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MONASTERY CRAFT FAIR

In praise of Christmas’ diversity, may I direct your attention to a very modest monastery in Lagrangeville just 5 miles south of Millbrook, NY. The Annual Christmas Craft Show there draws repeat customers from as far away as Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Vermont. They travel in pursuit of the specialty vinegars, tapenades, and a host of other organically grown and artisanally produced comestibles made under the loving direction of Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourette. In 1977, joined by three Benedictine monks, Brother Victor-Antoine established Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery on 23 acres of stony farmland. Over the years they developed herb and vegetable gardens and a barn for a few animals. They then created and produced a small number of organic herbal vinegars that have become extremely popular with a number of Manhattan’s top chefs, as well as locavores throughout the Berkshires. Brother Victor-Antoine bases his vinegars on a recipe from a 12th century monastery cookbook. A fellow Frenchman brought the mother, or la mere du vinaigre, to America as a gift for Brother Victor-Antoine. This same fermentation kick-starter remains the basis of some of his truly heavenly vinegars year after year. Wines from nearby Hudson Valley farms are flavored with herbs and fruit grown in the monastery gardens and allowed to ferment in a cool, dark room for over six months a year. Students from neighboring Vassar College earn credits in subjects ranging from environmental studies to a course named, “Contemplation of the American Landscape,” by assisting Brother Victor-Antoine in his daily garden, farm, and production chores. The Christmas Crafts Festival this year features vinegars from red and white wine, a sherry vinegar, a cider vinegar made from organic apples, another cider vinegar flavored with honey from local bees, and vinegars infused with the flavors of apricots and raspberries. Brother Victor-Antoine has also developed a variety of tapenades and pesto’s made with herbs from his garden. Stores offering only the finest of epicurean delights (lRubiners and Bizalion in Great Barrington, MA) have some of these delectable vinegars for sale; but a visit to the Christmas Crafts Festival will allow you to discover not only the delicious creations and cookbooks authored by Brother Victor-Antoine, but something else, not quite describable, that keeps folks coming back year after year. The dates for this year’s Christmas Crafts Festival are December 1, 2, 9 and 10. Its hours are from 10AM-5PM. For more information and directions to the Monastery please visit the website. www.ourladyoftheresurrectionmonastery

by Penny Michels

MONASTERY CRAFT FAIR

In praise of Christmas’ diversity, may I direct your attention to a very modest monastery in Lagrangeville just 5 miles south of Millbrook, NY. The Annual Christmas Craft Show there draws repeat customers from as far away as Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Vermont. They travel in pursuit of the specialty vinegars, tapenades, and a host of other organically grown and artisanally produced comestibles made under the loving direction of Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourette. 

In 1977, joined by three Benedictine monks, Brother Victor-Antoine established Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery on 23 acres of stony farmland. Over the years they developed herb and vegetable gardens and a barn for a few animals. They then created and produced a small number of organic herbal vinegars that have become extremely popular with a number of Manhattan’s top chefs, as well as locavores throughout the Berkshires. 

Brother Victor-Antoine bases his vinegars on a recipe from a 12th century monastery cookbook. A fellow Frenchman brought the mother, or la mere du vinaigre, to America as a gift for Brother Victor-Antoine. This same fermentation kick-starter remains the basis of some of his truly heavenly vinegars year after year. Wines from nearby Hudson Valley farms are flavored with herbs and fruit grown in the monastery gardens and allowed to ferment in a cool, dark room for over six months a year. 

Students from neighboring Vassar College earn credits in subjects ranging from environmental studies to a course named, “Contemplation of the American Landscape,” by assisting Brother Victor-Antoine in his daily garden, farm, and production chores. 

The Christmas Crafts Festival this year features vinegars from red and white wine, a sherry vinegar, a cider vinegar made from organic apples, another cider vinegar flavored with honey from local bees, and vinegars infused with the flavors of apricots and raspberries. Brother Victor-Antoine has also developed a variety of tapenades and pesto’s made with herbs from his garden. 

Stores offering only the finest of epicurean delights (lRubiners and Bizalion in Great Barrington, MA) have some of these delectable vinegars for sale; but a visit to the Christmas Crafts Festival will allow you to discover not only the delicious creations and cookbooks authored by Brother Victor-Antoine, but something else, not quite describable, that keeps folks coming back year after year. 

The dates for this year’s Christmas Crafts Festival are December 1, 2, 9 and 10. Its hours are from 10AM-5PM. For more information and directions to the Monastery please visit the website. 

www.ourladyoftheresurrectionmonastery

by Penny Michels

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER ‘ PAWS FOR THE SEASON ’ WITH BEST SELLING AUTHOR & HIS SERVICE DOGJane Eckert is pleased to host former Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, the author of the New York Times Best Seller, “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and 
the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him.” We are also happy to have the amazing Tuesday, his Service Dog, present as well.Eckert Fine Art, 34 Main Street, Millerton, NYSaturday, December 1st at 3pm.For more information: www. eckertfineart.com

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER ‘ PAWS FOR THE SEASON ’ WITH BEST SELLING AUTHOR & HIS SERVICE DOG

Jane Eckert is pleased to host former Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, the author of the New York Times Best Seller, “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and 

the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him.” We are also happy to have the amazing Tuesday, his Service Dog, present as well.

Eckert Fine Art, 34 Main Street, Millerton, NY
Saturday, December 1st at 3pm.

For more information: www. eckertfineart.com

Kale & Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes2 lbs Potatoes, skin on (optional)5 ounces Goat Cheese2 cups Kale, raw, stems removed, leaves chopped thin3 Tbsp Butter1 1/2 Milk4 cloves Roasted GarlicSalt & Pepper to tasteCut potatoes into 1-2 inch pieces and put in a large pot.  Cover with water and add a few pinches of salt.  Bring to a boil and cook potatoes until very soft.  Drain and put back into the pot.  Add 1 cup milk and 2 Tbsp butter and mash with a potato masher. As the potatoes start to get smoother, add goat cheese, garlic, remaining milk and butter.  Mix in chopped kale.  Warm on low heat until kale wilts.  Seasonal with salt and pepper.  Serve hot. 

Kale & Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

2 lbs Potatoes, skin on (optional)
5 ounces Goat Cheese
2 cups Kale, raw, stems removed, leaves chopped thin
3 Tbsp Butter
1 1/2 Milk
4 cloves Roasted Garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste

Cut potatoes into 1-2 inch pieces and put in a large pot.  Cover with water and add a few pinches of salt.  Bring to a boil and cook potatoes until very soft.  Drain and put back into the pot.  Add 1 cup milk and 2 Tbsp butter and mash with a potato masher. As the potatoes start to get smoother, add goat cheese, garlic, remaining milk and butter.  Mix in chopped kale.  Warm on low heat until kale wilts.  Seasonal with salt and pepper.  Serve hot. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 4pmHandel’s Messiah Sing-In Frank Nemhauser conducting. First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 4pm

Handel’s Messiah Sing-In Frank Nemhauser conducting. 
First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting local businesses. This year it falls on Saturday, November 24. Last year over one hundred million people re-discovered the streets of their hometowns and took advantage of the special deals offered to shoppers on Small Business Saturday. Area residents in search of Christmas gifts will benefit from a stroll through all our Berkshire towns. The more people and the more businesses that get involved, the bigger and better the days will be. Small Business Saturday is becoming a community event. This is a terrific opportunity to look into that new sports store or that brightly lit boutique. Some towns have new spots where toy stores brim with colorful playthings. Saturday is one of the very best day for toy stores. Santa is watching you too! The Berkshires boasts some of the best independent bookstores in the country. Publishers have created increasingly lavish books to hold, savor, and delight disaffected e-book pioneers. A visit to your nearest cozy bookstore provides the opportunity to linger, look and sample collections that dazzle the senses. Last year President Barack Obama pitched in to help small businesses get into the holiday shopping season when he took his daughters along on a shopping run to a bookstore a few blocks from the White House. Local economies grow stronger when shoppers spend gift dollars close to home. The Chamber of Commerce estimates that for every dollar spent at local businesses, $0.45 of that dollar will stay in the local community. When compared to a mere $0.13 left for your town when shopping at a “big box store,“ it is hard to ignore the importance of supporting Berkshire retailers. Visit ShopSmall.com to find out how you can register your Amex card for a $25 statement credit! You can also learn about other ways to get involved and support your favorite local small businesses.

by Penny Michels

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting local businesses. This year it falls on Saturday, November 24. Last year over one hundred million people re-discovered the streets of their hometowns and took advantage of the special deals offered to shoppers on Small Business Saturday. 

Area residents in search of Christmas gifts will benefit from a stroll through all our Berkshire towns. The more people and the more businesses that get involved, the bigger and better the days will be. Small Business Saturday is becoming a community event. This is a terrific opportunity to look into that new sports store or that brightly lit boutique. Some towns have new spots where toy stores brim with colorful playthings. Saturday is one of the very best day for toy stores. Santa is watching you too! 

The Berkshires boasts some of the best independent bookstores in the country. Publishers have created increasingly lavish books to hold, savor, and delight disaffected e-book pioneers. A visit to your nearest cozy bookstore provides the opportunity to linger, look and sample collections that dazzle the senses. 

Last year President Barack Obama pitched in to help small businesses get into the holiday shopping season when he took his daughters along on a shopping run to a bookstore a few blocks from the White House. 

Local economies grow stronger when shoppers spend gift dollars close to home. The Chamber of Commerce estimates that for every dollar spent at local businesses, $0.45 of that dollar will stay in the local community. When compared to a mere $0.13 left for your town when shopping at a “big box store,“ it is hard to ignore the importance of supporting Berkshire retailers. 

Visit ShopSmall.com to find out how you can register your Amex card for a $25 statement credit! You can also learn about other ways to get involved and support your favorite local small businesses.

by Penny Michels

BRINGING THE BERKSHIRES INDOORS

“A long walk through Berkshire forests and fields should mark the very first step in your preparation to decorate your home for Thanksgiving,” Debby Bennett of Kent Greenhouse and Gardens recently explained. “Don’t limit your holiday harvest to the vegetable garden. Consider the abundance of autumn treasures to be found while hiking along bright trails at noontime. Now that the leaves have fallen, the richness of the woodland floor can provide you with beautiful and unexpected items to use for holiday decorations.” The floral designers at Kent Greenhouse specialize in incorporating living, natural elements into their creative works. Seedpods, cones, lichen, mosses and bark are some of the items harvested for their centerpieces. The stylists there encourage clients to keep in mind that the longevity of a well-constructed autumn arrangement can be extended into Christmas with a few simple, fresh substitutions. Remember to decorate the house with the scent of autumn as well. Subtly scented candles placed in each guestroom or bedroom can evoke a feeling of holiday warmth. Try a scent favored by the proprietors of Salisbury’s newly opened Ragamont Inn. The Monarch Quince candle combines light essences of orange and bergamot, crisp apple and pear with a hint of jasmines and roses. It can be purchased at Passports, a wonderful shop replete with tasteful treasures, also located in Salisbury. 

Read more! Share if you like it!
http://www.berkshirestyle.com/features/bringing_the_berkshires_indoors.html

BRINGING THE BERKSHIRES INDOORS

“A long walk through Berkshire forests and fields should mark the very first step in your preparation to decorate your home for Thanksgiving,” Debby Bennett of Kent Greenhouse and Gardens recently explained. “Don’t limit your holiday harvest to the vegetable garden. Consider the abundance of autumn treasures to be found while hiking along bright trails at noontime. Now that the leaves have fallen, the richness of the woodland floor can provide you with beautiful and unexpected items to use for holiday decorations.” 

The floral designers at Kent Greenhouse specialize in incorporating living, natural elements into their creative works. Seedpods, cones, lichen, mosses and bark are some of the items harvested for their centerpieces. The stylists there encourage clients to keep in mind that the longevity of a well-constructed autumn arrangement can be extended into Christmas with a few simple, fresh substitutions. 

Remember to decorate the house with the scent of autumn as well. Subtly scented candles placed in each guestroom or bedroom can evoke a feeling of holiday warmth. Try a scent favored by the proprietors of Salisbury’s newly opened Ragamont Inn. The Monarch Quince candle combines light essences of orange and bergamot, crisp apple and pear with a hint of jasmines and roses. It can be purchased at Passports, a wonderful shop replete with tasteful treasures, also located in Salisbury. 

Read more! Share if you like it!

http://www.berkshirestyle.com/features/bringing_the_berkshires_indoors.html

Beautiful hot pink thai silk pillow, embroidered with gold thread and decorative brown beads.
BerkshireSyle.com and Nest offer this holiday gift! Pillow courtesy of Nest. Visit their new location, 11 Brook Street, Lakeville CT 06039.
Click on the picture and join the contest !!!
Beautiful hot pink thai silk pillow, embroidered with gold thread and decorative brown beads.
BerkshireSyle.com and Nest offer this holiday gift! Pillow courtesy of Nest. Visit their new location, 11 Brook Street, Lakeville CT 06039.
Click on the picture and join the contest !!!