The Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic 2014, scheduled for August 7th through the 10th, is a four-day celebration of wines from around the world paired with locally sourced cuisine as prepared by celebrity chefs, and all on the incomparable Tanglewood grounds.
If that doesn’t get you running towards the Berkshires, nothing will.
As with so many other wonderful events at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home, The Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic has become an annual tradition many look forward to all year long – and who can blame them? With all the great wine and food, along with a host of celebrity chefs, vintners, food and drink scholars, and more, who wouldn’t look forward to the event’s annual return?
No matter your interests, there’s something on a Berkshires stage for you.
It should comes as no surprise to you that the Berkshires are awash with stage productions, acting studios, and live theater venues. Whatever your favorite entertainment – song dance, drama, comedy – a Berkshires stage is bound to be putting on something you’ll love. With the numerous theater companies, stage troupes, and well-established festivals found here, the Berkshires’ really do have it all.
Many of us collect something – art, watches, books, coins – but who collects collections? The Berkshire Museum, that’s who – and they’ve collected together a bunch of local collections in their Berkshire Collects exhibit, running now through May 11th.
As a species, we love to collect and organize, seemingly, and never is the statement “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” made more obvious than by viewing the grouped results of someone’s long-term collecting passion.
Would you like to see some of the most beautiful places in the Berkshire communities of Lee and Becket? Join us for a very special tour called “Gardens, Grounds and Properties of Lee.” Taking place on Sunday, June 23rd from noon to 4 p.m. this tour will lead you to six unique Lee and Becket properties. You will be provided with a map which directs you to delightful surprises: music, literature, family farms and even a former brothel. A dairy farm with frozen yogurt will be a refreshing treat and beautiful gardens are certainly on the itinerary.
Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Get yours at Karen Keenan Gifts on Main Street in Lee or at the Lee Chamber of Commerce booth on Park Place. You can also call 413.243.0852 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Other Special Places to Visit near the B&B
There are so many unique and beautiful attractions in the Berkshires, they are much too numerous for one blog post. However, we will give you a run down of some of the most popular sites in our area:
Norman Rockwell Museum
Tanglewood Jazz Festival, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Jacob’ Pillow Dance Studio and Festival
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
Greenock Country Club for golf and tennis (across the street from our Inn)
You don’t have to leave our grounds to have a great day. Well, you will need to get dinner…but other than that, Applegate Inn has park-like grounds with a heated pool, lounge furniture and even hammocks. We provide an excellent environment for rest and relaxation.
While you may feel like it is still winter, the Spring has arrived and summer will be just around the corner!
One of the biggest events of the Berkshire summer is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. This is the longest-running dance festival in the nation; Jacob’s Pillow plays host to more than 50 dance companies. There will be over 350 free and ticketed performances, talks, exhibits, films, classes, tours, and community events. The festival takes place over 10 weeks (mostly weekends) of the summer, starting with the Opening Gala on Saturday June 15th and ending the last weekend of August.
Jacob’s Pillow is offering a variety of different ways to get to the front of the line when ordering tickets for the performances you want to see the most.
By becoming a member (minimum $60 donation) a subscriber (purchase tickets to 5 or more events) you can purchase your tickets before April 8, when they go on sale to the public.
If you are unsure which performances you would like to attend when becoming a subscriber, Jacob’s Pillow has grouped shows together based on themes: Around the World, Ballet Lovers, Music Lovers, American Artists and the Variety Package.
2103 Festival Highlights
Here are a couple of the performances already slated for early this summer:
DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM (June 19-23) The preeminent American dance company opens the Festival with The Lark Ascending by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine’s masterwork Agon, and more.
COMPAGNIE KÄFIG (June 26-30) The sold-out hip-hop show of 2012 returns! Experience the virtuosity, humor, and irresistible energy of this unique production from Brazil and France.
Lodging in Lee, MA
Our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast is located in the quaint town of Lee, about 20 minutes away from Jacob’s Pillow. We are business partners with the dance company and one of the most convenient accommodations to the festival.
One of America’s consummate satirists is coming to the Berkshires! It is not too early to buy your ticket for David Sedaris’ show in Great Barrington on April 6. A quick 20 minute drive from our Berkshires bed and breakfast in Lee brings you to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, at 14 Castle St. where Sedaris will be speaking.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris is established as one of America’s dominant humor writers. With great skill, Sedaris cuts through through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, showing Sedaris as master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
“Mr. Sedaris tells the first fable from the point of view of a curious owl that asks questions of the more interesting prey. This owl is on a quest to be more than just his appetites and drive to hunt. If the prey has an interesting story, the owl releases it only to watch his parasitic (and hilariously stupid) family show up to eat the poor creatures anyway. The tales are told in a matter of fact style that is both absurd and surreal. I have yet to shake the image of the owl’s passive aggressive mother arriving as he is about to snack on an unfortunate rabbit.
Good storytellers reveal the world more than tell the listener or reader something new. There are a multitude of facts on this planet but Sedaris crafts the story behind them and puts a kaleidoscope spin on even scientific facts. As part of the owl fable, there is something revealed about leeches and hippos that could have been a gross out moment. I took away a new attitude about leeches and a new respect for gerbils.”
If you are a Sedaris fan, this is a night well worth the $45 – $65 ticket price.
10×10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company
Running through March 3rd at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center. 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield MA.
Thurs-Fri-Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 3 p.m.
$20 Thursday evenings and Sat-Sun matinees; $25 Friday and Saturday evenings
Head to Pittsfield, about 20 minutes north of our Berkshire Inn, to the St. Germain Stage for an evening of ten 10-minute plays by 10 different playwrights, featuring seven talented actors as part of the 2013 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Fortunately for you, the show is running for an extended three week period!
The Lair by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox
The Liar by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA.
Running through March 24th at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox MA.
Fri-Sat at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
$22-$42 for Friday and Saturdays; $15-$25 for Sunday matinees
A tangled web of lies, misdirected advances and the unmistakable confusion of love, The Liar has all of the ingredients that make for a great French farce.
The truth will set most people free, but for Dorante, the disingenuous hero, a sequence of fibs may pave a convoluted road to happiness. A hilarious farce about mistaken identity, The Liar was originally penned by the classic 17th-century French playwright Pierre Corneille, in 1664. This adaptation by award-winning American playwright David Ives merges the iambic humor of classic verse with a contemporary twist.
Let Us Be Your Berkshires Lodging!
Whatever brings you to the Berkshires, theater or Tanglewood, Skiing or sketching, we would love to host you in our elegant and spacious inn, located in Lee, MA.
Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? Does the phrase “Call me Ishmael” have a special meaning for you? If you said “yes” to either of these statements, we have some upcoming Berkshire events that might peak your interest.
Herman Melville’s home, named Arrowhead, is the site where Moby Dick was written. The home will be open during the holiday season on weekends through January 13 for public tours. Hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with tours on the hour at 11,12,1 and 2. The shop is open with gifts for all the history and literature buffs in your life.
Also recently opened is The Melville Trail. The intent of the Trail is to deepen the public’s understanding of Herman Melville’s connection to and love of many places in Berkshire County. Four of his most beloved locales now have permanent interpretive panels. Find them at Arrowhead, Pontoosuc Lake, Berkshire Athenaeum and Monument Mountain.
Arrowhead – the home of Herman Melville in Pittsfield MA
Also included on the trail are eight more places that Melville loved. Park Square, Hancock Shaker Village, Crane Museum of Paper Making, Balance Rock, Lenox Court House, Tanglewood/Hawthorne Cottage, October Mountain and of course Mount Greylock.
Although Melville’s work belongs to the world, it was the Berkshires that inspired him.
Ventfort Hall Mansion
On Saturday January 12 at 3 p.m. the Gilded Age Museum at Ventfort Hall presents a Tea and Talk. “Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey” will be the subject with Curt DiCamillo as the speaker. DiCamillo is an architectural historian and a recognized authority on the British country house. The lecture coincides with the third season of the highly popular fictional television series Downton Abbey returning to American television. A snow date has been scheduled for Saturday, January 19, at 3:00 pm. A Victorian High Tea will follow the program.
Looking for a Massachusetts Getaway? We hope you will consider staying at our romantic Berkshire bed and breakfast – we would love to be your hosts!
As the weather gets cold and the night sets in early, a great way to spend the evening out is at a concert. Forget about the cold and the wet outside while enjoying the pulse of the beat and the warmth you feel while dancing or hearing your favorite song.
Upcoming Concerts in the Berkshires Area
Gaia Roots: The Colonial Theatre (111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA ) Gaia Roots World Music and Dance Ensemble is an all-female performance troupe that blends drumming, dance and vocal harmonies into a unique enactment of traditional music and original creations. They draw inspiration from the roots music of West Africa, the Caribbean and many other traditions from around the world. November 24th. Performance & Workshop: $15 at 7pm; Workshop only: $10 at 7pm; Performance only: $10 at 8pm.
Mary Verdi and Tony Lee Thomas host Christmas at The Colonial Theater (111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA): This lively show begins the holiday season with all your favorite Christmas songs! Mary Verdi is a local singer and songwriter who takes the stage with her seven piece band, bell choir, dancers, children singers and of course Santa Claus! Don’t miss this family-friendly Christmas show! December 1 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
The Temptations: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA):The Temptations are known as one of the most acclaimed and successful acts to record for Motown records. December 2at7pm. Tickets $80-$50.
Arlo Guthrie: The Colonial Theater (111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA): With Woody’s 100th birthday approaching, Arlo’s new solo tour is a celebration of Woody Guthrie’s immeasurable contributions to the landscape of American folk music. Best known for his song “This Land is Our Land,” Woody was a giant in the folk movement, inspiring a generation of new folk musicians, including Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Bob Dylan and of course his son, Arlo. December 6 at 8pm.
If any of these artists or shows peak your interest, consider making a real event out of it with a stay at our fine Lenox, MA bed and breakfast. We have several specials you might want to take advantage of – including a romance package, mid-week specials (some of the concerts are mid-week) and more.
The 78th Annual Harvest Festival in Stockbridge, MA will have a farmer’s market, children’s activities, live music, vendors selling fine crafts and much more!
Saturday & Sunday ~ 10 am to 5 pm
The annual Harvest Festival in Stockbridge, MA is a long-standing Berkshires tradition. Locals and visitors gather every year in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire Botanical Garden to celebrate community and the harvest season.
This family friendly Berkshires event has plenty of opportunities to shop and to learn. Vendors will be selling handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textile arts and more. There will also be a silent auction and plant sales. The farmer’s market will feature fresh locally grown produce. A food court and bakery will give visitors a wonderful chance to taste the work of local food artisans’ baked delights, burgers, sausages, chocolates and other fine foods. Learning opportunities include workshops and demonstrations–watch a blacksmith at work and see thread spun before your very eyes.
The Harvest Festival in the Berkshires is a favorite for children of all ages. Hay rides, face painting, balloon animals, a hay maze, crafting and kid-friendly farm animals are just a few of the fun activities kids love at the festival. This year, there are a few new additions too: horseback riding, an obstacle course by the Southern Berkshire Community Center and a monster photo booth will be sure to entertain everyone in the family!
Live music will set the mood with a swing jazz quartet and a banjo and fiddle duo. Buskers will also be out and about to keep the music going throughout the garden. It’s an altogether lovely celebration during a gorgeous time of year in the botanical garden.
Come to the festival at 5 West Stockbridge Road in Stockbridge on the Berkshire Botanical Garden grounds. Parking is free. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. It’s all for a good cause; proceeds support Berkshire Botanical Garden education programs. For more information, please visit BerkshireBotanical.org/Harvest_Festival.