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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.

Cinco De Manyo Concert

Cinco De Mayo Concert on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 7 PM held at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, CT. With world renowned musicians Violinist Bob Stern and Guitarist Gil Gutierrez. To learn more about their amazing talents

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Seedlings

The Litchfield Hills offer a lifestyle that allows for year-round outdoor activity.  With four distinct seasons, we often find ourselves eagerly awaiting the arrival of change.  The changing of seasons is a time when the weather is a bit unpredictable

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Why Do We Build Walls and Do They Work?

Are walls the answer? For over ten thousand years, walls have been erected to protect, divide and separate; much of humankind has lived outside walls, behind walls, on the right or wrong side of walls. As the country grapples with

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The Harlem Line Band at the White Hart Inn

Dance with The Harlem Line Band! On Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30-11:00 pm,  the White Hart Inn will host the fifth annual Jane Lloyd Fund Benefit Dance with The Harlem Line,  a seven-piece R&B and Rock & Roll band. The dance will

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The Library: A Small Town Centerpiece

A community is defined by feelings of fellowship.  The Library serves as the centerpiece of all small town communities.  The Tri-State region is home to several incredible libraries that epitomize the inexplicable personalities of their respective surroundings.  Our local libraries culminate the

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38TH ANNUAL STUDENT OPEN RECITAL

Come and support area students as they share their talents in the 38th annual Student Open Recital on February 24, 2019 at the Salisbury Congregational Church, 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Every year area

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Purposely Re-purposed

It’s the unique mosaic of authenticity that makes a house a home – a coveted collection of memories and inspirations that lie quietly within each keepsake that decorates our most exclusive space. Colder temperatures and more time spent indoors makes

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Headlamp Hiking

Sunshine warms your body but moonlight illuminates your soul. A full moon and clear skies on the horizon will create majestic conditions for headlamp hiking this weekend.  The moon’s reflection over a fresh blanket of snow amplifies our expansive Berkshire night sky. Explore

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How to Manage Chronic Pain without Opioids

On February 23 at 11 am, Noble Horizons physical therapists,  Kaitlyn Duerr, PT, DPT, and Kim Tormay OTR/L will present, “Chronic Pain Management without Opioids: Utilizing Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for Chronic Pain Management.” Kim Tormay is a registered and licensed occupational

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“Rental Sweet Rental”

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir The Hudson Valley, Southern Berkshires, and Litchfield Hills offer year-round appeal to families, recreationalists, students, and those seeking reprieve.  Snow Sports & Skiing

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Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil is believed to be only 39% accurate in his prediction of spring’s arrival. Yet, regardless of his accuracy, Groundhog Day is a celebration of community. February 2nd marks the midpoint of winter and spring solstice.  When German settlers arrived

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SWSA Upcoming Weekend Events

Friday Night Lights! February 8, 2019 While you are warming up SWSA Target Ski Jumping competition starts at 7 pm. Immediately following the competition, stick around for the Human Dog Sled Racing.                    

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PLACE. A unique gallery space in Millerton, New York

Join Johanna Lindsay on Jan. 12 from 5pm-9pm to toast her new exhibit at PLACE. in Millerton, NY.  Johanna’s photography will be featured through March 12th at Millerton’s unique gallery space that combines art, furnishings, and fashion. Read our interview with

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Yule Log

Burning a Yule Log to welcome winter solstice is believed to have brought upon the tradition of holiday lights.  The yule log would offer light on winter’s darkest days while warding off evil as it summoned the return of the

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Historic Iron GeoBand

During the American Revolution, 80% of the cannons produced in The Colonies were made at the Salisbury Iron Furnace. The Berkshire Mountains, Taconic Range and Litchfield Hills are united by a unique geological band that spans over 100 miles from southern

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holiday celebrations

SATURDAY: Sinterklaas Festival (Rhinebeck, NY); Ski Swap & Sale (Lakeville, CT); Great Mountain Forest Wreath Workshop  (Falls Village, CT); Sweethaven Farm Pop-Up Shop (Salisbury, CT); Festival of Trees & Gala (Salisbury, CT); SUNDAY: Salisbury Tree Lighting  & Parade of Lights in Salisbury, CT (Sunday)  

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Sinterklass Festival Day

The village of Rhinebeck, New York will be hosting a day long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre, music, and lots more bring out your friends and family and join them. For more information about the festival visit their website

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Great Mountain Forest Wreaths

Come join Great Mountain Forest for their annual wreath workshop to create a beautiful wreath for your home, which will be held this Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd. Sessions are: Sat., Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m. to noon, adult session Sat., Dec.

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Salisbury Tree Lighting at White Hart Inn

Hometown Holidays Continues December 2nd at The White Hart Inn, 4:30 – 6:00 PM Salisbury, CT – Join your friends and neighbors at  The White Hart Inn with Santa, cookies, cocoa, caroling with Michael Brown and the Salisbury Christmas Brass Band

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Sweethaven Farm Holiday Workshops at Chaiwalla

Noreen Driscoll has a Holiday Pop-Up Store at Chaiwalla’s this year and is doing wonderful Workshops THANKSGIVING BOUNTY TABLE GARLAND Saturday, November 17, 1 PM Price depending upon size 16″- 36″ / $35 – $50 On a premade Lemon Leaf

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Fesitval of Trees & Gala Party

Noble Horizons is excited to host its annual Festival of Trees, culminating with a Gala Party on December 1st.  The Gala includes a live auction of the trees and other displays, the proceeds from which go to support the residents at

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Gratitude & Joy

“It is not Joy that makes us Grateful, It is Gratitude that makes us Joyful!” Wishing you a Thanksgiving full of Gratitude & Joy!

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The Salisbury Artisan Group

The coming weeks are a celebration of family, community, and generosity.  The White Hart Inn will host a local Holiday Market, featuring handmade gifts from residents throughout our community.  Browse unique gifts while enjoying the comforts of the Inn’s quintessential

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THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET

Celebrating Life in England and New England On November 10 and 11, Crescendo presents its fall choral program with music of rejoicing and remembrance. Featured British composers are the beloved 17th century composer Henry Purcell and 20th century Britain’s eminent composer Sir

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Flea at 99 in North Canaan

North Canaan is a mosaic of chic, unique, and antique. Explore the Berkshire flair by browsing an array of distinctive shops, including one of the newest additions, Flea at 99.  This indoor flea market hosts 45 vendors who offer new, vintage,

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Salisbury Fall Festival

A  village-wide Scarecrow Contest, Pancake Breakfast, Beer Fest, 5K rail-trail run, local food, games, crafts, and more! Wander Main Street for attic treasures and previously-loved books and jewelry in the villages’ churches. Admire the beautiful quilt show. Purchase homemade baked

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A Tribute to Wanda Landowska

Crescendo presents the famed Polish harpsichordist Władysław Kłosiewicz who is coming to Lakeville, Connecticut, the former home of the visionary performer Wanda Landowska, to play a concert in honor of her legacy. There will be one performance on Saturday, October

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It’s NOT Your Grandpa’s Farm!

Grandpa’s farm was undoubtedly a great place, but the science and technology of farming and agriculture have changed since then. On Saturday, September 29, 2018, join us on this self-drive tour of four locations: Pine Island & Twin Rivers Farms

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Harvest Moon

As the sun and moon achieve equilibrium each fall, with the moon rising just as the sun sets, the sky is ablaze with the grandeur of a moon whose reddish hues and prominent size fill the sky.  The full moon nearest to

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

The best celebration of a fantastic summer is a long weekend of barbecues, picnics, swimming, and outdoor recreation. Lawns and gardens are beautifully manicured, boats are filling the docks at local lakes, and our villages are bustling with smiling faces

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A Summer Evening of Picnics and Bluegrass

On August 8 at 6:30 pm, Noble Horizons invites you to celebrate summer at a free outdoor concert with the Zolla Boys, a highly acclaimed traditional bluegrass band.  Guests are invited to bring picnics at 5:30 pm, which may be enjoyed pond side or at a

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Choice of Happiness

“…if I could have chosen, I think I would have simply chosen to be happy…” We live in a community of open doors and endless opportunity.  A talented mosaic whose forward-thinking synergy is defined by an emphasis on education, outdoor recreation, and a

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It's a wonderful life in the Tri-State region

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