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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Great Theater this Fall in the Berkshires

Even though the hustle and bustle of the summer season is behind us, here in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, great theater continues. Why not combine a little leaf peeping with an evening of live theater at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just half an hour from my Hillsdale, NY bed and breakfast, the Inn at Green River. The leaves are just beginning to change!

They have a fun show, "Character Man", starting tonight, September 18th. The Barrington Stage

Art used with permission, Barrington Stage Co.

website describes this as a "musical memoir celebrating the Golden Age of the American Musical." The show stars Drama Desk Award winner, Jim Brochu, and salutes popular character actors and musical stars of Broadway, including Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Charles Nelson Riley, and Jackie Gleason. I certainly remember all these wonderful actors, do you?

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg
The New York Times describes it as "A blend of cabaret, theater and scrapbook...walks down memory lane are rarely so entertaining." And The New Yorker weighs in with "Brochu is a terrific storyteller, and a fine singer, too."

Barrington Stage shows routinely wow the critics, so don't miss it. The show runs September 18-28, 2014, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 pm. The venue is the St. Germain Stage, at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA. Ticket prices start at $40.

Friday, September 12, 2014

World Class Music at the Hillsdale Grange

This Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 7:30 pm, the Hillsdale Grange, just 4 miles down the road from my Hudson Valley bed and breakfast, the Inn at Green River, is definitely the place to be!

Well known musicians will be performing chamber music there as part of the Leaf Peeper Concert series, which has been presented here in Columbia County each fall by Clarion Concerts for the last 33 years. Violinist Sanford Allen has been the music director of the series since 1996.

Mr. Allen began studying the violin at age 7, and entered the Juilliard School of Music at age 10. He was the first black musician ever to become a regular member of the New York Philharmonic, playing with the orchestra from 1962 - 1977. For a complete biography, see the Clarion Concert's website.

This Saturday's concert will introduce Music Director Designate, acclaimed flutist, Eugenia Zukerman, who will take over from Mr. Allen when he retires later this fall. Ms. Zukerman has also enjoyed a distinguished career as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. For her complete biography, see her website.

Photo Credit: Angela Jimenez
This Saturday's concert features works by C.P.E. Bach, Mozart and Leon for violin, cello and viola.

The concert will be held in a classic Greek Revival building which was a Grange. For those of you who did not grow up in small farming communities and are not familiar with this term, The National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry was an association of farmers founded just after the Civil War. For more on this interesting movement go to this site.

To steal a famous lyric, this Saturday, the Hillsdale "hills will be alive with the sound of music"! Don't miss this concert.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Deals for early risers at Catamount Aerial Adventure Park

Here's a little known insider's deal. After a scrumptious breakfast at the Inn at Green River, head down the Route 22 valley for a morning of fun at the Catamount Aerial Adventure Park, a pretty 15 minute drive from the Inn. Arrive by 10 am, and you save $10 on your ticket.

Photo Courtesy Catamount Aerial Adventure Park

Check the FAQ page of Catamount's website to help you plan your day at the Park and answer any questions you may have about this fun outing. Catamount is situated on the border of New York and Massachusetts, in the beautiful Berkshires. The Park offers 12 self guided trails of varying degrees of difficulty.

Photo Courtesy Catamount Aerial Adventure Park

And, the Inn offers a mid week package...stay two nights midweek in the romantic Thorsden (shown in photo below) or Merrill rooms, and we will include the cost of one adult ticket. But hurry, the forest aerial adventure park closes for the season October 26th, 2014.

Photo by Jumping Rocks

Monday, June 30, 2014

Free Tours at Edna St. Vincent Millay's Steepletop in July

Saturday, July 10, 2014, all are invited to the official grand opening of the new visitors center at Tamarack Cottage, on the grounds of Steepletop, the home of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Photo Courtesy Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop
Having read the fascinating biography of Millay, "Savage Beauty" by author Nancy Milford, of "Zelda" fame, I think this is a photo of Edna and her sister, Norma, who started the Millay Colony, an artist's retreat that exists on the grounds of the large Steepletop estate.

Cover of "Savage Beauty" available at Amazon
My bed and breakfast, the Inn at Green River, often hosts artists who come for month long retreats at the Millay Colony, but then need a weekend away from the seclusion to visit with family and loved ones. The Millay Colony on the grounds of Steepletop is just 3.5 miles up Route 22 from the Inn, in Austerlitz, NY.

The Saturday afternoon celebration of the opening of the new visitors center promises to be a fun afternoon with open house tours, guided walks through the gardens, food and drink, and more. The event starts at 12 noon, and is free to the public.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Folk Singer Ani DiFranco at the Mahaiwe

There is still time to purchase tickets and plan your trip to the delightful town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts to hear folksinger Ani DiFranco perform, this coming Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Photo Courtesy Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

And if you can't make it this coming weekend, at least listen to a little of her music.

But if you can hop in the car and enjoy a weekend away in the beautiful Berkshires, tickets are still available and range in price from $29 to $79, and there isn't a bad seat in the house in this wonderful, historic theater.

And of course, you should book your stay at the Inn at Green River at the same time! We are just 15 minutes up a quiet country road from the Mahaiwe. Hope to see you in May.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Enjoy Mac & Cheese, Wine, Ales & Hard Ciders

This Saturday, April 26, 2014, is the second annual Mac Attack Trail event, hosted by the members of the Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail, a group of family owned farms and businesses dedicated to the art of winemaking, beer making and distilling.

Members include Chatham Brewing, Harvest Spirits, and Hudson-Chatham Winery in Columbia County, where my Inn at Green River is located; Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards in Berkshire County, just 15 minutes from the Inn; and Brookview Station Winery at Goold Orchards in Rensselaer County, about a 30 minute drive.

This Saturday's Mac and Cheese celebration affords you the chance to "taste award winning wines, handcrafted ales, hard ciders and artisinal spirits plus samplings of creative Mac & Cheese dishes at each venue."

You will purchase a passport for $20 ($5 for designated drivers) at the first stop, then bring it with you as you make your way along the Beverage Trail. It includes a special tasting and pasta sampling at each location.

And be sure to vote for your favorite mac & cheese recipe and enter the drawing. You might win a gift basket filled with Trail specialty items.
Also enjoy their 2nd Saturdays events which allow you to visit all five venues on the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail with a special Passport that costs only $15. You purchase the Trail passport at the first location you visit, and use it at all the others as you take the tour through Columbia, Rensselaer and Berkshire Counties. Upcoming 2014 2nd Saturday dates are May 10, June 14, July 12 and August 9th, and on into the fall.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Revisiting the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck

I first blogged last May about the Country Living Fair, that took place in Rhinebeck, June 7-9, 2013,  in New York's Hudson Valley. This was the first time Country Living did a fair in the North East. It was so successful, they are doing it again this June, 6-8, 2014.

Two friends were among the many vendors. I have blogged about Franca Fusco before. She is the wonderful creator of Boxwood Linens. Her lovely shop is on the ground level of the Hillsdale General Store. I visit her store often to sigh over the beautiful, crisp linens - tablecloths, napkins, aprons, towels, shower curtains, etc. Also, I love the elegant hand made candles.

And I enjoy the singular vision of Chrisie Cordrey who is, as her website states, "inspired by the folky, edgy, historical piece of cloth [or] furniture, or really anything". I love her pillows, and re-imagined clothing and furniture.

Go to the Country Living website to see a video about last year's fair. Chrisie's Corduroy Shop sign flashes by at 29 seconds into the video.

I love this c. 1860 settee covered in a denim quilt that she created from antique textiles.

And this chair would definitely work in the Inn, don't you think?

Some famous folks, like the Beekman Boys, will be there again this year, too. I met them BTW, at an innkeeper's conference this past January. They are great.

So hope to see you in Rhinebeck in June, and don't forget to book a room at the Inn!