Art news in The Berkshires


Red Lion Inn wins reader's choice award

The Red Lion Inn was recently recognized as a "Top Hotel in New England" in Cond Nast Traveler's 30th annual Readers' Choice Awards.

"It's an honor to be recognized by the readers of Cond Nast Traveler and this award is particularly special because it reflects the opinions of our guests," said Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality. "This prestigious award speaks to the inn's lasting character and our dedicated staff who make it feel like a home away from home for our guests."

More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines and 195 airports.

The Readers' Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Cond Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday. See the full list of winners at

North Adams

Benefit concert to be held

Popular Berkshire duo, Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay will present "Once Upon a Dream," a concert in collaboration with AYJ Fund's programs for children with cancer and to fund cancer research.

Music lovers of all ages, especially Disney music fans, can enjoy popular children's songs starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at MCLA Church St. Center, 375 Church St., North Adams.

A meet-and greet with Disney princesses will begin at noon and little fans are encouraged to dress up as well. Then the concert begins with MCLA's a cappella group The Allegretto's, then Talora and Ramsay, along with special guests will take the stage.

The mission of the AYJ Fund is to bring smiles to kids with cancer, to keep them connected to friends and school through technology, and to support the research of Gliomatosis Cerebri and other brain cancers.

Tickets are $5 for children, students and seniors; $8 for adults; $25 for a family. Purchase tickets at, or can be reserved by calling 413-652-1602.


Dine with 'Southern Living' editor

Chef Virginia Willis was once praised by The Chicago Tribune as "one of the seven food writers you need to know." On Saturday, Nov. 4, Berkshire County residents will have a chance to get to know the Editor-at-Large for "Southern Living" over dinner at Hancock Shaker Village.

Willis will discuss Kentucky and Ohio Shaker foodways at the Food for Thought: Dinner, which will be the last of the series this season.

Willis, who champions social justice and sustainable sourcing, will team up with Hancock Shaker Village regional farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg to reimagine Southern cuisine on a New England farm and create a memorable neighborhood-sourced meal highlighting heirloom produce from the village gardens. The communal dinner will be served by candlelight in the 1830s Brick Dwelling dining room and includes wine and a copy of her latest cookbook, "Lighten Up Y'all."

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