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Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak 449 Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: $30 round-trip. Reservations are required. Box dinners can be ordered in advance for $10. Bard also offers shuttle service from and to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station for select performances: $10 each way.

Mega-bus between Albany and Ridgewood, N.J. and Penn Station, NYC.

Metro-North Railroad between Wassaic, Dover Plains, or Poughkeepsie, NY and Harlem (125th Street)  or Grand Central Station, NYC.

Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

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Cycling Season: Three Unique Bike Rides for Good Causes

Rural Intelligence Road Trips
Is there any better way to take in the glories of fall than on a bicycle?  The hills and roadways of the Rural Intelligence region provide cycling challenges and quintessential country vistas, and for the next three Sundays—September 19 in Lime Rock, September 26 in the southern Berkshires, and October 2 in the Litchfield Hills—you can support a worthy charity while riding your bike on three different and unique routes.
 
 
 
Litchfield Hills Tour des Farms - October 2
Rural Intelligence Road TripsWhat’s great about this bike tour—you can choose from a 12-mile, 25-mile or 62-mile route—is that you can shop at local farms along the way and the organizers will pick up your purchases and return them to Freund’s Farm in East Canaan, where the ride begins and ends. You can make stops at Land of Nod Farm & Winery, Zinke’s Homegrown, Ford Farm, Dean’s Farm Stand, Rustling Wind Creamery and Ridgway Farm.  The ride benefits the King’s Mark Resource Conservation & Development Program, a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to the protection and preservation of natural resources in the State of Connecticut.

Registration before October 1:
$35 per person, $60 per couple (+ $25 for each additional family member)
Registration on day of event - 9 a.m.
$45 per person, $80 per couple (+ $35 for each additional family member)
Freund’s Farm Market
East Canaan, CT
Wings of Hope Ride at Lime Rock Park - September 19
Rural Intelligence Road TripsAlthough it was designed for cars, the 1.5 mile track at Lime Rock Park—the Tanglewood of car racing—is a safe and unexpectedly breathtaking site for a bike ride, which will benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and its “Reach for the Stars” Cancer Survivorship program. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the ride.

Registration 10 - 10:45 a.m.
Ride: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Family (2 Adults+ up to 3 children) $75.00
Individual Rider (Adult): $30.00
Individual Rider (Child): $10.00
Lime Rock Park
Lakeville, CT
 
BerkShares Bike-A-Thon for the Local Economy - September 26
Rural Intelligence Road TripsIs it only four years ago that BerkShares—the local currency whose $5 bills feature W.E.B DuBois and $50 bills feature Norman Rockwell—came into existence? Conceived as a tool for community empowerment, enabling merchants and consumers to set the groundwork for an alternative economy, BerkShares have received international attention from scholars and activists such as Bill McKibben who praised them in an essay “How NE Can Change the World: A Bang for Your Buck in the Berkshires” in the current Yankee Magazine. To celebrate its 4th birthday, BerkShares is holding a Bike-A-Thon with a 7-mile course that begins and ends at Route 7 Grill, winding through Great Barrington, Egremont and Sheffield. A children’s course will be laid out next to Route 7 Grill at Whalen Tree Nursery. Riders are encouraged to raise $50 or more in pledges; those who do eat for free at the birthday BBQ from 4 - 7 p.m.

Registration 1:30 p.m.
Ride begins at 2 p.m.
Route 7 Grill
Great Barrington, MA

 

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