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6 06, 2018

The Season is Upon Us (part 3)

2018-06-06T12:00:33+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Categories: Press|

June 5, 2018
By Margaret D. Kerswill

Stockbridge (and beyond), Massachusetts – The season is upon us! Summer is just around the corner and the crowds of visitors to our glorious Berkshire Mountains’ communities grow a little larger each day.

For those of us living year round in The Berkshires, this is the time of year to check the calendars of our favorite seasonal cultural and outdoor venues and plan our outings. It’s also the time when free family and community days are announced; so, be sure to check in on your favorite institutions regularly to see what’s happening in and around Stockbridge.

The Mission House, a Colonial-era house and museum, tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant. Originally located on nearby Prospect Hill in Stockbridge, this National Historic Landmark was carefully disassembled, moved, and restored between 1926 and 1930 by Miss Mabel Choate at its present location on Main Street. This property, as well as Miss Mabel Choate’s former residence, are now maintained by The Trustees of Reservations.

Journey back in time to discover the life and passion of Edith Wharton through her estate, The Mount, and original personal library. Tour Wharton’s home and year round gardens; have lunch at the terrace cafe; enjoy free music on Friday and Saturday nights; or get your tickets for one of their special events. View the full calendar of events.

Turn Park Art Space combines a sculpture park, exhibition venues, and an amphitheatre for outdoor performances. This space invites both children and adults to explore and play while surrounded by contemporary architecture and sculpture set against a backdrop of the picturesque Berkshire mountains. Learn more.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is an elegant, artisan crafted Jacobean-Revival mansion built in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan (JP Morgan’s sister). It was the film set for John Irving’s 1999 Cider House Rules starring Michael Cane. The house and grounds are open year round, offering daily tours. Discover their full event schedule.

Whether you live here year round or you’re visiting The Berkshires, plan now for your late spring and summer cultural activities. Summer will soon be upon us!

The museums, gardens, and cultural institutions listed above are proud members of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

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In and Around Stockbridge, Massachusetts: The Quintessential New England Town
6 06, 2018

The Season is Upon Us (part 2)

2018-06-06T12:00:02+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Categories: Press, Uncategorized|

 June 5, 2018

By Margaret D. Kerswill

Stockbridge (and beyond), Massachusetts – The season is upon us! Summer is just around the corner and the crowds of visitors to our glorious Berkshire Mountains’ communities grow a little larger each day.

For those of us living year round in The Berkshires, this is the time of year to check the calendars of our favorite seasonal cultural and outdoor venues and plan our outings. It’s also the time when free family and community days are announced; so, be sure to check in on your favorite institutions regularly to see what’s happening in and around Stockbridge.

Visit Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio and explore the home of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. Set on a 46-acre estate, view their paintings, frescoes, and sculpture and experience their exquisite collection of American and European Cubist Art. Learn more.

Saturday, June 9th, marks the FREE Community Day at Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Get excited for Festival 2018 with this pre-Festival, family-friendly afternoon of free dance classes taught by local and regional dance artists; dance-themed children’s activities and tours; and performances on the Inside/Out stage by regional studios and companies. Find the full festival schedule by clicking here.

Stroll the historic Merwin House and discover the summer home known as Tranquility to its former inhabitants, the Doane family of NY. Learn about Stockbridge’s history and discover the family’s collection of European and American furnishings. Today the location is also home to the Berkshires office of the Housatonic Valley Association, dedicated to protecting the Housatonic watershed.

Naumkeag House and Gardens is a pristine Gilded Age Cottage located in the heart of Stockbridge, MA, with 44 rooms in the main house and more than 10 acres of gardens designed by Fletcher Steele. Maintained by The Trustees of Reservations, Naumkeag offers a full season of activities for children and adults. Learn more about their music evenings and other events here. Both guided and self-guided tours of the house and grounds are available.

Norman Rockwell Museum is a must-see in Stockbridge, hosting the world’s largest collection of original Rockwell art as well as other featured American illustrators. Learn about the history of Rockwell’s artistic evolution; explore his work and studio; discover new artists; and take a guided historic property walk on the bucolic 36 acre site. Sunday June 10th is Berkshire Community Free Day. Residents will be able to view Shuffleton’s Barbershop while it remains temporarily in the Berkshires. View the NRM event schedule.

Whether you live here year round or you’re visiting The Berkshires, plan now for your late spring and summer cultural activities. Summer will soon be upon us!

The museums, gardens, and cultural institutions listed above are proud members of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

maddashrev
In and Around Stockbridge, Massachusetts: The Quintessential New England Town
6 06, 2018

The Season is Upon Us (part 1)

2018-06-06T12:01:33+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Categories: Press|

June 5, 2018
By Margaret D. Kerswill

Stockbridge (and beyond), Massachusetts – The season is upon us! Summer is just around the corner and the crowds of visitors to our glorious Berkshire Mountains’ communities grow a little larger each day.

For those of us living year round in The Berkshires, this is the time of year to check the calendars of our favorite seasonal cultural and outdoor venues and plan our outings. It’s also the time when free family and community days are announced; so, be sure to check in on your favorite institutions regularly to see what’s happening in and around Stockbridge.

View the calendar of Berkshire Botanical Gardens to learn more about topics like backyard beekeeping and landscaping or to sign up for their various field studies like the Foraging & Feasting Plant Walk.

Have you visited Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum or booked a train ride lately? Starting on June 9th and running on alternating Saturdays is the Cabaret Getaway Train, an adult only experience with soul soothing music, cocktails, and snacks. There is also a variety of family fun train ride experiences.

New this year to the Bidwell House Museum are The Family tour, offered twice a month on Friday, and the Guided Walk, offered one Saturday a month. Learn more about the various tours and museum history by clicking here. There is also a self-guided option for those who prefer to explore at their own pace.

Chesterwood was once the home of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of Boston’s Minute Man and The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Carrying forward this rich history in the arts, find an artist-in-residence; permanent collection; historic home and studio; outdoor sculpture; a wooded trail; and many special events May-October. View their full calendar of events.

Coming to The Clark June 9th is the exhibition Women Artist in Paris, 1850-1900. This exhibition showcases the remarkable artistic production of women artists working in Paris during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Mark your calendar for FREE family fun day on June 29th. Visit their website to explore The Clark’s full summer schedule or art and culture. Plan now!

And don’t forget The Stockbridge Library Association with free children, teen, and adult programming that goes on all year long! If you don’t have a library card, sign up today.

Whether you live here year round or you’re visiting The Berkshires, plan now for your late spring and summer cultural activities. Summer will soon be upon us!

The museums, gardens, and cultural institutions listed above are proud members of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

maddashrev
In and Around Stockbridge, Massachusetts: The Quintessential New England Town

2 05, 2018

The Town of Stockbridge Officials, Ameresco and Town Residents celebrated the completion of the Solar Farm

2018-05-02T15:35:52+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Press|

The Town of Stockbridge Officials, Ameresco and Town Residents celebrated the completion of the Solar Farm at the capped landfill field with a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The Town partnered with Ameresco to develop the solar PV project under a long-term Lease and Power Purchase Agreement.“This exciting project demonstrates Stockbridge’s commitment supporting sustainable renewable energy solutions, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing annual energy costs and effectively utilizing Town-owned land,” said Steve Shatz, Town Finance Committee and former Selectman. Chris Marsden, Town Facility Manager and oversight manager of the project, thanked many for their guidance, sound advice and professionalism during the project with special thanks to the neighborhood for their support. Also present and speakers at today’s ceremony were Donald Chabon, Board of Selectman Chair, and Joel Lindsay, Ameresco Solar PV Project Development.

22 01, 2018

It’s Time to Hit the Slopes

2018-01-22T15:37:45+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Press, Uncategorized|

he Berkshires is synonymous with snowy winter fun. So why not break out of your daily routine and hit the slopes at Ski Butternut?

Offering big-mountain skiing close to home, Ski Butternut has a full service ski and snowboard shop; ski school; eight lane tubing center; and two terrain parks. Whether you’re with your family or that special someone, there are plenty of winter activities to choose from.

Worried that you’re not really a skier or snowboarder, but still you’ve always wanted to try? Take a group or private lesson; learn the basics; and hit the slopes! Or, if that’s not quite your thing, try out the tubing center for all the thrill of the slopes with none of the necessary balance to stay on your feet! You’re never too old or too young to get started.

Spend the day. Have some fun. And remember, if you’re feeling romantic and decide to pop the question to your special someone on the slopes, Ski Butternut also hosts weddings! Make your special day an event your guests will never forget.

Ski Butternut, located at 380 State Road in Great Barrington, is a proud member of The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

22 01, 2018

Libraries: A Cure for Cabin Fever

2018-01-22T15:35:33+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Press|

The first snow fall is exciting as our beautiful landscape turns crisp and clean and white. We think of slowing down and catching up on the things left undone during our busy summers and autumns. We dream of lazily sipping cocoa and cocktails in front of the fire with friends after a vigorous hike or a day on the slopes. Then temperatures plummet into the negatives. Winter weather advisories flash across our screens at a seemingly constant pace. Reality sets in that winter is upon us. Now what? Cabin fever hits. Ugh.

What better cure is there than our public libraries when skies are grey and temperatures are just too cold for outdoor adventure? The Stockbridge Library is a great place to find a little escape when the winter doldrums set in. Stop in and browse the library stacks or order audiobooks, books (regular and large print), magazines, and DVDs through their online system. Meet neighbors. Chat with the cordial and knowledgeable staff. Use a computer. Thumb through a favorite newspaper or magazine.

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22 01, 2018

Stretch Your Body and Mind in the Berkshires this Winter

2018-01-22T15:33:29+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Press|

When winter swipes away the crowds that make the Berkshires such a bustling summer arts hub and autumn leaf-peeping playground, this hilly region falls less dormant than you initially might perceive. Like Wite-Out painted over oopses, a coating of snow gives the Berkshires a fresh, clean start, but a careful look reveals it’s merely masking what lies underneath. Dark nights and cold snaps can’t erase the Berkshires’ cultural vitality, beauty, and recreational possibilities. When your inclination to hibernate peaks, run away, instead, to the Red Lion Inn, and—like an artist who sees each blank canvas’s inherent potential—shift your viewpoint on the season. Sure, rooms at this historic hotel on Stockbridge’s Main Street—particularly the spacious, serene retreats at Maple Glen guest house just steps from the lively main inn—seem ideally designed for a long winter’s nap. But the Red Lion Inn is at the heart of efforts to make the Berkshires an active four-season destination. A place where traditional winter sports are just the start of a vibrant line-up of outdoor and indoor activities so physically and intellectually stimulating, even cold and snow haters will feel inspired and recharged. Read more

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.