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.

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!