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The New York Times
36 Hours in the Berkshires

Every summer, The New York Times falls in love with our region again.

The New York Times
The New York Times weighs in on The Clark Art Institute’s renovated space.

“The directors and trustees of every art museum in the country should schedule a visit to the Clark sooner rather than later. I am almost certain the experience would stimulate fresh thinking about what their own museums can be, regardless of size, location or architectural ambition.”

Architectural Digest
Join Lee F. Mindel on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village.

The magazine’s Lee F. Mindel calls Hancock Shaker Village “one of our country’s most American places” and considers the Shakers “the pioneers of minimalism.”

Architectural Digest
An 1830s Hudson Valley home becomes a welcoming weekend getaway.

The magnificent Columbia County home of composer Scott Frankel (“Grey Gardens” and “Far From Heaven”) and architect Jim Joseph is featured in the new issue of Architectural Digest.
Skiing areas spending millions to upgrade snowmaking

Good news for local skiers: Catamount, Ski Butternut - Great Barrington, Mass. and Otis Ridge have all upgraded their snow-making capabilities.

Architectural Digest
Hudson, New York’s Best

The magazine tours our region, concluding with a dining-and-shopping spree in Hudson.

The New York Times
For Her Next Production…

Making a film in Ghent, NY, led to the construction of an innovative, sustainable house.

The New York Observer
As Celebrities Flock to Hudson Valley, Locals Pretend Not to Care

Sam Pratt hits a home run with this piece about life in the Rural Intelligence region.

The New York Times
The Mystery Behind the Model for a Vanished Rockwell Painting
Deborah Solomon’s new biography of the great Stockbridge artist suggests her book is full of revelations.

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings

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Berkshire Money Mangement

A Day With TEDxHudson: Inspired Thinkers And Food Leaders

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Photo of Alice Waters by Amanda Marsalis.

TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and is known for globally oriented “big ideas” talks by the world’s most inspired thinkers. But TED can also be a way to express what’s going on in and around Hudson, New York. So it’s fitting that the river town would host its own TED Talks. On September 27, TEDxHudson will offer a daylong symposium, and while the full list of speakers won't be announced until next month, we do know that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., head of Waterkeeper Alliance, will be the main speaker and revered chef Alice Waters will be the guest of honor. Contributor Greg Cerio says that it won’t be all talk, though. There’s good food involved, too.

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Review: Grand Cru Beer And Cheese Market

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Despite its name, Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market – a hybrid bar and retail shop in downtown Rhinebeck, NY – is not just for craft beer enthusiasts and fromage fanatics. As RI’s Andrea Pyros reports, it's also a perfect spot for wine connoisseurs and even people who think they don't like beer. Every few weeks Grand Cru hosts a Tasting Team Event, featuring one brewery on all taps with free samples and reduced prices on growler fills or glasses in-house. With a selection like that, owners Rod Johnson and Alicia Lenhart promise to find the most hops-shy patrons a brew that will “blow them away.”

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With 'Change Makers,' WAM Theatre Tackles Issues, Offers Solutions

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“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” We want so badly to take heart in this funny bit of the (current) Dalai Lama’s wisdom, but every day the headlines are heavy with war and gross inequality. But that doesn’t mean that people aren’t working hard for change. WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre is celebrating its fifth year in action with a benefit discussion in Great Barrington that invites Change Makers such as documentarian Cynthia Wade and award-winning photographer John Stanmeyer to weigh in on the impossible issues with probable solutions.

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This isn't your grandmother's oatmeal, or even your own gluey, winter oatmeal for that matter. Alana Chernila's discovered a whole grain recipe for “the very best oatmeal,” and adds to it plenty of the season's freshest fruit. Try these toasted oats instead of your morning granola and think again about what's for breakfast.

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“It takes a village” and RI neighbors are happy to help. Friends of Clermont held “An Evening in Agra” to benefit the its educational programs; supporters of Hancock Shaker Village dined to raise funds for the upkeep of its historic buildings; and Norfolk Artists & Friends came out to appreciate art and support the Chamber Music Festival.

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Our friend and garden blogger extraordinaire Margaret Roach invites you to her (and others’) gardens during the August 16 Garden Conservancy Open Day. There will be a plant sale at her house as well as a lecture and workshop by designer and native meadow expert Larry Weaner. And there are more garden events coming up. [Photo: Margaret Roach]

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Technically, "shingle" is not so much a style as a siding material. But its look is appealing, and this week’s featured homes come in all shapes, sizes and styles – from a Victorian with shingles on top, to a rustic chalet, to a $2.8 million shingle showplace. Find the home that’s right for you and shack up in one of the architecture classics that New England made famous.

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Berkshire Grown presents Dan Barber, executive chef and author of The Third Plate, in a conversation with author Elizabeth Kolbert. Find out what going “beyond farm-to-table” means and why Barber thinks America’s cuisine needs a radical transformation, at The Mahaiwe on August 18. Plus there are more talks, walks and classes in our Community calendar.

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When Gina Hyams moved here with her husband and young daughter, she was less than thrilled with the area. But it didn’t take long for her to settle in and appreciate the beauty of the Berkshires. A freelance writer, editor and arts publicist, she's working on a new book project, The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires. And she’d like your input.

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Instant Intelligence

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

August 19—24, Rhinebeck Dutchess County Fair Racing pigs, diving dogs, the Painted Pony Rodeo, live music by The Felice Brothers, exotic and domestic animal petting zoo and much, much more. See website for full lineup.

August 21, Great Barrington Ski Butternut Volunteers In Medicine Gala Carnival, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and a DJ. The main event is a live auction, but watch out for jugglers, mimes, a magician, a fortune teller and more. 6:30 p.m.

August 22, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum Free Fun Friday, with free admission all day. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 22, Williamstown Wild Oats Market Last Days of Summer Clambake with chef Greg Roach at the helm and the Hale Mountain Pickers providing rousing entertainment. All are welcome. 5-7:30 p.m.

August 22 & 23, Dalton Holiday Farm Fun at the Farm, with a Food & Wine Festival on Friday from 6-9 p.m. and a Craft Beer Festival with over 150 beers, food trucks and live music on Saturday from 2-6 p.m. Both events benefit local charities; see website to find out more.

August 23, Chatham Riders Mills Schoolhouse Open air, fence show showcasing the works of over 40 local artists. Live music and food. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

August 23, Torrington Warner Theatre Family Arts Day: A free event featuring live music, face painting, cookie decorating, arts & crafts, popcorn, cotton candy and other treats, interactive workshops, door prizes and more. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

August 23, Great Barrington Summerfest Community-friendly celebration of summer, featuring live music from nine local bands, performance stages, vendors, food, sidewalk sales, activities for children, farmers’ market and t-shirt cannon. Downtown, 3-9 p.m.

August 23, Goshen Mohawk Bison Farm Goshen Grown farm-to-table dinner to benefit the Goshen Agricultural Council. Wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. & dinner at 7 p.m.

August 23, Becket Jacob’s Pillow Festival Finale Finale ticket includes a performance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet or LeeSaar, plus after-party with drinks, desserts, photo booth, and DJ. 8 p.m.

August 24, Lenox Overmeade Farm Berkshire Humane Society Benefit Horse Show, featuring a Western New England Professional Horseman’s Assoc. recognized competition & over 30 classes for riders ranging from youngsters to advanced junior & adult level medal classes. 9 a.m.

August 24, Sheffield Town Park Pavilion 2nd Annual Uke ‘n’ Brew, featuring performances by Jumpin’ Jim & Liz Beloff, The Humblebees, Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra & The New England Ukulele Ensemble. Drinks from Big Elm Brewing, food from Route 7 Grill. 12-5 p.m.

August 24, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Change Makers Benefit: Playwright Marsha Norman and WAMC’s Sarah LaDuke host a panel discussion of people effecting positive change through the arts, followed by a preview of WAM’s fall production. 7 p.m.

August 27—September 1, Chatham Columbia County Fair The Oak Ridge Boys, two days of demolition derbys, the Painted Pony Rodeo, a midway filled with rides and games, agricultural activities and much more.

August 28—September 1, Lakeville Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 32: Vintage & historic race car parade & street party in Falls Village, racing of cars from pre-WWI to the 1970s, Concours d’Elegance featuring 250 rare vehicles, Ralph Lauren’s rarely seen cars, and more.

August 29, Great Barrington “Reaching New Heights” BIFF Gala Celebrate Berkshire International Film Festival’s 10th anniversary with cocktails and dinner, a live auction and dancing at the Great Barrington Airport. 6 p.m.

August 29, Spencertown Spencertown Festival of Books Preview Party Enjoy a glass of wine and chat with fellow book lovers, then head to the book loft for first choice of more than 10,000 gently used books. 6 p.m.

August 29, Litchfield Tapping Reeve House The Litchfield Historical Society welcomes Corin Hirsch, author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England, who will give a talk and lead participants in a guided tasting of drinks featured in the book. 6 p.m.

August 29—September 1, New Lebanon Behold! New Lebanon Local people open their homes, farms, workshops and businesses, sharing their secrets of living successfully in today’s rural America. Enjoy local heritage, agriculture, food, entertainment, arts, crafts and much more.

August 30 & 31, Dutchess County Art Studio Views Nineteen artists will open their studios for free, self-guided tours designed to promote the work and talents of local creators. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 30 & 31, Lakeville Town Hill Farm US Eventing Association Sanctioned Horse Trials: Close to 200 riders will compete in the triathlon of the equestrian world. See website for more info as it becomes available.

August 31, Claverack Columbia-Greene Garden Party A fundraiser for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York at Ludlow Homestead, the historic home of Peter Spears and Brian Swardstrom. 3 p.m.

August 31, Lakeville Music Mountain End of Season Benefit Concert & Reception: Shanghai String Quartet performs Beethoven and Brahms. 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
Books Listings
Theater Listings
Local Movies Listings
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
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