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Welcome to Elyse’s Country Journal, your guide to the best of the Berkshires, Litchfield Hills, and Hudson Valley! Our collection of captivating blog posts, stunning photos, and fascinating articles showcase the unique charm and beauty of this breathtaking region. Join us on a journey of discovery as we explore the hidden gems and local hotspots of this area. From the vibrant cultural scene to the stunning natural landscapes, there is so much to see and experience in the Tri-State Region. So come along with us and discover the magic of the Berkshires, Litchfield Hills, and Hudson Valley. Browse our collection of articles, photos, and blog posts to get a taste of what makes this area so special.

Election Day

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -Abraham Lincoln Throughout the United States the first Tuesday following November 1st is regarded as Election Day. The history of Election Day is largely rooted in our nation’s history as a primarily agricultural

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Oh My Gourd!

“Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.” –Simone Schwartz-Bart Pumpkins, squash and gourds are all members of the same family that contains over 100 genera and over 700 species. The word “pumpkin,” which has

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Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” -Ray Bradbury Libraries have a long, rich history dating back to a collection of clay tablets found in Mesopotamia more than 5,000 years ago. Aristotle is credited with creating the

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Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival 2017

  At the 2017 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, you’ll find not only black sheep but goats, angora rabbits, llamas, musk oxen, and alpacas. Held at the 160-year-old Rhinebeck Fairgrounds in historic Rhinebeck, NY, the two-day festival began

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Art Abounds

“Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton With their close proximity to the metropolitan areas of New York City and Boston, the Southern Berkshires, Litchfield County and Hudson Valley have long been

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The Salisbury Fall Festival

Salisbury Fall Festival October 6th – October 9th, 2017 Several cultures have ancient traditions that coincide with autumn. Here in the Northwest Corner’s Historic villages of Lakeville and Salisbury is the 62nd Annual Salisbury Fall Festival, which continues to grow

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Housatonic Heritage Walks

According to superstition, catching falling leaves in autumn brings good luck. Autumn in the tristate region is a favorite time for residents and visitors alike.  Enjoying the season can be as simple as taking a scenic drive along the Housatonic

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NW Connecticut Crop Hunger Walk

One of the most compelling qualities of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut is the generosity of those who reside here. Witness the spirit of our small towns this Sunday at 1:00 pm as we celebrate the 34th Annual Northwest Connecticut

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Pomme d’Amore: “Apple of Love”

Tomatoes, once a forbidden fruit, quickly evolved into a bountiful vegetable embraced by all. Originating in Peru, tomatoes were once believed to be poisonous – earning a scientific name that translates to “wolf peach” and represents the belief that this

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Happy Birthday, Papa John!

Happy Birthday, Papa John! Saturday, August 26th, for one day only, you can Honor Marines by Educating Their Children when you purchase any product from Harney & Sons Tea. To celebrate the birthday of founder, master tea blender, and Marine veteran John Harney,

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Educational Opportunities Abound

The Southern Berkshires, Litchfield Hills & Hudson Valley regions boast many exceptional educational opportunities which directly reflect our community’s talent and values for local and international students alike. The strong support of our local and seasonal population fosters a rich,

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EHRE Summer Intern 2017

Join us in welcoming Zoe to EHRE as our Summer Intern! Having read our weekly newsletter since she was 12 years old and already well-versed in the local inventory,  Zoe joins our team this summer to share her skills and soak

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8TH ANNUAL OPEN YOUR EYES STUDIO TOUR

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council presents… 8TH ANNUAL OPEN YOUR EYES STUDIO TOUR Saturday, June 24, 10 – 5 p.m. & Sunday, June 25, 10 – 4 p.m. 31 Artists’ Studios in Sharon, Lakeville & Salisbury, CT – FREE TOAST-the-TOUR

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The Power of Conservation

Our lives are rooted in land and other natural resources. They give us beauty, nature, food, health and connections to our collective past and future. When something gives you such special and sustaining gifts, it’s important to provide it care

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Daffodils

A host, of golden daffodils… Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay:

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World Health Day Challenge

The Southern Berkshire Region boasts unsurpassed locavore cuisine and year-round farmers markets – making it easy to enjoy a well-balanced diet year round.  Our generous Tri-State Region is full those who enrich our communities with their talents.  Anne Lindley Young, the

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Sweet Memories

“Sometimes you never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” “There were blueberries everywhere that summer!”  Elyse Harney laughs at the recollection of the many years that she and her late husband, John Harney, spent

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Year of the Rooster

January 28, 2017 welcomes the Chinese New Year.  The first day of each lunar month is marked by the darkest day of the moon’s cycle and moves toward the middle of the month with increased brightness.  In China, the first month of

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Upcycling in the Berkshires

January is a time of renewal!  As we renew our personal goals and reclaim our homes from the holiday clutter, the winter months are also a wonderful time to refresh our sense of creativity.  The Berkshires are surrounded by the

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Berkshire Country Store in Norfolk, CT

Norfolk’s Berkshire Country Store is the “Ice Box” of Connecticut’s hottest topic. Located in the center of town at 6 Station Place, the country store opened its doors this past week offering a full breakfast & lunch menu, pastries, hot drinks,

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Winter’s Rose

Poinsettia’s are the highest selling potted flowering plant in the United States – over 34 million plants are sold each year!  What’s more surprising is that these sales yield an estimated $60 million in worth over the course of only a

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Gifting… Treat Yourself… Locally!

It is better to give than to receive.  As you search for that perfect gift this holiday season, treat yourself to stress-free local shopping at the many unique and trendy boutiques that surround our Tri-state region.  The Berkshire charm is

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SWSA Ski Swap 12/3/2016

“A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom.” – Warren Miller The Berkshire Mountains, Litchfield Hills, and Taconic Range seamlessly converge in a beautiful blend of year-round outdoor recreation and exploration.  With its winter identity as an idealistic family

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#ThrowBackThursday: Happy Thanksgiving!

Each year our family rejoices in the tradition of a Thanksgiving Day Hike at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, MA, where we visit our favorite Copper Beech tree. With time, and perhaps without realization, this tree has become a family heirloom

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Flowers of Remembrance

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly… -excerpt from “In Flander’s Fields” by John McCrae (1915) Bright red Poppy flowers spread hopefulness

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Lakeville, Conn. A Norman Rockwell Kind of Place

Click the below article to read Wall Street Journal’s featured article on our beloved Lakeville, CT. “Lakeville, Conn. A Norman Rockwell Kind of Place“ Weekenders and younger families are settling down in the scenic village By BILL CARY Oct. 14,

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Salisbury’s 2016 Fall Festival

Indulge in a hearty breakfast of freshly made blueberry pancakes, then wander Main Street for attic treasures, global crafts, and previously-loved books and jewelry in the villages’ churches. Admire the beautiful quilt show.  Purchase delicious homemade baked goods and learn how to make

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Apple Picking

Apples symbolize the prosperity that can come from perseverance. Stories of Johnny Appleseed and his fellow English Settlers continue to be passed down with pride from one generation to the next. The apple truly represents the American Dream; a fruit whose

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Pomme d’Amore

Tomatoes, once a forbidden fruit, quickly evolved into a bountiful vegetable embraced by all. Originating in Peru, tomatoes were once believed to be poisonous – earning a scientific name that translates to “wolf peach” and represents the belief that this

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NECC’s Chef & Farmer Brunch Challenge

DATE/TIME: July 31st, 11 am – 2 pm LOCATION: Hotchkiss Fairfield Farm, 406 Sharon Road, Lakeville CT 06039 North East Community Center is kicking up their 6th annual Chef and Farmer Brunch a notch this year with a new twist

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White Hart Provisions: General Store Cafe

  In addition to offering incredible food and overnight accommodations, today the White Hart Inn debuted it’s latest coup: White Hart Provisions. The general store cafe’s entrance from the White Hart’s Undermountain Road opens to a retro chic cafe with decadent drinks

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Connecticut’s “Secret Corner”

“Round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” – J.R.R. Tolkein The Litchfield Hills are often dubbed “The Secret Corner.”  Nestled between the Southern Berkshires and Hudson Valley, our private corner of solitude boasts quintessential villages, artistic communities

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It's a wonderful life in the Litchfield Hills & Beyond

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