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Links to stories concerning our region in other media:

The New Yorker
Modern Farmer Plows Ahead

Ann Marie Gardner, the Hudson-based magazine’s founder and editor, fights for her vision of “rurbanism.”

The Boston Globe
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics celebrates its 20th anniversary

Jane Iredale’s Great Barrington-based company is two decades old and still growing.

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

Hancock Shaker Village

Mary Mullane

Benchmark Real Estate

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings


Toole Insurance


MASS MoCA's Big News: A Truly Epic Development

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We already knew that the commonwealth of Massachusetts chipped in $25.4 million dollars in August to help MASS MoCA do some expanding. But this week, MASS MoCA called all hands on deck for one of the biggest announcements in its history. For the first time, we found out what’s going to go in all that new space. And when the new bits open in 2017, it’s almost going to be like a whole new museum. RI’s Jeremy D. Goodwin explains what’s happening, who’s coming…and why this is such a monumental project for the region.

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Derin Brings The Best Of Istanbul To Red Hook

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Here’s a chance for you to buy local — right from your Red Hook neighbors Sara Sharpless and Ersan Abit — and satisfy your love of global design at the same time. Their company, Derin International, offers luxury bath towels, richly patterned bags and coordinating accessories, and original jewelry straight from Turkish artisans who’ve been perfecting their craft for decades. RI’s Andrea Pyros finds out the secrets behind the success of this Istanbul-to-Dutchess County connection.

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When we asked the folks at Sundog Cider in Chatham to create a pre-Thanksgiving cocktail using the hard cider crafted in their solar-powered mill, they reached for what goes best with fall apples: caramel. The result: a caramel-rimmed martini (made extra smooth with matching vodka) plus a slice of apple as a garnish.

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The chilly weather didn’t stop the community from coming out in droves to support local art and culture. The Northwest CT Arts Council celebrated its first-ever CultureMAX! Awards; The Norman Rockwell Museum honored illustrator Mort Künstler at his opening reception; and The Festival of Trees kicked off with a ROAR at the Berkshire Museum.

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Buttery croissants as light as air, delectably rich pain au chocolat, sweetly sticky pistachio macarons… some of the best parts of Paris are its pastries. Alana Chernila remembers them fondly from her early travels, and with the help of Dorie Greenspan’s new cookbook, Baking Chez Moi, she’s not afraid to try and recreate one of her favorite French cookies.

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Enjoy a private dunk, day or night, or get your laps in without leaving the comfort of home in these posh properties with indoor pools perfect for year-round exercise. One comes with added sauna, and two offer an additional outdoor pool and large pond for summertime swims. C’mon in – the water’s fine!

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Inspired by the volunteer wreath makers at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Brian Cruey suggests making your own holiday decorations. Finding the decorative elements is as easy as taking a walk in the woods — or, possibly, your back yard. Seedpods, feathers, acorns and nuts, branches and pine cones are nature's contributions to a fabulous holiday wreath.

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Like many transplants to the area, Stephanie Iverson has transformed her life since moving here in 2005 with her family. She went from city (Boston) to small town (Lenox), from bookbinder to jewelry designer, from yoga practitioner to certified instructor. "There is everything I want here: community, culture, nature and more," she says.

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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

November 28 & 29, Ghent Art School of Columbia County Make It, Don’t Buy It: Eight workshops that will teach you how to make embossed notebooks, collaged cards, pop-up books, beaded ornaments and other gift items. Beginning at Noon each day.

November 28 & 29, Kent Holiday Champagne Stroll For $10, you can sample over 30 champagnes at the more than 30 participating businesses. 4-7 p.m. both days.

November 28 & 29, Pine Plains Stissing House Le Shopping is back with a preview night on Friday from 5-8 p.m. with cocktails, wine and small bites. A $20 donation will benefit the Pine Plains Food Bank. Shopping continues on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

November 28 & 29, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show, Everett Bradley’s “Holidelic” features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Little Drummer Boy” and the like. 9 p.m.

November 28—30, Hudson Basilica Hudson Farm + Flea: Large-scale market & farmstand featuring a diverse group of regional makers, farmers & vintage collectors. Begins Friday with a soiree with cocktails and shopping, 5-9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

November 29, Torrington Torrington Makers Market A curated retail show featuring the freshest artisans from CT, MA, NY & RI. All vendors were hand-picked and personally invited to attend this show. Knights of Columbus at 152 Litchfield Street. 12-5 p.m.

November 29, Monterey Colonial Thanksgiving Party Benefit for the Bidwell House Museum with live music, refreshments, and silent auction. 4-7 p.m.

November 29, Hudson Stair Galleries Launch party for Hermes Mallea’s new book, Havana: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

December 3, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre On the 30th anniversary of its release, The Wailers will be touring the US performing the iconic album Legend in its entirety. 7:30 p.m.

December 4, Lenox Berkshire Creative’s Sparkle! Enjoy specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction with other area creatives. Ventfort Hall, 6:30 p.m.

December 5, West Stockbridge Six Depot Artist reception for Aurel & Molly de St. Andre’s screenprint and hand-cut paper works of art, followed by dinner, live piano music and screening of The Child King. Beginning at 5 p.m.

December 5—7, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden Holiday Marketplace, with a kickoff cocktail party on Friday from 5-8 p.m., followed by two days of shopping, including the Gallery of Wreaths and gifts from the BBG & local artisan vendors. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

December 6, Hudson STAIR Auctions Auction of Modern and Contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Jim Dine, James Rosenquist, Rauschenberg, Terry Winters and others. 10 a.m.

December 6, Monterey Monterey Makers Studio Tour Visit and shop from more than a dozen studios featuring pottery, fine art, baskets, metalsmith products, woodwork, foods, yarn and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

December 7, Lenox Blantyre Be Dazzled: Berkshire United Way celebrates and raises funds with fine wines, small plates, astrologers, palm readers, and prizes. 4-7 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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