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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.

The Wall Street Journal
Gregory Crewdson: When Photos Meet the Movies

The lauded photographer with local roots returned to Becket, Mass. to shoot his latest series, “Cathedral of the Pines,” which will be shown at Gagosian Gallery in NYC from Jan. 28—March 5.

The New York Times
What Nancy Fuller Ginsberg Loves

The “Farmhouse Rules” TV host shows off her Hudson, N.Y. home.

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Main Streets You May Not Know About, But Should: Part 2

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Main streets around the Rural Intelligence region are happening places. You know it. But do you know them all? Last week we explored some that are off the beaten path in Berkshire and Litchfield counties. This week Jamie Larson road trips through the hinterlands of Columbia and Dutchess to highlight more of the best in the New York half of the region. Spoiler: There’s a host of fine food options out there, through the woods. And some fabulous shops too. And farms and… well, you’ll see.

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At The Kinderhook Stroll, Find Out How Their Gardens Grow

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How many garden tours can a region sustain? Many, we’re finding out. We know you’re paying attention when we write about them, and we hear from the organizers that they’re well attended. So, garden lovers, this week it’s Kinderhook’s turn to show off not only some magnificent private gardens, but the town’s Dutch ancestry, for which it’s justifiably proud. The Village of Kinderhook is sponsoring the Garden Stroll, with one of the highlights being the property that belongs to renowned garden designer Sigrid Gray. The lively farmers market will also be pumping up its activities. Get the details here.

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Wine Event Involves Taste In More Ways Than One

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It’s one thing to sip a little wine at a gallery opening, but quite another when the gallery comes to the wine venue. That’s the new twist on this year’s Grand Tasting at Nejaime’s Wine Cellar stores in Lenox and Stockbridge, Mass. On Saturday, June 25, the works of local artists including Andrew DeVries, Marilyn Kalish, Marguerite Bride, Edward Acker, Kris Galli, Ken Bastard and Alex Kamaroff will surround wine and food enthusiasts who show up between noon and 4 p.m. Meet the artists and take a taste of the 70 wine and spirits vendors, a catered barbecue and gourmet foods at this free event.

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It’s generally accepted that Mama Rose, the domineering stage mother in “Gypsy” is one of the greatest roles in the American musical theater canon. A production pretty much lives or dies by the caliber of the person who takes that role. Fortunately, says our reviewer Dan Shaw, Sharon Playhouse knocked it out of the park with Broadway’s Karen Ziemba's star turn.

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Certain topics in our area loom large: declining population, our emphasis on supporting local businesses and, of course, the need for higher-paying professional jobs. The American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington offers a free Summer Speaker Series beginning next week. Find out more about the series and this highly respected institution.

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The three organizations we celebrated with last week have been around for quite some time, yet the enthusiasm of their patrons, supporters and audiences never wanes. The Roe-Jan Library held a twinkling barn party, all in the name of books; Berkshire Playwrights Lab set a lively scene; and Jacob’s Pillow introduced its new director at a glorious gala.

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We’ll be honest with you. We thought it would be fun to just go for it this week — eschew the weekly theme idea and feature properties that are similar only in their high price tags. Sometimes you just have to dream big. And for some fortunate people out there, these homes can be a reality.

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Just because Julie Cerny, farm education director at The Sylvia Center, is teaching the teenagers to make this dish doesn’t mean we adults won’t like it, too. This tasty orzo salad makes use of the last harvests of spring veggies as we wait for the tomatoes to ripen, while being a perfect dish for a hot summer day.

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Those dimples! That smile! The fabulous hair! They could only belong to veteran singer, actor and television host John Davidson, who now resides in the Berkshires. Fresh off a Broadway road show of “Wicked,” he’s performing weekly at The Gateways Inn in Lenox, Mass.

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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 1, Williamstown Clark Art Tapas on the Terrace: enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious food as you take in the view from the Clark Center’s Fernández Terrace. The summer tapas bar offers a variety of Spanish-inspired small plates for sale, accompanied by wine and beer. 3-7 p.m.

July 1—3, Great Barrington Berkshires Arts Festival Juried show of 200 artists & artisans featuring ceramics, paintings, jewelry, glass, wood, fashion, photography & more. Enjoy live music, workshops, demos & kids’ activities. Friday & Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-5. Ski Butternut.

July 1—3, Sharon Great Attic Classic Sharon Historical Society’s tag sale at 18 Main St. will feature rare treasures & deals on Fri. from 6-8 p.m. during an early buying party & silent auction. Early buying Sat. 9-10 a.m. Free admission Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

July 1—3, Red Hook Bard Summerscape Fantasque, a new ballet for all ages by choreographer John Heginbotham & puppeteer Amy Trompetter. Giant puppets & human dancers perform along with giant babies, angels, devils, rats & a restaurant full of tuxedo-wearing fish. 

July 2, Great Barrington Michael Wainwright Outlet Store All Fired Up Again: 3rd annual free event featuring 20-50% off everything in the store; pieces to decorate & have fired in the kiln; local pizza, lemonade, ice cream & beer; and music from the Blue Ribbon Trio. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

July 2, Monterey Bidwell House Museum Township #1 Day: free community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history, featuring live music, crafts, games, face painting, a baking contest, nature walks, demonstrations and more. 1-4 p.m.

July 2, Hillsdale Leaf Peeper Concert Series Gala Benefit Clarion Concerts in Columbia County (The Leaf Peepers) will hold a concert featuring the Jacques Thibaud String Trio and Eugenia Zukerman on flute. 3 p.m.

July 2, Stockbridge Billy Miles’ 111th Birthday Celebration Join Berkshire Theatre Group for a performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, followed by a private reception with the cast to celebrate former BTG artistic director William “Billy” Miles. Proceeds benefit the festival archives. 7 p.m.

July 2, Chatham PS21 The 11th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert will feature the award-winning fiddler and violinist Jeremy Kittel and his quartet. 7:30 p.m.

July 2 & 3, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe “VIVA MOMIX” features a collection of MOMIX company and audience favorites, creating a show that breaks the bounds of the conventional and enters an aesthetic orbit all its own. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

July 3, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef Summer Cocktail Primer: Jake and Lauren of Red & Brown will show how to turn fresh fruit into ice cubes, create simple syrup infusions, and master classic summer cocktails that can be made for a pitcher or punch bowl. 3-5 p.m.

July 4, Lenox Shakespeare & Company Reading of The Declaration of Independence & Fourth of July Celebration: a free day of music, song, barbeque and a reading with Gov. Deval Patrick, State Senator Ben Downing, State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli & journalist Ted Koppel. 1:30-5 p.m.

July 4, Germantown Clermont An Old-Fashioned Independence Day: a day of 18th c. crafts, reenactors, music & entertainment. Then, enjoy live music, food and fireworks over the Hudson River from Saugerties. 2-10 p.m.

July 4, Litchfield Pet Parade & Turn-of-the-Century Fest The Litchfield Historical Society invites the community (with or without pets) to participate, and afterwards to enjoy ice cream and old-fashioned lawn games on the Green. 2:15 p.m.

July 7, Williamstown The Log As part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tom Fontana (writer/creator of Borgia, OZ) and the actress/comedian Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will perform a staged reading of Menage À Deux. 5:30 p.m.

July 9, Chatham Summerfest Food, sales and entertainment including artisan booths, food vendors & organizations. Free performances and events on the Arts Spotlight Stage will include dance, music, theater & more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 9, Washington Hollister House Garden Twilight in the Garden: enjoy the cool of the evening in the company of like-minded garden enthusiasts and friends. See the garden at its early summer peak while enjoying a selection of wine and hors-d’oeuvres. 6-8 p.m.

July 9, Claverack Claverack Library Get a peak inside the new library building when percussionist Bobby Previte conducts “15 Minutes of Fame,” a one-time-only benefit performance that will include participation from the audience. 5:30 p.m.

July 9 & 10, Ghent OMI Art Omi Weekend includes cocktails and dancing under the stars on Saturday from 8 p.m.-Midnight, followed by a country brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and open studios from 1-5 p.m.

July 10, North Adams Ferrin Contemporary Connoisseurship: Buy, Sell, Give: a panel discussion with art experts followed by a Dish + Dine dinner. 3 p.m.

July 10, Hudson Basilica Hudson CATCH — the Brooklyn-based, multi-disciplinary series of performance events — returns for a second year with theater, dance, music, installation and more. 6 p.m.

July 12, Lenox The Bookstore Singer/songwriter John Davidson will perform and recite from his new publication, Verse, a collection of poems. 7 p.m. Read our Rural We with John Davidson.

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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