This Sunday, Dennis Wedlick’s Hudson Passive Project is having an open house from 2-5pm.  If you’re anywhere near Claverack, stop by.  We certainly plan on it.

For more photos, see the New York Times photo tour here.

More info on the Passive Project here.


We took a trip up to Field Farm in Williamstown a few weeks ago.

Field Farm is 300 acres of fields, woods and wetlands owned and operated by the Trustees of Reservations of Massachusetts.  The path winds around the property for about 2-4 miles depending upon which loops you take.

There are two modernist homes on the property: the one on the right is the Guest House you can stay in for $200-300 a night.  The Folly, on the left, is open for tours June – October.

It was pretty quiet the day we were there – only one other family walking, and one car at the B&B.

This fall has been spotty up here; the color was stalled on some trees and on others the leaves fell before they could turn.  So by mid-October, a third of the trees had color, a third were still green, and a third were completely bare.  Now it’s November and we got a foot of snow last week.

I guess that means we better get mulching.

More on Field Farm here.

More on the Guest House here.

It’s time for our favorite film festival of the year: Film Columbia held at the single-screen Crandell Theater in Chatham, NY.  I wrote about our 2009 visit here.

This year, we’ve snagged tickets for:

A Dangerous Method, starring my new obsession Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre, Fish Tank).  A psycho-sexual thriller about the woman who comes between Jung and Freud starring Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Kira Knightly?  Front row, please.

Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, about a young woman who joins a cult, then leaves the cult and attempts to re-acclimate to ‘normal life’ at the home of her sister.  Stars the Olsen twins’ little sister Elizabeth (“Lizzie”), who gave the breakout performance of this year’s Sundance.  Hugh Dancy (husband to Clare Danes) and Sarah Paulson (tell me you didn’t love
(Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) also star.

And The Kid with a Bike, the Grand Prix winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival about an abandoned boy who sets out to find both his father and his bike.  A hairdresser he meets along the way helps him find, if not actually recover, both.

Other highlights include Corioloanus (Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut), Melancholia (Lars Von Trier’s best work yet?), The Artist (homage to silent film era’s Chaplin, Keaton, Griffith, et al), Anonymous (local screenwriter John Orloff raises the Shakespeare authorship question in this cloak-and-dagger story) and We Need to Talk About Kevin (Tilda Swinton = can do no wrong).

We didn’t get tickets to the “Saturday Night Sneak” in time; it’s now sold out.  Last year’s “Sneak” was Black Swan.  I have a suspicion it’s going to be The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which I’ve been dying to see, but having watched the original Swedish version over the weekend, am not entirely confident even the great David Fincher can improve upon it.  See it, but be warned: it’s extremely violent.

Tickets to Film Columbia 2011 here.

Almost four years living upstate and we’d never been to Mt. Greylock.

We picked a perfect day to make our first visit.

Next time, we’ll bring our hiking boots.

I gave you all a quick rundown of our summer here.  Now that it’s October, I figured it would be the perfect time to share even more summer highlights.  ‘Cause I’m an organized, consistent blogger that way.

Monhegan Island, Maine, July 4th weekend

Hydrangea and rose front yard explosion

Blueberries coming in

Unidentified backyard flower

Friends of the Farmer, Copake

My beautiful cukes!

One of many mushrooms at CLC’s Hand Hollow

Late summer overgrowth

Mt. Greylock (more pics to come)

Delicious birthday panna cotta

The truth is I wasn’t just being lazy by not sharing these earlier.  We (okay, me) misplaced our camera for about a month, so every photo from July and August that wasn’t on an iphone was thought to be lost.  I’m glad they weren’t.

We went apple picking this weekend but came up short on my favorite variety to bake with: Golden Delicious.  As a substitute, I left with Ginger Golds and Cortlands.

The Ginger Golds didn’t hold their shape when cooked, but would make a delicious, sweet apple sauce.  They also didn’t brown, which is a big plus when baking, especially when you step away for an hour to enjoy a bowl of homemade chili.  I’ll try the Cortlands next.

I don’t have pics of the crisp, but will leave you with something else that’s golden:

What’s Doing in Columbia/Berkshire County

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Columbia county: CoCo To Do

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