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Bushels & Pecks

In this family business, apples don’t fall far from the trees



Photos by Frania Caulfield

Bill Riiska reaches from the driver seat of his nifty utility vehicle and pulls three blueberries off one of his 500 bushes. They’re plump, sweet, and juicy. Then Riiska is off again, pushing his Ranger to a comfortable 25 miles per hour on the paved road alongside his blueberry patch, headed to one end of his orchard sitting right around the bend. He turns from the road onto the meadow with practiced skill, making the tour on this late-summer afternoon into a bit of a joyride.

Not far from some rows of honey-crisp apple trees, a neighborhood turkey lingers on a freshly mowed plot of land, pulling up some worms from the earth. There’s also a small clover field that Riiska says the local deer are quite fond of. The raspberry bushes here have just begun to bear fruit—little, fuzzy, white cones protrude from the branches, and they’ve attracted the attention of some equally fuzzy bumblebees. Riiska calls out the names of the different apple varieties—McIntosh, Cortland, Idared—as he rides through the orchard.

Rambling around Riiska Brook Orchard, located on a quiet road that branches off Route 57 in southern Sandisfield, a visitor can come across a small corn field, pumpkin patch, henhouse, and vegetable garden, in addition to the main attraction—rows and rows of apple trees, whose little red treasures are plain to see, even as dusk falls.

The Riiska family tends over 11 varieties of apples, most of which will be ready for picking by mid-September. Perhaps more than other Berkshire seasonal businesses, this one depends on a highly concentrated burst of activity. When blueberry season starts in July, things are still quiet. Visitors are welcome to pull into the family’s driveway and have a long walk through the orchard, taking in the surrounding forest and lush green hills. But after Labor Day, the place will be jam-packed with visitors improvising parking spaces alongside the road. Families will bring dogs and picnic lunches, turning an apple-picking visit into a full afternoon. Lucky kids may get a ride around the property in a golf cart or the Ranger.

The season peaks on Columbus Day weekend and then tails off quickly. But even in mid-November last year, Bill’s wife, Barbara, was still holding court in the farm store on a chilly, windy Sunday, sitting in a chair near the wood stove and advising walk-ins on the best apples for Thanksgiving pie. (She recommends a medley.) The phone rings, and a caller inquires about pumpkins. She’s got some that will suit. There’s always at least one dog lounging around, and often the Riiskas’s extended family drop by to do chores.

“I call this my healing place,” Barbara says, offering a visitor warm apple cider pressed in the building next door. It seems to be a favorite phrase, one that aptly fits the serene surroundings. Even when the hoards of apple pickers die down, with friends and family popping in and out, there’s a feeling here of bounty.

Bill grew up on the property, which at the time was a dairy farm run by his family. While he was overseas serving as a paratrooper in Vienam—after being drafted at the relatively late age of 26—his father broke his leg and was forced to sell the cows for lack of help. Returning home, Bill started a long career in logging. Later, he and Barbara settled down in Otis. They have six children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

January will mark 12 years since the two moved to the old farm. Bill took a stab at growing an orchard, planting 500 trees. Now there are 2,700. One by one, they added the other sidelines, and nowadays Barbara and various family helpers are kept busy filling orders for quarts of blueberries and raspberry jam. This is the first year they’ve stopped hauling their wares to a weekly famers’ market, focusing instead on direct orders and store sales. The cook at a nearby YMCA camp has a standing order for blueberries, and Wheatleigh and Blantyre are also clients. Regular customers are fans of one jam or another and pretty much clean the Riiskas out each season.

At 72, Bill is still in the logging game, and does most of the farm upkeep on weekends and evenings. Keeping the place mowed and weeded is the most time-consuming part, he says. He sprays the apple trees 16 times a year—each time is a 10-to-12-hour job—and the rising cost of associated supplies, not to mention fuel for the tractor, is always a concern.

As Barbara, Bill, and granddaughter Katrina Wrba gather for dinner on an August evening, a whiteboard leaning against the wall bears a list of that week’s berry commitments. On the menu tonight is grilled pork chops, homemade applesauce and corn on the cob that Katrina plucked off the stalk just a few minutes before. The applesauce is sweet and a vivid pink color, owing to Barbara’s preference for leaving the apple skin intact. A colander on the counter is filled with a heaping pile of fresh eggs from the henhouse.

The farmstead has proven a major family gathering space, says Wrba, a registered nurse who works in Springfield. “It’s funny to see our little cousins run around, and they’re really raised here. They know everything about this farm. One of the grandkids, who’s 11, likes to take the bus straight here from school instead of going home. She’ll show up and say, ‘Can I play with the chickens?’”

Barbara pipes in: “She’ll pick one out of all of them and give it a name, and then she can tell you which chicken it is.”

“She’ll walk in with one under each arm,” adds Bill.

It’s a great gathering place for adults, too. Katrina threw a party here this summer for a friend’s engagement, and she smiles at memories of the 21st-birthday party for her brother Andy, who is known around the Berkshires for his musical exploits.

One suspects the stories could go on forever. But it’s been a long day. Before grilling the pork chops and taking a spin around the property, Bill was splitting logs at October Mountain State Forest. The family needs to pick, wash, and package 24 quarts of blueberries for a pickup the next day. Camp Eisner in Great Barrington will also send its youngest campers to pick their own.

Just minutes earlier the skies were clear, but rainclouds arrive with the dusk. As the heavy drops start to fall, this healing place is ready to rest, and it’s time to go.

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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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Love a good mystery? Working on a special project? Join other crime and craft enthusiasts and listen to Crime Classics, the classic radio show from the 1950s. Each week enjoy one or two episodes of...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
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The Litchfield Historical Society is soaking up the last of summer with a week of FREE afternoon crafts and games for families at the Tapping Reeve Meadow. Starting...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Tapping Reeve Meadow
82 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Litchfield Historical Society
Website »

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Featuring hit music by rock legend, Phil Collins, such as the Academy Award-winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Two Worlds," Tarzanswings and sings onto...

Cost: Adult A: $45; Adult B: $35 • Child A: $30; Child B: $25

Where:
The Colonial Theatre
111 South St
Pittsfield, MA  01201
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Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
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Sing choral classics on Tuesdays in August! Each week, a different work led by a different conductor. No performance, no worries: just show up and sing. Summer Sings are a relaxed way to...

Cost: free

Where:
Wilton Presbyterian Church
48 New Canaan Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Sponsor: Music on the Hill
Telephone: 203-529-3133
Contact Name: Music on the Hill
Website »

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Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Website »

More information

A waitress named Gabby Maple, longing for poetry and romance; disillusioned writer Alan Squier; and fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweat out a manhunt with a handful of colorful...

Cost: $66

Where:
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
83 East Main Street
Stockbridge, MA  01262
View map »


Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
Website »

More information

The traveling National Geographic exhibition, “National Geographic Photo Ark,” opens at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, on June 2, 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

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Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

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A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Website »

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The United States is a melting pot of various cuisines from Around the World. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sample and enjoy foods from around the world by visiting area...

Cost: $250

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860-355-0300
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Bring your own refreshments and enjoy some of the best book-to-film adaptations from 2017 and 2018. Arrive at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the novel before enjoying the feature film at 3:30 p.m....

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Website »

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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

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The unforgettable harmonies and classic sound of The Beach Boys will bring Good Vibrations back to The Ridgefield Playhouse after their sold-out performances in 2015 and 2017! It’s a night of...

Cost: $125

Where:
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

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On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

“Charles Giuliano: Heads and Tales” presents a retrospective selection of images with text taken from Giuliano’s four decades as a journalist and critic focused on all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 51
51 Main Street
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: MCLA
Contact Name: Kim Murphy
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: August 11, 4-6pm. This event is free and open to the public. MAQUETTE: The Art of the Model is an exhibition of maquettes or models by many of the sculptors currently...

Where:
Washington Art Association
Gallery 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT
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Website »

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Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
Website »

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Join in the fun this summer as we challenge you to OWL Reads! Challenge yourself to read six to nine books this summer! How to participate? Beginning June 20th come to OWL to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

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Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
Website »

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Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

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Back by popular demand! Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar will discuss 6 short stories published in The New Yorker magazine over 6 consecutive weeks. Each Wednesday's...

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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The Litchfield Historical Society is soaking up the last of summer with a week of FREE afternoon crafts and games for families at the Tapping Reeve Meadow. Starting...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Tapping Reeve Meadow
82 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Litchfield Historical Society
Website »

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Enjoy summer afternoons on the Terrace listening to professional actors read short stories written by Wharton and her contemporaries including Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, and Charlotte Perkins...

Cost: $10 General, Free for Members

Where:
The Terrace at The Mount
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Telephone: 413-551-5100
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Featuring hit music by rock legend, Phil Collins, such as the Academy Award-winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Two Worlds," Tarzanswings and sings onto...

Cost: Adult A: $45; Adult B: $35 • Child A: $30; Child B: $25

Where:
The Colonial Theatre
111 South St
Pittsfield, MA  01201
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Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
Website »

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Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy...

Cost: $24 adult; $20 youth (12-18)

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Telephone: 413-511-5100
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Weekly fun and friendly open mic with some great local talent.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Barn at Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA  01258
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Sponsor: The Barn
Telephone: 141-352-81570
Contact Name: Jenny Rubin
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Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Website »

More information

A waitress named Gabby Maple, longing for poetry and romance; disillusioned writer Alan Squier; and fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweat out a manhunt with a handful of colorful...

Cost: $66

Where:
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
83 East Main Street
Stockbridge, MA  01262
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Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
Website »

More information

The traveling National Geographic exhibition, “National Geographic Photo Ark,” opens at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, on June 2, 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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KentPresents 2018 ideas festival, August 16-18. Meet and mingle with diplomats, artists, scientists, authors...leaders in every field. Experience it all in the intimate and bucolic...

Cost: $2,500

Where:
Kent School
1 Macedonia Road
Kent, CT   06757
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Website »

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Enrollment is now open for the next Stamford EMS Safe Sitter class. Children in grades 6-8 will learn the skills needed to care for themselves and young children so they may become safe and...

Cost: $75

Where:
Stamford EMS
684 Long Ridge Rd
Stamford, CT  06905
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Sponsor: Stamford EMS
Telephone: (203) 252-2193
Contact Name: Laura Roberts
Website »

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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Website »

More information

The United States is a melting pot of various cuisines from Around the World. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sample and enjoy foods from around the world by visiting area...

Cost: $250

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Explore the fun and wild world of color in this workshop focused on creating patterns and designs that trick the eye. All ages

Cost: Free for members or with Museum admission

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
Website »

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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

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Steep Rock’s Association’s Judea Garden presents, as part of a series of events celebrating the Garden’s 10th season of growing and giving, Summer Garden Abundance:  What to...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
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Telephone: 186-086-87586
Website »

More information

Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

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  Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for an Italian wine tasting by Pera Wines and an art exhibit! Gramophone music in a smartphone world…Contemporary pop and rock tunes...

Cost: $77-$110

Where:
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

“Charles Giuliano: Heads and Tales” presents a retrospective selection of images with text taken from Giuliano’s four decades as a journalist and critic focused on all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 51
51 Main Street
North Adams, MA  01247
View map »


Sponsor: MCLA
Contact Name: Kim Murphy
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: August 11, 4-6pm. This event is free and open to the public. MAQUETTE: The Art of the Model is an exhibition of maquettes or models by many of the sculptors currently...

Where:
Washington Art Association
Gallery 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

“Parlez-vous français?” Come enjoy coffee, croissants, and some French conversation on the Terrace Thursday mornings (July 5- August 30) at 9am in honor of Edith...

Cost: $15 for non-members, $10 for members

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
View map »


Website »

More information

Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
Website »

More information

Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
Website »

More information

Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Meet the CT Clay Artists at a wine and cheese reception, Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 5-8PM.  This unique gallery exhibition includes a display of diverse ceramic art, as well as other...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Gallery 25 at New Milford Art Depot
11 Railroad St.
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Gallery 25 at New Milford Art Depot
Telephone: 860-355-6009
Website »

More information

The Litchfield Historical Society is soaking up the last of summer with a week of FREE afternoon crafts and games for families at the Tapping Reeve Meadow. Starting...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Tapping Reeve Meadow
82 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
View map »


Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Litchfield Historical Society
Website »

More information

Our summer fun spot promises frothy beverages, riverside regulars, and friendly new faces when we fire up The Chalet, Oh, Canada artist Dean Baldwin’s-sculpture-turned-river- side-beer-garden...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
View map »


Sponsor: The Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music
Website »

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Featuring hit music by rock legend, Phil Collins, such as the Academy Award-winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Two Worlds," Tarzanswings and sings onto...

Cost: Adult A: $45; Adult B: $35 • Child A: $30; Child B: $25

Where:
The Colonial Theatre
111 South St
Pittsfield, MA  01201
View map »


Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
Website »

More information

EVERY THURSDAY | 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm Music | Spoken Word | Comedy | More Hosted by Don Lowe Hunt Hill Farm is excited to announce OpenMic night every Thursday night.  Please stop by to...

Cost: donation

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860.355.0300
Contact Name: John C. Maxwell III
Website »

More information

Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Website »

More information

A waitress named Gabby Maple, longing for poetry and romance; disillusioned writer Alan Squier; and fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweat out a manhunt with a handful of colorful...

Cost: $66

Where:
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
83 East Main Street
Stockbridge, MA  01262
View map »


Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
Website »

More information

Written by Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang, the comedic double feature, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare is an absurdly...

Cost: $56

Where:
The Unicorn Theatre
6 East Street
Stockbridge, MA  01262
View map »


Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
Website »

More information

The traveling National Geographic exhibition, “National Geographic Photo Ark,” opens at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, on June 2, 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

KentPresents 2018 ideas festival, August 16-18. Meet and mingle with diplomats, artists, scientists, authors...leaders in every field. Experience it all in the intimate and bucolic...

Cost: $2,500

Where:
Kent School
1 Macedonia Road
Kent, CT   06757
View map »


Website »

More information

Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
View map »


Website »

More information

A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Website »

More information

The United States is a melting pot of various cuisines from Around the World. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sample and enjoy foods from around the world by visiting area...

Cost: $250

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

Porochista Khakpour author of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible will discuss her career, work and forthcoming memoir Sick with cultural critic Kate Bolick. This event is proudly...

Cost: $20 general; $15 Mount members

Where:
The Mount
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
View map »


Website »

More information

Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

More information

Light hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of wine will be served. Music will be provided by Western Lands Trio. Please mark your calendar to come enjoy a social evening and support land...

Cost: $45

Where:
Sunset Meadow Vineyards
599 Old Middle St
Goshen, CT
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Telephone: (860) 201-4654
Website »

More information

Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

More information

The internationally renowned Slam Allen is a messenger of love. This dynamic entertainer uses the genres of Blues, Soul, R&B, and a touch of Rock and Roll to deliver powerful soul stirring...

Cost: $30

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860-355-0300
Website »

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Trace the life cycle of food at Grace Farms with Community Garden Manager Ashley Kenney, Pastry Chef Leah Jones, and Director of Operations Adam Thatcher. From produce and cut flowers used in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grace Farms
365 Lukes Wood Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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“Charles Giuliano: Heads and Tales” presents a retrospective selection of images with text taken from Giuliano’s four decades as a journalist and critic focused on all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 51
51 Main Street
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: MCLA
Contact Name: Kim Murphy
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Opening Reception: August 11, 4-6pm. This event is free and open to the public. MAQUETTE: The Art of the Model is an exhibition of maquettes or models by many of the sculptors currently...

Where:
Washington Art Association
Gallery 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT
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Bargains in Books:  Lenox Library's Gigantic Annual Book Sale A huge selection of 15,000+ books donated from Berkshire homes, most in like-new condition.  This year the sale will...

Cost: free except $5 early-bird on Friday, 9-noon

Where:
Lenox Library
18 Main Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Sponsor: Lenox Library
Telephone: 413-652-1327
Contact Name: Nancy Cohen
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Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
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Are you just dying to get some dirt under your fingernails this season? Come to Back 40 Farm for Friday Field Days and help us out with weeding, transplanting, hoeing, harvesting, and more! Who:...

Where:
Back 40 Farm
Washington Depot, CT


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Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
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Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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Meet the CT Clay Artists at a wine and cheese reception, Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 5-8PM.  This unique gallery exhibition includes a display of diverse ceramic art, as well as other...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Gallery 25 at New Milford Art Depot
11 Railroad St.
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Gallery 25 at New Milford Art Depot
Telephone: 860-355-6009
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The Litchfield Historical Society is soaking up the last of summer with a week of FREE afternoon crafts and games for families at the Tapping Reeve Meadow. Starting...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Tapping Reeve Meadow
82 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Litchfield Historical Society
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Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for lively evenings of free music played by the region’s most talented musicians. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Telephone: 413-511-5100
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Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
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A waitress named Gabby Maple, longing for poetry and romance; disillusioned writer Alan Squier; and fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweat out a manhunt with a handful of colorful...

Cost: $66

Where:
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
83 East Main Street
Stockbridge, MA  01262
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Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
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Written by Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang, the comedic double feature, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare is an absurdly...

Cost: $56

Where:
The Unicorn Theatre
6 East Street
Stockbridge, MA  01262
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Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
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The traveling National Geographic exhibition, “National Geographic Photo Ark,” opens at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, on June 2, 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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KentPresents 2018 ideas festival, August 16-18. Meet and mingle with diplomats, artists, scientists, authors...leaders in every field. Experience it all in the intimate and bucolic...

Cost: $2,500

Where:
Kent School
1 Macedonia Road
Kent, CT   06757
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Stamford EMS and Safety4Kids (S4K) are teaming up to present an important summer safety event: a Bike Safety Roundup on Saturday, August 18th at Chelsea Piers from 9am – 10am.  ...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chelsea Piers Connecticut
1 Blachley Road
Stamford, CT  06902
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Sponsor: Stamford EMS and Safety4Kids (S4K)
Telephone: 203-968-1118
Contact Name: The Loft at Chelsea Piers Connecticut
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Take a one-hour guided tour of the historic Lyndhurst mansion overlooking the Hudson River. The Gothic Revival mansion has been used as a movie set for six major motion pictures...

Cost: $18

Where:
Lyndhurst
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
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Kykuit, a hilltop paradise, is now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of...

Cost: $25

Where:
Kykuit
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
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Join the Litchfield Historical Society for Saturday morning walking tours exploring new themes and areas of the town. Walking tours last about an hour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a...

Cost: Free for members; $5 for non-members

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Litchfield Historical Society
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A series of graphic novel-style panels designed by illustrator Kirk Manley tells the dramatic story of the spy ring that operated between New York City, Long Island, and Fairfield during the...

Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $5; Seniors & Students: $3; children 5 and under: Free.

Where:
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Rd
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Visit The Aldrich for FREE the Third Saturday of each month! See the latest in contemporary art and participate in family-friendly art-making workshops in The Studio. Family Workshop: Back...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
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InSitu is an eight-acre sculpture garden where nature and art dramatically interact. Nestled in the rural countryside near Redding, the property is surrounded by the 312-acre Saugatuck Waterfall...

Cost: $7 per private garden; children 12 & under free.

Where:
Redding, CT


Sponsor: The Garden Conservancy
Telephone: 888-842-2442
Contact Name: Open Days program staff
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Explore the InSitu garden in Redding, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. This eight-acre sculpture garden is a showcase of architecture, horticulture, and art, seamlessly...

Cost: $7 per person, children 12 and under free

Where:
InSitu
73 Diamond Hill Road
Redding, CT
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Sponsor: The Garden Conservancy
Telephone: 888-842-2442
Contact Name: Open Days Program staff
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Join us for the 4th Annual RidgeCon, a Pop Culture celebration for all ages! A superhero tea and storytime with Mike & Kristin Garguilo, crafts, scavenger hunts, Quidditch practice, VR...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ridgefield Library
472 Main St
RIDGEFIELD, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Friends of the Ridgefield LIbrary
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Looking for some family-friendly activities this summer? Visiting museums is educational and engaging for even young children, but tickets can often be expensive. Luckily, The Friends of Keeler...

Cost: free

Where:
Keeler Library
276 titicus road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Saturday, August 18 •  4:00PM •  Music Shed With a first-rate choir and ensemble, coupled with Simon Carrington’s remarkable programming, this concert has always...

Cost: Tickets: $60 – $20, $10 (Young Adults 18-25), and Kids under 18 Free!

Where:
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, 20 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, CT  06058
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Telephone: 860-542-3000
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Summer Concert Series Package includes 4 concerts that will be shown all at Hunt Hill Farm. All concerts start at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on the dates below with artist information. For more...

Cost: $100

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farn
Telephone: 860-355-0300
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The Lewisboro Library’s Nightclub Concert Series has a special treat on Saturday, August 18 – a “Beatles Night” featuring a Beatles tribute band and a Beatles Trivia...

Cost: $30/per person

Where:
Lewisboro Library
15 Main Street
South Salem, NY  10590
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Sponsor: Lewisboro Library
Telephone: 914-875-9004
Contact Name: Liz Gabriele
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On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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“Charles Giuliano: Heads and Tales” presents a retrospective selection of images with text taken from Giuliano’s four decades as a journalist and critic focused on all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery 51
51 Main Street
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: MCLA
Contact Name: Kim Murphy
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Opening Reception: August 11, 4-6pm. This event is free and open to the public. MAQUETTE: The Art of the Model is an exhibition of maquettes or models by many of the sculptors currently...

Where:
Washington Art Association
Gallery 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT
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Washington Photographer Philip Dutton’s dramatic photos document The Chief Bigfoot Memorial Ride of 1990, a momentous event that helped commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Massacre at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library
Telephone: 186-086-87586
Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
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Bargains in Books:  Lenox Library's Gigantic Annual Book Sale A huge selection of 15,000+ books donated from Berkshire homes, most in like-new condition.  This year the sale will...

Cost: free except $5 early-bird on Friday, 9-noon

Where:
Lenox Library
18 Main Street
Lenox, MA  01240
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Sponsor: Lenox Library
Telephone: 413-652-1327
Contact Name: Nancy Cohen
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A curated outdoor market featuring local and regional handmade gifts and products. Every Saturday, Memorial Day - Columbus Day, from 9 -1, GBAM offers visitors the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Great Barrington
18 Church Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Great Barrington Arts Market
Telephone: 413 429 6830
Contact Name: Molly de St. Andre & Kris Kanter
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Garden Menagerie Exhibition on view through August 25, 2018 during regular library hours Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of nineteenth-century books...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 120-325-9034615
Contact Name: Tracy Steneken
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Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Oliver Wolcott Library
Telephone: 186-056-78030
Contact Name: Jordan McCorison
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Hiking and practicing yoga outside in the fresh air leaves you feeling uplifted, centered, and peaceful! In warm weather months, we meet regularly in various parks and trails. Each event starts...

Cost: Three and Five Class Packages (3 times for $33, 5 times for $42)

Where:
Vary with each class
, CT


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The Farm-Fresh Market was created in 2007 with 15 local vendors, and has grown over the years to become a staple of the Litchfield Hills community throughout all seasons. We were so proud to be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Center School Parking Lot
Woodruff Lane
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Telephone: 860-567-3871
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Heather Gaudio Fine Artis pleased to present “Burn Baby Burn”, a group exhibition featuring works by Kathleen Kucka, Dennis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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Meet the CT Clay Artists at a wine and cheese reception, Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 5-8PM.  This unique gallery exhibition includes a display of diverse ceramic art, as well as other...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Gallery 25 at New Milford Art Depot
11 Railroad St.
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Gallery 25 at New Milford Art Depot
Telephone: 860-355-6009
Website »

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Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for lively evenings of free music played by the region’s most talented musicians. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Mount, Edith Wharton's House
2 Plunkett Street
Lenox, MA  01240
View map »


Telephone: 413-511-5100
Website »

More information

Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train...

Cost: $37-$42

Where:
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave.
Essex, CT  06426
View map »


Website »

More information

A waitress named Gabby Maple, longing for poetry and romance; disillusioned writer Alan Squier; and fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweat out a manhunt with a handful of colorful...

Cost: $66

Where:
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
83 East Main Street
Stockbridge, MA  01262
View map »


Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
Website »

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Written by Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang, the comedic double feature, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare is an absurdly...

Cost: $56

Where:
The Unicorn Theatre
6 East Street
Stockbridge, MA  01262
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Sponsor: Berkshire Theatre Group
Telephone: 141-399-74444
Contact Name: Katie Brumfield
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The traveling National Geographic exhibition, “National Geographic Photo Ark,” opens at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, on June 2, 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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