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A Review of Falls Village Inn Restaurant in Connecticut

Christopher Brooks finds things to love in both the Inn’s taproom and in its more formal dining room.

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The Wassaic Project: A Festival, a ‘Beautiful’ Flood and Now Art

The small town of Wassaic, NY is home to a magical artists’ community.

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Hotel Review: White Hart Inn in the Berkshires

Salisbury’s beloved inn gets high marks all around, with a special nod to its restaurant, the Tap Room.

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Très Chic: Shopping with Annie Selke

Berkshires-based textile designer Annie Selke (known for labels Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert and Fresh American), shops for trays in the city.

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At Vassar College, Canvases So Big They Are Seldom Seen

The latest exhibit at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, XL: Large-Scale Paintings From the Permanent Collection, challenges you to take it all in.

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The Whole Thing: Izlind, A New Wellness Center in Rhinebeck

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Those in search of something other than the traditional allopathic approach to wellness have an increasing number of options these days: acupuncture, yoga, life coaching, sex theapy…it goes on. And while the focus is on a more integrated, holistic approach to health, these services rarely coexist under one roof. But now, a new wellness center in Rhinebeck offers all these options and more. RI’s Andrea Pyros spoke to Beth Gershuny, Ph.D., the founder and president of Izlind Integrative Center & Institute of Rhinebeck about her center, which offers 19 wellness providers plus classes, workshops and consultation services to promote health and reduce stress for the mind, body and spirit.

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Award-Winning Film Documents Happiness Made Here

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Imagine finding true happiness in your own backyard. Modern media and culture tells us the pursuit is nearly impossible, but veteran film director Pamela Tanner Boll weaves a different tale. Her latest documentary, "A Small Good Thing," follows a year in the lives of six Berkshire residents as they farm, mentor and find purpose in their community. RI's Nichole Dupont talks to some of the film's "stars" about the value of hard work and finding your tribe in an increasingly isolated world. "A Small Good Thing" will be screened as part of the 10th annual Berkshire International Film Festival, May 28-31.

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In Its 30th Year, J. Seitz & Co. Celebrates With A Big Fat Sale

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According to Home Accents Today, we’ve got a “Retail Star” in our midst, but anyone who’s stepped foot into J. Seitz & Company in New Preston already knew that. The family-run mini mega store is celebrating 30 years in business with an extra-special Big Fat Tent Sale running from Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 26. But co-owner Joanna Seitz recommends showing up early to stake your claim on the shop’s fashions and home goods that exemplify the comfortable yet chic elegance that just so happens to define Rural Intelligence style.

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In Intro to Aerial, an aerial hoop and silks have you hanging upside down, while in Aerial Yoga, slings provide support that deepens your practice and relaxation. Think you shouldn’t try them because you lack upper body strength? Says one of the instructors: “That’s exactly why you should. Every time you get on the trapeze, you do a pull up.”

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The Butcher & The Baker finally took their food-centric roadtrip through the South, eating their way through Savannah, Charleston and Ashville. They loved all the smoked pork, grits and butter-rich foods so much they wanted to keep tastes of it at home, so they developed a savory biscuit recipe using the chives from their garden.

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Community Access to the Arts proved its performers and supporters are Ready, Willing and Able; gallerist Jack Shainman threw a big time opening reception and anniversary party at The School in Kinderhook; and Martha Stewart made her annual appearance at Trade Secrets in Sharon.

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If you love the history and decorative detailing of a historic home, but hate the upkeep of such a vintage property, you'll find these recent renovations to be the perfect balance of both worlds. Brand-new, top-of-the-line appliances and electrical systems, and rebuilt floors and fireplaces offer modern luxuries within a charming, original frame.

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Hudson has had an excellent food truck/cart scene for a few years now but two new additions at 347 Warren have reminded us why we love eating on the street in River Town. Both are run by recent CIA grads, they have popped up side by side, each elevating different schools of classic Americana with outstanding results.

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Now that we've satisfied our eye candy cravings at Trade Secrets, we go onto a weekend of plant sales in New Preston and Hyde Park. At Clermont Historic Site, gardeners can learn about practical solution to keep deer from nibbling at the goods. And there are several plant-centric workshops the following week. Check out our Garden calendar here.

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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

May 28, West Stockbridge Rouge Restaurant Six-course dinner featuring wines from Folio Fine Wine Partners, including varieties from Italy, Spain and California, paired with a dish from Chef William Merelle. 6:30 p.m.

May 28, Lenox Table Six Restaurant Triveneto Wine Dinner, a five-course gourmet menu, paired expertly by Chef Ron, and featuring fine wines from Italy and Slovenia chosen by NeJaime’s Wine Cellar. 6:30 p.m.

May 28 - 31, Great Barrington/Pittsfield Berkshire International Film Festival View the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films, along with panel discussions, opening and closing night parties and other special events.

May 29, Litchfield Litchfield State of Mind Litchfield Historical Society’s art fundraiser will offer cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while guests browse more than 40 works from local artists up for grabs in a live and a silent auction. 6-8 p.m.

May 29, West Stockbridge Six Depot Cafe Inkless, a live storytelling night whose first event will feature Jason Velasquez, Courtney Maum, Dina Noto, Rebecca Soffer, Rachel Siegel and host Joey Chernila. Dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m.

May 30, Millbrook Millbrook Literary Festival More than 50 thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining adult, children’s and young adult authors participate in panel discussions, readings and signings throughout the day. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

May 30, Spencertown Town Green Welcome to Summer in Spencertown, a community fair and major fund-raiser for the Friends of St. Peter’s Church (the building fund), featuring live music, food, antiques, crafts, art, plants and more. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dinner from 5-7 p.m.

May 30, Washington Celebration of Young Writers The After School Arts Program’s 10th anniversary benefit will feature hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from 5-7 p.m., followed by celebrity readers including Jack Gilpin, Malachy McCourt and Rose Styron. The Gunnery.

May 30, Hudson Hudson Opera House Spring Fling Celebrate the season and the continued renewal and diversity of the Hudson community at HOH’s largest fundraiser of the year. Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.

May 30, Lenox Lenox Library Celebrate the past and support the future of the Library with libations, savory fare, a commemorative book and an art auction as the Library building turns 200 years old. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

May 31, Rhinebeck Primrose Hill School Love It or Swap It: bring women’s clothes (all seasons), accessories, jewelry, handbags and shoes, plus small re-gift items such as candles, soaps, perfume (unopened), etc. to participate in this Sinterklaas fundraiser. 12-4 p.m.

June 2, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music Matthew Thomas will discuss and sign copies of his New York Times-bestselling debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves. 7 p.m.

June 5, Hudson Stair Galleries Auction of property from the Estate of Helen Frankenthaler, comprising the artist’s jewelry, fashion, furniture and objects. Brands include Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Eames and Herman Miller. 6 p.m. 

June 5, Great Barrington Berkshire Playwrights Lab Opening Night Gala Help kick off BPL’s 8th season with an annual gala fundraiser featuring new short plays and films written by talented playwrights and performed by professional actors. The Mahaiwe, 8 p.m.

June 5—7, Dalton BerkChique Berkshire Creative will hold its annual upscale pop-up clothing and accessories sale and fundraiser at The Stationery Factory. Friday night from 5:30-8 p.m., enjoy a fabulous preview party. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 5—7, Rhinebeck Dutchess County Fairgrounds Country Living Fair: shopping, seminars and demonstrations, food and a chance to meet the editors of the magazine. Rain or shine. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

June 6, Lenox Ventfort Hall The Great Barrington Kennel Club presents “Puttin’ on the Dog,” with a dog show, K9 police demo, Canine Good Citizen test, vet talk, microchip clinic, talk and book signing with author Gloria McClay, silent auction, raffle, vendors, food & more. 12-5 p.m.

June 6, Rhinebeck Wilderstein Benefit Preview Party for Modern Sculpture & the Romantic Landscape, outdoor sculpture exhibition juxtaposing the site’s romantic landscape with contemporary works by emerging artists. 5 p.m.

June 6, Gaylordsville The Merwinsville Hotel 6th Annual Wine Tasting: taste wines from all over the world, including California, Italy and Portugal, as well as local Connecticut wines, to benefit the continued restoration of the Hotel. 6-8 p.m.

June 7, Germantown Clermont Historic Site Opening reception for Wordscape @ Clermont: A Poetry Trail. 4-7 p.m.

June 8, Poughkeepsie Bardavon A performance of the little things, a docudrama based on a local family’s journey through Lyme Disease, written by actor Jeremy Davidson and directed by Mary Stuart Masterson. Followed by a Q&A with specialist Dr. Richard Horowitz. 7 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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