Teddy Thompson has spent the last fifteen years rising steadily from the shadow of his folk royalty parents, Richard and Linda Thompson, honing skills as a songwriter, guitarist, genre-hopper, producer, and stunning singer. RI’s Robert Burke Warren chats with Teddy about all and sundry, including his upcoming solo show at Helsinki Hudson.
The Berkshire-based duo Silka and Jake, who write The Butcher & The Baker blog, make their RI debut with a meaty chili recipe that will put a fun and spicy spin on your usual holiday fare. Just grab a choice cut from your local market, and our guest chefs will show you how to prepare the perfect “down home” dish.
Get your laps in without leaving the comfort of your own home, with our featured pool homes. All of this week's offerings come with indoor heated pools perfect for year-round swims with great views. Two also come with hot tubs, and one offers additional lake access for summertime swims.
There's still time to catch the holiday spirit at one of the region's winter walks or historic house tours, and plenty of places to nab that heartfelt gift at area pop-up shops or handmade goods festivals. Bring the kids along to enjoy scavenger hunts, marionette shows, storytelling, and of course, visits with Santa.
Put on your dancing shoes and don your best duds, as Berkshire Creative throws a SPARKLE! celebration, The Seven Hills Inn and the Lenox Chamber of Commerce hold a Voices of Hope holiday gala to benefit the Berkshire Immigrant Center, and The Bidwell House makes merry at its Colonial Thanksgiving.
Yes, the coming weeks offer traditional winter choral concerts and ballet performances of The Nutcracker by which to be awed. But if you're feeling less than festive, there are also plenty of shows by rock and country pioneers (Tommy Stinson, Kim Gordon, and Rosanne Cash) or their offspring (Ben Taylor and Teddy Thompson).
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December 13 & 14, Lenox Shakespeare & Company‘s 2013 Conservatory will perform William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, co-directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and Michael F. Toomey.
December 14, Great Barrington Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market with locally grown and produced foods, including cheese, eggs, meat, bread, pies, pickles, jams & more. Plus live music, kids’ activities & food vendors. Monument Valley Middle School, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 14, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Francine Segan presents Gilded Age Holiday Entertaining, a lecture on the time when high society was at its peak. Discover the sorts of foods, etiquette, and entertainments enjoyed then. Includes tastings and recipes. 6:30 p.m.
December 14, Lakeville The White Gallery 11th Annual Artful Season Holiday Open House with great food and a variety of work from gallery artists including new artists Ricky Bernstein, Nick Savides, and Emma Kindall. 12-6 p.m.
December 14, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Arts Center Conversations with Neighbors—“Beyond Local: Taking Local Food to a New Level,” with Fish & Game Chef Zak Pelaccio & author Ruth Reichl. A reception featuring tasty illustrations of the subject matter will follow. 4 p.m.
December 14, Germantown Friends of Clermont Holiday Party An Open House all day, with free admission, followed by the annual holiday party. Clermont State Historic Site, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
December 14, Lenox The Mount Backstairs Tours: Learn about the daily routines and the men and women who ran The Mount. The gift shop will be open for holiday shopping. Tours at 12 & 2 p.m.
December 14, Kent 13th Annual Colonial Christmas Celebration Fundraiser to benefit the Kent Historical Society’s preservation efforts. Wine, cheese, and savory goodies. The Swift House, 5-7 p.m.
December 14, Poughkeepsie Locust Grove Expert guides make the holidays come alive as you tour the historic mansion’s 25 decorated rooms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 14, Hyde Park FDR Presidential Library and Museum Free admission, holiday decorations, refreshments, and special activities all day, including the Children’s Reading Festival, free photos with Santa, and holiday card making for sailors. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
December 14, Richmond Hilltop Orchards (home of Furnace Brook Winery) Full Moon Hike & Bonfire (snowshoe if there is snow). Guided hike of approximately 1-1.5 hours, followed by a bonfire, wine tasting, and live music. 7 p.m.
December 14, Bangall Red Devon Restaurant hosts the opening reception for Creative Crossings’ new exhibit of paintings by area artist John Greene. 5 p.m.
December 15, Williamstown Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market with locally grown and produced foods, including cheese, eggs, meat, bread, pies, pickles, jams & more. Plus live music, kids’ activities & food vendors. Williams College Towne Field House, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 15, Great Barrington Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) Screening of the film Five Days Gone, shot entirely in Stockbridge, followed by a Q&A with director Anna Kerrigan and a brunch at Allium. 11 a.m.
December 19, Millbrook Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies “Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and Hydraulic Fracturing: Comparing Impacts on Water Resources,” a scientific seminar by Brian Lutz of Kent State University. 11 a.m.
December 19, Pittsfield Zion Lutheran Church presents “Beer & Carols,” a sing-along intended to gather many people together in a non-church space for a loud and lively night of popular Christmas carols and songs. Baba Louie’s Pizza, 7 p.m.
December 21, Poughkeepsie Locust Grove Expert guides make the holidays come alive as you tour the historic mansion’s 25 decorated rooms. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 21, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Kristmess Kook, a holiday variety show hosted by Musty Chiffon and featuring members of Human Sexual Response, The Replacements, and Rasputina. The performance will be followed by a dance party. 8 p.m.
December 21, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Close Encounters with Music presents “The Miraculous Violin: An Evening with Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe.” Gluzman has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe. 6 p.m.
December 22, Ghent High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center Annual Caroling to the Horses. Help ring in the Christmas cheer by enjoying holiday goodies and serenading our herd. Bring horsey treats to stuff the horses’ stockings and dress warmly. 4-6 p.m.
December 25, Chatham Columbia Land Conservancy Christmas Day Walk at Ooms Conservation Area. 10 a.m.
December 29, Salisbury Donor Appreciation Open House Community Mental Health Affiliates event to mix, mingle, and thank the loyal donors who supported their mission in 2013. The Ragamont House, 8 Main Street. Noon- 2 p.m.
December 29, Lenox Ventfort Hall Have tea with an Edwardian lady, part of the Hall’s “Home for the Holidays” celebration. 3:30 p.m.
December 31, Hudson Fish & Game Ring in the new year at a black-tie celebration featuring cocktails, wine, a Winter Feast, and a champagne toast at midnight. Guest DJ set by Dr. Zsou-Zsou le Brix. Call 518.822.1500 to reserve.
December 31, Norfolk Infinity Hall The bistro will be serving a special three-course prix fixe dinner. See website for full menu and information on how to make reservations. 4-10 p.m.
December 31, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe Berkshire Bach Society presents Bach at New Year’s, featuring the celebrated Berkshire Bach Ensemble directed by world-renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper in a performance of Bach’s six Brandenburg Concerti. 6:30 p.m.
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