6 12, 2017

How you can have a Norman Rockwell Christmas in Mass. Main Street in Stockbridge will recreate the painting that made it famous. Boston.com

2017-12-06T10:58:51+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Press, Uncategorized|

Stroll down Main Street in Stockbridge this Sunday, and you’ll feel as if you stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting. Literally.

The picturesque town in the Berkshires will recreate Rockwell’s 1967 painting, “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas (Home for Christmas)” during the 28th Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration Dec. 1-3. The weekend-long event attracts thousands of visitors each year, and about 2,500 visitors alone during Sunday’s recreation, said Barbara Zanetti, executive director of the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event. The portion of the street in the painting will close to automobile traffic on Sunday between noon and 2 p.m. so guests can enjoy the scene.

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2 10, 2017

Hurricane Relief Benefit Performance at Shakespeare & Company

2017-10-02T17:01:10+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Press|

Posted on October 2, 2017

By Margaret D. Kerswill

Join Shakespeare & Company, Thursday October 5th, for the Hurricane Relief Benefit Performance of God of Carnage. The proceeds from this performance will be donated to One America Appeal to support those effected by the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Written by Yasmina Reza, God of Carnage (originally in French Le Dieu du carnage), was the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play. If you haven’t seen the play, you have one last chance to catch it in its run at Shakespeare & Company this Thursday while also contributing to the hurricane relief efforts. If you have seen it, here’s your chance to see it again and catch the dialogue you missed while you were laughing the first time!

Nothing short of socially civil, Alan (Allyn Burrows) and Annette (Kristin Wold) meet with Michael (Jonathan Croy) and Veronica (Elizabeth Aspenlieder) to discuss a playground fight that ensued between their young sons. But this is not your average social situation and civility is abandoned when drinks are poured, lines are drawn, and sides are taken. Hilarity ensues as the doldrums and annoyances of their married lives invade their discussion and the savagely funny and very relatable quips fly.

Call the box office at (413) 637-3353 or visit the Shakespeare & Company website to get your tickets.

15 09, 2017

Autumn is for Shopping in Stockbridge

2017-09-15T11:51:11+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Press|

Posted on September 15, 2017

By Margaret D. Kerswill

So, maybe you live locally and you drive through Stockbridge frequently on your way to other places. In the summer, maybe it even frustrates you a little with traffic, pedestrians everywhere, and the seeming lack of parking (hint: the Town Offices at 50 Main Street provide both additional parking and public restrooms). But when is the last time you stopped, spent time, and really explored the wonderfully unique shopping that Stockbridge has to offer?

Autumn is the perfect time for a stroll through town, wandering up and down the small alley ways to explore, shop, and snack your way through Stockbridge. Each of the small retail shops is still independently owned and offers a unique shopping experience. Get a head start on your holiday gift giving with handcrafted artisan gifts; jams, jellies, and sundries; antique and contemporary jewelry; vinyl records, CDs and vintage posters; women’s clothing; books; gourmet chocolates; and so much more. There’s something for everyone.

Leave your daily routine behind, take a day trip, and rediscover Stockbridge. Walk the streets. Browse the shops. Have a bite to eat and just enjoy the day. Come see why our quintessential New England town is a destination for travelers from all over the world.

15 09, 2017

Halloween in Stockbridge, MA

2017-09-15T11:38:24+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Press|

Posted September 15, 2017
By Margaret D. Kerswill

Looking for a festive way to celebrate Halloween with your family? Stockbridge offers a few opportunities to scare up some fun and frights for all ages.

About three quarters of a mile from downtown Stockbridge you’ll find Naumkeag, a Trustees of Reservations property and the former country estate of noted New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate, located at 5 Prospect Hill Road. Creep through the woods at night during the annual Pumpkin Trail on October 13 & 14 as 200 carved jack-o-lanterns light your way. Listen for the woodland creatures on the trail who will greet you and regale you with funny and informative stories of their nocturnal activities. Ideal for kids under 12.

Feeling a little more daring? Ready to be frightened in grand Berkshire style? Visit Naumkeag October 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 for their recently resurrected Annual Halloween Haunted House. Be prepared to be scared as you stroll the gardens and tour all three floors of the Gilded Age “cottage” where ghosts and ghoulish creatures await you. Recommended for ages 12+ (parental discretion). You can contact Naumkeag at 413-298-3239 to learn more about house tours and events.

For more traditional fun, the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Halloween Parade & Party on October 27. Those looking to participate in the parade should gather in costume at Main & Pine Streets prior to 6 p.m. ready to march up Main Street to the Town Offices where cider and donuts will be served. This event is open to area children and their families. In case of rain, all activities will take place at the library.

Immediately following the Halloween Parade, the Stockbridge Library Association will host the 7th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About in the Stockbridge Library gardens. If you are carving a jack-o-lantern, drop it off at the Library between 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. When you come back after the parade the path will be lit by all the pumpkins carved by local businesses, your neighbors, and you! There will also be some spooky stories and a Halloween treat.

Come out and join in the traditions, both old and new in this quintessential New England town!

26 05, 2017

Unwind amid the bucolic splendor of the Berkshires, birthplace of Norman Rockwell’s quintessential New England.

2017-05-26T16:07:27+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Categories: Press|

Kick things off with a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum (the iconic painter spent much of his life in Stockbridge). Located on the edge of town, the museum maintains the largest single collection of the artist’s works — including every one of his Saturday Evening Post covers. Docents deliver an engaging presentation in the main exhibit hall every couple of hours. Afterward, your best bet is to take the self-guided audio tour, which allows you to hear insightful commentary on most of the displayed works at your own pace. Rockwell’s studio — which was preserved when he died — was relocated from his Stockbridge home to the museum grounds and is a highlight of the tour.  See what Westchester Magazine has to say about Stockbridge, MA

26 05, 2017

Plenty to do this summer in the Berkshires

2017-05-26T16:01:03+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Categories: Press|

Our area is not only a summer cultural paradise that lure tourists from all over the world, but being only an hour or so drive to the Berkshires of Massachusetts permits us to be tourists ourselves. The cultural riches of that area multiplies the bounty found at home.

The Berkshires offers great theater, wonderful classical, chamber, and the Boston Pops with great pop guest artists. There are a number of great museums like the classic Clark Institute, the contemporary MassMoCA, Norman Rockwell Museum and others. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra and the 2017 season opens On July 7 with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. It closes on Aug. 27 with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. BSO artistic director Andris Nelsons will be on the podium for both. In between those events there will be music by the world’s best composers and guest artists and conductors. Read more

26 05, 2017

See it all on this boot camp-style tour of Berkshires culture -Boston Globe

2017-05-26T15:57:19+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Categories: Press, Uncategorized|

Start your day in Stockbridge with breakfast at the Main Street Cafe (413-298-3060). While you are enjoying your waffles or omelet, know that you are (sort of) inside a painting by Norman Rockwell; the artist spent the last 25 years of his life in Stockbridge, and his portrayal of Main Street has become an iconic image of American small-town life. After breakfast, take a short, scenic drive up Route 183 to see the canvas version at the Norman Rockwell Museum (413-298-4100, nrm.org), the world’s largest collection of his work. Marvel at the detail in Rockwell’s original paintings as well as the room devoted to his covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Spend some time walking the scenic grounds, enjoying the outdoor sculptures and touring Rockwell’s studio. read more