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A Review of Falls Village Inn Restaurant in Connecticut

Christopher Brooks finds things to love in both the Inn’s taproom and in its more formal dining room.

The New York Times
The Wassaic Project: A Festival, a ‘Beautiful’ Flood and Now Art

The small town of Wassaic, NY is home to a magical artists’ community.

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.

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Methuselah Bar And Lounge: Pittsfield's Hip New Nightspot

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Financial advisor Yuki Cohen loves connecting with people. That’s why she created Methuselah, the newest open-til-late hometown tavern (a pretty chic one at that) on Pittsfield’s North Street. Cohen goes for a communal atmosphere, with a long table and large bar in Methuselah’s front space, and a casual lounge area in the back with couches and low tables. There’s an imaginative tapas menu and a full bar with surprise concoctions. RI’s Amy Krzanik went there to report, but liked it so much, she’s frequented the place a few times. And so, apparently, have plenty of others.

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Basilica Hudson Transforms Space (And People) With Sound

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The power of sound in its most raw form can be beautiful or ugly, intimidating or soothing —and experimenting with those boundaries over the length of an entire day can be an incredibly intriguing and even transformative experience. Starting April 25, at Basilica Hudson, "The 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music" will play with the boundaries of what we can do with sound and what sound can do to us. RI’s Jamie Larson previews the performer-filled event, which kicks off the Basilica’s event season with an endurance event like no other. Whether you come and go to the happening or endure the duration, the Drone aims to be like nothing the region has experienced before.

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IS183 Art School of the Berkshires' annual fundraising gala saw numerous Donatella Versaces dancing next to hibachi chefs and mariachi band members, while Project Native celebrated five years of its film festival with a Cull-inary Cocktail Party catered by Castle Street Cafe followed by a screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.

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Over the long winter, The Butcher and the Baker went on a continental cooking kick, moving gustatorially through country and regions. Although they always have a jar of Hosta Hill’s kimchi in their fridge, their foray over to Asian cuisine led them to a new discovery: kimchi pancakes and an accompanying piquant dipping sauce.

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Fitness isn’t only for those of us who run marathons or kickbox our way out of a fight. As Paula Boyajian finds out at the Bella Grazie studio in West Stockbridge, fitness also is for people who have a limited range of movement but want to feel powerful, graceful and poised, as she does after her one-on-one Gyrotonics session with Donna Rainone.

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Have you ever looked into your CSA box and wondered, "What the heck am I going to do with that?" The Letterbox Farm Collective answers that question with its "Meal Share" concept. Each week's basket features vegetables, fruits, herbs, starches, chicken and extras (including meat) tailored to a specific menu plan. It's a fresh-as-you-can-get-it meal in a box.

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No walls to tear down or foundations to rebuild here! Our featured new-construction homes offer plenty of open spaces, are easier to maintain than older builds, and come complete with the energy-efficiency built right into them. All you need to do is pack your bags and get ready to fill these homes with brand-new memories.

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Germantown resident Conrad Hanson loves history and old buildings, especially his own home, an 1850s Italianate style manor. Those interests of his made him perfect for his current position as executive director of The Friends of Clermont. There, he says, his goal is to encourage visitors to interact with the site. And they can do that through the site's upcoming Poetry Trail.

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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 listings@ruralintelligence.com.

April 17 & 18, Copake Copake Auction Inc. Swap Meet & Bicycle Auction: Swap meet starts at 6 a.m. on Friday. Auction begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will feature ephemera, collectibles, posters, rare bicycles and more.

April 18, Kinderhook Kinderhook Home & Garden Day Historic house tour, spring-at-last mini bazaar, a full day of presentations at various locations, pop-up shops, book signings and more. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

April 18, Germantown Clermont State Historic Site The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase will include shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demos, an exhibit of various sheep breeds and other wool bearing animals, wool artisans and shops, music and food. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

April 18, Harwinton Authors’ Luncheon The Susan B. Anthony Project welcomes Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, Janice Nimura, and Leslie Morgan Steiner to the 18th annual fundraiser. Fairview Farm Golf Course, 12 Noon.

April 22, Williamstown Mezze Bistro + Bar Earth Day Wine Dinner: a five-course meal of Austrian and German inspiration from Chef Nick Moulton, with wine from Spirited and importer Daniel Hubbard. 6:30 p.m. Reservations required: 413.458.0123.

April 23, Williamstown Williams College Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, will give the lecture “Ending Violence Against Women: The Next Rising Years,” followed by a book signing. ‘62 Center, 7 p.m.

April 24, Lenox Table Six Restaurant Off-the-Beaten-Path Flavors of Spain Wine Dinner: co-hosted by NeJaime’s Wine Cellar, the four-course dinner will feature Ole Imports’ wine ambassador Mike Smith presenting unique gems discovered in Spain and Portugal. 6:30 p.m.

April 24, Lenox The Mount Literary Death Match returns, with readers Jedediah Berry, Ron Currie Jr., Courtney Maum, Jenny Zigrino and other writer-readers. 8 p.m.

April 25 & 26, Hudson Basilica Hudson 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music. Musicians from the region and beyond experiment in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music for a full 24 hours. Begins at 3 p.m.

April 25, Simsbury Litchfield Jazz Benefit Dinner & Auction Enjoy fine food and wine at Metro Bis and help send students in need to Litchfield Jazz Camp this summer. A night of music, food and fabulous silent auction items. 6 p.m.

April 25, Sharon Annual Spring Poetry Dinner Celebrate National Poetry Month with Vijay Sheshadri, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, who will read from his collections of poems. Please RSVP to jsaccardo@rcn.com or hotchkisslibrary@gmail.com. 6 p.m.

April 25, Lenox Shakespeare & Company Tina Packer, actor, writer and Shakespeare & Co.’s founding artistic director, launches her new book, Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays. 7:30 p.m.

May 1 - 3, Lenox Eastover Estate and Retreat Hunt for Wild Foods: “Wildman” Steve Brill leads a series of wild food tours, talks and gourmet vegan cooking workshops.

May 2, Red Hook Montgomery Place Historic Estate Hudson Valley Garden Association presents the Hudson Valley Garden Fair, featuring 30+ local and specialty garden vendors and organizations, a “Growing Beautiful Food” lecture and educational demons. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 2, Rhinebeck The Roosevelts Screening, Talk & Luncheon Co-writer and historian Geoffrey Ward discusses highlights from this recent Ken Burns PBS documentary series. At Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, followed by lunch at the Beekman Arms. 11 a.m.

May 2, Williamstown Sheep Hill Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation hosts the Sheep to Shawl Festival, featuring sheep shearing and herding, weaving and spinning, artisans and farmers all in celebration of spring and New England cultural heritage. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 2, Hudson Basilica Hudson Fifth Annual Ramp Fest: sample the ramp as interpreted by talented New York City and Hudson Valley chefs. See website for participating chefs and restaurants. 12-4 p.m.

May 2, Great Barrington Alison Larkin LIVE! The internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author will perform a sneak preview of her brand -new show to benefit The Montessori School of the Berkshires. The Mahaiwe, 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
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
Please submit your own event to listings@ruralintelligence.com

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