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The New York Times
A European Show for Shaker Furniture

Furniture and objects from Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon will be on view at the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands for 10 days beginning on March 13, 2015.

Country Living Magazine
A Litchfield County Christmas Staycation

Designer Marisa Bistany and her family have mastered the art of the at-home holiday getaway.

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.

Benchmark Real Estate

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings



Mary Mullane

What's Cooking In Kinderhook: The Flammerie's Flammkuchen

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Food trucks are great, unless you want a more leisurely sit-down meal. Last month, the owners of the Black Forest Flammkuchen food truck opened The Flammerie in Kinderhook, a bricks-and-mortar incarnation of the rolling restaurant that will still offer their signature Flammkuchen – the paper-thin, crusted, wood-fired flatbread. But The Flammerie also offers a full menu of French-German comfort food, with a focus on the artisanal food products of the Hudson Valley. RI’s Katharine Millonzi visited the Village’s new gathering place, and deems The Flammerie’s offerings well executed and distinctive among the region’s refined pub food.

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'Only In Hudson' Applies to Holiday Shopping, Too

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For those still looking for last-minute, unconventional holiday gifts, Hudson's Warren Street, the main street shopping district, is an embarrassment of strange and eclectic riches. RI’s Jamie Larson takes us to 10 very different stores that sell items we know you won’t find anywhere — everything from whalebones and snakeskin instruments to recycled baby clothes and fine prints (and one designer cape we particularly covet). If you want props for giving someone an unexpected gift, it’s Hudson for the holidays.

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It's beautiful views for far as the eye can see on these properties with parcels abutting protected conservation areas. You'll have plenty of room to roam among the peaceful, wild acres of hills, forests and rivers surrounding your private land. Or spend a cozy afternoon taking it all in from the comfort of your sunroom, deck, converted barn or poolside cabana.

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One of the perks of working for RI is being invited to events where we can mingle and meet our neighbors. From hard-working board members, staff and elected officials to talented artists and guests of honor, the people who attend these events are friendly, thoughtful and a pleasure to get to know. Here are just some of the memorable gatherings we covered in 2014.

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Who can blame anyone for being stunned by the beauty of watermelon radishes? But don’t consider them too pretty to eat. They’re crisp and mellow, with a hint of ‘"earth," says Alana Chernila. With their bright pink centers, they’re the diva of her December Salad bowl. (But you can also enjoy them simply sprinkled with crunchy salt.)

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Don’t let other guests get all the glory at this year’s holiday feast – offer to bring dessert and use our four-county guide to find a crowd-pleasing confection that looks as good as it tastes. We’ve selected a handful of dessert in every shpae and size, and even supplied the pricing and ordering information. Have a sweet time.

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Have kids at home for a few weeks, or grandkids coming to viist? Fear not. The Rural Intelligence region offers plenty of activities to keep them busy — and your sanity intact. Check out our event lineup for kids, with listings including caroling to the horses, a Sleeping Beauty marionette show, a holiday film fest and more.

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We hear it every day, “I love Rural Intelligence,” or “I wouldn’t know how to plan my weekend without it.” Believe us when we say it is our pleasure to help foster this community and celebrate culture and country life. We wish you the happiest of holidays, and if we wish anything for ourselves, it’s that you support the businesses and people who make Rural Intelligence possible: Our advertisers. Please click on their ads, explore their websites, and support your neighbors.

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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

December 20, Poughkeepsie HUNG With Care Big Gay Hudson Valley showcases six of NYC’s hottest burlesque performers in a cabaret at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, followed by an after-party at Mill House Brewing Co. Doors & festive drinks at 7 p.m. After-party at 10:30 p.m.

December 20 & 21, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College’s Fisher Center Nut/Cracked—The Bang Group’s witty response to The Nutcracker—will showcase choreography by David Parker and the music of Tchaikovsky.

December 21, Great Barrington Former Train Station Delightful & Delectable Holiday Market: work by hand-picked local artists & giftable treats. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

December 21, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with “On A Winter’s Night,” a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. 3 p.m.

December 26—30, Pittsfield Arrowhead Special candlelit evening tours of Herman Melville’s former home, followed by a chocolate buffet. E-mail for reservations. $25/person for a two-hour tour beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.

December 27, Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum Victorian Holiday: Fashion in the Dickensian Era. Fashion historian Lynda Meyer will discuss fashions of the times and Rockwell’s holiday paintings. Hot cider and sweet treats will be served. 5:30 p.m.

December 27, Great Barrington Mahaiwe A Holiday Celebration with John Pizzarelli and Jane Monheit: two of the most gifted of the younger generation of interpreters of the Great American Songbook perform together. 8 p.m.

December 31, West Stockbridge Rouge Restaurant Ring in the New Year with a four-course prix fixe dinner that includes dessert and a champagne toast, plus the traditional can-can. Call (413) 232-4111 for reservations and don’t forget to bring your fishnets.

December 31, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Berkshire Bach Society presents “Bach at New Years: A Blast of Brass,” an exciting program of well-known works by Haydn, Mozart and Bach. 6 p.m.

December 31, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Soul legend Lee Fields & The Expressions host an old-school soul and R&B dance party. Fields’s gritty voice – one part church, one part bedroom – and the Expressions classic sound bring a listener back to the heyday of soul. 9 p.m.

December 31, Norfolk Infinity Hall Ring in the new year with guitarist Jeff Pevar and an all-star band, plus openers The Joint Chiefs and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m.

January 1, Copake Copake Auction Inc. 35th Annual New Year’s Day Auction: the partial, unreserved contents of the J. Turndorf “Dr. Love” 18th c. tavern in Millbrook; an 18th c. upper Saddle River, NJ Dutch home & several handpicked estates from the tri-state area. Noon.

January 3, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends cabaret concert to benefit Columbia County Habitat and featuring Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Rhett Miller (The Old 97’s), Elvis Perkins, Jesse Malin and more. 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
Please submit your own event to