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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.”


Hancock Shaker Village

Benchmark Real Estate

Berkshire Money Mangement

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings

Toole Insurance

Hero Worship: The Sandwich Club Summit Comes To Wassaic

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Are sandwiches a hot-button issue? They are in some circles, where scholarship takes the form of presentations that go well beyond the logistics of mayonnaise versus mustard. The Third Annual Sandwich Club Summit, hosted by The Wassaic Project on Saturday, September 27, is where submarine fanatics come to chew over what actually constitutes a sandwich: BLT – yes; burrito – NO!; hamburger – maybe?; cupcake – are you crazy?!? That question and many others will be answered, or at least hotly debated, at the Summit’s many seminars. RI’s Andrea Pyros meets the makers of the club.

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Ashton Hawkins And Johnny Moore Collection: A Life's Work At Auction

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Ashton Hawkins has been an active witness to some of the most important art and artists of the 20th century. A fixture of the New York social scene, Hawkins spent more than 30 years on the Metropolitan Museum of Art Board of Trustees and served as counsel to the museum. Hawkins and his husband Johnnie Moore, have amassed an awe-inspiring art collection that speaks to their impeccable taste and provides a template for just how culturally and historically important a personal collection can be. Their story is inspiring, but it continues. These works, evidence of two lives being well lived, can be yours: much of the large collection will be auctioned at Stair Gallery in Hudson on Saturday.

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Road Trips: Right Now, There's A Bounty Of Harvest Festivals

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You think those are leaves you hear rustling in the wind? It’s actually the call of the harvest festival, and while each has its own character, we can pretty much guarantee there will be a bunch of Indian corn, pumpkins, apple cider and hayrides awaiting you. Many have artisans selling their wares and live music on site. Most of the festivals are happening within the next few weeks, so we’ve compiled a handy list of harvest-themed outings in three counties. Point your car in just about any direction and take a ride. You’ll enjoy the view en route before you even reach the cider donut stand.

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Autumn may not offer us any more 90-degree days, but Paula Boyajian has found a suitable substitute for the winter months. Penny Saupe’s hot yoga class at Radiance on North Street in Pittsfield brings the sexy (and sweaty) back to our fitness reporter’s yoga practice, with classes suited to students' needs in an inspiring studio space.

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Pesto doesn’t have to be made with basil, Alana Chernila says. And now, when the garden is gifting us with greens, it’s a good opportunity to try making pesto with mint, parsley, kale, arugula — whatever you’ve got, really. It’s so easy and freezable (Alana gives us those instructions, too), so grab your greens and stock up for the winter.

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Our friends and neighbors joined forces with special guests this past weekend as locals brunched with a culinary crowd to support the Great Barrington Fairgrounds; Broadway stars helped Fairview Hospital honor the people who care for our community; and OMI encouraged guests to participate with visiting artists in a hands-on celebration.

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It's land as far as the eye can see on these properties with parcels ranging from 51 to 163 acres. You'll have plenty of space inside these ample abodes; in the converted barns and guest cottages perfect for extended family or visitors; and among the hills, streams and swimming ponds of your private sanctuary.

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There’s the Ashton Hawkins and Johnny Moore Collection on auction at Stair Gallery this weekend, but there are several others coming up around the region. Check out our Shopping Calendar for a peek into some enticing estate auctions, plus other shopping opps, including a new pop-up boutique in Great Barrington.

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He came from Long Island to relax, but saw business potential in the village of New Preston, namely within the village blacksmith’s shop. Using vintage materials, he reopened it as The Smithy. Now he’s fully invested in the community — and in offering “uber local” products.

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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 2, Williamstown Williams College Museum of Art PS, I Love You: Visiting publishers Patricia No and Antonia Pinter of Publication Studio Portland wrap up their residency with a bookish bash. Draft a love note and publish it in an epistolary novel experiment. 5-8 p.m.

October 2, Rhinebeck Upstate Films Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Documentary Shorts with Festival Director Jane Steuerwald and film directors Theresa Loong and Jay Weichun, followed by drinks at Liberty Restaurant 8 p.m.

October 3, Red Hook Bard College Neil Gaiman in Conversation: The Bard professor and author speaks with best-selling author and artist Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife) at the Fisher Center. 7:30 p.m.

October 4, Poughkeepsie Sprout Creek Farm Big Gay Hudson Valley presents Out On The Farm, with dancing, hay rides, burgers, a bonfire and more. BYOB & fixins for s’mores. 4-8 p.m.

October 4, Rhinebeck The Southlands Foundation Centennial Celebration Honor the life and legacy of Southlands founder Deborah Dows on her 100th birthday with cocktails, dinner, live music and dancing. Call for tickets: (845) 876-4862. 5:30-10 p.m.

October 4, Stockbridge The Inn at Stockbridge Here’s the Beef! — A six-course, outdoor burger dinner featuring single-origin beef from Red Apple Butchers with Josh Young. 6:30-10 p.m.

October 5, Hudson Oliver Bronson House Historic Hudson invites you to view the most recently completed phase of restoration to the site. Use the Worth Ave. entrance to the Hudson Correctional Facility, proceed down the drive, make a right at the red barns & park on the field. 12-3 p.m.

October 6, New York City MASS MoCA Benefit Help the museum celebrate 15 years, with cocktails, dinner, a live auction and a performance by Lucius. 6:30 p.m.

October 7, Poughkeepsie Vassar College The 2014 William Starr Distinguished Lecture will be given by Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist/author of the 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home. 5:30 p.m.

October 9, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Psychobilly duo Heavy Trash a.k.a. Jon Spencer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Matt Verta-Ray, formerly of Madder Rose and Speedball Baby. 8 p.m.

October 9, Norfolk Infinity Hall Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. 8 p.m.

October 10, Great Barrington Mahaiwe With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. 8 p.m.

October 10 & 11, Pine Plains Stissing Mountain High School Pine Plains Garden Club’s 2014 Flower Show. Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 10—12, Salisbury Fall Festival Pancake breakfasts, quilt show, bluegrass concert, food tents, magic shows, hay rides, scarecrow contest, local artisans, attic treasures, baked goods, brew fest, art exhibit, global crafts, face painting, live music & much more.

October 10—12, Pittsfield & Stockbridge Made In The Berkshires Three days of the best new Berkshires theater, dance, film, music, food, art and more, including a concert by Jay and The Americans, and opening with a party on October 10 at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield at 6 p.m.

October 10—12, Pittsfield Barrington Stage Co. No Place to Go: The company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to mars, and Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go. With his edgy brand of jazz/alternative, he and his bandmates deliver a hilarious musical ode to the unemployed.

October 10—13, 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.

October 11, Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival Bake sale, live music, raffles, food, pumpkin carving, face painting, The Country Table exhibit at Boxwood Linen & Hillsdale General Store and much more. All day.

October 11, Sharon Eat, Drink and Be Literary The annual fall gala for the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, featuring food, drink and an auction. 6-8 p.m.

October 11, Litchfield Litchfield Historical Society’s Fall Fundraiser An evening of food and fun, with food provided by The Cookhouse and musical entertainment by Switch Factory. White Memorial Conservation Center, 6 p.m.

October 11, Pittsfield Bosquet The Dog & Pony Show: A benefit for Berkshire Humane Society, featuring a fashion show by Tasha Pollizi, silent auction, raffles and live rock-and-roll from The All Star Picky Bastards. 7:30 p.m.

October 11, Poughkeepsie Bardavon David Sedaris slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness to prove he’s a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. 8 p.m.

October 11 & 12, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival: Family-friendly celebration of local crafters, artists and artisanal food, plus giant clothing and book sale, country bazaar, plant & bulb sale, farmers’ market & haunted house. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October 12, Lenox Ventfort Hall Medieval Faire, featuring a knightly competition engaged in by combatants wearing creatively decorated helmets, a Flemish Renaissance fashion show, minstrels and other music, a puppet show, crafts for kids and other events. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 12, Ghent OMI Fall exhibition opening of new works in The Fields and Architecture Omi, featuring work by Alexandre Arrechea, Jackie Ferrara, Guy Goldstein, Harrison Atelier, Paula Hayes, Catherine Lee and Joan Linder. 1:30-4 p.m.

October 12, Pittsfield Colonial Theatre The Music Inn Reunion & Revival includes a free Music Inn reunion from 4:30-6:30 p.m., which will include stories, memorabilia, multimedia and raffles, followed by a ticketed performance by Jay & the Americans at 7:30 p.m.

October 12, Great Barrington An Evening with Bernadette Peters The Mahaiwe’s 2014 gala will honor Jane Iredale and feature a performance by Broadway legend Bernadette Peters. 8 p.m.

October 18, Poughkeepsie The Bardavon Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash and her band’s new show celebrates the release of her much anticipated new album, The River and the Thread. 8 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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