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Links to stories concerning our region in other media:

The Boston Globe
Hoofing it on the Berkshires Meat Trail

The Globe gives a nod to our area’s fantastic nose-to-tail butchers with a run-down of where to find the meat you’re looking for.

Country Living Magazine
Joan Osofsky’s Quaint Connecticut Cottage

Find out how Hammertown’s owner downsized to a 1,000-square-foot cottage while still making room for her beloved antiques.

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.”

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Chatham's FilmColumbia Is A Festival On The Move

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From October 22-26, the FilmColumbia Festival is back in Chatham and, for the first time, is coming to Hudson. Celebrating its 15th year, the festival — hosted by the Chatham Film Club at the Crandell Theatre and other venues in the town — is expanding, and putting up a screen in the historic Hudson Lodge. The impressive collection of films and panels offered next week represent the quiet county’s commitment to world-class cinema and the necessity for the new Hudson venue is proof we can’t get enough. RI’s Jamie Larson previews the festival and encourages us all to get our passes now.

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Stellar Storytelling Takes The Stage At The Mount

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If you’ve listened to The Moth Radio Hour on public radio, you know that live storytelling has become a hugely popular interactive event. This weekend, Matthew Dicks, a 14-time champion of the Moth’s StorySLAM, brings his own storytelling group, the Hartford-based Speak Up, to The Mount for two days dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Saturday night’s show will feature true stories based around the theme of “Love and Marriage,” told by five performers including Dicks and NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg. On Sunday, Dicks will lead an intro-to-storytelling workshop for folks looking to perfect their gift of gab. Listeners are invited to enjoy the drama, spontaneity and authenticity of those who choose to talk from the heart.

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The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival returns to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck this Saturday and Sunday, bringing educational fun for everyone. For knitters, there are classes, demos and yarn vendors. For the rest of us, there are book signings, food and wine tastings and plenty of animals to meet and get to know.

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Made in the Berkshires kicked off its fourth year with performances by the area’s brightest young stars and most accomplished professionals; Litchfield Historical Society held its Annual Fall Fundraiser BBQ, complete with bonfires, and the Mahaiwe honored entrepreneur and philanthropist Jane Iredale with a party and a performance by Broadway's Bernadette Peters.

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A PulseFit class by any other name is boot camp, and at this fitness center in Millbrook, you’ll hear your pulse pounding as you make your way through a regimen of exercises including lunges, "around the world" hand walking and side planks. There isn’t one body part that isn’t targeted, so if you want a class that works you from top to toe, this may be the one.

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“Excuse me for a moment while I slip into my climate-controlled wine cellar. When I return we can repair to the tasting room on the third floor.” Write that down, because those are sentences you can use if you choose to own one of these properties. We toast homes with wine cellars (and everything else) that are a match for the finest of wine collections.

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The Butcher and the Baker finally admit that it’s fall, and nothing satisfies after an afternoon of fall yard-work better than a slow-cooked meal, paired with this red cabbage and apple recipe. Its simple ingredients yield complex flavor (helped along by the cider vinegar and mustard) that makes it a great side dish to a braised pork shoulder or a thick pork chop.

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Talk about community involvement! Christina Barrett is the Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment at Berkshire Community College, and also finds time to serve as an active board member of both the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and the Berkshire United Way. She tells us why she loves her adopted home, and what she does to “relax.”

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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

October 21, Williamstown Williams College The Class of ’71 Public Affairs Forum presents a conversation between author Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections; Freedom) and author/former editor of The Atlantic, Andrew Sullivan, on issues of national importance. 7 p.m.

October 23, West Stockbridge Rouge Restaurant & Bistro The Wines of Zenato Dinner, featuring six wines from Northern Italy paired with six dishes by Chef William Merelle. An evening full of trivia, wine, food and fun. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m.

October 24, Pittsfield Evening of Music and Memories Berkshire County Kids’ Place benefit featuring dinner, a wine and spirit pull, silent auction, artwork created by the children that receive services from Kids’ Place and music by Matt Cusson. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5 p.m.

October 24—26, Pittsfield BCC’s Paterson Field House Berkshire Orchid & Tropical Show: Shopping, workshops, talks & demonstrations. A kick-off party on Friday from 5-7 p.m. features hors ‘d oeuvres, chocolate treats, wine and craft beers, silent and live auction & early vendor sales.

October 25, Ghent High & Mighty Mini Monster Mash: A friendly gathering of miniature horses/donkeys and their drivers. Activities include Pumpkin Cones Course; Trick or Treat Trail Class; and Haunted Woods Drive. 10 a.m.

October 25, Hudson TK Home and Garden As a benefit for the Hudson Area Library, historian Peter Stott gives an illustrated talk, “Steamboats on the Hudson,” which focuses on steamships and their captains from 1824-1839. Refreshments are included. 4 p.m.

October 25, Lakeville The Tremaine Gallery at The Hotchkiss School Sharon Land Trust fundraising gala and opening reception for Reflections, an exhibit featuring 30 local artists whose works use wood from Sharon’s beloved “Twin Oaks.” 5 p.m.

October 25, Lenox Annual LitNet Gala “The Gift of Literacy: Pass It On,” featuring stories from honorees Eleanore Velez, Gov. Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick. Enjoy cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. Berkshire Country Day School, 5:30 p.m.

October 25, Hyde Park Half Moon Theatre Gala Benefit Support the Theatre’s new partnership with The Culinary Institute of America with cocktails, followed by a performance by the company 
and Broadway star Cady Huffman. CIA’s 
Marriott Pavilion, 6 p.m.

October 25, North Adams MASS MoCA Secret Science Club: A special screening of Particle Fever, an audience pop quiz, door prizes, themed cocktails and more. 8 p.m.

October 25, Chatham Post Sneak Gathering Join FilmColumbia crew, filmmakers and film lovers right after the Saturday Night Sneak for drinks and appetizers at Blue Plate. Cash bar. 11 p.m.

October 25 & 26, Dutchess County ArtEast Open Studio Tour: Artists open their studios, galleries, garages and barns to the public. See website for full list and directions. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October 26, Hudson Haute CATure Fashion Show AnimalKind’s annual fashion show and auction fundraiser. Models will stride the runway in “Hudson Style” collections ranging from original and designer clothes to vintage and Halloween costumes. Helsinki Hudson, 6 p.m.

October 28, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex) will deliver the annual William Gifford Lecture in the Villard Room of Main Building, 6 p.m.

October 31, Millerton The Moviehouse Aglet Theatre Company presents Halloween Treats: A Festive Gathering with Eerie Readings. Three spooky tales will be told to the audience, who are encouraged to dress in costume. 5:30 p.m.

November 1, Red Hook Red Hook & The Chocolate Festival Competitions, tastings, workshops, demos, art & performances based around chocolate. Brownies, cake & candy, plus new items like chocolate chili, chocolate bacon, chocolate-flavored beauty products & more. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

November 1, Great Barrington Olga Dunn Dance Company “All Aboard!”—a train-themed celebration in the Company’s new space at the former train station. The evening will include three new dance pieces, an historical lecture, poem reading & art exhibit. 6:30 p.m.

November 1, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre The Masqueraded Un-Ball: Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual fall benefit event. 7 p.m.

November 1, Lenox The Mount Victorian Boudoir: A Halloween Masquerade. Party like it’s 1899 at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball. Berkshire Shenanigans presents an evening of sinister good fun featuring DJ BFG, Victorian costumes and dancing ‘til dawn. 8 p.m.

November 2, Millerton Hunter Bee Dana Cowin, longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes. 4 p.m.

November 6, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand will give the annual Elizabeth Bishop reading. Strand will read from his work and take questions from the audience. Taylor Hall, room 203 at 6 p.m.

November 8, Rhinebeck Beekman Arms Sinterklaas Star Party: Last year’s “Keepers of the Light” will pass the Celestial Flame, plus the first appearance of the Honored Animal and the Illuminated Star. 5:30 p.m.

November 9, Rhinebeck Love It or Swap It Clothing swap to benefit Sinterklaas. Swap women’s clothes, accessories and shoes, plus small re-gift items like candles, soaps and perfume (unopened). Complimentary makeovers from Face Stockholm. 21 Platt Ave., 1-4 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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