Berkshires Fall Foliage Events, 2014

September 22nd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Fall FoliageThere’s never a bad time to visit the Berkshires but one of the most popular times is now – autumn – when the Berkshires fall foliage comes to life with beautiful colors and the area abounds with fun things to do and see.

While many parts of the country begin to wind down once summer passes, the Berkshires heat up (so to speak) with a variety of events including things like down-home harvest festivals and parades, special concerts, parties, tours, and more.

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Edward Hopper at the Norman Rockwell Museum

September 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator at the Norman Rockwell MuseumProminent American artist Edward Hopper was known primarily for his realistic oil paintings but the current Norman Rockwell Museum exhibit presents his lesser known side with “The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator.”

Edward Hopper’s realist paintings are touchstones of the American twentieth century. His images have become an integral part of the very grain of the American experience, and his work continues to reflect and express classic American scenes and sensibilities. How ironic is it, then, that his career as illustrator, which came after his first, one-person exhibition of paintings in 1920, is largely ignored and glossed over?

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The Berkshires Clark Art Institute

August 25th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Berkshires Clark Art InstituteThere isn’t any one reason why the Berkshires became the cultural destination it is but, if you were looking for a cause, The Clark Art Institute would be a major contender.

The Clark Art Institute’s collection includes a broad array of pieces, from European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts that range from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century – and it was begun in the early 1900′s by entrepreneur, soldier, explorer Robert Sterling Clark, and his wife, Francine.

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Visit Mount Lebanon Shaker Village

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mount Lebanon Shaker VillageShakers are known for their mode of simple living and their iconic architecture and furniture. Did you know the single, largest Shaker community in the US was once very close by: the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village.

The Mount Lebanon Shaker Village was founded in 1787 and remained the single largest communal society in America for 160 years, with over 6,000 acres and 100 buildings.

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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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