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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.

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.

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Road Trips: The New Milford, Connecticut Quilt Trail

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You’ve seen quilts in a barn — at state fairs, in art exhibitions and as decoration — but have you seen quilts on a barn? The mega-sized quilts of the New Milford, Connecticut Quilt Trail are as colorful and full of meaning as traditional quilts, but are, in fact, patterns painted on eight-foot-square plywood and hung on eight local barns for all to see. The town-wide effort began in 2013 and, after a handful of setbacks, the self-guided quilt tour finally will debut with a reception at Hunt Hill Farm Trust on Sunday, Sept. 24. But, as RI editor Lisa Green found out, these eight collaborations between farmers, artists and the community are only the beginning.

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Railhead Jerk: A Homing Beacon For Lovers Of Jamaican Food

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Railhead Jerk may sound like a pretty harsh thing to call a restaurant, but not when you realize it’s a Jamaican restaurant in Amenia, New York, conveniently located just up the road from the Wassaic train station. It was opened last year by former fashion designer and Jamaica native Juliette Barker-Wilson, and it's been packed ever since. Railhead Jerk’s delicacies are marinated in their own special sauce, and according to our reviewer, the jerk chicken, BBQ back ribs and Calypso fish are standouts, along with other island mainstays like plantains and rice (plus sweet potato pudding for dessert). CB Wismar is truly jazzed about this place, and gives us a full report on what he calls a “superb menu.”

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We know you like to be the first to know about new homes for sale, so here are six properties that just came on the market. They include a 100-year-old live/work space in Hudson, a renovated former church in Washington Depot, and two brand-new homes on Lake Waramaug in New Preston and Great Barrington’s Round Pond.

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1Berkshire Celebrated North Adams (and many individuals) at the Celebrate the Berkshires awards; the Litchfield Historical Society held a pig roast to benefit its educational initiatives, and at The Equus Effect’s annual gathering, actor and veteran Stephan Wolfert mesmerized guests with his one-man show, “Cry Havoc.”

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Vegans and vegetarians, this one's especially for you. The area's first vegan festival, on Sept. 23-24 in Poughkeepsie, will be filled with food sampling, speakers and vendors, offering a taste of what the Hudson Valley has going for vegans and those curious about the practice. It will, say the organizers, "blow your mind."

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Ratatouille has long been entrenched in Provençal summer cuisine and it’s the French equivalent of corn on the cob — iconic, rustic gastronomy. There’s no real set recipe for this dish, but our friends at The Sylvia Center offer their own version that’s rich with thyme, oregano and basil among the eggplant, peppers and tomatoes.

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Gala season is not over. In fact, there are still fun ways to support local organizations well into the fall. You can savor delicious foods with Berkshire Grown or at Hudson Hall’s Movable Feast, samba the night away to benefit the Anderson Center for Autism, or sip wine and watch fireworks under the Walkway.

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The owner of Crisp Architects in Millbrook is a Louisiana native who resettled in Dutchess County and opened his business back in 1985. Since then, his design firm has grown, and he and his staff are gearing up for their 10th annual FineHome Source event on Sept. 23. It's a chance to meet local home and garden experts under one roof.

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Sept. 23, Chatham Chatham Library Ukulele Festival: workshops for beginner & intermediate players; ukulele books, CDs & other merchandise will be for sale; and the day will end with an open mic and concert by Jim & Liz Beloff and Jumbo Bungalow. 10 a.m. – 5 :30 p.m.

Sept. 23, Chatham Chatham Farm & Art Tour Tour area horse, dairy, alpaca, sheep, cattle, maple syrup and produce farms and stands, many with local farm products to purchase. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sept. 23, Millbrook FineHome Source Show More than 50 exhibitors will take part, including furniture makers, faux finishers, millworkers, green solutions specialists, landscape designers & others. Enjoy demos, a plein air painting event & more. Millbrook Bandshell, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sept. 23, West Stockbridge Indonesian Country Fair “Island hop” to collect 6 stamps from 6 costumed tour guides while enjoying the food, dance, music, arts and crafts, and young artists of the archipelago. Turn Park Art Space, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sept. 23, Hudson Movable Feast An evening of drinks & fine dining in some of Hudson’s most beautiful shops and homes to benefit Hudson Hall. Wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, dessert, coffee & raffle drawing.

Sept. 23 & 24, Berkshire & Litchfield Counties Housatonic Heritage Walks 80 free, guided interpretive tours (walking, hiking, bicycling, paddling and more) will be offered this weekend and next weekend.

Sept. 23 & 24, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair: food trucks, farmers market, crafts, live music, agricultural demos, hot sauce competition, quilt show, Farm-to-Fork Fondo bicycle race, kids’ activities and more.

Sept. 23 & 24, Lenox Apple Squeeze A street festival for all ages with local shops, restaurants, artisans, farm stands and performers including The SteelDrivers, Wild Adriatic and many more.

Sept. 23 & 24, Williamstown Clark Art Celebrating Helen Frankenthaler: a weekend of concerts and lectures with artist Clifford Ross, curator Jay A. Clarke and Thomas Krens to celebrate the Clark’s current exhibits of the artist’s work.

Sept. 24, Pittsfield Dottie’s Coffee Lounge Domino Brunch with PL Mack: the Berkshires-based singer-songwriter performs raw, organic and soulful music with a thick, drummer’s groove. Brunch 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Music from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sept. 24, Rhinebeck PorchFest More than 60 musicians and bands will perform on more than 20 historic porches of homes on Chestnut, Livingston and Mulberry Streets, rain or shine. Free. 12-6 p.m.

Sept. 25, Great Barrington Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper Meet local chefs and enjoy their signature dishes inspired by the Berkshire harvest. Proceeds benefit Berkshire Grown. Ski Butternut, 6-8 p.m.

Sept. 28, North Adams DownStreet Art Thursday Season Finale Performances by Magic Lantern Theater, 8 Foot River, Francesca Shanks, Chad Tarves & Marafanyi. Plus art by Setsuko Winchester, a pop-up installation, poet Seth Brown & more. Free. 5–8 p.m.

Sept. 28, Hudson Club Helsinki An Evening with Cowboy Junkies, one of the original bands to give birth to the 1990s genre known as “No Depression,” “Americana” or “alt-country.” 8 p.m.

Sept. 28 & 29, Red Hook Bard College Trisha Brown Dance Company performs two pieces from the final decade of Brown’s career, plus Accumulation, in a program that honors the choreographer, who passed away this year. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 30, Amenia Troutbeck Katherine Hooker Trunk Show: Selina van der Geest and Susanna Salk present a trunk show of Katherine Hooker’s velvet collection. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sept. 30, Ancram Hillrock Estate Distillery Open house to celebrate the release of Howell Mountain Napa Cabernet Finished Solera Aged Bourbon. Farm and distillery tours, tastings and bottle signing by Master Distiller Dave Pickerell. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sept. 30, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Food for Thought: a monthly dinner with an author. Enjoy beer, bourbon & BBQ with singer-songwriter Dar Williams. She’ll play a few tunes and discuss her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns. 6 p.m.

Sept. 30, Torrington Warner Theatre Fifty years ago, Stephen Stills met Judy Collins and their tumultuous love affair would be immortalized by him in “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” This tour will be the first time the duo have been on stage together. 8 p.m.

Oct. 1, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Wynonna Judd, along with her band The Big Noise, is exploring the past, present and future of her extensive 33-year career on its Roots & Revival Tour. 7 p.m.

Oct. 5, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock The Poetry & Fiction Series presents MacArthur “genius grant” award-winning author Deborah Eisenberg. 7 p.m.

Oct. 6, Poughkeepsie Starry Starry Night Walkway Over the Hudson’s major annual fundraising event will take place at Upper Landing Park. Enjoy food from Chef Charles Fells, wine and beer from Millbrook Vineyards & Winery and Half Time, and a view of the fireworks. 6-10 p.m.

Oct. 6, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Shaker Barn Music, HSV’s new American roots music series, presents Betsayda Machado, an Afro-soul band with intricate African rhythms and close harmonies that are almost R&B. 7 p.m.

Oct. 6–8, Salisbury & Lakeville Fall Festival Hay rides, live music, 5K run, quilt show, baked goods, book and sidewalk sales, magic shows, art exhibits, food tents, pumpkin decorating, pancake breakfasts, a brew-fest & more.

Oct. 6–8, Washington Washington CT Design & Antiques Show This fundraiser for Gunn Memorial Library will feature 18 dealers from the East Coast offering vintage & antique furniture, art, jewelry and more. Washington Primary School. Preview Night Cocktail Party: Fri. 6:30-9 p.m. ¡Tapas Fiesta!: Sat. 5-7:30 p.m. Sat. shopping 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oct. 7, Chatham OctoberFeast A village-wide celebration featuring local food and drink, two stages of live music, a chili contest benefiting Columbia Pathways to Recovery, and more. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Oct. 7, Hudson Valley Variety Opening reception for artist Filiz Soyak’s Abstract Landscapes show, with cheese tasting by Lime Kiln Farm and wine from Hudson Wine Merchants. 5–7 p.m.

Oct. 7, Poughkeepsie Havana Nights Anderson Center for Autism’s annual gala fundraising event will feature live music from Cuboricua, who will play salsa, rumba, bomba, meringue & more. The Grandview, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 & 8, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival: family fun, food, local craft vendors, entertainment, farmers market, petting zoo, giant tag sales and much more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oct. 7–9, Litchfield County Clay Way Second annual self-guided driving tour of 12 potters’ studios, with 18 ceramic artists represented in all. 10 a.m. – 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
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Local Movies Listings
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