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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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Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials This Weekend

Rural Intelligence Road TripsNow in its 16th summer, the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials in Millbrook this weekend, are, in essence, a competition, with each horse performing three disciplines.  Dressage will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, and there will be cross-country jumping and stadium jumping on both days.  Two hundred horse-and-rider combinations will compete for prizes that include Tiffany & Co. silver cups.  Returning to defend her Novice Masters Championship will be Bonnie Stedt from Pine Plains, N.Y. on her horse Clancy.
 
But you don’t have to be a devout equestrian to appreciate this event.  Few sights are more stirring than watching someone who can ride really well do so in a beautiful setting.  And there are other kinds of fun to be had here: Fitch’s Market offers a variety of shops (35 to be exact), whose offerings range from fashionable hats and glamorous jewelry, to antiques, equestrian art and gifts, including custom saddles from Hermes.  The esteemed saddlery is sending Julien, their professional fitter, to show their latest range.  Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a wine and cheese tasting.  And for those who need something more substantial, Brennan’s will provide hamburgers and sandwiches, as usual.  New this year: the Coffee Connection will be selling cappuccino and ice cream.
 
Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials
632 N. Mabbettsville Road; Millbrook
Admission: free
Benefit lunch in Spectator Tent, guest chef Bill Peet of Aretskey’s Patroon in NYC, from $150
Cocktails noon; lunch 1 p.m. 
Suggested attire for women: hats, if convenient

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