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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.

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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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At Savor The Taste, The Alchemy Of Oil And Vinegar

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There’s nothing like dipping some good bread in really fantastic premium olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Savor the Taste in Hudson is the town's newest boutique specialty food store, specializing in the best olive oils and balsamics from around the world. RI’s Jamie Larson introduces us to the shop and the dozens of all-natural flavor-infused varieties ready to be sampled and taken home to play mixologist. Savor the Taste is a candy store for the foodie and shows us that there’s still a lot to learn about the ingredients we thought we knew.

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A Sight To Behold: Narcissus Plantings Bloom At Laurel Ridge

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The Laurel Ridge Narcissus Plantings on Wigwam Road in Northfield, Connecticut were first grown in 1941 by the Morosani family, but the site has become so beloved by locals that folks from the surrounding areas now plan trips around the blooming season of the now 15 acres of daffodils. The property, which still is overseen by a member of the Morosani family, will hit peak prettiness during the first week of May. Lisa Green fills us in on what you’ll see when you visit and why Laurel Ridge is the perfect springtime photo spot.

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In Kent, A Retreat Of A Different Skein

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In just six years, Nancy Hamilton has created a community of knitters inside her shop, Black Sheep Yarns in Kent, CT, and the boutique has been named Best Yarn Store in the state by Connecticut magazine for the past two years. The popular master classes Hamilton has offered over the years inspired her to organize the first Kent Needle Arts Retreat, to be held the weekend of May 16 and 17. With 24 classes conducted by seven national knitwear designers, plus a gala dinner and fashion show, the retreat will be a nerve center for knitters and crocheters who want to learn techniques directly from the designers whose books they knit by.

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Our blogger, Carey Maloney, assures us that Hermes , his husband, was happier than he looks sitting at La Voltaire in Paris (above). Carey, however, was more interested in the four pups at the next table. And so it went throughout the week, which he says was a cultural forced march through the Louvre and other Parisian treasures. Quel dommage!

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The number of clicks on our real estate pages tells us you love looking at houses. Don’t stop clicking — please! — but we wouldn’t be so selfish not to let you know about the first annual Great Barrington Historic House Tour on Saturday, sponsored by the town’s historical society. It’s your opportunity to walk through five magnificent 19th and early 20th-century homes.

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It was a great weekend for the written and spoken word in our region as Tina Packer – actor, playwright and founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company – added “author” yet again to her C.V. with a release party for her new book, The Women of Will, while The Mount hosted its second installment of Literary Death Match.

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These barn conversion homes keep their defining characteristics, which include soaring ceilings, original wood floors and beams and plenty of open spaces, while also making room for modern conveniences such as custom kitchens, built-in bookshelves, skylights and screened-in porches. They're the height of rustic chic.

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There’s almost nothing more refreshing than a light dessert of berries and whipped cream, especially when they’re on a nest of meringue. Madeline Delosh walks us through the steps to create these charming, crispy petit fours. One recipe makes more meringue than you’ll need, so you can store the shells for when company comes over.

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It was love at first sight for Olana Historic Site's landscape curator, Mark Prezorski, the very first time he glimpsed Frederic Church’s home and land overlooking the Hudson River. He discusses the site’s importance and tells RI why this weekend’s opening of the River Crossings exhibit is the perfect time to see Olana’s beauty for yourself.

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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

May 5, Falls Village CultureMIX A region-wide, free networking event co-hosted by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. Learn about upcoming projects and current services, and mingle with others from the cultural community. Center on Main, 5:30 p.m.

May 8, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College The Aaron Diehl Trio and Grammy-nominated vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant perform a centenary tribute to Billie Holiday. Fisher Center, 8 p.m.

May 8 & 9, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden 38th Annual Plant Sale: Thousands of hand-picked and grown plant selections and new varieties, plus a garden item tag sale and silent auction of specialty plants, wall gardens and green services.

May 9, Lenox Tulipalooza Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts its first-ever spring gala fundraiser, featuring a night of live and DJ music, dancing, culinary delights from around the world and auctions to benefit the school’s programs. Stonover Farm, 6 p.m.

May 9, Hudson Hudson Opera House Sex & Death: Short Play Festival is an evening of staged readings (both comic and serious) written and produced by the playwrights, actors and directors of Plays in Progress. 7 p.m.

May 9, Great Barrington Mahaiwe The Best of Rufus Wainwright: the singer whom Elton John called “the greatest songwriter on the planet” performs his biggest and boldest songs. 8 p.m.

May 9, North Adams MASS MoCA On-the-rise LA-based comedian Cameron Esposito — who haunts late-night TV, hosts two podcasts and authors a column for The Onion’s AV Club — delves into her personal tales. 8 p.m.

May 9, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Helsinki on Broadway presents John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey in an evening of new songs and classic standards. 9 p.m.

May 10, Norfolk Infinity Hall Musician, singer, songwriter and rock Renaissance man Todd Rundgren will perform as part of his Global Tour 2015. 7:30 p.m.

May 11, Great Barrington MayFest Gala Construct’s annual fundraiser will this year honor longtime friend and supporter Ernest Schnesel, and will feature tastings from 24 area restaurants and wine vendors, and music by The Lucky Five. Wyantenuck Country Club, 5:30 p.m.

May 16, Lanesborough Ramblewild Community open house and forest concert with Joel A. Martin. The Aerial Adventure Park will be open for free sampler sessions, and guides will lead forest hikes. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

May 16, Stockbridge Naumkeag Tree Peony Preview & Tea Party: enjoy tea on the Tree Peony Terrace, preview the annual blooming and learn about the 40+ varieties cultivated by Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele. Reservations encouraged, but not required. 2-4 p.m.

May 16 & 17, Sharon Trade Secrets The garden fundraiser for Women’s Support Services of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut is celebrating its 15th Anniversary with a rare plant and garden antique sale on Saturday and a four-garden tour on Sunday. See website for details.

May 17, Hudson Time and Space Limited Literchoor Is My Beat: A New Directions Festival will feature a reading by Ian MacNiven, author of a biography of ND founder James Laughlin, a round table discussion with ND editors Barbara Epler and Peggy Fox, and a pop-up bookshop. 1-3 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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