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Elyse's Country Journal Blog

Elyse's Country Journal brings you a glimpse of the Tri-State Region's charm! Browse our collection of blog posts, photos, eclectic articles, and our Local Events Calendar to feel the vibe of the Berkshires, Litchfield Hills, and Columbia & Dutchess Counties' Hudson Valley. Check out our Calendar of Events page here. Please email us if you have something you would like us to post or blog about.


Distilled Maple Water a.k.a. SYRUP!

In 1606 Marc Lescarbot wrote about the indigenous people of Acadia collecting and “distilling maple water” – intuitively condensing it into what we now know as syrup.  It takes approximately 40 years for a maple tree to become large enough… Read More...

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… Read More...

Salisbury Jumpfest

What’s sweeter than Maple Syrup Snow Candy?   A foot of fresh snow the day before Salisbury Jumpfest Weekend! Satre Hill has been home to the Eastern National Ski Jump Championships since 1952.  Friday night kicks off Jumpfest with Target… Read More...

Read Aloud Day

For 25 years, Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the Annual Read Aloud Day.  The Read Aloud program, currently sponsored by Alcoa Foundation, part of Alcoa-Howmet, is designed to stress the importance of reading to elementary school children throughout… Read More...

The Library: A Small Town Centerpiece

A community is defined by feelings of fellowship.  The synergetic energy of a community is powerful, omnipresent, unique – and often inexplicable. The Library serves as the centerpiece of all small town communities.  The Tri-State region is home to several… Read More...

An Italian Wine Luncheon

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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… Read More...

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… Read More...

Salisbury’s Human Dog Sled Races

Rally your Friends, Craft a Costume, and Get Training!   Join the winter warriors of Satre Hill at Salisbury’s Human Dogsled Race  Friday Night February 10th immediately following target jumping. Salisbury’s 91st Annual JUMPFEST WEEKEND will be Feb 10-12, and there… Read More...

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… Read More...

Ski Jump Camp

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Happy Holidays

…Well I see trees of green and red roses too, I’ll watch them bloom for me and you And I think to myself What a wonderful world Well I see skies of blue And I see clouds of white And… Read More...

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… Read More...

Poems That Ignite

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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… Read More...

Annual Victorian Christmas Concert

The Association’s Civic Committee continues a tradition of hosting a Christmas concert in the Academy Building. Oboeist Judith Dansker returns with lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, soprano and harpist Marcia Young, and soprano Alicia DePaolo for an evening of seasonal pieces, wine,… Read More...

Ski Swap ‘N Sale

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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… Read More...

Crescendo

On November 25, in the Norman Rockwell Museum’s galleries, the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble and members of the Berkshire Children’s Chorus, accompanied by a small ensemble of instrumentalists, will perform excerpts from an exciting multi-media work that will be presented in… Read More...