Photo by Paul B. Goode
Mary Oliver had a thing for peonies; they broke her heart with their beauty. We all get a little dewy about the fragrant, lacy blooms of early spring, and thankfully the master toilers at the Berkshire Botanical Garden understand. This week, we get a little instruction on how to keep these beloved buds happy.
The mysterious pink veggie known for its bittersweet taste (and perfect pie capabilities) is back. Cookbook author Alana Chernila has prepped the versatile, ever-humble (and homely) rhubarb in a delicious, crumbly polenta cake that’s full of vibrant color, tart flavor, and sweet self-respect. And a healthy kick of cinnamon. Just add tea.
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.
Ah, summer rentals -- the perfect way to have your cake and eat it, too. Leave the rat race behind for a bit and soak up the sun at a quaint country home; enjoy a misty morning on the lake; or a cultural cornucopia of music, dance, food, and theater. All yours for just the right season.
Despite the unseasonal chill, it must almost be summer: there were too many parties this week! Construct Inc.'s annual Mayfest raised funds to end homelessness in the Berkshires while CATA celebrated its 20th anniversary of making everyone a “part of art.” And a Rogue Theatre Company had partygoers seeing rouge at every turn.
Sometimes, no matter how gorgeous the décor or nostalgic the building, restaurants can fall short on what matters most, the meals themselves. Not so with Yianni's in the Chatham House. Owned by one of the Four Brothers empire, this fusion-food wonderland serves up fresh sushi alongside Greek classics without batting an eyelash. Finally, food that lives up to the high ceilings.
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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 21, Hudson The Chai Shop hosts a benefit for Common Hands Farm Biodynamic Produce, whose goal is to build a farm stand on their property, just outside Hudson on 23B. Sign up at The Chai Shop (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact Hudsonlocale@gmail.com. 7 p.m.
May 22, Lakeville The Hotchkiss School A reading by Christopher Buckley, American political satirist and author of many books, including Thank You for Smoking and, most recently, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?: A Novel. 7 p.m
May 22, Lenox Berkshire Natural Resources Council Night Hike: Yokun Ridge South Experience the Walsh and Charcoal Trails beginning at Olivia’s Overlook. 7 p.m. - midnight.
May 24, Lenox Shakespeare & Company kicks off its 36th season with Master Class, Terrence McNally’s play about a session between Maria Callas and a student singer. Starring IRNE award–winning actress Annette Miller. Runs through August 18. Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre.
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 - 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, 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, 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, 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.
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