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Elyse’s Country Journal brings you a glimpse of the Tri-State Region’s unique charm! Browse our collection of blog posts, photos, and eclectic articles to feel the vibe of the Berkshires, Litchfield Hills, and Columbia & Dutchess Counties’ Hudson Valley. Please email us if you have something you would like us to post or blog about.

Take-out, Curbside Pick-Up, & Porch Delivery

“Take-out,” “Curbside Pick-Up,” “Porch Drop” – a lingo of perseverance and innovation. As we’ve adjusted into new rhythms of daily life, our local businesses have also quickly evolved to offer new ways of supporting us as we navigate this uncharted

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Buyers’ Market

A buyers’ market is traditionally one where supply exceeds demand, however, we are not in ordinary times. Despite a surge of folks who have recently become more attuned to their desire for a country home, local buyers are finding great

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Dennis Hill

Sprawling views and unsurpassed stone architecture, Dennis Hill in Norfolk, CT, offers a spectacular open-aired setting from the Pavillion at its summit. Surrounded by 240-acres of forest woven with hiking trails throughout, this state forest culminates at its peak with

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Barbara Roth

“A dear friend and an integral part of EHRE since its formative days.  I owe so much to her. Starting a real estate company with just two years of real estate under my belt was audacious. Barbara helped to give

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Distilled Maple Water a.k.a. SYRUP!

Collecting sap and boiling it into syrup over an open flame is the perfect celebration of this week’s spring-like temperatures. When boiled down, 40-liters of sap yields 1-liter of syrup! It also takes approximately 40 years for a maple tree

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Multi-Cultural Fair

Hotchkiss is hosting a Multi-Cultural Fair on February 23 from 2-4 pm which will feature activities, food, crafts, music, live performances, games, etc. from 20+ countries and children will be given passports in which they can document the countries they

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Fat Tire Climb & Jamboree

We are thrilled to announce The Salisbury Beast’s first Fat Tire Climb & Jamboree. This event, the second in The Salisbury Beast series, creates cohesion across the adventure sporting community. Benefitting Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA), the Fat Tire Climb & Jamboree

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SPRING BALLET CASTING

Drop-In Monday, February 17 from 4:30 – 6:30 At The Studio Lakeville, 9 Sharon Rd, Lakeville CT The Spring Ballet, created by Artistic Director Alisha Trimble will take place in April at The Falls Village Children’s Theater with live piano

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Weekend In Norfolk: WINter Weekend

What better way to beat the mid-winter doldrums than with a fun-for-all-ages, activities-packed weekend festival? That is just what you’ll find with Norfolk, CT’s WINter Weekend taking place Saturday & Sunday, February 22nd & 23rd.  Businesses, organizations and institutions throughout

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Valentines Day at Mohawk Mountain

On February 14th Mohawk Mountian invites you to a romantic evening with your special Valentine. Enjoy a cozy sit-down dinner for two and a night of skiing/snowboarding or tubing under the lights. Package includes: Lift or Tubing tickets and a

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A History of SWSA

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With Jumpfest Weekend on the horizon, the deeply-rooted spirit of our winter-loving community is felt throughout the village. The Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) was founded in the early 1920’s by brothers John, Olaf and Magnus Satre, who were well-known

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Salisbury Jumpfest

John Satre (Say-tree) first impressed the village of Salisbury in the mid-1920s when he grabbed his skis and launched off the roof of a neighbor’s barn! Satre Hill has been home to the Eastern National Ski Jump Championships since 1952.

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Northwest Camp on Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain in Salisbury is Connecticut’s tallest summit at 2,316-ft. While Bear Mountain itself is a well-known hiking area, the Northwest Camp on Bear Mountain is a hidden treasure.  Available for year-round reservation, this cabin lies along the Appalachian Trail

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Salisbury’s Human Dog Sled Races

Rally your Friends, Craft a Costume, and Get Training!   Join the winter warriors of Satre Hill at Salisbury’s Human Dog Sled Race  Friday Night February 7th immediately following target jumping. Salisbury’s 91st Annual JUMPFEST WEEKEND will be Feb 7-9, and

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Live Music throughout the Winter

Music is what feelings sound like. The Berkshires harmonize and live music resonates from venues across the region. Infinity Music Hall & Bistro occupies Norfolk, CT’s 1883 opera house. The restored music hall has hosts well-known artists who enliven the 300-seat

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Hops are Hip

Hop farming is hip. The Litchfield Hills is becoming a mecca of hop farmers and microbreweries.  The craft beer movement complements our area’s agricultural roots, farm-to-table values, and creative energy. Great Falls Brewing Company occupies the North Canaan’s historic Union Station

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Southern Berkshire Skiing

“A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom.” – Warren Miller The Berkshires offer pristine skiing throughout the area and a community of winter-warriors, like Schoenknecht, whose adventurous spirits glisten throughout the area. Our local love of skiing

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Happy Holidays

…Well, I see trees of green and red roses too, I’ll watch them bloom for me and you And I think to myself What a wonderful world Well I see skies of blue And I see clouds of white And

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Concert at Noble Horizons

On December 21 at 2 pm, Noble Horizons invites you to enjoy a concert with the talented Wanda Houston and her band and brass. Ms. Houston, known for dazzling renditions of musical theater, jazz, gospel, R&B, will also perform holiday favorites. Following her

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Carl Bozenski’s Christmas Village

Open daily from early December through Christmas Eve, the Carl Bozinski’s Christmas Village offers children the opportunity to meet Mrs. Claus, watch elves making toys, see Santa’s reindeer, and sit with Santa, who hands outs toys. All of this takes place

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Cut-Your-Own Tree

On Dec 12th from 12pm until 7pm, visit Housatonic Valley Regional High School for their FFA’s Holiday Night Under the Lights event where you can enjoy some holiday treats, Visit with Santa, Decorate Cookies, see their Barn Animals, or purchase

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A Rudimentary Thanksgiving

“It is in a home and with a family that values are acquired, traditions are fostered, and commitments to others are established. There are no adequate substitutes for home and family.” – James E. Faust Each year our family rejoices

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Millerton Festival of Lights

Schedule of Events Friday, November 29 10:00 a.m: Free Community Screening of Dr. Seuss’ THE GRINCH + free popcorn, goodie bags and discount coupons Bicycle-Tricycle Raffle drawing following the movie! The Moviehouse, 48 Main Street. Doors open at 9:30 am.

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Autumn: a succinct market

Each autumn cooler temperatures carry with them a sense of urgency whose briskness sweeps through the real estate market.  Buyers and sellers alike are aware of the impending winter weather and seeking to swiftly make their move, resulting in more

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Tailgate for Warren Miller’s Timeless!

Come tailgate November 8th and 9th before the Warren Miller film showing! the doors open at 5 pm. Join the party and get ready for winter! There will be having raffles at intermission for tickets, equipment, clothing, fire pits, food

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Wreath Workshops A December Tradition at GMF

Wreath Workshops Saturday & Sunday, December. 7 & 8 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the barn at GMF’s Administrative Offices 200 Canaan Mountain Road Falls Village, CT The annual wreath workshops will be here before

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Veterans’ Day

To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day. On the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, at the eleventh hour in 1918 there was a cessation

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Quince, Badger, Ferns, & Goose…

“Indian Summer”  Algonquin Native American term used to explain lingering warm weather in the autumn season This season we continue to enjoy temperatures well above average in the Hudson Valley.  Algonquin Native Americans believed that these warm days were sent

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Edith Wharton’s Ghost Stories

Join us for a special spooky edition of Wharton on Wednesday where professional actors will take on some of Wharton’s spookier tales. Free for Members, $10 General. Space is limited, please reserve ahead of time. WHEN: October 30, 2019 @

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Tour de Forest

Love to bike? Come join Norfolk Rails to Trails and Great Mountain Forest for Tour de Forest on Saturday! Norfolk’s Annual Tour de Forest biking event is a 13-mile bike ride encompassing a mix of dirt and paved roads through

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2019 Families in Business Conference

Families in Business Conference Family Values. Business Value.   Elyse Harney speaking at the ‘2019 Annual Families in Business Conference’ on September 27th, 2019 in Ithaca at Cornell University.⁣ ⁣ ⁣“You stole the show! I thought the Harney story was

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Old CNE

Some of the region’s easiest paths to travel on foot or pedal are those that once served our local railways. Delicately carved into the hillsides and bedrock of CT, NY, & MA, providing an interconnected web of pathways. At the

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