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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.
Skiing areas spending millions to upgrade snowmaking

Good news for local skiers: Catamount, Ski Butternut - Great Barrington, Mass. and Otis Ridge have all upgraded their snow-making capabilities.

Architectural Digest
Hudson, New York’s Best

The magazine tours our region, concluding with a dining-and-shopping spree in Hudson.

The New York Times

For Her Next Production…
Making a film in Ghent, NY, led to the construction of an innovative, sustainable house.

The New York Observer

As Celebrities Flock to Hudson Valley, Locals Pretend Not to Care
Sam Pratt hits a home run with this piece about life in the Rural Intelligence region.

The New York Times
The Mystery Behind the Model for a Vanished Rockwell Painting
Deborah Solomon’s new biography of the great Stockbridge artist suggests her book is full of revelations.

The New York Times
To Table, From a Farm of Their Own
A glowing review of Arethusa al Tavolo in Bantam, the farm-to-table restaurant refined and redefined by the guys who also own Manolo Blahnik.

The Kinderhook Group


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2014 Season Preview: 30(ish) Tickets Not To Miss

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Photo by Sarah Shatz.

With spring rains and winds replacing winter snowstorms, it’s finally time to look forward to the summer season in the Rural Intelligence region. With so much to pick from, our annual summer preview is always an exercise in restraint, so we’ve left it up to the expert Jeremy D. Goodwin to cull out some of the must-sees. This year we’ve broken it down into three categories of the performing arts that help define this region — theater, dance and music. Don’t miss out; tickets to most of the venues are already on sale. We suggest you start collecting yours now.

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Where's The Beef? We'll Tell You: Our Guide to Local Burgers

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Two all-beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun these are not. Not that we have anything against McDonald’s (sort of). But restaurant hamburgers have come a long way since that jingle inculcated itself into our brains, so Rural Intelligence staffers and some loyal readers contributed mini reviews of their favorites in a regional hamburger roundup. It is, admittedly, just a starting point, and we hope you’ll find one or two in your vicinity. Because we know that in the end, the “best burger” is often the one nearest wherever you happen to be when hunger strikes.

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'Lost Amusement Parks of the Hudson Valley' Brings The Past To Light

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The former Electric Park at Kinderhook Lake.

Viewing the ruins of a once bustling factory or fairground is a constant reminder of days gone by, but what happens to the memories of places that no longer have visible facades? We rely on historians like Wesley and Barbara Gottlock to research these lost gems and bring them back to life. On Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m., the Gottlocks will recreate the heyday of Hudson Valley amusement parks at Rhinebeck Antique Emporium in Staatsburg. Among others, they'll feature the legendary Electric Park at Kinderhook Lake and the Woodcliff Pleasure Park in Poughkeepsie, with stories and recovered photos dating back to the early 1900s.

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On Saturday, April 12, The Sandisfield Arts Center toasted its home – a rehabilitated former Baptist meeting house and Orthodox synagogue – on its 175th birthday with a Spring Fling Dinner and Benefit Auction. RI was there, along with actor and author Alison Larkin, actor and baritone Benjamin Luxon, and many others.

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Our garden writer, Brian Cruey of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, knew just what he’d buy when one of his wedding presents was a gift certificate at a local nursery: an ornamental cherry tree. But even he needed some guidance. We shop along with him and learn what to look for (and avoid) when you’re in the market for a tree of your own.

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Cast aside all of your assumptions about sardines from a can, and let Alana Chernila introduce you to one of her favorite salty snacks. Tastier than a tuna sandwich? She thinks so, and supplies us with a starter recipe for this fish in endive to find out if we might find ourselves agreeing with her.

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On social media, that is. This week, Carey Maloney feels like going on a rant, and away he goes, loving Facebook (great for staying in touch) and hating Facebook (TMI — see photo above), and sharing the sites he he really likes. One that gets high marks? You’re reading it right now.

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Whether a Classic or a Contemporary, a Cape Cod-style home is a practical and pleasing design that’s perfect for our climate — having originated right here in New England. Add to that seemingly infinite acreages, updated interiors, and great backyard decks, and you’ve got a home for all seasons.

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Nicole Lobue has worked as a chef, educator, and dietary and herbal consultant. Having relocated to Hudson from San Francisco, she has brought her talents and background to Kite’s Nest, a learning resource center dedicated to building a supportive environment for children to develop their interests.

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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

April 25, Williamstown Pine Cobble School Goats in the Woods: Meet goats being raised, enjoy a meal by chef Greg Roach featuring sub-Saharan and north African goat dishes, and hear a lecture by Dr. Peter Smallidge on raising goats. 4-8 p.m.

April 25 & 26, Hudson Basilica Hudson ECLIPSE, a multidisciplinary performance by choreographer Jonah Bokaer and visual artist Anthony McCall. 7:30 p.m.

April 26, Norfolk Norfolk Farmers Market returns with local meats, cheeses, jams, breads, pastries and more. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. inside Battell Chapel, 12 Litchfield Road, on the village green.

April 26, Hudson Valley & Berkshires 2nd Annual Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail “Mac Attack” Taste award-winning wines, hand-crafted ales, hard ciders & artisanal spirits, plus samplings of creative mac & cheese dishes at each of the five venues. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

April 26, Rhinebeck Wilderstein  Preview Party for the new exhibition “Wilderstein & The White House,” which explores connections between the estate and U.S. Presidents through history. Costumes, photographs, books and more will be featured. 4-6 p.m.

April 27, Great Barrington Prairie Whale and Berkshire Grown present a festive brunch to celebrate the coming 2014 growing season. 11 a.m - 1 p.m.

April 27, Chatham Tannery Pond Concerts Benefit A concert with Jose Franch-Ballester on clarinet and Ran Dank on piano, performed in Aven Kerr’s barn. 3 p.m.

April 30, North Adams MCLA’s Church Street Center Berkshire Creative’s SPARK!, a networking event for area artists, business owners and employees, freelancers, and others in the creative community. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

May 1, Red Hook Red Hook Golf Club 5th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament with raffles, games and food, all to benefit the Chamber. 8:30 a.m.

May 1, Falls Village David M. Hunt Library May Day Celebration: A fun-for-all-ages event with folk music, traditional customs and dancing around the may pole, led by musician Tom Hanford. 3:30 p.m.

May 1, Great Barrington Cultural Season Kick Off: Find out what’s in store this summer for theater, dance, music, fine arts, film, museums and more. Enjoy refreshments, live music and prizes. Crissey Farm, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

May 2, Kent Kent Memorial Library Women’s Circle: Miss Representation Screening: A night for women only, with a documentary screening and discussion of topics such as gender equality and violence against women. 6:30 p.m.

May 2—4, Stockbridge BerkChique Berkshire Creative’s third-annual fashion re-sale event kicks off with a preview party on Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. & continues on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St.

May 3, Lakeville Lime Rock Park Spike’s Ride II: A huge car, truck and bike show to benefit Sandy Hook families and first responders, and featuring a motorcycle stunt show, local vendors and music. 10 a.m.

May 3, Red Hook Hudson Valley Garden Fair Over 30 local and specialty garden vendors and organizations, lecture program, educational demonstrations and guided tours. Montgomery Place, 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

May 3, Hudson Basilica Hudson Ramp Fest 2014: A celebration of the ramp featuring 24 chefs from the Hudson Valley and NYC concocting original dishes using this wild onion, plus drinks and live music. 12-4 p.m.

May 3, Rhinebeck Lindy Wright’s “Love it or Swap It” fundraiser for Sinterklaas. Bring gently used clothes and other items to trade. Receive a complimentary “Magic Minute Makeover” by professionals from Face Stockholm. 21 Platt Ave., 1-4 p.m.

May 3, Sheffield Moon in the Pond Farm The Meat Market presents Beltane, a multi-course, springtime pastoral feast. See website for full menu and to make reservations. 5 p.m.

May 3, Hudson Spring Fling Hudson Opera House’s annual benefit to support its year-round programs, with performances by Mark Wunderlich, Hudson Valley Brass, David Longstreth and more, plus catering by Swoon. 7 p.m.

May 3, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Beloved and groundbreaking experimental folksinger Ani DiFranco performs music from her more than 20 albums. 8 p.m.

May 4, Pittsfield Food Truck Rodeo: A fundraiser for Moments House featuring 10 food trucks & local breweries. Kids can make crafts, get their face painted, listen to live music and enjoy other fun activities. Palace Park on North St., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

May 5, Great Barrington Cinco de MayFest Construct Inc.‘s annual fundraiser, featuring tastings from 22 area restaurants and wine vendors, strolling minstrels and a marketplace from south of the border. Crissey Farm, 5:30 p.m.

May 6, Williamstown The Orchards Grown In The Berkshires Gala: An annual fundraiser for the Berkshire Community Action Council, featuring some of the Berkshires best food and drink. 6 p.m.

May 9, North Adams MASS MoCA Andrew Dawson: The Russian Doctor, a work-in-progress where Dawson teams up with a neuroscientist and a medical historian to explore an oft-forgotten element of Anton Chekhov’s legacy. 8 p.m.

May 10, Ghent OMI International Arts Center Writers Omi Spring Barbecue: A group of writers and translators in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works. Following the event, visitors are invited to gather for a barbecue and reception with the writers. 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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