Archive for the ‘Berkshire Cultural Events’ Category

The Berkshires in Summer: Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow and Live Theater

July 1st, 2012 by jenn

In addition to balmy days and lush gardens, summer in the Berkshires brings the return of some of our favorite cultural events of the year. Berkshire-area festivals offer the unique opportunity not only to enjoy fantastic performances, but also to learn from these nationally and internationally famous actors, dancers and musicians. Aspiring artists of all disciplines can visit the Berkshires to hone their own crafts and be inspired by the very best.

Music Conductor Hands and BatonTanglewood 2012

This summer is a very special one for Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood and the world-renown concert series is pulling out all the stops.The season officially opens on July 6, 2012 and will continue all summer with a wonderful variety of musical performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, famous guest conductors and musicians. The highlight event will be on July 14th: The Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Gala. It’ll be a night to remember with dazzling performances by BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, John Williams, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor and other celebrated musicians at Tanglewood. For tickets, scheduling and additional information, visit BSO.org.

DancerJacob’s Pillow 2012

One of our favorite Berkshire summer events is already underway. This summer is the 80th Anniversary of the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. In July, you won’t want to miss Vertigo Dance Company from Israel (July 4-8) and the return of Tero Saarinen’s very popular, Shaker-inspired Borrowed Light.  The Hong Kong ballet will debut at Jacob’s Pillow July 18-22, 2012. These are just a few of the great dance performances offered in July. For a full schedule, tickets and more information, visit jacobspillow.org.

Professional Theater and Performances

Live performances and summer theater in the Berkshires are also heating up. The five theaters of the Berkshire Theater Group have a great summer season of premier live entertainment, from Hip Hop to cabaret. You can learn more and get your tickets at berkshiretheatregroup.org. Other great resources for professional summer theater and performances include:

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA

Chester Theatre Company

Williamstown Theatre Festival

The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, NY

Enjoy all these great performances and exceptional learning opportunities while staying at our Berkshire Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Second Annual Berkshire British Motorcar Festival – Father’s Day Weekend!

June 10th, 2012 by Lisa Lidback

Berkshires British Motorcar Festival Coming up on Father’s day weekend, the second annual Berkshire British Motorcar Festival will be held in once again in downtown Lenox! First presented as the Tanglewood British Motorcar Festival and held on the same weekend last year, and with nearly 350 British Motorcars in attendance, the event was a big success!

This year the event will be based on the property of Shakespeare & Company, conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Lenox. Friday afternoon will kick off with the Fun Rally, the Registrant’s Reception at the Gateways Inn, and the evening Street Party showing off the participating British Motorcars parked on the diagonal downtown, with live band and street vendors providing food and entertainment.

Berkshires British Motocar FestivalFriday through Sunday, the British Car Corral and British Market Place & Auto Jumble will be held. The British Car Coral is a special location on the show grounds to sell or buy British Cars. The British Market Place & Auto Jumble is a collection of British Companies and vendors selling British or British like products and services. Hard-to-find motorcar spares, motoring accessories, picnicking accessories, motoring regalia, restoration service providers, fashion items, and more.

Saturday the judged competition “Concours d’Elegance” will be held, cars will be judge based on criteria including mechanical operation, paint, interior, woodworking, undercarriage, chrome, engine compartment, and authenticity, and of course must be British, over 15 years old, and may not be replicas.

Sunday a second driving tour takes off in the morning, exploring the scenic back roads of the Berkshires, and culminating back at Shakespeare & Company. The Tailgate Picnic Competition has become a “Classic” and perhaps one of the best Tailgate Competitions on the East Coast! A jolly good display of creativity, good food, and things British, awards will be given including: Most Elegant, Most Creative, Most British, Best Costume, Best Tasting, Most Humorous, and Most Shakespearean.

If you are celebrating Father’s Day in the Berkshires, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Applegate Inn is located just a ten minute drive from Main Street Lenox, visit our website or check our room availability, and contact us if you are looking for a last minute room!

 

Jacob’s Pillow 80th Anniversary

May 8th, 2012 by Applegate Inn

One of the best parts of summer at our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. If you hope to witness it in 2012–the 80th anniversary of the festival–it’s time to start making plans.Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Circa

The line-up at Jacob’s Pillow is always superlative. Highlights in 2012 include:

  • Opening Dance Party, with performances by CIRCA, Mimulus, David Halberg, and others, and dancing by all.
  • Morphoses World Premier. Arresting visuals, gorgeous dancing, and a new score. Fabulous.
  • Mimulus. An exciting blend of samba, contemporary dance, and imaginative visuals design.
  • Leesaar The Company. A “gutsy, brainy modern-dance troupe” (from The New York Times).
  • The Men Dancers: From the Horse’s Mouth. A unique, extraordinary event.
  • Jonah Bokaer x David Hallberg. A rare opportunity to see some of today’s most extraordinary artists in an intimate setting.
  • Doug Elkins and Friends’ Fräulein Maria. An uproarious deconstruction of Rodgers and Hammersteins musical The Sound of Music.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

As always, there will be free outdoor performances by the dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow every Wednesday through Saturday at 6:25 p.m.

It’s impossible to go wrong at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, for every performance is worth seeing. The setting is beautiful, the art extraordinary. It’s the perfect place to spend a summer evening.

The 80th Anniversary Festival runs June 16 – August 26, 2012. Visit Jacob’s Pillow for more information and tickets, then book your room at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.

Mother’s Day Weekend at Ventfort Hall

May 1st, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Ventfort Hall, Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

Ventfort Hall, Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, in Lenox.

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend this year at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, and take mom to the Pre-Mother’s Day Pink Tea and Ballet at Ventfort Hall.

The Pre-Mother’s Day Pink Tea and Ballet begins on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment is by the American Dance Insitute Ensemble, the Albany Berkshire Ballet Junior Company, and the Catarella School of Dance. A special pink tea and refreshments will be served after the ballet.

Ventfort Hall is a historic mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox, Massachusetts, not far from our Berkshires Inn. Built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan (sister to J.P.), this Jacobean Revival-style mansion is being restored to its former glory.

The first floor of Ventfort Hall is home to The Museum of the Gilded Age. As the name suggests, exhibits focus of the life and times of the Gilded Age, which lasted from the late 1860s to the end of the century.

Currently on exhibit is “Les Petites Dames de Mode”, 59 exquisite miniature fashion models that portray the history of women’s fashion from 1855 to 1914. The ladies and their fabulous costumes were lovingly created by John R. Burbidge, who was Senior Designer for the famous bridal house, Priscilla of Boston prior to his retirement. This was a labor of love.

Bring Mom–either your mother or the mother of your children–to our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires for Mother’s Day this year. Spend the weekend exploring the area, and enjoy a special Pre-Mother’s Day Pink Tea and Ballet at Ventfort Hall. Moms deserve to be treated well.

Additional information is available at Ventfort Hall.

A Night Out in the Berkshires

April 10th, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Many of the people who travel to Berkshires Bed and Breakfasts come from the large metropolitan areas of New York, Boston, and Hartford. Others come from smaller cities in and around the Northeast: Albany, NY; Manchester, NH; Worcester, MA. We have many guests from Canada and many from the Midwest. New England draws people from everywhere.

Experience The Ring Cycle at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.

Spending an evening at one of our local theaters is a favorite activity for guests of Berkshire Inns, no matter where they call home.

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington offers sensational programming year-round. Dance, music, theater, opera, and film are all showcased in this restored, historic theater. In the next two months alone, guests of Applegate Inn may:

  • Watch the 1953 film Titanic (April 15)
  • Hear China’s “Empress of Pipa”, soloist Liu Fang and CEWM–Trade Winds–From China with Love (April 21)
  • Laugh with Comedian Bobby Collins (May 5)
  • Experience The Met Opera Ring Cycle (May 7-20)

The newly restored Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield also offers year-round programming. On April 17, 2012, our guests may see The Magic of Bill Blagg Live, a show that has been called “The Second City meets David Copperfield.” Bon Journey, a Bon Jovi and Journey tribute band, performs on April 20; and the Bronx Wanderers take the stage on the 27th to share their love of doo-wop and rock n’ roll.

Adding theater to a Berkshires Bed and Breakfast getaway makes time here that much more memorable. So go ahead, have a night out on the town in Pittsfield or Great Barrington.

Music at The Clark

February 20th, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Did you know that there is music at The Clark Art Institute?

If you time your stay at our Berkshire Inn right, you’ll be able to enjoy the ongoing music series offered at The Clark. In the coming weeks, the Clark will play host to a varied lineup.

Live Music at The Clark Art Institute.

Arron and Park perform at The Clark on March 4.

  • Victor Hill Concert, Sunday, February 26, 2102. If you’ve never heard Victor Hill make music on his harpsichord, don’t miss this free solo recital. Bach’s “Chromatic Fantasy and Fuge” and selected sonatas by Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti will be featured, along with a suite by François Couperin. 3:00 p.m.
  • Dual Recital by Edward Arron (Cello) and Jeewon Park (Piano), Sunday, March 4, 2012. Chopin, Debussy, Beach, and Mendelssohn will be well treated by Arron and  Park. Meet the artists at a reception immediately following the concert. 3:00 p.m.
  • John Pizzarelli, Friday, April 6, 2012. This world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer is praised for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz” (The Boston Globe). It is sure to be a fun evening. 8:00 p.m.
  • The Clark will broadcast two Met “live in HD” operas in the coming weeks: Verdi’s Emani on Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m. and Massenet’s Manon on Saturday, April 7 at noon.

Add a little music to your time in Berkshire Bed and Breakfasts. Please see The Clark for a complete list of music events.

Berkshires Festival of Trees

November 18th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Christmas Blue

Come to the Festival of Trees at The Berkshire Museum.

It’s hard not like Christmas trees. They’re pretty. They sparkle. They smell good. Christmas trees evoke the best of the holidays.

Surround yourself with Christmas trees the next time you come to our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast this winter. “Under the Big Top: Festival of Trees 2011” runs at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield from November 18 to January 2, 2012. The more than 100 decorated Christmas are just part of the extravaganza.

The circus theme conveyed with “Under the Big Top” is underscored on November 18, during the Opening Night Party. As guests enjoy drinks and tasty appetizers, atmospheric aerialists, towering stilt walkers, and a nimble contortionist will move among them. Circus workshops take place the following day for children aged 8 to 16. Walls will be lined with circus posters, circus memorabilia, and circus photographs throughout the duration of the exhibition.

The circus comes to town again on December 31st for a Circus Spectacular at the Berkshire Museum. Acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists will take the stage at 11 a.m. What a cheerful way to bid 2011 farewell.

The Berkshire Museum has several interesting permanent exhibits as well. See toys created by Alexander Calder in 1927, walk through the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, and gaze at the wondrous underwater world of the Aquarium, on the museum’s lowest level.

Plan an enchanting getaway at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast sometime between November 18, 2011 and January 2, 2012, and stop by the “Under the Big Top: Festival of Trees.”

Christmas à la Norman Rockwell

November 10th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

center of town

Soon Stockbridge will recreate the Norman Rockwell painting, "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas."

Each December for the past 21 years, the town of Stockbridge has recreated the famous Norman Rockwell Christmas painting done of its main street. December 3 and 4, 2011 will be the 22nd year of this tradition. As in past years, guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast will arrive from various cities to experience a Norman Rockwell Christmas.

Norman Rockwell lived and worked in Stockbridge for the last 25 years of his life. His painting, “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas,” took more than ten years for him to complete. Year after year, he visited Main Street in the weeks before Christmas and photographed what he saw. The resulting painting captured the essence of an American small town during the Christmas holiday.

In just a few weeks, classic automobiles will take their spots in front of festively decorated shops on Main Street. They’ll reflect the decade it took Rockwell to complete his painting, just as they do in the painting itself. Look for the 1955 red Mercury with a Christmas tree tied to its roof, and the wagon with the spare tire on it’s rear door.

While much has remained the same in Stockbridge since the sixties, there are a few differences between today’s reality and the canvas. The streets will undoubtedly be more crowded on December 3rd and 4th than they are in the painting. People will not be dressed the same. The historic Red Lion Inn will be well lit and cheerfully decorated for the holidays, not dark and closed for the season, as it is in the painting.

Yet these differences are insignificant. The essence of this historic town in the Berkshires is the same, just as the essence of Christmas is the same.

Spend the weekend of December 3, 2011 at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, and step into a Norman Rockwell painting.

 

 

Concerts at Tannery Pond

August 19th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Each summer we look forward to a new season of Concerts at Tannery Pond. Held in an 1834 Shaker Tannery on the grounds of the Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY, the Concerts at Tannery Pond offer stellar performances in a low-key, uncrowded setting. If you love Tanglewood but sometimes find yourselves overwhelmed by crowds, consider a concert at Tannery Pond. Tannery Pond is approximately 20 miles from our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires.

Attend a Concert at Tannery Pond while staying at our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast.

Concerts at Tannery Pond run from the end of May to mid September. Only 2 performances remain in 2011:
the Arabella Ensemble on September 3 at 8 p.m., and the Harlem String Quartet on September 17 at 6 p.m. Both promise to be outstanding.

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Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2011

August 1st, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The 25th annual Berkshire Jewish Film Festival is currently underway in Lenox, just minutes away from our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Both cinephiles and people interested in the Jewish culture and religion should take note.

The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival runs Mondays July 11 through August 22, 2011. Read on for a list of remaining films:

  • Brothers examines the debate of separation of state and religion through the relationship of two brothers, a secular kibbutz Israeli and an orthodox Torah scholar living in the U.S. August 1 at 4 p.m.
  • Barney’s Version is based on Mordecai Richler’s comic novel of the same name. It follows Barney Panofsky – politically incorrect, irascible, impulsive, and blunt. Starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, and Minnie Driver. August 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Mahler on the Couch and Making Music is a behind the scenes look at Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphonic Orchestra. August 8 at 4 p.m.
  • In Miral, audiences follow a Palestinian girl in the wake of Arab-Israeli war. August 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Anita follows a young woman with Down Syndrome lost in Buenos Aires after the 1994 attack on the Jewish Community Center. August 15, 8 p.m.
  • Women Unchained documents the struggles of several women to obtain a “get” or Jewish divorce, and move on with their lives. “According to traditional Jewish law, a woman who is an “augur” (from the Hebrew word meaning “chained”) cannot remarry.” August 22 at 4 p.m.

Following Women Unchained, there will a closing reception and a concert by Joshua Nelson and his Kosher Gospel.

All screenings take place at the Duffin Theater at the Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East Street, Lenox. It is approximately five miles from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Seating is general admission.

Extend your weekend getaway into a long weekend. Stay at our Lenox Bed and Breakfast some Monday night this August, and see a wonderful film or two at the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival. You’ll have that much longer to experience the natural beauty and cultural offerings of the Massachusetts Berkshires.

Quotes taken from the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival and Women Unchained.

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