Michael Gray and Ben Gable, co-owners of Ben Gable Savories, a sophisticated tart, soup, salad, and sandwich emporium that recently opened in Chatham, are part of the Brooklyn artisanal diaspora. After baking and delivering savory tarts to restaurants and specialty food stores there, it was time to hang out a shingle of their own. Lucky for us.
Show Mother Nature you love her this week, as we showcase six eco-friendly homes constructed with the Earth in mind. Plus, with environmentally efficient features including low-flow fixtures, radiant heat, sustainably harvested bamboo wood floors, and passive solar heat, the low-cost maintenance will keep the “green” in the land and in your wallet.
Mix and mingle with us as Neumann Fine Art hosts a double opening for Realist painter Joel Griffith and jewelry artisan Anni Maliki in Hillsdale, the Bidwell House Museum toasts to the past and the present at its Colonial Thanksgiving in Monterey, and the Hudson Opera House holds a standing-room-only, multi-author talk and book signing.
It may not be electric blanket, eyelash-freezing weather yet, but why not be prepared? Line up the ingredients for a warming, cozy meal —cornmeal, that is. Margaret Roach, whose blog, A Way to Garden, is one of our favorite go-to sites, can’t get enough of the golden grits, and shares her recipe for soupy farinata.
With a brand new show on the Food Network called “Farmhouse Rules,” local food advocate Nancy Fuller is beginning to give cable viewers a taste of what we’ve been lucky enough to know for a long time; the Hudson Valley region has some of the best farms, farmers, and food in the world.
This season, give the gift of art, or craft, or even a pet portrait as we gather up some the region's most super sales in our Shopping section. Check out these new stores and pop-up shops, special curated collections, one-of-a-kind craft fairs, and hot deals (both online and in real-time) on some truly fabulous items.
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December 13 & 14, Lenox Shakespeare & Company‘s 2013 Conservatory will perform William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, co-directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and Michael F. Toomey.
December 14, Great Barrington Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market with locally grown and produced foods, including cheese, eggs, meat, bread, pies, pickles, jams & more. Plus live music, kids’ activities & food vendors. Monument Valley Middle School, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 14, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Francine Segan presents Gilded Age Holiday Entertaining, a lecture on the time when high society was at its peak. Discover the sorts of foods, etiquette, and entertainments enjoyed then. Includes tastings and recipes. 6:30 p.m.
December 14, Lakeville The White Gallery 11th Annual Artful Season Holiday Open House with great food and a variety of work from gallery artists including new artists Ricky Bernstein, Nick Savides, and Emma Kindall. 12-6 p.m.
December 14, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Arts Center Conversations with Neighbors—“Beyond Local: Taking Local Food to a New Level,” with Fish & Game Chef Zak Pelaccio & author Ruth Reichl. A reception featuring tasty illustrations of the subject matter will follow. 4 p.m.
December 14, Germantown Friends of Clermont Holiday Party An Open House all day, with free admission, followed by the annual holiday party. Clermont State Historic Site, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
December 14, Lenox The Mount Backstairs Tours: Learn about the daily routines and the men and women who ran The Mount. The gift shop will be open for holiday shopping. Tours at 12 & 2 p.m.
December 14, Kent 13th Annual Colonial Christmas Celebration Fundraiser to benefit the Kent Historical Society’s preservation efforts. Wine, cheese, and savory goodies. The Swift House, 5-7 p.m.
December 14, Poughkeepsie Locust Grove Expert guides make the holidays come alive as you tour the historic mansion’s 25 decorated rooms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 14, Hyde Park FDR Presidential Library and Museum Free admission, holiday decorations, refreshments, and special activities all day, including the Children’s Reading Festival, free photos with Santa, and holiday card making for sailors. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
December 14, Richmond Hilltop Orchards (home of Furnace Brook Winery) Full Moon Hike & Bonfire (snowshoe if there is snow). Guided hike of approximately 1-1.5 hours, followed by a bonfire, wine tasting, and live music. 7 p.m.
December 14, Bangall Red Devon Restaurant hosts the opening reception for Creative Crossings’ new exhibit of paintings by area artist John Greene. 5 p.m.
December 15, Williamstown Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market with locally grown and produced foods, including cheese, eggs, meat, bread, pies, pickles, jams & more. Plus live music, kids’ activities & food vendors. Williams College Towne Field House, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 15, Great Barrington Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) Screening of the film Five Days Gone, shot entirely in Stockbridge, followed by a Q&A with director Anna Kerrigan and a brunch at Allium. 11 a.m.
December 21, Poughkeepsie Locust Grove Expert guides make the holidays come alive as you tour the historic mansion’s 25 decorated rooms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 21, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Kristmess Kook, a holiday variety show hosted by Musty Chiffon and featuring members of Human Sexual Response, The Replacements, and Rasputina. The performance will be followed by a dance party. 8 p.m.
December 21, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Close Encounters with Music presents “The Miraculous Violin: An Evening with Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe.” Gluzman has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe. 6 p.m.
December 22, Ghent High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center Annual Caroling to the Horses. Help ring in the Christmas cheer by enjoying holiday goodies and serenading our herd. Bring horsey treats to stuff the horses’ stockings and dress warmly. 4-6 p.m.
December 31, Hudson Fish & Game Ring in the new year at a black-tie celebration featuring cocktails, wine, a Winter Feast, and a champagne toast at midnight. Guest DJ set by Dr. Zsou-Zsou le Brix. Call 518.822.1500 to reserve.
December 31, Norfolk Infinity Hall The bistro will be serving a special three-course prix fixe dinner. See website for full menu and information on how to make reservations. 4-10 p.m.
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