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Links to stories concerning our region in other media:

The New York Times
The Wassaic Project: A Festival, a ‘Beautiful’ Flood and Now Art

The small town of Wassaic, NY is home to a magical artists’ community.

The New York Times
Hotel Review: White Hart Inn in the Berkshires

Salisbury’s beloved inn gets high marks all around, with a special nod to its restaurant, the Tap Room.

The New York Times
Très Chic: Shopping with Annie Selke

Berkshires-based textile designer Annie Selke (known for labels Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert and Fresh American), shops for trays in the city.

The New York Times
At Vassar College, Canvases So Big They Are Seldom Seen

The latest exhibit at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, XL: Large-Scale Paintings From the Permanent Collection, challenges you to take it all in.

The Boston Globe
Sci-fi pioneer Douglas Trumbull ready for new frontiers

Douglas Trumbull is improving the quality of filmmaking from his rural New Marlborough, Massachusetts studio.

Berkshire Health Systems

Warner Theater

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings

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The Region Is Ripe For Talbott & Arding Cheese & Provisions

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Both Mona Talbott, renowned chef and cookbook author, and Kate Arding, British-born cheesemonger were trained in the farm-to-table model. So it should come as no surprise that they are advocates for local cheesemakers and farmers in their sleek new shop on Warren Street. Along with specialty cheeses, Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions offers an array of salads, sandwiches and prepared entrees as well as a daily soup. Greg Cerio talks to the owners on why they chose to open their business in Hudson and how the space they occupy has a culinary legacy that further drew them in.

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Road Trips: 10 Things To Love About Norfolk, CT

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Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, this tiny community just south of the Massachusetts border has long been known as a haven for intellectuals and artists of all disciplines. With its old-fashioned village green and an architecturally stunning public library along with Great Mountain Forest and Haystack Mountain State Park, Norfolk epitomizes rural intelligence. Whether you are looking for cultural or outdoors activities (or, perhaps, curling), Norfolk has it. We give you ten reasons to enjoy a day trip to this lovely New England town.

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On Sunday, players from the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be in Pittsfield to perform a free chamber music concert at the Colonial Theatre. Although these community concerts were designed for people who don’t have much access to the BSO, they serve another purpose for us — a warmup to the Tanglewood season.

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It was truly a Rural Intelligence party weekend: Mezze Bistro hosted Carhartts + Cocktails for CSA farmers (and friends), the Norman Rockwell opened its J.C. Leyendecker exhibit and the first Gutsy Gals Film Award was presented to the writer, director and actor of "Muffin Top: A Love Story" at a red carpet event.

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These days, there’s no one type of condo residence, especially in our region. As you’ll see in our listings this week, they can come in the form of villas, warehouse conversions or historic properties. But they all offer the benefits of the condo lifestyle, with amenities that include pools, exercise rooms, walking trails and more.

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A week-long residency at the Spruceton Inn near Hunter Mountain reminds Alana Chernila of the joys of cooking for one. As the only grapefruit fan in her family, she takes this mini working vacation as an opportunity to create a special little treat for herself while enjoying the peaceful and majestic beauty of the Catskills.

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While parts of our region are covered in snow, others are beginning to sprout blooms in the forests and flowerbeds, and all areas are feeling a bit spring feverish. It’s the perfect time to leave the house and attend a talk about art, rivers or history; or go hands-on with Slavic Easter egg decorating or a photography workshop.

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Easton+Combs, the internationally recognized architectural studio located in New Marlborough, is headed up by husband and wife team Rona Easton and Lonn Combs. Here, Rona discusses how time spent in Rome led to her family's Berkshires relocation, and describes the duo’s plans to bring energy efficiency to the area.

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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 listings@ruralintelligence.com.

March 31, South Egremont John Andrews Restaurant Sous Chef Dinner: To celebrate 25 years in business, the restaurant has invited five of its past sous chefs back to cook up a delicious springtime meal with local ingredients. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.

April 3, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College Author Neil Gaiman and experimental musician, composer, artist and curator Laurie Anderson will discuss fiction vs. autobiography and other topics. 7:30 p.m.

April 4, Ghent OMI Opening reception and curator talk for a new exhibit of works by artist Elizabeth Murray. 4-6 p.m.

April 4, North Adams MASS MoCA The quartet Sex Mob, which combines jazz chops with a highly developed sense of wit and mischief, performs its brand new original score to Maciste in Hell, a seminal work of the Italian silent film era. 8 p.m.

April 8, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Looking for the New Brooklyn: Creative Migrations & Musical Landscapes in Upstate NY: Vassar’s Leonard Nevarez and Hua Hsu join writer Piotr Orlov to discuss the recent discourse around the Hudson Valley as “the new Brooklyn.” 8 p.m.

April 11, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock ThinkFOOD 2015 conference, which will focus on the future of food activism, including issues and answers to hunger in the Berkshires. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

April 11, Old Chatham Tannery Pond Benefit Concert Pianist Louis Schwizgebel will fly in from Switzerland to play sonatas by Haydn and Schubert, as well as Schubert/Liszt transcriptions. Refreshments will follow. Seating is limited; call 888-820-1696 for tickets. Andy’s barn, 3 p.m.

April 11, Great Barrington Mahaiwe The Project Native Film Festival presents a Cull-inary Cocktail Party, followed by a screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, and a Q&A session with the filmmakers. 5:30 p.m.

April 11, Adams BART Charter School Get BART Smart: Test your trivia skills in this fundraiser featuring drinks, dinner and dessert, followed by trivia rounds, a silent auction, and the crowning of the winning team. 6 p.m.

April 11, Poughkeepsie Bardavon The Hudson Valley Philharmonic presents Brubeck’s America, featuring Dave Brubeck’s final symphony performed with 100+ projected images from the Ansel Adams Trust, plus the 2014 HVP String Competition winner. 8 p.m.

April 11, Pittsfield Versace Tchotchke Expo with Hibachi and Mariachi Dust off your sombreros and stilettos for IS183 Art School’s annual costume gala. Costumes encouraged, but not required. The Crowne Plaza. Dinner at 6 p.m., dancing at 8:30 p.m.

April 11 & 12, North Adams MASS MoCA The Museum and Jacob’s Pillow Dance present the provocative, witty and engaging Keigwin + Company. Electrifying movement takes center stage in a refreshing mix of dances, with music ranging from Eartha Kitt to Leonard Bernstein.

April 14, Williamstown Williams College The Class of 1960 Lecture will be given by passionate, prolific and complicated composer David Lang. Bernhard Music Center, 4:15 p.m.

April 14, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Bestselling author George Saunders will give the annual Krieger Lecture, read from his work and answer questions from the audience. Students’ Building, 8 p.m.

April 14, Torrington Warner Theatre Celtic Thunder features five men from Ireland and Scotland who celebrate their common Celtic heritage by performing an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the traditional to international hits and some original pieces along the way. 8 p.m.

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
Please submit your own event to listings@ruralintelligence.com

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