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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.

Norfolk CT

Quirky – in the most charming way.  Norfolk, contrary to being dubbed the “Ice Box” (due to its reputation of having the coolest temperatures in Connecticut), is a closely-knit and warm community that proudly embraces its brisk reputation.  Home to Infinity Hall and Yale

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Farmer’s Market

“What makes the Farmers’ Market such a special place is that you’re creating a community around food.” – Byrant Terry As a community, we continue to honor our rural roots and local sustainability through the plethora of Farmers’ Markets that

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Memorial Day 2018

This weekend pride with permeate our villages as we parade colors of red (hardiness), white (purity), and blue (vigilance, perseverance, justice) to signify the core values that have upheld our country since 1776. Originally called “Decoration Day”, Memorial Day didn’t

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Play, Eat, Drink: Drive-In

For over 40 years, Four Brothers Pizza Inn has been an integral part of the business and community landscape of the local Tri-State Region. Famous for their Greek Salad Dressing introduced in 1978, this family owned-and-run enterprise has served over

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Sharon Classic Road Race

Founded in 1985, this year the Sharon Classic Road Race is in its 33rd year. What started out as a small fundraiser to benefit the Sharon Day Care Center has become one of the most welcomed events of the spring

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Christine Krause Design Studio

“We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” – Jenny Uglow With spring in the air and flowers in bloom, inspiration abounds. The sunshine and green grass highlight the

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Gospelfest 2018

While “rural” in nature, the Tri-State Region’s close proximity to Boston and New York City has, over many generations, created an atmosphere that is rich with Arts & Entertainment. A prime example is Gospelfest, which, led by the incomparable Michael

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Southern Berkshire CSA Farming

CSA farmers epitomize the Berkshire lifestyle.  Serving as a liaison between our strong communities and valued agricultural roots, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms help to promote self-sustainability throughout the Litchfield Hills.  Purchasing a CSA farm share gives members access to fresh

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Need A Lift?

Forty years ago Robert and Carol Sadlon, then “weekenders” to the local Tri-State region, had a vision for a rundown old Grange Hall in Millerton, NY, so they bought the building, got to work, and on Memorial Day Weekend, 1978,

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Sharon Playhouse

“The historical aspect of the Sharon Playhouse makes it a one-of-a-kind venue.  It has been producing home-grown theatre and performances since 1955 in its current building but has been in existence since the 1930’s.  Being in the theatre brings back the

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Zig’s Stone & Tile Services

“The Stone Whisperer” –Rosanne N. Professional Interior Designer Marble, granite, limestone, slate, Mexican tile…we use a great deal of natural stone and specialty tile throughout our homes, whether it be for countertops, baths & showers, or flooring. Not only do

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Crocus: Spring’s Calling Card

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” -Anonymous The Crocus, that first sign of spring, certainly blooms in what would be considered adverse conditions for most other flowers. Often appearing even when there

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North Korea: What’s Next? Two Experts Offer their Views

North Korea: What’s Next?  Two Experts Offer their Views On March 24 at 11 am, Noble Horizons will host, “North Korea: What’s Next?” with North Korean experts Melanie Kirkpatrick, former Deputy Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and Jack David, the

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Mark Your Calendars! The Jane Lloyd Fund Events

“Helping Cancer Patients Day to Day” is the mission of The Jane Lloyd Fund. A beloved community member, Jane Lloyd valiantly lived with her Cancer for eight years. Between the time of her initial diagnosis and her passing on September

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Studio Lakeville & Green Cafe

A local buzz is radiating from the “Old Firehouse” in Lakeville. The iconic building was recently renovated by Churchill Builders to revive its longstanding stature as Lakeville’s centerpiece – now home to Studio Lakeville and Green Cafe.  Studio Lakeville owner,

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Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

“Show me your horse and I will tell you what you are.” -English Proverb Horses were first domesticated over 4000 years ago, and since then humans have relied on horses for transportation, warfare, farm work, sports, recreation, and (more recently)

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Connecticut Flower & Garden Show

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” -Henri Matisse This week, Hartford’s Connecticut Convention Center will be converted into a flower lover’s Eden when the 37th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show takes root from Thursday,

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fiberflame craft studio “your creative home”

Just about an hour’s drive west of downtown Lakeville, CT, in the Village of Saugerties, NY is fiberflame craft studio, a “walk-in, make-your-own mixed media craft studio.” fiberflame’s motto is “your creative home,” and they live up to it by

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2018 Year of the Yang Earth Dog

It is the unconditional love and resiliency that has earned dogs their title of “man’s best friend.” With the darkness of tonight’s new moon, we welcome the 2018 Chinese Zodiac Year of the Earth Dog.  Unlike the Yin energy of

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Valentine’s Day

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. -Charles M. Shultz As is true with most modern-day holidays, Valentine’s Day has a long and complex history. It is believed that Valentine’s greetings were exchanged

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Jumpfest 2018: Where to Stay

The Salisbury Winter Sports Association  92nd Annual Jumpfest Weekend is slated to take place February 9th-11th at Satre Hill in Salisbury, CT. Ever-growing in popularity, Jumpfest draws participants and spectators from near and far. If you’re coming from out of

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Salisbury Winter Warmer to benefit SWSA

Elyse Harney Real Estate is a Proud Sponsor of the 2018 Salisbury Winter Warmer to benefit the Salisbury Winter Sports Association. The mission of the Salisbury Winter Sports Association is to acquaint our nearby communities, especially the children, with Nordic

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Hammertown

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“Love your home.” It’s a simple concept and one that successful businesswoman Joan Osofsky has used as the foundation upon which to build her thriving local business, Hammertown. Originally opened in 1987 in an old horse barn on her property

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What’s your Medium?

The Litchfield Hills inspire.  Our communities embrace creativity and exploration.  Those new to the area often find themselves involved in the arts and various hobbies that they have never before embraced.  The talent throughout the region is contagious – a

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The Woodland Restaurant

“If you can’t find something to please your palate on Woodland’s three-page menu, you must not be trying.” -Christopher Brooks, New York Times Anyone who knows anything about the restaurant business will tell you how incredibly hard it is to

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Saperstein’s

One of my earliest memories is of being in Saperstein’s having my foot measured for my first pair of “big girl shoes.” We won’t get into exactly when that was, but suffice it to say I’ve been shopping at Saperstein’s

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Berkshire Spas

It’s a new year, and a time when many of us make resolutions to take better care of ourselves. But how many among us resolve to take better care of our skin? With months of winter still ahead, now is

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Winter Weather Preparations

As those who live here well know, the weather in New England is subject to change that can be drastic, no matter the season. The current extreme cold that has settled across our region certainly falls into the “drastic” category,

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Quintessential Cuisine

The atmosphere in the tri-state region is similar to that of a diner: casual, friendly, whimsical, and inviting. “I like it. It’s got that let’s-drown-ourselves-in-better-days type ambiance,” – Rebecca McNutt Quintessential American Cuisine comes in the elongated shape of glistening stainless steel, swivel

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Christmas Tree Disposal

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” -New England Proverb The presents have been unwrapped, the leftovers are gone, and there are almost as many needles under the tree as there are on it. So

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Kid-Friendly New Year’s

Staying up until midnight to ring in the New Year is a time-honored tradition, but one that becomes more difficult with children. As any parent knows, children want to be part of the celebration, no matter the time. Luckily several

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Resolutions

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard Akitu was a 12-day long festival held by the ancient Babylonians to celebrate the New

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Happy Holidays 2017

♪♫♬…  I see trees of green, red roses too I see 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 the brightness

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