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Vanity Fair
The New Summer Spot in the Berkshires

The partners behind Tourists, in North Adams, Mass., used a bit of nostalgia to revitalize an American motor lodge.

The New York Times
Betting on the Berkshires

A new cultural corridor attracts tourists, second homeowners and urban transplants.

Inside the Newly Renovated Hotel Where Emerson, Thoreau and Hemingway Once Stayed

The historic Amenia, New York property has undergone a renovation but kept its links to the past.

The New York Times
At HSV, Concerts, a Farm-to-Table Menu and Goat Yoga

Hancock Shaker Village director Jennifer Trainer Thompson discusses last year’s inaugural events and what’s in store for 2018.

The New York Times
It’s The Little Things

Author Jamie Cat Callan and retired scientist William Thompson talk second marriage at their home in Valatie, N.Y.

Architectural Digest
The New Jacob’s Pillow Performing Arts Studio Is a Study in Cutting-Edge Design

At the New England HQ of a world-famous dance festival, a gorgeous high-tech building works hard to blend in.

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Troutbeck Redux: So Good, We Did It Again

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When CB Wismar visited the (then) newly reopened Troutbeck in Amenia, New York, it was the dead of winter and the restaurant was coming out of dormancy with a winter-appropriate, gut-warming menu. But Chef Marcel Agnez, who turns to local farms (and one local forager) for inspiration, has lightened the menu with the produce and catches of the season. A real treat, our reporter says, is the leek and cockle soup — fresh as a lovely summer afternoon. And that’s just for starters.

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Bernstein Is Back: Tanglewood Celebrates Lenny's Centennial

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Spend the summer with Lenny as Tanglewood celebrates what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. In July and August, the magnetic maestro’s old Lenox, Massachusetts stomping grounds will play host to staged performances, including a ballet, a musical, a film screening with live orchestra treatment and more. Did we mention Yo-Yo Ma and Audra McDonald will make appearances? Reporter Sharon Smullen prepares us for a very Bernstein summer.

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What’s a posset? If you’re a fan of creamy custard desserts, it’s one you should know about (it harks back to an old English drink). But this one is made without eggs, and Lisa Fielding explains why it works — and why the alchemy creates a custard of “epic silky and creamy proportions.” And she swears it’s easy to make.

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Two beloved institutions held their galas last week. The Lenox Library went all literary with “A Novel Night Out,” offering a Read Carpet and special LIBations produced just for the event. Jacob’s Pillow kicked off its season, honoring its past while funding the future as the pros and guests danced the night away.

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You don’t have to choose between getting away from it all and being where the action is. These homes encompass all the perks of country living, while being close to cultural attractions such as Music Mountain, PS21, Tanglewood, downtown Pittsfield’s theaters, and the center of Rhinebeck or Hudson.

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The ‘T’ Space gallery and its T2 Reserve in the backwoods of Rhinebeck, New York is our newest must-visit destination this summer. It’s the backyard project of world-famous architect Steven Holl. Explore the property, and note how the architecture and artworks (plus music and poetry) live in synergy with their natural surroundings.

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Take a self-guided tour of some of the most stunning private (and public) gardens in our region during The Garden Conservancy's Open Days, stay for a lecture to learn more about how to restore a native ecosystem on your own property, and sign up for a workshop on foraging and feasting at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

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The Columbia County mom is the owner of The Bee’s Knees children’s store on Warren Street in Hudson, New York. The shop carries organic, environmentally responsible clothing and toys, many of them handmade by moms themselves. Hummel’s store is seen by many as a kid-friendly oasis and a wonderful resource for local parents.

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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, and Save the Date sections. Please submit your own event to

June 23, Hudson Cookout for Camp Perfect Ten After School fundraiser with food, music and fun. Proceeds go toward sending the girls to Camp Fowler in the Adirondacks. 4-8 p.m.

June 23, Stockbridge Naumkeag The Naum-kegger: Taste new brews and longtime favorites created by New England micro-breweries. Plus live music by the Cocek Brass Band, food, games and the sunset. 5-8 p.m.

June 23, Ghent Art Omi Barbacoa: Sunset on the Solstice commemorates the longest day of the year with locally sourced food, drink and live music, as well as a performance. 5-9 p.m.

June 23, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Food for Thought: a monthly dinner with an author. Enjoy a seasonal meal by farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg, wine and a book. This month’s dinner features comedic author Roy Blount, Jr., whose latest book is Save Room for Pie. 6 p.m.

June 23, Washington Summer Solstice Celebration: Havana Under the Stars Washington Art Association & Gallery will hold its 10th annual event with proceeds benefiting WAA programming. Enjoy appetizers from local restaurants, mojitos prepared by the Mojito King, live music by Ochun, and Brazilian art and dance from Ginga Brasileira. 6-9 p.m.

June 23, Adams Cabaret Train Rides Berkshire Scenic Railway’s Hoosac Valley Line presents a leisurely 75-minute train ride with musical duo Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay. Bring your own beverages and snacks. 7 p.m.

June 23, Lenox Tanglewood Singer, actor, composer and television talk show host Harry Connick, Jr. performs “A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration.” Koussevitzky Music Shed, 7 p.m.

June 23, North Adams MASS MoCA Celebrate the opening of Come to Your Senses with acoustic performances by Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, Sophie Hiller, curator Sally Taylor, Kori Withers, Eric Erdman and John Forte (formerly of the Fugees), plus dancers Alison Manning and Jesse Keller. 8 p.m.

June 23 & 24, Hudson Hudson River Exchange Summer Market Around 100 makers, collectors, farmers, live musicians and community organizers come together to celebrate creation, connection and the scenic beauty that is the Hudson Valley. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 23 & 24, Rhinebeck Rhinebeck Crafts Festival A jury-selected shopping experience featuring 200 of America’s best independent artists and craftspeople, along with demonstrations, specialty food and drink, and family activities. Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 24, Lenox Tanglewood Acclaimed singer, stage actor and television star Audra McDonald performs with the Boston Pops. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 2:30 p.m.

June 24, Copake CEWM Summer Solstice Celebration & Auction Close Encounters With Music will hold a celebration and auction benefit in a bucolic hilltop setting. Music, dance performances, and a cocktail reception complete the evening. 4 p.m.

June 25, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The duo’s successful 40-year partnership has included the hits “Love Is A Battlefield”, “Hit me with Your Best Shot” and “We Belong.” 8 p.m.

June 28, Kinderhook Village Square Food Truck Village, featuring 13 food trucks, 4 food tent vendors, 2 craft beer offerings, a wine cocktail maker, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and West African street-food favorites, grills, kid-friendly favorites, sweets and ice cream. Rain or shine. 5-9 p.m.

June 28, Torrington Warner Theatre Boz Scaggs, whose career dates back to the late sixties with the Steve Miller Band, is touring in front of his soon-to-be-released album, Out of the Blues. 8 p.m. 

June 29, Stockbridge Chesterwood Exhibit Opening & Gala Dinner Opening reception for 40th Anniversary of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2018 from 5:30-7 p.m. A farm-to-table dinner fundraiser begins at 7:30 p.m., catered by Peter Platt of The Old Inn on the Green. For dinner ticket info., contact Margaret Cherin at

June 29, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape In All The Presidents Mann, Emmy winner and three-time Tony nominee Martha Plimpton (The Goonies, The Real O’Neals) pays tribute to songwriter Aimee Mann, dedicating songs to some of her most (and least) favorite U.S. Presidents. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

June 29, North Adams MASS MoCA A concert with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Neko Case. 8 p.m.

June 30, Lenox Shakespeare & Company Gala This year’s event will honor trustee Michael A. Miller for his 25-year dedication to the Company. The evening will feature a blending of music and theater from Silkroad Ensemble and Shakespeare & Company actors, plus dinner and dancing. 5:30 p.m.

June 30, Chatham PS21 Opening Night Celebration & Revue with Yummy Kitchen food truck, a ribbon cutting, and performances by accordionist Guy Klucevsek, Vanaver Caravan Dance, comedian Hilary Chaplain, TAKE Dance and Parsons Dance. The evening concludes with champagne under the stars. 6:30 p.m.

June 30, North Adams Greylock WORKS Dance party, with electro-house bass grooves by Yellow@TheLight, immersive lighting and audio by LJ McZawa, bar, lounge area and more. 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

June 30, Ancram Ancram Opera House Songs for Charming Strangers: David Cale’s (Harry Clarke) first show of his original songs, some written in collaboration with musical partner Matthew Dean Marsh, who will accompany him on piano and harmony vocals. 8:30 p.m.

June 30 & July 1, Litchfield County Open Your Eyes Studio Tour Visit the studios of 30 artists in Cornwall, Warren and Goshen. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A Toast-the-tour party will be held on Sat. at 5 p.m. at Souterrain Gallery at The Wish House in West Cornwall.

July 4, Hudson Basilica Hudson Bright Future Bar-BQ: Jack Walls hosts a late afternoon art opening and happy hour which will culminate in HifiBangalore’s Exploding Inevitable Dance Party with DJ Tedd Patterson & DJ Uncle Rudy, featuring sculpture and video art by Andrew H. Shirley. 4 p.m. - late.

July 6, Stockbridge Multicultural BRIDGE Resilient Connections Gala Multicultural BRIDGE celebrates 10 years with live music and entertainment, a short play, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a special toast. Naumkeag, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

July 6, Rhinebeck Oblong Books & Music A book launch for Francine Prose’s What to Read and Why, in which she celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers she admires. 6 p.m.

July 6, Chatham PS21 The quartet Twisted Pine string band expands on their bluegrass origins with harmonies, indie-pop hooks, musical daring and charm. 8 p.m.

July 6-8, Great Barrington Berkshires Arts Festival Juried show of 200 artists and artisans featuring ceramics, painting, jewelry, glass, wood, mixed media, sculpture, fashion and photography. The festival includes live music, workshops, demonstrations, food vendors and children’s activities. Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ski Butternut.

July 6-8, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape Four Quartets, a world premiere SummerScape commission based on the T. S. Eliot poem set. Featuring actress Kathleen Chalfant, choreography by Pam Tanowitz, music by Kaija Saariaho performed by The Knights, and images by painter Brice Marden.

July 6-8, Hudson Hudson Hall Stephen Petronio Company announces its arrival in the Hudson Valley with a program of signature works, including three dances by choreographer Petronio — featuring the music of Nick Cave, Nico Muhly and Rufus Wainwright — and a revival of choreographer Steve Paxton’s Excerpt from Goldberg Variations.

July 7, Millbrook The Merritt Bookstore A conversation with Joseph O’Neill (The Dog; Netherland) about his new book of short stories, Good Trouble. 12 p.m.

July 7, Rhinebeck Wilderstein Summer Party Enjoy an “old-fashioned carnival” themed cocktail party with refreshments, carnival games, entertainment, house tours, a huge silent auction and more at Wilderstein’s annual summer fundraiser. 5 p.m.

July 7, Pittsfield Hancock Shaker Village Shaker Barn Music continues its season with Pi Power Trio — consisting of Pat Irwin (B-52s), Sasha Dobson and Daria Grace — who draw on the rich tradition of instrumental rock ‘n roll, then add big surprises. 7:30 p.m.

July 7, Chatham PS21 The 13th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert will feature guitarist Eliot Fisk and cellist Yehuda Hanani. 8 p.m.

July 7, Lenox Tanglewood Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops in a complete, semi-staged performance of Bernstein’s hit musical On the Town, with an all-star cast. Koussevitzky Music Shed, 8 p.m.

July 7 & 8, Ghent Art Omi Weekend: Dancing Under the Stars Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Nkumu Katalay overlooking the firefly-lit sculpture park, in the company of Omi’s artists-in-residence. 8 p.m.–midnight. The following day, honor the artists at a country brunch at 11 a.m., followed by a tour of their studios from 1–5 p.m.

July 8, Lenox The Bookstore Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) discusses Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home, the longtime Zen practitioner and world-renowned writing teacher’s memoir on being in love with your life even when life brings illness. 3 p.m.

July 8, Great Barrington The Guthrie Center John Davidson: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller. Fresh from his starring roles in Finding Neverland and Wicked, John returns with backstage stories of his 50 years of TV hosting (Hollywood Squares, That’s Incredible) and movies, plus original comedy songs in an evening of humor, inspiration, and music. 8 p.m.

July 9, Williamstown Williamstown Theatre Festival An Evening with Chita Rivera: The Broadway icon and two-time Tony Award winner will recreate moments from her legendary career in a benefit for WTF’s New Play & Musical Development Initiative. 7:30 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
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