Happening this Week
LEARNING THE LAND: HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS
September 16th-17th, Saturday and Sunday, Times Vary
This celebrated series of walks and talks throughout Litchfield County and the Berkshire area is the perfect opportunity to be a tourist in your own backyard. For three weekends in September (and one day in October) over 80 free guided walks will take place at the area’s most interesting historic, cultural and natural sites. Here are the names of a few weekend’s particularly intriguing options: From Iron Ore to Orioles: Ecology and Industry in the Berkshires (Lenox & Pittsfield MA); Hike to the Remains of the Holy Sites at Hancock Shaker Village (Hancock MA); and American Chestnuts: Lost & Found (Falls Village CT).
Locations throughout Litchfield CT and the Berkshires. See website for details.
WALK THROUGH SHARON TO DARREN:
JEFF JOYCE OPENING RECEPTION
September 16th, Saturday 4-7PM
For the first time ever, Sharon’s celebrated galleries are collaborating to present the “Sharon Art Walk” offering the public an opportunity to experience and enjoy a broad range of art throughout the Sharon Town Green. Most notably, Darren Winston bookseller is hosting the opening reception of Picture Book, a new exhibition of works by artist Jeff Joyce. Joyce transformed reclaimed book covers into a collection of landscape sketches, describing it as “the intersection of literary Romanticism and the associated visual cult of nature.” His work shines, quite appropriately, in the exceptionally appointed book store of Darren Winston. Free.
Darren Winston Bookseller. 81 Main Street. Sharon CT. 860.364.1890
While in Sharon discover our favorite things!
BIKE OR HIKE TO BARNS AND FARMS
September 16th, Saturday, All Day
Don’t miss this phenomenal annual Hudson Valley event inviting people to working farms, historic barns and the best of local culture. Equipped with a map and information guide, guests travel by car, motorcycle or bicycle on this self-guided tour. The tour concludes with a lively party at Heermance Farm with local foods and live music. Perfect for a foodie, cyclist, animal lover, architectural enthusiast, history buff or naturalist! $50
Tour begins at Southland’s Foundation’s South Barn. 5771 Route 9. Rhinebeck NY. 845.876.4862
MELVILLE AND HAWTHORNE: MORTAL FRIENDS
September 15th, Friday 7:30PM
The perfect follow-up to or make-up for missing this summer’s recreation of the fortuitous Monument Mountain hike of Hermal Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Oliver Wendell Homes! Enjoy a staged reading of the brand new play Mortal Friends about the literary trios journey and the short-lived friendship that followed. Strangers to friends to muses to competitors to enemies, learn about the ill-fated relationship between these historic American writers. $35
Ventfort Hall. 104 Walker Street. Lenox MA. 413.637.3206
While in Lenox discover our favorite things!
FOOD AND MOOD:
WOMEN’S HEALTH WORKSHOP & COOKING CLASS
September 16th, Saturday 11:30AM-4:30PM
Join instructor Bettina Zumbick for a cooking class and informational session addressing many foundational issues for women’s health. Understanding food as a gift to the body, medicine and nourishment can change our relationship to food entirely. Bettina will illuminate the relationship between food and mood, and the food and lifestyle choices that positively affect women’s health.
Valley Spirit Cooperative. 6 Green Hill Road. Washington Depot CT. 860.619.2788