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The Wall Street Journal
In the Hudson River Valley, a Family Legacy in Riverfront Mansions

A small group of wealthy homeowners — hotelier André Balazs and artist Brice Marden among them — have restored the estates of the Livingston clan.

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.

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Fine Home Source Puts Your Home On The Best-Dressed List

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Every year we look forward to Crisp Architects’ Fine Home Source in Millbrook, New York. It’s where we meet the businesses and craftspeople that help make our dream homes come true. On Saturday, Sept. 24, the FHS is expanding to include high-end clothing and will even feature a fashion show headlined by RG Couture. Whether you’re ready to start building or just want to live vicariously, the FHS is a fun and stimulating day enhanced with food, wine and music. James Crisp builds some of the most extraordinary homes in our region, so you can trust that he will put on an event filled with possibilities of the best kind. RI’s Jamie Larson gives us the details.

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Leaf Peeping Is Better On A Bike: A Guide To Area Cycling Trails

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Photo by Fred Schaeffer.

You couldn’t order more perfect weather than what we’ve been experiencing lately, and what better way to take advantage of it than with a leisurely bicycle ride? Hop on and you’ll be rewarded with a few hours of exercise and the crazy-beautiful, variegated views that make our region so popular among tourists at this time of year. RI’s Amy Krzanik, a bicycle enthusiast herself, has compiled a list of some of the best trails around, providing links to websites and even bike rental locations. Choose your path, and happy trails!

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On Sunday, Sept. 25, more than 350 venues, including those in Great Barrington and Williamstown, will be producing versions of The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. The concert in Great Barrington will feature Grammy nominee Seth Glier, and Williamstown’s will present other area musicians. Please go, and add your voice to the chorus.

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Maybe your container plants are still lush and robust and your dahlias are still producing, but the truth is, we’re getting to the end of the big flower pageant for the year. Madaline Sparks, our garden writer, calls this “The Awkward Stage,” when many perennials and annuals are done for. But she has ways to prolong the show to provide some late season color.

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In Stockbridge, Blue Rider Stables celebrated a quarter-century of the transformational bond between horses and riders; in Lenox, 1Berkshire awarded this year's Trendsetters and honored Tanglewood and the BSO for "putting the Berkshires on the map;" and in North Adams, MASS MoCA took guests on a spin through its new building.

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For some, a room dedicated to bookshelves and a fireplace might be enough to seal the deal. If you’re one of them, we’ve got some pages for you. The listings this week feature rooms made for your voluminous book collection, and they’re housed in properties as diverse as a former dairy barn with a circular kitchen and a Dutch Colonial with a plunge pool.

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One of the newest eateries in Pittsfield, Mass. may inhabit a cozy, corner spot in the city’s downtown, but the menu and the atmosphere is 100 percent Bangkok and Hanoi. With the opening of Vong’s, a primarily Thai food restaurant with a sprinkling of Vietnamese, diners finally have a cuisine that's been missing in town — authentic South Asian eats in a convenient location.

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Like many of our featured profiles, Jayne Benjulian has lived many lives: chief speechwriter at Apple, a public defender’s investigator, director of new play development and much more. But she’s always been a writer, and has recently published her debut poetry collection. The Housatonic resident will give a reading of her poetry at the Lee, Mass. library on Sept. 27.

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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

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, Pine Plains Huichica East Hand-picked national & regional indie & folk acts paired with regional cuisine, wines & craft beer. Musicians include Bill Callahan (Smog), Mirah, Vetiver, Phosphorescent (solo performance), Garth Hudson (The Band) & more. Chaseholm Farm.

Oct. 1, Red Hook Country Seats Tour Explore some of Red Hook’s most historic properties. Check in at the Elmendorph Inn to obtain your tour itinerary and map, then set off to visit unknown treasures and old favorites. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Oct. 1, Chatham Chatham Octoberfeast Celebrate the harvest with local food and family fun. Enjoy music all day, a pig roast and family activities including facepainting and games for all ages. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Oct. 1, Pittsfield 9th Annual Berktoberfest Enjoy regional craft beers, local food, games, live music and more, all to raise money for Moments House and the Elizabeth Freeman Center. 1-6 p.m. VIP ticket holders are invited an hour earlier, at Noon.

Oct. 1, New Preston Pergola Home Acclaimed NYC artisan/designer John Derian will celebrate the release of his debut art tome, Picture Book, with a signing event. The book will be available at Pergola before the general US release date. 3-6 p.m.

Oct. 1, Stockbridge Naumkeag Cider Press: celebrate the 100-year-old apple orchard, turn the vintage cider press to make your own cider, try the giant sling shot, enjoy live music and play games set up for all ages. 4-8 p.m.

Oct. 1, Stockbridge LitNet Gala The Literacy Network of South Berkshire will celebrate its 25th anniversary and recognize two immigrant physicians who serve the Berkshire community: Dr. Tony Makdisi and Dr. Sukhpal Mann. Berkshire Country Day School, 5:30-10 p.m.

Oct. 1, Norfolk Infinity Hall Actor Kiefer Sutherland is also an accomplished musician. For the past 15 years, Kiefer has been writing and recording his own brand of Americana music. 8 p.m.

Oct. 1, Hudson Club Helsinki Amy Ray is best known as one-half of Indigo Girls, but she has a thriving solo career, too, and is on tour with her own band. Singer-songwriter, author and gay-rights activist Chely Wright opens. 9 p.m.

Oct. 2, Goshen Miranda Vineyard Harvest Fest: food, wine tasting, traditional Portuguese dance performance, live music, vendors, grape stomping & more. Free admission with cash donation or non-perishable food item for the Goshen Food Pantry. 12-7 p.m.

Oct. 2, Red Hook Bard College Mary Stuart Masterson & Jeremy Davidson document the lives of Hudson Valley farmers in the latest play from Storyhorse Documentary Theater, Good Dirt. This multimedia performance will be followed by a discussion & community picnic. 3 p.m.

Oct. 2, Lee Savage Love Samantha Cullen adapts Sam Shepard’s play centered around three couples within different stages of life, showcasing the many facets of falling in love. Good Purpose Gallery, 4 p.m.

Oct. 3, Salisbury The White Hart Inn The White Hart Speaker Series presents Emma Donoghue, author of the bestseller Room and the new novel The Wonder. 6 p.m.

Oct. 6, Hudson Buy Local Business Expo Vendors from Columbia & Greene counties will attend the largest collaborative business-to-business trade show in the area, which will feature 50+ exhibitors, raffles & locally crafted beverages & food. Basilica Hudson, 4-7 p.m.

Oct. 6, Pittsfield Methuselah Bar & Lounge Guts and Glitter, the launch party for Gabriel Squailia’s newest book, Viscera, will include gutsy nibbles, wearable art, a live reading & signing, and plenty of fake blood to go around. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College An Evening with David Sedaris: One of America’s most popular humor writers, Sedaris is the author of, most recently, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. His talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Fisher Center, 8 p.m.

Oct. 7-9, Hudson Olana Plein Air Celebration: watch artists paint in the landscape, try it yourself, attend a meet-the-artist reception & awards ceremony on Sat. and, on Sun., shop for Olana in downtown Hudson and attend the reception at Caldwell Gallery. 

Oct. 7-9, Salisbury Salisbury Fall Festival Celebrate the 275th anniversary of the town with a weekend of crafts, baked goods, special sales, live music, a quilt show, bread-baking demos, a pancake breakfast, kids’ activities, a big birthday bash on Saturday & Brew-Ski Fest on Sunday.

Oct. 7-9, Washington Washington CT Antiques & Design Show The fundraiser for Gunn Library features Hon. Chairs Anna & Graydon Carter & a sale of furnishings, artwork, jewelry & more. Preview Night Cocktail Party: Fri. 6:30-9 p.m. Young Collectors Party: Sat. 6:30-9 p.m.

Oct. 8, Millbrook Walking Tour & Open House Visit 10 architecturally & historically significant buildings, including a 1940’s Studebaker showroom, the town’s oldest structure & a home that served as a makeshift courtroom. Plus blacksmith demos & a scavenger hunt. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Oct. 8, Valatie HandMade In America | Artisans Along Main Street 40+ regional artisans will sell artisan foods & beverages; ceramics; soaps; fabric & textile objects, hand-crafted jewelry & more. Plus live music & a book signing by Allison Guertin Marchese. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Oct. 8, New Marlborough Music & More Festival The annual Award-Winning Authors event will be hosted by Simon Winchester & feature Nicholson Baker – both of whom are celebrating new books. Meeting House on the Village Green. 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 8, Williamstown Clark Art Meet bestselling author Jodi Picoult, attend one of two talks at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m., and mingle at a reception and book signing for her latest novel, Small Great Things, at 5 p.m.

Oct. 8, Hudson Hudson Opera House The opening reception for Zoé Bellot’s Bar-Carolle turns the West Room into a “piano bar,” with entertainment by crooner Sal Maneri and pianist Joel Diamond, plus drinks served by bartender Kat Dunn . 5-7 p.m.

Oct. 8, Lenox Staged Reading of Hamlet with Finn Wittrock Shakespeare & Company presents a reading featuring Finn Wittrock of American Horror Story and The Big Short & special guests. The performance will be followed by a reception with the cast. Tina Packer Playhouse, 7 p.m.

October 8 & 9, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival: a family-friendly celebration of local crafters, artists & food producers, plus giant tag and plant sales, a silent auction, a farmers’ market, live music & fun for kids including a haunted house. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Oct. 8 & 9, Rhinebeck Barn Star Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck See website for a full list of vendors, including many of your favorite dealers and a few new ones. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Oct. 9, Amenia Serevan Book signing & tasting event for the release of Naomi Duguid’s newest cookbook, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Kurdistan. 3-5 p.m.

Oct. 9, Hudson North x South This creative collaboration between Lil Deb’s Oasis and host Letterbox Farm will include drinks in the garden at 5 p.m., followed by a multi-course Latin-inspired dinner at 6 p.m.

Oct. 9, Hudson Hudson Library Making Musicals - A Concert with Conversation: composer/ lyricist Neil Bartram & actor/director/writer Brian Hill present music & stories from behind the Broadway scenes. For a separate fee, meet & mingle afterwards at a private dinner. 6 p.m.

Oct. 10, Poughkeepsie Vassar College An Evening with Marjane Satrapi: The best-selling author & illustrator of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood will discuss her autobiographical comic that tells the story of her youth in Tehran in the 1970s & 80s. 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 13, Norfolk Infinity Hall Doyle Bramhall II, the guitar hero’s guitar hero who has been collaborating with Eric Clapton for more than a decade, brings his band to town. 8 p.m.

Oct. 14, Great Barrington Mahaiwe A hero to Bob Dylan and declared an American treasure by President Bill Clinton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott has traveled and performed for more than 50 years, from the ascension of folk music’s “renaissance” in the 1940s through the present day. 8 p.m.

Oct. 15, Hudson Hudson Home The architectural & interior design firm Meyer Davis celebrates their new book, Made to Measure, with a signing & reception. The book was written with Dan Shaw, RI co-founder & founding editor of the NY Times Sunday Style section. 6-8 p.m.

Oct. 15, Hudson Movable Feast The evening begins with wine & hors d’oeuvres at Hudson Opera House at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at area homes & then dessert, a screening of La Grande Bouffe & a foodie raffle back at the HOH at 9:30 p.m.

Oct. 16, Red Hook Bard College An Afternoon with Alan Cumming: the stage & screen star speaks with WAMC’s Joe Donahue about his new collection of essays where he shares stories of parties, backstage anecdotes, life in LA & NYC & more. Followed by a Q&A & signing. 3 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
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Local Movies Listings
Kids Calendar Listings
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