdale, the Bidwell House Museum toasts to the past and the present at its Colonial Thanksgiving in Monterey, and the Hudson Opera House holds a standing-room-only, multi-author talk and book signing.
It may not be electric blanket, eyelash-freezing weather yet, but why not be prepared? Line up the ingredients for a warming, cozy meal —cornmeal, that is. Margaret Roach, whose blog, A Way to Garden, is one of our favorite go-to sites, can’t get enough of the golden grits, and shares her recipe for soupy farinata.
With a brand new show on the Food Network called “Farmhouse Rules,” local food advocate Nancy Fuller is beginning to give cable viewers a taste of what we’ve been lucky enough to know for a long time; the Hudson Valley region has some of the best farms, farmers, and food in the world.
This season, give the gift of art, or craft, or even a pet portrait as we gather up some the region's most super sales in our Shopping section. Check out these new stores and pop-up shops, special curated collections, one-of-a-kind craft fairs, and hot deals (both online and in real-time) on some truly fabulous items.
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December 6, Sheffield Bushnell-Sage Library New Yorker cartoonist, painter, and novelist Peter Steiner will present “Cartoons and Crime,” showing slides of his cartoons and discussing his upcoming, fifth novel entitled Capitalism. 7 p.m.
December 6, Stockbridge Holiday Marketplace Cocktail Reception A sneak preview and buying opportunity of Berkshire Botanical Garden’s holiday marketplace, featuring the Gallery of Wreaths and other seasonal decorations. Enjoy an open bar and a raw bar. 5-8 p.m.
December 6, Washington Festival of Trees & Lights Cocktail Party Gunn Memorial Library’s annual benefit featuring decorated holiday trees, wreaths and stockings, ornaments by local artists, and silent auction items. Wine and hors d’oeuvres by local restaurants. Wykeham Room, 5-7 p.m.
December 6, Gaylordsville (New Milford) Christmas in Gaylordsville Gala holiday opening with caroling, holiday nibbles, and scrumptious desserts at the historic 1843 Merwinsville Hotel. 6:30-9:30 p.m.
December 6 & 7, Poughkeepsie Celebration of Lights Tree-lighting, parade, and fireworks on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. Family day, holiday scavenger hunt, petting zoo, and other children’s entertainment beginning on Saturday at 11 a.m.
December 7, Ghent Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Yuletide Fair, featuring a winter wonderland with dozens of original gingerbread creations, artisan vendors, Magical Puppet Tree performance, activities for children, gently worn wool clothing and wooden toys, and a holiday café. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
December 7, Hudson Hudson Opera House Kick-off event of the holiday season featuring a Santa Parade, a Winter Walk on Warren Street, horse-drawn wagons, live reindeer, African drummers and other live music, carolers, and more. 5-8 p.m. Fireworks at 8:15 p.m.
December 7, Hudson FINCH Photographer Marc Scrivo will be on hand during Winter Walk with a mobile studio, taking portraits as part of his “mug project.” Have your portrait taken and purchase a Polaroid to benefit the Hudson Opera House. 4-8 p.m.
December 7, Millerton Eckert Fine Art Holiday Open House featuring the art of painter Eric Forstmann and musician Kirsten DeHaan performing live songs from her new holiday album, Let It Snow. 3-6 p.m.
December 7, Litchfield After School Arts Program Celebration of Young Photographers: wine, cheese & ice cream benefit featuring works by children in grades 3—12, each interpreting the themes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech. Arethusa Farm, 2-4:30 p.m.
December 7, Lenox The Mount Celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday and the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice with narrator Alison Larkin at a Regency Tea. 4-6 p.m.
December 7, Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Festival Day, featuring the Twilight Starlight Parade, live music, dancing, theater, puppet shows, and storytelling. Plus food and drink and a late-night party for adults. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
December 7, Poughkeepsie Locust Grove Expert guides make the holidays come alive as you tour the historic mansion’s 25 decorated rooms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 7, Rhinebeck bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy Celebrate Sinterklaas at the unveiling of bluecashew’s holiday windows by Kingston artist Matt Pleva, featuring hot spiced rum and a tasting by Clinton Vineyards. 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
December 8, Ghent OMI Vocal workshop and master class on vocal improvisation with Fay Victor and Anders Nilsson. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 8, Bangall National Young Farmers Coalition Benefit Cocktail party featuring an exhibit of the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s “Art of the Heirloom” collection and a conversation on the future of farming with Jean-Paul Courtens from Roxbury Farm. Red Devon Restaurant, 5 p.m.
December 8, Lenox Annual Luncheon Musicale Benefit An afternoon to support The Close Encounters With Music Commissioning Project with luncheon prepared by an award-winning chef, preceded by jazz ensemble West Side 5. Blantyre, 12:30 p.m.
December 8, Poughkeepsie Locust Grove Holiday House Hunt featuring The Twelve Days of Christmas. Search the mansion for three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree, then enjoy cookies, cider and storytelling in the Visitor Center. 12–4 p.m.
December 8, Torrington Warner Theatre An afternoon with best-selling author, award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker Adriana Trigiani—a benefit for the Warner Theatre. Each ticket includes an autographed copy of Trigiani’s latest novel. 2 p.m.
December 8, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Annual “Service of Lessons and Carols,” a Christmas program of readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols featuring a 140-member choir and culminating in a candle lighting ceremony. Vassar Chapel, Poughkeepsie. 7 p.m.
December 9, Great Barrington RSYP Annual Culinary Celebration Railroad Street Youth Project benefit dinner prepared by RSYP Culinary Arts Apprenticeship chefs, and featuring a 5-course tasting menu, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a cheese tasting. Route 7 Grill, 5:30 p.m.
December 14, Great Barrington Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market with locally grown and produced foods, including cheese, eggs, meat, bread, pies, pickles, jams & more. Plus live music, kids’ activities & food vendors. Monument Valley Middle School, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 14, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Francine Segan presents Gilded Age Holiday Entertaining, a lecture on the time when high society was at its peak. Discover the sorts of foods, etiquette, and entertainments enjoyed then. Includes tastings and recipes. 6:30 p.m.
December 14, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Arts Center Conversations with Neighbors—“Beyond Local: Taking Local Food to a New Level,” with Fish & Game Chef Zak Pelaccio & author Ruth Reichl. A reception featuring tasty illustrations of the subject matter will follow. 4 p.m.
December 14, Germantown Friends of Clermont Holiday Party An Open House all day, with free admission, followed by the annual holiday party. Clermont State Historic Site, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
December 14, Lenox The Mount Backstairs Tours: Learn about the daily routines and the men and women who ran The Mount. The gift shop will be open for holiday shopping. Tours at 12 & 2 p.m.
December 14, Kent 13th Annual Colonial Christmas Celebration Fundraiser to benefit the Kent Historical Society’s preservation efforts. Wine, cheese, and savory goodies. The Swift House, 5-7 p.m.
December 14, Poughkeepsie Locust Grove Expert guides make the holidays come alive as you tour the historic mansion’s 25 decorated rooms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 14, Hyde Park FDR Presidential Library and Museum Free admission, holiday decorations, refreshments, and special activities all day, including the Children’s Reading Festival, free photos with Santa, and holiday card making for sailors. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
December 14, Richmond Hilltop Orchards (home of Furnace Brook Winery) Full Moon Hike & Bonfire (snowshoe if there is snow). Guided hike of approximately 1-1.5 hours, followed by a bonfire, wine tasting, and live music. 7 p.m.
December 15, Williamstown Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market with locally grown and produced foods, including cheese, eggs, meat, bread, pies, pickles, jams & more. Plus live music, kids’ activities & food vendors. Williams College Towne Field House, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 21, Poughkeepsie Locust Grove Expert guides make the holidays come alive as you tour the historic mansion’s 25 decorated rooms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 22, Ghent High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center Annual Caroling to the Horses. Help ring in the Christmas cheer by enjoying holiday goodies and serenading our herd. Bring horsey treats to stuff the horses’ stockings and dress warmly. 4-6 p.m.
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