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Links to stories concerning our region in other media:

National Geographic
From Bali to the Berkshires: John Stanmeyer Comes Home

The National Geographic photographer shows and tells what he loves about Otis and West Stockbridge.

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.”

Pine Cone Hill

Mary Mullane

Benchmark Real Estate

Warner Theater

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings



A Family Affair: Monte's Local Kitchen & Tap Room In Amenia

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New York City transplants might recognize the name Monte’s as the self-billed “oldest Italian restaurant in Brooklyn” located on Carroll Street. Though the restaurant's namesake, the Montemarano family, has been out of the restaurant business for a couple of years, extra virgin olive oil still flows in their blood, and now there’s a Monte’s in Amenia, thanks to Ann Marie Pallan of the Monte’s famiglia. This version, however, is no pizza parlor. Like all good restaurants opening in our area, the focus here is farm to table, with ingredients sourced from the Hudson Valley. RI’s Don Rosendale, who was accidentally Monte’s very first patron, has been eating there once or twice a week since it opened. Enough said.

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The Housatonic Trading Company: Something For Everyone

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Add one part gift emporium to one part antique shop and sprinkle in a quaint café, and you get the Housatonic Trading Company in Bantam, Connecticut. A mixture of antique, vintage and modern items, the shop, owned by Litchfield residents Robert Graham and painter Robert Deyber, also contains Café 202, where locals and visitors can grab a latte or smoothie and French-style pastries. Deyber and Graham, former owners of The White Room Art & Antiques, now have an expanded space in which to display their keen eye for the latest giftable goods and antique accents at all price points. RI’s Lisa Green visits the Bantam Road shop to get the story behind their eclectic offerings.

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Alana Chernila recognizes and shares our preference for local food, even if it’s self-canned or frozen, but the long winter months can put a dent in even the most stocked pantry. So she's happy to accept the fresh citrus in season right now in other climates. Here she shows us how to make good use of grapefruit and lemon, with a curd that can be added to yogurt or dolloped on pancakes.

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If you’re unfamiliar with Heifer International, the U.S.-based nonprofit helping farming families around the world become self-reliant, Erik Hoffner’s Heritage Homecoming photography exhibit at Galerie Giroux is a beautiful and heartwarming introduction to the organization. RI was there on Saturday for the exhibit's opening reception.

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The biggest difference between a mole and a vole might be what each can do to your garden. While moles are solitary insect-eaters whose burrowing might be annoying, but isn’t harmful to crops, voles are a different story. Our garden expert at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Brian Cruey, tells you how to stop these pesky rodents from feasting on your precious perennials.

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Often — but not always — the A-Frame home is a vacation getaway. It’s a style that just naturally fits in with its surroundings of woods and lakes. A-Frames feature soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and inviting decks outside. If you’re looking for a modern style in a country setting, check out this week’s listings.

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Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to catch up on your viewing of the Oscar-nominated films before the Academy Awards airs next month (as if you felt like doing anything else right now). Most of the Best Picture picks are showing in our region, including the hard-to-catch Oscar-nominated short films. We tell you where.

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A photojournalist and writer with an exhibit currently at Galerie Giroux (reception photos here), Hoffner was recently a guest speaker at the first-ever Food Tank conference in D.C. RI’s Nichole Dupont chats with Hoffner about food, Poland and speaking at the conference…and in the process we all learn about foraging for ground nuts.

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Instant Intelligence

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

January 30, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum Opening reception for the new exhibit If/Then. Explore this interactive exhibition and meet the designers, Peter Garlington and Craig Langlois. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

January 30, Williamstown Clark Art Institute Dinner and the Show: a private gallery tour, three-course prix-fixe dinner in Café 7 created by Chef Dan Nelson, and extended shopping hours in the Museum store. 6-9 p.m.

January 30—February 1, Hudson Interventions II A pop-up art project at 257 State Street, organized by award-winning artist Isidro Blasco and featuring the work of 14 artist, including seven OMI alumni. Opening reception on January 31 at 1 p.m.

January 31, North Adams MASS MoCA Free admission day, with behind-the-scenes lectures and tours, pop-up music and dance performances, art-making for the entire family and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

January 31, Hudson Gallery Space at Solaris/Camphill Starting from Seed: a benefit for the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library. Garden expert Margaret Roach will answer questions and equip you with a seed-starting calendar & succession-sowing schedules. 3 p.m.

January 31, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Spencertown Revels: Enjoy a cocktail party at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinners at various locations at 8 p.m.

January 31, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Five-time Grammy Award winner and blues guitar master Robert Cray performs with his band. 8 p.m.

February 1, Sheffield Stagecoach Tavern Super Bowl Sunday: no knowledge about football required. Watch the game or watch the fire while you enjoy Chef Kyle’s special menu, with local beer and special cocktail menu. Halftime show features a mystery guest. 5 p.m.

February 5, Hudson Café Le Perche Enjoy an evening of cocktails with Tim Federle, Broadway actor and author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails w/a Literary Twist. A percentage of proceeds from book and cocktail sales goes to the new Hudson Area Library. 6-8 p.m.

February 6, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Rhapsody in Black, LeLand Gantt’s autobiographical one-man show exploring the journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. 7 p.m.

February 6—8, Salisbury Jumpfest Winter Festival Ski jumping competitions, a chili cook-off, ice sculptures, a human dogsled race and more fun for the entire family.

February 7, Lenox Ventfort Hall Celebrate “Tamanokoshi” Day with an elaborate tea ceremony demonstration by Michael Marcus of Bizen, followed by a short documentary film clip about this holiday celebrated in Kyoto, Japan, and a Victorian tea. 3:30 p.m.

February 7, Amenia Amenia Music Hall Love in a Box: Bonnie Boxes—Boxes of Love for Cancer Warriors holds an evening of live country and bluegrass music, plus food, silent auction and raffle. All proceeds go to the Miles of Hope Cancer Foundation. 4-7 p.m.

February 7, Hudson Club Helsinki Winter Blast, the 11th annual winter event to benefit Columbia Memorial Health, will include food, drink, silent auction and a live performance by Glen David Andrews and his band. 6:30 p.m.

February 8, Hudson Club Helsinki Gospel brunch with singer and trombonist Glen David Andrews and his jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk and soul band. Executive chef Hugh Horner will create a 100% Southern Grandma-inspired, all-you-can-eat buffet. 12—4 p.m.

February 13, West Stockbridge Six Depot Cafe Love Bomb Soiree: Bra and Girl salon privee lingerie fashion show & pop-up shop, plus chocolate bar, SoCo sorbets, sensual body products, tattoo art, oyster bar, love bite apps, special cocktails, champagne and more. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

February 13-15, Lenox Table Six For Valentine’s weekend, Chef Reda has designed sumptuous 3-course Saint Valentine’s dinner and brunch menus. Dinner times are February 13-15 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. and brunch times are February 14 & 15 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

February 14, Pittsfield Shire City Sanctuary Fantastic February Frolic: As part of the 10x10 Festival, Berkshire Historical Society presents an undergarment fashion show with 10 models wearing 10 outfits from 10 eras, followed by a V-day dinner & dance party with DJ BFG. 4:30 p.m.

February 14, Pittsfield Thistle and Mirth The brand-new BerkshireFlirt invites you to a singles mixer from 5-7 p.m., followed by a humorous Fifty Shades of Grey Reading from 8-10 p.m.

February 14, Falls Village David M. Hunt Library LOaVES in the Stacks: the Library’s annual winter fundraiser is an evening of tasty breads, chocolate, refreshments, games and poetry. 5-8 p.m.

February 14, Lee Starving Artist Cafe & Good Purpose Gallery Wine, Dine and Dance: Valentine’s Day dinner with appetizers, dinner, dessert and wine pairings, plus an evening of tango; lessons included. 6 p.m. Must RSVP to 413-394-5045.

February 14, Lenox Haven Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner: two courses and dessert for $48 per person, plus live music from 7-10 p.m. with pianist Mark Kelso and vocalist Steph Campbell.

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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