Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic 2014

July 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic 2014The 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?

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Chesterfest – The New Americana Music Festival 2014

July 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chesterfest, The New Americana Music FestivalChesterfest, The New Americana Music Festival, is a series of concerts at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA, every Friday, July 11 through August 29, 2014.

When people hear “Americana” attached to a music festival, the first thing that leaps to their minds is folk or bluegrass: banjos, fiddles, and a wash-tub bass performing old-timey tunes. While Chesterfest certainly has no injunction against said instruments or forms, the key term in the title is “new” and the acts on the festival roster reflect just what Americana can be: contemporary folk, alternative country, rockabilly, garage, punk, and psych-folk.

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Step Back in Time at the Bidwell House Museum

June 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Bidwell House Museum in Monterey, MAVisit a living piece of 18th century Berkshire history, lovingly restored to its 1780′s condition: The Bidwell House Museum in Monterey, Massachusetts.

An elegant example of a Georgian saltbox style construction, The Bidwell House was originally built in the mid 1700′s as a parsonage by the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell (1716-1784) and a visit here tells the story of the early settlement of the Berkshires.

Bidwell House was restored to it’s late 1700′s condition thanks to the hard work of two fashion designers from New York: Jack Hargis and David Brush.

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Tanglewood’s 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music

June 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Tanglewood's 2014 Festival of Contemporary MusicGet set for the return of Tanglewood’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music, July 17th through to the 21st, 2014 in Lenox, MA.

The Festival of Contemporary Music gives both the Tanglewood Music Center’s Fellows and the general public contemporary, American chamber and orchestral compositions.

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All the Berkshires are a Stage!

May 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

the Berkshires stage

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.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014

May 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2014The New York Times calls the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “the dance center of the nation” and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would disagree with that.

Started by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn in the 1930′s, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is America’s longest-running dance festival, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Jacob’s Pillow Farm, named after a large, pillow shaped rock on the property of this rural Massachusetts acreage (the zig zag road leading to the farm was referred to as “Jacob’s Ladder” so … ), was purchased by Ted Shawn in 1931 as a retreat for the first US, male dance company. Ted Shawn hoped to help expand the role of men in modern dance and ended up not only doing so but also establishing a far greater appreciation and awareness of modern dance in the US in general.

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Hike Photogenic Bartholomew’s Cobble

April 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Maidenhair spleenwort and moss at Bartholomew's Cobble

Maidenhair spleenwort and moss at Bartholomew’s Cobble

If you want to see the remains of an ancient, upside down coral reef covered in a wide array of rare and beautiful foliage, head on over to Bartholomew’s Cobble in Massachusettes’ Housatonic valley.

Bartholomew’s Cobble is a 294-acre nature preserve and designated National Natural Landmark. It hosts one our continent’s widest diversities of ferns and their kin, along with numerous kinds of colorful, woodland wildflowers, and serves as a stop-over or home for more than 200 different species of birds.

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Berkshire Collects at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA

April 12th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshire Collects - Tea Cup CollectionMany 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.

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Bash Bish Falls

March 25th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Bash Bish FallsIf you have never seen Bash Bish Falls, located on the state line of NY and MA in Mt. Washington, you’re missing what is undoubtedly the most spectacular waterfall in Massachusetts.

Really.

Bash Bish Falls name has to be onomatopoeia for the way the runoff and spring-fed waters splash over a series of dramatic gorges before finally tumbling 80 feet down into the crystal clear pools below – and what a sight, well worth the moderate hike from the parking area at Bash Bish Falls State Park.

Bash Bish Falls are gorgeous and entrancing even when there hasn’t been much rain but, with spring coming and its run off and rains, Bash Bish Falls are going to be quite spectacular once more, filling the air and covering all the nearby foliage (and visitors, too) with mist from all that bashing, bishing water.

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Rick Springfield Stripped Down at The Colonial Theatre

March 9th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Rick Springfield Stripped Down at The Colonial Theatre

The Rick Springfield Stripped Down Tour is coming to the Colonial Theatre!

If you’ve been known to groove to 80′s mega-hits “Jessie’s Girl,” “Human Touch,” “Souls,” and “Affair of the Heart,” you’ll want to catch the “Stripped Down” versions, live, on stage at the end of this month in Pittsfield.

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