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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.

Design Tips from an Ultra Modern Farmhouse

Pilar Proffitt and Robert Bristow of Poesis Design offer advice and a look inside their Lakeville, Conn. home.

Linda Lavin and Husband to Open Restaurant in Claverack

The former “Alice” star and Broadway actress, and her actor-husband Steve Bakunas, have purchased the former Yorkshire Farms Restaurant and Tavern.

The Boston Globe
Tanglewood Presents Plan for Big Expansion

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will expand its Tanglewood campus in Lenox with a new complex of performance, dining and rehearsal buildings set to open in 2019.

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The Old Mill Is Still A Cherished Dining Experience

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We were shocked when we realized we had never reviewed The Old Mill in South Egremont, Mass. Maybe it’s because it’s so universally revered, it didn’t seem necessary in Rural Intelligence's early years to do so. But even though we suspected what the results would be, we sent CB Wismar to the restaurant that has been lovingly run under the direction of owner Terry Moore for four decades. Those of us in the area know we’ll encounter the finest cuisine and service, but there’s no reason to keep it a secret from visitors or newcomers, and this review will definitely have them flocking to one of the landmarks of southern Berkshire County.

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At The Hudson Company, Forgotten Barns Become New Floors

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What’s old is new (and really stylish) again at The Hudson Company. Tucked off the back roads of Pine Plains, New York, the reclaimed wood mill is turning beams and planks from forgotten barns into stunning top-of-the-line flooring, paneling, beams and other surfaces. Along with customizing the interiors of homes around the region and in the city, The Hudson Company supplied the largest reclaimed floor in the country for the Whitney Museum of American Art and provided finishing touches for the High Line. RI’s Jamie Larson gets the details on a burgeoning industry and this thriving company.

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Recipe contributor Lisa Fielding is not just a private chef and caterer: she’s also a screenwriter, which lately has necessitated frequent trips to Los Angeles. Fortunately for us, she lunched at a Hillstone restaurant while there, and was so enamored with a certain kale salad that she cajoled the ingredients out of the server, and created her own version.

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There are so many reasons to love summertime in our region, and this week’s events really brought that feeling home. We feasted on fresh-picked veggies from Katchkie Farm at its annual dinner to benefit The Sylvia Center, sipped mint juleps in our fancy sun hats at Berkshire HorseWorks’ derby gala, and celebrated under the stars with WAM Theatre.

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The good news is that these solar-paneled, geothermal beauties include features such as radiant heat, LED lighting, low-energy appliances and thermopane windows. The great news is that you don’t have to scrimp on square footage or forego classic New England appeal to enjoy the energy-efficient, eco-friendly home of your dreams.

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The contemporary music festival, Bang on a Can, begins this week at MASS MoCA, featuring daily performances, workshops, late-night concerts and, of course, the 6-hour marathon concert. This week also offers your choice of folk-rock, Baroque, jazz, chamber music and a few other genres.

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Tivoli General may be relatively new and run by a couple of young Bard grads, but they've captured everything there is to love about local community shopping: fabulous sandwiches, products from local farms (including their own), and an eclectic selection of staple and specialty goods.

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Singer and guitarist Rory Block, who lives in Chatham, New York, has produced more than 20 highly acclaimed releases. She’s now working on a new “Mentor Series” project featuring the music of women blues artists, and has curated the Gospel & Blues Fest taking place at PS21 from July 28–30.

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For even more information about upcoming events, check out our Dining, Music & Dance, Visual Arts, Shopping, Books, Theater, Movies, and Save the Date sections. Please submit your own event to

July 27-29, Kent KentPresents The festival of ideas’ third year will feature speakers Paul Krugman, Agnes Gund, Charles Blow, Adam Gopnik, Henry Kissinger, Harold Varmus, Darren Walker, James Zirin and many others.

July 27-30, Lenox Tanglewood Takes Flight A celebration of birds and music with Mass Audubon, featuring bird walks, recitals, discussions and lectures at Tanglewood and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

July 27–30, Poughkeepsie The Secret Life of Bees Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) stars in this musical based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd & written by Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage & Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik. Powerhouse Theater at Vassar.

July 28, Stockbridge Fête Des Fleurs Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual summer party will be held this year at the Home of Ellen and Chris Greendale, and will celebrate the new Berkshire Eagle. 5-8 p.m.

July 29, Great Barrington Berkshire Blues Bash A day-long, outdoor festival featuring Roomful of Blues with special guest Walter Parks, and Grits and Groceries Orchestra. Ski Butternut, 3–8 p.m.

July 29, Pittsfield Summer Gala at Hancock Shaker Village The annual gala will feature cocktails in the garden at 5:30 p.m., followed by a seasonal summer dinner by chef Brian Alberg & a live auction. A “Shaker Island” after-party will kick off at 9 p.m. in the Round Stone Barn.

July 29, Copake FarmOn! 7th Annual Hootenanny FarmOn! Foundation invites you to join them at Empire Farm for a cocktail hour with live music, bits-n-bites & vendors, a meet-the-farmer dinner hosted by Terrance Brennan & an after-party. 6 p.m.

July 29, New Lebanon Tannery Pond Concerts The Jasper String Quartet performs a program of works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Donnacha Dennehy and Ted Hearn. 8 p.m.

July 30, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Gala A dinner catered by The Old Inn on the Green starts off the night at the former GB train station at 4:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Mahaiwe.

Aug. 3–6, Kent Kent Sidewalk Festival Free admission, great sales, activities for kids, food, vintage cars, live music, raffles & other events throughout town. See website for full lineup.

Aug. 4, Sharon Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Summer Book Signing: Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres & a tent full of authors & illustrators, including bestsellers & award winners in many genres. Children’s signing: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Adult signing: 6-8 p.m.

Aug. 4, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Internationally acclaimed Tom Gold Dance returns with a brand-new program including Counterpoint and the world premiere of the Berkshires-inspired Charm. 8 p.m.

Aug. 4–6, Hillsdale Falcon Ridge Folk Festival A music fest featuring performers Abbie Gardner, Adam Ezra Group, Brother Sun, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams & many others, plus a tribute to Jimmy Lafave, along with local food & other vendors. Dodds Farm.

Aug. 4–6, Norfolk A Weekend in Norfolk Hear world-class music, explore the woodlands, view art everywhere, tour historic houses, shop the farmers market, play family games, see a movie, go bird watching and more.

Aug. 5, Germantown Sunset on the River This year’s Friends of Clermont summer gala will honor Mary Kay Vrba, and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and fantastic auction items. Clermont State Historic Site, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Aug. 5, Hudson Booked for the Evening This benefit for the Hudson Area Library will feature al fresco drinks, dinner and dancing, plus a silent auction and a “call for the cause.” 6 p.m.

Aug. 11, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Food for Thought:  a 3-course meal prepared by Chef Brian Alberg, wine & a signed book. This month’s author is Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction. 6 p.m.

Aug. 12, Ghent Hudson-Chatham Winery The 10th annual Sangria Festival will feature live jazz music all day, freshly made sangrias, Mexican food from The Taste Box in Chatham, henna tattoos and tarot card readings. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Aug. 12, Washington Depot Tea for Two Hundred The 20th annual garden party fundraiser, held at the home of Mr. Gael Hammer & Mr. Gary Goodwin, will include live music from the “Beehive Queen,” Christine Ohlman, a silent auction & a Crazy Hat contest. 4-7 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
Save the Date Listings
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