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The New York Times
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.

The New York Times
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.

The New York Times
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.

The Boston Globe
Sci-fi pioneer Douglas Trumbull ready for new frontiers

Douglas Trumbull is improving the quality of filmmaking from his rural New Marlborough, Massachusetts studio.

The New York Times
When an Abstract Artist Falls in Love With Monet

Monet/Kelly at the Clark Art Institute is “a small, crystalline show.”

National Geographic
From Bali to the Berkshires: John Stanmeyer Comes Home

The National Geographic photographer shows and tells what he loves about Otis and West Stockbridge.



Berkshire Health Systems

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Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings


This Is Where You Rent The Fixins' For A Rustic Wedding

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The trend in weddings, especially in our region, has been to drop the Champagne flute and pick up the Mason jar. Barn weddings, pulling on the simple, warm beauty of antiques and vintage ephemera, are all the rage and capture the essence of or area’s agrarian aesthetic. But where do you find the eclectic props to personalize a wedding — or any event — in this look? RI’s Jamie Larson introduces us to North Country Vintage and the couple who does all the legwork hunting down unique items to make special events elegantly rustic.

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Herbal Infusions: Alternative Medicine Battles Colds And Flu

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When spring finally arrives (word is it should be here no later than June), no one wants to welcome it with a springtime cold. Traditional medicines can only treat our symptoms once they’ve arrived – and often not all that well, either. Wouldn’t you rather prevent sickness from taking hold in the first place? We’ve brought in three certified local herbalists -- Jean Pollock of Mystical Rose Herbals in New Marlborough, MA; Lauren Giambrone of Good Fight Herb Co. in Germantown; and Terri Lundquist of The Village Herbalist in Millerton, NY – to offer advice on how to do just that.

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Panna cotta, a creamy traditional Italian dessert, sounds fancy and with that, probably complicated to make. Au contraire, says Mado Patisserie owner Madeline Delosh. It’s simple, and what makes it even better is that you can flavor it any way you like. Here, she replaces some of the cream with buttermilk to add a tart brightness.

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FarmOn Foundation held another successful fundraiser on Sunday, March 1 in Rhinebeck. The evening began with a reception for photographer Francesco Mastalia at bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, then moved across the street to Terrapin Restaurant, where guests enjoyed cocktails and a sit-down meal prepared by the region’s best chefs.

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See that house above? Just about anybody ought to be happy living in that piece of paradise, but your visiting company might be ecstatic because, lucky them, it’s a guest house. That’s the defining feature of the properties in this week’s listings.: guest quarters that are private, beautifully appointed, and separate from your own.

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On Friday, March 6, the Williams College Museum of Art will open “Warhol by the Book,” featuring more than 400 of Andy’s objects including a satirical cookbook, a popup book complete with sound recordings, holograms and a do-it-yourself nose job, and other unique and unpublished materials.

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Our fitness expert, Paula Boyajian, is on top of the trends, and Functional Fitness is one she explores this week. It’s a discipline that trains muscles we use in everyday activities, and she’s found a class in Pittsfield that’s perfect for anyone who thinks she can’t stick with a workout plan.

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A new author in our midst, he tells us how his novel, Dead Boys, went from a vision in his head through the long writing process, finding an agent, dealing with rejections and finally signing on with a publisher. Now he’ll be signing his book when it hits the bookstores next week.

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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

March 6, Williamstown Williams College Museum of Art Opening celebration for Warhol by the Book, the first US exhibition to focus on Warhol’s book work, featuring more than 400 objects including unique and unpublished materials and highlights WCMA’s important holdings. 6 p.m.

March 6—8, North Adams MASS MoCA Choreographer Lucinda Childs’s 1983 seminal work, Available Light, is reworked by its original creative team, including composer John Adams and set designer Frank Gehry.

March 7, Ghent Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School The Community Wellness Expo promotes alternative wellness remedies and activities. This hands-on event will cover spatial dynamics, acupuncture, stress management, body work, cooking, nutrition & more. 12-4 p.m.

March 7, Williamstown Clark Art Institute Dinner and the Show: a private gallery tour of Machine Age Modernism with exhibition curator Jay A. Clarke; a prix-fixe dinner in Café 7 created by Executive Chef Dan Hardy; and extended shopping hours in the Museum store. 6-9 p.m.

March 7, Pittsfield Dottie’s Coffee Lounge Local author Gabriel Squailia (a.k.a. DJ BFG) celebrates the release of his underworld adventure novel, Dead Boys, with a staged reading, book signing and dance party. 8 p.m.

March 7, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls play a sophisticated and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that have established them as New York’s premier international party band. 9 p.m.

March 10, Hyde Park Culinary Institute of America Oblong Books & Music presents New York Times bestselling author and undisputed master of narrative nonfiction Erik Larson for the launch of his new book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. 7 p.m.

March 10, Williamstown Williams College WORDLESS!, a new and stimulating hybrid of slides, talk and musical performance with author and artist Art Spiegelman and jazz musician and composer Phillip Johnston. 7:30 p.m.

March 12, Rhinecliff Morton Memorial Library Oblong Books & Music presents Richard Price in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue, discussing his new novel, The Whites. Price is the author of 8 novels and an Edgar Award winner for his writing on the HBO series The Wire. 7 p.m.

March 13, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum The Berkshire Awards honor Lila Berle, Churchill Cotton and Mary Rentz—three honorees who have made significant contributions to creating, keeping and promoting artistic, historical and natural heritage in the Berkshires. 5:30 p.m.

March 13—15, Kent Kent Shop Hop Merchants put a twist on shopping by featuring fantastic sales, special events and fun promotions. Go from shop to shop and enter to win one of three gift baskets valued at over $150 each. See website for list of participating stores.

March 14, Stockbridge Unicorn Theatre The Cowgirl’s Call: Writing and Riding, a multimedia Western experience with Amy Hale-Auker that includes storytelling, readings and cowgirl slam poetry, interwoven with film, photography and music. 7 p.m.

March 14, Red Hook Old Lyceum Theater Help the Red Hook Library celebrate being named one of the “Best Small Libraries in America” with a dance party, refreshments, magic, line dancing and festive fun for the whole family. 7 p.m.

March 15, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Cirque Zíva is the new awe-inspiring cirque extravaganza from the internationally renowned touring troupe, the Golden Dragon Acrobats. 7 p.m.

March 15, Hudson Helsinki Hudson An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss, who will discuss his films and his work as an activist addressing the environment, substance abuse and education. The event is a benefit for Columbia Memorial Health. 8 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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