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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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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The 2014 Tanglewood Season

February 24th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

20th Anniversary of Ozawa Hall is part of the 2014 Tanglewood Season

The 20th Anniversary of Ozawa Hall is just one part of the upcoming 2014 Tanglewood season

Winter is slowly waning to spring (no, really) and the 2014 Tanglewood season is fast approaching with both some familiar faces and a few new ones.

Tanglewood welcomes back numerous familiar conductors, soloists, and vocalists this year, such as James Taylor, Yo Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, and Joshua Bell.

Some of the new faces to the Tanglewood music festival are trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger, violinist Leonidis Kavakos, and Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame who, beyond acting and comedy, also happens to be a singer.

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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.

Tanglewood 2012

February 28th, 2012 by Applegate Inn

Tanglewood 2012 is going to have an exciting lineup, for it is the 75th anniversary season of the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Yo-Yo Ma to perform at Tanglewood in 2012.

Don't miss Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood in 2012.

The season runs from June 22 through September 2. Two Gala Celebrations will be held to mark the 75th Anniversary, one on July 14 and one on August 18. Special musical guests will include James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Peter Serkin. Guest conductors include John Williams, Keith Lockhart, and Andris Nelsons.

It isn’t too early to make your Tanglewood 2012 plans. Visit Tanglewood to see a schedule of performances, then visit the reservation page of our Bekrshire Inn. Once you’re here, we’ll share our secret shortcut to Tanglewood with you.

You know spring is just around the corner when you start to make your summer plans.

Tanglewood Jazz Festival 2011

September 1st, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The 2011 Tanglewood Jazz Festival and the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic take place this weekend, September 2 – 4. Since we still have availability at our Lenox Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast, we encourage you to be spontaneous. Fill your Labor Day weekend with the sweet sounds of jazz, delicious food, and great wine.

Angélique Kidjo performs at Tanglewood during Labor Day Weekend, 2011.

The Tanglewood Jazz Festival line-up is guaranteed to be as impressive as ever, featuring the rising stars of jazz as well as some of the greatest jazz musicians alive. You’ll be able to listen to some of your old favorites, then check out the newest sounds sweeping the genre. For jazz aficionados, this is an event not to be missed.

Highlights include

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Opening Night at Tanglewood, 2011

June 3rd, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Tanglewood hosts a multitude of incredible acts each season. During the summer of 2011, audiences will be enraptured by the musings of Garrison Keilor and A Prairie Home Companion, delighted by the melodic voice of James Taylor, and thrilled by the enthusiastic and creative dance of the Mark Morris Dance Group. Yet Tanglewood was born as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BSO’s opening night at Tanglewood remains one of the most highly anticipated events of the season.

Charles Dutoit will conduct the BSO for Opening Night at Tanglewood, July 8, 2011.

July 8, 2011, is Opening Night at Tanglewood. Charles Dutoit will conduct as the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays excerpts from Act 1 of Norma (Bellini), the Overture to William Tell (Rossini), the Trio from Act 3 of I Lombardi (Verdi), and Pines of Rome, Symphonic Poem (Respighi). Accompanying the BSO will be Angela Meade – soprano, Kristine Jepson – mezzo-soprano, Roberto De Biasio – tenor, and James Morris – bass.

The BSO is pleased to announce that Charles Dutoit will be conducting; James Levine must regretfully cancel all 2011 Tanglewood performances on the advice of his doctors. Mr. Dutoit is the Chief conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, and music director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He has conducted or collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and all the major orchestra’s of the United States. His recordings have earned more than 40 awards and distinctions.

We still have some availability at our Berkshires Lodging for Tanglewood Opening Night, the weekend of July 8, 2001. Our Lenox MA Inn is close to Tanglewood, and we share our secret back route to Tanglewood with all of our guests.

Additional information and tickets are available at Tanglewood.

Earth, Wind, and Fire at Tanglewood

May 16th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

Earth, Wind, and Fire is on their 40th Anniversary World Tour. They play at Tanglewood on June 25, 2011 at 7 p.m. This promises to be an extraordinary event. People are already booking rooms at our luxurious Berkshires Lodging. (Note to drivers: We’ll share our secret short-cut to Tanglewood with guests of our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.)

See Earth, Wind, and Fire at Tanglewood, June 25, 2011.

Since its creation in 1969, Earth, Wind, and Fire has garnered accolades from the music industry, critics, and fans. Eight of their albums went double-platinum. Their work has been nominated for 20 Grammy Awards and has won six Grammys. In 2000, Earth, Wind, and Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2003 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Their music has inspired more than one generation of artists and won fans of all ages. It will be sheer pleasure to experience them live at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood offers Meals-To-Go for the Earth, Wind, and Fire performance on June 25, 2011. Choose a Picnic Bag for one, a Boxed Dinner for one, and a Picnic Tote for Two. Or arrive at Tanglewood prior to the performance and dine at the Tanglewood Café and Grill. If you’d rather dine elsewhere, ask us for a recommendation – there are several excellent restaurants near our Berkshires B&B.

Tanglewood 2011

March 10th, 2011 by Applegate Inn

The Tanglewood 2011 Season may not start until summer, but the schedule has been announced and tickets are on sale. If you’re feeling a bit under the weather – uncertain if you’ll awaken to six inches of snow or a deluge of rain – cheer yourself up by making summer plans to stay at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast and see a show at Tanglewood.

Opening Night (with the Boston Symphony Orchestra) is Friday, July 8, 2011. This year features an all-Italian program, and opening night will be a musical extravaganza lead by James Levine, Music Director of the BSO. Soprano Angela Meade, mezzo Kristine Jepson, and bass-baritone James Morris will perform excerpts from Bellini’s Norma (Act 1). The Tanglewood Festival Chorus will raise their voices in song, and music by Verdi, Gabrieli, and Rossini will be performed. Pines of Rome, by Respighi, will conclude the evening.

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Tanglewood Jazz Festival

August 9th, 2010 by Applegate Inn

Marrowstone Vineyards joined Olympic Peninsula Wineries this January and we’re so very happy to have them with us!

Marrowstone Vineyards is located on Marrowstone Island, naturally enough, atop a hill overlooking Puget Sound. Sampling the vineyard’s wines while taking in the view from the winery’s deck is quite the experience: Whidbey Island setting there in the sparkling blue of the sound, the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains in the distance; sailboats and large cruise, Navy, or cargo ships passing; and the kind quiet you can only find when you’re well away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Breathtaking.

Ken and Judith Collins relocated from northern California to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and found themselves with five acres and no real idea what they could to do with it. A Master Gardner’s class gave them the hint they were after, however, when they learned that, contrary to what they had previously been told, certain varieties of grapes do, in fact, do well here in the Puget Sound region.

Well, what do you know?

Marrowstone Vineyard’s wines use Washington and Oregon grape varieties, such as Madeleine Angevine, Siegerrebe, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Reisling. Their wines are Our wines are fermented to a crisp and refreshing dryness that pairs well with seafood, cheeses, and chicken dishes. They also make a deslicious, spiced apple wine reminiscent of apple pie. Mmmmm!

Marrowstone Vineyards is more than just a winery, they also serve as a gallery for local artists. Sculpture, paintings, pottery, blown glass, and more decorate the walls of the tasting room and fill the upstairs gallery of the winery.

Marrowstone Vineyards is also available for weddings, reunions, and other events. We are happy to provide referrals for local caterers, musicians, photographers, wedding officiants and rental services for everything you may need for your event.

Imagine yourself on a lovely, secluded island, at the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula. It is summer and the sun is shining (really!). Before you, a vineyard heavy with ripening fruit stretches down a gentle slope towards the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound. Across the Sound lies Whidbey Island, buttressed by the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains.

You are no doubt asking yourself, (looking at the adjacent photo), how or why did this middle-aged couple decide to plant a vineyard and create a winery? The short answer was provided a few years ago by one of our relatives back in Ohio, “You guys are crazy to do this!” The longer answer is that we decided about eight years ago to relocate from northern California to the Pacific Northwest and began looking for property in Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula and Whidbey Island. After many hours in the company of realtors, we found a property with a lovely view of Puget Sound, a house that “appeared” to need little work and a lovely horse barn, then occupied by actual horses. We moved to our new home on June 1st, 2006. Not knowing quite what to do with five acres of property, we both enrolled in a Master Gardener class and learned, contrary to what we had been told, that one could grow certain varieties of grapes in the Puget Sound region. We then visited a number of wineries in the Puget Sound area including several on Whidbey Island and Bainbridge Island, which were, in fact, making wine from estate-grown grapes.

Their Pinot Noir grapes come from the heart of the Willamette Valley and are aged in seasoned French oak barrels, to add structure and a subtle hint of oak, but allowing the natural fruit flavors to predominate.
We also make a spiced apple wine that will remind you of homemade apple pie.

http://www.marrowstonevineyards.com/

The annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival will take place September 4 and 5, 2010, and will feature some of the best contemporary jazz artists in the world. We currently have openings at our Tanglewood lodging during the Jazz Festival, and invite all jazz enthusiasts to hop in the car and head to our bed and breakfast Lenox, Massachusetts for this big event.

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