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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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The Blue Plate: An Enduring, Endearing Chatham Ingredient

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The Blue Plate restaurant is a community institution in Chatham, New York — one we enjoy, hold to a high standard and sometimes, maybe, take for granted. The last time we reviewed the Blue Plate was January of 2008 and we gave them just 100 pithy words of praise. A lot has changed since then, including the chef and menu, but not the Blue Plate’s beautiful setting and approach towards excellent local cuisine. We sent Jamie Larson over to revisit the Blue Plate and remind us of all the reasons it’s such a special part of local culture.

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A House Is Built: Introducing A Step-By-Step Series

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Would it surprise you to learn that our real estate pages are among the most viewed each week? We know Rural Intelligence readers love to read just about anything to do with houses. Which is why we are introducing a new monthly series, “The High-Performance Home.” EASTON+COMBS, a New Marlborough, Mass. architectural firm run by Rona Easton and Lonn Combs, offered to share with us the process of building an efficient, environmentally responsible house for a current client. We’ll watch it progress from the ground up. Installment number one, the groundbreaking, begins now.

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For one day only, Hudson River Heritage is offering you the chance to check out some of the most historic buildings in Red Hook, New York. A ticket to the Country Seats Tour will allow you access to seven homes, including Montgomery Place, Green Hill, Heermance Farmstead and the former St. Margaret’s Orphan Asylum. This is one of those times that being stuck in the past isn’t such a bad thing at all.

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“Locally raised” is this week’s theme, and we’re not just talking about food, but also people, currency and general goodwill. Fairview Hospital showed it had “heart” with help from Paul Reiser and members of the Kennedy clan, BerkShares marked a 10-year milestone boosting the local economy with a party at Prairie Whale, and Berkshire Grown held its much-loved annual Harvest Supper at Ski Butternut.

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As temperatures cool, we begin to crave more filling meals to get us through the chilly evenings. This Late Summer Risotto from Jenn So of The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm could be considered a comfort food for its cheesy goodness, but peppers, zucchini and fresh tomatoes add enough nutrition – not to mention flavor – that you can feel good about eating as much as you want. We can't wait to snuggle up to a big bowl of this.

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Hop on a bike 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. We’ve 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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Dutchess County presents a wealth of possibilities when it comes to home choices. These listings, hailing from Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Staatsburg, Ancram and Milan, offer everything from an 1848 Colonial-Italianate (an interesting hybrid), a charming farmhouse that was featured in the New York Times, and a house you might find in Japan.

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For 11 years, the Cornwall, Conn. resident was a writer for Saturday Night Live; he also created and directed 50 short films for the program. One of his greatest influences was his longtime friend, writer and artist Henry Miller. Schiller’s archives of Miller’s work will open on Saturday with a reception at The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.

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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

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
Books Listings
Theater Listings
Local Movies Listings
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
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