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You know those pretty red bugs that are hanging around on your lilies? Those aren't ladybugs, and according to our experts at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, they are the bane of greenthumbs everywhere. Whether it's hand-picking them or dousing them with Neem, these little buggers have got to go, and quick!
Cookbook author Alana Chernila has a secret ingredient to add to your summer potato salad that will have guests ogling at its pink color and asking for more. It's beets! Blended with fresh herbs, homemade mayonnaise, and more for a Russian-inspired salad that’s served cold, and ready just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
When Brooklynites Audrey and Sam Leary bought the Black Forest Bakery, they found a butterless, flourless kitchen and had – literally – to start from scratch. Now the culinary couple is doling out fresh (and oh-so-delicious) baked goods, sandwiches, and a goat-cheese laden salad to patrons who keep coming back for more...and more.
Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a casual green thumb (or, you just like flowers), this week's featured properties wear the crown of the season. Acres of lush grass surround tried and true perennial gardens, while raised beds guarantee a veggie harvest and, for the lucky owner, a charming potting shed or two.
RI co-founder Dan Shaw captured the secrets of the trade at the annual rare plant and antique extravaganza, which drew in guests from all corners of the region. Berkshire Museum got its grape on at the biennial Wine Gala, and a night with Volunteers in Medicine was one of the most humbling events of the season.
It's time to dust off the picnic baskets and enjoy the feast of sunshine the region has to offer. Of course, every meal tastes better with wine. The Berkshire-based sommeliers have had their fill of fruity and tart and have compiled a list of summer wines that would make even Dionysus smack his lips.
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Now - June 3, Stockbridge 1st Annual Stockbridge ArtLab, a series of “pop-up” galleries exhibiting the work of faculty artists from IS183 Art School of the Berkshires throughout the town.
May 25, Sharon Spotlight 2013: Curtain Up! TriArts Sharon Playhouse’s major fundraiser, with a sneak peak of the company’s 2013 Season and a performance by Broadway guest artists. Music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live, and silent auction. Sharon Playhouse @ 5:30 p.m.
May 25, Hillsdale Roe Jan Community Library “Restoring our Architectural Heritage from Venice to Hillsdale,” an illustrated talk by Hillsdale General Store’s Matthew White on historic preservation, featuring projects he has worked on in Venice, Italy, across the United States, and in Hillsdale. 4 p.m.
May 25, West Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden Opening reception for Rare Earth: Garden Pots As Sculpture, which displays Mark Hewitt’s wide variety of magnificent, huge containers. Cocktail party and guided tour, 5-7 p.m. Exhibition runs to Columbus Day.
May 25, North Adams MASS MoCA Aaron Neville, one of the most cherished voices in popular music, kicks off the summer 2013 music season at the museum. Hunter Center @ 8 p.m.
May 25 - 26, Chatham 1st Annual Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail’s wine and food festival. Regional wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries, gourmet cheeses, bakeries, and grass-fed meat producers. Columbia County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.
May 25 - May 27, Pine Plains Hammertown Memorial Day Weekend Tent Sale. Save up to 75% on furniture, rugs, kitchenware, lighting, etc. Early-bird, first-dibs buying: 8 - 9 a.m., Saturday morning; 40% tax deductible donation to Stissing Lake Camp Scholarship Fund.
May 25-26, Great Barrington Berkshire Pulse Dance School Gala Dance Weekend, a two-day dance performance celebration and fundraiser marking nine years of dance-making in the community. Simon’s Rock’s Daniel Arts Center. 3 p.m.
May 26, Lakeville Bring your car to the Trans AM Royal Garage Car Show on the track at Lime Rock Park. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
May 26, Hillsdale Berkshire Bach Society Home Concert A special event with Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Helena Baillie, violin; Anthony Newman, piano. 3 p.m.
May 26, Stockbridge Chesterwood Vintage Motorcar Festival, a benefit to support Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site. Kid-friendly activities, live music, local foods. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
May 25, Spencertown Summer in Spencertown on the green at St. Peter’s Church. Music, art, crafts, antiques, animal rescue organizations as well as food and plants will be part of this celebration day. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
May 29, Lanesborough BNRC Hike from Jones Nose to Mount Greylock Summit. Lace your boots up tight, pack a rewarding lunch, and summit Mount Greylock, following the growing greenery up the mountain. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
May 30 - June 2, Pittsfield and Great Barrington Berkshire International Film Festival A four-day showcase featuring 27 documentaries, 25 narrative features, and 24 short films. May 30: Opening Night Gala, Mahaiwe Theater @ 6 p.m.
May 31, Hudson Verdigris Tea owner, Kim Bach, gives a lecture about blended teas, including their origin, selection and preparation. Participants will assess and grade their teas, and there will be a lesson in reading tea leaves at the evening’s conclusion. 6 – 7:30 p.m.
June 1, Hudson Opening party for Finch: Life Curated, Warren Street’s newest shelter destination. The store offers a mix of artisan furnishings, unique antique finds, and home essentials, presented through a refined “Brooklyn” lens. 4-7 p.m.
June 1, Wingdale Oblong Land Conservancy’s Annual Butterfly Walk, led by Bill Wallace, who has cataloged the butterflies of The Great Swamp and has been butterflying for more than a dozen years. Wear long pants! Slocum-Mostachetti Preserve @ 10:30 a.m.
June 1, Lakeville Jazz and Chrome: An Evening Under the Stars A fundraiser and auction to benefit Community Mental Health Affiliates’ Northwest Center. Lime Rock Park. 6 p.m.
June 1, Millbrook Merritt Bookstore welcomes back Verlyn Klinkenborg, NY Times editorial board member and celebrated author, to read and discuss his latest book, More Scenes From the Rural Life. 5 p.m.
June 4, Falls Village The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society presents “Cutting Edge: Textile Artists of the 20th Century,” a lecture by Titi Halle. The first of four lively history talks on Tuesdays through September. 7 p.m.
June 7, Sharon TriArts Sharon Playhouse opens its season with The Way You Wear Your Hat… The Music of George Gershwin. Talented area performers of all ages and a live orchestra will take the mainstage in a celebration of one of the world’s finest composers. 8 p.m. Runs through June 9.
June 7-9, Rhinebeck Country Living Fair Great shopping, antique appraisals, seminars and demonstrations, delicious food, plus 33 things to do in New York’s Hudson Valley 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
June 8, West Copake The Birthday Party For The Century The Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Fourth Annual Gala with the Mike Schiffer Trio performing instrumental jazz and Laurel Massé, founding member of The Manhattan Transfer. Camp Pontiac a@ 5 p.m.
July 8, Annandale-on-Hudson Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Daedalus Quartet in a program of Haydn, Tower, and Dvorak. Olin Hall, Bard College @ 8 p.m.
June 9, Sharon Hotchkiss Library Tony and Emmy award-winning actor Edward Herrmann will speak about his prolific career as a narrator of audio books, from those by David McCullough and Stephen King to The Book of Genesis. 4 p.m.
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