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The Boston Globe
Michael Conforti’s success directing the Clark Art Institute

The Clark’s director looks back on his tenure at the world-renown museum as he prepares to retire at the end of the summer.

The New York Times
Wilco Tinkers and Experiments at a Festival It’s Happy to Share

MASS MoCA hosted its largest Solid Sound Festival to date, but the warm spirit stayed the same.

The Boston Globe
Authors Jim and Karen Shepard share a study in their Williamstown home.

The Globe’s “New England Writers at Work” makes a trip to the light and book-filled study of the Berkshires couple.

The New York Times
‘River Crossings,’ a Contemporary Art Exhibition at 2 Historic Sites of the Hudson River School

A trip to the Thomas Cole and Olana Historic Sites’ new dual exhibit inspires.

The New York Times
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.

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Excuse our liberty at presuming Rural Intelligence is your go-to website; we only say that because we hear it so often. If we’re correct, we think you’ll be happy to hear that we’ve created our very own RI app. The Rural Intelligence Guide to the Berkshires And Beyond is, essentially, a travel resource for the region, created by our staff to help you explore the area, to find a special bed and breakfast, a top-rated restaurant, the cultural venues that make our towns famous, where to shop, get fit or take the family on a fun experience. Best of all, because it’s an app, this guide is as mobile as you are. It’s available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and it’s free. Read on for a link to the download site.

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Off The Beaten Page: A Day For Readers In Hudson

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The summer season hosts more music festivals than you can shake a drumstick at, but now there’s a day-long gathering for book lovers, too. On Saturday, July 11, publishing company Random House will host a day-long “Off The Page” event at Basilica Hudson featuring seminars, workshops, a wine tasting, goodie bags and more. Former Gourmet editor and New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl will discuss her new cookbook, My Kitchen Year, and bestselling author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin, will give the keynote lecture focusing on habits and happiness. Get ready to revel in a literary wonderland and don’t forget your reading glasses.

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Bring a little nature into your nest during both summer and winter, with this week's collection of gorgeous greenhouses. These light-filled rooms are heated for year-round use as plant nurseries, but they can all be easily converted into art studios, tea rooms, yoga practice spaces, and more. Get ready to put down some roots.

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We were in attendance as the Columbia County Historical Society honored architects at its First Columbians gala at the Vanderpoel House, Liz Gerring received the coveted Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award at the Festival’s season opening event, and Gina Hyams launched her new book, The Tanglewood Picnic, at MacKimmie Co.

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Alana Chernila’s considers her June to be a success so far, based solely on the pounds of strawberries she’s already picked from Thompson Finch Farm in Ancram. But, since you can only fit so many berries in your mouth at once, she shows us how to extend them for use on ice cream, pancakes or straight from the jar.

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The Moviehouse in Millerton has launched a membership program with benefits that provide discounts on movie tickets, invitations to special events and discounts at local shops and restaurants. Good timing: this summer is shaping up to be a particularly good one for films. We pick out some of the best playing throughout the region.

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“I am no gardener,” declares blogger Carey Maloney. But his mother was a landscape architect and he’s an interior designer, so it takes a better class of nursery to reel him in. Pondside Nursery in Hudson makes the grade. It’s his preferred horticultural destination, best topped off with a stop for a banana split down the road.

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The cofounder, cellist and sound collagist of the defunct duo The Books, originally from The Netherlands, now lives and works in New Labanon, NY. With a recording and art studio near his house, he keeps a large archive of LPs, cassettes, VHS tapes and film to use in creative ways, which he’ll demonstrate on Friday at Six Depot in West Stockbridge.

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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

July 1—5, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca perform their riveting dance drama Antigona, a work that merges live music, theatrical spectacle and dance. 7:30 p.m.

July 3, Pittsfield & Stockbridge Free Fun Fridays Free admission at Berkshire Museum and Naumkeag, which will feature a performance by BerkCirque, live music, lawn games, snacks and more.

July 3, Great Barrington Michael Wainwright Outlet Store All Fired Up Again: free family event featuring 20-50% off store-wide, pieces to decorate and have fired in the kiln, pizza, lemonade, SOCO ice cream, and live music from the Blue Ribbon Trio. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

July 3, Lenox The Mount The Music After Hours series kicks off with “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue,” a community picnic and performance by Wanda Houston. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Presented in partnership with the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival. 5-8 p.m.

July 3, Lenox Tanglewood Opening night of the Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates our country’s heritage with an all-American program of music by John Harbison, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 8:30 p.m.

July 4, Lenox Shakespeare & Company À la carte pricing for BBQ burgers, dogs, corn on the cob, beer, wine & more. 1:30-5 p.m. Company actors, dignitaries & special guests come together for a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m.

July 4, New Preston Summer Stroll Shop while you enjoy live music and specialty treats and cocktails like white sangria, fresh local lemonade, and pink champagne. Raffle ticket proceeds benefit the Steep Rock Association, which protects three local nature preserves. 2-5 p.m.

July 4, Litchfield Litchfield Historical Society Annual pet parade and turn-of-the-century festival, featuring sack races, tug-of-war contests, seed spitting contests and an ice cream social. 2:15-4:30 p.m.

July 5, Lenox Tanglewood Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops with special guest Bernadette Peters. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 2:30 p.m.

July 5, Hudson Basilica Hudson CATCH takes the Hudson, a Brooklyn-based, multi-disciplinary, rough-and-ready series of performance events uses community, love and refreshments to deliver an array of the finest artists who call the Hudson Valley home. 6 p.m.

July 9, Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum In conjunction with her current exhibition at the Museum, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast will discuss her prolific career, and her acclaimed graphic memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? 5:30 p.m.

July 9—12, Hudson Olana Plein Air Paint Out and Festival, with a live auction of the wet canvases created by 30 artists on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. On Sunday, artists will hold a tent sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds support education programs at Olana and the CCCA.

July 10, Great Barrington Mass Live Arts Benefit Party See YOUARENOWHERE at 8 p.m., followed by a live performance by Doll Parts (a Dolly Parton cover band), drinks and a BBQ. Outside on the Simon’s Rock campus.

July 10, Hudson Club Helsinki Texas-raised Mexican-American Alejandro Escovedo, a one-time punk-rocker mostly playing original alt-country music since before there was such a term, performs with his band, The Sensitive Boys. 9 p.m.

July 10 & 11, Great Barrington McTeigue & McClelland Special showing of rare antique and colored diamonds on display for two days only. Colored diamonds are the most rare-of-rare gemstones and have long been sought by connoisseurs and collectors. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

July 10—12, Great Barrington Ski Butternut MassBliss Arts and Awareness Festival, an all-ages arts and awareness camping experience featuring live performances and immersive workshops in music, theater, yoga, meditation and fitness.

July 10—12, Poughkeepsie Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival Witness 100 balloon launches throughout the weekend, utilizing a record 25 balloons, as well as “moon-glows” and children’s activities.

July 11, Stockbridge The Lenox Garden Club Hidden Treasures of the Berkshires 2015: self-guided tour of six gardens and historic properties in Stockbridge. Rain or shine. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July 11, Washington Washington Green Fair Giant tag sale, silent and live auctions, book, plant, food and boutique booths and a Yankee bakery. Plus face painting and horse-drawn wagon rides for kids. Proceeds benefit the historic Washington Green Meeting House. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

July 11, Hudson Basilica Hudson Off The Page: publisher Random House presents a celebration of reading, with authors Ruth Reichl and Gretchen Rubin, workshops, a wine tasting, gift bags and more. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

July 11, Chatham Summerfest Food, sales and entertainment including artisan booths, food vendors & not-profits sharing their message. Free performances and events on the Arts Spotlight Stage will include dance, music, theater & more. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

July 11, Lakeville Chore Service Garden Party A cocktail party to celebrate the Chore Service’s 23rd year of helping elderly and disabled residents of NW CT stay safely and affordably at home. Hawk Hill Farm (36 Long Pond Road), 5-7:30 p.m.

July 11, Rhinebeck Wilderstein Summer Celebration A “Roosevelt Era” evening of cocktails and picnic fare, live music, lawn games, house tours, outdoor sculpture and a huge silent auction. 5-8 p.m.

July 11, Ghent Declaration of Interdependence Hawthorne Valley Farm celebrates 43 years of dedication to social and cultural renewal with food and drink from local and regional purveyors, guest speakers and live music. 6 p.m.

July 11, Ghent Art Omi Weekend: Dinner & Dancing Under the Stars Sneak preview tours of selected artists’ studios, and dinner, drinks and dancing to SAMBALAND with artists-in-residence and the upstate arts community. 7-midnight.

July 11 & 12, LaGrangeville Monastery Vinegar Festival Sample and buy organic-artisanal vinegars produced at the monastery, along with tapenade, pesto, sauces, herbs, tonics & more, as well as plants, books, food, crafts & art. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery.

July 12, Sheffield Berkshire Grown Brunch Benefit Meet award-winning food writer and best-selling author Ruth Reichl, enjoy brunch and hear a talk by the author. In the Cherneff’s barn, 11 a.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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