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The New York Times
Green Acres, the Place to Be

‘Behold! New Lebanon’ Offers Rural Tourism

The Boston Globe
Whimsical Towers Get Top Billing at Berkshires Retreat

Architect Hugh Hardy’s towered Ashley Falls home is the newspaper’s home of the week.

edible Manhattan
Less Than a Three-Hour Drive From Manhattan, Berkshire Mountain Majesty

The Berkshire cultural migration has become culinary in flavor, as city dwellers move to the Berkshire to open eateries, breweries and butcher shops.

Architectural Digest
Concept Shop Privet Lives Opens with Textiles by Madeline Weinrib

New Preston’s Privet House launches a space for revolving collaborations with top designers.

The New York Times
36 Hours in the Berkshires

Every summer, The New York Times falls in love with our region again.

The New York Times
The New York Times weighs in on The Clark Art Institute’s renovated space.

“The directors and trustees of every art museum in the country should schedule a visit to the Clark sooner rather than later. I am almost certain the experience would stimulate fresh thinking about what their own museums can be, regardless of size, location or architectural ambition.”

Architectural Digest
Join Lee F. Mindel on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village.

The magazine’s Lee F. Mindel calls Hancock Shaker Village “one of our country’s most American places” and considers the Shakers “the pioneers of minimalism.”

Architectural Digest
An 1830s Hudson Valley home becomes a welcoming weekend getaway.

The magnificent Columbia County home of composer Scott Frankel (“Grey Gardens” and “Far From Heaven”) and architect Jim Joseph is featured in the new issue of Architectural Digest.

Benchmark Real Estate

Berkshire Money Mangement

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings

Toole Insurance


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Young Farmers Take Charge At Hudson's New Farmers' Market

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The Upstreet Farmers’ Market in Hudson New York is doing a lot of things a little differently than all the regional farmers market we know and love. But all those little things add up. Created to provide opportunities for newer farms run by the next generation of young farmers, the Wednesday evening market has a relaxed, festive atmosphere and includes art and music. RI's Jamie Larson reports this funky new market was something we didn’t know we needed, but we know and need it now.

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Hudson River Valley Ramble Takes You To Unexpected Places

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The Hudson River Valley Ramble is going into its 15th year, but even if you’ve taken some of the guided walks before, there are always new ones to explore. Every weekend in September, the Ramble traverses not only the trails you’d expect but encompasses fun runs, stargazing, garden and historical home tours, and even a Revolutionary War Reenactors Weekend. RI’s Amy Krzanik has culled through the more than 200 events and focuses on a handful in Columbia and Dutchess counties to give you an idea of the broad range of events offered.

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It’s 25 years since Chef Michael Ballon opened the Castle Street Café in Great Barrington, and he’s commemorating the significant occasion with his second book, A Chef’s Life: Farm-to-Table Cooking in the Berkshires. RI talks to Ballon prior to the book's launch (a reading, signing and probably a few choice nibbles) at the Café on Sept. 13.

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An intimate “Tower” class at Pilates Hudson gives fitness explorer Paula Boyajian the personal attention she needs to perfect her skills and focus on her core. The changes are immediate, and Boyajian notices an improved sense of grace and coordination the very next day. She tells us why Joseph Pilates’ method, invented during WWI, still works today.

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Alana Chernila has offered herself up as a Bloody Mary taste-tester for charity. It’s hard work, but she’s dedicated to the cause of finding the perfect mix to premiere at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds fundraising brunch at Gedney Farm on September 21. She’s created a cool concoction made with yellow tomatoes instead of red, but is it “the one?”

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If the coming winter is anything like the last, you’d be happy to own any of these energy-efficient properties. On the outside, you wouldn’t know they might have solar power, upgraded duct work or Energy Star doors, but on the inside, where it really counts, their systems have been upgraded to be mean and green.

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Music and More 2014 welcomes back stage and cabaret star Karen Akers on Saturday, September 13, performing an eclectic evening of tunes by American composers. It’s one of seven concerts presented by Music and More in New Marlborough, and one option in a variety of musical events this week. (Photo: Alan Mercer)

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Music was in the air this past weekend, as two local fundraisers featured intimate concerts. Berkshire Bach held a benefit in a Hillsdale home where pianist Jeewon Park, cellist Edward Arron and narrator Bejamin Luxon performed; and award-winning composer John Luther Adams presented a songbird-inspired work for Audubon Sharon.

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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

September 18, Pittsfield Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 4th annual International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. On the corner of North Street and Park Square, 6 p.m.

September 19—21, North Adams MASS MoCA FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival: Performances by Emmylou Harris, The Carolina Chocolate Drops with special guests, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sam Bush, The Infamous Stringdusters, Valerie June and many others.

September 20, Housatonic Berkshire Pulse Ribbon cutting with Representative Smitty Pignatelli, reception and open house, with free classes all day at the newly renovated studio at 420 Park Street. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

September 20, Pawling ArtEast Studio Tour Kickoff Party 12 West Main Street. 4-8 p.m.

September 20, Ghent OMI International Arts Center Light Into Night: First-annual showcase, auction, dinner and barn dance to benefit OMI, featuring a rare and exclusive evening of installations and performances, plus a farm-to-table dinner. 5 p.m.

September 20, Sharon Benefit Wine Tasting Sample over 60 different wines to benefit The Sharon Fire Department and Sharon Ambulance. Town Green, 5-7 p.m.

September 20, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music Adult/teen crossover novelist Rainbow Rowell (Landline; Fangirl; Eleanor & Park) appears as part of the Hudson Valley YA Society. RSVP requested. 6 p.m.

September 20, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Fairview Hospital Gala with a performance by The Midtown Men—the four stars of the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. 7:30 p.m.

September 20 & 21, Berkshire & Litchfield Counties Housatonic Heritage Walks More than 50 free, guided tours including tours of historic estate gardens and industrial-site ruins, nature walks and trail hikes, canoe trips, bike rides, cemetery walks and more.

September 20 & 21, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College John Cage Weekend: Two days of performances exploring the formidable legacy of an American maverick sponsored by the John Cage Trust, the Fisher Center, and The Bard College Conservatory of Music.

September 21, New Marlborough Gedney Farm Benefit brunch and talk with NY Times food editor Sam Sifton, cookbook author Jenny Rosenstrach and Random House editorial director Andy Ward, to benefit the restoration of the Great Barrington Fair Ground cowshed. 12 p.m.

September 25, Stockbridge Naumkeag Naumkeagger: Octoberfest, Trustees of Reservations style, featuring live jazz and local brewmasters giving tastings of their creations and talking about the art and science of their trade. 5-8 p.m.

September 26—28, Rhinebeck Dutchess County Fairgrounds Rhinebeck Arts Festival: Over 200 artists and craftspeople from across the country, interactive experiences, live music, dance performances, demonstrations, hands-on art encounters, kids’ activities, gourmet food and more.

September 27, Chatham Farm & Art Tour A free tour featuring animals to visit, kids activities and products for sale. Local artists will exhibit and sell works they’ve created featuring the farms. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

September 27, Copake Empire Farm Hudson Valley Food Lover’s Farm Festival: A family affair at FarmOn! Foundation’s new working farm. Enjoy a day of music, little farmer activities and games, taste tests, live animals, shopping, local libations, farmers market and grill. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

September 27, Hudson STAIR Auctions Classicism to Contemporary: The Collection of Ashton Hawkins and Johnnie Moore: 18th & 19th Century Russian silver, paintings and bronzes, Victorian and Modern furniture and Contemporary art and photography. 11 a.m.

September 27, Watertown Watertown House Tour: Five homes, plus the Historical Society Museum and the Nova Scotia Schoolhouse will be open for viewing. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

September 27, Williamstown Sheep Hill Sheep at Sheep Hill: Tour the farm with farmer Morgan Hartman, catch a fiber spinning and weaving demonstration, enjoy a lamb dinner prepared by Chef Greg Roach of Wild Oats Market, stay for a presentation. Beginning at 3 p.m.

September 27, Pittsfield BMC Cancer Center Taste of Life: Wine and beer tasting to raise funds for support services for cancer patients that are not covered by insurance. Enjoy food from local restaurants, silent auction and raffle, DJ and tours of the Center. 4-7 p.m.

September 27, New Marlborough Music & More Award-Winning Authors, featuring Paul Auster and Roy Blount Jr., a sent-in commentary by Suri Hustvedt and an appearance by filmmaker Ellen Weissbrod, who will screen clips of her film, a woman like that. 4:30 p.m.

September 27, Wassaic The Wassaic Project The 3rd Annual Sandwich Club Summit: Back by popular demand, fellow sandwich enthusiasts come together to discuss important topics in the sandwich field. 5-7 p.m.

September 27, Hudson Letterbox Farm Folk Food Feast with Momofuku Ko. Farm-made soda and cocktail bar in the garden, snacks and live music. Before dusk, move to the hillsides for dinner and sunset views of the Catskill Mountains. 5:30 p.m.

September 27 & 28, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair: Farmer’s market, horse-drawn wagon rides, local and regional crafts, food tent with regional specialties, music, agricultural demonstrations and more. 10 a.m. - 5 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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