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Travel Resources

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

Amtrak 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.

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The Millbrook Mystique: Inside Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials

Rural Intelligence Road TripsHorse shows are a wonderful combination of sport and style, and nowhere are the equestrians more style-conscious than clubby Millbrook, which every year encourages outsiders to attend—for free!— the Fitch’s Corner Hunter Trials Weekend on July 24 & 25. If you admire beautiful, well-groomed, well-trained horses, there will be more than 250 in competition from all over the northeast participating in dressage, cross country jumping through rolling fields, and stadium jumping in an arena. The best in show will receive not only ribbons but also silver trophies from Tiffany & Co.

Rural Intelligence Road TripsIf you like to people-watch and/or shop, Fitch’s Corner is like no other tent sale in the Rural Intelligence region. Beneath an enormous marquee, 45 vendors will be selling an array of clothing and accessories that range from the practical (Hunter Boot Wellies in jelly bean colors) to the whimsical (big straw hats by Madder Hatters.) In the “Equine Village” section of the tent, riders with deep pockets can order fine French made saddles from Devoucoux and their own custom designed course of jumps from ETB Jumps. If you just happen to like dapper clothing, you will find booths selling Bella Tu’s debut collection of tunics and silk pants for entertaining, Stubbs & Wooten’s fancy footwear suitable for resorts and country clubs, and Robert Redd’s men’s and boys polo shirts in every imaginable color.  And you don’t have to spend a dime to enjoy the vintage and antique cars that will be on display beginning at noon on Sunday.

“It’s the best, old-fashioned summer destination event—beautiful horses in a beautiful setting and great shopping, too, ” says Fernanda Kellogg, who hosts the trials with her husband, Kirk Henckels, on their 150 acre farm. “You can go everywhere on the property except into my closet or under my bed!” It’s one of those events that always attracts The New York Times’ legendary street-fashion-and-party photographer Bill Cunningham. “It’s a community event, not a celebrity event,” says Kellogg, “but Bette Midler will be here because she is part of our community.”

Rural Intelligence Road Trips
Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials
July 24 & 25; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Intersection of Shunpike and N. Mabbettsville Road, Millbrook, NY
Admission free.

Tickets and reservations required for Spectator Luncheon to benefit the Millbrook Rescue Squad and for the Blue Jeans Ball on Saturday night.

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