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.