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Travel Resources

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.

Weather Underground
The radar is especially useful for tracking snow, sleet and thunderstorms.

Gas Prices
The price of gas at many of the stations in your zip code and those immediately surrounding it.

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Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursday Lives Up to the Hype

Sometimes you wonder if the civic boosters in Pittsfield are delusional with their manic enthusiasm for everything that is happening in their town on the rebound. Could the heavily hyped 3rd Thursdays really be as lively, entertaining, and exhilarating as advertisd?  We’re happy to report that on July 17, Pittsfield was indeed a bona fide happening. Thousands of people jammed the sidewalks (maybe North Street should be closed to cars next time?) and there was plenty to buy, taste, smell and gawk at.  There was Brazillian street food, live music of every sort and a surfeit of face painting. OK, it’s not exactly a rural road trip, but it is an authentic, pulsing urban street fair with a diverse group of local vendors (as well as a farmer’s market) and a surprising sense of esprit de corps. If only Pittsfield could bottle the magic so that its downtown felt like a big party every night of every month.

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A small plaza on North Street was turned into a giant sand box and dance floor where kids dug and danced to the Kripalu drummers.
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Charnell Moore encouraged passerby to view the Birdhouse Silent Auction sponsored by the Pittfield Garden Tour which takes place on July 19 & 20 (Information: 413-445-5583); Erin Bristol and Heidi Geamann of Pittsfield Panty Raid Roller Derby Team/
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Mitch and Seth Nash of Blue Q parked a moving truck on North Street and turned it into a boutique for the night.
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Leslie Taft of .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); Nylah and Nasiah Johnson.
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The performance artists known as the Silver Swimmers wandered the streets.
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Musicians of all ages and denominations played throughout the city
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Chapters, a new independent bookstore at 78 North Street, opened its doors for the first time on July 17; Artist Morgan Bulkeley chats with the Ferrin Gallery‘s Donald Clark, after installing a show he guest curated called “Boston Ten,” which features works of his old friends.
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Future chefs—Sarah Maoak, Matt Shepherd and Danielle Barnes—who learned to cook in the Pittsfield schools’ culinary arts program served their award winning chocolate flapjacks

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