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Naumkeag – a Gilded Age Oasis in Stockbridge, MA

August 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Naumkeag in Stockbridge, MA

Naumkeag in Stockbridge, MA – photo: I, Daderot

Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age, located in Stockbridge, MA. This National Historic Landmark is both an architectural and landscaping masterpiece worthy of your visit!

Naumkeag served as a 44-room summer home for the Choate family. A Gilded Age “cottage” built between 1885 and 1886, it is one of the only remaining, intact historic house museums in Massachusetts. Naumkeag is the name of the Native American peoples who originally lived in the area around Salem, Massachusetts.

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The 2016 Shaker Auction at Hancock Shaker Village

August 5th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Hancock Shaker VillageDo you love the Shaker aesthetic? If so, then you wont want to miss the annual Shaker auction at Hancock Shaker Village: Sept. 10, 2016!

Shaker furnishings are simple, distinctive, and timeless. They’ve been treasured since being “discovered” by the rest of the world in the 1930’s and 40’s. Where better to view and bid on authentic, handcrafted Shaker antiques than at a real Shaker village?

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Enjoy Live Music at Chesterwood’s Chesterfest 2016

July 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy Live Music at Chesterwood's Chesterfest 2016Chesterwood brings back their popular, summertime concert series with Chesterfest 2016: Friday evenings from July 22nd through August 26th, 2016.

Chesterwood is the country estate of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). If the name doesn’t ring a bell, his works certainly will. French is the sculptor of the iconic Abraham Lincoln found inside the Lincoln Memorial, the Concord Minuteman, and many other famous works.

Located in Glendale near Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the Chesterwood estate was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which now operates the 122 acre estate as a museum and sculpture garden. Beyond Chesterfest, Chesterwood hosts numerous events and programs throughout the year.

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Discover the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio

July 8th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio

Frelinghuysen and Morris in front of one of their home’s frescoes.

The Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio in Lenox, MA is the historic home of two American abstract artists: George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen.

Suzy Frelinghuysen and George L.K. Morris played a large role in the rise of abstract art in America. This remarkable couple created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetics. Now you can tour that home, preserved as it was when they lived in it!

The Frelinghuysen Morris House is a Bauhaus-inspired, Modernist structure of white planes and glass blocks that stands out from its Gilded Age neighbors.

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All Aboard for the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum!

June 20th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Scenic Railway MuseumThe Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox, MA is your ticket to the fun and exciting world of railroad history in the Berkshires – and don’t miss the chance to ride on the Hoosac Valley Service Train!

The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum (BSRM) is a fast track to the past, beginning at the historic and restored, 1903 Lenox Station.

Here you can explore Berkshires railway history through the museum’s historical and technical exhibits, the O-gauge model train display, and via a ride on the Yard Jitney!

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The 15th Annual Berkshires Arts Festival 2016

June 6th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Arts Festival 2016The upcoming, 15th annual Berkshires Arts Festival – July 1st through the 3rd – is a summertime tradition that attracts artists and art-lovers alike to the Berkshires every year.

The Berkshires Arts Festival is a great way to celebrate the start of summer and as well as give you just one more excuse to visit the Berkshires! Thousands of art lovers attend each year, soaking up not just the Berkshires Arts Festival but also the theater, dance, music, and other expressions of culture that the Berkshires are known for.

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Attend the 2016 Berkshire International Film Festival

May 13th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

 Berkshire International Film Festival 2016Get set for the 11th annual Berkshire International Film Festival – June 2nd through June 5th, 2016 – featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Brian De Palma, Noah Baumbach, Gregory Crewdson, and Jake Paltrow!

Every year, the Berkshire International Film Festival brings the best in independent films and filmmakers to the Berkshires to showcase their work to an engaged audience that any cinephile would be excited to be a part of!

Growing in popularity with each year, this year’s Festival was included in the 2016 TOP 10 Summer Events for Massachusetts, along with such major events as Jacob’s Pillow Dance and Tanglewood. It has also attracted an unprecedented collection of celebrities, attesting to its increased stature in the industry.

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Enjoy Lee MA Chez Nous at
Applegate Inn!

May 6th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Lee MA Chez NousThe only thing bad about a great restaurant is that its popularity can keep you from being able to get into it! Our own, favorite, fine and perpetually booked local restaurant, the Lee MA Chez Nous Bistro, has found a wonderful workaround for this with their new “to-go” Ordering System!

Chez Nous Bistro is easily one of the best restaurants here in the Berkshires and absolutely our favorite, serving French country classic dishes and offering an extensive wine list, all in a cozy, romantic setting. We regularly suggest them when our guests ask who we recommend but with the caveat that, even with their outside seating, they are very often booked solid, so get there early!

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John Hiatt, Joshua Redman, and Buckwheat Zydeco at Mahaiwe!

April 11th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

John Hiatt, Joshua Redman, and Buckwheat Zydeco at Mahaiwe 2016!A recent announcement has singer-songwriter John Hiatt, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and American musical legend Buckwheat Zydeco at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for the 2016 season!

The Berkshires will ring with the sweet strains of rock, jazz, and zydeco as performed by legendary talents, thanks to the recent Mahaiwe 2016 season additions: John Hiatt on May 6th, the Joshua Redman Quartet on June 26th, and Buckwheat Zydeco on August 20th.

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2016 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series Adds Dolly and Dylan!

April 4th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series - Dolly PartonThe schedule for the 2016 Tanglewood Popular Artists Series just keeps getting more interesting, now with the addition of two – or, I should say three – big names: Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples!

Each year’s Tanglewood Popular Artists Series comes with lots of surprises and anticipation but this year seems especially laden with last minute reveals of big name, pop celebrities.

Recent press releases revealed the Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples show, scheduled for Saturday, July 2nd, and then another just now – Dolly Parton with the Boston Pops, opening the 2016 Tanglewood season on Friday, June 17th.

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