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Links to stories concerning our region in other media:

The Boston Globe
Hoofing it on the Berkshires Meat Trail

The Globe gives a nod to our area’s fantastic nose-to-tail butchers with a run-down of where to find the meat you’re looking for.

Country Living Magazine
Joan Osofsky’s Quaint Connecticut Cottage

Find out how Hammertown’s owner downsized to a 1,000-square-foot cottage while still making room for her beloved antiques.

The New York Times
Green Acres, the Place to Be

‘Behold! New Lebanon’ Offers Rural Tourism

The Boston Globe
Whimsical Towers Get Top Billing at Berkshires Retreat

Architect Hugh Hardy’s towered Ashley Falls home is the newspaper’s home of the week.

edible Manhattan
Less Than a Three-Hour Drive From Manhattan, Berkshire Mountain Majesty

The Berkshire cultural migration has become culinary in flavor, as city dwellers move to the Berkshire to open eateries, breweries and butcher shops.

Architectural Digest
Concept Shop Privet Lives Opens with Textiles by Madeline Weinrib

New Preston’s Privet House launches a space for revolving collaborations with top designers.

The New York Times
36 Hours in the Berkshires

Every summer, The New York Times falls in love with our region again.

The New York Times
The New York Times weighs in on The Clark Art Institute’s renovated space.

“The directors and trustees of every art museum in the country should schedule a visit to the Clark sooner rather than later. I am almost certain the experience would stimulate fresh thinking about what their own museums can be, regardless of size, location or architectural ambition.”

Architectural Digest
Join Lee F. Mindel on a tour of Hancock Shaker Village.

The magazine’s Lee F. Mindel calls Hancock Shaker Village “one of our country’s most American places” and considers the Shakers “the pioneers of minimalism.”

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Benchmark Real Estate

Table With A View: Stuyvesant's Riverview Cafe Reopens

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The tagline for the new Riverview Café, down at the gorgeous Stuyvesant landing, is “Farm to table with a view.” RI’s Jamie Larson visited the restaurant, opened earlier this month, and discovered that the food, like the view, speaks for itself. Just a few yards out the front door, the Hudson River reveals its awe-inspiring beauty and inside, head chef Daniel Cunningham reveals an impressively nuanced ability to turn a few local ingredients into delicious (and affordable) standout dishes. Whether a destination for dinner or pit stop for locals to pick up coffee and a sandwich, the reborn Riverview Café is beginning a new earnest and exciting chapter.

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What’s Cooking In CT? The 12th Annual Kitchen Tour.

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A Victorian home with a light-filled kitchen and spectacular view; a 1929 farmhouse with hand-painted custom-built cabinets, marble countertops and vintage lighting; and a Colonial set on 32 beautiful acres with a modern kitchen — these are just a few of the kitchens you can visit November 1 on the 12th annual Kitchen Tour of Northwest Connecticut. While you’re oohing and ahhing over the private kitchens in Sharon and Lakeville homes, you’ll be contributing to fundraising efforts for students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School so they can produce a full-fledged musical. Here's your chance to turn off HGTV and enjoy a day where it's perfectly acceptable to be a kitchen snoop.

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Don’t be shy; go up to that farmer and ask if she’s got a field you can use for hay. That's the kind of icebreaker Berkshire Grown has in mind when farmers and landowners meet at the Farmer-Landowner Mixers on October 28th in Williamstown and 29th in Great Barrington. Who knows? You might make a great connection that'll advance the cause of local farming.

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You may know Great Barrington’s Barbara Manring as Board President of RSPY or as a supporter of Construct Inc. Or perhaps you recognize her from Berkshire South, which celebrated her this past Saturday night for her unparalleled support to the center where she’s served as a trustee, committee member, event organizer, and even fitness trainer.

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An Arts and Crafts home is generally awash in decorative period details such as exposed rafters, preserved wood floors, stained-glass windows and beautiful built-ins. But these picks offer some amazing extras, such as an impressive floor-to-ceiling fireplace, second-floor walkout deck, lake frontage and screened-in sleeping porch, and a lot more space than you’d think.

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It happens every year, but we’re not talking about budget reductions. Our garden expert, Brian Cruey, recommends cutting back your perennials now instead of waiting for spring. You’ll have plenty of other chores to do once the ground warms up, and, he adds, there are some flower heads that will add beauty to your winter garden.

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It’s apple-picking time, and you don’t have to go far in our region to bump into an orchard. Alana Chernila offers an easy breakfast recipe that puts the focus squarely on the apples you’ve lovingly twisted off the tree. You can call it a fancy sandwich, but we call it delicious (no matter what kind of apple you use).

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The photographer and filmmaker, who now lives in Sharon, went on a terrifying journey to photograph “The Gate To Hell,” a man-made crater perpetually on fire, located in the Karakum Desert of Turkmenistan. He’ll be presenting a lecture on this project October 25 at The White Gallery.

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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

October 23, West Stockbridge Rouge Restaurant & Bistro The Wines of Zenato Dinner, featuring six wines from Northern Italy paired with six dishes by Chef William Merelle. An evening full of trivia, wine, food and fun. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m.

October 24, Pittsfield Evening of Music and Memories Berkshire County Kids’ Place benefit featuring dinner, a wine and spirit pull, silent auction, artwork created by the children that receive services from Kids’ Place and music by Matt Cusson. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5 p.m.

October 24—26, Pittsfield BCC’s Paterson Field House Berkshire Orchid & Tropical Show: Shopping, workshops, talks & demonstrations. A kick-off party on Friday from 5-7 p.m. features hors ‘d oeuvres, chocolate treats, wine and craft beers, silent and live auction & early vendor sales.

October 25, Ghent High & Mighty Mini Monster Mash: A friendly gathering of miniature horses/donkeys and their drivers. Activities include Pumpkin Cones Course; Trick or Treat Trail Class; and Haunted Woods Drive. 10 a.m.

October 25, Hudson TK Home and Garden As a benefit for the Hudson Area Library, historian Peter Stott gives an illustrated talk, “Steamboats on the Hudson,” which focuses on steamships and their captains from 1824-1839. Refreshments are included. 4 p.m.

October 25, Lakeville The Tremaine Gallery at The Hotchkiss School Sharon Land Trust fundraising gala and opening reception for Reflections, an exhibit featuring 30 local artists whose works use wood from Sharon’s beloved “Twin Oaks.” 5 p.m.

October 25, Lenox Annual LitNet Gala “The Gift of Literacy: Pass It On,” featuring stories from honorees Eleanore Velez, Gov. Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick. Enjoy cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. Berkshire Country Day School, 5:30 p.m.

October 25, Hyde Park Half Moon Theatre Gala Benefit Support the Theatre’s new partnership with The Culinary Institute of America with cocktails, followed by a performance by the company 
and Broadway star Cady Huffman. CIA’s 
Marriott Pavilion, 6 p.m.

October 25, Hudson BCB ART Filmmaker Sergio Rico will present his new film in progress, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, in an intimate and informal screening and fundraiser to help complete and distribute the film. 6 p.m.

October 25, North Adams MASS MoCA Secret Science Club: A special screening of Particle Fever, an audience pop quiz, door prizes, themed cocktails and more. 8 p.m.

October 25, Chatham Post Sneak Gathering Join FilmColumbia crew, filmmakers and film lovers right after the Saturday Night Sneak for drinks and appetizers at Blue Plate. Cash bar. 11 p.m.

October 25 & 26, Dutchess County ArtEast Open Studio Tour: Artists open their studios, galleries, garages and barns to the public. See website for full list and directions. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October 26, Hudson Haute CATure Fashion Show AnimalKind’s annual fashion show and auction fundraiser. Models will stride the runway in “Hudson Style” collections ranging from original and designer clothes to vintage and Halloween costumes. Helsinki Hudson, 6 p.m.

October 28, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex) will deliver the annual William Gifford Lecture in the Villard Room of Main Building, 6 p.m.

October 31—November 2, New Lebanon Behold! New Lebanon The final week of this living museum of contemporary rural American life includes a lantern walk and 10 other wide-ranging sessions on horses, cattle, animal tracking and more.

October 31, Millerton The Moviehouse Aglet Theatre Company presents Halloween Treats: A Festive Gathering with Eerie Readings. Three spooky tales will be told to the audience, who are encouraged to dress in costume. 5:30 p.m.

November 1, Red Hook Red Hook & The Chocolate Festival Competitions, tastings, workshops, demos, art & performances based around chocolate. Brownies, cake & candy, plus new items like chocolate chili, chocolate bacon, chocolate-flavored beauty products & more. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

November 1, Great Barrington Olga Dunn Dance Company “All Aboard!”—a train-themed celebration in the Company’s new space at the former train station. The evening will include three new dance pieces, an historical lecture, poem reading & art exhibit. 6:30 p.m.

November 1, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre The Masqueraded Un-Ball: Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual fall benefit event. 7 p.m.

November 1, Lenox The Mount Victorian Boudoir: A Halloween Masquerade. Party like it’s 1899 at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball. Berkshire Shenanigans presents an evening of sinister good fun featuring DJ BFG, Victorian costumes and dancing ‘til dawn. 8 p.m.

November 2, Millerton Hunter Bee Dana Cowin, longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes. 4 p.m.

November 6, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand will give the annual Elizabeth Bishop reading. Strand will read from his work and take questions from the audience. Taylor Hall, room 203 at 6 p.m.

November 8, Rhinebeck Beekman Arms Sinterklaas Star Party: Last year’s “Keepers of the Light” will pass the Celestial Flame, plus the first appearance of the Honored Animal and the Illuminated Star. 5:30 p.m.

November 9, Rhinebeck Love It or Swap It Clothing swap to benefit Sinterklaas. Swap women’s clothes, accessories and shoes, plus small re-gift items like candles, soaps and perfume (unopened). Complimentary makeovers from Face Stockholm. 21 Platt Ave., 1-4 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
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