Archive for the ‘Berkshire Cultural Events’ Category

The Theater Barn

July 27th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Planning a long weekend at our luxury Bed and Breakfast Berkshires? Consider spending an evening at The Theater Barn, in nearby New Lebanon, NY.

The Theater Barn specializes in making audiences smile. This is entertainment at its finest: talented performers tackle everything from musical theater to classic whodunits and romantic comedies. The theater is air conditioned (a perfect spot on a hot Sunday afternoon) and the snack bar full of tasty treats.

The Theater Barn’s 2011 Season began July 1 and concludes September 25:

  • The Hollow: a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery. 7.14 – 7.24.
  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: it played Off-Broadway for 12 years, wowing audiences. 7.28 – 8.7.
  • The Andrews Brothers: this “swinging tribute to the music of World War II” runs 8.11 – 8.22.
  • The Drowsy Chaperone: a 1920s Broadway show comes to life in the apartment of a modern-day fan. 8.25 – 9.4.
  • Stones in His Pockets: a quirky, unexpected Irish comedy. 9.9 – 9.25

Performances at The Theater Barn take place Thursday through Sunday. Any of the upcoming shows would be a delightful addition to a long weekend at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast near Lenox, MA.

Additional information is available at The Theater Barn.

Lenox Massachusetts Concerts in the Park

July 8th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Many folks who stay at our Lenox Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast arrive in the Berkshires expecting to find relief from the stifling summer heat of Boston or New York City, and they do. They arrive expecting to find unparalleled art and cultural offerings, and they’re not disappointed.

Some guests arrive at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast with tickets in hand to see performances at Tanglewood or Jacob’s Pillow. They come ready to see the latest exhibit at The Clark or the Norman Rockwell Museum. Some come with a plan to visit Hancock Shaker Village.

A delightful surprise for many of our midweek guests are the free concerts in Lilac Park on Wednesday nights.

See the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors at the Lenox Concerts in the Park.

Lilac Park is on Main Street in Lenox – a very charming place to enjoy live music. Some listeners bring picnics, while others dine early or late at one of the restaurants within walking distance of the park:

  • Rumpy’s Tavern: a great spot for drinks.
  • Rumplestiltzkin’s Restaurant: enjoy a meal full of seasonal offerings.
  • Frankie’s Ristorante Italiano: hearty, tasty Italian fare.

 

Lilac Park Concert Schedule for July, 2011:
7.6: The Berkshire Highlanders
7.13: JoAnne Redding and her Band
7.20 Sister City Jazz Ambassadors
7.27 Jazz Tuber Trio

See Capitol Steps in Lenox

July 1st, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Back in 1981, a group of Senate staffers thought it would be fun to publicly satirize the very people who employed them. Actually, a few of Senator Charles Percy’s staffers tried to put together a nativity play for a Christmas party, but were unable to find three wise men or a virgin on Capitol Hill; instead, they created some satirical skits and songs based on the headlines of the day. They had a great time and they were well received – thirty years later, they’re still doing it.

See the Capitol Steps this summer while vacationing at our Lenox Bed and Breakfast.

Most of the current members of the Capitol Steps have, at one time or another, worked on Capitol Hill. In the end, they found it was more fun to gently mock and satirize current events than to be actively involved in them.

Capitol Steps celebrates their 30th Anniversary this year with a summer in the Massachusetts Berkshires. Capitol Steps will perform nightly (except Tuesdays) from July 2 to September 3, 2011, at Cranwell Resort, which is just a few miles from our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and lasts 90 minutes. Enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants at the resort before the show, or linger for a late night meal and drinks after the show. We look forward to hearing about your favorite bits sometime back at our Berkshires lodging.

For tickets or more information about these summer performances, please visit Capitol Steps.

Spend the 4th of July in the Massachusetts Berkshires

June 27th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

New England is a wonderful place to spend the 4th of July. After all, some of the first stirrings of revolution took place in Massachusetts back in the 18th century. The 4th of July is always festive here at our Bed and Breakfast Lenox MA.

Guests of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast are welcome to swim and lounge by the pool all day on the 4th. Yet those who want to get out and about may enjoy the following activities:

Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox puts on a free but heart-felt reading of the Declaration of Independence each July 4th. This year, the reading will be preceded by Revolutionary Moments, a collection of vignettes that divulge Shakespeare’s influence “on some of history’s most fascinating figures.” The afternoon concludes with a community barbecue. More information is available at Shakespeare & Co.

Learn the Samba at Jacob’s Pillow on July 2, 2011.

There will be many free events and classes offered at Jacob’s Pillow throughout the weekend. More information is available at Jacob’s Pillow.

The 2011 4th of July Pittsfield Parade will feature almost 140 marching units. It feels historically significant. More information is available at Pittsfield Parade.

We look forward to welcoming guests to our Berkshires lodging for the 4th of July, 2011.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011

June 12th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The Massachusetts Berkshires is truly a unique environment. The setting is pastoral, with rolling farmland, mature forests, and some of the oldest mountains in the country. The Appalachian Trail passes close to our Berkshires Lodging – evidence of the remarkable opportunities for outdoor recreation that exist in the region. Yet unlike many areas where nature looms large and beautiful, culture thrives here as well.

Blake Barn

Blake Barn, at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Internationally renowned dancers and musicians travel to the region to perform in several different venues. Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, also showcases such artists as the Mark O’Connor String Quartet and master story-teller Garrison Keillor. MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) sponsors Bartleby’s Pen, a Friday night series of lively discussions lead by prominent literary figures, and The Clark Art Institute periodically screens Broadway performances.

One of the most thrilling opportunities for both residents and travelers to our Berkshires Inn is Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which takes place each summer. Many of the artists featured at Jacob’s Pillow make only a handful of appearances in the United States, and most of those performances take place in large metropolitan areas. Yet they travel to the Massachusetts Berkshires to participate in Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which The New York Times has called “the dance center of the nation and possibly the world.”

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 runs June 18 through August 28. During the course of the festival, there will be performances by more than 50 dance companies and more than 200 free performances, talks, and special events. Spectators will be treated to:

  • the U.S. debut of 3e Etage: Soloists and Dancers of the Paris Opera.
  • a 30th anniversary performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group
  • the U.S. premiere of Supernatural Wife by Big Dance Theater
  • Argentinean tango by dancers and musicians of Tangueros del Sol

The list goes on and on, for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is all about bringing world-class dance performances to viewers.

Check out the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 calendar, and then book a room at our Bed and Breakfast in the Massachusetts Berkshires. We’re located less than 10 miles from world class dance.

2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival

April 19th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

When sweltering summer days cause residents of Boston, New York, and Hartford to head for the hills, take heart. There is no need to sacrifice the arts just because you’ve escaped from the city. It is simple to experience great theatre, dance, and music during a summer getaway at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival, founded in 1955, is just one example of the superlative arts found in the Massachusetts Berkshires. The festival runs from June 22 to August 28, 2011.

Williamstown Theatre Festival2011 Summer Schedule:

  • Three Hotels, by Jon Robin Baitz (June 19 – July 24)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennesee Williams (June 22 – July 3)
  • She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith (July 27 – August 7)
  • One Slight Hitch, by Lewis Black (July 6 – 17)
  • Ten Cents a Dance, by John Doyle (August 11 – 28)
  • A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen (July 20 – 31)
  • Touch(ed), by Bess Wohl (August 3 – 14)
  • You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce, directed by Anne Kauffman (August 16 – 21)

The Williamstown Theatre Festival is located in Williamstown, approximately one hour from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Spend the afternoon lounging by the pool before your night at the theatre.

Find the complete festival schedule at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas at MASS MoCA

March 27th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Jacob’s Pillow and MASS MoCA are collaborating to bring Los Muñequitos de Matanzas to Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on April 30 and May 1, 2011. Spend that weekend at our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast, enjoying the beautiful outdoors and a fantastic performance.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas is one of the most popular bands in Cuba. The 16 drummers, vocalists and dancers fill the stage with movement and music. It is difficult to remain still while watching and listening to them. People of all ages will enjoy this show – not surprising, since the performers include three generations from one family.

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas has not been in the United States since they were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001. We are lucky to have them perform so close to our Lee MA Bed and Breakfast.

For additional information, please visit MASS MoCA.

Jacob’s Pillow Festival 2011

March 18th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival  2011 Opening Gala is set for 6 p.m. on June 18. This will be a dance party extravaganza, with performances by a number of Festival artists, celebrity guests, and a world premiere danced by the Ballet students of The Jacob’s Pillow School. Dinner and a silent auction follow, but the best part is surely the dance party at the end of the evening, when gala guests and performers get down and boogie to the music of a live band.

People travel from all over the country to attend the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Each year, we hear about superlative performances seen by guests of our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 includes:LOUISE LECAVALIER/BENOIT LA CHAMBRE_Is you me

  • 3e Etage: Soloists and Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet
  • Tangueros del Sur – Argentinean tango
  • Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
  • Ballet Geneve

In addition, Big Dance Theater will present the world premiere of Supernatural Wife; Louise Lecavalier will dance to Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis and Iggy Pop; and KEIGWIN + COMPANY deconstructs the fashion world in Runaway.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 features an extraordinary line-up of choreographers, dancers, and music. Wednesdays through Saturdays there are free performances by students at The School of Jacob’s Pillow, established dance companies, and emerging artists, as well as sneak previews by festival artists. For additional information and festival tickets, please see Jacob’s Pillow.

Plan a Berkshires getaway filled with art, dance and music during your stay at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.

Add Theatre to a Berkshires Fall Getaway

September 20th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

In rural areas such the one where our bed and breakfast Berkshires is located, theatre companies often thrive during the summer months. Some close their doors come fall. Those that remain open are heartily appreciated by locals and visitors alike. If you’re the type of person who loves to spend fall evenings sitting in darkened theatres, lost in the lives of the characters on stage, read on for a list of show you can see while staying at our Lenox bed and breakfast.

John Lithgow performs at The Colonial on October 7, 2010

From October 6 – 24, The Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield is presenting The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. Written in response to McCarthy’s blacklisting of suspected Communists, The Crucible is a timeless tale of human nature, persecution, and redemption.

For a more lighthearted evening, head to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox for The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, playing September 18 – November 7, 2010. It is billed as a “hillarious whodunit” and is sure to have you laughing until tears stream down your face.

The Colonial Theatre, also in nearby Pittsfield, features a wonderfully eclectic schedule. Shows include a Woodstock Festival Tribute on September 24, the National Dance Company of Ireland on October 1, and John Lithgow’s Stories by Heart on October 7.

There is no need to sacrifice art and culture during your fall trip to the Berkshires. You’ll enjoy the tranquility of the country and the culture of the city when you stay at our Lenox b&b.

Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show

August 16th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

The Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show has been a regional staple for nearly 20 years. In 2010 it will take place August 21 and 22 at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and we highly recommend guests of our Western Massachusetts bed and breakfast check it out.

Find jewelry by Emily Hirsch at the Stockbridge Arts and Crafts Show.Talented artisans and craftspeople from around the region attend the Stockbridge Arts & Crafts Show. Look for original jewelry by Emily Hirsch, and folk art paintings by Suzanne Goudreau. This is a wonderful place to get a head start on holiday shopping, or to pick up a unique piece of art for your home.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden is among the oldest of its kind. Established in 1934, it features wooded walking trails, a traditional herb garden, and a lovely rose garden on its fifteen acres. Take a break from looking at the artisans and vendors and stroll through the grounds. Light refreshments will be available at the show, to enjoy as you explore.

Norman Rockwell called Stockbridge “the best of New England”, and it is indeed a picturesque town. After visiting the Arts and Crafts Show, take some time to explore Stockbridge itself. We’d be happy to recommend restaurants that guests of our bed and breakfast Berkshires have enjoyed in the past.

Pictured: earrings by Emily Hirsch.

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