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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.
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.


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A New Space Ushers In A New Era For McTeigue & McClelland

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Many of you recognize McTeigue & McClelland as the retail shop, located in a yellow house in Great Barrington, whose facade turns into an extra-large bowtied present come holiday time. But the internationally renowned fine jewelers have recently taken up residence in a remarkable new space — a former Christian Science church built in the mid 1800s. RI’s editor, Lisa Green, attended the open house and saw firsthand how the newly designed showroom allows for and complements Mc2’s dedication to beauty and fine craftsmanship.

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Wellness: Kim Tripp's Midlife Journey Of Healing

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A sentence like this can stop you in your tracks: “When my old PhD botanist friend and fellow mid-life career dropout/self-reinvention type Kim Tripp finished medical school last year and came to Sharon and GB to practice osteopathy…” Thanks to Margaret Roach, our friend and garden guru, we were introduced to Kim Tripp, DO, who proves that you can start over (or, more accurately, keep growing) no matter what your age. Dr. Tripp — biologist, equestrienne, poet, teacher —held one of the most prestigious jobs in the plant kingdom, but she left it to pursue a path towards the healing of the human species through osteopathic medicine.

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Things got a bit silly this past weekend as Volunteers In Medicine celebrated 10 big years with mimes and jugglers under the big top, Jacob’s Pillow finished out its season with desserts and a huge dance party, and Basilica Hudson went hands-on to let guests touch the art at the BUMP opening reception.

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Alana Chernila says that nearly everything growing right now gets even better with some time in the oven. And right now the emphasis is on tomatoes, which she recommends roasting low and slow. Add some fluffy quinoa, feta and mint, and you’ve got yourself a half-summer, half-fall dish that is fully satisfying.

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These six homes may appear to be classic Saltbox-style houses on the outside, but inside they’re airy and bright, with contemporary touches that belie their historic origins. Be a part of history by living in one of these Colonial gems, or just feel like you are (one of the homes was built way back in the year 2006).

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Carey Maloney gets a touch serious and leads us to a rare opportunity to see of the work of the late Cuban painter and printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967-1999), on exhibit until September 30 at FRG Objects and Design Gallery in Hudson. The artist’s life story takes a mysterious turn, and her work is haunting.

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You've got to love the RI region: The music and dance events are still coming at us faster than we can attend them, from Josh Groban and Tony Bennett closing out Tanglewood, to Parsons Dance at PS21 and Ballet Next at Kaatsbaan, and so much more. Check our listings if you’re looking for a cultural outing this weekend.

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If you’ve been to No. Six Depot Café and Roastery in West Stockbridge, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the smiling face of this week’s Rural We. Six Depot co-owner Lisa Landry tells us how she found her way to the Berkshires and why she and her husband, Flavio Lichtenthal, decided to stay.

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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

Now—September 1, Chatham Columbia County Fair The Oak Ridge Boys, two days of demolition derbies, the Painted Pony Rodeo, a midway filled with rides and games, agricultural activities and much more.

Now—September 1, Lakeville Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 32: Vintage & historic race car parade & street party in Falls Village, racing of cars from pre-WWI to the 1970s, Concours d’Elegance featuring 250 rare vehicles, Ralph Lauren’s rarely seen cars, and more.

Now—September 1, New Lebanon Behold! New Lebanon Local people open their homes, farms, workshops and businesses, sharing their secrets of living successfully in today’s rural America. Enjoy local heritage, agriculture, food, entertainment, arts, crafts and much more.

August 30 & 31, Dutchess County Art Studio Views Nineteen artists will open their studios for free, self-guided tours designed to promote the work and talents of local creators. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 30 & 31, Lakeville Town Hill Farm US Eventing Association Sanctioned Horse Trials: Close to 200 riders will compete in the triathlon of the equestrian world. See website for more info as it becomes available.

August 31, Lenox Tanglewood Tony Bennett performs with his daughter, Antonia Bennett. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 2:30 p.m.

August 31, Claverack Columbia-Greene Garden Party A fundraiser for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York at Ludlow Homestead, the historic home of Peter Spears and Brian Swardstrom. 3 p.m.

August 31, Lakeville Music Mountain End of Season Benefit Concert & Reception: Shanghai String Quartet performs Beethoven and Brahms. 3 p.m.

September 6, Sharon “It Began With Birds” Garden party benefit for Audubon Sharon with composer John Luther Adams, 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner in music. The evening includes music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 270 Sharon Mountain Rd., 4:30-7 p.m.

September 6, Millerton The Re Institute Closing reception for The Rosebud Roar, works by Guy Walker, Julie Seidl and Richard Tinkler followed by a potluck. 5 p.m.

September 6, Rhinecliff Morton Memorial Library “130 Years of Ice Boating on the Hudson,” a benefit exhibit and sale of photos and artwork by local artists, plus food, drink, and music. 5:30 p.m.

September 6, Chatham PS21 Community Concert & Cider Party: Enjoy fresh cider and live music in the apple orchard. 6:30 p.m.

September 6, Pittsfield Get Fresh Under the Stars Intimate farm-to-table dinner on the rooftop of the Greystone Building. Local ingredients prepared by Mission Bar + Tapas, open bar and gift bags await guests. Dance party with The Malls follows.

September 6 & 7, Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest Tastings and seminars with local winemakers and distilleries, cooking demonstrations, craft beer pavilion, live music and vendors offering items for home improvement, jewelry, home accessories, cooking tools and more.

September 6 & 7, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village WoodWorks Weekend, featuring demonstrations and hand-on exhibits, plus a show and sale of furniture, tools, specialty woods and supplies from quality vendors. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

September 6 & 7, Washington, CT Hollister House Garden Garden Study Weekend IV: Symposium with four speakers moderated by garden writer Stephen Orr, cocktail reception with early buying of rare and unusual plants, a plant show-and-tell with noted experts and more.

September 7, Chatham The Chatham Bookstore Lydia Davis, East Nassau writer and winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, reads from her new book of short stores, Can’t and Won’t. Reservations required. 3 p.m.

September 7, Germantown Clermont State Historic Site Opening reception for Clermont’s Imagined Histories, photographs, paintings and sculptures by 2014 Guggenheim Fellow-winning artist Robert Hite. 4-7 p.m.

September 9, Pittsfield Pittsfield Airport Celebrate the Berkshires: Berkshire Health Systems will be awarded the “Berkshire Trendsetter Award” for “Putting the Berkshires on the Map.” Hors d’ouevres and cash bar. 6 p.m.

September 10, Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum Rick Cantele of Salisbury Bank will be honored as this year’s Business Person of the Year Award recipient. 5:30 p.m.

September 12, Pittsfield Barrington Stage Co. Benefit with Suzanne Vega BSC’s 2014 education fundraiser includes a pre-show dinner, a one-night-only concert and a VIP post-show dessert reception with Ms. Vega. 5:30 p.m.

September 12, Lenox The Mount The Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. 7 p.m.

September 12—14, Hudson Basilica Hudson Basilica SoundScape: A carefully curated program featuring music, visual art and literature, as well as pop-up shops and after-parties. Artists include Swans, Deafheaven, Richard Reed Parry with Ymusic, Tim Hecker and many others.

September 13, Pine Plains Colonial History Day Reenactments, guided tours of the Graham-Brush House, an interactive dramatic performance at the Stissing House and more, beginning at 10 a.m.

September 13, New Lebanon Rock My Religion Gala A day-long celebration of history, art, and music followed by a gala dinner and auction at Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.

September 13, Hudson Olana Groundswell: A site-specific performance and works in sound, installation, broadcast and movement by over a dozen artists. 2-6 p.m.

September 13 & 14, Stockbridge Naumkeag Fall-Blooming Crocus Celebration: Celebrate the beauty of fall-blooming crocus on the hillside of the Chinese Garden. Bulb and plant sale, tours and refreshments. 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

September 13, Rhinebeck Terrapin Restaurant New York State Craft Beer Experience: Taste 40 beers from 20 NY State breweries and talk to the people who make them. Food prepared to complement the beer at every station. 12 p.m.

September 14, West Cornwall Covered Bridge Dinner Community Table hosts an outdoor, seven-course meal at the historic bridge. Chef Joel Viehland presents a tasting menu of locally sourced food, along with Clos Dubreuil wine. Champagne reception at 4 p.m.; dinner at 5 p.m.

September 15, Great Barrington Ski Butternut Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper: A menu featuring favorite recipes from local restaurants using fresh ingredients from local farms. Plus beer, wine and silent auction. 6 p.m. By reservation only: 413-528-0041.

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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