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National Geographic
From Bali to the Berkshires: John Stanmeyer Comes Home

The National Geographic photographer shows and tells what he loves about Otis and West Stockbridge.

The New York Times
A European Show for Shaker Furniture

Furniture and objects from Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon will be on view at the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands for 10 days beginning on March 13, 2015.

Country Living Magazine
A Litchfield County Christmas Staycation

Designer Marisa Bistany and her family have mastered the art of the at-home holiday getaway.

The New Yorker
Modern Farmer Plows Ahead

Ann Marie Gardner, the Hudson-based magazine’s founder and editor, fights for her vision of “rurbanism.”

Warner Theater

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings



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Mary Mullane

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In Hudson, A New Guest House Captures The Spirit Of The Town

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If you're looking for a getaway to shop and eat and party in Hudson, why not stay in a guesthouse right in the middle of it all, in suites that capture the spirit of the city itself. The Milliner is an extraordinary new inn on Warren Street, where a couple of professional artists have created suites like no other. Exposed bricks, beams, industrial elements and Hudson’s ubiquitous antiques create a space that’s both elegant and edgy. RI’s Jamie Larson tours the gorgeous Milliner, from Top Hat to Fedora (the names of the suites, actually) and introduces us to the artistic minds behind the vision.

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Megan Bergman Explores The Lives Of 'Almost Famous Women'

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It doesn’t take much to be a sensation these days. An outlandish YouTube video or a bare-all booty shot can land just about anyone in the star zone for a minute or two. But for the rest of us, just missing the mark is a timeline of sacrifice, bad choices, unforgiving cultural restrictions and a slew of other insurmountable factors. Author Megan Bergman explores the lives of “Almost Famous Women,” taking the plunge into the waters of historical fiction to get at the heart of what may have happened to risk-taking, real-life ladies who could not be contained by self or society.

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Salisbury’s annual Jumpfest is more than the thrilling Invitational Championship on February 6-8. The week leading up to the popular ski event has become a full-blown Winterfest, featuring indoor and outdoor activities you won't find anywhere else: a human dog sled race, a leaf blower air hockey tournament and a lot more.

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The competition was fierce, but the opening reception was fun, as artists and supporters flocked to the Columbia County Council on the Arts’ 18th Annual Juried Art Show opening at the Hudson Opera House. The exhibit, which showcases 54 works by local artists hand-picked by photographer Jack Shear, will be on view until February 15.

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Jake and Silka are lucky to have a group of friends who are great cooks — a nice thing to have at potlucks. One dish they’re always happy to see at a winter gathering is this bright (in both taste and color) citrus and fennel salad. The mix of citrus is up to you, then add the fennel and top with a sweet and tangy dressing.

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Bruno’s may look unassuming from the outside, but the café market’s menu is stacked with unique and delicious lunch items -- from burritos to banh mi. See why this hidden gem, and the talented and funny sisters who run it, has become a vital part of the Hudson community.

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It used to be that the all-important triangle — sink, stove, refrigerator — was all you needed to consider when it came to designing an efficient kitchen. Now, there's so much more to think about, and the kitchens we bring you in this week's listings have thought all the elements out to design perfection.

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Exercise can’t get any more natural than this. Our fitness correspondent took her pup and hightailed it out to Field Farm in Williamstown, which has miles of trails and fields to explore at your own pace. Your body will benefit from a vigorous walk, and you’ll love the view in front of you. And, it’s free.

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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

January 30, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum Opening reception for the new exhibit If/Then. Explore this interactive exhibition and meet the designers, Peter Garlington and Craig Langlois. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

January 30, Williamstown Clark Art Institute Dinner and the Show: a private gallery tour, three-course prix-fixe dinner in Café 7 created by Chef Dan Nelson, and extended shopping hours in the Museum store. 6-9 p.m.

January 30—February 1, Hudson Interventions II A pop-up art project at 257 State Street, organized by award-winning artist Isidro Blasco and featuring the work of 14 artist, including seven OMI alumni. Opening reception on January 31 at 1 p.m.

January 31, North Adams MASS MoCA Free admission day, with behind-the-scenes lectures and tours, pop-up music and dance performances, art-making for the entire family and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

January 31, Hudson Gallery Space at Solaris/Camphill Starting from Seed: a benefit for the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library. Garden expert Margaret Roach will answer questions and equip you with a seed-starting calendar & succession-sowing schedules. 3 p.m.

January 31, Spencertown Spencertown Academy Spencertown Revels: Enjoy a cocktail party at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinners at various locations at 8 p.m.

January 31, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Five-time Grammy Award winner and blues guitar master Robert Cray performs with his band. 8 p.m.

February 1, Sheffield Stagecoach Tavern Super Bowl Sunday: no knowledge about football required. Watch the game or watch the fire while you enjoy Chef Kyle’s special menu, with local beer and special cocktail menu. Halftime show features a mystery guest. 5 p.m.

February 5, Hudson Café Le Perche Enjoy an evening of cocktails with Tim Federle, Broadway actor and author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails w/a Literary Twist. A percentage of proceeds from book and cocktail sales goes to the new Hudson Area Library. 6-8 p.m.

February 6, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Rhapsody in Black, LeLand Gantt’s autobiographical one-man show exploring the journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. 7 p.m.

February 7, Lenox Ventfort Hall Celebrate “Tamanokoshi” Day with an elaborate tea ceremony demonstration by Michael Marcus of Bizen, followed by a short documentary film clip about this holiday celebrated in Kyoto, Japan, and a Victorian tea. 3:30 p.m.

February 7, Amenia Amenia Music Hall Love in a Box: Bonnie Boxes—Boxes of Love for Cancer Warriors holds an evening of live country and bluegrass music, plus food, silent auction and raffle. All proceeds go to the Miles of Hope Cancer Foundation. 4-7 p.m.

February 7, Hudson Club Helsinki Winter Blast, the 11th annual winter event to benefit Columbia Memorial Health, will include food, drink, silent auction and a live performance by The Holmes Brothers. 6:30 p.m.

February 13-15, Lenox Table Six For Valentine’s weekend, Chef Reda has designed sumptuous 3-course Saint Valentine’s dinner and brunch menus. Dinner times are February 13-15 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. and brunch times are February 14 & 15 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

February 14, Pittsfield Shire City Sanctuary Fantastic February Frolic: As part of the 10x10 Festival, Berkshire Historical Society presents an undergarment fashion show with 10 models wearing 10 outfits from 10 eras, followed by a V-day dinner & dance party with DJ BFG. 4:30 p.m.

February 14, Pittsfield Thistle and Mirth The brand-new BerkshireFlirt invites you to a singles mixer from 5-7 p.m., followed by a humorous Fifty Shades of Grey Reading from 8-10 p.m.

February 14, Falls Village David M. Hunt Library LOaVES in the Stacks: the Library’s annual winter fundraiser is an evening of tasty breads, chocolate, refreshments, games and poetry. 5-8 p.m.

February 14, Lee Starving Artist Cafe & Good Purpose Gallery Wine, Dine and Dance: Valentine’s Day dinner with appetizers, dinner, dessert and wine pairings, plus an evening of tango; lessons included. 6 p.m. Must RSVP to 413-394-5045.

February 14, Lenox Haven Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner: two courses and dessert for $48 per person, plus live music from 7-10 p.m. with pianist Mark Kelso and vocalist Steph Campbell.

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
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